Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SP-301 is Open for Registration

The Specialty Course (SP) 301 is open for registration from 28-30 September, (Wed - Friday). The registration window will close at midnight on Friday, Central Standard Time.
The SP-301 will be the creation of this small Christmas Santa wall-hanging using the Shadow Applique Quilting Technique.
The supplies required include minimal material for the neutral background, Holiday border, red Santa Hat, White beard/fur and flesh tone face/nose. Also, 1/2 yard of white chiffon (or organza, but chiffon is better because you can press it with a pretty warm iron) and a 1/4 yard of fusible webbing (Heat'n'bond, WonderUnder, etc.).
The technique of shadow applique in quilting first became popular in the late 70's early 80's when the fusible webbing began to be used a lot for applique work. Most traditional quilters were not overly enthusiastic with the look of the "raw edge" at the time, and the sheer overlay served to defuse this sharp look. It is an easy technique with a very soft and romantic appearance, perfect for Shabby Chic applications particularly. However, the popularity of the technique lessened over time. Personally, I think this was due to the lack of support from local and larger Quilt Shops that did not want to stock the sheer fabric...preferring to stock only cottons. 
However, this technique has a great many Artistic possibilities. Even very complex designs can be done with relative ease. Items do not have to be used as quilts (although that is great too). They can be framed as art pieces or created for gift items. This technique would work nicely for purses!
The class will be short as it only has 4 tasks...and little sewing. There is hand basting and hand sewing (quilt or running stitch) used. No special threads are needed.
To register:
Email me your NAME, STATE/COUNTRY, Email address you want to use for the class. (My email address is shaw.kathy@yahoo.com)
After registration has closed, you will receive an INVITATION to the Class Blog where we will conduct the on-line class. This will work just like the other Shawkl Design Studio courses...and is free as  usual. You may take this course even if you have never taken another course from us before. There are no prior-requirements for this course.
Hope you decide to give this technique a try!
If popular enough, we will be having larger projects offered next year...a Spring Quilt (lap size) and a Holiday Quilt (bed size).

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