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Genre: Quilting
Location: MISA West (Tucson)


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Instructor: Nancy Crow

About This Workshop

Strip-piecing is defined as a way of creating a “fabric vocabulary” out of existing fabrics that have been cut selvage to selvage. It is an invaluable way to learn more about color, value usage, proportions, line and shape in a very fluid manner.

• STRIP-PIECING: To start out, students will be given Design Exercises that outline how to create specific vocabularies known as strip-pieced fabrics. In creating these brand new fabrics (vocabulary), students will develop the muscle memory needed to cut free-hand a large variety of widths of colors quickly and fluidly. In addition, they will also become more efficient machine-piecers. The resulting strip-pieced fabrics will be used in exploring rudimentary figure/ground composition as outlined next.

RESTRUCTURING: Next new Design Exercises will push students to cut improvisationally all sorts of SHAPES and LINES (ELEMENTS) out of their already strip-pieced fabrics. These elements will be used in restructuring which means combining shapes and lines into new figures or configurations. As a result, students will become more experienced in construction and engineering techniques and more comfortable with generating ideas that promote excellent figure/ground composition.

Color – and the values of color from light to dark (5 steps in value) – will be emphasized in all exercises so a great selection of fabrics based on these values must be brought to this workshop. Students will be working in SOLID COLORS and graphic prints, plaids and stripes. Do not bring florals or other types of prints.

Students must read the fabric list and supply list and come prepared. These lists are accurate!!! Note regarding the fabric lists:

  • Concentrate on collecting DARKS and MEDIUM DARKS!
  • Concentrate on collecting LIGHTS and MEDIUM LIGHTS!
  • Concentrate on collecting BRIGHTS!
  • Concentrate on collecting FLATS and GLOWINGS!
  • Concentrate on collecting PLAIDS!
  • Concentrate on collecting STRIPES!
  • Concentrate on collecting GRAPHIC GEOMETRICS!

If students want to learn to work more effectively, more efficiently from “instincts” and “intuition” they must come with an open mind and no agendas, ready for growth and for risk-taking!


Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Ranch  provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop.

***Students are required to register for Part 1 and Part II

Independent Study options are available for BOTH weeks only.

Images  ©Patricia Guthrie and ©NancyCrow

Workshop Details

Dates:01/08/2024 to 01/12/2024
Level:Beginning to Intermediate - Prerequisite: Good machine-sewing skills. Sewing machine used.
Materials List: Download




Tuition: $0

Lodging and Meal Options: $0

Total: $0 (plus tax) - Just $25% Minimum Deposit Required

Arrival Date: 01/08/2024

Departure Date: 01/12/2024

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