WORKSHOP - Surviving January

This is an all day (6 hour) workshop for up to 24 participants.


It is based on my quilt, 'Surviving January', which was juried into Quilt Canada, 2019.


Artist Statement:

Resolutions. Plans.
But I’m stuck.
Starting. Starting again. And again. Until I can’t.
Fighting to stay happy; to see the Light; to know that I’m OK.
Always trying.
Using words to convince myself.
‘Life is good. Life is good!’
Until I believe that it is.
And I survive another January.


General Information

In this workhop, we will play with colour, pattern, improv arrangement, and movement.  We'll practice techniques for making half-square and quarter-square triangles using a couple of different rulers.  And we'll examine ways to reduce bulk in seams.
By the end of the workshop, you will be well on your way to completing a square suitable for use as a large cushion top.   It will also be close to one quarter of the entire quilt top, should you choose to make the quilt.

Cost for 'Not For Profit' Guilds ... $400 + $10/participant pattern fee + lunch + travel ($.55/km OR for greater distances, the amount of train or plane fare, whichever is cheaper) + motel/hotel accommodation if required.

'For Profit' Businesses, please contact me for Commercial Rates

To book, email Bill.     b.stearman@hotmail.com

NOTE:  If your Guild or shop has a 'Competition Policy' or any other restrictions for presenters, PLEASE let me know in your first contact.  I really want to treat everyone fairly, but that requires me knowing the rules right from the start.  :-)

Materials List:
· a sewing machine in working order, your favorite ¼'' piecing foot and the machine’s users’ manual
· an iron and ironing pad, if ironing stations are not provided 
· your usual sewing supplies, including a seam ripper, spare needles, neutral coloured thread, pins (optional)
· rotary cutter, a spare blade, cutting mat
· 5 1/2 Bloc_Loc ruler or 6” square ruler
· a simple design wall

Provided by Instructor:
· Full pattern with tips, tricks and insights to construct the cushion top (24” to 30”), and the quilt (approximately 60” x 70”)

   Fabric requirements:

· For a 24” to 30” cushion top … one coordinated charm pack (42 5” squares (Kona Peacock, Faffe Lipstick,    Tonga Treats Mini Orchid and 48 5” black squares (I find them easier to cut out of yardage)

· For the quilt … four coordinated charm packs in four different colourways and about 188 (4 ½ charm packs) 5” black squares.

Surviving January 2
(made with Kaffe Fassett sorted charm packs)


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