Quilt the Environment with Repurposed Materials

Do you embrace the surrounding environment?  Do you like to recycle materials and create a greener environment?  Do you have a giant stash of fabric that you would like to use up?  If so, then this workshop is for you!   This workshop uses scraps of fabric from other projects along with mixed media elements such as found objects, papers, lovely trash, interesting textures and repurposed clothing.  Students will be taught methods to make this kind of quilt image possible.  Compositional elements will be the focus and daily presentations will cover topics such as design inspiration, finding your voice as an artist and design elements.  Bring in a favorite surroundings photo for a starting point for design.   This fun, collaborative and liberating workshop will have you loving the environment in an entirely new way.  This method will allow your design voice to sing and give you design confidence!

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Three days
  • Sewing Machine Required
  • Students responsible for supply list

Supply List:

  • 2 yds. neutral color duck cloth (canvas)
  • 4 yds. regular weight Wonder Under or other fusible web
  • Fabric:
    • A bin of scraps, tiny fabric pieces, cut off edges of other project
    • anything that can be stitched down
    • 5—7 fat quarters of fabric in the color scheme of your photo—include light, dark, medium & one zinger
    • Try to coordinate the color choices—don’t bring the entire color wheel—bring fabric that works well together
    • Any other fabric that you would like to use
  • Interesting textural things that can be stitched down that is in the family of colors you are choosing; for example:
    • Handmade paper
    • Coffee huggers (like at Starbucks to keep your hand from burning)
    • Packaging materials that can be sewn down
    • Cheesecloth, upholstery samples, edges from other projects, painted canvas that you want to cut up
  • A few color photos of landscapes that inspire you (or any photo that you love); abstracts are OK
  • A sewing machine in good working order; a walking foot is necessary
  • Thread
    • something variegated for top stitching works well
    • neutral color for bobbin
    • if you want to use metallic thread
      • bring one bottle of Sewer’s Aid
      • Sulky Sliver metallic thread
  • Basic sewing supplies—straight pins, needles…
  • Cutting board, rotary cutter, wide ruler
  • Paper & cloth scissors
  • Note-taking materials