Paramjeet Bawa, art quilter and teacher from Kuwait, was in Kenya last week to teach Kenya Quilt Guild members her unique styles of free motion quilting.  Through six different classes, members learned or reviewed their skills of free machine quilting.  We learned how to sketch, sew raw edge appliqué, create wonderful goldwork embellishment and do some thread painting.  These process classes introduced numerous techniques and tricks, which Paramjeet calls “cheats,” that will allow quilters to stitch beautiful feathers or any pictorial representation.  Kenya Quilt Guild members definitely pushed themselves and their machines to their furthest limits.

Paramjeet’s quilt workshops included:

  • Sketching Workshop: This quilt workshop started with a review of all basics on free motion machine quilting and knowing your machine, especially testing tension.  Then participants moved to Thread Sketching. This technique allows quilters to draw on fabric with thread, even if you think you cannot draw.  Everyone drew and then stitched the Blue Mosque that you see in the photo below.
Blue Mosque, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Blue Mosque, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

  • The Three Ladies or Sunflower Workshop: This was the most intense workshop, featuring raw edge appliqué worked from the back of the foundation fabric.  Examples of more of Paramjeet’s projects can be seen below.
Three Ladies, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Three Ladies, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Sunflowers, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Sunflowers, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

  • Golden Feathers Workshop:  In this quilt workshop, students started by quilting beautiful feathers on 100% synthetic fabric. When it was  a bit too challenging, they learned a small cheat, and used a sketch on paper to make beautiful feathers.  Then with a soldering iron they burnt the edges of the feathers.
Golden Feathers, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Golden Feathers, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

  • Thread painting:  In this final quilt workshop, participants discovered Solvy.  Working with frames, they learned basic free motion embroidery stitches.  Zigzag stitch effects were the most popular, but everyone had their eyes opened to the possibilities, and they cannot wait to practice more ideas!
Desert Wind, Quilt Project by Paramjeet Bawa

Desert Wind, Art Quilt by Paramjeet Bawa

Paramjeet Bawa was a fine teacher for the Kenya Quilt Guild members.  Soft-spoken and gentle in her approach, Paramjeet made everyone feel comfortable and willing to work hard to learn what she could share.  We hope to have her return to Kenya soon, and we heartily recommend her to other quilt guilds around the world for the very fine quilt teacher that she is!

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