Workshops      Now is the time to sign up!  NEW - now you can pay for your workshops using your credit card.

Workshops are a favorite perk of EBHQ. You will meet a world-class fabrics/design teacher in a small group setting (no more than 24 people). The workshop space at 980 Stannage is airy and bright. Exposure to new techniques will inspire you and you will go home energized from the creative and social workout.

Need to do some shopping for supplies for a class? Check with one of our retail affiliates to see if they have what you need. The yearly membership dues our affiliates pay help to support our guild and the good work we do. 

Workshops are from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The workshop space opens at 8:00am if you want to arrive early.

No workshops in November and December....enjoy the holidays

January, 2020:  Kevin Kosbab

Saturday Workshop, January 25: Alphablocks Quilt

Traditional pieced units—Half-Square Triangles, Drunkard’s Path, Triangle in a Square, and more—are the building blocks for this modern alphabet sampler.

Students may work towards the 26-block quilt (49" × 58") or a runner/banner spelling out a word or name. Full-color pattern ($16, payable in class) contains detailed cutting and piecing instructions for all 26 letters, complete alphabet quilt, and suggestions for runners or banners.

We’ll cover all the main piecing techniques in the workshop so you’ll be able to finish the remaining blocks confidently. We’ll also look at color choices to create the translucent effects seen in the sample quilt. 

Monday Workshop, January 27: Atomic Quilting

The sketch-like lines common in textiles and graphic design of the 1950s lend themselves readily to this fun, easy style of free-motion quilting. Students will learn to break down mid-century modern motifs into their component “atoms” to simplify quilting and minimize marking. While getting a feel for the technique, students will work on samples that can be turned into potholders or a runner. Incorporating hand stitching will also be explored, and we’ll look at some of the considerations for converting inspiring motifs from period design into effective quilting patterns. Though students should be familiar with setting up and using their machines for free-motion sewing, the imprecise nature of this style makes it accessible for all skill levels.

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February, 2020: Laura Wasilowski

Saturday Workshop, February 22: Accidental Artist

When you design quilts as you go, you embrace serendipity and become an “accidental artist”. Learn several methods of creating fused quilt designs in an improvisational manner. Begin with a heap of pre-fused fabric scraps from Laura’s stash to trigger your design ideas. Learn various systems for constructing your artwork and put your colorful fabric kit to good use. You’ll create and learn as you go. It’s fun to design on the fly!

Monday Workshop, February 24: Free Stitched Embroidery Landscapes

Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand-dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You’ll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to the silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful, tempo of making intimate art work.

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March, 2020: Pati Fried

Saturday Workshop, March 28: Tweaking Tradition, One Block at a Time

Whether you love traditional or modern quilts, or something in between, there is historical design aspects of all quilt styles that are tried and true. This workshop is an opportunity to push the boundaries of time honored, traditional block design to the edge - where original ideas are found. By following a step-by-step method and being given permission to alter and explore, creative design originality will emerge. Discussions on how to create an original quilt design with these new blocks will also be part of the workshop. 

Monday Workshop, March 30: The Fifth Layer

The fifth layer isn't just about baubles and beads. It is consciously adding the finishing elements to the 4 layers of a quilt that you worked so hard on. This is your opportunity to bring the quilt to life by enhancing and emphasizing specific areas, add movement and texture, and to create a conversation between the viewer and your work. We will spend the day exploring unusual ways to add interest to your work with fabric manipulation, embroidery and big stitch thread work, inks and stamps, and yes, a few baubles and beads. Students are encouraged to bring an unfinished work to discuss in individual conferences on how to add a successful 5th layer.

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