Want to make your own modern abstract quilt designs? Inspired by minimal quilts, but don’t know how to start? David will guide you through a creative process for designing your own modern abstract quilts.
Two days to explore modern minimal quilt design
Day 1 (6 hours): Explore composition and design using paper and machine stitching. We will stitch a variety of mini quilt designs on paper employing simple, modern, minimal shapes. Try out your mini paper designs in photos of modern interiors to see how scale and proportion are working. Plan for the quilting lines to be a major design element. Discuss color and value, and choose a palette of fabrics for Day 2.
Day 2 (6 hours): Using one of your paper quilts as a roadmap, David will guide you through the steps to translate your ideas into a mini fabric quilt. We will use the quilt-as-you-go method. David will demonstrate face binding your quilt, which gives a modern finish, as well as how to join multiple quilted blocks. Your mini quilt can be the final product (frame it, hang it, or make a pillow cover later), or it can be a test piece for a larger quilt. We will also look at how to take inspiration from architectural photos to develop dynamic and unique quilt designs. Skill Level: beginner to intermediate, but all skill levels welcome. Experience using a walking foot attachment is helpful.
Day 1 Details: exploring modern abstract compositions in paper
- Use kraft paper, newsprint, and B&W paper ($10 materials fee, payable to instructor)
- Work quickly, intuitively and spontaneously to create multiple small compositions
- Stitch the compositions with the sewing machine for immediate results
- Experiment with different elemental geometric shapes, including gentle curves
- Explore spare, simple compositions for a modern look
- Think about figure and ground
- Consider the sewing lines as a key design element
- Select 1-2 photos, and break them down into elemental shapes with tracing paper and pencil
- Assess which compositions work well, and choose 1-2 to translate into fabric on Day 2
- Discuss color and value choices and decide on a palette for Day 2
Day 2 Details: make modern abstract mini quilts in fabric using the quilt-as-you-go technique
- Bring backing and batting cut to size (see supply list)
- Map out pieces for one composition onto cardboard
- Label and cut out cardboard pattern pieces
- Audition colors and placement
- Translate pattern pieces into fabric, leaving a generous amount of extra fabric for seam allowances
- Start with two main ground pieces
- Build composition slowly, trying out multiple fabrics, stepping back to assess the effect of each
- Leave edges raw, and talk about further surface design options: stitching by machine or hand, painting, drawing
- Watch a demo of facing a quilt for a modern look and joining completed quilt blocks
I will provide full hands-on instructions in class, as well as printed handouts with photos. This is a beginning to intermediate level class. Basic knowledge of walking foot quilting is helpful, but not necessary. We will learn together!
More Classes Coming:
Contact David if you are interested in future dates for this class, or to book this workshop for your guild.