Cabot Quilting Conferences
At the 4 star Aztec Hotel, Bristol
Jean Wells Workshops
3½ days: Intuitive Colour & Design Friday 28th September – Tuesday 2nd October 2018
5 days: Connecting with Nature – Thursday 4th – Tuesday 9th October 2018
Come and spend 3½ days or 5 days at the superb 4 star Aztec Hotel, Bristol with expert American Quilt Artist Jean Wells. Jean is an author, educator, designer, owner of the fabulous quilt shop; The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, and founder of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Jean has written more than 28 books about quilting, and received the Michael Kile Award of Excellence for her contribution to the quilting industry, in addition she received the Imagination Award in the Millennium Quilt Contest in 2000. In July of 2010 she was inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in Indiana.
With two new inspirational books on Design and Colour to her credit, Jean is teaching EXCLUSIVELY for Cabot Quilting Conferences, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn from one of the best Quilt Artists today.
Intuitive Colour & Design Class – 3 ½ days:
Do you want to explore quilt design in a more intuitive way? In this class we will do some cutting without rulers, which creates gentle curves and interesting design lines. The first day of class you will work with fabrics supplied by the instructor exploring sewing and cutting techniques and create a small quilt. The next few days you can begin a second project or continue to work on the first one. I am enjoying using mostly solids with the interjection of two or three printed fabrics at times. By eliminating high contrast prints you learn to focus on colour relationships and value. Bring photographs with interesting lines and shapes that intrigue you. You will do a line work exercise with it. And it could be used to launch the second project if you choose.
Connecting with Nature Class – 5 days:
Take a walk! Respond to the natural elements around you — light, water, sky, stone, plants, etc. by designing a quilt to capture what you see and feel. Nature’s lines, shapes and colours are unique unto themselves. Think about exaggeration for effect or simplification. Look for natural patterns and visual texture. We will explore stitching techniques as well as simple block printing while finding techniques that will help you to respond to natural elements you have observed. The workshop will begin with small assignments exploring techniques that will be used the following days. Bring printed pictures that inspire you in terms of line, shape, texture, and colour. You will work on a sketch combining ideas from your pictures and proceed to create a quilt or several small studies. Learn to respond to light, water, sky, plant life. Stepping out of your comfort zone into new territory is a great way to expand your creativity. The key to the process is experimentation.
Jean’s books “Intuitive Design and Color (2nd edition)” and “Journey to Inspired Art Quilting” are good references.