Without plastic templates, without working on all those angles - this class teaches you how to make your own fabrics and colours work for you and never mind the maths. You will draft up the pattern on freezer paper and use that as your template.
It is my privilege to teach several of the late Barbara Bilyard’s patterns.
Barb was a quilter for more than twenty-five years and taught contemporary quilt design and construction nationally and overseas for many of those years. Barb loved geometric patterns and colour and the classes I have chosen to add to my teaching repertoire will allow us to put our own interpretation on her designs. I have written consent from Barb’s family to teach the following classes.
This class teaches techniques that will give you a confident start on your art quilt adventure: curved piecing, fabric manipulation and trapunto; regular, reversed and soft-edged applique; free-motion quilting and embroidery and layering both fabric and colour to achieve results.
A back-to-basics for patchworkers of all levels and a great way to use up that five inch swatch collection.
Elements learnt are template-free rotary cutting, chain-piecing, borders and accuracy with both sewing and cutting.
Up to ten patterns are available in class
Using five-inch swatches, this quilt is a no-fuss fun class for all levels.
The hardest part is choosing the colours – two colours look equally as good as totally scrappy.
Soft-edge applique achieves an old fashioned look and feel of a comforter.
... but not as we know it.
This is more along the lines of a stitchery sampler showing off techniques rather than blocks. Learn how to applique, piece accurately, paper piecing, reverse applique, foundation piecing and stitching
Bordering On The Comical Day one is spent making the scrappy centre and bordering it ready for the beastie and day two is for applique, machine embroidery, fabric painting or whatever it takes to achieve the look.
Elements taught include chain piecing, measuring for borders, applique and sewing machine skills.
Patterns for three beasties - the cat, rabbit or clown are available in this class.
The stack and whack technique does not get any simpler. Once the fabric has been cut it is straightforward sewing.
These ‘paintings’ are easily achievable using fusible webbing and soft-edged applique. You get the stained-glass effect (black brush-stroke edges) without using bias strips.
In essence - having fun with fabric and your sewing machine.
A quilt designed by Blanche Young (I have written consent from her publisher to teach)
Combine a nine-fabric colourwash with simple piecing
Take a bag full of scraps and make something beautiful. The class is back to basics: making a quilt out of scraps and get measurements and cutting down pat.
Includes lots of short cuts to blocks I started out choosing dusky pinks and chocolate for my sample.
Two colours either contrasting or complementary work well here.
Five patterns available in this class that all use 2½ inch strips of fabric.
I have worked with several traditional blocks that use the strips most efficiently. Elements learnt are template-free rotary cutting, chain-piecing, borders and accuracy with both sewing and cutting.