Newport News, Virginia
After falling in love with traditional hand applique and quilting, Sandy gradually learned and developed techniques to move to the machine for innovative work. Many of her pieces concentrate on the life and emotion in the eyes of animals and people. Sandy’s work has twon many national awards. Visit sandycurran.com.
Appliqué My Way (Friday), Full Day
Friday, 2/28/2014 - 2/28/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sandy will share the techniques and tools she has developed to create her unique, prize-winning appliqué quilts. Beginner to advanced, hand or machine, anyone can use these techniques. All levels.
Materials List: While we will start with a simple pattern, these are exactly the same techniques used for large, complex quilts. Bring your own pattern (suitable for turned edge appliqué) or patterns and kits are available from Sandy, $10 and up. Pattern sizes listed on SandyCurran.com. If not using a kit you will need: Pattern (simpler the better for learning), 3 pieces freezer paper, 1 piece tracing paper, 1 piece iron-on stabilizer - each the size of the pattern. Fabric to cover pattern pieces. Everyone needs: Fabric & paper scissors, pencil, extra fine Sharpie markers (2-3 colors nice to have), silk pins, tape, thread to match fabric or invisible thread (if sewing in class). Optional, but nice to have: iron and hard ironing surface, light box, small sharp scissors, seam ripper, fray check. Sewing machine optional - you may prepare your piece for sewing at home and watch Sandy demo or bring a machine and practice sewing. Kits available from instructor, $10 and up. Also available Sulky Totally Stable ($4/yd), freezer paper ($1/yd), patterns ($2 and up). Sewing machine optional.
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Create Your Own Original Pattern (Thursday), Half Day
Thursday, 2/27/2014 - 2/27/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ever wonder how other quilters come up with their unique patterns? I’ll show you how I do it. There will be several enlarged photos to choose from. You are encouraged to bring your own photos for discussion (enlarged or not). We will look at various pictures and discuss whey some are a good choice for making a pattern and some are not. Then we will go through the steps to create a usable quilt pattern for appliqué including a discussion of the difference between creating patterns for turned edge hand or machine work, fusibles or raw edge or pieced work. All levels.
Materials List: Photo enlarged to pattern size, purchased from instructor $1 and up. Silk pins. Permanent ink pens (Sharpie extra fine) in 2-3 colors. To create a turned edge pattern: 3 pieces freezer paper and 1 piece tracing paper large enough to cover enlarged photo. To create a fusible or pieced pattern: one piece of freezer paper and one piece of parchment paper large enough to cover enlarged photo. Optional but nice to have - light box. Freezer paper and parchment paper also available for purchase from instructor. Sewing machine optional.
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