The Kenya Quilt Guild is always on the lookout for good teachers and their workshops. Workshops to be offered soon are listed below. We post more information as it becomes available.

Please read our post Quilt Workshop Etiquette: 10 Tips before you register for a workshop.  Be confident that you can abide by the guidelines set forth there before you commit.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these workshops, please email us from the Contact form in the sidebar at left. Your message will be forwarded to the workshop organizer who will contact you by return.

If you are a teacher who would like to offer quilt workshops in Kenya, and if you will be within 4,000 miles of the country and have time to visit with us, please let us know.  We will be happy to correspond with you about having you teach in Kenya at some future date.

 

 

March 25 & 26, 2015: “Reflections”

 

Reflections, online art quilt class at QuiltEd Online

Two-day original-design patchwork quilt workshop,
taught by Dena Dale Crain

 

The quilt world is full of hidden artists. They work in fabric and have come to art through the tradition of patchwork quilting. They rarely call themselves artists, they may have no formal training in art, and they often feel that art theory is alien territory.

That is too bad, because basic art principles are the building blocks of good design. Think of them as no more complex than learning A-B-C and 1-2-3. Whether or not you call yourself an artist–when you design original patchwork quilts, you make art.

Reflections shows you how to use the simplest mirror-imaging methods to create millions of original patchwork quilt designs. Whether you prefer to make modern bed covers and other soft furnishings or you want to try your hand at serious art quilting is entirely up to you. Using the methods learned in this patchwork quilt design workshop, you can easily move from one to the other.

 

Reflections, online art quilt class at QuiltEd Online

 

In Reflections, we progress from basic to complex patchwork quilt design methods. We talk about basic art theory as we consider why quilters do what we do:

  • Discover new ways of thinking about composition and new, but familiar, ways of designing patchwork quilts.
  • Learn how the same principles apply to designing quilting patterns as well.
  • See how the magic in a patchwork quilt comes from interpreting an original-design sketch in fabric.
  • Explore a range of possibilities for visualizing and realizing the patchwork quilt of your dreams.
  • Practice new but trusted sewing methods, and see examples of how to turn your patchwork quilt designs into appealing soft furnishings or marvelous works of art.

 

Reflections

A great basic patchwork quilt design class!

You won’t want to miss it!

 Register at the March KQG meeting

or use the contact form in the sidebar at left.

Reflections Workshop Specifics

Dates: March 25 & 26 (two-day workshop)
Times: 10:00a.m. until 3:00p.m. each day
Total price for both days: 4,000/-

With traffic in Nairobi virtually overwhelming, the Kenya Quilt Guild offers this two-day workshop in a condensed format, with a late start and early departure time to help you beat the traffic, enjoy the workshop and keep your stress levels low!

Here’s how it works:

  • Day One: Presentation and discussion of drawing methods; how to clean up a sketch to create an illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional plane; the importance of a focal point and how to achieve one. Dena talks and demonstrates the drawing methods, helping you build confidence to try, knowing that whatever you draw, it will be just fine!
  • Day Two: Critique of sketches–learning from each other; instructions for pattern preparation; demonstrations and practice of useful sewing techniques. A quick but gentle group critique helps you fine-tune your sketches. Then demonstrations of sewing methods are followed by practice time on an as-needed basis. You leave the workshop with your sketches, instructions for how to make and use the quilt pattern, and a repertoire of newly learned sewing skills to empower you to face the challenge ahead: making your own, original-design, patchwork quilt!

Each day’s class is structured to present all relevant information in a condensed format. Hands-on work time in class will be kept to a minimum, sufficient only to ensure that students can do their homework and get home at a reasonable hour!

 

To make sure no one misses out on direct interaction
with their teacher due to the briefer time
spent together in class,
Dena has kindly offered to enroll all paid-up registrants
of this class into the online version at
QuiltEd Online–for FREE!

There, you receive written and fully illustrated instructions for all class content and sewing tutorials–far better than mere hand-outs! Your enrollment includes a personal student project album for posting and sharing photos of your work-in-progress and receiving critique there.

With continuous access to the online quilt class, you can work immediately after the live workshop, or come back online and finish your original-design patchwork quilt project all in your own good time. Dena will be available, online and at your convenience, to answer any questions that might later arise.

Sign up today for Dena Dale Crain’s original-design patchwork quilt workshop, Reflections, and take advantage of this most generous offer! Class size is limited, so register now so you don’t miss out!!

 Register at the March KQG meeting

or use the contact form in the sidebar at left.

 

 

 

Reflections Supply List

 

Day One, March 25:

  • Sketching paper–an inexpensive child’s sketchbook is perfect! Bring paper at least 11″ x 17″ in size, larger if possible. Bring plenty of it–a dozen sheets minimum.
  • Inexpensive tracing paper–a roll of greaseproof kitchen parchment is perfect!
  • A mechanical pencil with lead in it and lead to spare. Working with a mechanical pencil means you don’t waste time sharpening pencils!
  • An eraser or rubber, one that does not smear the graphite from the pencil (test this before you come to the workshop, please!)
  • A medium tip, black ink felt tip pen, the kind used for writing.
  • A roll of masking tape
  • A ruler or other straight edge
  • Any curve drawing tools you have (please do not buy anything especially for this workshop)
  • Paper scissors, not dressmaker shears used for cutting fabric only

 

Day Two, March 26:

  • Your sketches and tools from the previous day; you will likely need to make corrections to your drawings
  • Your sewing machine and regular sewing kit (pins, needles, snips, etc.)
  • Electricity cables and surge protectors as needed
  • A selection of fabrics: a few fat quarters you do not like or need, scraps from other projects; these will be used to experiment with sewing methods
  • 1 meter of fusible interfacing (spun polyester with an adhesive backing–Pellon or Vilene brand name); NOT fusible web like WonderUnder or Steam-a-Seam which will not work as a pattern
  • Neutral color sewing thread–you will not make your quilt project in class, only practice sewing techniques and take home samples
  • Personal iron and small pad for use as an ironing board (optional–irons and boards will be supplied)

 

Both Days:

  • A packed lunch, vegetarian by request of the Sikh Union management
  • Drinking water
  • Coffee or tea cup and spoon (coffee, tea, milk and sugar supplied by KQG)