Art Quilt workshops by Kathy McNeil Art Quilts

Full day Workshops are 6 hours with a maximum of 20 students.  Half day workshops are 3 hours.
I can tailor a class to meet the needs of your students, just ask!

The Wonderful World of Landscape Quilting

One or two day. 

 $12.00 pattern fee, your choice of one of these five patterns to be used in class.  Patterns may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.



   

 

 


 





One Day Workshops - Discover the secrets that will help you realistically capture the beauty of nature.  Learn to create depth and dimension in your pattern with simple tricks of fabric choices. Play with fabric paints to create those realistic hi-lights and shadows. Kathy will demonstrate a mix of appliqué techniques! Begin the journey of landscape quilting working on your pattern. Yes, we are adding the very popular Heron option to this lineup.

Two Day Workshops - In addition to all the info you will learn in the one day workshop I will cover the basics of landscape design and creating a pattern from your own photos. Then we will learn how to make 3-D  thread embellishments for landscapes like trees, blossoms and surf. Confident appliquers may use pre-approved photos in two days classes. E mail Kathy with your photo possibilities. She will give you direction on enlarging and preparing your photo for work in class.

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Cardinals from Audubon's Christmas

Viewers Choice Quilt AQS Paducah 2012

One, two or three day workshop for "confident beginners".


 $13.95 required pattern fee payable to instructor at time of class.  Patterns may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.

 Birds at the feeder are everyones favorite winter scene. Pattern from Kathy award winning quilt “Audubon’s Christmas.”

Day one - Have fun and learn the steps of layered appliqué.  Choose raw edge, or hand appliqué. Kathy will demonstrate multiple technique tips for both methods. Use tone on tone prints for your birds. You will be thrilled with how they add dimension and a more realistic look.

 Multiple Days-All 7 blocks will be reviewed for construction.  The morning will feature time to practice your free motion machine quilting. Learn to add the ghost image branches and leaves. Bring a practice sandwich and we will discuss marking, faux trapunto, thread, machine needles and batting choices. In the afternoon we will continue to work on the block of your choice. 

 

 

Feathers are Flying

One day.
 $12.00 pattern fee,  your choice of one of these four patterns to be used in class.  Patterns may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.











Let’s make one of these beautiful bird wallhangings together.  Learn two different methods of appliqué; Fused raw edge, or the new easy Apliquick method of hand appliqué with turned edges. Your beautiful birds can be made as free objects that will be ready to place on the back ground scene or block of your choice. Patterns include back ground scenes as shown. Both Apliquick hand appliqué or raw edge techniques are suitable for beginners.

Herons are 22 x 29 full scene
Humming birds are 18 x 22 full scene-Best fused

Eagle is 24 x 30 without borders.

Owls 12 x 15

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Design Dynamics for every Quilt Style

Half or Full day workshop
There is no limit to the amount of students in this workshop.

Learn the secrets award winning quilters use to add movement, depth and balance to their compositions.  The “ Visual Impact” is the most important part of your quilt. Learn to use the language of design to help you analyze what works for you and others.  
This class will help you see like an artist.  
Deepen your understanding of lay out, design and fabric choices. Make the most of your contemporary or traditional quilts, by paying attention to color, value, shape, line and contrast.  What we like is very subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so there are NO right and wrongs, only a clearer understanding of what appeals to us individually. We look at a wide range of diverse quilts by other artist and myself and discuss together which ones appeal to different people and why that is. Approaching design this way has taught me so much about what it is I want to incorporate into my own designs and layouts.

Full Day workshops-  Bring traditional blocks or patterns that you want to work with, fabrics you are considering or a picture that inspires a quilt design. You will have a new sense of confidence as we work together in this totally supportive environment to plan or enhance your new quilt. 

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Appliqué the Easy Way!
Owl pattern required $12.00 from instructor. 
1/2 day  or whole day workshop
 Let these adorable little owls show you how easy the NEW! APLIQUICK SYSTEM of turning your edges can be. Each little owl is created as a unit off block.
Enhance the visual impact by adding embroidery and embellishments. 
Bring your apliquick tools or purchase them from the instructor in class. Basic kit is $55.00
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Animal Boutique


Whole day workshop. Beginners to intermediate.

  $12.00 pattern fee, your choice of one  of these five patterns to be used in class.  Patterns may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.
Fast, fun, and Oh so Beautiful. Choose from several animal favorites. Learn the steps of layered appliqué. Choose from the easy turned edges Apliquick method, or raw edge fused. Mix techniques in the same project. Have fun with painting to create form and dimension in your animals. Kathy will demonstrate her fabric paint crayons to add lovely hints of shading. We will finish with a discussion of how to quilt the pictorial quilt. 
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Language of Flowers

One or two day Hand Appliqué workshop for confident beginners and intermediate appliqué students. 

$13.95 Required New Beginnings pattern fee.
Pattern must be pre-ordered from my web site, so students will have the instructions for preparing their background oval.


The language of flowers, is a means of communication through the use of flowers. Meanings have been attributed to individual lowers for thousands of years.  My Tussie Mussie blocks, each convey a special sentiment.  Start with the "New Beginnings' Block for this project.

I will be teaching the APLIQUICK method of turning your edges to create each flower and ribbon unit. Unit appliqué is a versatile appliqué technique very usual in creating complex blocks or appliquéd wallhangings. Tools for this technique will be available to try in class or you can pre-order them from my web site. Needle turning will work, but I will not be teaching that method, so you must be comfortable with that technique. Learn basic hand embroidery stitches and how to make dimensional cherry blossom’s to enhance the visual impact of your block. You will be delighted with the shading possibilities of fabric paint crayons too! Although we will just be working on the floral units in class, Kathy will cover the assembly of this beautiful Victorian block. Watch a free video of the Apliquick method on my web site if you are curious about this technique before class.

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Razzle Dazzle those Borders

Half day lecture style workshop.
There is no limit to the amount of students for this workshop.

Learn to add dynamic visual interest and excitement to your borders. What inspires border designs? How can you be more original?
Multiple examples will be shown along with a discussion about basic construction options.
Let's do more than frame or enlarge those quilt tops. Let's put some pizzazz into your that final piece!
Materials list- Note taking pen and paper Quilt top that you may want to share with the class for border ideas after the presentation. We will take as many of these as time allows.


Great Blues
Beginners to intermediate.   Finished quilt size: 22 x 29 for the full scene shown in the pattern. Expect to get a good portion of your Herons body completed.
6 hour workshop. Maximum 20 students.
Let’s make one of these beautiful Herons together.
Learn the EASY, new Apliquick method of turned edges. This method is sweeping the appliqué world. Small, complex pieces are easy to turn with these tools from Spain. We will use special interfacing for our template material. Edges will be swept over the interfacing and left in place, unlike freezer paper that has to be removed.  You will love the extra loft and dimension this adds to each feather. Your beautiful birds will be made as free objects, ready to place on the background scene or a focal block of your new quilt. Kathy will  demonstrate shading with her optional fabric paint crayons.

 $12.00 required pattern fee. Pre-order from my website.
$55.00 Apliquick Kit fee.
 Students may purchase the Apliquick kit in class, order it from my website or bring their own Apliquick tools.  www.kathymcneilquilts.com  The kit includes -  $38.00 two stainless steel turning rods.  $8.00 1 yard of Apliquick interfacing/template material  $9.00 Glue pen

Introduction to paints, inks, and foiling
3 hour workshop
This playful art sampler workshop will introduce you to the joys of using different art mediums to enhance your quilting projects. Practice painted appliqué on your pre-printed parrot blocks. Kathy will demonstrate, metallic Tsukineko inks, Ink tense pencils, transparent water color paint crayons for shading and creating gradations, opaque paints, discharging color, and foiling. We will discuss how best to use each of these wonderful options on our art quilts.

Required kit fee $26.00
Includes pre printed parrot block on Kona Cotton, set of 6 Intense pencils, 2 fabric brushes, sealed container of fabric medium.


 
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