Patt Blair

Patt Blair has been involved in some form of visual or written creative expression since her mid teens. Patt started painting on fabric in 2001. As soon as she figured out how to marry up earlier painting experiences with fabric, she was in heaven. Patt loves the classroom environment, “It’s important to me that people in my classes relax, have fun, learn, and conclude class with a sense of accomplishment and pride.” Patt resides in California.

102. Painting on Fabric with Tsukineko Inks – All Levels – 6 Hours
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 hour lunch break)

You will be amazed at what you can create using these flexible and easy-to-use pigment inks made by Tsukineko. These permanent inks are used to enhance commercial fabrics or to create an original art piece painted on clean white fabric. Special fiber stick applicators make painting much simpler than traditional brushing techniques. Students are delightfully amazed and proud of their creations.

Paint using TSUKINEKO Fabric Inks and special stick applicators. Bring your owncontour drawingor choose from Patt’s drawings. In addition to the above birds on a quilt. Patt has a number of other ready to go drawings available in class.

Supply List:

  • Pencil and notebook for taking notes
  • An ultra fine Sharpie marker to write on ink bottles/pens
  • A fat quarter (approximately 18” x 22”) of white or off-white scrap fabric for practice.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Painter’s tape
  • 1 smooth large white plastic trash bag (like for tall kitchen cans)
  • Paper towels (just a few)
  • If you already own fabric markers and wish to use them, bring them.

Optional :

  • Of the size you wish to paint…A Basic line drawing (coloring book simplicity) of an item you would like to paint.
  • You might want to keep this first project manageable in size… i.e. around 18″ x 20″ or smaller.
  • Teacher will have several choices of drawings available, so only bring something if you want.
  • A white plastic picnic plate for mixing inks

202. The Filling Station – Some Experience with Free Motion Quilting – 6 Hours
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 hour lunch break)

This class is designed for fairly new to intermediate quilters. At least some experience with free motion quilting advised.
Attend this class and you’ll leave with confidence and quilting motif samples to use in your work at home. We will look at and create in free motion 3 types of motifs: ones that stabilize, harmonize, and even ‘MOVE’ your eyes on your quilt tops. You’ll create a sampler piece of stitched motifs of each type and that sampler can serve as your own quick reference library OR you can approach it as a stand-alone machine quilted art piece. You’ll grow through FREEDOM to fill and learn in the doing!!.

There will be a small material fee ($6) for a Quilting Art handout of sample textures and fillers, payable by cash or check to teacher at class time.

Supply List:

  • Sewing machine with free motion presser foot,manual, extension cord with surge protector.
  • A pre-pinned cotton fabric quilt sandwich (top, batting, backing) approx. 24” x 24” or any width/length you’d like to quilt in this class. (Suggest you have a white or light valued plain or mottled fabric on top which it will be easy to add markings.)
  • Frixion marking pen by Pilot (found at Staples or most quilt shops)
  • 6” see-through ruler (Omnigrid makes a great one: 1” wide by 6” long)
  • Up to 3 different colored spools of thread… size 40 wt. and bobbin thread/bobbins. FYI: You may use multiple bobbin fills. (If you prefer one color for all, that’s okay too…It all will work…don’t get too tied up in the ‘planning.’)
  • Basic quilting supplies… thread snips or scissors, quilting gloves, ripper, machine needles(my favorite: microtex sharps 70/10, but bring what you have)
  • OPTIONAL/HIGHLY DESIRABLE : a few 14 x 14 pinned quilt sandwiches if you wish to practice quilting a few motifs before you leap into the real thing. Once you have mastered a motif you like…. quilt it on your to-be-saved large sandwich.
  • OPTIONAL: bring photos, drawings, or printouts of quilting motifs you like.
  • OPTIONAL: if you already own and have room in your supplies, your standard sized Supreme Slider
  • OPTIONAL: Notepad and pen for any notes you might want to take.

C1.1-HourLecture: “A Painter’s Path To Quilting!”
Sunday: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

This title sounds pretty straight forward but Patt says she’s not that mentally tidy! Patt proclaims to be in constant battle between left and right brain, and says “that’s not all bad as it keeps a minute amount of order in an otherwise fiber scrappy lifestyle.”

Patt’s quilting art focuses largely on life images…especially the simple ones… the ones with heartwarming or powerful messages. Most of Patt’s work includes a being with a heartbeat. She says: “It seems to give life to the work.”

This lecture includes slides and samples of Patt’s pathway into art quilting. She addresses the application of traditional art media into quilting, new materials developed for quilting, tips and examples of machine quilting techniques that support the message in the quilt top, and finally, some ways to finish and hang quilts intended for wall display.

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