Color & Composition

Join Lea McComas for this on-going monthly class hosted by the Rocky Mtn Quilt Museum.  Each session features an in-depth look at a color scheme, a concept related to color and another related to composition, along with ideas for further creative exploration.   This online format allows quilters from around the country to discuss ideas, share insights, and show off their own creative work.  The curriculum in this class is the basis for a book Lea McComas is currently writing.  Participants, who complete the creative exercises and share their work the following month, may also be invited to share their work in the published book.  We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month via Zoom.

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Thread Painted Portraits with Lea McComas   June 4 – July 2

This workshop is also available as a 4-week virtual workshop, or a 1-day, or 2-day in-person workshop for guilds and quilt shops.

Use free-motion stitching on a printed fabric foundation to thread paint a portrait. Begin with a basic blending and contour exercises before moving on to the stitching specific features and an actual face. This workshops also includes instruction on photo editing, how to select appropriate threads, tips for adding detail, and ways of manipulating the background to support the overall composition. A supply kit includes 2 practice panels, reference printouts, and photo editing notes. Kit fee of $10 will be paid to the teacher at the time of the workshop. Additional tools and materials can be available for purchase at the workshop as allowed by the venue.  

Pet Portrait Memory Quilts with Lea McComas  July16- August 13

Most of us treat our pets like a member of the family so why not immortalize your favorite pet in a custom quilt?   I’ll show you how to bring your favorite pet photos to life using my fused raw-edge appliqué technique.  From start to finish, I’ll share insight that will ensure your success in creating a one-of-a-kind pet portrait quilt.  By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to create a work of art even the furriest of your friends will appreciate.  This workshop is also available as a 4-week virtual workshop, or a 2-day in-person workshop for guilds and quilt shops.

NOW AVAILABLE: On demand Online Classes:  Start when you want, work at your own pace. 

Successful Pictorial Quilts with Lea McComas | Start Anytime 

Have you ever wanted to make a statement with a pictorial quilt, commemorate that magnificent view from a romantic vacation, or capture the perfect bloom from the flower garden? In this class, Lea will share the tips, tricks, and techniques to make that happen.

Fused Raw-Edge Applique Portraits Online Workshop | Start Anytime 

Do you have a collection of photos of cherished family members, dear friends, and interesting people you’ve met along the way, and a love of fabric. Combine the two to make realistic fabric portrait quilts. Let Lea McComas teach you her award-winning techniques for translating photo into fiber. Don’t be intimidated as she breaks down the process in easy to follow steps that will allow you to master fused, raw-edge applique portraits using fat-quarter fabrics for your first project. Create portrait quilts that will be prized holiday, anniversary, and birthday gifts, or artwork for your own home.  This workshop is also available as a 4-week virtual workshop, or a 1-day, or 2-day in-person workshop for guilds and quilt shops.

In-Person Workshops

Introduction to Thread Painting

(1-day workshop)

Try this technique without committing to a major project. Participants will complete a series of small exercises to learn skills in isolation, and then combine them in more intricate compositions. We will begin with a basic exercises for drawing, filling, & blending, before moving on to creating texture, contour, and depth. This workshops also includes information on threads, stabilizers, and needles.


A Play Date with Color & Composition

(1-day workshop)

Spend a day in guided exploration of concepts related to color & composition while creating a series of fiber art cards, approximately 10 x 15 cm, that can be stitched at home and given as postcards, framed as small works of art, or kept for future reference and inspiration. Together, we will experiment with a variety of color schemes, combined with value, line, repetition, shape, and texture. This is a cheap date as you will be working with fabric scraps, trims, and decorative papers from your stash at home. Arrive ready to laugh, share, create the unexpected, and go home with new treasures.

Lively Landscapes

(1-day, or 2-day workshop)

Learn and apply basic principles design to give the illusion of depth and perspective to  basic landscape compositions. Lea will teach you how to use scale, and contrast to further enhance your composition. Complete 2-4 practice compositions in the workshop. The size and complexity of projects will be adjusted according to the length of the workshop. 


Photo Editing

(1/2-day workshop)
Learn basic processes to manipulate and edit digital photos and prepare them for translation to fiber, along with principles of composition and the psychology of portraits. The finished results can be used as the first step in making a pattern for an applique portrait quilt or can be printed directly to fabric. Lea will demonstrate the processes involved in photo editing and participants are invited to bring their own laptop computers with photo editing software and follow along to enhance the learning process. Two people can work together and share a laptop. There is no kit fee for this workshop. This 1/2-day session can stand-alone or be the starting point for other workshops listed above

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Lectures available via Zoom.