In this workshop, participants will learn the basic techniques of big stitch, whole cloth hand-quilting. Whole cloth quilting relies on the intricacies of the quilting lines rather than intricacies of pieced blocks. Participants will learn traditional techniques, which materials will best suit your work, tips and tricks to set you up for quilting success, and tricks to making easy quilting stencils using household objects. Participants will learn all of the skills necessary to complete a large, whole-cloth quilted quilt, including making and attaching homemade binding—but we’ll just be working on a small scale during the workshop. Participants will be able to leave the workshop with a strong start or, in some cases, a finished 10 x 10 inch mini quilt. An illustrated PDF covering all techniques, including binding, to finish quilts on your own time will also be included.
Friday, April 1st, 2022
12pm – 2pm ET
Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.
- 1 piece of fabric at 12 x 12 and one at 14 x 14. These can be the same fabric of your front and back, or corresponding/contrasting fabrics. You should be able to hand sew through your chosen fabric with ease.
- 1 – 12 x 12 inch piece of batting
- 1 – hand-stitching needle
- Ruler – transparent quilting ruler is easiest but any straight edge will do.
- Several threads—both for quilting your quilt (visible) and for binding (mostly invisible)
- Marking tools – I prefer Dritz heat sensitive pens, but chalk marking tools will work as well.
- Painter’s Tape, pencil and string – optional for useful mark-making tools
Aaron Sanders Head is a Southern textile artist focused on natural dyes and hand-stitching. Aaron explores the intersections of practices of the past with contemporary craft, and the ways that sewing and textile arts can aid in increasing diversity and representation in the creative class.
Aaron is based in Greensboro, Alabama where he lives in an 1830s home with his partner, musician Tim Higgins, and maintains an active studio practice and extensive dye garden used in his work.