Creative Spark Event Team
Recording of the event is included
Recording of the event is included
Do you find yourself…
You'll unlock the answers and more during Creative Spark's LIVE Color Mixer!
Join 12 expert quilting instructors for a vibrant multi-class event on the most powerful (and intimidating) tool in the quilter's toolkit: color.
Starting with a keynote with color master, designer, and author, Jean Wells, you'll explore simple color vocabulary, actionable techniques, and begin to assess your own journey as an artist.
Then you’ll gain access to join 12 40-minute workshops to learn color theory, the history of color in art, creating custom color palettes, stash-busting piecing tips, explore ombré quilt designs, master designing with prints, and more. The instructors' approaches to color simplifies all things color into mindful practices that you can apply right away.
Guided by real-world examples, you’ll learn how to:
VIRTUAL LIVE EVENT: Thursday, March 30th at 9 am (Pacific Time)
RECORDING: Available April 2nd with no expiration)
This actionable and insightful four-hour event is designed for every quilter who’s ever felt intimidated by using or talking about color. Follow along to conquer your fear, transform the way you work, and unlock your ability to tackle color with confidence and nuance!
Get 8 hours of instruction in 4 hours with the magic of technology!
You’ll get lifetime access to the event after it wraps for your viewing pleasure
During the live event, you’ll be entered to win a HUGE giveaway
Get a virtual swag bag when you sign up
Choices with no limits:
“My favorite part was having a choice of topics in the break-out sessions and the fact they are recorded so that I can watch the other ones.”
“The best part was the presenters! Loved the variety and the ability to get in the room without number limits.”
“I enjoyed getting to choose the sessions I wanted to attend and that I can watch all of the recordings.”
A variety of topics:
“I liked getting new ideas and being able to see someone demonstrate the technique.”
“I loved the variety of topics covered - great instructors. I also appreciated that the presentations were kept on track”
“I like the variety of techniques and levels addressed. It is great to have the recordings to go back to.”
“I enjoyed seeing how each instructor had her own way of doing the same things.”
“The best part was tried and true practical information from expert instructors.”
“There were so many things I liked - inspiration, the instructors were all great.”
Join expert quilting instructors for a vibrant multi-class event on the most powerful (and intimidating) tool in the quilter's toolkit: color. Watch live or recorded.
VIRTUAL LIVE EVENT: Thursday, March 30th at 9 am (Pacific Time)
RECORDING: Available April 2nd with no expiration
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Meet Our All-Star Color and Design Experts
Jean Wells is an art quilter, author/educator, award-winning quilter, and retired proprietress of The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. She is the founder of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, which is in its 48th year and has written thirty books on quilting.
Key Note Speaker: Dreaming in Color
Color is a powerful, universal language and tool. Deep feelings, innovative ideas, culture, and style all rely on its raw emotional energy. Artists have the daunting yet beautiful task of working with color to express themselves, spread a message, or tell a story. Jean shares her color vocabulary and working techniques artists and makers can use to blossom in their journey.
Jennifer Sampou began her design studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and majored in textiles at the University of Vermont. Today, she owns her own studio where she creates best-selling fabrics and has a quilting book with C&T Publishing, Ombré Quilts.
Create Ombré Color Palettes Like a Pro
Make successful color schemes that are so easy to create that it feels like cheating — but without the guilt! You’ll experience the magic of combining Jennifers SKY ombrés with your stash to create color palettes that make you feel like a pro! Take the guesswork out of combining color harmonies, and boost your skills by playing with these techniques at home. You’ll also learn how to add ombrés to enhance the beauty of your next project. Whether you’re a traditional or modern quilter, you’ll be happy you signed up for this presentation as you wow your quilty friends with your new color strategies.
If you're a minimalist, it's time to take the back seat; color and pattern play are Timna Tarr's forte. Timna Tarr is an expert instructor, fabric designer, and author. Her goal is to encourage students to see their work in new ways. She'll gladly show you the way and offer her own ideas as inspiration.
Are you intimidated by using prints in your quilts? Printed fabrics can make a statement or act as a mediator between other fabrics while adding depth and dimension to quilting designs. Timna is a firm believer in “more is more” when it comes to prints. Join in as she shares all of its charms.
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt-making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt (also known as CRAFT) and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. She views her work as a celebration of patchwork.
Color, Scraps & Intentional Improv
Maria will take you on a journey that will have you stitching awesome units from scraps where the color works every time! We will break down color into usable chunks of information and then apply that information to our scraps. After that, we will do some intentional improv piecing. Color + Scraps + Intentional Improv= Dynamic Units!
Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs is a chemical engineer who loves designing quilts and quilt math. She is the author of Just One Charm Pack Quilts (Stash 2021) and Modern Plus Sign Quilts (Stash 2018), has had her work published in major quilt magazines, and shown in international quilt shows. Cheryl enjoys all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math. She created her pattern company, Meadow Mist Designs, to bridge her technical background and love of quilting to deliver classic and modern quilt patterns.
Create Custom Quilt Color Palettes
Stuck trying to figure out which colors and fabrics to use in your next quilt project? If you’re looking to use beloved fabrics in your stash, but can’t seem to put them together in a quilt, you’re in the right place! You will look at your fabric stash with new eyes after the lecture when you learn how to create your own custom palette. Cheryl focuses on using what you already have in your sewing room. This lecture will show the process of starting with an inspiration (a favorite color, fabric, or picture) and building that into a cohesive set of fabrics for your quilt.
Quilt projects can have a mind of their own and Marci is open to the possibilities. With over 35 years of teaching internationally, Marci is truly a resource for student success. She has published eight books, created ten tools and rulers, and developed unique methods for strip-piecing 60-degree designs, chain-pieced set-in seams, foundation piecing, and successful binding.
Value-able Fabrics for Your Unique Design
Do you rely on kit quilts for a successful project? Are you scared to "waste" the fabric and time for an unknown result? Get ready to venture out and put your own fabric choices to the test! Marci shares her tried-and-true basic concepts that allow you to easily select fabrics. You are ready to go beyond quilting kits and create a unique quilt that is all your own. Exploring the wonderful world of your own designs!
Debbie’s most recent endeavors have been in the world of fabric and fiber dyeing of all kinds but most specifically Shibori and Indigo dyeing. On a mission to master the shibori and indigo dyeing techniques to the best of her abilities, she has studied under some of the most prestigious artists in Japan, England and the US. Debbie shares all the secrets she’s gathered from years of engaging with the craft and designing fabric for Moda.
How to Design with Printed Fabrics Successfully
Debbie is letting you in on all the secrets behind shibori stitch resist methods. Learn how she designs fabric, starting with an introduction to shibori and indigo dyeing. Travel to Japan (virtually, in spirit) as Debbie shares her studies with prestigious artists. Discover how you can use this beautiful fabric-making technique to create quilts, garments, and more sewing projects.
Anyone who knows Judy Gauthier as the Scraps Whisperer is no stranger to her enthusiasm and skill for playing with fabrics of all shapes, colors, and prints. Learning to embrace the unexpected is just one of her many charms, and you’ll soon find yourself bamboozled with the fact that her foolproof, precise piecing techniques require *gasp* no math!
Color Schemes for Scrap Quilting
Slash your stash with the Scraps Whisperer herself! Learn to use the color wheel to sort your fabrics and choose the best color themes for your quilt. Judy demonstrates quick and easy cutting techniques and guides all through the chaos (and undeniable exhilaration) that can come with scrap quilting.
Known for her playful, entertaining and informative workshops and lectures, landscape quilt artist Joyce R Becker is a pioneering leader in her field and a top-selling author of landscape quilting books for C&T Publishing. Her latest book, Beautiful Landscape Quilts (2022), has received rave reviews. Having traveled the world teaching and lecturing, nowadays, Joyce prefers teaching workshops and hosting an amusing lecture online on the Creative Spark platform.
Photography for Color Inspiration
Using nature and nature photography, Joyce Becker shows you two simple guidelines for using photographs for creating color palettes and pairing fabrics. You'll soon see how pairing fabrics together successfully and adding realism to nature-inspired landscape quilts with coloring mediums is non-threatening, fun, and easy to accomplish!
Kate Colleran is a fabric and quilt pattern designer, quilt teacher and author. She has online classes and has taught at local quilt shops, for guilds and at national quilt shows. Her goal is to help quilters make a quilt by finding the methods and techniques that work for them, even if they don't like Kate's favorites!
Finding the Pop of Color
Ever put your fabrics together for your next quilt and think, “something is missing”? Sometimes we just need to add that unexpected color, kind of like the unexpected dinner guest: not anticipated, but adds a spark. Kate will discuss ways to pick that pop of color, where it should go in your quilt, and how to use the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool to find the perfect unexpected color. Get inspired by her examples of fabric combinations and different options to mix the fabrics.
Teri Lucas is a free-motion machine quilter inspired by the moon, sunrises and sunsets, flowers, autumn leaves, barren trees, and the idea of piecing quilt blocks. She fell in love with thread weight and color as she considered the "what happens if" she does this. Teri loves how thread and color surprise her as stitches and motifs and designs form under her needle.
Thread with Color
At one time, thread choices and color options for quilters were limited to the basics. Now that we have a broad range of thread colors, fiber and weight, how can we possibly choose the right ones for each project? From fat quarters to postcards to pure-stitchin’ fun, Teri will share her must-haves for color and a super secret she really wants the world to know.
A researcher and award-winning writer, Lori Lee Triplett has a love and admiration for history so transparent and energetic that it is contagious for anyone who watches her lectures. As a lecturer and instructor, she brings her experience and love of all things quilting from the stage, screen, and radio to make the presentations fun yet educational.
100,000 Years of Color: Saving the Techniques of the Past
Let history impact your art of today! Lori takes you back 100,000 years to show you how the use of color has evolved. You will learn about early color techniques that are essential practices used today, as well as some that should be left in the past because of the dangers.
Known for her surreal and striking designs, Ruth Ann Berry has made a name for herself creating quilts that appear to float off the surface of the fabric with 3D effects. She writes quilt books, her most recent one being Stunning 3D Quilts Simplified (C&T Publishing 2020), and travels extensively for quilt guild presentations, trunk shows, and festivals. Truly a woman of many talents, she also runs a small-town and online quilt shop called The Quilter’s Clinic in rural northern Michigan, Fife Town.
3D Effects for Quilters
A master of creating depth with value and hue, Ruth Ann Berry shows you how to easily create a 3D effect. Believe it or not, this attention-grabbing result is achieved with a simple pattern design. You’ll learn to use basic blenders, solids, and tone-on-tone fabrics for projects worthy of being displayed in an art gallery.
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