I believe in designing quilts that speak to our hearts and aesthetic preferences, not quilts that conform to someone’s rules about what a quilt should be. But to do that, I had to spend time exploring the principles of design and examining why some quilts spoke to me and others did not. I had to find my own aesthetic! Being an IT person by training, this took some learning that was outside my previous box.
It has been a very satisfying journey. All my Zoom lectures focus on helping quilters without formal training on design learning to design quilts that speak to their hearts. People who participate in my sessions have been generous in their praise and appreciative of learning specific ideas and techniques that they can put to use in their personal quilt design practice.
Here is a sample of the feedback I’ve received:
I have forwarded an e-transfer to you for today’s outstanding presentation to our GMDQG. Many compliments from our members!
Your style of presentation was very relaxed, yet so very informative. Your slides well illustrate the points, and you explain them logically and clearly. I loved the way you addressed people’s style and preferences while relating such good design practices. I learned so much today.
I enjoyed your lecture very much. There was enough in the class, and it was presented so clearly that I would be very pleased to hear it again to remember more of the information you gave us. You are a wonderful teacher! I hope that I can see you again soon.
Thank you for such an amazing class! It ran so smoothly and went by so fast. I felt everyone left feeling confident and enthused! Great organizing, teaching, and support for all!
Thank you, thank you!
I just had to write and thank you for the great workshop on design this morning. I am so inspired, excited, and enthusiastic.
My dear husband let me yabber about it all the way home to Nanaimo in the car!
I have been exploring your website and saw with joy some of your tips since your “17 Things…” workshop was full and I could not get in.
What a great day!
Zoom Lecture Options:
Dare to Design!
I’m a quilter who came to quilting after a left-brain-dominated life of over 50 years. Almost immediately, I wanted to make my designs rather than follow someone else’s pattern. However, with no grounding in art or design, figuring out what might be aesthetically pleasing to me seemed a daunting task. Over the years, artists have developed some ground rules for achieving effective design. In this one-hour lecture, I will share with you what I’ve learned about these ground rules and give you examples of how they apply to quilt design. As part of this discussion, we will look at how fabric texture, visual and tactile, can enhance your designs and your finished quilts! This will be a good introduction for those of you who, like me, come to quilting with no background in art. For those of you who have that background, the discussion will be a good refresher and an opportunity for you to share your knowledge with the rest of us!
Exploring Shape as a Design Element
In the past, I tended to stay within a comfortable zone of familiar shapes as I developed new quilt designs. Although shape is only one of the elements of design that we get to work with as quilters, it can be a powerful aid in creating new designs. Starting with shape as a jumping-off point, I’ve arrived at designs that I would not have found otherwise. In this one-hour lecture, we look at quilts as we isolate the element of “shape” and see how we can use it as inspiration for new design ideas.
Tips on Choosing a Fabric Palette
I frequently encounter other quilters who have a fear of choosing the fabric palette for their next quilt. And I can certainly empathize because that was huge for me when I started quilting. If I couldn’t wear the colour, I didn’t know anything about it! And the colour was only one of the variables! Where to start? Twelve years down the road, with a fair number of quilts (mine and my customers’) under my belt, and I have some “lessons learned” that I’d like to share with you. We’ll talk about where you might find inspiration, some basic principles that will get you started on a good path, some tips for stepping outside your comfort zone, and a whole lot more. I hope you’ll bring along your questions and suggestions to share with us too!
My lectures run for about one hour and are followed by a question period of about 15 minutes. Before the lecture, I will send a PDF handout for participants interested in keeping notes from these sessions.
The fee for the lectures is $375. I do not charge a portion of guest ticket sales.
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