A Sense of Place
February 19, 2023
Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats Presents Jean Wells!
Welcome to Jean Wells who is teaching for us again and I am so happy to have her join us! Jean is offering a new class “A Sense of Place”! Jean is an excellent teacher and you will enjoy the 4 days of class and challenge your creativity.
Is there a place that is very special to you or that you are in complete awe of? Maybe it is the colors, lines and shapes, a setting, or the ambiance, whatever it is that will be the starting point. In this workshop you will work from this inspiration to create two to three small pieces that begin by focusing on color and line. From this experience you will explore an original composition focusing on variety, rhythm, and texture capturing the essence of that place. Jean’s books Intuitive Color and Design 2nd edition and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting are good references.
Collect printed out picture(s) that inspire you. You will work on some sketches developing design. Possibilities in the smaller pieces The final piece will be larger and more complex. These pieces will be in response to a place. You may choose to use a different color palette and just work from the line inspiration.
Objectively look at the color families and values within the color photo(s). Look at the proportions of the colors in relationship to the total. Example, are there several greens that make up 50% and 10% red, 20% purple and blue violet, 5%yellow gold, 15% blue and aqua.) We will also discuss this in class. 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 wall hangings 1/4 to 1/2 yd cuts will be enough, and small bits of interesting scraps. You will want a total of 4 to 6 yds of fabric. Solids, solid like textures, actual textured fabric, low contrast prints, and hand dyes all work well. (You will be quilting some of these pieces so bring a yard of backing and thin batting.) Bring as much fabric as you can, 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 a 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, chalk pencil, tracing paper, basting pins. Optional: digital camera. Contact me with questions.
We have a classroom that we love it has lots of room, great light and has access to a beautiful outdoor patio. The location is in the center of Carpinteria, close to Roxanne’s quilt shop and easy walks to the beach and shopping in downtown Carpinteria along with great restaurants.
Coffee Service is offered in the morning in the classroom, delicious lunch on site and water, snacks and drinks during class.
Please join us, it will be a small class so only 22 spaces available for this retreat! Register now to reserve a space.
• 4 Days of Excellent Quilting Instruction
• Coffee, Tea and Water
• 4 Lunches
• 1 wine + Cheese Event
• & Quilting till your heart’s content!
Dates: February 19-23, 2023