Hexie Lecture and Workshop
With Mickey Depre
February 23 & 24, 2017
Lecture: Thursday, Feb 23, 7 p.m.
Workshop: Friday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. to noon
Mickey Depre was introduced to the world of Fiber Arts by her own personal “grand masters” at the age of four. Grandmothers, Great Aunts, Aunts and her mother filled her days with cloth, needles, yarn and such. In 1997 she found quilting on her own.
She made a name for herself as an art quilter with a flair for the whimsical. But always made traditional quilts for her husband Paul Sr. and children, Paul Jr. & Emily, to enjoy and keep warm under.
English Paper Piecing has become a slight obsession and has lead to the publication of her book Pieced Hexies. Now it is her goal to be known for her spin on traditional quilting via English Paper Piecing and beyond.
And now, in what she calls “a full circle in her quilting life,” her latest book, Half Scrap Quilts, is full of patterns for traditionally pieced bed quilts that show off her half-scrap choice of palette.
Mickey’s Motto: “There is more than enough fabric in the studio to be both an Art Quilter and a Traditional Quilter.”
Lecture: “Let’s Get Hexed!” $20
An interactive lecture/demo/audience participation event that includes a small trunk show of English Paper Pieced quilts, some made by myself, some antique. I will take the audience thru basting a Hexie hands on as they will actually baste one Hexie during the powerpoint presentation that will be filled with tips and tricks about English Paper Piecing! I will provide the EPP papers, audience needs to bring two 3.5″ squares of fabric, one pin, one needle, basting thread and small scissors. Thimble is optional.
Join Mickey Depre as we take English Paper Piecing a Hexie to a whole new level with her Pieced Hexie Pattern Tumbler. This innovative technique turns English Paper Piecing on its head. Don’t worry if you have never basted a paper before, traditional English Paper Piecing will be covered. Along with her tricks to obtaining flat corners and a hand piecing technique to guarantee no stitches will be seen.
After machine sewing the beginning blocks, marking our paper pieces and basting our hexies, we will twist and turn them it every direction to form new and exciting designs. The image provided for this design is just the beginning! As Mickey says “So let’s begin…and don’t blame me….they are addicting. You have been forewarned.”
Pieced Hexies book is required for the class. The Museum Gift Shop is carrying this book.
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING
Pieced Hexies book by Mickey Depre
Sewing Machine- don’t forget your user manual
7- 1.5” Hexagon Papers* – laser cut papers are best
Hand Sewing Needle* – I recommend a Hemming #11 Milliners
Hand Sewing Needle for basting* – I recommend a sturdy needle
Thread for hand sewing* – I recommend Aurifil 50 wt.
Thread for basting – an odd spool you wish to use up- a bright contrasting color is best
Thimble* – If you don’t have one I will have a possible solution for you
Scissors for fabric cutting – will want a blade at least 5-6” in length
Scissors for thread snipping- short blade
Seam Ripper – nice and sharp!
Pins – at least 1.5” in length
Clover Table Top Needle Threader* – If you have one bring it
A portable OTT light if you have one
Ruler- 3.5” or 4” square* & 1” x 6”* – small square ruler(s) will be helpful
6” x 12” – for fabric cutting
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Writing Instrument – Fine Tip Pen, Marker or Pencil
ITEMS MARKED WITH A * WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE
Bring LOTS of scraps…we can play with choices…there are so many variables that giving specifics for fabric requirements cannot be done. Scraps on average should be at least 10” square in size. Toss in a fat quarter or two if you want to have some consistency in fabric between all the designs.