Gyleen X. Fitzgerald
Gyleen’s strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. As a writer, she centers on quilt project books and how to videos, magazine articles, haiku poetry, and children’s books. An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for PolygonAffair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love and Quilts Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen. She is a Philadelphia, PA native who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.
Modern with a twist! “KNOT” as hard as you think! It’s visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don’t let cutting “Tie” you up. All you need is one 2.5″ strip set and 3.5 yards of background.
Required: Special Tool (Angle Trim Tool $15) and Pattern ($10): $25 payable at the workshop
(42) 2½” x 40” strips, assorted fabrics (solids, semi-solids, batiks) (2 strips per each fabric)
3½ yards background fabric (note: 4 yards of background fabric is needed if you want a border.)
Sewing machine with manual; extension cord with surge protector
¼” foot without edge guide (if possible)
(2) thread colors, one for the top and another in the bobbin and that is visible on the wrong side of fabric; seam ripper
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Finger pressing tool
Batting to use as a design wall (optional).
Homework: Cut (12) 2½” x 40” strips from background fabric.
Gyleen’s thoughts: Workshop project is a 56” x 70” lap quilt. However, doing less makes a wonderful table or bed runner. Project looks modern with solid or semi-solid or batik fabric. Select a background fabric that doesn’t compete with your strips. If you have a collection of self-made 2½ strips, you go for scrappy. I used my light 2½ strips for a scrappy background. Don’t over think it. Come to have fun.
It’s fast, it’s quick, it’s geometric and it’s free-style piecing with control. We will start with the thought of having fun and being in the moment. The technique is to use the Polygon2 Tool and Butterfly Seam to create a BOLD wall-hanging that shouts, “Modern” or “Contemporary”. This workshop is about you.
Required: Special Tool and Pattern $30 – $44: Payable at workshop.
(Special tools: Gyleen’s Polygon2 – $20 (optional for more design: Polygon tool – $14) and Pattern – $10.
• (3) 1 yard of assorted solid fabric or semi-solid or batik; the 3 fabrics should be from a narrow color range (i.e., green, blue, purple or shades of one color. You need 1 yard of each.
• Optional for more design: (10) 3” x 22” strips of assorted accent fabric, solid, semi-solid or batik.
• 45” x 60” Batting for design wall
Sewing machine with manual; extension cord with surge protector, ¼” foot without edge guide (if possible); (2) thread colors, one for the top and another in the bobbin and that is visible on the wrong side of fabric; seam ripper; thread snips; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; straight pins; finger pressing tool; and batting to use as a design wall (optional).
Homework: Using the 1 yard cuts, crosscut into 5 ½” strips by width of fabric. Cut at least (2) strips from each fabric.
Gyleen’s thoughts: This design class can go anywhere you want to go. I’m game for teaching you 7 plus pieced “special” diamonds using the Polygon Tool (optional) so you can create an original design. You can take this to a bed quilt.
Okay, isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuff in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better? Let’s make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist; sewn with perfection and totally random; and without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt.
Required: Gyleen’s Pineapple Tool and Trash to Treasure Pineapple Book – $30: Payable at workshop.
1½” strips cut from scraps
1¼ yard of solid or semi-solid fabric, cut 3-4 strips 1½” by width of fabric
1¼ yard or more fabric that you believe is stunning for the border and center squares.
Sewing machine with manual; extension cord and surge protector; ¼” foot without edge guide (if possible); (2) thread colors, one for the top and another in the bobbin and that is visible on the wrong side of fabric; seam ripper; huge bag or basket that stays open for your strips; thread snips; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; straight pins; finger pressing tool; and batting to use as a design wall (optional).
Cut down all the scraps that you gathered to 1½” strips. Grain or length doesn’t matter just make sure you have a large variety. The shortest piece used is 2” and the longest is 6”. You’re going to need lots of strips. Do not precut to length.
Cut (4) or so 1½” strips of your solid or semi-solid. Bring the rest to class
Scraps: Gather all your scraps squirreled away waiting for that “special” day. I mean all of it. This can be vintage, novelty, floral, geometric, folk art etc. No solids unless you have a huge collection that you are trying to get rid of.
Solid or Semi-solid: This is used in the blocks and will frame or showcase your scrap collection. Any color will work; when in doubt pick your favorite color or a super dark that is in your border fabric or a super light that is in your border fabric.
Border: Hopefully this is in your stash but if you must buy, don’t buy much. I generally don’t buy larger than 1 yard so I usually plan to put several fabrics together for my borders if I need to make a lap quilt or larger. Bring choices. I like to mix styles of fabric within one quilt so don’t worry about that.
A4. 1-Hour Lecture: The Journey to Modern, Friday: 2 to 3 p.m.
From traditional through contemporary to modern, let’s explore designs with rectangles and squares that are the building components for modern quilts. Featuring quilts from the Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles series.