2016 Spring Seminar
March 6 – 11
Embassy Suites Hotel Spa & Conference Center
San Marcos, Texas
QA hosts our flagship event in March of each year. Our Spring Seminars brings together a faculty of accomplished, award-winning and nationally known instructors with a broad range of specialties and offers you a rare opportunity for a 5-day, in-depth study with one instructor of your choice. Bring a friend and treat yourself to five fun-filled days in the Texas Hill Country!
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Free your inner muse with this new class and innovative technique from Esterita! You will learn her original monoprinting technique which utilizes fusible web to transfer your original imagery to organza using any medium: paint, pencils, oil crayons, markers, etc. This process is unlike any other printing process; it is not a reverse technique — what you see is what you get — it is monoprinting reimagined. It’s a breeze to incorporate the written word and to layer imagery as collage. You don’t have to be an artist to succeed with this fun and user-friendly new method. This is a process anyone can master and will give you another tool in your arsenal to be able to create an original and unique form of art quilt.
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Take the mystery out of painting on silk and join Andrea as she demonstrates her techniques to achieve beautifully painted silk appliqué botanicals. This workshop will cover everything needed to take your art piece from photograph to painted silk appliqué using Profab Textile Paints. We will begin by preparing the silk charmeuse for paint, then create a master appliqué pattern. After a discussion of color theory and composition, most of the time will be dedicated to creating your flower with paint. Participants will have a choice of three flower images — Oriental Poppy, Tiger Lily or Purple Iris — for their project. In addition, Andrea will teach the technique she uses to create beautiful “confetti” style backgrounds to make your appliqué shine.
You Can’t Whack Just One: Making the Most of Stacked Rotary Cutting
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and Fabric Guide
Sharpen your piecing skills and learn to use those “other” angles on your quilter’s rule while you explore the limitless possibilities of stacked fabric quilts. In this class you’ll work with one 8- layer fabric to make over a dozen different blocks with 4-, 6-, and 8-layer repeats which combine diamonds, rectangles, triangles and more. You’ll make a puzzle sampler of 6″ and 12″ blocks, explore design and print scale, and learn many useful tips and techniques from Norah’s many years of teaching. You might even learn a few ways to “cheat” in class!
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Students will begin by working on small paper backed samples of various surface design techniques resulting in a small fan folded book. From there we will explore how panels of various sizes can be assembled into a quilt or kimono form. Inspiration will come from abstracted variations of historical artistic styles, color field, cubism, geometry and the natural environment of our surroundings. We will use acrylic artist medium, fabric paints, ribbons and beads for embellishment and Mistyfuse fusible web to bond cottons and silk fabrics to create abstract compositions. Machine stitching will be completed at home or if you prefer to finish in class you can bring your sewing machine. Either way, be prepared for fun!
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& Thread Guide
Realism in thread painting is achieved by incorporating shadows and highlights into a design and by blending the thread correctly. Without shadows the design would have no form and no dimension. Learn how simple the design parameters are to shade and highlight with thread to create realism in your thread designs. Only a straight or zigzag stitch is used so no special machine is required. And no previous thread painting skill is necessary. A preprinted background (shown at right) will assure success right from the start. You will learn the parameters of quilting a landscape quilt, how to add borders after quilting the quilt center and some other secrets Nancy uses in her workshops and award winning quilts. So come join Nancy for some fun and learn how to create 3-dimensional quilt elements in thread!
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This class is for quilters who are comfortable with their own appliqué technique(s), while allowing us to rethink the traditional appliqué process. David will demonstrate hand-appliqué methods, but students are welcome to work in any applique technique(s) they are most comfortable with. The focus of the class is adapting a photograph or drawing into a wall quilt. Topics include pattern drawing, freezer paper appliqué, fabric selection and quilting ideas. Participants will learn how to create highly detailed images by using simple shapes and by letting the fabric create texture to give the image a ‘painted’ effect. A simple subject with nice details works best for this method and images must be approved by David in advance of the workshop.
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