Monday, November 14, 2016
Janice Averill
Quilter's Color Theory Muscle Building:
Developing Your Eye for Choosing the Perfect Fabrics


Meeting / Lecture


November 14, 2016

Janice Averill Lecture -
          Quiter's Color Theory Muscle Building:
             Developing Your Eye for Choosing the Perfect Fabrics

Janice’s fascination with sewing started at an early age as she was lulled to sleep by the sound of the sewing machine her mother kept in her bedroom.  After learning the basics of sewing in a home economics class, she embraced sewing with a passion. Mostly a self-taught seamstress, Janice started making clothing for herself.  After completing her degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Janice worked at Warnaco Lingerie as an estimator. Later she decided to be a full-time mom with a part time career as a custom clothier. Janice's work in custom clothing covered a vast scope, but formalwear and wedding attire were her specialties. Although she enjoyed this work it never seemed to satisfy her creative spirit. Once she discovered quilting, she fell in love and has never looked back since deciding to express herself through quilting. She now designs quilting projects for Quilting Treasures fabrics and some of her quilts have appeared in publications such as Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines.

Janice likes to say "The best part about quilting is that there are no fittings involved and quilts never go out of style --- plus you can be seen using the same quilt more than once in a week, a month or a year. You can't do that with fashion."

For more information about Janice and company Iris Quilts, please go to Janice's website,

November 15, 2016 (9:30a - 3:30p)
Full-Day Workshop     (Setup begins at 9a)

Class Fee $35  ($50 for non-members)
Materials Fee $15 (payable to instructor) Optional tools will be available for purchase also.
Experience:  Confident beginner and above
Sewing machine is required

Precision with Ease - Janice Averill

Would you like to have your seams and points match perfectly on your quilting projects while experiencing very little or no stress? I do just that on a regular basis and quickly, as I’m usually trying to meet a deadline. Many of my designs benefit from perfectly matched points and seams, most quilts do. This is especially true if there is high contrast in the color palette. To achieve this goal of quilting with precision and ease, you have to build on a strong foundation.

If a foundation isn’t strong then the structure erected upon it will be less than perfect and very difficult to fix. When we make a quilt, we use blocks to create the design. These blocks are made of various sub-units such as Half Square Triangles, Flying Geese, and Quarter Square Triangles. If any one of these units isn’t perfect, then constructing the block will be difficult or impossible.

There are many reasons why you may have less than perfect sub-units. It could be the fabric you buy or how you do/don’t prepare the fabric. It could also depend on the tools that you use or how you use them. Then again it could be the technique you use to create the sub-units. There isn’t any one right technique, but every technique isn’t for everyone. You have to find what works best for you. I want to show you what I have learned that works for me. The techniques I use are what helps me to sew with precision and ease.

We will be making samples of Half Square Triangle, Flying Geese, Split Rectangle and Quarter Square Triangle units. For these samples you can use either the fabrics you have chosen for your quilt design or bring scraps and fat quarter cuts of alternate fabrics to use for the samples.

In class, students will be taught practical tips for accurate piecing and how to match points and seams.  Plus, Janice will teach how to do this all with NO STRESS.  Students will be able to pick from several prize-winning patterns for their workshop project.

 Block from Magic Star Quilt

Block from Magic Star Quilt