Each year after the fun and frantic MAQ weekend is over, we administer an evaluation of the event and ask our participants for suggestions for future class topics and teachers. Our participants asked us for more modern quilting offerings, and mentioned Heather Kojan, founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild, as a possible teacher. We contacted Heather, asked for proposals from her, and are delighted that she will be teaching at MAQ for the first time this summer.
She is teaching 111 Modern Sampler Class, 211 Urban Windows, and 311 Modern Bento Box.
Here are Heather’s responses to our Blog questions:
1. How long have you been coming to MAQ?
“This will be my first year attending MAQ. I’ve heard about it for a few years now, and can’t wait to get started! Seriously, if I weren’t a teacher this year, I’d be a student!”
2. What is your favorite part of the weekend? (If it is not your first year.)
“Although this will be my first time, just the thought of no cooking or cleaning for a weekend sounds delightful. And I’m really looking forward to meeting my students and fellow teachers.”
3. What excites you about your classes being offered this year?
“I’m excited to bring the students of MAQ a little modern edge. My Modern Improv Sampler (Friday’s class) gives students a chance to break some rules, let loose and just have fun! We’ll take classic blocks (log cabin, star, nine patch, etc) and add a little wonky to them!
Saturday’s class, Urban Window, is all about the Quick Curve Ruler. We’ll learn how to sew gentle curves, no pinning. Once the basics are learned, the possibilities are endless. Literally dozens of blocks can be made with this ruler.
On Sunday, during the Bento Box class, we’ll learn a cool pattern, sew up some blocks, cut them up and swap them with all the students. It’s about playing with fabric, chatting with friends, and coming up with some fresh, modern quilts.”
4. How could a student individualize a class project in one of your classes; what creative possibilities do you see?
“The Modern Sampler is a simple block based layout. All the blocks work together, but certainly, each of the blocks could stand alone to make an entire quilt. A wonky log cabin quilt? Sure! A wonky star quilt? Definitely.”
5. Do you have any additional photos to share for your classes being offered?
“See photos below!”
111 Modern Sampler ……And a quilt made of one of the Modern Sampler blocks….We can’t wait to meet Heather at MAQ! If you are interested in the 111 Modern Sampler class, you’d better hurry, there is only one seat left. Space is available in the 211 Urban Windows and 311 Modern Bento Box classes, so sign up and bring a friend.