Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Workshop: Studies in Contrast, Colour, and Design through Log Cabin Piecing

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Studies in Contrast, Colour, and Design through Log Cabin Piecing
Barbara Todd

$495 includes 85 lab fee
October 6, 7, 8, 9,  - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC



Log cabin is one of the most delightful, versatile, and forgiving piecing techniques in all of quilt-making. A log cabin quilt can be bold or subdued, sombre or playful, meticulously organized or haphazard. The technique allows for the mixing of different types and weights of fabrics in the same quilt. 

In this workshop traditional log cabin piecing will be our framework.  Using both painted paper and sewn fabric, we will develop our instinct and awareness of colour, value, and pattern. 

The first day will be spent creating a broad palette of painted paper swatches, from brilliant pure hues to greys barely identifiable as colour. We will then create sample collage squares, exploring degrees of contrast between dark and light, warm and cool, and different levels of saturation. 

The paper pieces completed, we will move on to the sewing machine to create fabric squares.

Participants will experience how the type and degree of colour and contrast can create a variety of moods, how scale and viewing distance affect the way the colours work together, and, perhaps most importantly, how individual fabrics and combinations can contribute to and enhance an overall work. Barbara joins us from New York, USA.


Instructor Bio


Barbara Todd is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her innovative quilted-textile works. She marries a minimalist aesthetic to a poetic and politicized sensibility. Her work is featured in museums, private collections and public commission spaces, in Canada and the U.S.

Quilt images courtesy the Textile Museum of Canada.

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