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Ombré Sky Retreat at MISA is color and value exploration workshop based on Jennifer Sampou’s OMBRÉ QUILTS (C&T Publishing oct 2019) and SKY fabrics (Robert Kaufman) to unleash the magic to gain deeper understanding of how to use an entire range of hues in ombré fabrics. Block pieced projects from the book will be taught, as well as techniques to riff on an interpretation. Making simple blocks gives the advantage of freeing up to study color and value. Techniques will be covered from the book. 

Class Material Fee:

Mandatory: OMBRÉ QUILTS BOOK (C&T Publishing 2019). Buy in advance or from Jennifer at workshop. $21.95. She will bring 1/2 yard precut bundles in Sunrise and Sunset that represent all 30 colorways of SKY. Please contact her if you definitely want to purchase at event so she can be sure to fill your needs.

Email: [email protected] 

Material List:

30-50 ombre fabrics. If full range ombré, like SKY need at least 1/2 yd cuts. Think like a painter. Need your brights, pales, dulls and darks. Not just your mid tones. Expansion is naturally happening when using ombré fabrics, but take time to study your stash and be sure to have all the colors you want represented in depth. Add color stories of solids and wovens if you like to mix your textures. Various hand dyed and imported ombré fabrics on the market. Jennifer likes adding the very light pales of all the Kona colors, Essex linens and metallics. She also loves buying hand dyed beauties of specialty fabrics. Don’t underestimate the importance of lots of muddy darks and whisper lights. Or colors that are odd blends that you can’t figure out what color they even are! 

Other Materials Required: 

Sewing Machine in good working order with extra thread and needles 

Cutting Mat and rotary blades with fresh blades

Rulers of various sizes

Iron and travel board

Pins, scissors, snips, seam ripper Joen Wolfrom’s color wheel (Jennifer will also have for sale if you need one, let her know)

Colored pencils/markers/watercolor set if preferred

Large Notebook/sketch pad

Portable light source for personal workspace.


Smart Phone camera or/and IPAD.

Any favorite books on art, quilting, color and value to share with class.

Walking shoes and warm clothes to explore surrounding nature with class during break out session.

Your favorite sweet? (Just saying :)- creative fuel)

Spotify songs: Share with Jennifer what songs inspire you. Adding to MISA Playlist. 

Prior to Workshop To Do’s:

If you have access to OMBRE QUILTS book and SKY fabric early, get them and read the book and play with the fabrics. Jennifer has YouTube videos that talk about color and value to get you warmed up. Practice practice! Also working with color inspiration can be an important step for success. This comes from all kinds of sources: What room do you want quilt to be in? What hues do you feel like working in? Is this a gift for a person who loves a certain palette? Have a photo/art/image that captures the look you love. Take the time to ponder this. Why do you love this image? Bring lots of ideas or create a Pinterest board. 

Grab a beverage, put your feet up and watch my YouTube: Subscribe to Jennifer Sampou and stay in the know!

Videos to support Ombre Quilts: 


Instagram:@jennifersampou and search #OMBREQUILTSBOOK, #skycollection #ombrefabric hashtag to see what other people have made. 

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