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Julia McLeod

Julia McLeod

Everything But the Cotton

Friday, May 3, 2024

When quilters don’t have access to a stash of quilter’s cotton, what do they turn to? In this one hour lecture, trunk show and Q & A session we will explore quilts – antique and modern – made of wool, silk, polyester and more. We’ll observe how the use of unusual materials gives rise to alternative construction techniques and design choices. The trunk show of Julia’s work shows what you can create with neckties, saris, kimonos and other unusual, ‘not cotton’ textiles.

About the Speaker:

Julia McLeod is a quilt maker living and working in northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in making quilts from rescued textiles, particularly silks. Neckties, saris, kimono and furnishing fabrics all find their way into her quilts. Born and raised in England, Julia worked as a menswear textile designer in the woolen- and worsted mills of Yorkshire and Scotland, and later for a company on Savile Row, in the heart of London’s bespoke tailoring industry. She moved to New York City in the early 1990’s, and America has been her home ever since. Julia enjoys lecturing and teaching on the subject of quilting-making with unusual and reclaimed textiles.


Workshops offered by speaker:

Starting with Silk

May 3, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

In this 6 hour workshop you will learn how to use silk fabrics in your quilt-making. We will –

• Identify silk fabrics and distinguish them from those made with other fibers

• Discuss fusible stabilizers and how to use them

• Learn an improvisational crazy-piecing method

• Learn fabric foundation piecing. We will draft our own simple muslin foundations



No workshops available

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