Quilting Workshops

Quilting Workshops are a place for participants to gain new insight into the wonderful art of quilting.

 

My quilting workshops are design-oriented and focus on the individual: participants do not all make the same quilt!  In all
of my workshops, each participant receives one-on-one attention to develop and enhance their personal knowledge and skill-set.  I work with each student to help them expand their own creative abilities and push the boundaries of what they know about quilting,  Students will find that each workshop is a unique learning experience.

 

Room requirements:
Quilting workshops can be held in any room that has plenty of light and provides each student with a flat surface to work on.  Each student will need a chair, and table space that is equivalent to the size of a card table.  Additionally, there should be electrical outlets for each student’s sewing machine, and sufficient electrical outlets for each student to be able to iron.  An ironing station is recommended: 1 station/4 students.

Dragonflies
This workshop, which has been designed with an intermediate to advanced student in mind, is based upon my book "Dancing Dragonfly Quilts".  Participants will learn about the history of this traditional block and create their own unique project using this versatile block.

 

 

Topics include:

  •  Piecing the original Dragonfly block

  •  Modifying the Dragonfly block

  •  Piecing the modified blocks using 3 different piecing methods:      Traditional, Template piecing, Paper piecing

  •  Developing secondary designs

  •  Planning a quilt.

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Dragonfly quilt.

 

Square Dance

Discover the amazing possibilities of using squares to create geometric motifs as a basis for contemporary quilt designs.  Students will learn new techniques to "make" their own fabric.

You will never look at squares the same way after taking this workshop!

 

Topics include:

  •  "Making" fabric

  •  Exploring color theory

  •  Using squares to explore some basic design concepts

  •  Explore woven lines and mazes

  •  Use decorative stitching to enhance a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Square Dance quilt.

 

Starry, Starry Night Sampler quilt
This workshop has been designed for quilters of all experience levels:  Advanced Beginners through Advanced Quilters.  There are countless pieced star design available to quilters.  We will explore star design as a basis for contemporary sampler quilts, and look beyond traditional block settings.

 

 

Topics include:

  •  Designing and piecing a myriad of star motifs

  •  Expanding a basic star block by adding squares and triangles

  •  Combining blocks of different sizes

  •  Designing "filler" blocks

  •  Using decorative stitching to enhance a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Starry, Starry Night quilt.

Curls and Swirls
This workshop has been designed for Intermediate to Advanced quilters.  It's the perfect workshop for students looking for a new way to design contemporary quilts.

 

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and using circles and curves

  • Expanding a basic circle design

  • Piecing circles and curves

  • Using decorative stitching to enhance a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Curls and Swirls quilt.

 

Square Roots
Understanding 2-Dimensional Design allows a quilter to create exciting and unusual quilts.

Emphasis is in each individual student's creative development.  This workshop has been designed for intermediate to advanced quilters

 

 

Topics include:

  • One, Two and Three point perspective

  • Designing Geometric Motifs

  • Following design paths

  • Piecing and enlarging geometric designs

  • Using decorative stitching to enhance a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Square Roots quilt.

 

Paper Pieced Geometric Quilts

Many quilters don't enjoy paper piecing - but I will hsow them a way that will change the way that they look at the method of piecing.

 

Topics include:

  • Paper piecing techniques, including modified paper piecing

  • "Filler Square" designing and uses

  • Combining different size blocks

  • Simple repeat patterning

  • Incorporating decorative machine stitches into a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Paper Pieced Geometric quilt.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and piecing the original Monkey Wrench block

  • How to modify the appearance of the block through color variations

  • Developing secondary designs through block  placement

  • How to modify and expand the block with squares and triangles

  • Embellishing the block with decorative stitching

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Monkey Wrench quilt.

 

Monkey Wrench
Monkey Wrench is a versatile traditional block that is often overlooked.  Participants will explore new and creative ways to use this block and create amazing contemporary quilts.

 

 

Topics include:

  •  New York Beauty patterns

  •  Radiating designs

  •  Piecing techniques

  •  Incorporating paper pieced and traditional designs in a quilt

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Paper pieced quilt.

 

Paper Pieced Delights
Wonderfully radiating traditional and contemporary designs are actually simple to do thanks to paper piecing.  Students will learn to make quilts using these versatile designs.

 

 

Topics include:

  • Design and embellish circles and curves

  • Machine piece curves

  • Hand applique curves

  • Machine applique curves

  • Enlarge patterns proportionally

I will work with each student on an individual basis, and help them to pick out fabric for their own amazing Curves Ahead quilt.

 

Curves Ahead
Students often avoid circles and curves because they think that they are hard to piece and use in a quilt design.  Through a series of learning experiences, students will explore new and creative ways to use this motif and create amazing contemporary quilts.

 

 

What to do with Leftovers
Any quilter who has made more than one quilt has fabric scraps and perhaps an extra block or tow hanging around.  this workshop will show quilters of all levels how to use "leftovers" to create eye-catching contemporary quilts.

Topics include:

  • Paper piecing

  • Working with Fabric Strips

  • Color Interactions

  • Quilting a Scrap Quilt

  • Embellishments:

  • Decorative Machine Stitching

  • Applique embellishments

 

Workshop Requirements: Each workshop is planned around a 2-day time-frame, but please note that these times are very flexible. Shorter workshops will give students an overview of the possibilities presented by the topic. Longer workshops will allow students to design their own quilts using the techniques explored.   Ironing stations (1 for every 3 quilters), and adequate table space for each quilter is a necessity.  As always, detailed information about each workshop and room requirements is available upon request.


Workshop Fees: $500/day (6-hour day), plus room (hotel/motel single occupancy), board and traveling expenses.


Please contact me for availability and more detailed workshop information.

Trillium Ridge

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