Focus on Fiber Florida Style

FOLLOW THE THREAD by Paula Kovarik




April 4-6, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Paula Kovarik Website:  

COURSE DESCRIPTION Loosen up and explore new territory with line and stitch in this free-motion quilting workshop. Learn to focus on the character of line and personal symbols through simple drawing and stitching exercises:

• First we make a mess. Begin to see that line is active and reactive. Develop line quality studies.

• Embrace the wonky. Learn to make the most of whatever occurs by joining ideas to line motifs to see what develops.

• Think in thread. Translate visual stimuli into pathways by stitching in continuous line to spur ideas.

• Walk the walk. We ask the questions: What did I see today? What inspired me today? What have I learned today?

Participants will accumulate a toolbox of techniques for seeing, interpreting and completing concept-driven work. With a focus on generating ideas through research and observation, build a stitching vocabulary and trust the thread to tell a story.

Open to all skill levels, free-motion quilting experience a plus.


• A sewing machine with the ability to do free-motion quilting along with its accessories including at least 3 bobbins, a free-motion quilting foot is essential.

• No. 14 top-stitch needles (at least 2). An assortment of machine needles may be useful. I often use No. 90/14 and 100/16 needles in my practice but also No. 12 machine quilting needles.

• Twelve squares about 14” x 14” of Black Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric, pre-washed and ironed

• Twelve squares about 14” x 14” of Ivory, Bone or White 45” wide Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric, pre-washed and ironed

• Twenty-four squares about 14” x 14” of backing fabric, pre-washed and ironed (your choice, just be sure it matches the weight of the Kona solids.)

• Utility scissors for cutting threads or paper

• Your favorite marking tools. My favorites are Clover’s Hera Marker, Clover Chaco liner (rotary wheel type) – white or the Fons and Porter Mechanical Fabric pencil, white

• Paula will be furnishing three spools to each student of her favorite threads for a $20 fee.  Bring your own favorite black and white threads as a backup, in case the 40wt thread that Paula supplies does not work well in your machine.

• Journal, legal pad or diary to keep notes • A Pilot Precise V5 pen (black)

• Expo ultra-fine tip dry erase marker in black • sheet of clear acetate – 14 x 17

• Batting cut into 14” squares - you can bring an assortment of batting to try out.  


• Thread: black, white, and blk/white variegated, 40W (one spool each) A fee of $20 per student will be charged for these thread spools.  



Students are encouraged to come to class with photos or drawings of lines they have observed. Examples might be sidewalk cracks, windowpanes, vines or electric lines. Be observant and bring a pile of line sightings!

BIO Paula Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She ran a successful graphic design business for 25 years working with many international clients. Her art is largely self taught and has been recognized by several national venues including Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Grand Rapids Art Museum and Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis TN.. She was profiled in American Craft magazine, Art Quilting Studio magazine, Art Quilts International book Masterworks:Abstract and Geometric and Fiber Art Now magazine. Paula lives and works in Memphis, TN.
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