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Controlled Chaos with Giucy Giuce

Improv meets foundation paper piecing meets mystery quilt. Need I say more?! Join Giucy Giuce as he demonstrates his foundation paper pieced approach to improv sewing in this BRAND NEW workshop, Controlled Chaos: An FPPers Approach to improv! We'll draw improvisational elements at random from a bag. You will then learn to draft your own improv-inspired FPP designs based off the mystery element. The motifs will be the same but everyone's pieces will be uniquely their own! This workshop will be a lively one! We'll set a timer to work on each element so we can pull enough designs to make a unique project. We’ll cover all sorts of looks and styles. Triangles, flying geese, stripes, wonky shapes. You can make a pillow, wall hanging, or a whole quilt if you so choose! Whether you're an FPPer who loves the look of improv but long for the structure of paper piecing or you're an improv sewist looking for a new way to approach your work, this workshop truly has something for everyone. Bring an adventurous spirit to what is sure to be an exciting workshop you won't want to miss! 

Controlled Chaos Quilt Supply List (63" Square): note that we will make the smaller piece in class. 
Receive 10% off class supplies when enrolled in the class.

  • 4-5 yards background fabric
  • 21 FQs
  • 1 - 3"x128' roll of receipt paper (we will have this available for purchase at the shop)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread 
  • 12" Add a Quarter PLUS ruler 
  • Cutting mat
  • Seam ripper
  • Seam roller/seam presser
  • Transparent tape
  • Pencils

Controlled Chaos Quilt

Instructor: Giucy Giuce
Instructor Bio: Hi there! My name is Giuseppe Ribaudo, but I am better known as Giucy Giuce. I grew up in Long Island, NY. First generation Sicilian-American on my dad?s side and second on my mom?s, my family lived on the bottom floor of my maternal grandparents? house. My parents were restaurant owners and as such spent much of their time working, so my sister and I were often upstairs with my grandparents. My grandmother is a remarkably talented and prolific seamstress. She taught me to sew in the Sicilian fashion, which is to say she would show me how to do something and I would have approximately 10 seconds to demonstrate that I had learned it perfectly before she?d abruptly pick me up and sew the seam herself. I never much cared for the finicky elements of garment making, so sewing took a backseat for a while. It wasn?t until I was in college that I discovered quilting. I began with sewing improvisational quilts before moving into modern traditional territory. I joined Instagram shortly thereafter and quickly found myself making long distance friends in the ever-growing quilting community via social media. After bouncing around the country for about a decade, I decided to move back to New York to pursue a career in textiles. Within a few months of being in NYC I was offered a marketing position at Andover Fabrics and was promoted to multimedia manager a year later. In 2018, I refocused my energy to fabric design and released my first collection Quantum. In 2021 I released my tenth collection called Nonna, an homage to my beloved grandmother and her home where I learned to sew. My most recent release, Sleuth, is the third and final collection in a true crime series I have dubbed The Gnarls Hollow Trilogy. In 2020 I relocated to Portland, Maine where I continue to design fabric and patterns, lecture, and teach quilting workshops.
Lunch included

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