I came to quilting once I retired in my mid 50’s, having already reached the stage of life when minimalism in my acquisitions was a goal. I have therefore approached this hobby with the perspective that I want to choose the tools I work with carefully – choosing only those that are necessary or that significantly benefit the quality or efficiency of my work. And, once I’m working with a tool, I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it. Nearly 15 years later, I’m still minimalist in my approach… and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about which tools give me the greatest payback, and how to get the most out of them. We’ll discuss threads, needles, rulers, oil, cutting boards, cutting tools, marking tools, pins… and more. Come and join us. I hope you’ll share your favourite tip for getting the most out of your tools.
I tend to stay within a comfortable zone of familiar shapes as I build new quilt designs. This past year I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in a workshop with quilter Maria Schell from Alaska. Maria’s work is very different than mine… very electric and busy and vibrant… but I chose to study with her because customers had praised her teaching. She was indeed a fabulous teacher, and I came away with a newfound interest in incorporating different shapes into my quilt designs. Shape is only one of the elements of design that we get to work with as quilters. However it can be very powerful as an aid to creating eye-catching designs. Come spend an hour looking at quilts as we isolate the element of “shape” and see what we can do with it.