Barabara Shapel was teaching in our classroom last week! She taught a one-day workshop on "The Art of Machine Quilting" and a three-day workshop called "Waterdance." I had the privilege of attending the three-day workshop, and all I can say is...you missed a good one! Barbara is a fantastic teacher as well as an incredible machine quilter.
Here are photos of some of the quilts she shared in class:
Click here to see a Facebook photo album of student work!
In addition to learning how to make the beautiful Waterdance quilt, Barbara taught us how to make our quilts reversible with simple piecing of the backing fabric, and then how to add thread-painted details in the quilting.
Simple straight-line quilting across the moon, using invisible thread on top and in the bobbin. Barbara says, "Keep it consistently inconsistent."
Wave quilting is made using long sweeping lines along the pieced waves on the front on the quilt, and then filled in with "bubbles." Barbara uses a wide variety of threads including polyester, rayon, variegated, and metalics on the top and in the bobbin to create the two-sided quilting.
I loved the workshop and Barbara's teaching style. I accomplished more work than I usually get done in a classroom setting, I learned new piecing techniques in class, and I can't wait to try the quilting techniques at home. The next time Barbara Shapel comes to Sisters to teach, do something special for yourself and take a workshop with her...you'll thank me for it! ~Tamra