Mary’s classes and workshops are designed to stretch students at all levels, from beginner and on, and to challenge them to step up to new levels of satisfaction in their skills. On Wednesday, June 21 she will be doing an half-day workshop at Messiah Lutheran Church from 9:30-12:30. Mary will help us navigate those horrible Y-seams. Below are pictures of blocks from which you can choose (8-pointed star, 6-pointed star or tumbling blocks).
The class will be just $20 and you will need to bring your machine, sewing supplies, and 3″ strips or fat-quarters for whatever block you choose. This will just be a learning process, so you can bring scraps or material fro blocks that you want to make into a quilt. You will need to bring at least 8 plus the background fabric. And… for the tumbling blocks, you need to be sure that you have lights, mediums and darks.
Mary Huey was our speaker back in October 2014. Everyone enjoyed her so much that the Program Committee thought it was time to have her back. She is a very experienced quilter from Eastern Ohio who owned a quilt shop for many years.
Y-seams can be difficult. With Mary’s help we will learn a chain-piecing technique that simplifies the stitching of the set-in seams required for the stash-busting tumbling blocks pattern while making blocks with a Marti Michell template ($13 – $15). Not only does her technique eliminate the stop-and-start sewing of set-in seams, but it produces very secure y-seam intersections. Quilters love this technique and it can be applied to any set-in piecing block. We’ll make some tumbling block units, learn how to assemble them, and talk about planning the size of your quilt. You can then choose to work on six-pointed stars, eight-pointed stars, or complete the scrappy tumbling blocks.
Cost for the workshop is only $20.
You need to bring:
- your machine
- sewing supplies
- 3″ strips or fat-quarters for whatever block you choose. (This will just be a learning process, so you can bring scraps or material from blocks that you want to make into a quilt.)
- You will need to bring at least eight colors plus the background fabric. If you choose to do the tumbling blocks, be sure to include lights, mediums and darks in your color selections.
Join us in July for a workshop by international fiber artist, pattern designer and author Cynthia England. She is known for the technique she developed called “Picture Piecing”. One of her quilts, “Piece and Quiet” was distinguished as one of “The Twentieth Century’s Best Quilts.” She has received many awards for her work; including three Best of Show awards at the prestigious International Quilt Festival.
Picture Piecing is a unique technique that Cynthia developed to achieve detailed quilt imagery. Many quilters assume it is just another name for paper piecing or foundation piecing, but Cynthia’s approach is much more! While similar to these techniques in that it uses paper and straight seams, Picture Piecing has several differences, allowing quilters to achieve detailed imagery more efficiently, with less frustration and fabric waste.
To see more of her picture piecing work, please visit her website.
The date and location of the July workshop has yet to be finalized but will likely occur the Wednesday following the monthly Guild meeting. The workshop, “Planning a Pictorial Quilt,” costs $45 (payable to the Guild) with a $30 kit fee (payable to Cynthia England.) Kits will come pre-cut. When you Contact Carol Evans to sign-up, please tell her which of the two patterns you wish to create:
If you were already registered to attend the Ellen Eddy workshop that was cancelled due to Ms. Eddy’s ill health, know that you may choose to transfer your registration directly to the England workshop.
If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Carol Evans.
Sue Nickels Workshops
Sue Nickels’ two workshops scheduled for October 2017 had to be postponed due to a family emergency. Checks will be returned to those who registered for the classes at the October meeting.