Next course: 5th - 11th November 2018

Many believe that designing their own quilt is beyond them, but if you follow the steps, design is within everyone’s reach. For this course, you can take inspiration from your own surroundings at home, the places we visit here in France, or your imagination.

This broad design-led approach will allow you to explore design on paper and fabric, getting to grips with the basics in both traditional and modern design approaches. We will look at aspects of design for quilting, working with photos, drawings and more. You will not be working to my design but learning how to create your own design without quilting software. We will look at ways to make your quilts unique.

Specifically we will be looking at Romanesque architecture and medieval paintings of this region of France. Be inspired by Romanesque architecture, columns, arches, doorways, wall paintings or stained-glass windows. I will be showing you how to incorporate elements into your design and how to use the original source and make it personal. i.e. we are not copying imagery nor source material but using it as inspiration. This opens up a broad spectrum of possibilities for design that we shall explore. You will make your own wall hanging based on your own photos/drawings/research guided by me. We will explore different methods of turning your ideas into quilts you can make. The explorations can be applied to further designs of your own making.

I will demonstrate simple block design, Cathedral window quilting, piecing and applique as well as the principles of quilt design. No software needed.

You will need to bring:

A sketchbook or two
Travelling set of paints
Set of pencils/graphic-type pens to make marks on paper
(Sweet Nothings provide some art supplies but if you have a favourite, please bring it)
Quilting cotton fabric - a dozen 15cm square pieces of undyed calico for samples plus fabric
for a wall hanging. Make sure you have light, medium and dark fabrics that go well together.
You could use plain calico to colour later if you wish.
Bondaweb or similar fusible and a piece of freezer paper to protect iron and ironing board for applique if you choose this method.
Matching thread
Bring a camera/phone to take photos and your laptop for image downloads/work

Bondaweb, calico, stained glass fabric and more can be found on
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