Classes

SIX-HOUR CLASSES

[Basic rotary cutting and basic piecing skills needed for these classes.]

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Adventures in Black & White

Experiment with value to create design possibilities using basic pieced blocks. Simple shapes combined with value placement allow interesting combinations that will amaze and delight you. Using black and white allows you to see the design without the complicating factor of color. [Advanced Beginner and beyond]

Just some of the many possibilities...

Border Sampler

Seven pieced strips plus sashing and framing borders make up this quilt. In class we will work through those borders with the most interesting piecing techniques – even taking time to learn what those funny (decorative?) lines on the ruler are useful for. Spend a fun and informative day. [Confident Beginner and beyond]


 

Bordering on the Ridiculous!

Take one (or several) blocks. Create a quilt that showcases originality as you use different elements present in the block and/or in the block fabrics to fashion multiple borders around your center. Energize your brain as you see the possible designs and give your technical skills a challenge to make them. [Intermediate and beyond]

Where you start governs where you will find yourself at the end.

Colorweave

Create a clever “woven” design in vibrant, interactive color. Combinations are based on one color selected from a fabulous wild or large scale or exotic print fabric. This framework lets the interior colors play off each other, utilizing color wheel placement and value. The finished top offers many possibilities for wonderful free-motion quilting and embellishment. [All levels]

Many From One

Take the base shape of a hexagon or a square. Break it into the shapes within - half hexagon and 60 degree triangle or rectangle and half-or quarter-square triangles. Use these "jig-saw puzzle pieces" and put together your own original quilt design. FUN! [Advanced beginner and beyond]

Pieces and Pivots

Four funky quadrilaterals plus a small pivot square comprise these blocks. Add a wonderful selection of fabrics. Make some fast and fun crazy logs blocks and perhaps some “slash and burn” fabric combos. You’ll have a dynamic quilt that’s unique, created with easy straight line stitching techniques. The fabric sets the tone while you cut and stitch to your heart’s content. [Advanced Beginner and beyond]

Starstruck Two-Step

Using a split complementary color scheme, construct 4, 6, or 9 star blocks with a sashed setting. The piecework is basic, but the color combinations make for a dynamic design. [Confident Beginner and beyond]

Stretching Tradition

Traditional blocks hold much potential for original designs. Using my system of Splicing, Split-outs, and Sizings, create your own original quilt. Discover the flexibility inherent in pieced block design and how color and value placement can work together to enable your vision. [Intermediate and beyond]

This is an example of using the design system, NOT a class project.

Vanishing Stars

Now you see them, now you don’t…. There are a number of design possibilities for this quilt. You will have diagrams for six designs and you may create more of your own. Rotary cutting skills and quick piecing techniques are practiced. [Confident beginner and beyond]

One of many...

SIX-HOUR SURPRISE SERIES – Beyond the Ordinary

[Basic rotary cutting and basic piecing skills needed for these classes.]

These are classes based on traditional blocks that are constructed in units and then analyzed for “organizational” and setting possibilities. There is no rule that requires putting the pieces back together in the “pure” block manner! Fun – that’s the name of the game. And the best part is that the results are usually surprising, happily unexpected, and visually pleasing.
 

The Goose is Loose!
The Forest or The Trees
Patch Dazzlers
The Check is in The Mail
Slice and Dice
The Domino Theory
When a Nine-Patch is Not a Nine-Patch

BASICS (Three- or Six-Hour Classes)

Edge Finishes

From binding to pinking, from folded fabric to facing, learn all kinds of ways to finish the edges of your quilts. Make a sample set of six different methods, with variations. Machine and hand. Embellishment encouraged. Three-hour class. [All levels]

Machine Appliqué

Learn and practice three types of machine appliqué: fused, lined, and glued. Sound scary? It isn’t. Truth is, it takes some time and patience, but what doesn’t?! Three-hour class introduces the basics and provides practice on small samples. Six-hour class uses the morning for the basics and the afternoon for a small project using the student’s selected method. [All levels]

Machine Quilting

Learn and practice basic machine quilting styles, using the walking foot and the darning/hopping/quilting foot. Practice stitching in the ditch and cable patterns for the walking foot. Learn free-motion shapes and filler patterns, echo quilting, and fabric pattern enhancement. Six-hour class. [All levels]

Machine Piecing

Session 1 – Cut and stitch squares, rectangles, and triangles
Session 2 – Cut and stitch diamonds, 60-degree triangles and half-hexagons, curves
Each session is a three-hour class. [All levels]

Utility Quilting

This is a fun, fast, hand-stitched method for completing your quilts. Using embroidery floss, perle cotton, tatting or thin crochet threads and a large-eyed long needle, learn patterns and simple stitches to create another dimension to your quilt top. These methods allow you to enjoy portable projects with a “handmade” flair. Three-hour class. [All levels]