Wednesday, 10 April 2013

U3A Patchwork and Quilting Workshop

In March I taught the Down Market U3A Patchwork and Quilting Group
Twisted Squares and Folded Patchwork, shapes and strips.
(U3A, "university of the third age").
Every hour, there was a new technique and ways of continuing them
on, into patterns which could be parts of wallhangings, cushions or quilts.
Some, liked the Twisted Square,  a bit of magic. Others like the 
folded hexagons these can make your eyes and fingers go twitchey. 
The Cathedral Windows made as doubles and the Twisted Strips 
something different!
Origami in fabric is always a good exercise because you are taking a 
2D flat fabric surface and making it into a 3D with folds, tucks, pleats and
stitch. The manipulation of the fabric add another dimension 
you can't get any other way
Everyone enjoyed the day and you can see by the table of samples,
lots of good results. It also opened many boxes in the brain
 that hadn't been opened for a long time.
I like stretching the brain muscles with simple exercise
that turn out great results.
From this the group decided to make a block up from the squares
for the Sampler Quilt they are each making.
I was asked if I would teach the block
"New York Beauty"
 at the next workshop in June.
See more of the folded patchwork 
by clicking the written labels below.

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