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Introduction to Improv - Straight Line and Curves


Introduction to Improv – Straight Line and Curves

Instructor: Johnnie McKenzie

Date: Oct. 7, 2022      Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm (bring a snack/lunch)

This will be an informative, fun class so join us and learn how to improv. What a great way to add diversity to your quilting.

Materials required for class:

~Sewing machine (power cord and foot pedal) and basic sewing tools.

~6.5”x12.5” (or comparable) cutting ruler
~Rotary cutter and cutting mat
~Small iron (optional)
~Thread to coordinate with your fabric

Bring scraps in a variety of sizes from 1” x 10” to 5”x15”. Odd shapes are great. The larger size scraps are needed for curved segments. Also bring a few pieces up to a fat quarter in size. Choose a color palette that you would like for a table runner. The more scraps the better.

You will receive a document with improv designs to review prior to class. Be prepared to choose 2-3 favorite designs at the beginning of the class as your favorites. This will help me guide your improv design as you learn the techniques. This will also help you choose fabrics based on the scale of those included in your favorite styles.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Basic sewing and piecing skills are needed to get the most out of this class.
Instructor: Johnnie McKenzie
Instructor Bio: Quilting has been an important part of my life for over 70 years. I made quilts with my mother, quilts of necessity. I made quilts for my family and friends, quilts of love and celebration. As an adult, I became driven by advanced techniques and patterns and was influenced by master quilters like Jinny Beyer. After I retired in 2008 from a career in IT communications and education, I had the time to expand my traditional quilting skills into modern designs. From there, I began exploring many fiber art techniques and for the last ten years I have enjoyed designing most of my pieces. Color, texture, nature, geometry, and yes, even math, have been the main foundation elements in my recent work. I was selected as the Artist in Residence for Q1 2021 by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. No matter the material, no matter the design, no matter the quality of workmanship, the success of each piece is always the joy of the process.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.