I grew up in Montana, and I've come to realize that so much of my childhood has influenced my color preferences. I have loved the color Brown since a very young age, and my fondness for this color has expressed itself in my Quilting Journey.
While attending a color workshop in 2017, the attendees were asked to share their least favorite (or most challenging) color to work with. I was surprised as person after person said "Brown"! Probably 80% of the group considered MY favorite color to be difficult to work with!
An idea began to take shape for a program focused on using Brown in Quilts while still obtaining vibrant results.
My Program - "I LOVE CHOCOLATE" showcases the color Brown in a wide variety of quilts. (see Gallery). I talk about why we are attracted to certain colors and discuss ways to challenge ourselves as quilters to see colors in fresh ways. The Program is personal, fun & informative, and consists of both slides and a trunk show.
NEW PROGRAM IN 2024 - Beginning in March of 2024, I will offer a second Guild Program entitled "Working in a Series" - Inspiration & Motivation.
I began sewing in 8th Grade Home Economics, and primarily made clothing for years. I caught the quilting bug at age 22, & was the youngest of the 13 founding members of the Flathead Quilters Guild in Northwest Montana. However, a growing family and several moves kept me busy and for over two decades I made only a handful of Quilts. When I "rejoined" the quilting world, the Modern Quilt Movement was in full swing and I loved the clean, vibrant colors. Once again I became a founding member of a guild - this time the North Jersey Modern Guild. I opened a Boutique fabric shop in a small Arts community in New Jersey, but that dream was short lived as we moved to Kansas City just one year later! I am now a lucky member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and I credit them with much of my growth, courage and enthusiasm as a quilter!
I love the Art of Quilting, and the fact that there is always something new to learn- whether it's a technique, color theory, or design process.
I offer a variety of workshops which focus on everything from technique, to use of Color, to Collage.
My Color Challenge Workshop compliments the Program on Browns and is a great exercise in the way neutrals work to make our quilts better.
Collage -In June of 2019, I became a Certified Laura Heine Instructor - I teach her patterns, but also discuss color & value, movement and ways to make your work unique even when following a pattern.
Improv Circle Sampler - In this workshop students explore freeform piecing of circular designs beginning with basic skill building exercises, followed by the 4 types of circular units, adding inserts and making their own sample compositions. (Photo left)
An Introduction to Fabric Faces - This class was designed after I took "Making Faces" classes from a number of different teachers. I've adapted my favorite methods and teach a fun, easy workshop that combines sketching, quick collage, Artsy Collage & various adhesive methods.
NEW WORKSHOPS IN 2024:
- Color Wheel Explorations
- Abstract Landscape Collage - *small groups only, see below
more details below on NEW workshops...........................
The Block featured in this Quilt was historically referred to as "Crossed Squares" The original blocks - shown here - were pieced by my Grandfather. but never made into a quilt. He loved wild colors- much to the chagrin of my grandmother who was involved in more traditional quilting! In the process of discovering, rescuing, and piecing these blocks together, I learned some important color lessons and decided this Quilt would make a perfect project for a Color Challenge Class.
Color Wheel Explorations - In this workshop attendees will learn to use a Color Wheel and then will MAKE a quilt Color Wheel which will familiarize them with tints, shades and combinations. You will sharpen your Color Skills and have a new wallhanging for your Sewing Space!
Abstract Landscape - this class is currently taught at my own Art Barn Maker Space (June - August in Bigfork, Montana), or in small groups. It is not offered to Guilds at this time.
Want to check on Progress of New Classes and Projects? Follow me on Instagram @theArtofSewing OR @theartbarn_mt