Classes I Teach

My overall philosophy on teaching classes is this: students should go away with at least one new tip, or way of doing something.  Some students may even have a finished project, if the chosen class is a mini-quilt or some other small quilt, and so for this reasons, you will see a lot of small quilts in the line-up below.  But generally, it’s most important that we quilters share some time together building our community, getting to know the other quilters in our guild, and enjoy the making.

I can teach any quilt I’ve made, if given a heads up so I can write up the pattern or organize class materials; kit fees will be based on materials needed and patterns to be purchased.  I use all techniques, so can offer classes in Appliqué, English Paper Piecing (a personal favorite), traditional patchwork, modern patchwork, wool work, and embroidery.  I am a generalist, and enjoy the process of creating with cloth.  The classes below are loosely grouped.

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Sol LeWitt’s Patchwork Primer: This is a fun quilt to do with a fat quarter stack from one designer: it is good quilt to put together quickly, yet it has great impact. It finishes at 47″ square.


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City Streets is a pattern that can have a modern look, or can be used for gifting at a baby shower (see below).  It comes together quickly and can either be scrappy, or made from a fat quarter stack (as shown above).
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Two-for-One Class
Several of my modern quilts can be made as smaller quilts, that allow for fun piecing, as well as space to try out some free-motion or straight quilting on your domestic machine.  We’ll make the top in the morning, then try out some quilting in the afternoon.  A complete supply list is available.
Alternatively, we can just make these quilts (Ladybird is shown, above) in a larger size, with no free-motion quilting included.  Other possibilities are Rainbow Gardens, City Streets, Crossroads (Crossroads available after Sept. 2020)
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Improv Applique
This is a handwork class, using coordinating scraps and/or mini-charm packs.  I teach how to make shapes without patterns or templates or paper pieces, and was taught as a demo at QuiltCon 2018.  By the end of the day, you’ll be well on your way to a good pile of squares. A complete supply list is available.

Sky Rocket Variant

Sky Rocket, approx. 26″ square.
We discuss the impact of color and value in this quilt, and I will have several illustrations to show how changing the relative lightness/darkness can change the entire quilt’s look.  This has great impact made in solids, but can be done in prints that read-as-solids as well.


Semaphore Block Quilt, size varies

Do you have a stack of pre-cut 5″ squares but can’t figure out what to do with them?  Come to this class, along with a stack of white squares, and we’ll turn those pre-cuts into a quilt.  While this quilt is shown in a gradient of colors and hues, it can also be made scrappy, as long as there is a distinct difference between the background and your chosen fabrics.  You can make this any size you want, by varying the number of blocks you decide to make.

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Kansas Sunflower Minimini 

English Paper Piecing
In this class, we begin with the basics of hexies, moving on to a mini-mini Kansas Sunflower variation.  Then to encourage thinking about the importance of color, we tackle Spectrum, discussing how adding black or white impact to the inks we see in our fabrics changes their color value and impact.  This is a handwork class, done with English Paper Piecing (EPP).  Kaffe Fassett fabrics or those fabrics that have a wide range of surface color are best for this, as we’ll do a lot of fussy cutting to get that rainbow. Kit fee  of $12 includes both patterns and hexie supplies.

Shine: The Circles Quilt
We’ll pick a circle or two to start with, learning about tips and tricks for English Paper piecing, including piecing together two curved shapes.
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 Free-Motion Quilting
So many are frightened of the idea of quilting their own quilts, but in this class, we start small, with a series of triangles and rectangles to fill.  I teach how to get yourself set up at the machine, and how to feel confident as a quilter on your domestic sewing machine.  Because we practice a lot, the student will need to bring some quilt sandwiches, a working sewing machine, and good-quality thread.  A complete supply list is available.  Kit fee of $15.

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Home, Sweet, Home – 18″ square

I have made this multiple times and taught it in workshop many times as well.  Students can finish this easily in an all-day workshop, and if well-prepared, they can get a good start on it in a half-day workshop.  I have samples showing how it can be sewn in patriotic or holiday colors. Kit fee for the pattern. See below for other versions:



Merrion Square (new)
This little 25″ quilt can be a day-long class project on its own, or the two house quilts can be combined, with some of the class doing Home, Sweet, Home, and others doing Merrion square. Kit fee of $10 for the pattern.  Another version, done scrappy, is below:

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And this is still another version of Merrrion Square,
which finishes at 26″ square.
Far Away Doors, a variation of Merrion Square, is also included in the pattern.
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Northern Lights Medallion
Do you want to know how medallions tick?  How to make those borders fit?  We begin with the center star, then build out from there, learning the principles of how those “adjustment borders” work in making a medallion.
Rainbow Gardens
Rainbow Gardens, 18″ square
Bring the gardens outside into your home with this easy small quilt that can grace a table-top or hang in a small space.  In this class, we’ll discuss color, value and how I get that big square to float on the background.  Tips for machine quilting will also be given.
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Sing A Song of Sampler Blocks
This quilt belongs in several categories, as it has many different blocks and techniques.  One fun way to conduct this class is to have each student make several of one block to be shared later.  Another way to approach this quilt is to plan on making 3-4 blocks that day, with the rest mapped out for afterwards.  While I don’t teach every block on this quilt, we discuss what makes a good sampler quilt, and I’ll demonstrate several of the more popular blocks, such as Dresden Plate, birds, flowers, bee, and Jacob’s ladder.
Tiny Quilts: Does your Guild need a block of the month program?  Are your members interested in making quick gifts?  Or would they rather have a full year’s worth of small quilts that can be displayed on table tops and shelves?  My Tiny Quilt series works well for all of those.  Included in the class are patterns for the different designs, two sizes of quilts, and general instructions for how to make one of these. (Below you can see how it slides onto an existing picture frame.)
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Sweet Land of Liberty
This mini quilt (28″ square) is a fun applique project for the 4th of July holidays.  The center is pieced, with stars and vines all around.
Lollypop Treat: This class teaches machine applique, and you’ll launch into making your own Lollypop Tree block, which can be made either colorful, or Christmas.  I teach about pattern prep using freezer paper, pinning and placement and the basics of machine applique.