Ionne McCauley
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"Your multi-level
approach to teaching
colour concepts really
worked well for me,
and I especially
appreciated your
facility to clarify
a concept using
totally different words to
make it understandable
- a rare ability,
in my experience."

 

   

 

 

 

"I wanted to tell you
just how much
I enjoyed the
colour workshop.
It was excellent
- an engrossing two days
- I learned far more
than I expected I would
in such a (relatively)
short workshop.

 

"The two-day colour class was the most helpful class I have ever taken since I started to quilt- every quilter should take it!!"

 


"I have been wanting this (colour) information for some time and it was exactly what I hoped for."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Every time you talk
about colour,
another light goes on
in my fuzzy brain!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About My Classes

I teach all levels of students on a regular basis and like to focus on student individuality. Everyone learns differently, and I try to present my classes so the information is accessible to all students. My classes are noted for their relaxed, fun and positive atmosphere.

Maximum class size is 15 students, to allow for individual attention to all students.

All one-day classes are 6 hours and two-day classes are two six-hour sessions.

Thank you for your interest in my classes.  Please contact me for more information.

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 Colour & Design Workshops

Hands-on (with fabric) workshops, no sewing machines!

Colour for the Terrified Quilter- Colour and Value -one-day workshop -
From my book “Colour for the Terrified Quilter”.

Do you have trouble choosing fabric colours for projects? Create your own reference book as we work through exercises using fabrics. Using plain talk and simple lessons, this one-day class introduces you to the colour wheel as a quilter’s tool.

Learn about how colours work together and how value choices affect your quilting projects. Study different colour combinations and find out why they work. Discover the difference between value and intensity and why that is important. Make your quilts sing with your very own colour choices!

Hands-on with fabrics, no sewing machines!  For all levels of quilting experience.
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Colour for the Terrified Quilter- All Around the Wheel - 2 or 3 day workshops -
From my book “Colour for the Terrified Quilter”.

Are colour choices still stumping you? Want to know more about value, intensity and colour combinations? Want to know why some colours work together and others take more effort?

Put the colour wheel to use, learn how it works for you as a tool. Work with various colour combinations to learn how to put colours together to suit YOU. Then play with your new skills to create the special effects of depth and transparency. Students have a reference book when finished.
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Design Principles for Quilters - 2 or 3 day workshops
Learn about design principles – take an idea-generating workshop. Improve the visual impact of your quilts- whether they are traditional or contemporary. This class offers insights into design/composition elements and principles. Would you like to know more about the use of shape, line, colour, value, space or dimension? And about different kinds of balance? How to achieve unity and variety and balance in a design? We will make small exercise pieces (page sized- to keep for reference) using fabrics to explore these all-important elements and principles.
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Additional Workshops Offered

Beginning Quilter Workshops:

Machine Quilting Basics – one day
Beginners Class.  Now that you can piece tops fast and they are piling up- get them out of the cupboard and into use. Learn to quilt- using straight lines, curved lines and free motion techniques. Learn about battings, needles, thread, and what design to choose for your quilt.
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Machine Quilting Basics - Spring Kites

 

Colour for the Terrified Quilter - one or two days
(classes listed and described above)

 

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Beyond Beginner Workshops:

Square Pegs / Round Holes
One-day advanced beginner workshop. Take traditional and give it your own spin. Altered Drunkard's Path blocks are tweaked into something new- Square Pegs in Round Holes. Use one of two simple machine applique methods- no fusing, no curved seams!
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Square Pegs / Round Holes Workshop 

 
What to Quilt on Your Quilt
One-day intermediate workshop. Do you feel comfortable with machine quilting but are not sure what designs to choose or how to check if they will suit your quilt? This class covers choosing and testing designs and threads and how to mark them and start stitching.
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  Fiddlehead Spring

 

Sliced Circles- one-day
Circles are among the most satisfying shapes to work with and the combination of circles and straight lines is exciting! Play with great, favourite fabrics and create a wall-hanging-sized art quilt top, while you learn about shapes and lines and designs. Quilting options are discussed for your finished project.
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Rain 

  

Fantastic Free Motion Quilting- Beyond Beginner- One-day
For the quilter who has some experience with free motion quilting. More ways to doodle! Filler designs, specific fillers for specific areas, feathers (traditional and free-form), flowers, spirals, shells, leaves, and more! Echo quilting, plus various techniques for grid quilting- free-style! Experiment with trapunto by machine. Designs are provided. Produce a collection of reference samples.
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Machine Quilting with Rulers- An Introduction
Free motion quilting with rulers on a home sewing machine will allow you to switch between straight and evenly curved lines and free motion designs. Take your free motion quilting up to the next level with these exciting combinations. Learn the basics of how to set up your machine (and yourself!).
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Silk Purse Baskets 

 

Improv Houses
One Day class. Improv piecing is gaining popularity- traditional, modern, reproduction, hand-dyed or batiks- this technique works in all fabrics. Class will focus on making free-style houses into a unique-to-you quilt.
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Improv Houses

Winter Neighbourhood

Modern Mola (or Layered Reverse Applique)
One Day class.  Molas are traditional reverse appliqued fabric panels made by Kuna Indian women, from Panama. Originally, the traditional geometric patterns were painted directly on the body, later this painting was done on fabric and as the Spanish and their missionaries influenced the culture, the designs were stitched using fabric and reverse applique techniques.
In my class we will not be body painting, nor painting on fabric, and further still- we will be modernizing yet again the reverse applique technique. I use a raw edge style with the edges covered with stitching or couching heavy threads over raw edges. Design ideas will be provided. Once you play with the basic technique you can take it even further to use smaller design elements, added layers and embellishments.
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Puddle Jumper   Coral Reef

Ornamental Koi Pond 


Shape Shifter - Free Style Piecing
One day class. Free-style cut layers and gently curved piecing make a unique playful art quilt. No points to match! Add in favourite fabrics as sashing or use as a base for appliqué. Learn about colours, values and prints and how you can make them work together.
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3D Stems and Leaves
One Day class. Add reality to your art work. In this idea-generating class, you will learn how to sculpt fabrics and batting by machine to make leaves and stems that you can place wherever you like on your quilted art work. You will be making samples and we will also discuss how and where to use the stems and leaves. Bring a notebook!
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Blackberry Regeneration

 

Reversible Table Runner
Twice the quilt in half the time! Make a table runner with fabrics for one occasion on one side and another on the reverse. Quick easy construction- quilt it at the same time as you piece it! Once you learn this technique- you can use it for larger projects.
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Reversible Table Runner Side A

Reversible Table Runner Side B

 

Finishing Quilts - More Than Straight Edges
One Day class.  A practical workshop covering a wide variety of ways to finish the edges of your quilts. We will be making “workbook” samples that you can refer to later. Learn different ways to make straight and bias binding to apply to curved and scalloped edges, how to make facings for unusual edges, making shark’s teeth, couched edges, different ways to join binding ends and how to add hanging sleeves. Make your masterpieces using these techniques!
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Reversible Quilt - Make Both Sides at Once
One Day class. Learn several different techniques in this workshop: fast Drunkards Path blocks, the reversible quilt technique as taught by Sharon Pederson (with permission), two sided binding, how to use other blocks and how to enlarge your project.
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Orphan Blocks and Leftovers
One or Two-day Class. The purpose of this fun class is to put together leftovers and spare parts from abandoned projects into a useable one-of-a-kind quilt that may (or may not- ) be a thing of beauty, but will give you a sense of satisfaction and reflect your personality! What have you got to lose but a few leftovers?
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Turn Loose the Goose
Stitch up the classic Wild Goose Chase quilt and some loose goose variations!
Quilt it in strips as you go!

Learn at least six things: How to create straight and narrow fast geese, confused geese with angled seams, how to use large scale prints to create hide-and-seek geese, how to add fabrics to your project as you work, how to quilt in strips as-you-go and how to make your quilt in the size you want!
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Playing With Circles
One day class. Circles dance on shifting backgrounds...think bubbles, beach balls, planets...
A workshop on curved piecing creates a background for applique. Don't panic about the “A” word! Ionne will show you different methods of easy machine applique.
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Colour for the Terrified Quilter - one or two days
(classes listed and described above)

 

 

 

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Schedule

The following list includes the classes I teach at my local quilt shops as well as my “away” classes. Some classes are only taught locally. Also included are exhibitions, conference and retreat dates.

Check back often for classes being added to this schedule.

You may contact the quilt shop or contact person directly for prices, supply lists and start times. I encourage you to refer to the list of workshops above for more details about each class. You can also look through the Gallery pages for examples of some of the classes.

Click here for a printable version of the schedule (PDF)

2019
Date Workshop/Event Location and Contact
     
January 25 and 26
(Friday and Saturday)
Open House at Serge and Sew - I will be there Saturday the 26th Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

February 15
(Friday)
Machine Quilting Basics  Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com


February 23
(Saturday)
Machine Quilting with Rulers Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

March 1
(Friday)
Colour for the Terrified Quilter - Colour and Value - one day Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

March 9
(Saturday)
Fantastic Free Motion Quilting Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

March 23
(Saturday)
Quilting with Rulers  Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

March 26
(Tuesday)
3D Stems and Leaves  Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

March 29
(Friday)
Finishing Quilts - More Than Straight Edges Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

April 5
(Friday)
Improv Houses   Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

April 13
(Saturday)
Colour for the Terrified Quilter - Colour and Value - one day Serge and Sew Quilt Shop
Nanaimo, BC
250-390-3602
www.sergesew.com

April 27
(Saturday)
Machine Quilting Basics   Kismet Quilts
Port Alberni, BC
250-725-6605
www.kismetquilts.com

May 11
(Saturday)
Improv Houses  Kismet Quilts
Port Alberni, BC
250-725-6605
www.kismetquilts.com

June 1
(Saturday)
Colour for the Terrified Quilter - Colour and Value - one day Kismet Quilts
Port Alberni, BC
250-725-6605
www.kismetquilts.com

June 22
(Saturday)
Fantastic Free Motion Quilting Kismet Quilts
Port Alberni, BC
250-725-6605
www.kismetquilts.com

June 29
(Saturday)
Reversible Table Runner Kismet Quilts
Port Alberni, BC
250-725-6605
www.kismetquilts.com

October 18-20
(Friday - Sunday)
Classes TBA Creative Threads Conspiracy
Denman Island

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