HP heirloom 4Quilting with Heirlooms

Instructor Heidi Parkes

September 30 and October 1, 2017; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

Class Description: This two-day class guides students through the creation of a quilt top.  Students will use sewing machines, and handwork techniques to create their quilt tops.  Finishing the quilt (quilting and binding) will be discussed in terms of concept and approach for each student’s idea, but not demonstrated in class.
HP heirloom 5Quilting with Heirlooms encourages students to bring items such as: baby clothes; clothing from loved ones who have passed; inherited tablecloths, lace, and embroidery; worn out bed sheets; and worn-out textiles.  Students are also welcome to bring thrifted items that can stand in for items they never had- or as a collective cultural inheritance.
Heidi will introduce a variety of machine and handwork techniques including: machine piecing, hand piecing, applique, and embroidery.  She will share the stories of her quilts that have used bed sheets, tablecloths, vintage quilts, and clothing.   Students will be encouraged to share the stories behind their heirloom textiles as well.  This class will be a healing experience, steeped in meaning, and connected to the rich transformative history that quilting has always had with re-use.
Heidi is exhibiting her mended clothing in the WMQFA’s Fall exhibition, In Death.  Her art responds to the unique traces each person leaves on their clothing, and the problem of what to do with those articles of clothing once their owner is no-longer wearing them.  The class will include viewing the exhibition.
Course Outline: Day 1
  • Student introduction, and sharing about their textiles.
  • Trunk show with Heidi’s heirloom inspired quilts, and an introduction to the techniques available for use.
  • A guided viewing of the In Death exhibition.
  • Lunch (option to purchase in advance) Time to digest new ideas, discuss, and further view the exhibition.
  • Technique demonstrations.
  • Time to select materials, sew, and discuss ideas one-on-one with Heidi.

Day 2
  • Students will view each other’s work, and discuss progress and questions that have arisen as a group.
  • Time to sew and discuss one-on-one with Heidi
  • Lunch (option to purchase in advance) Time to discuss ideas as a group, and further view the exhibition.
  • Time to sew and discuss one-on-one with Heidi
  • Wrap up, students will share with the group about where their heirloom textiles led them, share plans for finishing quilt tops (many students may finish tops in class), share plans for quilting, and discuss how sewing with these textiles was potentially healing or informative.

HP heirloom 1 Supplies students must bring: At least one heirloom textile, a variety of fabrics, scissors, rotary cutter, straight edge, & mat (optional), sewing machine, thread (any color, I like cotton ‘ecru’), batting, metal thimble that fits ring finger, rubber gripper or thimble for index or thumb, crochet thread size 10 or DMC thread size 8 in a desired color, milliners needles (Dritz 4-pack recommended), small embroidery hoop, and straight pins.  (Students may choose to focus on handwork or machine work due to their personal preference.)
About Heidi Parkes A highly skilled fiber artist, Heidi Parkes is a 2005 graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Active on IMG_7745social media, Parkes has 5,000+ followers on Instagram, and has her finger on the pulse of the contemporary fiber art world.  She taught at the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon 2017, and at QuiltCon 2016, she won 1st place in handwork, and 2nd place in improvisation.  Learn more about her quilting, and listen to her podcast episodes at www.HeidiParkes.com.
Cancellation Policy and Refunds The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) reserves the right to cancel any program up to 10 days prior to the event. When WMQFA cancels the workshop, lecture or event, students will receive a full refund. When WMQFA cancels a program due to extreme weather, every student will be personally notified and refunded. While WMQFA is understanding, “no-shows” will not be refunded. In the event that you are unable to attend a program that you registered for, please request a refund 30 days prior to the program, or you may apply your costs towards another workshop or program instead of being refunded.
If you have any questions about the cancellation policy, please contact the Education Coordinator at youth@wiquiltmuseum.com. HP heirloom 3
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