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Meet Road@Home Teacher Lynn Koolish

Lynn Koolish will be teaching 3 classes during Road@Home:

A handwork class on Wednesday, W132 – Make A ColorPOP Quilt

Lynn Koolish

A design class on Friday, F128 – Intentional Improv

Lynn Koolish

And on Saturday, F128 – Intentional Improv

Lynn Koolish

Lynn Koolish will also be giving a one hour, $20 Lecture Class, on Wednesday, WL04 – Make Design Principles Work For You

Lynn Koolish

Baby Quilts to Improvisational Design

When Lynn Koolish’s friends began having babies, she started making baby quilts. A seamstress for years, she figured, “I have fabric,” “I know how to sew,” “No problem.”

Lynn Koolish has become a fiber artist, teacher, and author that is most known for her bright colors and hand-dyed fabric. She also creates mixed-media fiber art. The thing that made improvisational design and piecing click for Lynn Koolish (in terms of being able to make quilts that she really liked and was proud of) was understanding basic design principles. She then used those principles as she worked, and problem solved. Until she figured that out, Lynn felt her improv quilts were “very chaotic” and she never really liked them.

Working from Home

Lynn has created an in-home studio for sewing and uses the attached utility/laundry room for her fabric dyeing and painting. Her work does not require anything more than basic sewing tools: a reliable sewing machine (her’s is a Pfaff 7570), a good iron (hardware variety Black & Decker), a supply of sharp rotary cutter blades, and her Grabbit pin magnetic holder.

During the Coronavirus lockdown, Lynn Koolish has “really gotten into exploring composition through photography—including getting a much better understanding of my mirrorless camera that gives me more control of photos.” She has also enjoyed learning all the new capabilities of the camera on her iPhone 12.

Teaching During Road@Home

A quilt teacher for the past 18 years, Lynn really likes being able to share what she knows with others. Her favorite part is seeing the “aha” moments when students understand something new.

Lynn Koolish is looking forward to meeting her Road@Home students who will be watching and learning from all over the world. To prepare for her Road@Home classes, Lynn has created short videos for the how-to demo portions of her classes. She feels that these videos will make it easier for students to see what she is doing during the class and that the students will be able to watch the videos again and again, if they want to.

The most important thing Lynn hopes her students will gain from her classes is to be able to learn to trust their instincts and not worry about what other people think of what they are doing. She is hoping to provide a comfortable setting where her students will feel open to trying new things, and not worry about their final outcome.

To learn more about Lynn Koolish, please visit her website.  

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