November 12, 2015 – Workshop

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If students prefer to work on a photo of their own, they must email a JPEG of the photo to the instructor at at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cost:  Workshop is $50.00    Kit fee is $15 payable to the instructor, if you use Leni’s pattern, $20.00 if you use your own pattern
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Goodwill Fire Company, 552 E. Union St, West Chester


  • Sewing Machine, Thread, Needles – A sewing machine in good working condition, size 80 microtex or universal needles, threads (including a white and a black bobbin thread and a clear and smoke monofilament) and a darning foot. (we will not use the machine until late in the day so students who prefer to sew their quilt top together at home need not bring the machine with them). Please note in a one day workshop students often do not get to the point of sewing and therefore may choose not to bring their machine with them.
  • Fabric – A selection of fabrics they want to use in the art quilt.  Students are encouraged to bring lots of options in a variety of values (light, medium and dark of each color). Keep in mind that skin tones are NOT pink, they are neutral beige which is most readily available in small to medium scale prints. We will discuss choices and I will help with selections in class.
  • Fabric scissors: both large and small are helpful.
  • Paper scissors
  • Freezer paper
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric Glue
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Batting of your choice* (a piece large enough for the finished art quilt)
  • Backing fabric* (a piece large enough for the finished art quilt)
  • * If you wish to use batting in your art quilt, cotton for the back is fine. If you prefer to have no batting, you will need cotton canvas so the art quilt is stable enough to hang properly. Cotton canvas, also called cotton duck, is available at most fabric stores, including Joann’s)
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Tracing paper

Workshop attendees, please check out the website below for a description from Leni about the process she will be teaching you!

Leni’s art quilt “The Explorers” is chosen as the project for this introductory workshop or a photo of your own can be used, as it allows beginners to explore all the possibilities in raw edge machine applique from a photo.  Students will learn to make figures following a pattern, and work more intuitively on organic elements like the tree.  Then they will learn how to set everything into a background and learn different ways to finish their art quilt.  Class includes discussion on making a pattern from your photo without having to purchase a computer program; color, value and print scale and how each impacts the finished art quilt; how to choose fabrics by value using a gray scale card; and takes the students through the process so they can complete this art quilt on  their own.

Students may choose one of three of Leni’s patterns from the book.  The first is the Explorers, which for a one day workshop many opt to do part of in class—like the tree and one child, which is fine.  The second is the Afghan Girl and the last is a new option recently added; the pears.   The pears is a much simpler pattern and more easily accomplished in a single day and might be a good choice for those who think they will move slowly or who are not looking for a challenging project.  

The other option for students is to use their own photo for which Leni will make a pattern and email that to students ahead of the workshop date.  Since this is a process that often takes some “back and forth” regarding what might be an appropriate photo or how to crop it, establish a finished size, etc. the sooner Leni has these photos the better off we are.  Leni needs them at least two weeks in advance, but the more time Leni has the more attention they will get.

Depending on the photo they have chosen, students must bring an assortment of fabrics in the colors required and in a variety of values so there will be ample choices when we discuss and choose fabric in the workshop.  Small cuts of fabric are fine for the most part, fat quarters or pieces from stash about that size work well.  Of course, any student with questions prior to the workshop can email Leni at and she can help them make the appropriate decisions.

Below is a sample:

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