Fall Classes September 07 2015 1 Comment
We’re already a week into September. How did that happen?
We have some fantastic sewing classes running through the fall. Sign up and start the season off with a swing in your step!
Learn to Sew
- Sewing Machine Basics – Sept 26, Oct 7
- Express Beginner Sewing: Infinity Scarf – Sept 18 (fully booked!), Oct 1, Oct 18
- Advanced Beginner: Bento Bags – Sept 16 – one of our newer classes
- Serger Basics – Sept 24, Oct 28
- Hintoburg Sewcial Club: Drawsting Bags – Sept 25 (fully booked – check back next month!)
- Sewing 101: Easy Lined Tote Bag – Sept 17, Sept 27, Oct 8, Oct 17, Oct 29
- Sewing 102: Easy Zippered Pillow – Sept 8, Sept 19, Oct 16, Oct 24
- Sewing 202: Zippered Pouch – Oct 2
- Alterations and Repairs Workshop – Sept 10 – bring in something you need to alter or repair, and work on it with the help of our skilled teachers
- (NEW) Dressmaking with Knits or Woven Fabrics: Myrtle Dress – Oct 5, 19, 26 (3 evenings)
- Men’s Tie Class – Oct 22 – get a head start on seasonal gifts!
- Sewing for Toddlers & Kids: Mini Hudson Pants – Sept 14, 21, 28 (3 evenings)
- Sewing 201: Pyjama Pants – Oct 14, 21 (2 evenings)
- Sewing 303: Leggings (Espresso Leggings) – Sept 23, 30 (2 evenings)
- Beginner Quilting: ‘Plus’ Quilt – Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 (4 evenings)
- Block of the Month: Fly Away – Sept 15
- Introduction to Hand Applique – Nov 7
Classes for Children
- Children’s Class: Pillow Case – Sept 12 (fully booked), Oct 3
- Children’s Class: Easy Lined Tote Bag – Sept 20 (fully booked), Oct 10
Not sure which class would be right for you? Drop us a line and we'll help you choose one!
Get your curve on! January 27 2015
A couple of weeks ago, we had the great pleasure of having Seattle-based quilt designer Patricia Belyea teaching her Doodle Piecing workshop at Fabrications. She'll be teaching Kouki Improv Quilt class on February 28, and we're looking at dates for a possible repeat of the Doodle Piecing Workshop - keep checking back on our Classes page!
We met Patricia back in September 2014, when she wandered into the shop the day Carrie and Curtis had finished renovations and were re-opening at our new location (1018 Wellington St. West). Check out the lovely profile of the new shop she shared on her OkanArts blog.
Patricia is one of those rare birds who is not only an extremely creative and talented fabric artist, but she is also a skilled teacher (and a great story teller too!). And have you seen the gorgeous hand dyed yukata cottons she imports from Japan? They appear throughout her quilts and she also sells them online through her online shop.
So what is Doodle Piecing, exactly? Imagine turning line drawings, complex curves and all, into pattern pieces and then into quilt blocks. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t yet had a chance to take Patricia’s class, but suffice to say, I finally got over my fear of piecing flat curves. In fact, we sliced and diced and sewed the most amazing pieces. I think all six of us in the class were pretty chuffed at what we accomplished by day's end.
This is where we started - everyone chose 6 fabrics to use in their first block.
Once that was done, we doodled, made our pattern pieces, then worked some magic to negotiate all the organic shapes we'd designed into proper quilt blocks. I'm talking about the type that lie flat without being forced to do so by a hot iron. Because we've all made loads of those, right?
Here's Patricia unlocking the flat curve universe to us, explaining the small details that make these blocks come together so beautifully.
Kathryn, taking it all in stride. (And Patricia's beautiful sample quilt on the wall behind Kathryn!)
And we got to see a few of Patricia's samples - this one combines Half Square Triangles with Doodle Piecing. Topped off with some beautiful hand quilting.
And voila! Here we are, all smiles with our finished blocks!
We're so looking forward to running this workshop again soon. It really does unlock a whole universe of curved piecing that can add so much interest to quilting.
Keep checking back on our Classes page to see when we'll be running it again!