Yesterday I finished up a two-session Stencil Quilt Workshop at New Pieces in Berkeley. We had a great time and my students did amazing work.
We started off discussing reverse applique technique and strategies for fabric selection. To simplify, we work with whole cloth in the workshop, though we do discuss how we might incorporate patchwork.
Susan picked a rich woven grey background and an amazing text print of Japanese characters for her applique.
Each student picked a stencil design and we set about transferring the stencil to fabric. Shannon and Kelly chose a dragonfly design, and Gail opted for a gingko sprig. My gingko quilt had hung in the shop as the class sample.
And Susan chose a tarantula. Isn't that print amazing?
I love it when students take my designs and make them their own. Kelly doubled up the dragonfly. With her wonderful blue scale print for background, the dragonflies look like they're chasing each other over the surface of a lake.
Somehow I didn't manage to get a photo of Gail's gingko, but she also had a wonderful innovation. She added a 10" inset square with three small gingko leaf silhouettes in the lower corner of the quilt. But she reversed the foreground and background, so the leaves are the background fabric and the square is the applique fabric. It really looks great.
And finally we sandwiched and started quilting. Shannon's fabric choices are so bright and summery -- her dragonfly glows. I'm confident all of these quilts will be stunning.
My next two-session Stencil Quilt workshop will be in September. Sign up soon to make sure you have a spot!
New Pieces Quilt Store
766 Gilman Street, Berkeley
Sunday September 16 & 30, 12:30 - 3:30