Mini-Sampler Texture Workshop at SewDown: Philadelphia

Mini-Sampler Texture Quilt with Liesl Gibson

Quilting gives your finished quilt texture and depth, but have you ever considered adding dimension and texture to your quilts during the patchwork stage? Liesl will inspire you to think of your quilts as three-dimensional art.  You’ll add gathers, shirring, and a variety of tucks to create a mini-sampler quilt that’s got lots of texture and visual appeal. We’ll build our sampler quilts intuitively, with no pattern needed. Bring your love of experimentation and be ready to play!
 
Material List: 
Fabric scraps (solids and almost-solids work best for the textured areas), fabric pen, pencil, paper scissors and fabric scissors, clear tape, pins, thread, rotary cutter and self-healing mat (optional, a limited number will be provided to share), 12” or 18” ruler
 
Material Fee: None, $0
 
 

About Liesl Gibson

After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl Gibson returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child in 2005, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
 
While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter's clothing. "People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making," Liesl says. "One thing led to another, and I had a new career." In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children's clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.
 
In 2011 Liesl also created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women's apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand's tagline, "Life is hard. Sewing is easy." expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality. 
 
Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.