All lectures are about 1 hour long with a question and answer period. Some are power point presentations followed with lots of quilts of various sizes. Some lectures are presented as a trunk show.
Turning Travel Into Treasures - NEW
Traveling whether overseas or to the town next door, can lead to inspirations for lots of quilts. Learn to look through your camera lens, or smart phone,
with a quilter's eye. Building details, like the wrought iron banisters in Barcelona or a scene from your summer vacation to the beach, can be
transformed using fabric to create lasting memories. I'll share how I turn my inspirations into quilts by printing photos onto fabric, convert photos into
a quilted scene, use architectural motifs to create a contemporary quilt or combine them all into a fiber book.
Love Your Curves
Whether pieced or appliqued, curves in quilts are enticing and at the same time, intimidating. The construction of The Drunkards Path , which is the most recognizable curve pieced quilts dating back to the 19th century, can be found in old magazines and hidden shoe boxes as cardboard templates. Today there are lots of templates and methods developed to make curved piecing quicker, easier and more accurate. Using applique to create curves has become an appealing alternative to piecing. Curvalicious is an acrylic tool created by Cheryl that creates the illusion of piecing but it's actually fusible applique. I will share how and why Curvalicious was designed and the many quilts and accessories that can be created with it.
Silk Dupioni is a luscious beautiful fabric that has such an elegant shimmer to it. It can add richness to any project. It has a unique quality based on its slubs and irridescence. I will share my silk body of work that includes everything from Jewish ritual pieces to traditionl quilts to contemporary quilts to modern quilts. Learn how to tame this potentially difficult fabric so that you will have the courage to cut into it and use it in one of your projects. I'll share everything I have learned while constructing over 30 quilted pieces.
A Unique Personality
Every choice you make when designing a quilt makes it unique. A computer can be a powerful tool in helping to bring your personalized designs to fruition. This lecture will cover the specifics about how to print on fabric and how to transform your words, photos, drawings and memories into patterns for applique. Many ways will be demonstrated to include photo in your quilts and how to make each of your quilt unique and individual, adding just the right amount of embellishment, from beads to buttons to bits & pieces from your travels. Leave this lecture with the tools to go home and start working on your own personalized quilt.
Inspiration From Squiggles and Dots
This lecture was inspired while on vacation in Florida. The wallpaper in the hotel room shouted out to me - "I would make a great quilt". I started looking at the world and objects around me and found lots of inspiration from everything from wallpaper to sidewalsk to wine labels to wrought iron gates.Using photos and finished quilts, you will see how inspiration can be transformed into a quilted piece.
Choose to Fuse - 6 hours
Fabric postcards are an easy way to share your artistic side. The houses of Key West are the perfect inspiration. These cards can be mailed or framed for hanging. Choose from patterns provided by Cheryl or design your own, using fusible web and a bit of stitching, then mail to a friend or keep for yourself (we won’t tell)!
Kit Fee: $7 - Includes patterns, stabilizers and postcard backing
"This is one of the best workshops I have attended.... Cheryl is so fun and organized ! "The project looks hard, but it is easy, the Cheryl way!" K.N.
Take a trip to the ocean, either on the surface with a beach, sailboats and beach umbrellas or under the sea, creating either one of these wallhangings. Pick one for your workshop. Using fusible applique, these scenes go together quickly with a full size patter. If you're unfamiliar with machine applique, you'll be an eexprt when you're done. Curvalicious tool is helpful but not required to create the waves and scalloped borders. Let's feel the sand between out toes!
Pattern Required:$15.00 Curvalicious tool: $32.00
Mini Mosaics 3 or 6 Hours
Mosaic Pet Retreat 3 Days
This is a great introductory class to cotton fabric dyeing. Starting with 3 colors of dye and 3 1/2 yards of white cotton fabric, you will end up with 30, yes 30, fat eighths of high quality hand dyed fabric in an assortment of colors. This will give you a great palette to work from. In addition to these fabrics, see what happens when you dye black and white fabric. In this workshop you will go home with 5 yds of fabric to rinse at home and learn the basic skills to be able to dye any cotton fabric. Kit Fee: $45 includes fabric and dye
Mosaic Medallions 1-2 Days
Funkytown (54"x54") is a scrappy quilt created with Curvalicious. Use lots of fabric colors or use 2 for a dramatic effect. Lots of curves with no curved piecing! It's done using fusible web. Good for beginning fusers or more experienced fusers. It's composed of 16 blocks that are quick and easy to sew. More blocks, result in a bigger quilt! Learn how to use Curvalicious and about threads, machine tension and raw edge fusible applique. And the big bonus is learn how to make an award style winning border that you're sure to use on may, many more quilts.
Required: Curvalicious + Pattern
Turn your travel memories or passions into this free standing book. In this workshop, you'll learn how to transform your inspiration into a page, whether it's using a photo, words, applique or non-traditional technique. Each page measures 5"x7" and your book can have as many or as few pages as desired. Bring your ideas and inspiration to start this unique fiber art.
Taming Silk Dupioni 6 Hours
Introductory Fabric Dyeing 3 or 6 Hours
Bailey Gracie Cooper
Design A Mosaic (1-5 Days)
In this workshop, you will create your own mosaic design pattern from a simple object/drawing or for a more in depth, long term project - from a vacation photo. After preparing your pattern, learn the technique and perhaps finish your unique Mini Mosaic Quilt.
This is a workshop for those that are interested in a larger and more complex Mini Mosaic. These meddallion measure 24"x24" when finished. It's also a great opportunity to make that Mariner's Compass that you've always wanted to make, but now you don't have to worry about the points and circular piecing. Everything needed to create and finish the wall hanging will be covered in the workshop.
Funkytown - 6 Hours
This is a fun no sew workshop that imitates the ancient art of mosaics, inspired by a trip to Israel. Learn how to create a mosaic picture from small pre-cut pieces of lots of colored fabric, using a technique that was developed to simplify the process. Pick one of the available patterns in class that will finish at 9"x12", and then can be bordered and quilted to your preference at home. Bring tweezers and a sharp small scissors to use with a provided kit. ($20).
Curvalicious Skinny Quilt 6 Hours
Postcards From Key West - Sew & Send Fabric Art 3 Hours
Free Standing Fabric Book 1-3 Days
Sewing With Silk 6 Hours
This workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced quilters. We will start with the basics of machine applique, beginning with the different fusible products and how to transfer your designs. Then using a myriad of techniques, including top stitching, zig zagging and blanket stitching, we will progress to reversible applique, 3-D applique, using netting and fusible binding - all by machine. This is an action packed class filled with lots of tips and techniques. You will be on your way to creating an applique bird sampler quilt measuring 22"x30".
Materials Fee: $5.00
If you are stuck in a cotton-quilting rut and have wanted to try an alternative fabric, or just want to spice up your quilts, then this class is for you. This Curvalicious dupioni silk quilt is a show stopper. It's construction looks quite complicated, but only one template is used to create this skinny quilt combining piecing and fusible applique. The complementary colors of the handstitched circles complete a stunning design. Learn the ins and outs of sewing with silk dupioni and how to tame it. A trunk show during lunch will demonstrate the many other uses for Curvalicious.
Silk Kit: $40.00 Curvalicious tool: $32
Optionally, bring your own cotton fabric to learn how to use Curvalicious.
Have you been intrigued by the sheen and glamour of Dupioni Silk, but are afraid to work with it? Dupioni silk is a beautiful and multi-faceted fabric that adds elegance to any project. It can be stabilized so that it will behave like cotton. Cheryl will share her tips for working with it while each participant will design and construct a wallhanging out of half square triangles. Kit is available. It includes fabric, tips and pattern to create a wallhanging that measures 24" x 36". Kit: $30.00
Beachalious or Fishalicious Two 4 hour Worshops
Create an amazing, pieced quilt of your pet using your own photograph. Learn to "see" the shading in your pet's face and how to piece in the details. The finished quilt measures 54" x 54" and the quilting reflects the individual pet's fur.
This 3 Day class can be held as a retreat or as a 3 day workshop. Get a group of friends together and we can set up a date and location.
Quilting Arts Aug/Sept 2016
This is the perfect workshop to learn everything you neeed to know for quilting with silk dupioni. Starting with stabilizing the silk whether you are piecing or doing fusible applique, to stitching to quilting. This "Bird On A Branch" wallhanging measures 22" x 22". Use your dupioni silk or put together an a la carte kit from Cheryl's supplies.