Monday, August 7, 2023

Ann Shaw Workshop


Registration opens at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 8:

Ann Shaw Workshop - Chicken Challenge!


Chickens have often found their way into the quilt world -- small wonder given the astonishing variety of plumage in chicken breeds. Join us in poultry piecing to celebrate these barnyard wonders! In this class, you will select from several patterns to create your chicken wallhanging. A brief discussion introduces the methods and techniques of freezer paper templates. You will then prepare a freezer paper template for your chicken pattern and begin the process of selecting fabrics for your design. We will also discuss sewing methods and sewing order to complete your wallhanging.

Level of Skill: Confident Beginner to Advanced


Saturday, October 28 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 4 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is a two-part workshop with sessions a week apart on Zoom.


Members of the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild will all receive an email from cltmqg@gmail. com on Tuesday morning, Aug 8.  Use the links in the email to pay and register for this class. This workshop has 20 seats.


$30 for guild members and $60 for non-guild members if we have extra spaces.  Both members and non-members attending this workshop will also need to purchase the pattern.


No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the first session unless there is someone on the waiting list to take that spot.

Ann Shaw

Supply List:



         Lots!!   Lots and lots of fabrics.  A fat quarter or less is probably as much as you will need of any one fabric.    Having a wide variety of fabric choices is key to this style of quilt, so bring lots!!   Bring your largish fabric scraps.   Bring your stash!!   I routinely pull 50 or more fabric choices from my stash for the main subject of my quilt, and additional fabric choices for the background.  Prints that may have one dominant color with  bits of other colors and a clear contrast in the pattern are great.  Lots of different fabric choices in seemingly odd combinations brings texture and depth to your quilt, and will work well.

Before class, spend some time looking at the print fabrics used in the quilts on my website,   Note the broad variety of fabrics used – large prints, medium prints, small prints, batiks, plaids, stripes, mottled fabrics, prints with multiple colors, bold fabrics as well as pastels.  Note that we will not be using solids or tone-on-tone fabrics that “read” as solids.   Your local quilt shop will also have a variety of fabrics that will work well in these patterns.


You will also need the following supplies:


For Freezer Paper Template (the above supplies plus):

    • Freezer paper
    • Paper Scissors
    • Blue Masking Tape
    • Sharpie brand Ultra Fine-line permanent marker  (Black only!!)
    • Pencil/Sharpener  (I prefer a mechanical pencil with 7mm lead)
    • Good Eraser
    • Ruler (18” plastic ruler is ideal)
    • Highlighters (several colors)
    • Color pencils (7 distinct colors for making tick marks)
    •       (Note: Ink Pens, Gel Pens, Sharpie Permanent Markers or Crayons will not work)


Design Wall:

You will need a  20’ x 30’ piece of foam board works great.  Having a second foam board this size to which you can then pin the freezer paper template is also helpful.

You will be pinning your Master Design and template pieces to this as you audition individual fabric selections.    It is then much easier to show your project during our Zoom meetings.


Sewing Supplies:

Paper and Pencil to take notes

Paper Scissors (to cut apart freezer paper templates)
Rotary cutter, 12” (or longer) rotary cutting ruler and cutting mat

Fabric Scissors

Pins (Pincushion overflowing with pins!!   1” or longer are ideal)

Basic Sewing Kit
Several Ziploc bags (quart and gallon size)


Sewing machine and supplies: (bobbins thread, needles etc).   

You may or may not reach the point of beginning to sew your project together.   Most students will be completing fabric selections by the end of the workshop though will not begin sewing.  I will discuss sewing these designs during the workshop.  Bring a your machine if its convenient, but leave it in your car initially.  You should be comfortable using your machine.  Check to be sure that it is in good working order.


Digital Camera:  If you have a small digital pocket camera, bring it! 

Using the camera on your phone or tablet also works well and are helpful.


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