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Students working in Carol’s workshop at MAQS January 2006. 
      

 

Students trying new patterns in Carol’s Free Motion Workshop
at the Amherst Quilt Seminar Sept 2005

 


Going in Circles Workshop 2 Day Workshop

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 look. 

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 32"x32" with bright colors           Sample #2  32"x32"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

1 Day Workshop

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”!

We 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.  

You’ll 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. 

          

                        



       2 samples of Sensuous Lines and Curves quilts.  41” x 36” and 45” x 40”


Arc-i-Textures: 1 Day Workshop

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
   

Here 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.

 

Improvisational Scrap Quilt: 2 Day Workshop

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.
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Free Motion Quilting Patterns: 1 Day Workshop

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 quickly!

 

 

Sampler of stitches you will learn in the Free Motion “Threadplay” workshop

 

 

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Sample of fern patterns that are part of the Free Motion Quilting Classes


More Free Motion Quilting Patterns: 1 Day Workshop

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 abilities.

Sample of “connection” quilting taught in More Free Motion

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Some of the patterns you’ll learn in the MORE Free Motion class

 

 

Threadpainting: 1 Day Workshop

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.



Detail of Coral Reef quilt of a fish using this threadpainting method

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Pansy you will “ threadpaint” in class

   


 Sampler of some of the designs available to do in the Threadpainting class

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!

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Leaf Motif  18 x 45"

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Floral Motif 30 x 36"

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    border.    

   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.

Sensuous Lines, Curves, & Circles

2-3 Day Workshop

This workshop is a combination of two of Carol’s workshops that feature couched yarns as a main design element. Sensuous Lines & Curves and Arc-i-Textures. Once you learn the technique, you will be able to create BOTH of these quilts easily.
Check Carol’s website (www.caroltaylorquilts.com) to see many quilts Carol has made using these same techniques in her Linear Series and her Arc-i-Texture Series, and then come make your very own versions, using these same techniques.      

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All Thread, All the Time

3-5 Day Workshop                                           

Free Motion Quilting & Threadpainting

        quilts      quilts     
If you have not had a chance to take Carol’s free motion stitching classes, why not take this workshop which combines all 3 of her thread classes. Everyone wants to be able to machine quilt and get things done more quickly! So, on the first day, Carol will teach 12-17 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, rayon and thick cotton threads! Learn about what threads are available and where to use them. 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 quickly!
    quilts       quilts
The second and third days, we’ll change the pace and do some bobbin drawing, couching, and make some lacy thread and confetti pieces. Then you’ll be ready to create your own thread covered piece.  Have you ever wanted to add more thread to create depth but not had one of those expensive embroidery machines to do it?  Carol teaches you to make thread covered pieces like the fish or corals in her Coral Reef quilt by using a free motion zigzag stitch. You will create your own threadpainted pansy, leaf, or flower by 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.
    quilts      quilts 

The fourth and fifth days, Carol will introduce and pass out drawings for 65 (yep, sixty five!) different quilting patterns not included with the first day’s patterns.  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 abilities.

You’ll go home really ready to finish all of those tops you’ve never been excited about quilting before and ready to try to incorporate some Threadpainting techniques in your next quilts!

 

 

 

Circles:   Pieced, Fused & Quilted (4-5 days)

Have you always admired those pieced circles? You can do it with ease & even without pinning. Create a small  unique quilt of your very own while learning to piece circles & some unusual strip sets, & do Carol’s trademark circular quilting to complete the look. 
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 & 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 learn the techniques to make your very own.
saqmple1             sample 2
 Sample #1 with bright colors (32 x 32)      Sample #2 with more limited palette                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


 

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:  $700 per day (up to 6 hours).  Limited to 20 students. (Each additional student is $30). See list of 10 class choices.

Lecture Fee: $450 ($425 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.

 

 

 

Revised August 1, 2008