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Lectures and Classes

Accept the Challenge: Just Do it!

A lively motivational lecture to encourage attendees to not be afraid to enter challenges and contests. The presentation includes many humorous stories about my experiences with entering the Hoffman Fabric Challenge. Included is a trunk show of entries from over the past 15 years.  1 hour.    Fee schedule see below.



   Quilters Seeking Blue Ribbons
Provides information to attendees about what quilt show judges look for in award winning quilts. Design and workmanship criteria are discussed to provide attendees with the basic knowledge on assessing their own work. Questions during the presentation are strongly encouraged. Several of my pieces are used as examples. The presentation length can be adjusted to meet the needs of the group. If a longer program is desired, a mock judging of attendee quilts may be included.  1 to 3 hoursFee schedule see below.




   Quilting Textures 101

This is a drawing class of machine quilting filler and overall pattern designs.  The designs are appropriate for both domestic and longarm style machine quilting.  Students only need a pad of paper and a roller point pen to learn how to draw these designs.  Samples of stitched out designs will be available for viewing.  1 hour demonstration, 2 hour class with students drawing, or 3-4 hour class with longarm machines available for hands-on work.  Fee schedule see below.


   Applique Circles, Stems and More!

Never fret about smoothly round circles, crisp appliqué edges, or narrow stems again!  This workshop will set you on a course to prepare appliqué for either hand or machine stitching. The use of spray sizing and no melt plastic templates are the key to successfully mastering this technique. The students will work with a pattern as a sample to learn this technique.  Student must be familiar with their sewing machine settings.  The 6 hour class allows students to do machine appliquéwork.  3 hour or 6 hour workshop.  Fee schedule see below.

 

       My First Feathers
Feather designs are all the rage from traditional styles to those that are innovative.  Learn simple feather designs which can turn a "blah" quilt into something extraordinary.  Even beginners can conquer their fears of doing freehand feathers with little to no backtracking.  Students will draw designs in their sketch pad and then have the opportunity to immediately put their knowledge to work creating their own feather sampler.  2 hour drawing class or 3-4 hours with longarm machines for hands-on work. Fee schedule see below.



              Get Your Groove On

Learn the steps needed to make a unique jacket or vest to showcase your personality.  Learn about how to choose the right sewing patterns, quilt designs, batting, and finishes.  Presentation includes a fashion show of wearable jackets and vests which will inspire you to make one of your own. 1 hour lecture.  Fee schedule see below.



                   Quilt As Desired
How many times have you sewn a quilt from a pattern and at the end it says "quilt as desired?" Don't despair any longer as I will give you a check list of items to consider so you can create your own original design.  A Powerpoint presentation will give illustrations of different styles of quilting that may be appropriate for your particular project.  Bring your quilt tops for discussion and I will guide you on how to determine a design that will work on your quilt.  1 hour lecture or may be adapted for 2-3 hours depending on number of participants who bring quilt tops for discussion.  Fee schedule see below.                                                                                     

**Additional Information and Fees
  • All workshops and lectures require reimbursement for travel, meals and lodging. Lodging may be in a private home   which is non-smoking and pet free. 
  • A hands on workshop of 3 hours and up are limited to a maximum of 20 students.
  • Lecture/workshop fee is $200.00 for 1 hour, $300.00 for 2 hour, $400.00 for 3 -4 hour, and full day (6 hour) $500.00.

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