Classes by Joyce Robinson

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Quilted Bowls Use up all of your little scraps and make a 3-dimensional work of art and function. A fun class even for beginners and the bowls make great gifts. What makes the bowls have shape? Come find out what the secret ingredient is! For teaching schedule, requirements and fees, contact

Pictures below: Quilted bowls by Joyce; Bowls by the San Luis Valley Quilt Guild in Monte Vista, Colorado; Salida-area quilters (Trish, Barb, Ginger and Linda) and their quilted bowls made at the Quilt Studio in Poncha Springs, Colorado. These artistic vessels also provide a good laugh on top of the head!

No-Mark Machine Quilting  Join art quilter Joyce Robinson for an all-day workshop covering the many possibilities of no-mark, machine quilting. Techniques covered will include making your first quilting decisions, keeping it continuous, “no-mark” methods, grids, adapting and using a design, and discovering your own signature “doodling” style. The workshop will be tailored for beginners and emphasis will be on the fun of drawing with your sewing machine. Students will need to do some homework before class including sandwiching/pin basting a small quilt top with border for quilting. If you want to make a quilt top especially for this class, a pattern including recommendations for beginners is offered. A free-motion foot and a walking foot are required.

Fresh Cut Flowers  Create and everlasting bouquet while you design a small wall quilt with the illusion of glass and the freedom of loose, machine quilting. Use a photo or two for inspiration. You may want to choose printed flower fabric to make your bouquet using “broiderie perse” design techniques. For intermediate quilters with some machine quilting experience. See Fresh Cut Flowers for sample.

Batik Trip  Perfect quilt for beginners. Makes a quick baby gift, too! Learn the basics of choosing and arranging fabric, rotary cutting, chain piecing, pressing, partial seams, adding piping, and mitered borders. Let the fabric do the work! See Batik Trip and Winter Welcome.

Galactic Foundations  Brilliant results with easy-to-master foundation-piecing skills. Makes a challenging block that you may normally think is too difficult, much easier to piece. Learn to use freezer paper to make a Mariner’s Compass-style block. Have fun drafting the block foundation, piecing your design and learn an easy freezer-paper applique technique to complete your block. Intermediate level. See Galaxy.

Miter, Miter, Miter  If you want to conquer your fear of mitering corners once and for all, this class is definitely for you. We’ll make machine-pieced mitered blocks (like the blocks in the sample, click below) using strip-piecing techniques while trying several methods to miter your corners. Once you learn the techniques, you’ll be able to add borders with confidence. Leave class with several blocks which can be used as the basis of a bigger project. See Box Canyon.

Design Your Dream Quilt  Do you have a picture, sketch or idea of a quilt you’d love to make? But you need help with where do you start? You can design it yourself… in your colors and size. Learn how to:

Draft your block (adapting as necessary for ease of sewing)
Choose your cutting technique
Plan your sewing technique
Consider sashing, borders or special quilting
Make color and fabric selections
Do a basic yardage

Each class will be tailored to the group’s creativity and desires and the hope is that everyone will learn a little about the other’s designs as well as their own. Some ideas may need to be simplified or may be too complex for your skill level, so be open to having more than one possible direction for your creativity to go. Depending on your idea, basic paper-piecing skills may be required. We will create “rough cuts”, then sew a sample block (or get started on your technique if it is an overall design). Intermediate level quilting skills required.

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