Bethany Garner Instructor,  
 January 12 - March 9, 2017
12 weeks including a course wind-up, full weekend of stitching on March 4th/5th,
and starting off with 7 Thursday nights from 6-9 pm
at the Kingston Campus, St. Lawrence College.

Our 2017 Winter Term at St. Lawrence College course is all about exploring IMPROV, the hugely popular Modern Quilt movement and playful design concepts as you create all new art quilts or create the terrific small wall quilts you have wanted to explore! 

Demonstrations, samples and hands-on study will include the use of contemporary techniques to illustrate the extensive exploration and updating of contemporary processes for developing dynamic DESIGN relationships as you plan and work with fabric and mixed media in your choice of medium and layout for stitching and embellishment.

TRANSFORMING INSPIRATION is for the beginner to advanced quilter with a sound understanding of basic quilting and fibre art techniques who is ready to embrace new design challenges. The course has been developed specifically to entice the aspiring art quilt enthusiast who has ideas in his/her head, has recorded some of those ideas in a sketchbook and is ready to put the deign into real time art, or who has a healthy collection of inspiring photographs they would like to translate into fibre art.

Our students are looking to acquire new techniques while at the same time further hone existing skills and translate them into dynamic creations. You are encouraged to bring along works in progress, sketchbooks filled with ideas, and plans for work that is waiting to take form but may need encouragement to be released into reality.

Your fabric/stitching supplies will be coming with you from home. (Supplies list with paid registration).

You will receive a comprehensive set of course handouts and some project based tools and supplies will be available in the classroom as a part of the Instructor’s teaching package. 

* Course components include the development of personal inventories of fibre samples using
your stash and collections of other fabrics in  project specific materials throughout the 
12 weeks we will spend together in the classroom.. January 12-March 9th, 2017.

* Be inspired to try new techniques and love machine stitching, and no - you do not
have to bring your machines to class unless weather permits, although the March 4 and 5th weekend
workshop days will be all about creating new art in the classroom!

* So whether you love to design and stitch pieces that use your own hand painted and dyed fabrics,

or bring together a wonderful stash of fabrics you have been accumulating and want to use,
this is a class that will help you take steps toward those goals!

The beautiful "Rock" piecework of friend and mentor, Virginia Spiegel is MY inspiration for 2017,
with a focus on assemblage and colour work study.
Exhibition ready work is a goal for many of our students and we will cover all aspects from paper layout, planning and selecting fabrics, embellishments, threads and framing/finishing techniques.

Machine work as well as hand stitch studies focusing on all new work are planned.  Students wishing to work within the guidelines of tradition may certainly work on quilt projects, and those who are brave enough to experiment may go one step farther to create new fabric in colors and dye patterns for use in their personal and original designs for art quilts and wall art or wearables.

One focus will be the now popular MODERN QUILT movement which supports minimal design and assembly techniques... using your designers eye to bring the fabrics you have in your stash to life as you develop all new wall, art and bed quilts that are lively, colourful and destined to be a delight for family an friends both at home and in exhibition opportunities.

We love to have all new students in the course, and there are no course prerequisites. St Lawrence  always welcomes returning students wanting to work within the context of shared studio time with like-minded friends. Every student will benefit from the focused classroom creativity and shared techniques.

Visit the St. Lawrence College Part Time Studies Registration pages at in early December 2016 to register. Hope to see you in the classroom!

Contact Bethany at 613-376-6150 or for details or with questions