Thursday, October 22, 2015

Show Classes with Shannon Gingrich Shirley

Welcome to the Blog!

The Show is getting closer and closer and our excitement level is building.  It is time for us to share with you information on our wonderful classes.  They are being taught by the up and coming Quilt teacher Shannon Shirley.  She hails from Woodbridge, Virginia and will be coming here after her teaching gigs in California at the renown show Road to California.  We will be opening our show with the appropriate class called "Fancy Fish." 

In this class you will be using the collage method of creating a fancy fabric Oranda goldfish. This is a no sew class, but when you finish creating your fish you can add decorative stitching at home, this will be discussed in class.  The following is a link right to the sign-up page on our website.  

It is $95.00 and will be on Thursday, February 4th from 9am to 4 pm with an hour lunch break.  There are still spots available. 

 On Friday, February 5th, the classes will begin at 10 am to 11am with a Lecture and Trunk Show on "Creating Children's Art Work."  Working with children's artwork has always Shannon a lot of pleasure. Often these precious pieces of art do not stand the test of time. Let me share with you the products, tools, and techniques I use to create these works of fiber art and share many of my projects with you. Children love seeing their work recreated!  For those of you who visited the Mancuso Show in Palm Beach two yeard ago, Shannon had a large display of the art work in a special exhibit that they shared at their shows.  

The lecture is $15.00.  Again, can be found at the following link.

That afternoon the class will be devoted to the trending attention being paid to nature based art.  Botanicals are in!!!!  It is "Queen Anne's Lace" and makes your mind waunder to the beautiful weed/flower with the full head of flying seeds.  

Anyone who loves wildflowers will enjoy making this larger than life Queen Anne's Lace. Create a beautiful 18" quilt using fussy cutting, fusible and free motion stitching. Students need to be reasonably comfortable with free motion stitching.  

It is a three hours class and is from 1:30pm to 4:30 pm.  The cost is $50.00.

The final day of our show and classes, Shannon will be teaching "Something Old, Something New" and will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It costs $95.00.  

This has always been one of Shannon's favorite quilts. It was designed around an unfinished vintage quilt block. I have been collecting vintage embroidered blocks to share with you. We will add the piano key border and accent pieces during class. We will also discuss quilting and will make the scalloped, mitered, facing and sleeve for our quilt.

The leaves on the yellow quilt were added using fusible appliqué with hand blanket stitch.
Nine small yoyo's were appliquéd on the pink quilt and a narrow green rick rack was added to resemble a narrow inner border.

Many of these blocks have permanent light blue quilting marks on them, some have light is all part of the blocks history. I have found it is not what you notice when you see the finished quilts. Vintage pieces have a certain charm you can not recreate.

Again all the classes can be accessed through our website at