Lectures & Workshops
Note: When I travel by car lectures are actual quilts and garments, not a PowerPoint presentation. I bring my own garment stands you do not need models.
Color is NOT a Four Letter Word
Want to grow in your use of color? Don't know where to start?
This lecture includes samples of quilts and garments of the quilter's progression with use of color. This is not a lecture about art principles, instead it is simple, easy to apply principles that will take the fear factor out of color choices. This lecture includes techniques to help stretch your personal "comfort zone".
Borders can just be there or they can be what defines your quilt and gives it real visual impact. Do not settle for the quick and dirty. A little extra piecing can create tremendous attention getting results. One definition of edgy is having an intense or sharp quality.
Games this Quilter Plays
Quilting was just a fun hobby-then after joining a quilt guild things got rapidly out of hand. Show and tell was my favorite part of the meeting and there were so many things to try. In short order I had over 80 UFO’s (unfinished projects).
This lecture is full of games that I play with myself to get me motivated to finish things. Some games apply to specific projects some are bigger.
Lecture includes tips on how to avoid unfinished projects.
If I Had Only Known
A sharing of quilts and experience gain over much exploration.
Lecture includes quilts and clothing and a multitude of "easier" ways.
Make Mine Scrappy
Many of my quilts contain 100-400 or more fabrics. For this lecture I will only bring scrap quilts. This includes insight into border decisions, design choices and impact of quilting on finished product.
Learn how to transfer design, center on block, layer pieces and adjust until design is perfect. Students choose between three designs. Learn hand button hole stitch for inside points, outside points, skinny pieces, and even curves. Learn how to use steam-a-seam but have soft not stiff blocks. Makes a great portable hand project that can travel anywhere with you.
Students will choose between 3 designs.
In class we will learn a method for making a simple block. Once this is mastered students can explore six variations of the block. Students that want to plan a border for a finished quilt top can then begin working on their own border in class. We will learn how to piece blocks for a border and make them fit.
Color Expoloration - Ohio Stars
Students will use 4 strips of 3 colors. First they will make a checkerboard. Two extra seams and cuts and they will have enough star points to produce two blocks. The accent and background fabrics will swap places in the blocks.
YOU NEVER SEW TRIANGLES.
This is an exploration with color and fabric choices.
You will use color in ways you might not normally choose.
Students will produce multiple flying geese blocks at a time. Learn to use "points trimmer" so pieces will align and match and not cut off tips. Different methods will be presented for trimming points. Chance to play with color combinations. Students will make multiple blocks without drawing diagonal lines.
Get It Done
This is a workshop about getting things to fit together that turned out different sizes.
Like when you won block of the month and the blocks were supposed to be 12 ½ inch unfinished blocks and they ranged from 11 to 14 inches. We will learn ways to adjust the sizes and then pick a fun set.
These sets are fun to work with especially if you have a few blocks and would like to turn them into a full size quilt without making additional blocks.
Gidgets and Gadgets
Technique class: Triangle in a Square, Four at a Time Flying Geese, triangles from strips the size you would cut squares or rectangles. Multiple methods for all techniques.
Lots of demos, tips, and gadgets to give you options when you quilt.
Students each receive their own notebook.
Minis Your Way
Foundation Piecing on muslin tailored just for your group. No paper piecing experience necesary. Muslin piecing is more forgiving than paper especially if you need to redo a couple of the trickier blocks.
Students will choose from kits: Cats in Attic windows, sampler quilt, pineapple blocks, log cabins blocks, Cats with tesselated tails, “T” blocks. Students can preorder kits. Optional additions to class can include mitering borders.
Ready for a less traditional quilt? Ready to move beyond a block and sashing set?
Learn to work with random shapes and make it fit together. This quilt can be as scrappy as you are comfortable with. Come Play with fabric and find where it will take you.
One day class for center of quilt.
Borders separate one day class.
Strip Pieced Colorwash
Do you love the look of watercolor quilts? ....but you can’t see yourself cutting hundreds of squares! This class is for you. Using Strip piecing techniques, we will produce wonderful and stunning watercolor quilts. You will learn and experience working with color values. Students choose a project from 2 beginning and 2 intermediate quilts.