Lecture and Teaching Information
Carol Taylor’s Presentations
Scrap Quilt: 2
In this class, Carol will teach 17 simple piecing techniques and really free ways of creating patchwork designs. Learn to play with color and design without anxiety, and use all of those leftover scraps you’ve been saving. We’ll use strips, squares, wedgies, couching and fusing --- just to name a few of the methods you’ll get to try. All are fast and easy! You’ll go home with all of the components done to finish the quilt, and ideas galore to make more quilts using these methods. Tired of that precise cutting and those exacting patterns? Then this is the class for you. It will free you up and make you more creative. Come join us for the fun!
Here is a photo of the sample quilt Carol made using these methods.
in Circles Workshop (NEW!) 2
Have you always admired those pieced circles? You can do it with ease
and without even pinning. Create a small (32 x 32) unique quilt of
your very own while learning to piece circles & some nusual strip
sets, and do Carol’s trademark circular quilting to complete the
We will start with piecing simple circles that you cut
improvisationally and move on to more complex circles. Then Carol
will show how to make and use some unusual strip sets to complete the
quilt. All done with a minimal amount of measuring to free you up and
allow you to think out of the box. You’ll also learn how to finish
your quilts with facings instead of bindings.
You’ll be thrilled with the resulting small quilt, which you can do in
many different color schemes (see the samples done in two different
colorways), and hang in your own home or give as a gift. Check Carol’s
website (www.caroltaylorquilts.com) to see how many quilts Carol has
made using these same techniques, and then come make your very own.
Sample #1 with bright colors
Sample #2 with more limited palette
|Students working on their projects in the 2006 Going in Circles class at QHC in Lancaster, PA
Sensuous Lines and Curves
Do you love the look of those really skinny lines and curves, but don’t know how
to make them? Now is your chance to learn. Carol
shares the secrets of piecing them, and you can make those practice blocks into
a lovely wall quilt (41 x 36) full of those “sensuous lines and curves”!
will start with piecing simple lines that you cut improvisationally on small
pieces of fabric that will turn out to be 7 ˝” blocks. The middle section of
“sensuous lines and curves” is made by couching and becomes the centerpiece
for the quilt. All of this is done with no pinning and a minimal amount of
measuring to free you up and allow you to think outside of the box. You’ll
also learn how to finish your quilts with facings instead of bindings.
be thrilled with the resulting small quilt, which you can do in any 4-5 basic
colors you like. Check Carol’s website (www.caroltaylorquilts.com)
to see how many quilts Carol has made using these same techniques in her Linear
Series, and then come make your very own version.
Sample of 41 x 36 Sensuous Lines and Curves Quilt
New Workshop in 2006
Designing with Cutouts (1 day)
Have you been looking for a class on design and
composition, but didn’t know where to find one?
Well, here it is and you don’t even need to bring a sewing
machine to class. This class is structured to allow your originality to shine through,
but with plenty of instruction to show you how this easy method of designing with cutouts can be
used as the basis for your quilt.
Carol will guide you step by step in creating your own simple “motif”
design, cutting it easily, and learning how to vary it in size & shape. You will also learn
to create the best design format, using your motif in various sizes to create more interest.
As you put it together with easy fusing methods, you’ll focus on learning a bit about color,
value & how to balance design. You’ll leave with a totally original quilt and lots more
confidence in your own abilities to make more original quilts using these easy methods!
Leaf Motif 18 x 45"
Floral Motif 30 x 36"
Want to create a small (15 x 15)
unique quilt of your very own and learn something about composition, textures,
and circular quilting? Then this is
the class for you! This is a chance
to use some of those fancy and unusual fabrics that you’ve been attracted to,
but didn’t know how to use. We will tame them by fusing, and learn to mix them
with other textured looking fabrics. And you won’t need much of any one
fabric…even scraps will do.
You’ll learn a bit about
composition and how to balance it with both color and size. You’ll learn
about fusing and how to finish your quilts with facings as opposed to bindings.
And Carol will also teach you how to quilt and couch those “perfect” circles
that have almost become a trademark on her quilts. You’ll be thrilled with the
resulting small quilt, which you can do in many different color schemes, and
hang in your own home or give as a gift.
Look at Arc-i-Textures to see the 41 of them I have made.
Samples of 15 x 15 Arc-i-texture QuiltsSamples
are the results of the one day Arc-i-Texture workshop---EVERYONE got their
project finished or almost finished by the end of the class!
You see----everyone CAN couch those circles and look at all of the wonderful variation in color and style. Come and make your own unique Arc-i-Texture quilt!
Carol consults with each student as they are hard at work practicing the patterns in Carol’s Free Motion workshop. This group is actually taking the MORE Free Motion Workshop where Carol teaches 65 MORE stitching patterns during the one day workshop.
Motion Quilting Patterns: 1
If you have not had a chance to
take Carol’s free motion stitching class, do try to sign up as it continues to
fill each time it is offered. I guess everyone wants to be able to machine quilt
and get things done more quickly! Carol will teach 12-15 quilting design
patterns for you to try and go over many of the techniques in the various books
teaching free motion quilting. This is a hands-on class to learn and practice
these fast new ways of quilting and embellishing your quilts by machine. Learn
to do decorative stitching with those metallic and rayon threads! Machines need
only have a straight stitch to do these designs. And even the students who’ve
had very little quilting experience are successful using these methods.
You’ll be able to give your quilts a unique flavor, style, and sparkle in no
time using these methods – and get all of those unfinished tops quilted
Sampler of stitches you will learn in the Free Motion “Threadplay” workshop
Free Motion Quilting Patterns:
Here’s a brand-new class for
those of you who have taken the basic Free Motion Quilting class or already have
basic free motion skills and want to learn more patterns and enhance your free
motion quilting skills. Carol will introduce and pass out drawings for 65 (yep,
sixty five!) different quilting patterns not shown in the original Free Motion
Quilting class. She will show you how to use 32 different “meandering”
designs, 28 “filler” designs and 5 border designs. You will receive 16 pages
of Carol’s drawings to take home and use as ideas on your own quilts. So, come
and try some of these new designs and improving your free motion quilting
Sample of fern patterns that are part of the Free Motion Quilting Classes
Sample of “connection” quilting taught in More Free Motion
Have you ever wanted to add more
thread to create depth but not had one of those expensive embroidery machines to
do it? Then this is the class for
you. You will create your own threadpainted pansy using this free motion
zigzag method. It’s
easy and anyone who can lower their feed dogs can do it. Every design uses only the zigzag stitch. It’s like coloring with
crayons, except you use threads, and you’ll learn to make solid areas and to
blend the colors to make realistic looking pansies or fish. She’ll show you how to take these pieces and add them to your quilts to
make your quilts something very special and unique.
You’ll also learn bobbin drawing, how to make lacy and confetti centers, and how to use couching with these designs.
of Coral Reef quilt of a fish using this threadpainting method
Pansy you will “ threadpaint” in class
Sampler of some of the
designs available to do in the Threadpainting class
Spinning Stars(Paper Piecing):
(a 1 Day Workshop as
seen on Simply Quilts)
Want to learn both paper piecing
and something more about color and value use? You’ll learn both making this
quilt. There is only ONE block to
learn to paper piece, but the color and value choices are what makes it sing.
This quilt uses many different black and white graphic fabrics as a background
to brightly colored stars. The graphic effects in this quilt are created by
contrasting the stars against the black and white, and by using value as a
guide. Choosing the fabrics is part of the secret, and we will spend time
refining your choices to get the right effect. If you’ve never paper pieced,
it’s a good chance to learn to do that on a medium sized quilt. If you have
done a bit of paper piecing, this is a great way to expand that knowledge. This
makes a stunning 40 x 40 quilt with perfect points. You’ll be thrilled with the resulting quilt, which you can do in many
different color schemes, and it doesn’t even require a
Spinning Stars Quilt (40 x 40)
Carol Taylor’s extended workshop for 4-5 day venue
Piecing It Together with Circles & Sensuous Lines:
This class is a combination of some of my 1-2 day classes and is suitable for a 4-5 day session. It includes piecing and free motion!
|Cresendo 67 x 86
||Nuts & Bolts #5 32 x 49
||Interwoven 44 x 49.5
Carol will teach 20 different improvisational piecing techniques and really free ways of creating designs. Learn to play with color, value, and design without anxiety. We’ll make strip sets, circles, offbeat squares, skinny lines, couching and even add a little fusing. You will be encouraged to experiment with color, value, and design. All construction methods are fast and easy! Tired of that precise cutting and those exacting patterns? Then this is the workshop to free you up, expand your creativity, and allow you to just have fun with some spontaneous sewing.
Have you always admired those pieced circles in Carol’s Gong Series or Nuts & Bolts Series? You can piece them with ease and without even pinning. Create your own very own unique quilt using these techniques to piece circles, and learn to do Carol’s trademark circular quilting to complete the look.
Or do you love the look of those really skinny lines and curves in her Linear Series, but don’t know how to create them? Carol shares the secrets of piecing them, and you can make those practice blocks into your own wall quilt full of those “sensuous lines and curves”! We’ll even use couching to create more sensuous lines in your quilt. You’ll also learn how to finish your quilts with facings instead of bindings.
And lastly, in order to finish your quilts, Carol will also give you a special session on Free Motion quilting including demos and drawings of 16-20 designs that we will practice in class, using various threads appropriate to the designs.
All of these techniques are done with a minimal amount of measuring to free you up and allow you to think outside of the box. Use these basics to gain the confidence to work more freely, improvise, and express your individuality in your quilts.
Lectures by Carol Taylor
Sew Many Quilts, So Little Time:
A retrospective of Carol’s quilting career shows how she produced over 450 quilts (many award winning) since she began in 1993. You’ll see slides from her first traditional quilt through her gradual transition to art quilts….however, she promises NOT to show all 450! She will also bring a trunk show of her newest quilts! The presentation is interspersed with some humorous slides from her 33 year-old son who shows Mom that he is “never without his blankie”!
Working in a Series:
A description of how to create work in a series, showing the process of how Carol made the 39 quilts in her Gong Series, and then went on to her Confetti, Linear, and Arc-i-Texture Series.
Quilting: Carol Taylor’s Presentations:
Workshop Fee: $650 per day (up to 6 hours). Limited to 20 students. (Each additional student is $30). See list of 10 class choices.
Lecture Fee: $425 ($400 when with workshop) for 1-11/2 hours, including slide presentation and actual quilts.
Meals, travel expenses & lodging are to be paid by the sponsor. Hotel is preferred. If driving, mileage is at a rate of 48.5 cents per mile, (or current government business rate). Airfare is at the economy rate, plus ground transportation from home to destination and return.