REGISTRATION BEGINS: February 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM

One of seven courses available for the May 11 – 14, 2023 MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack

Improv Quilts- CURRENTLY FULL/ Waitlist only

Instructor: Rachel Gloria Adams 
Haystack Studio: Fiber
Enrollment Limit: 10
Materials Fees: See Below
Level: Beginner

Class Description:

During this workshop, students will pull inspiration from memories and their surroundings to create improv quilts. Instructors will demonstrate quilting basics and from there, students are able to cut and sew intuitively. Students are encouraged to trust their instincts to create a work of art. Students will bring an assortment of fabrics to piece together a wall hanging. Great for a beginner sewer with an artistic eye – we will work intuitively fluidly and students will be able to incorporate embroidery and paint a they see fit, the possibilities are endless!


Student Supplied Materials List, please bring the following items:
  • Fabrics of choice
  • Thread- Suggested Coats and Clark: 75/25 poly/cotton thread
  • Muslin- 2 yards max
  • Warm & Natural Cotton Batting- 2 yards
  • Fabric paint
  • Sashiko needle and sashiko floss if you want top stitching as an option
  • Large eye sharp needles
  • Pins
  • Safety pins
  • Rotary cutter
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Seam ripper
  • 6”x12”/ 6”x24” length ruler
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Glue sticks
  • If you use a sewing machine at home that you are comfortable with and prefer to use over a studio machine, bring it! (not required).

*Instructors will have supplemental fabric available for a small material fee
**Make sure your equipment is labeled with your name

About the Instructor-

Rachel Gloria Adams is a visual artist living in Portland, ME. Inspired greatly by her surroundings including the beautiful chaos her two daughters bring, Adams has developed a vibrant, graphic pattern-based visual language filled with references to the natural world.

An ongoing project and business venture TACHEE utilizes this imagery she developed through painting as textile prints. Rachel is currently developing a body of work that depicts her experience as a mother through a series of paintings and quilts.

Rachel and husband, Ryan Adams, have recently taken on a series of murals, Piece Together Project, throughout Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood celebrating locals that have shaped the community.