The National Quilt Museum will feature five workshops for the 2014 season. These three- or four-day workshops will be held at The National Quilt Museum.

Workshop Schedule:

• Katie Pasquini Masopust: “From Watercolor to Quilt”  May 29-31

• Sue Nickels: “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques”  July 8-10

• Melinda Bula: “Fabulous Fusible Flowers”  August 7-9

• Karen Kay Buckley: “Fiesta Mexico: Block Six – Hand Applique”  September 18-20

• Gail Garber: “Flying Colors”  October 23-25

About These Workshops:

“From Watercolor to Quilt” May 29–31

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with several paintings to work from. Techniques include transparent layered shapes, tape resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using either a turned-edge technique or the student’s preferred technique. When the quilt is done, it will look like a watercolor painting. No painting experience is needed.

“Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques” July 8-10

This workshop is based on Sue’s new book- Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques. Begin the workshop learning to design your own wholecloth-style feathers. Start with easy exercises to learn the basic feather unit on simple shapes. Next, create your own original feather design for the small whole cloth project. Many of Sue’s designs will be available for inspiration.

Sue will then teach the techniques to free motion quilt beautiful feather designs. Sue has used the feather design successfully on many of her quilts. The feather is the ideal design for free motion quilting and is easier than you think. Practice first the techniques used to achieve beautiful, consistent and smooth stitches. Then work on your own feather project! Echo quilting, fillers and more will be included in this extensive workshop. Fall in love with Feathers!

“Fabulous Fusible Flowers” August 7-9

Learn the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in this multi-day workshop. Students will have a choice from three patterns for their projects: Clematis, Hibiscus and Poppy.

Learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of design. Melinda Bula encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done in class. Renegade Thread Play is covered and demonstrated in class

“Fiesta Mexico: Block Six – Hand Applique” September 18-20

This is one of the blocks from Karen Kay Buckley’s new pattern, “Fiesta Mexico.” While sewing on this large medallion style block you will learn a lot of great hand applique techniques including perfect circles, perfect ovals, smooth curves, sharp points, and for some added fun we’ll do a little reverse applique. We will cover Karen’s favorite methods of hand applique, Templar and Sizing, as she likes to call it, as well as needle-turn applique.

“Flying Colors” October 23-25

Understand the process of creating your own original designed quilt, complete with free-form geese creating motion and adding light. It’s simple and easy with a ruler and compass, even for those who hate math. This class is designed for the student who desires an in-depth experience: exploring all aspects of crating innovative geometric quilts. Students will learn design, color selection, use of contrast and scale, and stitching techniques that include freezer paper foundation piecing.

For more information about any of these workshops visit Seating is limited.

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Velora Mowry

Am interest in Bula’s workshop in August. Please send cost as well as supply list

Velora, Go to The National Quilt Museum’s site here: to get information about Bula’s workshop and who to contact at the museum for more information. – Sylvia Thomas, AQS Office Administrator.

Carolyn Riha

Will “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers” be hands on. Will participants be using a long arm machine?