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Jacquie Gering, 20 & 21 Sept 2019 - Composing with LIne, 2 day workshop

Jacquie Gering, 20 & 21 Sept 2019 - Composing with LIne, 2 day workshop

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Instructor: Jacquie Gering

What: Composing with Line

When: 20 & 21 September, a two day workshop

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Pyramid Centre, James Street, St Marys


Explore the beauty, simplicity and complexity of line as you create modern linear quilts. Students will participate in design exercises and Jacquie will teach multiple techniques that will support you as you explore the myriad of possibilities of composing with lines. Students are expected to be intermediate to advanced piecers and to bring those skills to the design exercises. Be inspired by lines in architecture, nature, or embrace abstraction. Each student will begin an original linear design project in class and will complete several small line studies. Students will be expected to complete a homework assignment prior to the class. Please come prepared and with an open mind and an attitude of risk taking so that you and your fellow students can get as much as possible from the time we have together.

Supply list

  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Basic sewing kit including, thread, needles, bobbins, sewing machine oil, cleaning brush etc.
  • Please don't forget your foot pedal!
  • Extension table for sewing machine if available
  • ¼" foot
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Neutral or matching thread for piecing
  • Pins
  • Painter's tape approximately 1" wide (please don't bring the super slick/or very low tack tape) Masking tape is also an option.
  • 2 yards of flannel or batting for personal design wall if design walls are not provided
  • Pencil and notebook or sketchbook
  • Fabric safe marker
  • Digital camera or camera phone
  • Iron and tabletop ironing pad if not provided by the venue
  • Extension cord and power strip if not provided by the venue


  • Spray bottle for water or best press (unscented, please)
  • Wooden seam roller (Violet Craft's is a good one)

Fabrics to bring to class

**For any improvisational class it is imperative to have many fabric options. You never know where inspiration might take you. Please bring as much fabric as you can. I recommend that you bring ONLY SOLID FABRICS for this class.

As a minimum you will need:

For technique/design exercises:

1 yard of white cotton solid

1 yard of black cotton solid

For your project:

The amount of fabric you will need for your project will depend on the size of the project you decide on. I recommend that you work small (no larger than 48" x 48") over the two days rather than trying to plan and execute a large project.


Bring multiple fabric options for background and lines. Remember that the background can be made up of a single fabric or multiple fabrics. It is important to have options as you compose. Contrast between the lines and the background of your composition is essential. Bring a range of values including light, medium and dark values of the colors you are considering working with.

Bring background fabric to total at least 2 yards.

A set of solids in at least one color way including varying tints and shades and values. 1/4 yd. cuts or fat quarters will work well as line fabric (bring as many options as you can to total at least 1 1/2 yds.

Supplemental Fabrics

Having extra fabric available to add something unexpected is always a good thing.  Bring a fat eighth set or fat quarter set of solids in a variety of colors.


Some students may get to the quilting phase of the project. If you are a fast worker you may want to consider bringing supplies for quilting.

Free motion foot and/or walking foot

Batting (size will depend on the size of project you plan to make.)

Thread for quilting

Basting pins or spray baste

Backing fabric (amount will depend on the size of project you plan to make)


**please note all class fees are non-refundable**



The co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts (Interweave, 2012),

Author of Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot

Contributing designer and author for Stitch, Modern Patchwork, Quilter's World and Quilter's Quarterly.

Jacquie's quilts have been featured in other national and international publications. She is a leader in the modern quilting movement, serving on the board of directors of the National Modern Quilt Guild. She teaches and talks quilting across the country and shares her designs and quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio.


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