PO Box 667 New Hope, PA 18938 215.862.5828

David Owen Hastings: Indi-Go-Modern (6-hour WS, Weds, 5/11/22, 12-6pm EDT)

David Owen Hastings: Indi-Go-Modern (6-hour WS, Weds, 5/11/22, 12-6pm EDT)
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Price: $105.00
ID Number : SH2-019


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6-Hour Workshop
12 pm - 6 pm EDT, Wednesday, May 11

The lure of indigo is strong — the classic blue and white combination found in many Japanese textiles is cool, crisp, and so appealing. 


From classic kimonos to denim jeans, indigo has been used by many cultures for dyeing cloth, and the Japanese have refined the use of indigo to an art form. This is the class to use all those lovely blue and white shibori fabrics you’ve dyed yourself, or use carefully curated blue and white fabrics from your stash.

Each participant will develop a simple geometric block design based on unfolded origami shapes, set a theme and create variations, and combine them into the beginning of a fresh and modern mini quilt top.

We will start out by stitching practice blocks from blue and white paper, to explore composition using minimal, modern shapes inspired by origami. A PDF will be supplied with blue and white images of fabric, which you can print at home or at a local copy center.

We’ll then translate our ideas to fabric, and I will demonstrate simple pattern making using cereal box cardboard. If you don’t have any Japanese-inspired blue and white fabric already, I recommend purchasing vintage Japanese yukata cotton fabric from Okan Arts: https://okanarts.bigcartel.com/. Please stick to the blue and white theme. You will want to have some solid dark blues plus some whites/creams to blend with the patterned fabrics.

This workshop is a 6-hour live-stream event, conducted on Zoom, consisting of live instruction (no recording, please). You should have the current version of Zoom installed on your computer or laptop. Guidance for getting started will be sent in advance of the workshop.


  • Look at how to take inspiration from unfolded origami paper
  • Stitch some practice blocks using blue and white paper, and explore composition using your smartphone or digital camera to take photos along the way
  • Keep the lines and shapes very simple and spare for a modern look
  • Transfer your design to cardboard, label, and cut out pattern pieces
  • Select blue and white fabrics for your simple block design
  • Audition fabrics for contrast, pattern, texture, and placement
  • Use cardboard pattern pieces to cut out fabric, leaving a generous amount of extra fabric for seam allowances
  • Sew 9-12 blocks, and explore how multiple blocks interact with each other, creating new shapes
  • Sew more blocks as time allows to build up a mini quilt top
  • Discuss surface design options: hand stitching and machine quilting
  • 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 blue and white fabrics, including some solids, that you would like to use. If you’ve done some indigo dyeing, or have some vintage Japanese yukata fabrics in blue and white, they will be perfect for this workshop!

This is an all-levels workshop. You should be comfortable using your sewing machine, and it should be in good working order. I look forward to sharing and sewing with you!

All Levels

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.

Students to Provide

Print supplied PDF Paper Kit in color before class

10-12 indigo blue and white fabrics, in a range of values, patterns, and textures. Fat quarters work great for this project. They can be prints, wovens, or fabrics you have dyed with indigo yourself. Please stick to exclusively blue and white. Also include at least one solid dark blue 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. Optional vintage Japanese yukata cotton fabric kits are available for purchase from Okan Arts: https://okanarts.bigcartel.com/ 

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 

Utility knife or X-Acto knife 

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 


Smartphone with a camera or digital camera to take photos as you work 

Iron and ironing board 

Paper and pencil for sketching: simple copy paper will work, but a larger newsprint pad is nice. 

Post-It pad, small size – you will only need a few Post-Its. 

Thin cardboard for pattern making: a flattened cereal box is perfect for this, but any thin cardboard that you can cut easily with scissors or a utility knife will work. 

Sewing Machine Required