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P412 - Nature Scrolls

Helene Knott
9:00 - 4:30
Saturday - March 16

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$ 150  

We will have 5 machines available to rent for this class if you are traveling. Please contact glenny@artandsoulretreat.com to reserve a machine. If you live locally, please bring your machine and let us know so we can reserve for others!

Falling leaves dance and swirl through an open window. These quilts are fun to make and celebrate the beauties of nature. In this workshop you will create a scroll sized wall hanging with your own ‘window’ into a seasonal garden of your choosing. Appliqué will be completed using a nifty raw-edged machine appliqué technique you will learn in the class or, if desired, appliqués may be fused. As a final touch, you can embellish your quilt with a 3-D leaf or blossom that you will learn to make in the class. NOTE: There will be a construction pattern handed out to make a scroll sized quilt. Students can opt to design a larger quilt if desired but will need more fabric than specified in that event. For speed, a fabric print that has an interesting print can be used for the ‘windows’ (see recommendations below). If you wish to make ‘windows’ from watercolor scraps, you will need to make these panels ahead of time and bring the pieced panels to class with you to incorporate into your quilt. Follow the directions for watercolor panels at the end of the supply list.

Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Supplies You Need to Bring to Class:

Fabric:
Windows: One fat quarter. Fabrics that have a mottled ‘watercolor’ appearance are particularly well suited to this quilt; batik prints are a marvelous choice as are Ombres that will shift effectively over a 13-17” long strip. Pictorial ‘landscape’ fabrics in an appropriate scale can also be effective. Colors can be selected for a seasonal touch; muted neutrals for winter, gold through orange for autumn, light through medium greens for spring/summer or you might look for a fabric that would be suitable for a sky as a back drop. For the most luminous effect, the window fabric should be lighter than the background (‘wall’) fabric.
Background (wall): One fat quarter. This represents the ‘wall’ that surrounds your window. To enhance the luminosity of your window, it should be darker than the window fabric. Choose a fabric with a subtle texture to help blend and hide the seams; obvious stripes or patterns will be hard to align and may end up upstaging your windows. Wood grain or stone-like prints can work well as long as they are not so bold as to make alignment along seams a challenge.
Leaves and/or Broidery Perse motifs: Assorted fabrics will provide you with variety for your branches, leaves and/or flowers. Choose greens, autumn colors or browns (for winter) and make sure the leaf fabric contrasts nicely against your wall and window choices. Again, batiks are particularly well suited for this as you can often get enough color choices over one fat quarter to provide a great variety. Leaves vary in size so fabric pieces measuring from 4”-6”squares up to fat quarters will be sufficient. NOTE: if a Broidery Perse application is desired, you may find a fabric print with leaves and/or flowers to fussy cut (butterflies and/or birds are nice too). If you choose to try this, keep the colors harmonious to your other fabrics with enough contrast so leaves don’t get lost on the backgrounds and the size/scale of the print in mind. The leaves should range in size from about 2”- 5”, birds should be about 3” – 5”tall, butterflies from 1” – 3” wide.

Sewing machine: With a standard piecing foot (and a free-motion foot if you wish to do raw edged appliqué). NOTE: If you wish to make an optional 3-D leaf embellishment, you will need a zigzag foot or a free-motion foot with a slot wide enough to accommodate zigzag stitching. Remember to bring foot pedal and owner’s manual and a plug strip and/or extension cord.

Botanical design inspirations: These can be real leaves that you find interesting or leaf/flower designs from a botany or other source book.
Pattern: I will have handout at the class with some leaf and branch patterns if you don’t want to design your own motifs or use a novelty print for a Broidery Perse application.

Thread: 100% cotton in colors similar to your fabrics for the piecing and to match your leaf fabric. Note: if you wish to embellish with a 3-D leaf, decorative rayon thread to match your leaf fabric may be used.

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler: An 11”x 17” mat and a 6”x 24” cutting ruler are the ideal sizes. A 1” x 12” ruler will be handy if you intend to draft your own design.
Graph Paper (optional): 8 ½” x 11” with ¼” grid, needed only if you wish to draft your own quilt.
Drawing pencil & good eraser
Freezer paper: Available at supermarkets (usually merchandised along with canning supplies) and some quilt shops.
 Light-medium weight interfacing or stabilizer (optional): Will be used only if you wish to create a 3 dimensional leaf to embellish your quilt.
Scissors: A pair of fine-jawed embroidery scissors is absolutely necessary
Sewing pins for the raw edged appliqué technique. You may want to bring paper scissors in addition to your fabric scissors to cut freezer paper templates.
Fusible web (optional): a product such as ‘Steam a Seam’ or ‘Heat & Bond’ if you wish to simply fuse instead of raw edge appliqué. It’s more economical to buy this on a roll as opposed to individual sheets and the roll gives you better size and layout options; do not roll up the paper backed webbing too tightly (which may cause it to separate from the paper) and store it in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out. If you use a fusible product, it is crucial that all your fabrics be pre-washed.
Seam ripper: absolutely necessary
Light Box (optional): You may need a light box to trace reverse patterns if you will be fusing any appliqué. for this project.
Embellishments (optional): beads to create berries or raindrops, three dimensional wedding/florist ‘novelties’ (you can get lovely 3-D butterflies made from feathers), silk flowers… These can be fun additions to your quilt.

Other Incidental Supplies:
• Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate. You may or may not need these things; they are mainly for comfort.
• Extension cords and plug strips: check to see if these will be provided or if it’s advisable to bring your own.
• Iron & board/pad: check to see if venue provides these.
• A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help.
• Lunch: This is an all day class with a lunch break
Watercolor Panels: an optional design plan for the ‘windows’ is to pre-piece panels in a watercolor style from small squares of fabric that finish at 1”; this will allow you to create interesting texture and color/value shifts. You may design your own layout and make these panels in any size or number that you wish but if you plan to follow the layouts in the class pattern, you will need two watercolor panels – one measuring 2½” x 13½” (or 3½” x 17½” for a larger scroll) and the second measuring 3½” x 13½” (or 5½” x 17½” for a larger scroll); these measurements reflect having the ¼” seam allowances around the edges and should be made from squares cut at 1½”. The panels and squares can be larger than the sizes suggested above and you may piece more than two panels if you wish to make a larger quilt following your own design. The key to creating lovely watercolor panels is to select a wide variety of fabrics in colors and textures that transition and blend smoothly from one to the next. Color and/or value should shift from the top to the bottom of each panel and while you want the textures of the prints to be visually interesting, they should not be so bold or vivid that they upstage the flora and fauna that are meant to be the focal point for your quilt. Piece the panels before coming to the class. Tip: Watercolor panels are less bulky if the seams are pressed open rather than to one side.

Watercolor Panels: an optional design plan for the ‘windows’ is to pre-piece panels in a watercolor style from small squares of fabric that finish at 1”; this will allow you to create interesting texture and color/value shifts. You may design your own layout and make these panels in any size or number that you wish but if you plan to follow the layouts in the class pattern, you will need two watercolor panels – one measuring 2½” x 13½” (or 3½” x 17½” for a larger scroll) and the second measuring 3½” x 13½” (or 5½” x 17½” for a larger scroll); these measurements reflect having the ¼” seam allowances around the edges and should be made from squares cut at 1½”. The panels and squares can be larger than the sizes suggested above and you may piece more than two panels if you wish to make a larger quilt following your own design. The key to creating lovely watercolor panels is to select a wide variety of fabrics in colors and textures that transition and blend smoothly from one to the next. Color and/or value should shift from the top to the bottom of each panel and while you want the textures of the prints to be visually interesting, they should not be so bold or vivid that they upstage the flora and fauna that are meant to be the focal point for your quilt. Piece the panels before coming to the class. Tip: Watercolor panels are less bulky if the seams are pressed open rather than to one side.
 

Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:

Maria Raleigh
Maria@collagepdx.com

http://collagepdx.blogspot.com/

 


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