Workshops

Being able to share my love for quilting is a wonderful experience. Everywhere I go, quilters are warm and inviting. The following is a list of the current lecture presentations and workshops that I offer. If there is a particular area that you are interested in, but do not see it on the list, please contact me. I am happy to work with you to fashion a program to suit your needs.

Lectures

“Design Time”
One hour lecture
Where do quilts come from? How do ideas evolve into quilts? This lecture uses “The Snowman’s Family Album” quilt to take you through the design process – from idea to quilt. A hands-on display and trunk show of finished quilts will give the audience a first-hand look at the process.

“Let’s Make a Memory”
One hour lecture
Do you want to commemorate a special milestone in your love or the life of a loved one? In addition to covering the basics (like photo transfer), this lecture gives helpful tips and ideas on how to showcase your favorite memorabilia in the form of a quilt. The quilts in the trunk show that accompanies this lecture are sure to inspire!

“Mother’s Memories”
One hour lecture
My mother was not a quilter, but she was an excellent embroiderer. The quilts featured in this lecture are quilts made using my mother’s embroidered items. Every quilt has a story. The audience will learn how to take full advantage of their own heirloom linens (or even flea market finds) to make stunning quilts. Trunk show includes miniature, wall hanging, and bed size quilts.

“Quilts That Cover Your Feet”
One hour lecture
In the age of technology, have we lost site of the real reasons our “fore-mothers” made quilts? At what point in time did we stop making the large bed size quilt? This lecture is a lighthearted look at the downsizing of the American quilt. Trunk show includes miniature, wall hanging, and bed size quilts.

“Stash Busters”
One hour lecture
Just like every other quilter in the world, I have collected fabric as if it were becoming extinct. But what do I do with it 10 years later when I’m not even sure that I still like it? This lecture offers creative ways to use up your stash, with suggestions on individual/group exchanges, quilt backing ideas, and scrappy quilt tops. Trunk show includes examples of the above.

“Working with Wool”
One hour lecture
Don’t let wool projects frighten you! This lecture will cover the ins and outs of working with this wonderful fabric. Where to find wool, how to felt it, how to use it with cotton and much, much more is included in this lecture. Trunk show of projects and quilts show off the beauty of this versatile fabric.

“Sacred Threads”
One hour lecture
As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in stories from the Bible. Imagine how surprised I was when I started making quilts and realized that hundreds of quilt blocks had Biblical names. This lecture covers some of the history behind those names, color use and its meaning, and settings. A trunk show of antique blocks, patterns, and quilts makes this lecture come to life.

“Quick Tricks with Tradition”
One hour lecture
Have you ever loved a beautiful traditional quilt, but shied away from making it because it looked to complex. You’ll get directions that give you the easiest and most efficient way to put together a beautiful traditional quilt, like New York Beauty, Feathered Star, Broken Star, and more. Trunk show of each quilt covered in the lecture.

“Christmas Club Account”
One hour lecture
Every year right after the new year my bank sends me a brochure titled “Starting Your Christmas Club Account” — explaining the advantages of saving a little each month to be ready for Christmas even though it is twelve months away. As a quilter, what if we applied the same idea to the projects we make for family and friends. This lecture covers starting your sewings savings account by working a little each month to have quilted gifts ready by the end of the year. Tips on setting aside time, Christmas Club checklist, and a show and tell of gift ideas are included in this lecture.

“Possibilities with Pre-Cuts”
One hour lecture
Ever wonder what to do with the wonderful piles of layer cakes, jelly rolls, and pre-cuts overflowing from your quilting closet? This one hour lecture will give you ideas to incorporate these pieces into unique projects ranging from small wall hangings to bed-sized quilts. Join us for a great way to utilize your current stash (and the perfect excuse to shop for more).

Workshops

“How to Publish Your Designs”
Full day workshop
This is a notebook class based on my experience as a designer and author. This workshop is excellent for teachers, designers, or anyone interested in writing lesson plans, magazine articles, or books. You will receive detailed information on how to submit articles, how to format lesson plans, time management, etc. This workshop is geared toward quilting professionals. Due to the large number of handouts and printed material used, the fee for this workshop is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Friendship Star Memory Quilt”
Full day workshop
Using either a photo transfer or an embroidered block as the center of the star makes this beautiful quilt. Participants will be given instructions on how to prepare these blocks ahead of time. Workshop time will be spent in the actual construction of the quilt top. Pre-cutting instructions are available. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Stash Buster Nine Patch”
Full day workshop
Use your stash to make this wonderful quilt. The quilt uses alternating Nine Patch and Hourglass blocks to make a queen size quilt. Three border options will be given for the quilt – plain, pieced, or appliqué. Pre-cutting instructions are available. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Cozytime Pines”
Full day workshop
This bed size quilt can be made using fat quarters for a scrappy look or using the same predetermined colors in each block for a more uniform look. The pine tree blocks are made using quick piecing methods and alternate with a plain block. Pre-cutting instructions are available. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Working with Wool”
Both full day and half day workshops available
Learn how to combine the luscious textures and colors of wool with quick appliqué and quilting techniques. Everything you need to know about working with wool is included. One-day workshop project is a wall hanging; half-day workshop project is a small penny rug. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Devil’s Claw Quilt”
Both full day and half day workshops available
Learn how to make this wonderful old fashioned Bible block using quick piecing techniques. The blocks will then be set together making an outstanding quilt. Half-day workshop is a small wall hanging. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students. This workshop is an excellent combination with the Sacred Threads lecture.

“Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”
Both full day and half day workshops available
Fusing and machine appliqué make this block go together quickly. This workshop is meant to go with the Sacred Threads lecture. Half-day workshop is a small wall hanging. Workshop fee is $45.00 with a minimum of 10 students.

“Plaid Stars”
Both full day and half day workshops available
This is an easy, fun to sew project that you’ll love tackling. Quick piecing this traditional block will make your work easy. This project is meant to go with the Quick Tricks with Tradition lecture. This quilt can be done with print fabrics, but is a great way to use up your collection of plaids.

“The Best Bag Ever”
Full day workshop
In this all day class students will work from a pattern with easy to follow instructions. The versatility of this go-to bag is limited only by your imagination. With a quick change of fabric choice, the finished project can be designated as a baby bag, wine carrier, tool bag, or general tote. Participants in the workshop will receive five extra patterns for gift ideas to go along with this must-have bag. The fee for this workshop is $35.