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Workshops:

My mother often complimented a talented craftsperson by stating that they had "great hands", a description I often found a bit inadequate. I think making engages our minds even more than our hands, and it is that ideal that underpins all my workshops.

In my classes, creators of all skill levels thoughtfully engage with design principles of color, texture, line, form, and movement through the creation of a specific quilt pattern.

One word describes my design philosophy: simple. I utilize and teach simple blocks and simple techniques that, combined with thoughtful fabric choices and placement, make complicated-looking, seemingly multiple- patterned quilts.

I would love to share my passion for this brand of modern quilt making with your guild, shop, or group.

For pricing and details, email me: malka@stitchindye.com


Medusa:

from left to right: Medusa full, 74” x 74”, Medusa 2.0, 48” x 48”

The hardest part of designing a quilt is naming it. I almost never begin with one and, when finished, am hard-pressed to title a quilt.

Medusa is a rare exception. From the first, I knew that this built-from-the-center quilt, would be named after the mythological woman whose head was crowned by snakes. 

The design reminded me of my hair first thing in the morning. 

Despite her connection to antiquity, Medusa is a modern and versatile pattern. Based on a simple block, this design changes dramatically depending on fabric choices, quantities, and placement.



Four Triangles: Chroma and Ombre:

from left to right: Four Triangles Chroma, 44” x 44”, Four Triangles Ombre 2.0, 44” x 44”, Four Triangles Ombre Full, 67” x 67”

Encompassing movement, and singular, simple design, both the ombre and chroma versions are built from the center out. using a combination of differently sized strips and half-triangle squares.

Fabric selection and placement are key to both designs. Chroma encourages the maker to play with and understand manipulating strip and half-square triangle size, while Ombre focuses on carefully curating color and value choice.

Both options include discussion and practice of pieced binding specific to this design.

Participants are asked to select either the Chroma or Ombre version prior to class.



Crossroads:

Crossroads: 46” x 50”

This design is best described as simple…with a twist. Spare, clean shapes are constructed entirely out of the same-sized strip, but yield a shifting secondary pattern.

In this class, students will explore working with low contrast solids, exploring making a graphic image composed of primarily quiet colors. Class discussion will focus on possibilities for scaling this design larger or smaller and applying this technique to create other shapes and additional patterns. Additionally, we’ll discuss and practice pieced binding techniques specific to this design, but applicable elsewhere as well.




Half-Square:

from left to right, Half Square 1, ~55” x 55”, Half-Square 2, ~58” x 58”

I’ve always loved visual illusions. The idea that something could appear one way yet be otherwise has a depth, texture, and whimsy that draws me. 

At first glance, this quilt reads as a large-scale, graphic, half-triangle square. A closer look  reveals it’s seemingly complex construction. However, that too is an illusion because this quilt is crafted using simple, same-sized half-triangle squares and strips whose width also remains constant throughout. 

What changes is the fabrics, all culled from a single fat quarter pack and arranged from the center out in light to dark shades of warm and cool colors.

In creating their own Half-Square top, students will explore understanding and evaluating value and the influence color has on value, organizing and utilizing fabric efficiently and mindfully, and binding techniques specific to this design, but applicable elsewhere.

Maze:

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Maze: 46” x 40”

Years ago I swam on a team where the coach, in love with the idea of posting complex-looking workouts, would preface his explanation of the workout by declaring, “ It looks complicated, but it’s really not.” 

The same can be said about Maze. The quilt features four distinct color groupings, arranged from light to dark and positioned to create an hourglass design as well as a background that flows concentrically from the center of both blocks. It’s construction, though, is very simple, comprised of strips and half-square triangle. It too looks complicated, but it’s really not. 

Like my other class offerings, this workshop explores the concept of simple design…with a twist. In addition to learning the tips and tricks needed to make this top, students will explore choosing and organizing fabric to enhance the concentric nature of this design and adapting the design to a different scale or format.