Classes I Teach

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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.


 Spectrum, 18″ square
As I like to teach one principle of design in all my classes, in this one we look at the color spectrum in this class, 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), and although a little bit harder, this can be done as well with a machine if the student wishes.  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.

Crossroads, A 2-for-1 class
This smaller quilt allows 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.
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.

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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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.
Wonky Baskets
Wonky Baskets Quilt, a la Gwen Marston (varied sizes)
Sick of complicated patterns?  We begin with the barest of outlines, yet have great success creating fun baskets for this quilt top.  Scrappy version are quite fun.  Tips for a pieced border will also be given, as well a demonstration of how to make those curved basket handles easily.
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  Beginner’s 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.
 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.
Red, White and Blue Star, 25″ square
This class has the students making up a patriotic star, perfect for a table-topper.  This can also be done up in springtime, autumn, or Christmas colors, to change your decor as the seasons change.  This is made with a pack of seven fat quarters: three blue, three red and one white.  More is needed for backing and binding. This can also be made scrappy, but using coordinating scraps.