We've had such a great response to our June lecturer and teacher, Gyleen Fitzgerald. Gyleen is a working chemical engineer as well as author of 5 quilting and/or poetry books and many articles (in American Quilter Sept '09 and Jan/Feb '08; Quilter's Home Jan/Feb '09; and Quilting Quarterly Fall '10 and Summer '09, among others). Her quilts blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and high energy workshops. Her written works center around Haiku poetry, quilt patterns, and children's literature. Her lecture and trunk show on the evening of June 13th will be "Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings." Her book of the same name, about rescuing a vintage collection of unfinished quilts and transforming them with contemporary fabric, was the 2010 Gold Medal winner of the Living Now Book Award and the 2010 Silver Medal Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Award.
At the very end of 2009, Gyleen began an on-line group challenge to use up all the scraps/strips/"trash" in our sewing rooms and produce something simple (and simply beautiful) from them. That artistic/scientific mind of hers quickly developed a simplified method to utilize those scraps in the time-honored Pineapple pattern and a new tool to make it easy. The resulting quilts, from across the country and around the world, more than met the challenge!
Now, isn't it time to clear the clutter from your life and from your sewing room? Do you have strips and strings, leftovers from other quilts, random bindings and fabric trimmed off when finishing a quilt? Make an old fashioned pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist, sewn with perfection and totally random, and without paper piecing. This workshop turns "trash" into a treasured one-of-a-kind pineapple quilt. The blocks are easy to make using Gyleen's T2T Pineapple Tool© that was designed especially to precisely trim the blocks with ease as they are sewn. Take the challenge and make something from almost nothing. Start by cutting everything in the scrap box down to 1-1/2" strips. No need to sort them unless you must. Then, armed with a rotary cutter and Pineapple Tool©, you will commence sewing…no planning and no measuring. It's that easy. The more pineapple blocks you make the more you realize that any print and color combination works. However, Gyleen is flexible:
- You can build your Pineapple Treasure around a great border fabric
- You can plan a two-color quilt
- You can use brights with black or midnight blue
- You can be really brave and go totally random
Gyleen has now graciously agreed to teach two Trash to Treasure Pineapple workshops while she is here:
Both will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 SE 15th Ave, Portland (the same church in which we hold our general meetings).
- Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - this workshop is full
- ADDED CLASS: Monday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - BOTH CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY FULL
The fee is $35.00 per person, which INCLUDES LUNCH and THE "T2T" PINEAPPLE TOOL.
Click here to visit Gyleen X. Fitzgerald's website.