Thursday, February 9, 2017

Teaching Wonky Crosses: Behind the Scenes

This is my second post about my classes coming up at Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey on March 2-5 (first post was here). There are spots available in both Orange Peels and Improv (my most popular class overall) and Wonky Crosses, if you'd like to join in!

Teaching the Wonky Cross workshop is a really fun endeavor for me. I don't know if teachers are supposed to have *that* much fun, but I certainly do. *cheeky grin* This class is appropriate for all levels, and it's especially perfect for those who want to feel out improvisational sewing. I've found that traditional quilters, especially those who are accustomed to accuracy and block making, enjoy a chance to "let loose" in a structured way. 

My favorite part of this class is working with students on an individual level. Each quilter comes in with a plan for their quilt, and it's my job to affirm their decisions or help push them whichever direction they're meant to go. In one memorable discussion, I sat with a quilter for about 15 minutes to help her decide on bolder pops of colors. As a group, we delve into how to line up up crosses, color play, and techniques for planning improvisation.

Thelma's Wonky Crosses - used with permission. There are several more examples in my Student Gallery, at the bottom of this page.

One of the main elements of this class is using fabric that contrasts from the background(s). Past students have played with that idea by sewing some blocks that are just barely showing up. It's amazing to see what you all come up with!

Trisha's wonky crosses - shared with permission

At the end of class, we always have show and tell, and I share some quilting ideas for final quilt tops, plus extra block ideas. In a 3 hour session, students usually complete 3-5 blocks, and many more for an all day class (this particular show is the shorter class). I'm excited to see what my new group of students will create, and I'm looking forward to sharing some quality sewing time with them in just a few short weeks (hi, Christine, I'm so glad you're joining me! :) ).

Country Quilters Guild, Pine Bush, NY

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4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really fun class. I love that you get to spend time with each student; that's the best part!

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  2. I LOVE making wonky quilts. Some of the favorite ones I have made are wonky .. just a little bit off-center. Just let creativity loose and go for it. I really do like so many of your designs. Should be a great, fun class!! BTW, I like your new picture.

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  3. What a fun class! I would love the opportunity to take a class taught by you.

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  4. We flew home to book this venue in June last year. Absolutely loved it here and I'll be certainly waiting to go back there for more events. Regardless of the time of your event, you always get the same thing at San Francisco venues: reasonable drink prices, great decoration, & friendly staff.

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