Friday Options at QuiltAway

Pointy Parts with Silk & Salvage

Learn techniques favored by Sue Fox and Julia McLeod … AND … contribute to the guild’s 2021 opportunity quilt in this two-in-one workshop.

You’ll use donated silks to make “art parts” for our opportunity quilt. Keep going, if you like, with your own fabrics for your own art-parts projects. And come back at night! Participants (and others with silk experience) are welcome to stay on in the classroom, building components for the opportunity quilt.

Julia will show how to line up a flock of flying geese, make mini geese, and time permitting, demonstrate the New York Beauties block. Sue will share her method for Scrappy Sawtooth borders, teach a Sawtooth Star block, and demo speedy techniques for “easy-going” half square triangles.

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Confetti Hunter Star with Material Girlfriends

Twin-sister instructors Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak share an amazing technique that super-simplifies cutting and piecing Hunter Star blocks. No Y seams! No special rulers!

Mix-and-match your block halves to easily create one of four different Hunter Star settings included in the Confetti Hunter Star pattern by Material Girlfriends.

Laugh and enjoy the sisters’ humor and expertise as you create a 48″ x 64″ throw-size quilt. This is a layer-cake friendly pattern. Pattern sold separately.

For some inspiration and eye-popping examples of this pattern, take a look this Flickr gallery.

Indigo Shibori Dyeing with Joy-Lily

In this one-day workshop we will mix up a vat of pre-reduced indigo and use it to create dramatic blue-and-white patterns on natural fibers by using clamps, blocks, string, corks and other found objects. Bring small clothing items, pillowcases, table napkins and/or fat quarters of quilt fabric to dye. Watch your fabric turn blue like magic in the air as the indigo quickly oxidizes.

For more colorful effects, start with colored fabric. You can even bring your least favorite quilt fabrics and improve them, too. Overdye your blue work in a red or yellow dyebath for more complex patterns and colors.

Rings of Change with Colleen Granger

If you were intrigued by Colleen’s Rings of Change at New Quilts of Northern California at PIQF in 2018 or at Road to California in 2019, now’s your chance to try it for yourself!

You can make Rings of Change, left, with your own fabrics. It uses 18 fat eighths (9″x20″) or a 2½” strip pack, while Rings of Change II (right) uses four groupings of seven colorways. Alternatively, laser-cut kits are available either in American Made Brand fabrics (as in Rings of Change II) or in kits featuring Hoffman batik fabrics (as in Rings of Change).

Pieces of the rings are cut using a template. Once you’ve constructed and pressed the rings, it’s time to play at the design wall. Be sure to take pictures as you move the rings from place to place.

Patterns are provided in class; acrylic templates are extra.

Open Studio

Free time and plenty of space to start a new challenge, contribute to Community Outreach, make progress on an unfinished project, or work on components for the 2021 opportunity quilt.