PO Box 667 New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5828

David Owen Hastings: Inspired by Art (Full Day WS, Thurs, 9/23/21, 12-6pm EDT)

David Owen Hastings: Inspired by Art (Full Day WS, Thurs, 9/23/21, 12-6pm EDT)
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Price: $105.00
ID Number : PA504


Inspired by Art
Full-Day, Virtual Workshop
12 pm - 6 pm EDT, Thursday, September 23

Bring your own photo of a work of art, and we will explore the many ways you can take inspiration from it to develop your own quilt block or full quilt design. We will break down the image to its most basic elements, create a rough drawing, then start building a test block using improv techniques. David will demonstrate sewing curves without pins, and without fear.
A PDF materials and supplies list will be emailed in advance.


  • Experiment with different elemental geometric shapes, including gentle curves
  • Explore spare, simple compositions for a modern look
  • Think about figure and ground
  • Consider the sewing lines as a key design element
  • Select one work of art, and bring multiple photocopies of it to class
  • Break the artwork down into elemental blocks 
  • Assess which blocks work well, and choose one to translate into fabric
  • Discuss color and value choices and decide on a palette
  • Map out pieces for one composition
  • Label and cut out cardboard pattern pieces, or cut pieces improv style
  • Audition colors and placement 
  • Translate pattern pieces into fabric, leaving a generous amount of extra fabric for seam allowances
  • Build composition with the quilt-as-you-go method, trying out multiple fabrics, stepping back to assess the effect of each
  • Discuss surface design options: stitching by machine or hand, painting, drawing
  • Watch a demo of facing a quilt for a modern look and joining finished quilt blocks

I will provide full hands-on instructions in class. Bring photocopies of your art inspiration, and we’ll create a new work inspired by your selection. This is an all-levels workshop. Basic knowledge of walking foot quilting is helpful, but not necessary. We will learn together!
All Levels

Click Here for a Printable Supply List

Students to Provide

  • 2–3 photos of works of art that you like: painting, print, photography, drawing, or sculpture… it’s up to you. It doesn’t have to be a Japanese artwork or artist. Be inspired by shapes, colors, structure, or the feeling you get when looking at the artwork. I have supplied examples of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) if you would like to use them. Please have 1-2 color hard copies of the images you like best. 
  • 10-12 fabrics, in a range of values, patterns, and textures. Fat quarters work great for this project. Fabrics that read as a solid are easier to work with than strong patterns. Bring at least one solid dark fabric, and one solid white or off-white. You will select a few fabrics to use, but you will want a range to choose from. You do not need to match the colors of your artwork, but feel free to be inspired by the colors you see. 
  • Standard cotton quilt batting for a design wall, about 24" x 24". Tape this up so you can experiment with your composition, and step back to see the results. Have your phone/camera handy to take pictures of your progress!
  • Cotton sewing thread for piecing in a neutral color, like medium grey. I prefer 50 wt. thread.


  • Domestic sewing machine with quarter-inch seam allowance foot, or standard foot
  • Fresh machine sewing needles: I like to use Klasse’ Quilting needles 80/12
  • Rotary cutter with a fresh blade
  • Scissors for paper and fabric shears
  • Seam ripper (just in case!)
  • Cutting mat (medium size, about 12" x 18" or 18" x 24")
  • Quilting ruler (6" x 18" or 6" x 24")
  • Chalk pencils and/or chaco liner 
  • Black Sharpie and a pencil with eraser 
  • Pins 
  • Smartphone with a camera, or digital camera 
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paper and pencil for sketching patterns: simple copy paper will work, but a larger newsprint pad is nice. You can flatten out a grocery sack to sketch on, too.

Sewing Machine Required