curve crackerjacks

curve crackerjacks

By Patricia Belyea

Last year I couldn’t conceive of teaching my curves workshops online. It seemed impossible as my teaching style is so hands-on.

Overcoming my doubts, I thought a lot about how I could teach remotely. Then my husband and I built a teaching studio where I could show every step of each technique—with five computers and seven cameras.

Since January, I’ve taught four cadres of quilters—from Australia to Denmark. The whole experience is like magic! I can’t believe the amazing homework projects of my students! 

Here’s the tip of the needle of student work. Many, many more curved wonders have been created by my first online students.

CREATIVITY & COMPLEX CURVES WORKSHOP
5-SESSION WORKSHOP

Session 1: Quadrant Quilt
Students master the Complex Curves technique and make one to four quadrant blocks with high contrast and bold body curves.

Student work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent project for Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Session 2: Straights and Curves

A slight variation, students add straight seams to their curved compositions that are based on a theme.

Student project for Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Session 3: Focal Composition
Using one or two patterned fabrics plus solids, student develop a central focal composition that is the first part of a two-session project.

Student work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts
Student work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Session 4: Extensions and Connectors
Student create extensions for their focal compositions and attach them with  connectors.

Student project for Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent project for Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsStudent work from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Session 5: Custom Templates
Students learn how to make their own templates for quilts with repetitive curved elements. There is no homework assignment for this final session so bonus points for whoever makes a template project!

Student project for Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop, taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

If you’ve ever wanted to explore curved piecing in your quilt compositions, please join me for a future workshop from the comfort of your home.

To learn about other Upcoming Workshops at Okan Arts +click here

Curved Triumph
Modern quilter Kelly Spell took her learnings from the Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop and made this delectable quilt. Already Creamsicle Swirl has won first place in a regional show in Pigeon Forge TN. Yeah!

Creamsicle Swirl, a modern quilt by Kelly Spell


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