Workshops & Lectures are an excellent way to build community and skills within your guild or among your customers. I have been teaching in some creative medium for more than 14 years. My teaching style is interactive and designed to build skills as well as confidence.

 

 

 

 

Learn foundation paper piecing to achieve perfect points. This class uses the original Crooked Christmas Tree pattern. Designed for students who understands their sewing machine and who have some sewing/quilting experience. No previous paper piecing experience required.

This class requires 3 hours of instruction time to learn paper piecing. Some students may complete the tree, others may need to complete the tree at a later time.

***Add an additional 2-3 hours to design a 6 hour class that provides the time needed to piece and begin quilting this 17” mini quilt.

 

Learn the freedom of raw edge applique design and the impact “thread painting” can give to an image on a quilt. Considered primarily as an art quilting form, this class is designed for those who have quilted in the past, meaning they understand their machine and the fundamentals of free motion quilting. It doesn’t mean they need to “feel” they are perfect or even good at it, it just means they need to understand how it works and have done it before. If a student can stipple, or use a walking foot for quilting they should be fine. This is not a difficult class.

The class is 10—12 hours long and taught over 2 days.  This class is excellent for a retreat setting, guild or local quilt shop. Participants have the necessary time to complete their cow, although everyone works at different paces.  A materials list is sent to participants prior to the class. Each students needs a large table.

 

Learning a motif and repeating it will only get a student so far in his/her quilting skills. For 10+ years, I taught students to improve and master their pottery skills by teaching them to “feel” the clay in relationship to their body. After developing Tarlov Cysts and being required to give up pottery, I found quilting because I could “feel” the stitches like I did the clay.

My Free Motion Quilting Class style was born out of the same concept I used to teach pottery. We can teach our bodies to “feel” the movements and create more fluid and smooth quilting. It requires training in self awareness and intentionality. No two people will ever quilt exactly the same way, at least not well.

This class uses multiple quilting drills to help participants develop their own free motion quilting practice to match their strengths and weaknesses for success. Drills are processed and suggestions made for improvement. Participants use this new information to identify their optimal quilting posture and pose.

This class requires 6 hours of instruction time. A materials list is sent to participants prior to the class. Students need to have used a sewing machine before and understand the machine they bring to the class. Machine must be equipped to do free motion quilting.

 

All trunk shows include quilts related to the topic selected (choose one for a 60-90 minute lecture):

Designing Modern Quilts: Focus on work related to designing Modern Quilts and the components required for a quilt to be considered modern. Show includes quilt samples included in publications like Make Modern Magazine and the Modern Quilt Guild.

Designing Art Quilts: Focus on work related to designing Art Quilts that use raw edge applique and thread painting. This includes quilt samples like the Painted Cow, the Painted Butterfly, and “Buying Fabric.”

Improve Your Practice: Free-Motion Quilting: Focus on free motion quilting and an introduction to my Improve Your Practice Concept. Quilts include those with large amount of free-motion quilting. This is an introduction to my book as well.