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Central to Gyleen's success as a quilter is her willingness to jump right into a project. Gyleen suggests that you just grab some fabric and SEW IT! Small projects lend themselves easily to this approach since they don't require much fabric. It really isn't necessary to develop a precise plan or to spend two weeks choosing the "perfect" fabrics. Let's go with the flow and make a beautiful quilt. All workshops use a Colourful Stitches’ pattern.

Free instructions to Gyleen’s Official Pieced Backs...visit BERNINA’s online magazine, "Through the Needle", issue 7 for my "Baby’s Got Back!" article. Click here http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Experience/Through-the-Needle-Online/Through-the-Needle-Online-Issue-7.

The Quilt Show, I’m Episode 909. See the behind the scenes slide show taken during the actual taping of my episode #909 on The Quilt Show. Watch the full hour to learn the Butterfly Seam and how to use the Pineapple Tool.

The Quilt Show, I’m Episode 1403. See the behind the scenes slide show taken during the actual taping of my episode #1403 on The Quilt Show. Watch the full hour to learn the Butterfly Seam for inset seam. Sample makes a table runner with Tumbling blocks and 6-pointed Stars.

 


Over and Under Rainbows Modern with a twist! “KNOT“ as hard as you think! It’s visually dynamic with fast easy piecing. Don't let cutting “Tie“ you up. All you need is one 2.5" strip set and 3.5 yards of background.

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 


Main Street Commons: Bold, geometric and modern. The design was inspired by architectural mason brick work. Color and scale enhances center medallion. Take one more border to put the design on point!

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 

 

 


Star Struck: One day is all it takes to make this 4-block 22" x 80" table or bed runner. Awl struck by Star Struck, one day can make a difference. You’ll love the Butterfly and Crisscross Seam techniques that make the piecing effortless.

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon and Polygon2 Tools

 

 

 


Road to Redemption: By definition, redemption is the act of saving or being saved from sin, error, evil or fabric hoarding! The Strips, Stripes and Strata Series will help you use your stash, pre-cut, and scraps in a creative, functional and playful quilt. The piecing and coloring are straight forward. All the magic happens in the design layout where you are in the driver’s seat. My job is to coach you through to the finish.

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 

 

 


Modern Zip Zap: Dynamic, modern and fun is the formula for great day of stitching. The actual block size is huge, 15" square. You can make it scrappy or stick within a color palette or use a jelly roll. Oh did I say its pre-cut friendly? 1-2 Jelly Rolls and 1 yard of focus fabric.

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Special Tool(s) required: None

 

 

 

 

 


Matchmaker: Find me the match. Bold and modern sums up this wall-hanging or lap quilt. Have your been waiting for the perfect place to showcase your novelty or ethnic fabric? Then wait no further, this is the workshop for you. Learn the Butterfly Seam technique.

Special Tool(s) required: Polygon and Polygon2 Tools

 

 


Celebration: Ribbons or Tamari balls…table runner to lap quilt, Celebration keeps the party rolling! For a modern look pick solids or semi-solids or for a scrappy look make sure you have lights and darks. Pieced Hexagon block can be made in two sizes, 10" x 11" or 20" x 23". If you decide on the larger size you can show case large to mid-scale novelty fabrics for a truly modern look.

Special Tool(s) required: Polygon Tool (smaller block) or Polygon2 Tool (larger block)

 

 

 

 


Pyramids in Colour: Learn to colour blend and piece perfect pyramids while making and exquisite charm quilt. This charm quilt is designed to use 5" charm squares (1 to keep and 1 to trade). Continue the tradition of collecting charms and trading with friends; or consider this is a great opportunity to catalog your fabric collection.

Special Tool(s) required: Polygon Tool

 

 

 


EngagedEngaged: Are you ready for love? It’s a Polygon Affair. Engaged combines 4 shapes (diamonds, pyramids, hexagons and cones) into one stunning quilt all cut from your stash. You will learn how to construct a “Butterfly Seam” for effortless stitching. It’s so easy…you’ll fall in love.

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon Tool

 

 


Feathered StarFeathered Star: How about those CURVES? Or should I say, those perfectly pieced curves! After this technique workshop you will never fear curves again; we're going to take it one step at a time. Once that is mastered, we’re onto the wonderful pieced border. It's your choice to make a 1-block or 4-block wall hanging or go for the full size quilt.

Special Tool(s) required: Polygon Tool or any tool that cuts a triangle (optional)

 

 

 

 


Batik Interlocking Star Tessellation: Geometric and fun yet looks visually challenging. Go scrappy or use a planned fabric collection. Great for hand-dyed and batiks. Learn the technique of using simple shapes to make an interlocking design. Wall hanging can be completed in one day using Gyleen’s easy to piece map technique.

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 

 


Trash to Treasure Pineapples: Okay isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? Oops, too much? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuff in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better? Let’s make an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist. Effortless stitching without paper piecing! Go scrappy, random or totally stylized it doesn’t matter just plan to join the Pineapple Par-tay! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt.

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Special Tool(s) required: Pineapple Tool by Gyleen

 

 

 


Going in Circles: Explosive! That is the one word says it all. This is a technique and color design workshop. Learn raw edge applique technique to achieve perfect "stress-free" curves. Experiment with layouts very similar to the Drunkard's Path with an extra curve or two to produce a unique design. Wall hanging (25" x 25") uses 16 fabrics from 4 colour groups. 

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Special Tool(s) required: none

 

 

 

 


Play ModernPlay Modern: It’s fast, it’s quick, it’s geometric and it’s Tumbling Blocks with controlled free-style piecing. We will start with the thought of having fun and being in the moment. The technique is to use Polygon2 Diamonds and Butterfly Seam to create a BOLD wall-hanging that shouts, “Modern” or “Contemporary”. This workshop is about you with over 6 options for the free-style piecing.

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon and Polygon 2 Tools

 

 


Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend: Simply stated, you can never have too many diamonds. The diamond shape is so simplistic yet produces such elegant results. This wall hanging is comprised of 4-patch diamonds set with pyramids. Enjoy the fun of using the strippy layout. So easy to piece you may want to grow this wall hanging into a full size bed quilt. 

Special Tool(s) required: Polygon and Polygon 2 Tools

 

 

 

 


Stripper’s Mystery: So what do you get when you combine 20 strips of fabric with one absolutely fantastic focus fabric? You are the only one that knows and this is your mystery to solve. The layouts are fun, fast and endless. The quilts range from 25" to 50". You can chose Half-Square Triangles, 16-Patch, Chinese coins or Pyramids (to name a few) to solve the mystery. So get out your Sherlock Homes attitude and begin the Stripper’s Mystery.

Special Tool(s) required: Bring the specialty tools you have and I’ll bring the Polygon Tools

 

 

 

 

 


Quilt of the Century: Remember the bathroom tile floor of the 60's made with little squares and octagons? You got the picture. This quilt uses just two simple shapes to make an old fashion favorite. It's called “Quilt of the Century“ or “Melon Patch“ but I call it pure fun for fabric collectors. Make a wall hanging or lap quilt, the choice is yours. All you need is 6½" squares and one accent fabric. Learn how to do a “double” Butterfly Seam to set-in squares quickly and accurately.

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Special Tool(s) required: 6½” square ruler (any brand)

 

 


It Takes Seven Sisters: Nothing is more stunning than twenty brilliant stars made from diamonds. “Seven Sisters“ block is what makes this quilt sparkle. The power in the sparkle is created by using 3" strips of 20 great fabrics from a narrow color palette. Assembly is not as hard as you think. In this workshop you will learn the Butterfly Seam for perfect set-in piecing. Come ready to relax and chat; you are not expected to finish this in class since there is no speed sewing. This beauty takes time to complete.

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon Tool

 


Spinning Wheels: I'm sure you had plenty of days when you felt just like that. Well now you'll have something to show for your effort. This is an almost stress-free workshop that uses the “Tri-Recs“ tool by EZ. If you like the technique, this wall hanging could grow into a beautiful lap quilt. Use your scraps or batiks or reproduction fabric; any choice will spin this wheel just fine. Works perfect using pre-cut 10" squares.

Special Tool(s) required: EZ Tri-Recs Tool

 

 

 

 


Carpenter's WheelCarpenter's Wheel: Oh my stars and cubes! Fun shapes that all come together for this old time favorite. Learn to master the “Butterfly Seam“, it's a snap...enjoy the magic of effortless precision piecing. The illusion of difficult made easy. Plan to finish this as a wall hanging or use it for the center of a medallion quilt. Create the surprise of a perfectly pieced border, I promise!

Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool and EZ Eight (optional)

 


Spider Hexagon: Old fashion and striking is all I can say about this graphic quilt. It combines Half-Hexagons with Pyramids with plenty of other options. Got scraps or bits of fabric? This whole quilt can be cut from your scrap box and a few larger pieces from your stash. You can get to a large quilt in a hurry and it will look like you took years. Learn to use the Super 60 ruler.

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon and Polygon2 Tools

 

 

 

 

 


Tokyo Fans: Can’t you just see these fan blades made from exotic Japanese fabric? That was my first thought when getting a collection of antique 1930’s blocks. Putting blocks in a strippy setting is super simple yet so elegant. This fan blocks are very adaptable to other fabric types; so why not try hand-dyes, civil war and retro fabric collections. Learn to do this all by machine to include machine blanket stitch or zig-zag!

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Special Tool(s) required: EZ Dresden Tool or any 9° Wedge Ruler

 

 

 


Me and Mom Make Blue Berry BuckleBlue Berry Buckle: Nice size blocks to learn the basic skills and end up with a 9-Patch quilt with a huge twist to elegance. The challenge, in the simplicity, is to match all the seams in the 9-Patches, to set them apart with a commanding color and to trust unusual combinations in the pieced border. Great quilt for solids, hand-dyed, batik, sateen and the host of fabrics from your scrap bag or stash. Blue Berry Buckle is a great project for beginners or the more seasoned quilter and just perfect as your first quilt.

Special Tool(s) required: none

 

 

 

 


Tootie Fruitie: This block is called Crazy Ann and can be found in antique and eclectic scrap quilts during the 30s and 40s. Try pale or super saturated colors and watch the pattern tessellate. My rendition reminds me of summer’s heat and slurping Tootie Fruitie water ice. Get excited and use the boldest of your stash and learn how to use Triangles on a Roll paper!

Special Tool(s) required: none

 

 

 

 


Anything Goes Star Tessellation: This is an encore workshop turning the Batik Star Tessellation pattern into a full size bed quilt. Begin by using 2" strips for a 9" block to get you to that bed quilt in a hurry. Geometric and fun for a little bit of this and that type of fabric; heck why not use your whole fabric collection. Feel free to mix in your batiks or homespun for added sparkle. Learn the technique of using simple shapes to make an interlocking design. Easy to piece with Gyleen’s map technique.

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 

 

 


Glorified Nine Patch: Illusion at its best! But how do you get those curves? With straight lines of course. Go figure but it’s just that simple. You take two relatively high contrasting colors, you alternate two pieced “quilter friendly” blocks then float segments into the border and just like that you’re done! You will learn how to make pointy triangle segments with the Tri-Recs tool and how to artfully transition and color blend from one block to the next.

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool and Tri-Recs Tool

 

 

 

 


Big Stitch on Small Quilts: In this workshop students will learn three different “fast” hand-quilting stitches to use alone or as an added design element to machine quilting. Gain knowledge on which needle to use, thread choices and how to select and use the right stencil. By the end of class, students will have developed a personal “hand” stitch.

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Special Tool(s) required: none

 


Uptown: Relaxing, is the one word that describes the day piecing this graphic beauty. Never be afraid of pinwheel again, come learn the easy way to get perfect points! Plan to use or use up your stash. It's also, pre-cut friendly

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Special Tool(s) required: none

 

 

 

 

 


So Square: Graphic and modern with cleanliness. Squares and rectangles do the work for a visually stunning quilt. Great for solids, semi-solids, and batiks. But wait, there’s more! This same design can be scrappy to use your pre-cuts. A two for one class option!

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Special Tool(s) required: Angle Trim Tool

 

 

 

 

 


Bending Star: Clean and crisp design lines colored to bend. Image is everything and that image is controlled by color placement and precision piecing. Learn the Butterfly and the Crisscross seam techniques. Plus learn how to inlay the star in Gyleen’s signature pieced background. The entire design is machine pieced…it’s easier than you can imagine!

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Special Tool(s) required: Polygon3 Tool

 


Wisp: Diamonds create gentle watercolor-like movement for a modern lap quilt. It’s the perfect design to show off machine quilting. And it's pre-cut friendly! Takes just 1 Jelly Roll and 1 yard of focus fabric. Change your view to the sea, woods or landscape just by changing your fabric selection.

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Special Tool(s) required: none