Workshops

Daisy Aschehoug Workshop Offerings

 

My passion for designing and making quilts is in each workshop that I teach. I love helping students realize their quilting goals - whether it’s bringing an idea from design to creation or learning the skills they need to follow patterns accurately. My workshop offerings include computer and tablet based classes as well as sewing machine classes. My teaching background includes extensive experience teaching in variety of settings, and each student will leave with the confidence they need to tackle their next project!

 

Use Adobe Illustrator to Design and Plan Your Quilts (3 or 6 hours) 

Learn various techniques for creating and repeating quilt blocks. Easily adjust quilt colors throughout your quilt design with just a few steps. Test multiple quilting motifs and thread colors to decide what will work best for your quilt before you start sewing.  Estimate yardage and create a cutting diagram for your project. This class is structured for beginners who have never used Illustrator, and the class will be taught using Illustrator for Macs.

 

Use Adobe Illustrator & InDesign to Create Paper Piecing Patterns (6 hours)

In the first half of this class, we use Illustrator to create machine paper piecing patterns and add labels, registration marks, and seam allowances. In the afternoon we’ll finish our pattern components and assemble everything in InDesign. We’ll discuss options for printing and creating downloadable PDFs. You will leave this class with a helpful step-by-step document and digital example files for future reference. Students new to Adobe programs will be encouraged to follow the class example, and those familiar with the programs may use their own design with approval of the instructor. Taught using Illustrator and InDesign for Macs.

 

Using Touchdraw as your Quilt Design Sketchbook (3 or 6 hours) (iPad only)

Touchdraw is an affordable, one-time purchase that can transform your iPad into a powerful sketchbook. Learn the basic tools to draw your quilt design and experiment with multiple arrangements and color palettes. Create quilt blocks and learn to repeat, rotate, and color them, or skip the traditional grid and play with shapes improvisationally. Learn how to import photos for tracing or to sample colors to create a color palette from an image.  We’ll also cover estimating yardage for your project. Export your design to a jpg for reference while you make your quilt, or use the image to pitch your design to publishers.

 

Technique: Precise and Improvisational Curved Piecing (3 or 6 hours)

Learn tricks to successfully create any kind of curved piecing. We’ll cover tips for cutting, pressing, and piecing that will increase your accuracy and ensure your seams are smooth and easy to quilt. Participants in the 3 hour workshop will complete one 12” circle quilt block (or 4-5 quarter circle quilt blocks measuring 6.5”) and 1-2 improvisational curved quilt blocks of various sizes. Optional, customizable class kit includes acrylic templates, small rotary cutter specific for cutting curves, glue stick, and precut fabrics to practice with.

 

 

 

 

Pattern: Lanterne Rouge  (3 or 6 hours)

The Lanterne Rouge Quilt is a block-based quilt that used curves to create a dramatic pattern.  The class will cover strategies for selecting fabric, tips and tricks for curved piecing, and alternate arrangements to create a different effects. Class fee includes printed pattern. Option class kit includes tools for curved piecing.

 

 

Pattern: Spinoff (3 hours)

The Spinoff Quilt is perfect for quilters new to piecing with curves.  We’ll start with quarter circle squares, and we’ll talk about how to achieve an accurate circle for the center of the quilt design. The class will cover strategies for selecting fabric, tips and tricks for curved piecing, and alternate arrangements to create a different effects. Class fee includes printed pattern. Option class kit includes tools for curved piecing.

 

Details: The nunber of students per workshop and contract details are all negotiable, but I recommend a maximum of 24 students for both computer and sewing classes. All travel originates from Oslo, Norway.