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“I Want To Make An Art Quilt – But I Cannot Draw” – Joyce O’Connell

June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

$65 – $75

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So, how many times have you looked at an Art Quilt and wished that you could do one too?  Maybe now is the time!  In this class, you will learn how to select an image, and prepare that image to make it into an Art Quilt. You will learn about the importance of colour value, and the role it plays in giving your work the “WOW” factor.  You don’t need an Art degree,  all things are possible when you know how!

For the purpose of learning  the technique, you will reproduce the image provided by the Instructor.   Once you learn the technique you will be able to apply it to other projects of your choice.

Fee:  $65 Guild Member / $75 Non Member

Kit Fee: $15.00.

joyce oconnell image 2Kit contains the following:

  • scaled to size drawing for the Mother & Child (Original Design/Pattern)
  • the foundation required to trace the drawing on to / Foundation Stabilizer used in the construction of  the image
  • a small sample to practice learning the technique before the participants uses their own fabric
  • a  very detailed description  of how to select images and how to prepare them to make  an Art Quilt
  • An acetate sheet with an explanation of what to do with it.

Note: Participants must have Appliquik Applique rods for this workshop – Joyce will have them for sale at $40 cash.

The package that is distributed in the workshop includes the following:

  • The diagram (the Mother & Child) that will be prepared, fractured and scaled to size specifically for this workshop along with fusible interfacing that is used in the process.
  • a sample consisting of fabric, a diagram, fusible interfacing that will be used for the participants to learn the technique of applique that I teach in the workshop to create the image that I provide.
  • The technique involves using the Appliquik tools which are an absolute necessity for this workshop. (participants can bring their own, or purchase them from me — $40).
  • The small sample will be used to “learn” the technique before the participants start to work on their own fabric. They can then use that small sample to practice various steps as they progress through working on their own big piece.

If, by chance, participants have already mastered the technique of using the Appliquik tools before coming to the workshop, they can start on their own project immediately, without having to go through the process of learning how to use the rods. That will be their personal choice.

I teach the technique with the image I supply for quite a few reasons. It is specifically designed to cater to the individual who wants to learn how to create an art piece. There are steps in that piece incorporated to create a “flow” in the design, only using “beginner” levels to build confidence and knowledge in the process.

The detailed description of how to select images, and how to prepare them to make an Art Quilt:

In the package, I will include an acetate that could be used to trace an image from a photograph, and a simple sample image that they can use to practice fracturing an image. I also offer suggestions for people to either use their own photos, or the Internet to get suitable non-copyrighted images. This will be just advice and suggestions on how and where to find inspiration. It is written, and included in the package simply because there would just not be enough time in the 1 day workshop to go into this part of the process in any great detail other than to explain how I arrived at the image they are going to work on in the class. (the Mother & Child). (It is actually my own original design, not a photograph).

During the process of learning this technique, and utilizing it in this particular image, the participants should be able to then, in the future, transfer that knowledge on to something of their own choice that they may want to work on.

The use of the mother – child image is a simple version that teaches technique. As you progress in your art quilting skills, please note that not all pictures/images are suitable for the technique I teach. Once you understand the process and learn the technique, you will have enough knowledge to be able to decide for yourself what types of images could be transferred into this process.

With regard to my Art pieces — Feeding Time, The Dancer, Endearing Moments and The Bather — yes, they are based on the technique of machine applique using Appliquik rods – the same technique as the one I teach in the workshop.

I will be bringing the photos of the pieces, along with some samples of my drawings used to construct the pieces. However, those particular pieces are competition entries at the National and International level, extremely intricate with hundreds of tiny pieces to obtain the end result, and most definitely not something a beginner would attempt.

The package distributed on the day includes a line drawing of a simple dog that I use to explain how to fracture the image and get the idea of what would, and wouldn’t be a good choice, for a fractured machine appliqued art piece.

My experience in teaching this workshop to many Guilds has always been that the participants want something already prepared, and ready to go that is at the level where they can:

  1. learn a new technique – the Appliquk rod method for machine applique
  2. learn how to go about it – with the image already prepared for them, ready to go
  3. learn what to do with the image as it is, and how it applies to the fabrics they have chosen
  4. have the confidence to go ahead and finish the image provided. Be informed on how to go about selecting images of their own to work on in the future. I am not a fan of UFO’s from workshops. My goal is for everyone to leave inspired, encouraged and confident enough to finish their piece. Great samples for your Guild’s “Show & Share”….. :>)


June 2, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$65 – $75
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Joyce O’Connell


Neilson Park Creative Centre
56 Neilson Dr
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7 Canada
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