ARTISAN WORKSHOP FEE: $70 (fee includes the Bird of Paradise pattern)
(Add-on: Participants receive a discount on all Ann Shaw Quilting patterns ordered by March 21)
WORKSHOP TIMES AND DATES:
MEETING 1: March 20, 2021, 10-12 am Pacific Time
MEETING 2: March 21, 2021, 10-12 am Pacific Time
Follow up Meeting: March 27, 2021 10-11am Pacific Time
REGISTER (contact Ann at email@example.com to register)
Bird of Paradise is a flower I’ve long admired. Stately, elegant and vibrant, this blossom just begs to become a quilt. This is my version of this tropical beauty. In this pattern, I’ve used a variety of prints to create dimension and visual interest. I also like the double border that is part of the piecing design. This flower is so large that it literally bursts through to the edges of the quilt.
Artisan workshops are design for experienced quilters who have taken a workshop from Ann Shaw or have completed one of her patterns. These patterns feature detailed piecing and design elements that create visually engaging quilts.
This workshop is offered two separate Zoom meetings, plus an optional follow up meeting. Dividing the workshop into several meetings provides focused time to learn the techniques and discuss how the design elements in printed fabrics visually impact a quilt. The time between meeting is particularly helpful in allowing everyone the opportunity to work at their own pace. The live Zoom meetings provide everyone ample time to ask questions about their individual projects.
Meeting 1: (90-120 minutes): I will do a brief refresher demonstration of the Freezer Paper Template method. It is assumed participants are already familiar with this piecing method and are encouraged to prepare the Freezer Paper copy of this pattern in advance of this meeting. Quilters can work along with me if they wish. We will talk about the design elements of this pattern and the ways different fabric selections visually impact the look of this quilt. Participants should pull fabrics for this project prior to this meeting. We will discuss your fabric selection options and begin work on your project.
Between Meeting 1 and Meeting 2 quilters should continue working on their project.
Meeting 2: (90-120 minutes): Everyone works along as I offer tricks and tips for working with the freezer paper templates. I offer suggestions about fabric selections to each participant. I also do several demonstrations during this session and discuss how the patterns will sew together.
Meeting 3: (60 minutes) This is an optional drop-in follow up Zoom meeting where I offer individual help, and talk about quilting these projects.
Pattern: Have your Bird of Paradise pattern ready to use.
Fabrics: You will see that my patterns combine a wide selection of fabrics that enhance the look of the quilt. The image (such as a chicken, flower or bird) will use anywhere from 6-15 different fabrics, mostly in small pieces. Some fabrics will be repeated in the quilt, others may appear only once. The backgrounds will also typically feature 3-6 different fabrics that have a similar look. In some instances we will be looking for specific features in a patterned fabric — for example something that suggests the shape of an eye, or feathers, or fur or a stem. Patterned fabrics with multiple colors add texture and dimension to the quilt. We will be playing with different combinations to see how these fabrics look next to each other. Having lots of patterned fabric choices from which to choose is part of the creative process for these quilts and helps bring these designs to life. Its the seemingly odd combinations of fabrics that bring texture and depth to your quilts, and will work well.
PULL LOTS!! Lots and lots of patterned fabric. A fat quarter or less is probably as much as you will need of any one fabric. Bring you largish patterned fabric scraps (though the strips found in jelly rolls are often too narrow). I routinely pull 50 or more fabric choices from my stash for the main subject of my quilts and additional fabric choices for the background. Having a wide variety of fabric choices to key to this style. When choosing colors, keep in mind that a red poppy will also have bits of orange and yellow, and perhaps hints of purple and gold and green in it, so look for fabrics that have hints of other colors. HAVE YOUR STASH READILY AVAILABLE!! However, note that we will NOT BE USING solid or tone-on-tone fabrics that “read” as solids.
Large prints, medium prints, small prints, batiks, plaids, stripes, prints with many colors, bold fabrics as well as pastels — I pull them all. Each different kind of print will add something different to the overall look of the quilt. Look for printed fabrics where the print clearly contrasts with the background.
Before class, visit my website and spend some time looking at the range of patterned fabrics used in my quilts to get an idea of what to bring. www.AnnShawQuilting.com Also look at Ruth McDowell’s website to look at the fabrics she uses in her gorgeous quilts. www.RuthBMcDowell.com
You will also need the following supplies:
For Freezer Paper Template:
First Aid Cloth Tape (found near BandAids in your drugstore) to tape freezer paper
Sharpie brand Ultra Fine-line permanent marker (Black only!)
Highlighters (several colors)
Color Pencils (7 distinct colors for making tick marks)
(NOTE: Ink pens, Gel pens, Sharpie Markers or Crayons will not work)
Design Wall: Have available a foam design board (30”x 20” or larger).
They are inexpensive and can be found at your local office supply store.
You will be pinning your Master Design and template pieces to this as you
audition individual fabric selections.
Paper and Pencil to take notes
Paper Scissors (to cut apart freezer paper templates)
Rotary Cutter, 12” (or longer) quilt ruler, and cutting mat
Pins (Pincushion overflowing with 200+ pins!! 1” ball head pins or longer are ideal)
Basic Sewing kit
Several Ziploc bags (quart and gallon size)
Sewing machine and supplies: (bobbins thread, needles etc).
Depending on your design, you may or may not reach the point of beginning to sew your design together. You should be comfortable using your machine. Check to be sure that it is in good working order.
If you have a small digital pocket camera, bring it!
Using the camera on your phone or tablet will work as well.