Classes and Workshops

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Here are the workshops that I am currently offering:

Lecture: Free Expression Quilts

Explore Robbi's latest quilts and those from her book "Free Expression: the art and confessions of a contemporary quilter". Lecture includes real quilts as well as projected images.

Lecture: Transcendentools: New Ways to Get Quilting Stuff Done

Quilters have been using tools meant for other activities to aid in their work for years. Freezer paper for applique was just the start. Robbi raids home improvement, office supply and dollar stores for stuff for her studio. She’s been using laser levels and vertical window blinds to square off her quilts. She has a wall of storage drawers in her sewing area. Pipe and chain also helps her dye fabric. She’ll show you how to use it, where to get it and why wandering the aisles of the home repair store can lead to better quilting tools and more efficient storage at reasonable prices.

Workshop: Expressive Unmarked Free Motion Quilting

Robbi, the author of Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter shares her award winning, time saving techniques to fill your quilts with lavish designs. It's fun and easy. We'll be practicing on inexpensive felt rectangles in the morning, switching to muslin sandwiches in the afternoon. Beginner / Intermediate levels.

Materials List: Twenty precut 9" x 12" felt rectangles, any color. Two 18" x 18" practice quilt sandwiches, muslin for bread, cotton or wool batting for the "meat." Don't Baste! 40 weight machine embroidery thread, either polyester, cotton or rayon - one spool solid color, one spool variegated. Tools - SEWING MACHINE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER and with which you are FAMILIAR. It is assumed you will know how to set up your machine for darning. Sewing machine MANUAL. Free motion or darning foot for your machine. Extension cord Schmetz machine needles - size 75, 80 or 90, scissors to clip threads, tweezers to remove thread if necessary, small paint brush to clean lint out of machine, pen and paper to take notes and practice drawing quilt patterns; I highly recommend glasses to protect your eyes in case you break a needle and it flies.Robbi had a two part article covering her techniques in Quilting Arts Magazine Issue #11 and #12.

Workshop: Free Expression Buffet

Learn Robbi's innovative techniques to create sophisticated art quilts as described in her book Free Expressions. In this fun and relaxing class, each student will create an 18x24" fused quilt top, using their choice of a pattern from Robbi's current selection. Robbi will bring at least a dozen different patterns to class for students to choose. Patterns range from simple to complicated allowing everyone to decide their own challenge level for the day. Several different pattern sheets will be available, each student will get one free, and can purchase more if desired.

The patterns are designed for use in class and only available in class. Selections include

Puzzle Quilts-Overlapping images such as vases, guitars, and violins)

Still Lifes featuring teapots, teacups,vases

Gears and Spirals-geometric images combining gears and spirals, some overlapping. Patterns can be combined and customized by each student. Fused applique will be used in class, however the designs can be used with traditional methods too!

Materials List: $5 pattern fee payable to instructor. Mechanical pencil, paper cutting scissors,4" or similiar size scissors to cut detailed shapes out of fabric bonded to webbing. Glass head quilt pins. 2 yards paper backed fusible webbing (an example: regular weight Wonder Under). Fat quarters or large scraps of cotton hand dyes or brightly colored prints. Bring two values of each color: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green to have a varied palette. Also include a few neutrals for backgrounds. Optional: 1.Small sheet of foamcore to use as a work surface. 2. SMALL iron (100 watts) 3. Light box and extension cord.

Workshop:Art Deco and Flower Fused Components

Fused applique will be used to create unique large scale geometric flowers and art deco designs from individual components that can be arranged in an infinite number of compositions to make quilts of varying sizes. I’ve made quilts ranging from 40” x 54” to over 60” square using the patterns. Several different pattern sheets will be available, each student will get one free, and can purchase more if desired. Spend a fun day creating with more ideas to take home. Beginner / Intermediate levels.

Materials List: NO SEWING MACHINE IS NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS. Full sized steam irons will be used extensively in class. Students will choose at least one pattern to use in class. Mechanical pencil, paper cutting scissors, 4” or similar size scissors to cut detailed shapes out of fabric bonded to webbing. Glass head quilt pins. 4 yards paper backed fusible webbing (Regular weight WonderUnder recommended.) Half yard pieces of cotton hand dyes, batiks or brightly colored prints. Pick four hues (for example, purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue, 8 pieces total. No background fabric will be needed in class.

Optional: small sheet of foamcore to use as a work surface, small iron (100 watts), light box, extension cord for previous items, compass to draw circles.

Schedule

November 2017

2-4: International Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas

The Material fee of $7 includes one free pattern for each student. More will be available in class. The patterns offered are only available to students in my classes, I am not currently selling these anywhere else. The patterns eventually will be for sale online, but will be closer to $20. 

These are all day classes.

 Come join me! It will be fun! Click here to go the Quilts, Inc page.

 

Thurday November 2, 2017 ALL DAY

419. FUSAPALOOZA PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE  *$92

E,D,PJ,PC Robbi Joy Eklow

Actually, no coffee here! Just fused quilts, all about 3ft by 4ft. Choose one from a bunch of award-winning patterns and get started in class, finish at home. Fusing makes the work go faster and you can easily change your mind about color.

CLASS FEE - $85 + MAT FEE - $7 = $92

Supplies—scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); template material; mechanical pencil; fabric for design wall (40in x 56in); 2yds Pellon 805 Wonder Under paper backed fusible webbing or 2yds MistyFuse; parchment cooking paper; glass headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight ½yd pcs of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dk blue would be one hue, two values). You may need to add fabric at home. Design wall fabric becomes the base fabric of the quilt top, so white or neutral is good.

 

Friday November 3, 2017 ALL DAY

516. FUSAPALOOZA XXL  *$92

E,D,PJ,PC Robbi Joy Eklow

Fused appliqué is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at any time! Choose a pattern in class and get started on an art quilt that is at least 60in on each side. Be right in step with Eklow's award-winning quilts. www.robbieklow.com

CLASS FEE - $85 + MAT FEE - $7 = $92

Supplies—scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); template material; mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon 805 Wonder Under paper backed fusible webbing or 2yds MistyFuse; parchment cooking paper; glass headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra-fine point Sharpie MARKER—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight

½yd pcs cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dk blue would be one hue, two values). No background fabric needed in class. Add more fabric at home.

 

 

Saturday November 4, 2017 ALL DAY

718. FUSAPALOOZA MINI  *$92

B,D Robbi Joy Eklow

Small (18in x 24 in) fused quilts can be completed in this full day class. Choose one pattern from many and make a mini top to take home. Fusing is fun, and you'll enjoy this sociable and relaxing class.

CLASS FEE - $85 + MAT FEE - $7 = $92

Supplies—scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon 805 Wonder Under paper-backed fusible webbing or 2yds MistyFuse; parchment cooking paper; glass-headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra fine point Sharpie MARKER—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight ½yd pcs cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dk blue would be one hue, two values); few ½yd pcs for background (opt, you may want to pick it out at the show or at home after class).