Below is a sampling of Presentations and Classes I offer.  I am happy to work with your guild to craft a class best suited to your group's interests.

 

color and design presentation

Drawing on 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, I will share some of my approaches to the creative process, and discuss the importance of value, proportion and color when designing a quilt.  The presentation ends with a Q and A session. 

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creating color palettes presentation

Drawing on 20 years of experience in quilting and textile design, I will share some of my approaches to pulling color palettes together, and discuss the importance of value and proportion to the overall look of the quilt.  We will also delve into the mystery of why a beautiful palette can fall apart as soon as you cut into it and begin to sew. The presentation ends with a Q and A session. 

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from cardboard to Instagram- a trunk show presentation

In this trunk show, I will share the stories and quilts of my journey from traditional to modern quilter, with stop-offs in contemporary and art quilting along the way, and always with a focus on color and form.

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color interaction

Playing with color is one of the most rewarding aspects of quilt making. It can be fun, intuitive, challenging and at times frustrating.   In this class, we will explore how colors play off one another and delve into the importance of value.  Students will start with a variety of quick exercises, and move on to sewing small color studies that can be combined to make a larger quilt.  

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scrappy lone star 

Learn how to tackle 8 pointed stars and create your own version of a Lone Star quilt.  In this class we will cover fabric choices and cutting, y-seams, bias edges and how to nest angled seams to create precise points.  Students will start on a mini quilt and learn the basics of construction that can be applied to any size Lone Star.

 

Level: Intermediate

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strip pieced lone star 

Learn how to tackle 8 pointed stars and create your own version of a Lone Star quilt.  In this class we will cover fabric choices and cutting, y-seams, bias edges and how to nest angled seams to create precise points.  Students will start on a mini quilt and learn the basics of construction that can be applied to any size Lone Star.

 

Level: Intermediate

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double wedding ring

Students will learn how to sew a scrappy Double Wedding Ring block by machine.   In this class we will cover all the basics of making and using freezer paper foundations, creating templates, color choices and the importance of value for creating a successful design.  

 

Level: Intermediate

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freezer paper piecing- diamonds quilt

 Learn how to draw and create  freezer paper foundations for precision piecing.  This technique is similar to paper piecing but foundations are reusable and there is no tearing out bits of paper afterwards!  We will use the Diamonds quilt to learn the technique, and will discuss how to apply it to many other patterns. In this class we will also look at the use of value and color to create visually complex quilts from the repetition of a simple block.    

 

Level: Intermediate

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freezer paper piecing- on point quilt

Learn how to draw and create freezer paper foundations for precision piecing. This technique is similar to paper piecing but foundations are reusable and there is no tearing out bits of paper afterwards! We will use the On Point quilt to learn the technique, and will discuss how to apply it to many other patterns.

    

Level: Intermediate

galactic quilt

Log Cabin style quilts are some of my favorites to make and to look at, the variations on such a simple and humble block are endless.   In this class you will learn how to draft a template, work with a large 60 degree angle diamond, and how to square up after each round of sewing to achieve a perfect block without a paper foundation. 

    

give and take

The Give and Take quilt is an exercise in controlled improvisation.   This method of practicing improv within the block and then squaring it up for final construction allows room for a lot of play and exploration both in color and form.   We will also discuss how color placement and value can create high impact compositions that moves the eye across the quilt.

 

mod log cabins

Log Cabin style quilts are some of my favorites to make and to look at, the variations on such a simple and humble block are endless.   The breadth of variation you can achieve with the Log Cabin is endless:  change the width of the strips, create in the round, use random colors, decrease the size of the strips etc. In this block we will focus on working with long narrow strips and squaring up after each round of sewing to achieve a perfectly square block without a lot of fussing while sewing. 

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6 pointed star​ - hand piecing

Students will learn how to sew a 6 pointed star, and master tricky techniques like y-seams and twirling seams.   In this class we will cover the basics of hand sewing, including creating templates and marking fabric for sewing, as well as color choices and the importance of value for creating a successful design.

 

hand quilting

Learn how to incorporate hand quilting to add depth and interest to your quilts.  In this class students will learn the basics of  hand quilting,  including using different types of thread (cottons, metallics, rayon).  We will also cover how to use machine basting as a quilting guide.

Level: Intermediate

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