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Improvisational Quilting Workshop with Ed Johnetta Miller
Saturday, June 2 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm$125
Join renowned quilt artist Ed Johnetta Miller for a daylong workshop on improvisational quilting at the Mariposa
Improvisational piecing is one of the most popular techniques used by contemporary quilt artists. Improv resembles crazy quilting of the 1800s – piecing together different fabrics, in different directions, without a pattern – sometimes overlapping or using embellishments like embroidery, found objects, or drawing on fabric. As in the story quilt tradition, improvised quilts often have a theme or topic.
In this workshop, first offered at the Quilters Hall of Fame, Miller will guide participants in creating their own improvisational pieces while sharing sources of her own inspiration and creativity.
Admission for this special full-day workshop is $125. Space is limited – purchase tickets below or call (603) 924-4555 to reserve a space!
Materials List for Registered Participants
Participants, please bring the following to the workshop:
Sewing machine if you have one (let us know if you do not) – hand sewers are also welcome!
Needle and thread
Clear glue sticks
Double-sided tape (Dollar Store tape is good)
Ed Johnetta will bring the bulk of fabrics but please bring a yard of fabric to show her what you use or material you are willing to share.
About Ed Johnetta Miller
Ed Johnetta Miller began her artistic career as a weaver. Twenty-five years later, in frustration, she destroyed one of her weavings by cutting it into pieces. She then sewed the destroyed weaving back together, stuffed it, and hung it up for display. The result was a transition from one art form to another. After viewing this piece, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator of the Conscience of the Human Spirit exhibit now on show at the Mariposa and founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network, suggested Ed try quilting and offered to show her how.
Beginning without traditional knowledge of or formal training in quilting, Ed Johnetta is not constrained by either. She combines improvisation with inspiration from her own spiritual and cultural experiences. She gathers materials and fabrics on her many journeys around the world as well as from stores in Hartford, Connecticut, where she lives. Her brightly colored and elaborately patterned fabric pieces offer a stunning, contemporary spin on a traditional form of expression. Her quilts retain the essence of her positive energy and joy for living.
Ed Johnetta’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. It is included in the collections of major institutions, including the National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Nelson Mandela’s National Museum in Capetown, South Africa, and The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. She has received numerous awards as an artist, teacher, and community activist and has received attention on Home and Garden Television, The Modern Masters, and Public TV. Her designs were worn by Phylicia Rashad on the Cosby Show.