Tara Faughnan – “Give and Take” Workshop March 20

By Arlene Kindel

Tara Faughnan’s obsessed with the way colors interact with and play off each other. She’s a professional freelance textile designer for clients such as Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids, and lives in  Oakland, CA.

“I find inspiration in forms, shapes and the place where 2 seams meet… Color interaction is the key inspiration that drives me. The explorations are endless. I strive to try to walk the line of discomfort and still make everything work together as a whole,” says Tara.  

On Sunday, March 20, Tara  will be teaching her Give and Take class via Zoom. She originally was scheduled to teach a different class on Sunday, but this class highlights her skills in the use of color interactions and textile design.



Here is Tara’s class description: “The Give and Take quilt is an exercise in controlled improvisation. This method of practicing improv within the block and then squaring it up for final construction allows room for a lot of play and exploration both in color and form. We’ll discuss how color placement and value can create high-impact compositions that move the eye across the quilt. You can make any size quilt you want, from mini to maxi, using solids or prints or a combination of both.”

Tara sums it up like this: “I like to use simple geometry, complex color interaction and find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discordance.”

GAAQG member Laura Sheets has taken Tara’s classes and offered this testimonial:

“I found Tara to be an encouraging and responsive instructor. The Give and Take class is a great class for newbies just getting started in improv as well as a fun exercise for experienced improv quilters. Tara developed the process because she herself was having difficulty getting started in improvisational design. Her process allows quilt makers enough structure to quickly design a quilt they can actually sew together. Her structure makes it possible to design the quilt quickly (possibly in one class) and sew it together easily. Many students in the class I took finished in a couple days. The Friday color class would be a great springboard to this class. Whatever students have done in that class could be used in Sunday’s class. I would also say that although most of the examples use solid fabrics, prints can also be effective.”

This workshop is now full.  Please contact our Workshop Registrar, Carolyn Raschke, at workshopregistrar@gaaqg.com to get on a waiting list.




  • Sylvia Keough says:

    Please register me for this class. Sylvia Keough, member GAAQG

    • Mary Beth Donovan says:

      Hi Sylvia. Our website offers online registration for our workshops so you need to register yourself. If you prefer to submit a paper form to mail with a check, we offer that option as well. Select Workshops – 2022 under the Events tab on our website.