Join author Katie Pedersen, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, in refining your improvisational quilting skills in this modern quilt block workshop. By merging one construction method with multiple string piecing techniques we’ll simultaneously create large string blocks and mitered log cabin blocks that appear both chaotic and controlled. Design one quilt or two with your blocks.
We’ll touch on fabric options, placement and the unlimited design potential to make a finished original quilt. Katie will have multiple inspiring examples of how you and these quilt blocks can play together.
All level of sewists welcome.
- Sewing machine in awesome working order (don’t forget cords and pedal)
- 15” square template quilting ruler (optional but encouraged)
- Long template quilting ruler (at least 24” long)
- Rotary cutter and large 24” x 36” mat
- Matching thread Scissors
- Roll of Painters tape
- 2 yards of flannel, batting or something that can be used as a design wall Iron and Board
- *Optional- Paper and colored pencils or pens
Fabric - Total of (6ish) yards solid or almost solid prints (FQs or 22” scrap strips are fine). I usually have about (6-9) different fabrics, but have used just two. You can see what I’ve made with this block here . Color inspiration is all around, but you can view my colorway collection here .
We’ll be designing improvisationally in this workshop. Our goal in class will be to have a full understanding of the construction of the blocks. Blocks can easily be added later to enlarge your quilt size. Fabric here is an estimate so that you can happily create and play in class. FYI, just like cookies, more is better;) I’d suggest buying what you can purchase more of incase you enlarge your quilt.
Prior to class you will need to cut strips from each of your fabrics. Strips should be a mix of somewhat consistent-width and angled (wedge shaped) strips.
To Cut the Strips:
- Fold the yardage in half ONCE , matching the selvedges and square up the top edge.
- Cut a variety of consistent-width strips that measure between 2 ” to 4 1⁄2 ” (we’re improvising here so it doesn’t have to be exact).
- Cut a variety of angled strips by placing your ruler at the desired angle and cut along the ruler’s edge, again these strips should measure between 2” and 4 1⁄2 ” in width.
- Cut the strips in half at the center fold to yield (2) shorter strips of about 21”.
Cut a total of (3) strips from each fabric, sub-cut on the fold to make (6) and/or cut (6) strips from each FQ along the longest edge.