Modern Abstract Quilting with David Owen Hastings: July 27: 4-7 pm and July 28: 10-4 pm

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Modern Abstract Quilting with David Owen Hastings: July 27: 4-7 pm and July 28: 10-4 pm


Want to make abstract quilts? David will guide you through a creative process for making your own abstract quilt. The first session is three hours of exploring composition using paper, followed by a day of taking your paper quilts and turning 2 or three into fabric quilts.

Day 1: Exploring modern abstract compositions in paper

  • Use white, grey and black paper 

  • Work quickly, intuitively and spontaneously to create multiple compositions

  • Stitch the compositions with the sewing machine for immediate results

  • Incorporate curves with geometric shapes

  • Explore spare, simple compositions for a modern look

  • Think about figure and ground

  • Consider the sewing lines as a design element

  • Assess what compositions work well, and choose 2-3 to translate into fabric on Day 2

  • Explore color choices and decide on a palette for Day 2

Day 2: Make modern abstract compositions in fabric using the quilt-as-you-go technique

  • Quickly rough cut background fabric, backing and batting

  • Map out pieces for one composition

  • Rough cut paper pattern pieces

  • Translate paper pieces into fabric

  • Audition colors and textures 

  • Start with two main ground pieces 

  • Build composition slowly, trying out multiple fabrics, stepping back to assess the effect of each

  • Leave edges raw, and talk about further surface design options: stitching by machine or hand, painting, drawing

About the Instructor

David Owen Hastings is a graphic designer, fine artist and quilter. In his artwork he creates organic abstractions inspired by nature and the elements, working primarily with monotype print and collage techniques. He has been stitching his paper-based artwork for more than 20 years now. In the past couple of years, David has become entranced by the world of quilting: both modern quilting, and art quilts. 

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Cancellations:  You may cancel a class up to 7 days before the class begins.  However, less than 7 days will forfeit their class fee unless we can fill the spot from a waiting list, or you can send a friend.  



We will supply all you need to make your improv pieces including the sewing machine.  Just bring yourself, a rotary cutter,  scissors, and a sense of fun! However, if you want to bring your own machine and a supply of fabrics feel free to do so.