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Class - Exuberant Appliqué - Portraits! by Alethea Ballard
Exuberant Appliqué Portraits With Alethea Ballard
2 Day Workshop - Sunday, Oct 20& Sunday, Oct 27(12pm-4pm)
Join Alethea, the Maverick Quilter,
to concoct a wonderful raw-edge collage appliqué creation!
No needle turning here! Alethea's raw-edge collage technique is easy, fun and successful. Start with a favorite fabric with a strong image, like a person, animal, or something special to you. With lots of ideas to share, Alethea will inspire you to explore her simple yet dynamic collage style. Make a thing of beauty, a silly story, or a sardonic statement. All will be achieved with exuberant appliqués!
Learn Alethea's raw-edge art-piece style - let the batting show!
Get out your scissors! It's going to be a blast!
In this technique class each student is encouraged to create a unique small quilt or wall art.
Supply list for Exuberant Appliqué Portraits:
To begin with I encourage you to create a wall hanging about 15-22 wide“
Soft Fuse fusible web: I prefer this brand and it's available at Bay Quilts. I find it never fails and is THE ONLY thing I trust for my work.
Fabric images that you want to appliqué.
I hope that you will cut out MANY motifs in advance and have a variety to choose from. This will give you more workshop time to play. See note below.
Bring some piece of fabric which has an image you love; a person, or animal; which you want to use to ‘Spark’ your collage.
Background fabric. Bring in some choices for a background for your piece. Think about contrasting color to your collage motifs or something that will be "quiet" and not compete for visual focus. The nice thing about having class at Bay Quilts is a fabulous store at your fingertips - so don't fret if you don't know what to use as a background yet; you can audition fabrics during the class.
Pieces of Flair: You can sneak just about anything you want into a collage quilt. Bring a few little things that you have wished you could add to a quilt, like Elvis or hot lips; things that have meaning to you, like birds or butterflies, or something funny. This is where you can be silly or sentimental or sardonic.
Batting: If you’re letting the batting show, (see first and last photographs) consider a piece of black batting.
Sharp appliqué scissors: With all of the cutting that I do, good scissors are vital to me. I use large scissors for the big motifs and smaller, sharp-point scissors for the intricate parts. Try the Karen Kay Buckley Micro serrated scissors; they have large handle openings for comfort and the blade grips the fabric really well. And they're SHARP! Or try the Kai microserrated 3160SE.
Pins: a pincushion with pins
Design board or surface: Bring a piece of batting or flannel or to use on the table or the design wall and to transport your work home.
We will likely not need to sew anything at class, but bring your machine if you feel naked without it!