Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mid Appalachian Quilt Conference


I will be presenting a lecture and teaching three classes at Mid-Appalachian Quilters conference at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

My focus will be on teaching the techniques to make free-form blocks with cutting in layers and sewing gentle curves and encourage individual creative thinking and explore the designing process. 
 
Registration is now open! 
Click on the link below for the complete list of classes and to register for classes.
http://maqonline.org/registration/2015registration.html


Here is the list of my classes.

118  Windmills on Friday, 10th July

  • Instructor:  Sujata Shah
  • Project Size:  Approx. 48 ½" x 48 ½"
  • Skill Level:  Beginner
  • Method: Curve piecing, Free-Form blocks
  • Project Rating:  Easy
  • Sewing Machine:  Required
  • Description:  Inspired by the windmills of Pennsylvania farms and Sujata's childhood memories of paper pinwheels, Windmills is a beginner-friendly project. Participants will use a simple five step process to make an art quilt with free-form traditional blocks. With easy-to-follow instructions from the book Cultural Fusion Quilts, this class is designed to focus on cutting curves through multiple layers of fabrics, and sewing curved seams. Individuals will construct blocks resembling an appliqued leaf using a carefree and fun technique. Participants will also explore possibilities of various layouts by changing the orientation of their blocks.
    Participants are encouraged to review the examples of quilts provided for this class before selecting the fabric for this project.
  • Skills Taught: Free-Form blocks using gentle curves in both cutting and sewing.

  • Additional Class Fees:  $28 for the book, "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

 

218  Hourglass Twist on Saturday, 11th July


  • Instructor:  Sujata Shah
  • Project Size:  Approx. 62 ½" X 62 ½"
  • Skill Level:  Beginner
  • Method: Machine Pieced
  • Project Rating:  Easy
  • Sewing Machine:  Required
  • Description:  The free-form hourglass block may look simple but it has a unique twist: with overlapping and mismatched points, it creates negative and positive space. Adding curves to cutting, sewing, and final trimming of pieces makes the quilt-making process engaging and unpredictable until the last stitch. Explore the endless possibilities that can evolve from this humble, traditional block. Combinations of curved and straight lines create movement and texture while creating perfect balance. In this class, participants will learn the basics of free-form blocks from the book Cultural Fusion Quilts. They will choose to either follow the pattern or manipulate the design presented during the class to create their own unique version of the quilt.
  • Skills Taught:  Free-form blocks
  • Additional Class Fees:  $28 for the book, "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

 

 318  Peppermint Pinwheels on Sunday, 12th July


 

  • Instructor:  Sujata Shah
  • Project Size:  Approx. 64" x 64"
  • Skill Level:  Beginner
  • Method: Curve piecing, Free-Form blocks
  • Project Rating:  Easy
  • Sewing Machine:  Required
  • Description: Inspired by folk art applique flowers, Peppermint Pinwheels is a perfect spring or summer project. One might ask: is it possible to make a pieced block with curved flower petals without any patterns or template? The answer is, yes! This design focuses on cutting multiple curves through layers of fabrics and sewing the pieces into free-form flower blocks. Participants will follow instructions from the book Cultural Fusion Quilts and construct blocks resembling large appliqued flowers with appliqued centers. The process is easy to learn and quick to reproduce. Sujata will share many tips on making free-form blocks and offer many suggestions for color combinations and layouts during the class.
  • Skills Taught: Cutting in layers, Organic Piecing, Free-Form Blocks
  • Additional Class Fees:  $28 for the book, "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

I am excited to be part of this event. I hope to see you there!

9 comments:

  1. Wish I lived within travelling distance!! Lucky quilters who can go along to your classes, I'm sure it will be wonderful experience.

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  2. Well done,you are having a great time with this new book.

    I'm wondering if I can become a contributor for the new blog Cultural Fusion Quilts so I can post my progress?

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  3. This sounds like such a wonderful event!! I know everyone will have a great time in your classes.

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  4. These look like great classes... free form blocks/ exploring design...loads of fun! I too wish I lived closer! Just have to settle for ordering your book at the library! Linda

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  5. Looks like a fun day of sewing and learning.

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  6. How I wish I could be there with you.

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  7. Such a wonderful event,Sujata!!
    I missed your posts for a long time. Sorry I was too busy.
    Now we have the beautiful season here with Sakura in full bloom.
    Have a great week!( smile)

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