GAAQG Workshops – 2023

Now that we are back to gathering in person, at least most of the time, we’re excited about our inspiring new workshops with a variety of instructors for 2023. The January workshops will be on Zoom but are only three hours each (note the different times for the two workshops) since our instructor will be teaching from Australia!  We are fortunate to have Zoom capability now so that we can learn from her, not a possibility in person.  You will work from home, close to all your stash, no equipment to haul and no bad weather to worry about!

We have scheduled in-person workshops for March, May, September and November at Washtenaw Community College in the Crain Liberal Arts Building.  If unplanned circumstances arise, all our instructors are prepared to switch to Zoom should it become necessary.

Registration for GAAQG members begins November 1, 2022 so mark your calendars. Registration for non-members will open a few weeks before each workshop, but only if spaces are available.

 

January 2023 – Available via Zoom only

 

Brenda Gael Smith

Friday, January 20 Workshop:  “Strip-Ease” – All Skill Levels

Please note:  This is a 3-hour workshop* from 6:00-9:00 p.m., EST (due to time difference between here and Australia)

Brenda Gael Smith will teach an effective, improvisational strip-piecing technique to create new “fabrics” layer by layer and explore design possibilities for incorporating these strip sets into your own compositions. Workshop includes comprehensive after-class materials. See the Serendipity Student Gallery for more ideas on how to create your own design.

 

 

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*Because the duration is 3 hours instead of the usual 6 hours, students will pay half price for these workshops ($37.50 for Members and $45 for non-members)

 

Sunday, January 22 Workshop:  “Line Dancing” – All Skill Levels

Please note:  This is a 3-hour workshop* from 2:00-5:00 p.m., EST (due to time difference between here and Australia)

Brenda Gael Smith will teach you versatile methods of piecing expressive fine lines.  You will undertake improvisational design exercises to create small compositions. Workshop includes comprehensive after-class materials.  See the Serendipity Student Gallery for ideas on how you can incorporate this technique into your own quilt design.

 

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March 2023 – In-person only – Washtenaw Community College

 

Irene Roderick

Friday and Sunday, March  17 and 19 – This is a two-day workshop—you must sign up for both days

“Dancing With the Wall:  Improv Irene Roderick-Style Quick-Step”

Skill Level:  Beginning to advanced

Using only two contrasting colors, Irene Roderick will teach you how to construct the individual components used to make an improv quilt in her style.   Discover how fun it is to make many types of stripes, triangles, squares and curves in new and original ways. You will take home a 20-24” pillow top or mini-quilt ready to quilt as well as all the techniques to jump into a full-size improv quilt.

 

 

 

 

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May 2023 – In-person only – Washtenaw Community College

 

Michelle Jackson

Friday and Sunday, May 19 and 21 – This is a two-day workshop—you must sign up for both days

“Light the Portrait With Color” 

Skill Level:  All levels  (even people with no sewing experience have had success with this class)

 

Making a portrait in any medium can seem difficult. Michelle Jackson will guide you through a step-by-step process to create your realistic portrait in fabric. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll have lots of fun along the way! The first day you will evaluate your photos, render a line drawing (don’t worry, you don’t have to draw them free hand!), and do a value study to prepare for color and fabric selection. She will share with you her view on color and the emotions color can evoke so that you feel confident choosing fabrics for day two. Near the end of day one, or that evening you will have your line drawing enlarged, select a background fabric, and transfer your line drawing to the fabric back. (No Worries! All will be explained!) The second day the portraits start to come to life. You will learn how to make the pattern pieces and start to build the portrait a piece at a time. It’s so fun to see them start to look like real people!

 

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September 2023 – In-person only – Washtenaw Community College

 

Audrey Esarey

Friday, September 15 Workshop: “Ultraviolet Radial”

Skill level: Confident Beginner

Ultraviolet Radial is a quilt made using paper piecing and curved piecing techniques.Audrey Esarey will cover the basic concepts of paper piecing on an arc, curved piecing, and precision piecing. She will also discuss color options and quilting ideas. Students will finish 1-2 blocks during class.

Click here   for more details and the Supply List.  Please note the Kit fee and required pattern.

 

 

Sunday, September 17 Workshop:  “Mobius Radial”

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Mobius Radial is a wall hanging made using paper piecing, curved piecing, and partial seam techniques. Audrey Esarey will teach the basic concepts of paper piecing on an arc, curved piecing, and precision piecing.  There will be a focus on curved piecing and partial seam construction. She will also discuss quilting ideas.  Students will complete a portion of the quilt during class. The Mobius Radial Quilt finishes at 30 x 30 inches.

 

 

 

Click here  for more details and the Supply List.  Please note the Kit fee and required pattern.

 

November 2023 – In-person only – Washtenaw Community College

 

Jane Sassaman

Friday, November 17 Workshop: “Leaf Sampler—Personalities of a Leaf”

Skill level:Beginner to Advanced

Machine embroidery adds personality to your quilts and needlework. The stitches you choose affect the emotion and atmosphere of your work. Jane Sassaman will teach you how to make a simple sampler using a repeated leaf applique.  By changing the finishing embroidery stiches, each leaf takes on a different personality and attitude.  This is your chance to get familiar with the stitches contained in your sewing machine, or to sample some stitches you have never tried before.  Whatever machine you have, we will try to find the stiches which speak your language and will make your needle projects more expressive.   No kits or patterns are required.

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Sunday, November 19 Workshop:  “Abstracting from Nature”

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Nature is an endless source of inspiration.  Jane Sassaman will examine a wide variety of artists’ interpretations of nature before beginning to teach you to manipulate natural forms yourself.  Through a series of exercises you will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects.

Drawing skills are not needed but participants should have a strong interest in developing their own design language and unique visual symbols.  This class is especially beneficial for the drawing impaired and the tragically literal!  No kits or patterns are required.

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