Courthouse Quilters

September 10, 2017 12:00pm
Frenchtown, NJ
New Workshops
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Project: 5" x 7" art quilt
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills
Materials Fee: $10

What is a haikuilt? It is a small art quilt that accompanies and expresses a haiku -- the ancient Japanese form of poetry best known for its 3-line, 17-syllable structure. But there is far more to haiku than just counting words: haiku express a subtle fusion between nature and human experience. To see some examples of haikuilts, please click on the link in the upper left corner of this page.

In this workshop we will begin with learning about haiku from old Japanese masters and some of the best contemporary English-language poets. Then, taking inspiration from one of their haiku or one of your own, you'll make a haikuilt to accompany and interpret it. The quilt can use piecing, fusing, applique, machine quilting, handwork, embroidery, embellishments, found objects, etc. Rather than exploring a specific technique or design, this class is an opportunity to relax and let your creativity flow. And since the quilt is small, you're likely to finish it in class.

Cut and paste this address into your browser to see more examples of haikuilts: https://ranaemerrillquilts.wordpress.com/?s=haiku

I have been a member of the Haiku Society of America for several years. My haiku have appeared in journals in the USA and Canada, and my haikuilts have been exhibited at several international haiku conferences. I'm excited to share my love of this beautiful ancient poetry form and how it has blended with my love of quilting.


In case the lettering in the image above is too small for you to read, the haiku is:

         the screen door slams --
         popsicle drips
         on the kitchen floor

                                 RM

Text version of materials info to cut-and-paste in newsletter/website/etc.:

Come ready to share and trade fabrics, embellishments, etc. Since you don’t know yet what form your haikuilt will take, sharing increases everyone’s available possibilities.

Materials & fabric: Small amounts of fabric in a variety of colors and small patterns (can include non-quilting fabrics such as organza, velvet, etc.); scraps of fused fabric (if you have them); embellishments, such as buttons, crystals, ribbons and trims, embroidery floss, found objects, etc.; 5” x 7” piece of batting; backing fabric at least 6” x 8”; pen, pencil, eraser; writing/sketch pad (graph paper is helpful); colored pencils or pens or crayons; a variety of fabric pens, paint sticks, etc.;

Tools: Sewing machine is optional (you may sew by hand); a sheet of flat cardboard with a 5” x 7” window cut out (template in materials list); basic sewing supplies, including needle & thread; scissors, rotary cutter and ruler; fabric glue; removable fabric marker; corner-turning tool (optional); several sandwich-size plastic bags.

Presenters please note: Classroom must have at least one iron.

See materials list for recommended haiku readings.