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The Beauty Of Denim - An Improv Study

We will use improvisation to create a dynamic jean quilt that is visually striking, encourages sustainability, and ignites your creativity. Use, re-use, and up-cycle have never looked this great! As sewists, we have a unique opportunity to deconstruct the unused into something practical, while keeping clothing from the landfill or sitting in warehouses for years. Finding new uses for worn-out or unused clothing offers a remarkable opportunity for creative outlets both in home decor and reimagining wearables. In this class we will focus on the beauty of the blues, and improv style, using simple shapes that lead to a cohesive panel or quilt top. The durability of denim makes it the perfect candidate to explore beauty and function. It also opens future possibilities for sustainable practices in our everyday life.

Supply List
  • Sewing machine in good working order with a standard presser foot
  • Rotary cutter, mat & ruler
  • Assorted denim scraps and old jeans, the equivalent of 8 fat quarters (100% cotton, non-stretch denim preferred)
  • Universal 90/14 sewing machine needles
  • Neutral 50wt piecing thread and wound bobbin
  • Basic notions: scissors, seam ripper, straight pins
Maday will provide additional denim scraps for students to use.
Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Confident Beginner and beyond
Instructor Name:
Maday Delgado
Instructor Bio:
Maday is a prolific art educator, published artist, and guild presenter based in the Midwest committed to bringing innovation and artistry to the forefront of the work she creates. Her mission is to nurture artistic platforms across cultures and generations to foster creative work while finding ways to minimize her environmental footprint.

Learning from cultural textile traditions and exchanging powerful stories, continues to be a source of inspiration that she hopes to share with all.

Her goal is to unify students with different skill sets and share her love of art and vibrant textiles. She combines painting, weaving, hand-stitching and machine sewing and embroidery to infuse her creations with energy and pay homage to her Cuban upbringing. She loves the art of collaging and storytelling with new and pre-loved textiles; Janome machines keep up with her big, scrappy ideas every step of the way.

Maday?s work has appeared in the international publication Uppercase magazine (2022, 2020) the book Quilted (2019), and periodicals in her home state. She also presented virtually to the design students at the Indian Institute of Art & Design in New Delhi, India in August 2020 and teaches at Folk Schools, Quilt Shops, and Quilt Shows. Let?s continue to learn together.

The Beauty Of Denim - An Improv Study

$ 95.00