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Lorraine Torrence
February 13 and 14-15, 2005

Known world-wide for both wearable art and art quilts, Lorraine Torrence uses universal lessons of color, composition, line, and space to create wearable and wall textiles using the quiltmaker’s techniques of piecing, applique, and quilting. She has been teaching quiltmaking since 1972 and currently travels throughout the U.S. and abroad teaching for guilds, shops, and conferences. In Seattle she teaches a long-term design class for quilters at In the Beginning Quilts and Fabrics. Her wearables have been included in 3 Fairfield Fashion Shows, in the premier of the Bernina Fashion Show, and in 7 American Quilters’ Society Fashion Shows. In the latter, her garments have won Honorable Mentions, First Places, Design Excellence, and Best of Show awards. She has judged the AQS Fashion Show several times as well as other fashion and quilt shows. She has 2 lines of patterns for wearable art: Lorraine Torrence Designs and Grainline Gear (purchased from Gina Bronow Barker in 2000). She has authored several articles in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and American Quilter Magazine and a book, Design Essentials: The Quilter’s Guide. In 2002, Clothworks produced her first line of fabric, "Cutting Edges."

Lorraine Torrence will lecture on "Contemporary Japanese Quiltmaking" at our general meeting on Monday evening, February 14. She will present two workshops while she is in Portland:

  • "Oriental Influences" -- Using Japanese (or Japanese-like) fabric, students will develop an original composition. Explore Japanese design principles, new fabric compositions, and original patterns. This will be taught in TWO EVENINGS: Sunday, February 13, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (including dinner), and Tuesday, February 15, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (including dessert). $65 for members, $80 for non-members.

  • "Collage Curves Quilt Design" for both quilts and garments -- Include curves and wiggles in your quilts without templates or piecing. On a muslin and/or batting foundation, draw a curvy line design, then cut your fabric to match it. Cover joining pieces with self-made bias tape that you top stitch in place. Make at least two original pieces in this workshop that encompasses design, piecing (but no curved seam piecing), some flip-and-sew foundation piecing, and bias-joined curves. This will be taught on TWO DAYS: Monday and Tuesday, February 14-15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Class includes lunch each day. $110 for members, $130 for non-members. (An optional kit for a mini-quilt, including pattern, is available for $35.00.)

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