Supply List for A Sense of Place with Jean Wells:
The workshop will begin with small quilt assignments that will explore abstract design and composition techniques as well as color from your "special place." Bring printed out picture(s) that inspire you. You will work on some sketches for design or bring your journal of sketches. The final piece will be larger and more complex. All of these pieces will be a response to your inspiration.
Objectively look at the color families and values within the photo(s). Consider the proportions of the colors in relationship to the full composition. For example, are there several greens that make up 50% of the whole, and 10% red, 20% purple and blue violet, 5% yellow gold, 15% blue and aqua?
We will also discuss this in class so feel free to bring other pictures to analyze. This will help you in your selection of fabric. It is always good to throw in those zingers that you are not sure about, a bit of poison.
For a wall hanging 1/4 to 1/2 yd cuts will probably be enough. You will want a total of 4 to 6 yds. Solids, solid like textures, actual textured fabric, hand dyes all work well. (You will be quilting some of these pieces so bring a yard of backing and batting.) Bring as much as you can. Bring four or five spools of thread that could be used for top-stitching detail lines and quilting a well as thread for piecing.
Sewing machine in good working order, (embroidery foot or free motion quilting foot), medium or large size cutting mat, Medium size rotary cutter with new blade, 6" x 24" ruler, scissors, box of pins, neutral thread, 1 1/2 yd or more of flannel or quilt batting for a design wall, unlined journal style notebook at least 8” x 10” for notes and pictures, glue stick, mechanical pencil, fine tip sharpie pen, tracing paper, basting pins. Optional: digital camera. Please contact Jean if you have questions.