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Animals Brought to Life


Using a simple technique, you will learn to create a pattern suitable for your comfort zone and level of expertise. You will learn to see value and use that knowledge to change your colors from natural to fanciful if you would like.


I will also cover different ways to make your animals eyes come to life, how to use shading with pen and pencil, and how to finish by mounting your artwork on canvas.


Lyons Quilting has the Lite Steam-a-Seam and Peltex 70 stocked along with a wonderful array of fabrics if you are flying in. There is a full kitchen with microwave and Keurig coffee pot we can use. I would suggest you bring your lunch to maximize your classroom time. Or, there is a variety of restaurants nearby. Some within walking distance.


Please no live models in class.






I will supply a kit with art supplies needed for the process. These are items not usually found at your local quilt or hobby store, The kit fee is $15 and there will be an additional set of pens you can purchase for $23 in class. You will need to bring the following:


o   Color photo enlarged to the finished size of youranimal. We are going to concentrate on the animal, the background will be deleted or altered. Please send up to three photos to for help choosing an appropriate image. Pay attention to the eyes, nose, and mouth. You want the highest quality image as you will be printing this at a copy shop enlarged so that the animal, not the overall image, is roughly 18 x 20 inches. If you are not creating the portrait of your own pet, please be sure you have permission from the photographer to use the photo. Photos from are always free to use.


o    Sharp embroidery scissors, paper scissors, and fabricscissors.


o    Ruby Beholder or smartphone with camera.


o    Lightweight muslin, a least ¾ yard. You want the thinnest muslin available. You need to be able to see through it.


o    Assorted fabrics and scraps for the animal. Nothing larger than a fat quarter is needed. Scraps are great! The more options you bring the happier you will be. Bring a full range of value in your chosen colorways. It is harder to match the natural colors in your animal than it is to change the color. Honestly, I think creating a dog in purple is easier than in black. So don’t be afraid to bring those fun colors you love. Be open to exploring options.


o    Larger fabric pieces for background. I generally use a contrasting color and value from the animal.


o    Lite Steam-a-Seam 2, the amount will be determined by the size of yourquilt. I would suggest 2 yards. Do NOT substitute!


o    Colored pencils, artist grade is preferred, if you have them. My favorite is Faber Castell Polycromos. Do not buy just for this project. I will have some to use in class.


o    Mat board or foam core in a size appropriate for your animal. I prefer that these are not covered with batting or flannel. I like a firm surface to work on.


Optional Supplies:

o    Tweezers

Optional Supplies for those that work quickly:


Not everyone will be ready for quilting in class. If you work quickly consider bringing the following:


o    Sewing machine capable of free-motionquilting plus all attachments including your free motion/darning foot

o    Thread (I prefer Superior’s King Tut or Wonderfil’s variegated threads.)

o    Fabric for backing and batting or Peltex 70 firm stabilizer if you prefer to finish as I do.

Instructor Name:
Barbara Yates Beasley


$ 650.00
Mon, Jun 10, 2024 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tue, Jun 11, 2024 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wed, Jun 12, 2024 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fri, Jun 14, 2024 at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

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