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Julia McLeod, January 2022 Speaker and Workshop

January 11 Workshop:  Foundation Piecing with Silk

Do you have some silk in your stash that you have been afraid to use?  This workshop will give you confidence to begin making use of those beautiful silks.


This workshop involves two foundation piecing designs, Flying Geese and Grandmother’s Fan.


Tame this beautiful material by using a fabric foundation. Piecing onto a muslin foundation brings strength and stability – and accuracy – to your silk quilts.


There is a required $10 kit of pre-printed foundation, Benartex’s Foundation by the Yard. A comprehensive supply list will help you get set up with everything you need. Additionally, if you don’t have a silk stash, $35 Silk Kits can be provided for this class.


At this time, we plan to have this workshop as an in-person class.  We will keep you posted as we get nearer to the January 11 date.


Our speaker on January 10, 2022, is Julia McLeod from the Bay Area.  Julia is an international award-winning quilt maker living and working in Northern California, just east of San Francisco.

She was born and raised in England, and worked as a textile designer in the woolen and worsted mills of Yorkshire and Scotland before taking a job with a luxury tailoring company on London’s Savile Row. A new position at a menswear company in New York City brought her to the US.

She discovered quilt making on her travels through the small Amish towns of Pennsylvania. Some of the first quilts she made were for her young children. Since 2016 She has specialized in making silk quilts, sourcing her fabrics from neckties, clothing and furnishing fabrics. She has a passion for reuse and recycling, which leads her to rescue vintage blocks and textiles. These reclaimed fabrics are usually the starting point of her quilts.

Julia’s lecture will be Silk and Salvage - a Story of Collaboration, about her three and a half year collaboration with Bay Area quilt maker Sue Fox. Together they create stunning silk quilts and draw inspiration from their shared projects that fed their own, solo work.  She’ll discuss the pros and cons of working with other quilters and examine the way that contrasting styles and working methods can spark creativity.

Julia’s website is juliamcleodquilts.com.