Spring is just around the corner, and there's lots to do at Pink Castle Fabrics now that we can finally leave our houses again! Here's some upcoming events:
Improv Crosses, Plusses, and Cabins with Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts
Thursday, February 27th, 6-9:30 pm
Are you looking for more blocks to make for improv quilts? Come learn four of Rossie's favorite improv blocks: the improv cross (pictured), the scrappy plus, the log cabin, and the open cabin. In this three-and-a-half hour workshop, Rossie will make each block with you and discuss problem-solving techniques for combining them and making a quilt top. You'll leave class with at least four blocks and a handout reviewing what you learned.
Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses in her Etsy shop.
Finishing Touches - Binding and More!
Saturday March 1, 10:15-1:15
You've mastered creating your quilt top but what next? This class will mostly cover double-fold binding techniques including how to have a perfect join at the end of the binding and how to create lovely mitered corners. Cut your binding time easily by 1/5 by learning how to entirely machine sew your binding. Learn a machine binding technique with a flange that mimics piping. We will cover how to make bias binding as well as straight on-the-grain binding and why you would choose either. We will also discuss ideas for backing your quilt and how to make a pieced backing and how to create that perfect quilt label.
Sew Ann Arbor sew in with Rae Hoekstra and Karen LePage
Thursday, March 6, 7-10 pm
Introduction to Quilting with Renee Lange
Tuesday, March 11th, 10:15am-2:30pm
Tuesday, March 25th, 10:15am-2:30pm
Intermediate Improv: Curvy Improv with Kathryn Schmidt
Thursday, March 13, 6-9 pm
Sewing smooth free-form curves is a technique with a difficult reputation but it’s time to let everyone in on the secret—it is super easy to do. You’ll be delighted to add this skill to your repertoire, but be warned…it’s very addicting and you won’t want to quit! You will learn multiple easy ways to handle curves without stressing out. There is no curve that cannot be conquered!
This is a technique class so there is not a specific project to make. We will discuss several methods of working with free-form curves.
Bring your basic sewing and cutting implement, along with fabric (see class page for requirements).
Kathryn Schmidt has been quilting for over 35 years, and is the author of Rule Breaking Quilts. She blogs at Quirks, Ltd.