Bella Strega and Bella Rosa Workshop

August 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Antioch Township Center
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On August 8th (Thursday), Laurie Ceesay-Landree will teach her workshop “Bella Strega”.


Participants will have the choice of which quilt they’d like to make. The witch is called Bella Strega and the red one with the girl is called Bella Rosa.  The cost for the workshop is $35.  Here is the description from her blog at . Click on either photo for  a larger image.

This is my newest portrait quilt pattern called Bella Strega which means Good Witch in Italian. I am a hairdresser and I had an Italian man in my chair at the salon recently and I ran my quilt names past him to see if they were authentic and they were!! I love witches and Halloween! I loosely based this pattern on my Bella quilt pattern in the face but added a witch’s hat and different hair. I used a charm pack called Midnight Masquerade by Moda Fabrics as the starting point. The pattern has forty 5″ squares and the charm pack had 42 squares. After opening up the charm pack I discovered there were duplicates which made me mad. 🙁 I thought the whole point of charm packs were to have the scrappy look without repeated prints. I went to my stash and added a few extras to get the 40 charms needed for the background I used black batik for the raw edged fused applique. I machine quilted the project with a variegated thread. I embellished the quilt with loose glitter/glue on the eyelid; purple glitter nail polish on the mouth; a green rhinestone for a nose piercing and a few black bat sequins I picked up from Nancy’s Notions while at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison WI last year. The size of the quilt is 22″ wide x 35″ long.

Supply List

General Supplies
-sewing machine, walking foot, 1/4” foot
-rotary cutter, mat, ruler
-straight pins/quilting pins
-paper scissors/fabric shears
-seam ripper
-masking tape
-mechanical pencils

Bella Strega Supply List (Finished Size: 22” x 35”)
-Six kelly/lime green 5” fabric squares for witch face
-Thirty Four 5” fabric squares (orange, purple, pink, turquoise, green, white, gray and black with other colors) for background. Do not go too dark!!) Halloween theme, dots, small geometric, small stripes etc.)
-small scrap of white/iris color
-1 yd. black BATIK (no commercial cottons) for appliqué and binding
-1 yd. 17” wide fusible web
-3/4 yd. backing fabric
-3/4 yd. low loft batting
-black thread/thread to match background including variegated.

Bella Rosa (Finished Size: 22” square)
Choose 1 color family (pink, blue, yellow)
-Twenty Five 5” fabric squares pre-cut charms or individually cut. Small floral, dots, stripes, geometric, batiks)
6-white tone on tone/lights
8-10 lights (pastels)/mediums
10-12 mediums
-1 yd. dark BATIK only (black, navy, dark brown, forest green) for appliqué and binding
-small scrap of white/iris color
-1 yd. 17” wide fusible web
-3/4 yd. low loft batting
-3/4 yd. backing fabric
-thread to match dark appliqué and background. Consider variegated thread for background.

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