Starting in January, we will be hosting an "Improv Quilting Club". This club, limited to 10 participants, will meet the last Friday of every month for five months from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. The club will consist of two Series. Series I will meet in January, February, March, April and May. Series II will meet in July, August, September, October and November. You may sign up for one or both series.
What is "Improvisational Quilting"? For us here at the Quilt Shop it means starting with an idea or inspiration and sewing without a set pattern. For example, in my Matisse Quilt, my inspiration came from the "Matisse" focus fabric. I fussy cut the fabric and framed these squares with sashing. I then strip pieced strips in compatible fabrics and subcut these strip sets into units. I sewed the pieces back together adding other strips of various widths until I got my desired block sizes. This is a somewhat intuitive process. Here are some photos of this quilt.
There will be 2 introductory classes on Improv Quilting. Friday, January 14th from 10:30-12:30 and Saturday, January 22nd from 10:30-12:30. In these classes you will learn some intuitive piecing tecniques based on an idea or an inspiration. If you are new to the idea of "Modern" improvisational quilting this is a good place to start. You can then decide if this club is for you.
If you join the Improv Club, Series I, you will meet with the group the last Friday morning in January, February, March, April and May. In each meeting you will be presented with an idea, inspiration or challenge. You will start your small project at this meeting and will come back the following month with a finished piece or work in progress. Before each meeting you will be emailed a materials and supply list.
This group's focus will be on creativity and sewing without patterns. You will be encouraged to use your own stash of fabrics, art supplies and embellishments. We are very, very excited about this concept. The best part of the club will be the coming together of "like minds" and sharing ideas through "Show and Tell".
We all ready have 5 interested members for the club so please call the shop to sign up soon to be included.
Our schedule of classes for January is full of fun projects! It will be posted on our web site www.waterwheelhouse.com next week or you can pick one up at the shop.
Happy New Year to all our Quilting and Sewing Friends,
Shelley, Judith, Kelly, Meg, Faith and Grace