Maleny Quilting & Sashiko Retreat – August 2023

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Maleny Quilting & Sashiko Retreat – August 2023

August 23, 2023 - August 27, 2023

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Our July 2023 Maleny Textile Retreat was sold out in record time, so I’m pleased to announce a Our second Japanese Textile and Quilting Retreat for 2023 is being held at Tranquil Park Maleny, from August 23rd to August 27 2023. Special guest tutors will include quilt designer Jan Phillips from Quilt Therapy, in addition to my hosted sashiko and boro workshop.

We’ll be posting timeslots for selection very shortly. – Watch our Facebook video to learn what is going to be on offer for the 4 days. Lots to learn. – Lots of time to rejuvenate and enjoy some me time.

A retreat and holiday experience all in one event.  Visit the charming township of Maleny and experience the wonderful crafts and culture Maleny has to offer.

jan phillips quilt

Tutor 1, Workshop 1 : “Design & Create Your Own Unique Quilt”

What do you do with all the beautiful hand work pieces (boro, sashiko, stitcheries)? – Learn how to turn them into a beautiful quilted project/s as we step through the process of designing your unique quilt to incorporate some of the pieces using simple piecing, with the added interest of pieced blocks that compliment your work.

Day 1: I will teach you how to plan a quilt project:

– Where to start — what can I make? What size and style?

– How to plan the number of fabrics you need, and work out how much of each.

– Mixing pieced blocks, or simple shapes into a design & how to choose the right ones.

– What section do I make first? ( assuming you have boro, sashiko, stitchery or applique already made)

– Creating a construction plan — a guide to follow for your project.

– How do you finish the quilt? —no borders? How many borders? What sizes ?

– How to measure and sew accurately for a flat finish to the whole quilt.

– Tips on binding finishes in a couple of ways – The importance of recording your projects

Day 2: Construction Day

– This is the day we put the planning into action and start constructing your project

–  Choosing from several different blocks provided and making sample blocks to take home for reference or to be included in your project.

–  Learning tips on how to make accurate pieced blocks — cutting & piecing accurate seams.

–  Time to sew.

–  Finish the workshop with a recap of the 2 days so each student has confidence to complete the project at home.During this class I can assist with any quilt structure questions you may have so you can be confident working on your projects at home.

Hand out sheets will be given throughout the 2 days, and I also encourage students to add to these with specific information related to their project or machine.

Tutor 1, Workshop 2 : “Zoom in on Details, Textures & Trims”

This workshop features more advanced techniques and methods to add interesting texture or ways to add highlight trims to your blocks, and how to work with a range of fabrics using a number of different ways to crate your projects.

We will be covering:

–  Foundation Piecing and how to determine when it is the best technique to use.

–  Make up one or more examples of a foundation block that can be the main feature of your project or added in another area of your quilt—a great way to use up treasured scraps from other projects.

–  Working with different shapes within 1 quilt & how to blend them together.

–  Learn about adding texture options to a quilt — Ric Rac, Bias, Applique, accent trims.

–  Using circle shapes — how to sew them in or on to a project— choose one of the circle ideas presented and create your block.You could choose to make a single quilt from the techniques covered in this workshop, or make up the samples, take home the notes with lots of ideas for projects you would like to make.

Here are some recent comments from Jan about quilting and her love of teaching:

“When I started Quilt Therapy in 2002, I wanted to represent me and what I am passionate about. Through quilt making and tutoring I am able to express who I am in a creative and practical way – I make quilts to show my love for family and friends, and also gift quilts to bring comfort to others. Through teaching I can pass on my knowledge so others can do the same.

The process of quilt making is therapeutic in itself through all the steps. From the choosing of a design and fabrics, to learning the techniques required to construct it, through to the quilting and finishing, we learn a lot about the creative process and much about ourselves. When working in a group environment there is a lot of sharing and support for each other.

My passion is to see people develop their skills and as a result I see many students produce amazing work. I work in all areas from the Hand Made Traditional styles through to Machine Made Traditional or contemporary (or mixtures of them all) and now more Modern styles are becoming popular. My quilting workshops are all about nurturing the whole person, through good food, lots of laughter, developing skills, being creative and having a lot of fun and the farm is a wonderful place to relax. Special workshops are organised for skill development around specific projects and I love to travel to teach   I hope to chat with you soon.”

Tutor 2: Suzanne Howie

Sue is a textile artist involved in the design, teaching and sharing of the Japanese techniques of Sashiko and Boro. Sue is fascinated by the narrative potential of sashiko stitching and its application to Australian Indigenous art concepts.

Sashiko itself developed from humble beginnings, at a time when Japanese peasant women practised a patching technique call ‘boro’,

Sashiko has evolved into a more refined art-form today, with more structure and refined stitch lengths. In addition to established traditional designs, this art-form allows the individual to express their creativity with designs of their own. Sue enjoys how such a simple technique can offer so much freedom of expression.

Sue Howie Workshop: Sashiko-Boro Techniques

Each day, students be taught a variety of techniques for creating and manipulating designs, as well as the fundamentals of boro textiles: Manipulate pre-printed, wash-away fabrics to create your own unique sashiko designs; Use Niche Sashiko Templates to create and stitch your own sashiko designs; Embellish a sewing notions pouch with lovely boro-inspired

The retreat will be held at the serene Tranquil Park Maleny hotel, and will be comprised of quilting, sashiko and boro workshops.
Retreat Dates: August 23rd- August 27th, 2023.
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