Quilting in Toccoa
November 6 – 9, 2017
Georgia Baptist Conference Center
Eye Candy Quilt
Beginner to advanced
There is a new twist on a traditional quilt in town and it is fast, fun, and fabulous! Whether you call it Eye Candy, Buckeye Beauty or Jewel Box, this traditional block will become your favorite “go to” quilt pattern. It’s not magic, but you won’t believe how easy it is to do.
Plan your color pallet and pick a background fabric or use your scraps!
Come to class with your precut squares and let the magic begin. Using the Eye Candy Template is a snap. Grab a pencil, mark your fabric, stitch it, and cut it apart. You have the basic components of most traditional quilts. This is also a great template for a group project, such as Quilts of Valor, guild or friendship trades. Every block is precise and accurate. Eye Candy Supply List
Advanced beginner to advanced
This tiny little house is a work of art! It’s all about embellishing using vintage and hand dyed fabrics with hand embroidery. Susan will walk you through each step of one of her newest 3-D creations using fun and funky techniques! We will be using several different types of fabrics, such as hand dyed Cheesecloth, Silk/Rayon Velvet, Osnaburg and more! There is nothing more fun than stitching and creating your own little world atop a hill of fabrics and threads! There will be several options of houses, such as a winter house, a Tiki Hut for the beach, one with lots of flowers and more! It’s a tiny piece but so beautiful! This class will also be offered at 2017 Houston Quilt Fest. The pattern and partial kit will be provided by Susan for your convenience with the class fee. Little House Supply List
Explorations in String Patchwork
Beginner to Intermediate
Why limit yourself to pre-selected fabrics or someone else’s color choices? The simplicity of string patchwork offers opportunities for exploring individual self-expression. This class provides a safe, supportive environment for those willing to venture outside their comfort zone. You’ll be encouraged to take baby steps, not forced to jump off cliffs. Returning students may choose to experiment with crazy-patch variations.
Supplies: For this class, we want a wide variety of different types of fabrics: small pieces, leftover strips, anything you’d like to use or to get rid of. How do you know what to bring? Go through your stash and pull out anything that jumps out and insists on coming with you. Bring both plain fabric and a few sections of newspaper for foundations.
Laurel Horton has been making quilts and researching quilt history since 1975. She made her first string patchwork quilt in 1978 and continues to discover new variations. Laurel has taught String Patchwork at the John C. Campbell Folk School since 1990. String Patchwork Supply List
Judy has taken classes with Judy Neimeyer and teaches this and other classes at a Stitch in Time in Franklin, NC. Maxine at a Stitch in Time will offer a 10% discount on supplies purchased for this class. Leaf Supply List
In the class you will learn the fundamentals of capturing your image on a computer, printing the image on fabric, and then using the fabric in a simple small project that you can finish in a day (good small gift items). I will supply a laptop and printer. I encourage attendees to send me their photograph via email before the retreat, but I will be able to scan images during class.
We will spend Day 1 learning and preparing the image and the fabric for the printing process and then actually printing an image or two for each of you. I will also explain the use of TAP or Transfer Artist Paper to get an image on fabric.
Day 2 will be spent using the printed fabric in a small project: a trivet or mug rug. But of course, the printed fabric can be used in any number of ways (pictures below show a pillow, trivets and mugs rugs, and a table runner with the image of wedding flowers) – just let your imagination run wild! Printing on Fabric Supply List