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Giday. My name is Helen Godden and this site is all about me and my love of Free-Motion Machine Quilting (FMMQ)
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- Created on Monday, 03 January 2011 14:00
How about limbering up your free-motion quilting skills and really getting into some arty farty designing, painting, creative, liberating fun stuff? No rules, no quilt police, no ¼" seams, no pressure.....just lots of fun and laughter, learning and creating your own arty farty quilted masterpiece.
Arty Farty Weekend with
Flying into Colours
One weekend only - May 1 - 3, 2015. 4pm Friday thru to 4pm Sunday
0419 647 660
Check out this Arty Farty promo my clever daughter made.
Where? Warrambui Conference centre, Murrumbateman NSW
How far is that? Very easy drive, about 50 km north of Canberra on Barton Hwy, a natural bushland setting overlooking the Yass River.
How do I get there? Students will drive themselves (a map will be provided) to Warrambui arriving from 4pm.
Welcome drinks begin at 5.30pm, followed by dinner and Helen's evening presentation...Revealing All!
Why? A chance to encourage your creativity and liberate your arty farty side. Make new friends and have a weekend away ....lotsa fun!
What will we do?
This popular class is based on Helen's Best of Show ACT 2011, Best of Colour NSW 2011,Houston entry for 2010 called Freedom.
This quilt introduced Helen's technique of Paintchwork....that is, not pieced but painted patchwork working with luminous acrylic fabric paints.
Day 1 students will start with one of Helen's patterns, and modify it to create their own Flying Into Colours wall hanging 60x 80cm (23 x 31”) with a totem animal, painted ribbons and paintchwork like in Helen's quilt Freedom. Then Helen will demonstrate how to combine colours and students will paint beautiful blended ribbons and paintchwork onto black fabric.
Day 2 with Helen's expert guidance, booklet of Free-Motion designs and lots of demonstrating, students will enhance their piece with a wide variety of free-motion quilting styles to complement their work. Students will then paint again, this time into their free-motion stitching, enhancing and adding so much life and energy into their individual and unique work.
This class is a lot of fun and very exciting as student's designs come to life in full colour and their confidence in colour and quilting flies high!
When should I panic? Please don't! With my art experience, teaching degree and ability to make learning fun, anyone who thinks they can't draw or design or paint, with a positive attitude to give it a go, will be amazed at their results!
PLEASE NOTE - For this workshop, I am presuming you have just some experience in free-motion machine quilting or have attended my beginners class or equivalent. My absolute beginners free-motion machine quilting class is a 6 hour class and is not part of this weekend. Check my website for opportunities to attend a beginners class at a venue near you, before this weekend books out or purchase my DVD Beginners Free-motion Quilting and do my class at your own pace, then you are ready for the weekend of fun.Go to www.helengodden.com and click in the menu on Lets Go Shopping section to purchase the beginners DVD.
What's included? 4 person share bedrooms with en-suite; all single beds - no bunks, with doona and pillow and reverse cycle air-con/heating.
All meals: continental breakfast, two course cooked lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon tea and supper.
2 days of creative fun, starting with one of my dozen inspirational designs, demonstration of painting using fabric paints, lecture and demonstration on free-motion quilting, free-motion design booklets, use of Helen's colours for painting and additional equipment for the task.
Opportunity to purchase colours, brushes, etc at a special rate. Also a range of patterns, dyed fabrics, threads and those sewing supplies that you may have forgotten.
Friday Pre-Dinner welcome drinks and nibbles, presentation of what the weekend holds, Show'n'Tell to get the creative juices flowing, and after dinner excited chit chat.
Class room open till late for keen students to continue their fun.
Creative license provided free of charge.
What's not included? BYO linen as you will make your own bed. (Sheet Hire is available additional $12)
BYO any additional beverages (there will be welcome drinks on the arrival evening)
BYO any additional food requirements and chocolate. There is a fridge available.
(Your sewing requirements list will be forwarded separately.)
Also NOT included in the weekend is Precision, ¼" seams, Quilt Police Rules, Accuracy, Pressure or Mistakes.
Can I bring a friend? Absolutely, get your friendship group together and book in early. Bedrooms sleep 4 per room. Class numbers are limited to 20 students. If you haven't got a friend to bring, you will be making a whole bunch of new ones over the weekend.
But what about my diet? Warrambui staff take extra care in the provision of special dietary needs. Just let me know when booking.
How much will it cost? $375 / person which includes all meals, accommodation and tuition and fun for the whole weekend
A deposit of $100 is required to confirm your booking. Remaining payment of $275 must be paid 4 weeks prior to your weekend. (See Terms and Conditions below.)
Phone Helen on 0419 647 660 or email
Class requirements list, map of how to get there and any additional info will be forwarded via email once full payment is made, 4 weeks prior to your weekend. Looking forward to 3 fun weekends!
Cheers Helen Godden
Terms and Conditions: Cancellation is by phone only 0419 647 660. Payments will be refunded if you cancel more than 14 days prior to your weekend. If less than 14 days prior to your weekend you decide you are unable to attend, we will attempt to fill your place from a waiting list or you will need to find a friend to take your place. There will be no refund if your place is not filled.