Patricia is teaching her Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop in-person in La Conner in June 2024. +learn more
By Patricia Belyea
OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS WA I just finished teaching my Creativity & Inserted Curves workshop to a cadre of enthusiastic students online. By the end of the fifth session, they were speaking Insert-ease!
Their projects were filled with curved design elements inserted into backgrounds of patterned fabrics and square blocks.
Let me share some of the amazing homework projects my students completed during the two weeks between each 3-hour teaching session.
X EXERCISE BLOCK
To get started, students inserted two curved lines into a patterned fabric. The X Exercise Block got everyone started with the basic technique. And some students didn’t stop with just one block!
This homework project spanned two sessions as students prepped their fabric grids, designed their insertions, and finally sewed it all together. Note the clever details in the skinny inner borders.
The grand finale project was a mind-bender as students took everything they learned about inserted curves and playfully explored the illusion of mirrored designs—but without complete symmetry.
This workshop pushed and pulled students! Here are some of their comments:
It’s always a challenge to expand one’s capabilities and learn something new. And your class certainly did that.
Opened up my mind which is now exploding with visions of art quilts of my creation! SO CRAZY!!
I came up against all kinds of resistance in myself with a demand to grow.
The spark of ah-ha in a student’s eyes is a precious reward for a teacher. And there were some true fires started within my eager students as they learned the language of Insert-ease.
This is the tip of the needle of the amazing work that was accomplished in the workshop. Many students are not represented but I can say that all who participated truly did get stretched in new ways.
ABOUT US: Okan Arts, a petite family business, is co-owned by mother-daughter duo Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. Patricia and Victoria sell Japanese textiles online, host creative quilting experiences, and lead quilting & textile tours to Japan.
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