Mickey Depre

Textiles have always fascinated me, from vintage to current, my taste has always been ALL! Sewing in general, mending to garment making, were never a chore. But when I pushed myself beyond traditional quilt making, I found the road less traveled was greatly inviting. My quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish yet exciting visual parade. This is how I see the world and how I want the world to see me.

My work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. Fabric choices include my own hand dyed cotton with commercial cottons for a special spark of color and depth. Pieces are heavily machine quilted. The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share. With the release of my new book Pieced Hexies… Well, I feel I have come full circle. So while you may know me initially as an Art Quilter… I am also a Traditional Quilter.

Beach Garden
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 – 2:00 — Domestic Sewing Machine ONE BLOCK! The entire quilt is just one 18” block! Sashing built in! In my quilt there are two block colorways, very slight changes, but it does make the depth of the quilt. But don’t let my color palette dictate your garden. I can see this pattern done all scrappy with each block being it’s own miniature quilt.
Grab your scraps. We are just going to tackle making one tester block in the workshop together to get the construction and all the tips and tricks I have for you under your belt. This block includes, strip piecing, twirling seams, foundation piecing, sew and flip, in other words a lot of techniques will be covered! And we will discuss color, texture and value placement in the block and how to make your block/quilt sing! I want students to work with scraps in making a tester block in the workshop. But encourage students to bring along any fabrics that they are considering for a full quilt and we will have an open fabric/color discussion during the final hour of the workshop. This is one full, actually overflowing, workshop. Bring a notebook
SUPPLY LIST
Basic:
▪ Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter with a new blade
▪Ruler –best size is 6 x 12 for general cutting
▪Thread, pins, seam ripper, scissors…you know the drill…all the stuff you need to sew with while in class.
SPECIAL NOTE: In the workshop we will be making just ONE 18” block and learning all the tips and tricks regarding the construction of it
. This block covers many different types of units including foundation piecing
. I will be supplying printed foundations for each student for the piecing of the workshop block.
Because I want the focus to be on learning and not project starting, I am asking that students bring scrap fabric to the workshop for block making. This will still allow discussion about color/texture placement individually in regards to each student’s stash but removes the angst of buying and cutting up large yardage in a workshop setting. I call these practice blocks and I make at least one if not a few of every quilt before I dive into my planned stash and sew the quilt. If you wish to bring in some planned quilt fabric for a discussion at the end of class regardinguse in a full quilt please feel free to do so! I love seeing your vision!
NOTE:
Beach Garden Pattern PDF is required.
I WILL NOT have printed copies for sale in the workshop. You must download it beforehand from www.mdquilts.com but you don’t need to print it for class.
During class I will provide a simple block handout for use.
You may wish to print out the Quilt Block coloring page in the pattern to use for a fabric guide when working on your Block in the workshop
Ease Into Hand Piecing
Friday, June 14, 8:00 – 11:00
I believe this is the perfect block to learn hand piecing. It breaks down into 4 simple units that eases students into learning my roundabout technique which results in sharp points and tight fabric intersections. Students will have access to the acrylic templates for this block, marking pens, a sample of needles & pins, a bobbin of thread and even a thimble pad all included in the kit fee*. Let’s sit and sew this block together. I bet you won’t stop at one!Ease into Hand Piecing –Scrap Zig Zag Block Supply List
*Required Kit: $5.00 (paid to instructor) includes the following –
use of acrylic templates for 8” Scrap Zig Zag Block
• sample of 50wt Aurifil Thread
• Hemming#11 Milliners Needle and various pins
• Use of various marking pens
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING
Thimble – If you don’t have one I will have a possible solution for you
Scissors for fabric cutting – will want a blade at least 5-6” in length
Scissors for thread snipping-short blade
Pencil & handheld sharpener
Clover Table Top Needle Threader–if you have one bring it
A portable OTT light – if you have one
Two Gel Pens/White or Yellow and Silver or Med. Blue
(NOTE I WILL HAVE PENS TO USE)
I recommend Sakura pens that can be
found in the scrapbooking area of your local craft store.
FABRIC
: Scrap fabrics: Lights & Mediums/Darks –at least 5” square in size.
Variety in color and pattern will make the best block!
Hello Hexies
Thursday, June 13, 12:00 – 3:00 — Hand Technique
Join me in discovering the magic of English Paper Piecing Hexagons (hexies!) by hand. Yes by hand! The perfect go anywhere project. This simple traditional method of quilting allows very creative use of fabric in a simple pattern. An introductory workshop that will cover basic methods of construction. Students will complete a Mug Rug that measures 7.5″. Variations will be discussed so each student will truly make the project their own.
Kit: $7.00 (paid to the instructor) includes
∙ 10 – 1.5” Hexagon Papers
∙ Spool of Aurifil
∙ one Hemming #11 Milliners
∙ one John James Easy Thread Needle
∙ three pins
∙ 8.5” square of fusible
∙ 8.5” square of Pellon Décor BondSTUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRINGThread for basting – an odd spool you wish to use up — a bright contrasting color is best
Thimble – If you don’t have one I will have a possible solution for you
Scissors for fabric cutting – will want a blade at least 5 – 6” in length
Scissors for thread snipping – short blade
Seam Ripper – nice and sharp!
Pins – at least 1.5” in length
Clover Table Top Needle Threader *– If you have one bring it
A portable OTT light if you have one
FABRIC
: Fabric A: SIX 3.5” squares
Fabric B: ONE 3.5” square
Backing Fabric:
9” square
If you wish, cut one extra of each 3.5” square in case there is a mishap when trimming down.
Pieced Hexies
Friday, June 14, 12:00 – 3:00Hand TechiqueLearn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with my Pieced Hexies Patterns. BOOK PURCHASE REQUIRED ($18, paid to the instructor) – Pieced Hexies – A New Tradition in English Paper Piecing will be required for all workshop attendees. Book can be purchased at the time of the workshop at a discount.
Supply List
Book Purchase Required $18 – Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre
Book will be available to workshop attendees at this price on the day of workshop – please email me at mickey@mdquilts.com if you wish to guarantee I will have a book held/waiting for you.
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING
25 -1.5” Hexagon Papers* – laser cut papers are best
Hand Sewing Needle* – I recommend a Hemming #11 Milliners
Hand Sewing Needle for basting* – I recommend a sturdy needle
Thread for hand sewing* – I recommend Aurifil 50 wt.
Thread for basting – an odd spool you wish to use up – a bright contrasting color is best
Thimble* – If you don’t have one I will have a possible solution for you
Scissors for fabric cutting – will want a blade at least 5 – 6” in length
Scissors for thread snipping – short blade
Seam Ripper – nice and sharp!
Pins – at least 1.5” in length
Clover Table Top Needle Threader* – If you have one bring it
A portable OTT light if you have one
Ruler – 3.5” or 4” square* & 1” x 6”* – small square ruler(s) will be helpful
6” x 12” – for fabric cutting
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Writing Instrument — Fine Tip Pen, Marker or Pencil
ITEMS MARKED WITH A * WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE
FABRIC
: Bring LOTS of scraps…we can play with choices…there are so many variables that giving specifics for fabric requirements cannot be done. Scraps on average should be at least 10” square in size. Toss in a fat quarter or two if you hand to have some consistency in fabric between all the designs
Let’s Get Hexed Trunk Show
Thursday, June 14, 8:00 – 9:30
An interactive lecture/demo/audience participation event that includes a small trunk show of English Paper Pieced quilts, some made by myself, some antique. I will take the audience thru basting a Hexie hands on as they will actually baste one Hexie during the powerpoint presentation that will be filled with tips and tricks about English Paper Piecing! I will provide the EPP papers, audience needs to bring two 3.5″ squares of fabric, one pin, one needle, basting thread and small scissors. Thimble is optional.
Let’s Get Hexed Together!