Weeks Ringle is a quiltmaker and co-founder of Modern Quilt Studio, in Oak Park, Illinois. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. Weeks and her husband, Bill, have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, and France. In addition, Weeks has taught online classes. When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar.
116. Composition in Modern Quilts – Adventurous Beginner to Advanced – 6 Hours
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 hour lunch break)
Composition is one of the most powerful tools in design. Students with or without design backgrounds alike are welcome in this class. We will explore elements of composition including proportion, static and dynamic forms and negative space through a series of explorations using solids. Each student will then develop one or more original “Tea House Quilts” drawing on concepts learned in class. Tea House Quilts are what we call small, (18” x 24″ or so), quilts that can work as focal points in in your home, much as decorative scrolls do in Japanese tea houses and dwellings.
- Sewing machine, extension cord, surge protector, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of solids in a range of values and hues, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
217. Solids Revolution – Adventurous Beginner to Advanced – 6 Hours
Saturday: 2 to 5 p.m. + Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Piecing with solids offers new design opportunities for quilters and allows them to develop custom palettes. However, quilting becomes more obvious with solids than with prints so this class is unique in that it discusses both various methods for piecing with solids and also how to develop the best strategies for quilting with them.
Sewing machine, extension cord, surge protector, rotary cutting equipment, a wide assortment of solid cotton quilting fabrics, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
B4. 1-Hour Lecture: Quilts Made Modern
Saturday: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
What makes a quilt modern? Using examples from our book Quilts Made Modernas well as other quilts, learn what makes a quilt modern and how you might include modern techniques and design approaches in your next project.