I had the good fortune of attending a quilting workshop hosted by the Bernina Creative Centre in Mumbai this weekend.It was earlier conceived as a Quilt retreat but as some of the members couldn’t travel, it became a workshop in Mumbai. And that was a good thing, ‘coz we got to meet a lot of new quilters and some old ones with fond memories to share 🙂

Spread over two days, this was one of the most exhaustive and detailed workshops I have attended.The teachers were lovely, ever helping and striving hard to bring out the best in us.

Day #1 had the first part dedicated to stained glass work. We started with geometric shapes. Shruti after showing us how to make one, followed them through with careful inspection and instruction making sure she spends time with each of us and we complete our projects. She gave us some gorgeous batiks. I have always felt that batiks are muddy colours and one can only make traditional stuff with them.She busted the myth not just by making us learn the use of batiks in a modern way but also showing us her modern quilt made with batiks that was showcased at quiltcon early this year.

Stained Glass quilting

Geometric Stained Glass quilting

Stained Glass quilt workshop in progress

Stained Glass quilt workshop in progress

Session2: this was dedicated to organic stained glass quilting with negative space for which I chose a boat diagram. It turned out lovely! I love the bright batiks and the way they contrast with the black border. One workshop turned my view on batiks, completely. The boat is a lot mre beautiful that what I had thought it would turn out to be…

Organic stained glass quilt

Organic stained glass quilt

Organic stained glass quilt with Aarti

Organic stained glass quilt with Aarti

Then came the part where she told us how to make a stained glass quilt using bias tape. So much learning!!

Session3: This was the part dedicated to improv letters and we had a lot of fun trying to figure out the method and pieces.My letters we H and O, like the touristy Hop-On-Hop-Off buses or just Santa clause saying Ho! Ho!

Shruti with her Modern batik quilt

Shruti with her Modern batik quilt

Nice learning…maybe I will go on to make all of them. They look positively wonky 🙂

Improv letters at the end of the class

Improv letters at the end of the class

Come back for details on Day 2 tomorrow 🙂

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