Ribbons Class - 2 Part Class
Instructor: Sarah Bond
Date: Saturday, February 4th & 18th
Time: 10-4pm, both days
This is a workshop style class. Using solid fabrics as a starter, students will explore the power of strip piecing and experimentation with color gradations, size gradations and alternations of solid fabrics with other fabrics. Working with solids is a great way to really experiement with color without the interference of texture and patterns. The quilt shown is made almost exclusively with solids. We will incorporate some patterened fabric as the class progresses. Students can use their own ideas or instructor "recipes" for fabric constructions. Those constructions will then be cut and assembled into quilt tops. The title of this course refers to the ribbons of light and color that can be achieved with this technique.
- Students should bring basic sewing supplies and their sewing machine in good working order
- Students should bring a variety of fabrics to work with. Detailed materials list can be found below
- This exercise in color play will translate into quilts of a variety of sizes and patterns and styles. I can't wait to see them all!
Ribbon Quilts - Color and Fabric Fusion
- Sewing Machine in good working order
- Basic sewing supplies: threadm extra machine needles, needles, scissors, rotary cutter, small rotary mat, (large mats will be provided)
- Notebook for paper or taking notes
- Digital camera or cell phone camera for taking pictures when you begin your composition
Fabrics - the following list of fabrics is designed to fit with the exercises we will be doing. Some, like the selection of solid fabrics, are fairly integral to class activities. Others, like the batiks and prints should be brought if you have them or feel inclined to get them because you love them anyway. Bring what you habe and purchase what you can afford or have time to buy. Remember that we can share back and forth and that we will be in a fabric store if you suddenly find you need or want something. Whatever you end up bringing, you will be able to work with the concept and get something out of the exercise.
- Solid fabrics - Selvedge to selvedge cuts or fat quarters. Solids will be our first resort because the plain colors will give us the opportunity to experiment with color only and build combinations independent of patterns
-1/2 yard (or more) of black
-1/4 to 1/2 yard (or more) of red
-1/4 to 1/2 yard cuts of white or off-white, and at least 3 to 4 grays in between so you have a good gradation from white to black.
-1/4 to 1/2 yard cuts of 5 to 8 solids in another color family so that you have a good gradation. This could be brown to red, blue to green, or whatever colors you like best.
- Batiks - Selvedge to selvedge cuts or fat quarters. These are great to use because they offer a little more visual texture and pattern than the solids, but the patterns are not overpowering and the colors are true and available in great variety.
- Graphic or Geometric Prints - Slevedge to selvedge or fat quarters. A selection of commercial fabrics from your stash. Stripes, polka dots, graphic black and white prints are good choices to blend with your color studies. It would be good to have at least one of these fabrics in mind when you choose your color families of solid fabrics. This will help guide your choice of solids.
You will need your fabrics for the first class. The first class will be used for construction of our fabric combinations. The second class will be for composition. That's when we will cut up our constructions and make magic!
(Lunch break is about 20-30 minutes. You may bring lunch or a snack. We have a refrigerator and a microwave available for use. If you wish to leave for lunch, the Oley Turnpike Dairy [one mile down the road] has sandwiches, soups and salads.)