Lectures and Workshops
What good are my designs if I can't share them with the quilting world? My lectures are full of stories and banter and general quilty inspiration all with a huge scoop of humor, wit, and enough self depreciation to keep my ego in check. Workshops are a great way to get your guild connecting and continuing the inspiration of my lectures, through working on one of my original designs or techniques.
I teach nationally and am happy to travel wherever modern transportation can get me. Please note that groups more than 250 miles from Pepperell MA will need to book a minimum of one lecture AND one 3 or 6 hour workshop.
Contact me at email@example.com to schedule an event for your guild or shop.We will find you a fabulous agenda!
All guild or shop programs are one hour long and priced at $400
A look inside my yearlong stint as a member of the Quiltmaker Magazine "Scrap Squad," a select group of 6 quilters from across the continent tasked with redesigning one pattern from each issue entirely in scraps. Each assignment led me not only into the morass of scrap hoarding in my own studio, but also inspired me to create several of my own designs based on the originally assigned projects. Lots of thoughts on what makes a good scrap quilt, why scrap quilts are my favorites, and insights into how one idea morphs into so many more during the design process. You'll never look at a quilt pattern just one way again!
With all the free content out there for quilters, it's harder and harder for those of us trying to run a business to convince quilters of our patterns' worth. Believe it or not, there's a whole lot that goes into pattern design, and I'm putting myself out there and being totally honest about exactly what all that is - AND how much it costs along the way.
If you've ever felt cheated by the price of a pattern, if you've ever thought designers are rolling in profits, if you've ever considered dipping a toe in pattern design, or if you just want to enjoy what I promise will be still a delightful and fun presentation, consider letting your guild know about this new lecture! Note: This lecture is informational and entertaining with some visual aids, but does not contain tons of quilts.
Accordion Sewn HSTs™ were invented by me to maximize the number of fabrics in scrappy HST based quilts, but they can do so much more than just make a variety of HSTs. Learn the ins and outs of the process, the block making capabilities, and adding wow to your scrap borders, and be inspired to take the process to all new levels!
Mod-ified Trees - 3 hours
Whip up this top selling runner and learn some cool new cutting and applique tricks at the same time. Never used the Leaves Galore template? You'll want to see how it makes this quilt a joy to create. Few projects truly can be completed or near completed in three hours, but this one really can, and is fun in any season. Pattern required. Kits available.
Suite Life - 3 hours
Who can resist a nutcracker guy? How about five of them? Piecing techniques and fun abound when we put together these "suite" little soldiers. A great class for anyone looking to learn a few tricks and see quick results! Pattern required.
Vinnie Loves Maude - 6 hours
Your eyes don't deceive you - there are a lot of pieces in this quilt. So I'll be totally honest: you aren't going to finish it in the six hours we will have together. But you'll get an amazing start, and lots of piecing tricks to help you get through even the smallest seams. We'll consider value, color placement, and fabric themes in the design, and each participant should walk away with several blocks and background sections finished. Alternate layouts will be discussed as well, as not everyone wants a twin size! Pattern required.
In this workshop each participant will work to help complete four 36” square quilts with a center block and three unique borders. Each participant will arrive with a completed 8 ½” (8” finished) block which reflects the theme and colors of their desired wall hanging. Working in three “rounds” or blocks of 1.5 hours per border, the style or technique of which is determined just prior to each round, participants will design, create and add each round’s border to a quilt belonging to different class participant, working on three other quilts in all. At the end of the workshop, each participant should have a completed 36” square quilt that reflects not only themselves but the unique ideas and approaches to quiltmaking of his/her fellow workshop participants. A willingness to allow others to dictate the direction of a piece you started and the abilities to work well in a time sensitive environment and to move from one task to another easily are requisite to this class, as well as the completion of the center block prior to class. Note: Due to the nature of this class, this is recommended for Intermediate level quilters and up only.