• Length: 5 days
• Level: Beginning to Intermediate
• Sewing machine used
Strip-piecing is a very fluid way of creating fabric vocabularies out of one’s existing fabrics that have been cut into various size widths, selvage to selvage, and then sewn together in COMPOSED GROUPINGS. Lots of fabrics will be used in this exciting but intense class that will cover important exercises in FABRIC-MAKING and COMPOSITION. COLOR, VALUE, CONTRAST, GRADATIONS, SHAPE and LINE will be explored in a creative manner while students cut-out and sew together a very large range of strip-pieced fabrics. Students will be using both solid colors and bold commercial graphic prints, stripes, and plaids. Two or more small compositions will be made from the completed fabrics. All compositions will be approached intuitively as FUNDAMENTAL PRACTICE towards BEING READY for the more advanced composition classes that Nancy offers.
Students will be pinning work as it progresses onto the wall, so please bring good ball-head pins... specifically the silk pins with ball-heads produced by Clover.
Come with an open mind and no agendas, ready for growth and for risk-taking!
Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop.
Digital Camera and Printer
Swing Arm Lamp
24” x 36” Cutting Mat
7’ x 7’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work (optional)
Extra Large Rotary Cutter and Blades
Iron/Iron Cleaner (Optional as Barn has irons)
Ball-Head Pins (very fine and regular size)
Small Water Spray Bottle for Ironing
Glue to Adhere Snapshots into Sketchbook
Multiple Outlet Power Strip/Adaptors/Heavy Duty Extension Cords
Packing Tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)
Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies You Want
Packing Tape if shipping boxes
> CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (new catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - available at Crow Barn or on Amazon
> NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (new book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - available at Crow Barn or on Amazon
NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - available at Crow Barn
Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing
4 yards each of:
• SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE
1 yard or more of each color:
• SOLID OPAQUE COLORS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark values so you can be free to work) - reds, pinks, blues, teals, greens, limes, violets, browns, yellows, golds, oranges, purples, maroons, turquoises, rusts, etc.
• GRAYS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
• TANS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
• OFF-WHITES ...warm white, cold white, cream
• GRAPHIC BOLD GEOMETRIC (high contrast) PRINTS, PLAIDS, CHECKS, BATIKS, HAND-PRINTED
• Bring BOTH the GLOWING and the FLAT versions of as many of these colors as possible.
• Please wash and shrink all fabrics! No need to iron though if you fold at end of drying cycle.
• We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out!
• DO NOT BRING FAT QUARTERS. We will be cutting strips selvage to selvage.
• Do not bring marbled fabrics.
• Bring enough variety so you are not hamstrung!
NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 28+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough..
About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!
Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.
Overall during the class, we will use many solid colors, but still.... please bring the requested prints. When choosing both solid colors and prints to bring to class, be sure to bring both warm and cool tones.
I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including:
• Light values
• Medium light values
• Medium values
• Medium dark values
• Dark values
Any color can be GLOWING or FLAT.
GLOWING tones: Any colors that are mixed with yellow and which have a glow coming off the surface.
FLAT tones: Any colors that are mixed with black and which have a dullness and subdued nature.
Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other
dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want but they need to be opaque and not have multiple values swimming across them ... meaning white or light splotches on dark colors.
But flat solids (dyed commercially) are equally acceptable.
I usually work with flat colors or my own subtly dyed flat colors. My own palette includes approximately 500 shades.
I cannot specifically tell you to only bring 1/2 yard cuts of each color because I know we will be using at least a yard of some to many colors depending on each student’s color preferences. If you bring a yard of each – say 5 blues, 5 reds, 5 yellows, 5 greens, etc. but one each in light values, medium light values, medium values, medium dark values, & dark values, that would be better than not having enough. So bring 1 yard of as many colors as you can afford and shorter lengths for the rest.
Remember, we will be working selvage to selvage.