Quilting Images
A beautiful new way to combine photography, printing and quiltmaking
Classes & Lectures
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The topics listed below can be taught in a number of formats ranging from one hour lectures to several day courses and can be tailored to the needs and interests of your group.
Photo Inspired Landscape Quilts
Print a landscape photo onto fabric. Use the latest products to make your fabric images soft, washable, and lightfast. Learn how to extend your quilt outward from your landscape photo using an easy, new technique.   Blend your fabrics with your photo in such a way that viewers will wonder just where your photo ends and the fabric begins.   We’ll finish with a discussion of wonderful embellishment techniques and quilting possibilities.  Supply List
(Teacher supplies computer equipment for this class!)
Poster quilts make great gifts for babies, young people or commemorating a special place or event. Make your own poster sized quilt. Combine the latest techniques for printing photos onto fabric with a new technique for adding large, graphic text shapes to your quilt top. Choose your inspiration photo from my collection or bring one of your own to print. Create your own wording and then use my new method for making a bold, seamless fabric word or phrase. This can be a sewing or no-sewing workshop. Students can begin sewing a poster quilt in class or take home the ingredients for making one or a series of unique poster quilts. Supply List
Photo + Words + Fabric = Poster Quilt !
(Teacher supplies computer equipment for this class!)
Silk Printed Scarf:  Is that a J.Pegg * you’re wearing?
Project Runway did it, now you can too.  Create your own fabric to use in wearable art projects.  Start with a photo image. Transform it to suit your taste - realistic, abstract, kaleidoscope, or themed using easy photo imaging software. Learn the secrets of printing soft, washable images on silk using an ordinary inkjet printer or by sending it to an internet printing service. In the afternoon, we’ll combine your image with a piece of colorful silk to make a stunning silk image-inspired scarf. 
Sophisticated Purse / iPad Tote:  
                Is that a J.Pegg * you’re wearing?
Project Runway did it, now you can too.  Create your own fabric to use in wearable art projects.  Start with a photo image. Transform it to suit your taste - realistic, abstract, kaleidoscope, or themed using easy photo imaging software. Learn the secrets of printing soft, washable images on fabric using an ordinary inkjet printer or by sending it to an internet printing service. In the afternoon, we’ll combine your image with a coordinating fabrics to make a stunning  image-inspired purse or iPad tote.
Fresh & Fancy: Colorful Modern Coin Purses
Coin purses are such fun to make because they call us to combine any two wonderful and colorful fabrics to make such useful yet pretty gifts. The sewing is amazingly simple and the class can even be taken without a sewing machine. If you do bring a machine, you will be able to make two! 

The basic pattern allows for many types of embellishment. I chose a feminine ruffle (and you could make that in class using my machine) but applique, buttons, or embroidery are other options for making yours unique.


Designing Great Photo-Inspired Quilts
'Photo quilts’ often use a bulletin board setting – fabric photos set in a regular pattern on the surface of the quilt.  But, there are so many other ways to incorporate your own images into your quilted pieces so that the viewer cannot tell where the photo ends and the fabric begins. We’ll start with a quick review of the mechanics of printing from your computer onto fabric. Then, we’ll focus on a variety of ways to include your fabric photo in your quilt design. Mary Ellen’s trunk show provides an inspiring and innovative look into the art of blending photos with fabric.


Lectures
The Top Ten Ways Quilters Can Use the Computer
(or iPad, or iPhone, or ....)

Technology is all around us. Can we use it to create our beautiful quilts or save time so we have more time to sew? When do you need a digital camera and when will your iPhone/ iPan do the trick?  How can you get your iPhone photos onto the computer to use in your quilts?   What are the advantages of the various apps and software packages aimed at quilters and fiber artists? What are good services to print your photos on paper, canvas wraps or fabric?  Mary Ellen shares her extensive knowledge of how quiltmakers can use the latest digital technologies. 



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