Workshop-Dancing with the Wall

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Dancing with the Wall:  Improv Irene-Style Quick-Step

Monday and Tuesday, 6 and 7 May 2024
9:00 am to 6:00 pm with an hour for lunch
Members $150
Live, in-person at the Millwood Firehouse on 100 Millwood Road in Millwood, NY 10546

Come spend two days with Irene and learn how to let your sub-conscience and creativity drive you to make a unique expression of your individual aesthetic and process. Using only two contrasting colors, you will learn how to construct the individual components used to make an improv Irene-style quilt. You will discover how fun it is to make many types of  stripes, triangles, squares and curves in new and original ways. Expect to leave with a piece in progress as well as all the techniques to pursue this approach to improv quilting.

About two weeks before the workshop Irene will send copies of her handouts and links to two of her videos–one on components and one on skinny lines.

Please sign up promptly.  If there is enough interest and registration and this workshop closes out early, a second class can be arranged with Irene.

To learn more about Irene Roderick, visit her website:  Irene Roderick

You can purchase her book at your local quilt or book store, or order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Supply List

  • Sewing machine and all stuff that goes with sewing: scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking pens/chalk, pins for pinning pieces together and for putting onto design wall, thread, etc.
  • A quilting ruler at least 4”x14”.  Helpful for squaring up components made improvisationally
  • Design Wall at least 4 x 6’ – or if design walls are provided, a piece of flannel or batting at least 6×7’
  • Spray starch and spray water bottle
  • Fabric – 2 yards each of 2 colors that play nicely together and you love!  The two colors need to be high contrast and solids (ombres work quite well for this workshop!).

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