Programs and Workshops (updated 7/3/21)

I'm happy to consider invitations to give presentations and workshops to traditional and modern quilt guilds.

Upcoming 2021 Commitments

Friday, August 27, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Southeast Georgia Quilt Guild, North Center, Kingsland, Georgia
Workshop: Quick Curve Ruler (mini runner and "Urban Abacus")

Saturday, August 28, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Modern Quilters - Jacksonville, Spring Glen United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Workshop: Quick Curve Ruler (mini runner and "Urban Abacus")

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Broward Quilt Expo, Charles Dodge Center, Pembroke Pines, Florida
Workshop: Domestic Machine Quilting: Straight Ahead and Around the Bend

2022 Commitments
Thursday, January 20, 1 pm
Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, Florida
Program: What is a Modern Quilt?

2020 CANCELLATIONS due to Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 18, 1 pm, Seabreeze Rec Center, The Villages, Florida
Quilting Guild of The Villages - QGOTV Academy
3-hour  Workshop: Quilting With a Quilting Foot

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 pm

Ladies of the Lake Quilter's Guild of Lakeland (Florida)
Lecture/Trunk Show: Domestic Machine Quilting: A Quilter's Journey

Tuesday, June 2, 9 am, Overland Park, Kansas

Blue Valley Quilters Guild
Lecture/Trunk Show: Domestic Machine Quilting: A Quilter’s Journey from Novice to Confident 
Wednesday, June 3, 9:30 am to 4 pm
Workshop: Domestic Machine Quilting: Straight Ahead and Around the Bend

Quilting Guild of the Villages

Beginner Quiltmaking (formerly First Time Quiltmaking)
April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15 (No class August 19), September 16
Class #1 APRIL 15
Review four different quilt patterns
Each pattern makes 36” X 48” baby-sized quilt
Information about tools for quiltmaking
Bring: Note-taking materials: tablet, pen/pencil

Class #2 MAY 20
Learn to rotary cut
Learn to piece

SEWING MACHINE OPTIONAL - Most of this class will be spent rotary cutting.
Bring: Rotary cutter (45mm or 60mm) and rotary mat
6½” X 6½”, and 6½” X 24” rulers, or any rotary rulers
Class #3 JUNE 17
Learn to add a border. Complete quilt top.
Class #4 JULY 15
Learn to make a quilt sandwich: baste
Machine quilt, or tie

BRING A SEWING MACHINE and supplies, including walking foot*
 *A walking foot (or built-in dual feed) is mandatory for machine quilting.
Optional: Tie a quilt
Class #5 SEPTEMBER 16
Learn to bind a quilt
How to make a quilt label
BRING A SEWING MACHINE and supplies, including walking foot

Previous 2020 Commitments
Wednesday, January 15, 1 pm, Seabreeze Rec Center, The Villages, Florida
Quilting Guild of The Villages - QGOTV Academy
3-hour  Workshop: Quilting With a Walking Foot 

Monday, February 10, 6:30 pm, Lady Lake, Florida
Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild
Demo and Mini-Workshop: Big Stitch Quilting

Wednesday, March 4, 10 am, Maitland, Florida
Orlando Modern Quilt Guild
Lecture/demonstration: Domestic Machine Quilting with Rulers

Tuesday, September 15, 1 pm
Big Cypress Quilters, a chapter of Quilting Guild of The Villages
Virtual Presentation: Quilt Photography

Saturday, September 19, 1 pm
Virtual Lecture and Demonstration: No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine

Previous 2019 Commitments
Quilting Guild of The Villages
Member-to-Member Workshop
Wednesday, June 19, 9 am to 4 pm

Workshop: Modern Wedge Quilt 
Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon, Brandon Florida
Monday, June 10, 6:30 pm
Presentation: Domestic Machine Quilting: A Quilter's Journey from Novice to Confident

Big Cypress Quilters Chapter of Quilting Guild of The Villages
Tuesday, June 4, 1-2 pm
Demonstration: English Paper-Piecing

Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild

Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 5 pm
Workshop: Modern Wedge Quilt

Sharky's Vac n' Sew
700 North Main Street, Wildwood, Florida
Thursday, April 25, 10 am to 1 pm
Demonstration: Introduction to Ruler Work

My Programs and Workshops 

Carousel Quilt
Workshop Modern Wedge Quilt - 6-hour workshop (maximum 20 students)
Learn how to use a 9-degree or 10-degree ruler to make a 360-degree circle of wedges. Turn the circle into this 33" X 33" "Carousel" quilt made with only three fabrics. 

Sewing machine ruler work foot

Workshop Introduction to Ruler Work  3-hour workshop (maximum 20 students)

Learn to use a quilting ruler to quilt straight lines and curves on your home sewing machine. Beginning with basic shapes, you'll learn how to handle the ruler, make it smoothly slide along your sewing machine's ruler foot (a ruler foot is a specialty foot with a 1/4"-thick heel), and come up with many quilting designs.

Students MUST have previous free motion quilting experience.

Program Domestic Machine Quilting: A Quilter’s Journey from Novice to Confident 
As a proponent of making one’s own quilts from start to finish, I share my journey toward becoming an award-winning domestic machine quilter. With first-hand experience facing the challenges of learning free motion quilting, without the aid of a stitch regulator, I’ll share tips learned along the way that will help domestic machine quilters achieve success. The presentation concludes with a trunk show of my domestic machine quilted quilts.

Domestic Machine Quilting: Straight Ahead
Workshop Domestic Machine Quilting: Straight Ahead - 3 hour workshop (maximum 20 students)
Learn to use a walking foot to achieve beautiful results on your home sewing. Straight lines and “organic” quilting can be as effective as more elaborate quilting. Class will include a review of machine set-up, including needles and threads; and a review of fabric markers, and battings.

Workshop Domestic Machine Quilting: Around the Bend - 6 hour workshop (maximum 20 students)
Topics in the 3 hour workshop are included in this workshop, and quilters will learn free motion quilting with a darning foot or free motion quilting foot. We also discuss how to choose quilting designs.
Domestic Machine Quilting: Around the Bend

Program What is Modern Quilting?
In an 80-plus slide presentation, I share the history of the modern quilting movement: it’s beginnings; how the movement evolved and continues to evolve; and the attributes and elements of a modern quilt. The presentation concludes with a trunk show of my modern quilts.

Workshop Modern Improv Blocks - 3 hour workshop - (10 person minimum)
Learn the freedom of improvisational piecing using modern fabrics to make a 15” X 15” quilt block. Additional blocks may be made, or the single block may be sewn into a pillow, tote, or other item.

Program How to Make a Temperature Quilt
Based on information gleaned from Pinterest, blogs, and Instagram, this presentation teaches you and your group about a variety of options for making a temperature quilt. A temperature quilt is a trendy way to make a 365-block quilt, based on daily high and low temperatures from a specific location. Whether you use your blocks and fabric to record temperatures in your own location, or choose a favorite vacation spot, or decided to honor the birth year temperatures of someone special, it's a fun way to create a quilt - a true mystery quilt, because only Mother Nature knows how it will turn out.  

Program Social Media and the Modern Quilter 
Learn how technology has changed the face of quilting, and how quilters with connectivity now have access to 10 ways to engage with quilters around the world. How-to information is given so quilters can tap into software/resources such as Pinterest, and Instagram.

Workshops First Time Quiltmaking - 5, two-hour lessons - (10 person minimum)
Patterns provided to make a 36” X 48” baby quilt. Learn to choose fabrics, rotary cut, piece blocks, complete a quilt top using the “web” technique, make a quilt sandwich, baste, tie or walking foot quilt, bind, and make and add a label.

Workshops Beyond First Time Quiltmaking - 3, two-hour lessons - (maximum 20 students)
Build on First Time Quiltmaking lessons to learn to piece half-square triangles, and other traditional blocks to make a simple 52” X 58” modern quilt (no sashing, no borders). This quilt is my original design.

Workshop No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine - 3 hour workshop (maximum 20 students)
In this hands-on workshop, students will bring a quilted quilt and prepared binding to learn how to sew binding to a quilt with a method that has four advantages over “regular” binding:
  1. binding is sewn on straight, to square up the quilt
  2. binding is fully stuffed with batting
  3. mitered corners are machine-sewn closed
  4. each side of a quilt’s binding can be made with the same, or up to four different prints
Note: No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine workshop can also be presented as a Powerpoint program.

Workshop Quick Curve Ruler - 6 hour workshop (20 person maximum)
Use the Quick Curve Ruler to make either the “Urban Abacus” or “Deco Tumbler” quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Students will learn how to use the Quick Curve Ruler to cut and piece gentle curves. 

Workshop Hexagon Pillow - 6 hour workshop (20 person maximum )
Learn English paper piecing and appliqué, so you’ll always have a portable project while waiting in airports, and when you cruise. Join the "hexie craze" as you learn to paper-piece hexagon shapes, and hand appliqué the hexagons to a background fabric. Finish with “big stitch” quilting to make a 16” X 16” pillow. This project is my original design that appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. 

Workshop Machine Appliqué: Candy Pop - 6 hour workshop (20 person maximum)
Using the book “Machine Quilting with Style” by Christa Watson, students will learn to set up and use their sewing machine to machine appliqué the 45” X 45” “Candy Pop” quilt.

Workshop Foundation Paper Piecing: Cartwheels Quilt - 6 hour workshop (20 person maximum)
Using the pattern “Cartwheels Quilt” by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced students will learn basic foundation paper piecing on pre-printed papers to make this 46” X 56” quilt.

Workshop Scrappy String-Pieced Quilt - 3-hour workshop  (20 person maximum)
Learn to use 3/4”-wide to 2-1/2”- wide fabric strips to foundation piece a scrappy quilt on telephone book pages. The finished quilt size is personal preference.

Workshop Selvedges - 3-hour workshop (20 person maximum)
Learn to use fabric selvages to make blocks from my own design, or turn into a pillow top, tote bag. 


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