IQSCM MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE
Our upcoming Mediterranean cruise will be
second to none in terms of the amazing itinerary, inspiration, teachers
and projects. These world class and award winning educators have
developed incredible workshops especially for your learning pleasure.
Class choices will begin in April, 2019.
If you have any questions about
a class or project, please email the teacher, their email addresses are
provided under their bio.
See you in Rome!!
LIZA PRIOR LUCY - USA
Liza made her first "quilt" in 1972
when she sewed 25 bandanas together, layered the top with a fat batt and a
corduroy backing and tied it all together with wool knitting yarn. It was
for her college boyfriend's waterbed. She made her second quilt in 1990,
this time in a more conventional manner, piecing a sampler block quilt.
Quilting became a passion and in 1993 she proposed doing a book with her
dear friend, Kaffe Fassett.
Kaffe and Liza work closely together
writing patchwork books and developing the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric
line for Free Spirit.
Their first hardcover book was
Glorious Patchwork and they just published their 6th hardcover book,
Bold Blooms. They specialize in re-interpreting traditional quilt
patterns using contemporary fabrics and unexpected color combinations.
From the time she began making quilts,
her favorite projects have been those that are hand sewn. English Paper
Piecing is her passion. She designed the popular Glorious Hexagon sampler
based on the book, The New Hexagon. Last count over 5000 people
worldwide are following her lead and making their own glorious version!
Liza lives in New
Hope, Pennsylvania with her husband, Drew.
English Paper Piecing from soup to nuts! Learn how to
fussy cut fabrics to make kaleidoscopic effects. Learn several ways to
fussy cut, baste and hand sew various shapes to make pieced hexagons.
The primer for this class is Katja Marek's book, The New Hexagon.
Each student can choose to make a sampler of hexagons any
size she wishes. A surprise pattern and kit designed just for this
cruise is a bonus.
GLORIOUS HEXAGONS class supply list
You have the choice of doing the Glorious Hexagon Sampler Quilt in any
size you wish or doing the surprise class project OR doing your own
preferred English Paper Piecing quilt.
any of those choices these are the required supplies to bring:
rotary cutter size small 28mm or size medium 45mm with a
an extra NEW blade
rotary cutting mat at least 12" x 12'
very fine straw or milliner needles size 10 or 11 or
Clover Black Gold sharps size or 10 or any preferred
very fine needles
an assortment of very fine threads. Recommend Aurifil 80 wt. or YLI silk
a spool or ordinary thread (for basting) any color
fabric glue stick. Recommend Bohin or Sewline
or Fons and Porter
1-2 glue stick refills
small sharp fabric scissors
For the Glorious Hexagon Sampler these are additional
supplies, all available
Book: The New Hexagon by Katja Marek ($26.99)
Glorious Hexagon booklet ($8.00)
The New Hexagon Complete Paper Piece Pack ($38.00)
Optional but highly recommended: The New Hexagon Acrylic Set with 3/8"
($99.00). ***Please mark your set with dabs of nail polish so you can
GloriousColor.com sells various assortments for the Glorious Hexagon
coordinated 11 yard assortment contains enough fabric to fussy cut
course you can bring any fabrics from your own
When choosing fabrics, look
the pattern and find 6 identical motifs. That will determine how much
want of each. What this means for example, is if the fabric has
flowers and one flower is a specific daisy, find 6 of those daisies and
length that will include all 6. You will find that fat quarters are not
regular long quarters might be. On small and medium scale fabrics, 1/2
usually sufficient. It is the use of large scale patterns that makes
especially exciting. For large scale you may need as much as 3 yards.
For the surprise project all papers, templates and fabrics
will be included in the
kit,just bring your tools and fabric supplies.
Kit fee to follow.
am happy to offer guidance. Just contact me by email. LizaLucy@aol.com
SUE SPARGO - USA
Southern Africa had
a considerable influence on Sue’s creativity. She was born in Zambia and
then educated in South Africa. She is still influenced by the energy and
color of traditional African designs. Later Sue moved to England; this
shift between two very different environments also inspires many of her
designs. All these early experiences combined to stir her love of
“primitive” arts and crafts and grew into a focus on contemporary
The United States
had always beckoned and in 1989 that dream was fulfilled. Sue moved to
Connecticut and subsequently to Tennessee, Utah and Ohio. Each new state
presented sharp contrasts and stirred more new ideas. With each move she
was influenced by many wonderful, quilt enthusiasts.
Sue now works in three
Africa has a
considerable impact on Sue’s designs. Apart from these influences Sue
nationally and internationally. It is here where she challenges herself to
develop new techniques by playing with fibers and threads. In 2014
thirty pieces of Sue’s work were exhibited in the La Conner Quilt and
Textile Museum in La Conner,
Washington, and in 2017 she had a exhibition of her quilts at the
International Quilt Festival in Houston.
satisfaction comes from running workshops and retreats. She has led
workshops across the USA and in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Italy, New
Zealand and France. She teaches a specific design or week-long retreat
focused on embellishment. Sue delivers illustrated presentations about
her creative process.
All Sue’s current
designs are available as books or patterns. Her first technique book,
Creative Stitching, was published in 2012 followed by Creative Texturing
absorbing passions include being with the four strong and fulfilling
personalities that are her children, tending her garden and traveling to
new and exciting destinations.
You may reach Sue at Sue@suespargo.com
WORKSHOPS WITH SUE
VASE Small Study Workshop
size is approximately 7” x 9”
small block features a soft neutral, hand-dyed wool background with a vase
filled with flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured
background. Then embellishing the small vase incorporating hand-dyed
fabrics, threads and beads. We will then fill each vase with textural
stems and leaves. Then using my newest techniques we will create
dimensional flowers using many different techniques.
which will include an assortment of wool, fabrics and ribbons to complete
the appliquéd block can be purchased for $30. For ordering you can email
for the website code. In addition you will need to bring the notions,
embellishments and Creative Stitching book which can be ordered from my
Freezer paper, pencil and paper scissors
# 10 and 11 Straw needles for beading and cotton appliqué
# 24 Chenille needle for wool appliqué and embroidery
# 18 Chenille needle for couching
# 3 and #1 Milliners needle for wrapped stitches
60wt cotton thread and 50/50 wool thread for appliqué
Clover applique pins
Embroidery and Fabric scissors
1” x 6” ruler
1/4” hexagon papers
Bohin pencil glue stick
Small Yo-Yo maker
7” x 9” (cream or gray tone) hand dyed wool for background
Neutral color matching ribbons
Small pieces of neutral fabrics - cotton prints, silk,
linens, yarn dyed fabrics for layering the
Different colors of wool and cotton scraps for vase, leaves
Assorted small pieces of textural fabrics including hand
dyed rayon velvet, silks and linens
Presto Sheer for stabilizing rayon velvet
Assorted green skinny ribbons for stems
Bring an assortment of neutral and colorful embellishment
threads for background and appliqué
embellishment such as -
Eleganza Perle Cottons, Chenille Yarns, Seagrass, Silken
Pearl, Dazzle, Razzle, #24 Silk
Thread and #11 Seed Beads for beading
My embroidery book 'Creative Stitching 2nd Edition’
ROADRUNNER NEEDLE ROLL - A Stitch Study Workshop
You will be creating an embroidery
sampler to be finished into a needle roll. The focus of the class will be
on the use of Eleganza Perle Cotton in sizes 8, 5, and 3. The goal of this
class is to learn an expanded understanding of many stitches using them in
different formations and combinations. Each cover will be unique, using
either Kumquat or Turquoise wool as the front cover. Students have the
option to learn English paper piecing to decorate the inside with a floral
A kit which will include wool, fabric,
ribbon and elastic cord to complete the roll can be purchased for $25. For
ordering you can email
for the website code. In addition you will need to bring the additional
supplies which can be ordered from my website
to bring with you
• Eleganza Perle Cotton in
size 8, 5 and 3
• Small circle template
• Marking pencil
Embroidery Book - Creative Stitching 2nd Edition
BLOOMING BUNGALO PINCUSHION -
Stitch Study Workshop
This class focuses on Sue’s
technique for wool appliqué
using Ellana wool thread and an introduction to creative embroidery
stitches using Eleganza Perle Cotton. The students will spend the day
embellishing their dream cottage filled with window boxes. A kit including
the pattern and wool is available on my website for $22.00 please bring
the additional supplies below. Prior to class please appliqué all windows
and door in place using a whipstitch with a #24 Chenille needle and Ellana
Additional Supplies to bring with you
#24 Chenille needle
#18 Chenille needle
#1 Milliner needle
#3 Milliners needles
Ellana wool thread #EN27 #EN42
for appliquéing windows and door
Eleganza Perle Cotton - sizes
8 and 5 (a thread pack is
available on my website)
Size 8 green seed beads
Embroidery Book - Creative Stitching 2nd Edition
GILLIAN TRAVIS - UK
Gillian Travis is an award winning textile artist based in
a small village in the North of England. She has a studio near my home
that has been developed to accommodate creative textiles courses. She
loves teaching and passing on skills, ideas and enthusiasm to students of
travels extensively for pleasure and teaching, and make regular trips to
India, Most of the textiles she makes are inspired by my travels. She take
lots of photographs and later use them to design and develop into quilts.
work is colourful and contemporary, She specializes in paint, print, felt
and machine stitch, and always use natural fabrics.
taught Textile courses since 1995, first non vocational classes, and later
GCSE and Open College textiles. In 2006, she became an independent
Creative Textiles Tutor. For several years she continued to teach City and
Guilds 7922 Embroidery, from her studio through Link2Create. She now
uses her many years of textiles teaching experience and devises her own
programs of study responding to students needs and interests.
Creative Textiles courses offer contemporary approaches to embroidery,
patchwork and quilting with an emphasis on design. They include techniques
such as felting, paper making, silk painting, fabric dying printing and
Questions regarding a class?
Please email Gillian at email@example.com
teaching my unique method of Interchange Appliqué for a number of years
and I still love teaching it. The class gives students so much freedom to
develop their own ideas and make patterns that the resulting student’s
work all look so different.
The more I teach
this class, the more skills and additional techniques I have to share and
have developed new techniques to add to the class, so if you have been to
my class before there are new skills and approaches to learn on this class
Students do not
need to make a table runner. The blocks could be arranged in a different
pattern so that a wall hanging or cushion cover could be made.
I will show how
the sashing is made (or you could use ready made sashing) and how to bind
the table runner or wall hanging
On a one-day
class students will not get to the machining stage so this will need to be
completed at home. Full explanation of how to finish it will be given
The table runner
shown in the photograph is made from Provence fabrics but any 100%
patchwork fabric could be used. I hope we will be able to buy some
suitable fabrics in France.
Bondaweb (Heat n Bond Lite can be used but it can make the fabric a bit
Charm Pack of
5” squares (The fabric must not be too patterned and must be made up of
Half a yard of
fabric for the sashing and binding
Mat – this does
not need to be a big one
and Ipad or tablet (if you want to make your own designs)
There is a small
charge of £3
for a kit so that everyone can understand the technique
A pattern for the
images shown on French Fabric table runner will be provided
to wander round a market especially a Mediterranean Port market where
there are loads of stalls selling freshly caught fish. I often take masses
home in my studio I made this quilt or wall hanging using some of my
favorite fabrics, including some I bought whilst on holiday. I use an easy
method of fused appliqué and have a pattern so that everyone who comes on
this course can make a sardine quilt that is similar to mine.
take the day to cut out all the shapes and fuse them to the background;
the stitching will need to be completed at home.
and pattern will be provided with a selection of assorted patterned
fabrics, however students will need to bring a few things.
sparkle and shading is made using paint and all the equipment needed for
doing this will be provided.
Background fabric 18"x24". This should be pale grey and 100% cotton
Visofix, Bondaweb or Heat n Bond (1 yard)
small pieces of approx. 4" x 10" patterned 100% cotton fabric for fish.
can provide a kit that has 16 different pieces of assorted patterned
cotton fabric. It includes the pattern but not the transfer adhesive or
the background fabric and will cost £16. This must be ordered before the
pattern will cost £4
the quilts I make are painted with added appliqué and machine stitching. I
take many photographs and use these to images to make my quilts. I print
the images in black and white, trace them and transfer the design to
fabric. I use paint and a brush to paint my design on to the fabric.
and exhibit my work in the UK and internationally and I hear the words “I
can’t draw” all the time. Can you trace? Can you study a photograph
to see where there is light and dark?
many tips to share with you and if you “trust me” I can try to make you an
artist. We will learn how to apply the paint, mix the correct colour, and
observe the photograph carefully to know where to make the image darker or
several designs already produced that you may like to use of, however it
would be good to use your own photographs taken whilst on the cruise.
will receive in your kit:
will be provided but you will also crayon your design
photocopy of my photograph of Italian Houses
line drawing of the Italian Houses
piece of tracing paper
will need to bring with you a thin black felt tip and a pencil. Kit this
includes the Frixion pen and the paint brush.
will have access to inktense crayons and blocks and all paints needed.
have an ipad / tablet please bring it with you although this is not
will not need any protective clothing - this is not a messy class.
finish the class by adding some hand stitching, although this is not
A paper cup or
other object for water will be useful.
If you have been to the area before or have a particular image you would
like to use, you could email it to me before the cruise. My email is
above with my bio.
Janice Gunner is a multi-award winning
quilter and textile artist. She has been making quilts since 1974 and is
a qualified Patchwork & Quilting teacher of over 30 years teaching City
& Guilds Certificate and Diploma courses since 1994.
Her most recent award, given in February
2018 is the prestigious City & Guilds Medal for Excellence as a lecturer
for teaching at Missenden Abbey (Bucks Adult Learning).
Janice has exhibited her work worldwide
for many years and has work in both Museum and private collections. She
is a former President and now Honorary member of The Quilters’ Guild of
the British Isles, Patron of Marsh Quilters and the author of two books,
Shibori for Textile Artists and Liberating Log Cabin.
Janice continues to teach City & Guilds
courses through her micro centre at Link2Create Ltd, is a tutor at the
renowned West Dean College near Chichester, for Cowslip Workshops and
Art Van Go and freelance teaches and lectures to quilt and embroidery
groups throughout Europe and beyond. Her hobbies include travelling,
photography and more recently watercolour painting.
by Japanese Boro (rag) cloths, you will create a small piece of work using
simple piecing and repair techniques finished off with simple Sashiko
Kit supplied which will include vintage Japanese fabrics, thread, needle,
batting and backing fabric $65
coloured thread for piecing
12x18 cutting mat and ruler
LOG CABIN WITH JAPANESE ATTITUDE!
My own take on an all time favourite block. You will work from my book
Liberating Log Cabin using vintage Japanese kimono silk and cotton fabrics
to make Log Cabin blocks with extra attitude! (I will pre-piece one of the
elements of this technique). Kit supplied will include a signed copy of
Liberating Log Cabin and enough vintage Japanese fabrics to make several
Cost of kit $65 - batting and backing fabric $15 extra
neutral coloured thread for piecing
12x18 cutting mat and 12" and 6" rulers
Japanese decorative hand quilting
using motifs and grid based designs. You can use one of my designs such
as the piece shown here or make up your own inspired by motifs seen on
your cruise travels!
Kit supplied which include Authentic new Japanese
Sashiko fabric, Sashiko thread, needle, marking pen, pattern and
transfer paper. $45 (batting and backing fabric optional extra $15 - not
usually used in Sashiko although I have used it in this sampler!).
coloured thread for piecing
12x18 cutting mat and ruler
Class registration will begin in April, 2019.
selection list will be e-mailed to participants, please be certain you
keep us updated if your email address changes.