Folk Fibers: Piecing a Scrap Quilt
Join me to learn how to create a quilt from start to finish. We'll cover piecing the top, hand-quilting using sashiko thread, and binding the edges. I'll provide all the materials necessary. No experience required. I'm keeping this workshop small with only five participants. With this intimate group everyone will get individual attention and a solid start on creating a small 36" x 36" quilt. My goal is that everyone leaves excited, inspired, and confident to finish their quilt. I hope you'll join me for this creative weekend! Saturday, July 14th 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will discuss some basic quilt history and talk about the variety of materials and techniques. I'll share some of my favorite historical quilts and we'll look at my little collection of vintage pieces. We'll layout our fabric and discuss color palates. I'll share hints from my personal practice that keep the process fun and improvisational. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch break at the house. 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. We'll jump on the sewing machines and I'll demonstrate my piecing techniques. I'll have some one-on-one to make progress on their blocks 5:00 p.m. We'll stop for the day at 5 and you'll be on your own for dinner and lodging. Sunday, July 15th 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.We will begin hand stitching our quilts! I will share my preferred thread, Japanese sashkio (heavy cotton) thread. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch break at the house 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. We'll close the weekend by learning how to attach the quilt "binding" or finished edge. There's a few different styles, but I prefer to attach the double fold with a machine and then finish with a blind hand stitch. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.We'll cap off the workshop with group reflection and critique of our work. Supplies To get the most out of the workshop, I ask that everyone bring their own sewing machine. This will really help us be productive and increase the amount of work everyone can complete on their quilt. It would also be helpful if you could bring new universal needles for your machine and fabric scissors. I'll provide all the material needed to produce a 36" square quilt including the fabric, iron, batting, and thread. Experience This workshop is for all skill levels, but attendees should had basic knowledge of your sewing machine with confidence in stitching two pieces of fabric together unaided. We'll be working inside, but pack knowing that July is hot in Texas with temperatures reaching the upper 90s most days. Traveling to Austin If you'll be flying to Austin for the workshop, you'll need to rent a car. Austin public transportation is a little lacking and our home is 30 miles outside the city center. For lodging, Austin has a large selection of AirBnB rooms. Also, there's no shortage of boutique hotels if your budget allows (Austin Motel, Hotel San Jose, Heywood Hotel, etc). There's also the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort just 10 minutes up the road from our house. If you're interested in coordinating with other attendees on transportation or lodging send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll connect you with others who do the same. Thanks to Josh Goleman for the photo above.
131 Walker-Watson Rd
Bastrop, TX 78602