We are so excited about our workshops for the 2015 Mayflower Quilter's Retreat.
Dawn Over Heritage Park by Ana Buzzalino
New York Beauty blocks, and the myriad of quilts made from them, have always fascinated me. There’s something to be said for gentle circular shapes and sharp points. The intricate-looking arcs in the New York Beauty blocks are made using paper-piecing patterns ensuring perfect points every time. “Dawn over Heritage Park” uses two different blocks in two sizes: 8” and 4”. The border is paper-pieced, and appliquéd. The focus of the first day of the class will be on foundation paper piecing the arcs for these blocks and completing the blocks, focusing on one corner. The second day of the class will be a continuation of the first, giving the students an opportunity to advance and sew the blocks for the body of the quilt. During the third day, there will be demonstration on how to put the border blocks together and sew it to the body of the quilt. It should be understood that students will most likely not finish the sewing the quilt top during the three days of class as there is a lot of sewing and piecing involved.
Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley
This is one of the blocks from my new pattern, Fiesta Mexico. While sewing on this large medallion-style block you will learn a lot of great hand appliqué techniques to include perfect circles, perfect ovals, smooth curves, sharp points and for some added fun we’ll do a little reverse appliqué. We will cover my favorite methods of hand appliqué “Templar and Sizing” as I like to call it as well as needleturn appliqué.
*In The Gut by Laurie Swim
Picture it in Fabric
This workshop is about the texture and the nature of our surroundings. The 3-day workshop will begin with experiencing the location, gathering source material through digital photography and specimens for inspiration to interpret the surroundings. Participants will then develop a series of samples exploring innovative landscape techniques in fibre. As well as developing samples for future reference, participants shall create a small landscape piece that reflects the area as a souvenir of their stay. Techniques such as painting skies, free motion machine embroidery, how to finish and mount fabric art will be covered. The focus is on making original artwork.
*This is representaional of the workshop, quilters will work on their own designs.
PLUS! We always offer an "Independent Study" option where quilters can work on their own projects.