Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients’ quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.
“My work is about color and small compositions. Each block in a quilt is made as its own element, independent of the other blocks. After all of the blocks are constructed, my goal is to arrange the small compositions to play off each other and work together to create a larger whole. What keeps me engaged is watching how the project changes and transforms with the addition of each color and texture. The resulting quilts are contemporary works, set in this time and place, which reference the rich tradition of quilt making.”
|Flying Colors Trunk Show
Thursday, June 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Timna is known for making fun, colorful, award-winning quilts. Her quilting journey has been guided by one phrase – “I will never do that!” Join Timna in this trunk show of her quilting journey where she will discuss her design and color choices, and why she should never ever say never. Hopefully she will make you laugh, and not just because she shows her dreaded first quilt.
|Designing with Flying Colors
Thursday, June 13, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Design Class —
Are you stuck in a color rut? Or are you afraid that you might make a color “mistake” in your quilts? In this workshop, students try out new color combinations and learn how to use color placement as a major design element.
Ten, 5”x5” squares of different fabrics
What if you only have 10” square laying around? Bring those, no need to cut more fabric, we just need a variety of textures and colors to work with. Don’t stress about your fabric choices – just grab fabrics that are handy!
|O Happy Day!
Friday, June 14, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Domestic Sewing Machine — Hand Technique
Learn how to make this very happy quilt while also having a great time! We start the workshop by playing with fabrics and color to help us loosen up our color muscles. Timna will then teach five (or more!) techniques on how to make perfect circles, using both hand and machine techniques. Come prepared to play, experiment, and have fun.
Supply fee of $5.Supplies:
– Assorted fabrics, each should be at least 4.5” square. Be sure to include a variety of colors and values.
– Neutral colored threads that generally match your fabrics
– Basic sewing supplies
– Paper scissors
– Hand sewing needles. If you use a thimble, bring it as well.
– Small, pointed fabric scissors
– Olfa circle cutter
We will be learning both hand and machine applique techniques. If you plan to applique by machine, you may want to use a monofilament thread for the top and a cotton thread for your bobbin. I like Superior Thread’s MonoPoly.
|Map Making with Fabrics
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Domestic Sewing Machine
Description and Supplies
Use fabric to capture a special location. Maybe it’s your favorite vacation spot, your neighborhood, or your hometown. Over the course of the workshop, participants learn both pattern-making and improvisational quilting techniques to create personal map quilts. Bring a large paper map of a location you would like to replicate (approx. 24”x36”), your favorite fabrics and threads, and a willingness to experiment. Mark your place in the world!
Since this class is improvisational and everyone is working from a different map I have not included specific amounts of fabric, fusible etc. Use your best judgment as to what you think you may need.
Depending on the technique chosen, not everyone will get to a point where they will need their sewing machine during the class, but some will.