International quilting star Helen Godden is coming to teach at Central! Considered an extreme free motion quilter, Helen is a lifelong artist and recognized internationally for her skills of blending art with fabric in her innovative quilts. This award-winning Handi Quilter ambassador loves to travel the world teaching workshops and sharing her love of quilting by educating and inspiring students as they launch into the world of possibilities that is “art quilting!”
This quilt introduced Helen's technique of "Paintchwork".. Not pieced but painted patchwork created with luminous acrylic fabric paints. Using one of 12 designs, Day 1 you paint your Flying Into Colours wall hanging 60 x 80cm (23 x 31”) combining a totem (eg sea turtle) with 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. (no previous painting skills required) 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 see their designs come to life in full colour and their confidence in free-motion and colour flies high!