Let’s Get Spatial: Map Quilting with Timna Tarr


When: Saturday, August 12th, 12-5 pm
Where: Vista Life Innovations at 107 Bradley Rd, Madison, CT 06443
Fee: $95

All materials purchased for class will be available in store for 15% off.

To reserve your spot, you may pay for this workshop here or in store.  Space is limited.

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Have you ever wanted to commemorate a special place? It could be your alma mater’s campus, a vacation spot that’s been in the family for generations, the neighborhood you live in, your town center, even a memorable mountain hike or canoe trip. Whatever speaks to you in terms of place, you can replicate creatively. Using a map to guide you, and adding elements (e.g., texture, color, value and composition) that bring it to life creatively, you can capture that place in a way that speaks to your heart.

Over the course of this workshop, you will learn to make a wall-hanging-sized quilt from a map of your choosing. Pick the spot — use Apple or Google Maps or a paper map — and enlarge it to the size you desire. You’ll want to have it zoomed in enough to have the important (to you) details, but not so large it becomes cluttered and/or unwieldy in size. 24”x36” is probably the maximum.

Special skills learned include comfort with improvisation, use of color theory and composition choices that can heighten impact, problem-solving, as well as use of fusibles in pictorial quilts, raw-edge appliqué, use of bias tape (and creation of bias tape as well). Cate will hold a special follow-up workshop for anyone who needs extra time or help finishing their map if needed.

Bring basic sewing supplies, your machine (or rent one for $10) a large paper map of a location you would like to replicate (large enough to have some good details but no more than 24”x36” max) and a willingness to experiment and play. More detail on supplies needed will be sent upon registration and extra supplies will be made available the day of the workshop as well. If you need to rent a machine, sign up extra-early to be sure we will have one available for you.

Timna’s advice on choosing a map? “I have found that the more detailed the map is, the more I like the finished project. My maps that cover about 4-5 miles in each direction are my favorites in terms of detail. I like working with city maps, but I have also seen very effective maps done of more rural areas. The most important thing is to make sure that the map has a few design elements to focus on: streets, parks, and bodies of water are excellent focal points….If you have any questions about the image you’re considering, I am happy to take a look and give feedback via email at timnatarr@gmail.com.”

Come join us and mark your place in this world!


About Timna:

Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters, but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm machine in 2001 and began quilting clients’ quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.