Cara Gulati

www.doodlepress.com

 Cara has spent her life around fabric. Fiber art, and quilting in particular, grabbed her heart. She creates very large art quilts that have been exhibited nationally and has won a Viewer’s Choice award at the Houston International Quilt Festival. Cara has written two books, “3-D Explosion” and “Curves for Cowards”. She also teaches workshops on design and sewing techniques. She designs fun and artistic patterns and quilts that are unique, bright and bold! Her patterns and book can be found in quilt stores around the world and on her web site at www.doodlepress.com, Cara’s publishing company. Cara resides in California.

108. Voluptuous Applique Design – All Levels – 6 hours
F
riday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (2-hour lunch break) 

 

Create your own original block design! Learn to design your own blocks with wild curvy seams. Freezer paper, glue and invisible thread are some of our tools. A light box creates transparency. Color gradations can make amazing impact.

 Supply List:

Paper for designing blocks. Letter size is fine.

Freezer paper

Pencil(s), eraser and sharpener

Thin line felt tipped pen

Masking Tape, natural color only. No colored tape.

Paper scissors

Fabric scissors

Washable Glue stick (I like the Avery purple glue sticks)

Invisible thread

Thread in any color you like for piecing

Empty bobbin

Light Box

Sewing Machine (with manual) that does a zigzag stitch

Extension cord and surge protector

Open toed sewing foot or see-through sewing foot for your machine

Extension table for your sewing machine if you have one

Rotary cutter and mat (11” X 17” min.)

See through rulers: 12” square (or larger if you like to work big) for squaring up blocks

 Fabrics:

The most successful blocks will be made with fabrics that contrast well with each other. Half-yard pieces would be preferable since we will be working with some interesting shapes, but if you desire to work small, quarter yards could work too. More is better, but bring a minimum of 10 – 14 pieces of fabric or more. If you are unsure of what to bring, either bring more, and/or bring your wallet to shop. Make sure you like the way your 10 – 14 fabric choices look together. You probably won’t use them all, but you might. Remember, this is a design class, and just like paint, you need some choices. But unlike paint, you can’t mix your fabrics with a brush to create new colors.

I like to use rainbow gradations in my work, including lights, mediums and darks of each color. Most of my “prints” are tone-on-tone subtle patterns. Bring fabric you actually like.

 205. Scroll A Luscious –All levels – 6 Hours
Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2-hour lunch break)

 Create 3-D Wrapping Paper Scrolls! In class, we will talk a little about color and why this design looks three dimensional. We’ll use this pattern you see in the photograph with your own fabrics. I’ll teach you machine applique with freezer paper templates. This technique works for anything your mind can think of in a quilt design.

Required:  Scroll-A-Luscious Pattern. Free and provided at the workshop.

 

Supply List:

Freezer paper

Pencil(s), eraser and sharpener

Pins

Masking Tape:  Natural color ONLY.  No colored tape.

Paper scissors and Fabric scissors

Washable Glue stick (I like the Avery purple glue sticks)

Invisible thread

Empty bobbin

Light Box

Sewing machine (with manual) that does a zigzag stitch

Extension cord and surge protector

Open toed sewing foot or see-through sewing foot for your machine

Extension table for your sewing machine, if you have one

OPTIONAL for cutting down the background fabric:  Rotary cutter & mat (11” x 17” min.) and See through ruler:  6” x 24”

Fabrics:

This is an art quilt with three scroll shapes. Each scroll has “two” sides, one side is a stripe and the other side is a solid color, represented with a gradation (a selection of tone-on-tone fabrics from light to dark). The best results visually occur when you have great contrast between your stripe colors and your solid color gradation. For example, if your stripe is mostly purple, choose a color gradation such as orange. If your stripe has multiple colors in it, choose a color gradation that is a color that doesn’t occur in the stripe. Each scroll has its own stripe/gradation combination. If you repeat fabrics in multiple scrolls, your design might appear difficult to see.

Keep in mind that this is an art quilt. We are using a pattern, but your color gradation fabric choices will probably vary from the sample as far as where the light, medium and dark colors will go. You may want to bring more of a selection of fabrics than those that are listed here in case you want to change your mind or you feel a little unsure about your choices. I am providing you with a guideline that makes the scrolls pop. Some of these pieces are small and will create leftovers. However, if you only bring small pieces, you can’t change your mind about where a color goes. I’ll be going over each person’s fabric selections while you are preparing your freezer paper patterns so each student gets personal attention.

Scroll A (on the left in front)

3/4 yard of Stripe

1/4 yard each Light, Light Medium, Dark Medium and Dark of one color

Scroll B (behind other two scrolls)

1/2 yard of Stripe

1/4 yard each Light and Medium of one color

Scroll C (on the right in front)

5/8 yard Stripe

1/4 yard each Light, Medium and Dark of one color

7/8 yard Black background (If you choose not to bring this you will need to bring a design wall.)

C3. 1-Hour Lecture:  So, You Want to Make An Art Quilt?  Sunday:  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 Would you like some inspiration to get started making art quilts? Are you afraid that it’s too hard and only gifted people can make art quilts? Then this lecture is for you! I will talk about how to get started making art quilts from a traditional stand point and work my way up to making the giant art quilts like the 3-D Explosion series. I will discuss art fabrics and techniques to make them as well as show samples.