Framed Quilt in a Day With Heidi Parkes

Framed Quilt in a Day With Heidi Parkes


Framed Quilt-in-a-Day

With Heidi Parkes

Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Learn the entire quilt-making process in this one-day class, and leave with a completed work of art for your wall.

Students will learn to hand piece a 6x6" quilt top, baste, hand quilt, sew a border, and then secure that quilt to a frame. (Frames provided) The entire process will be done with a needle and thread, no sewing machines required.

In January 2018, instructor Heidi Parkes made one of these 6x6" stretched canvas style quilts each day for an exhibition at Var Gallery in Milwaukee.

Students will be encouraged to try a variety of sewing techniques to make their quilt top, and will make their own completely unique 'soft painting.'

Quilt tops made may include visible hand piecing, applique, embroidery, layering, and an emphasis on playfulness and concept. Heidi will also share details with students on adaptations for scaling this project up on your own for future framed quilts.

Price is $160, ($8 kit fee included in price) kit includes: frame, zines and staples

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  • milliners needles (I like the Dritz multipack, sizes 5 and 7 are ideal)

  • 6x6" square of cotton batting

  • thimble that fits your dominant hand's ring finger. (I like the clover metal tip, with silicon around the finger, or a handmade leather thimble)

  • some fabric scraps for sewing your quilt top.

  • strips of fabric for the border. 2 at 3x6" 2 at 3x12"

  • minimum, one spool of pearl cotton, size 8; or one spool of crochet thread, size 10. In a color you like.

  • few safety pins, and straight pins. (4 are probably enough)

  • optional: a small (4-6") embroidery hoop, and an 8" embroidery hoop.

  • optional: a rubber gripper to help pull the thread through; (a loose disk, or a gripper fitted to your finger)

About Heidi Parkes

A highly skilled fiber artist, Heidi Parkes is a 2005 graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Active on social media, Parkes has 5,000+ followers on Instagram, and has her finger on the pulse of the contemporary fiber art world. She taught at the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon 2018, 2017 and 2016, where she has won 1st place in handwork, and 2nd place in improvisation.

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