Workshops and Lectures

The following workshops and lectures are available.  Please contact me to arrange dates and contracts.

Lecture - 1 Hour - My Life in Quilts or Every Quilt Tells a Story

This one hour lecture details the progression of my quilting life.  From self taught beginnings, (you can really make a quilt top during a one week vacation) to teaching others during Open Sew classes and making shop samples, selected quilt tops from my stash will be highlighted during this lecture. From "It's all about the fabric" to my favorite question to students, "Can you see it from here?" this lecture will hopefully provide inspiration and validation to all levels of quilters.

Workshop - Designing Out of Your Box
Two day option suitable for all levels of quilters
One day class suitable for quilters comfortable with color theory and basic unit construction.

This six hour workshop will push students "out of their box" as they explore and design their own quilt top.  Pre-sewing of basic units such as fence rails, nine patches, four patches and half square triangle will ensure that there is enough time to experiment with design and piece the quilt top during this workshop.  The class is structured so that students receive instruction in quilt design elements such as balance, symmetry and asymmetrical quilt design as they strive to construct a top approximately 45 x 60 inches without borders.

A two day option is also offered which highlights fabric selection and construction of units that will be used to design the quilt top in day two.

Workshop - It's a Scrappy Mystery! 
One day class suitable for all levels.

This six hour workshop brings students through the steps to construct a scrappy 45 x 60 scrappy top.  Based on an old favorite, students utilize 1.5 and 2.5 light and dark strips from their stash and combine the strips with either a dark or light background fabric.  A bit of power sewing is involved if the required nine patches are not constructed prior to class.

Workshop - Batik Sampler

This six hour class utilizes one jelly roll, or 40 - 42 strips 2.5 inches wide, to make friendship stars, nine patches, square in a square blocks, flying geese, four patches and a piano keys border to make an approximately 44 x 56 inch quilt top.  The piano keys border is designed in class but is applied after class to finish off the quilt.  Instructor will assist students in analyzing their jelly rolls so that an attractively designed quilt results.  Enough elements for a quilt top and an overall design for the quilt top can be made in class so that with minimal additional sewing time at home the top can be completed.


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