Lectures/Trunk show (45-60 Minutes)

Challenge Yourself

Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!)  Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level.  I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips/tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!   

*  Presentation includes a slide show followed by trunk show including 25+ of my challenge quilts.

Dare to Dye

Do you dream about dyeing your own fabrics?  Fabric dyeing at home is surprisingly easy, affordable and FUN!!  Join me as I share my own adventures in learning how to hand dye my own fabrics and clothing.  I hope to inspire you to give fabric dyeing a try as I introduce my favorite dyeing tips, tricks, resources and examples of my own hand dyed treasures!  

*  Presentation to include a slide show followed by trunk show including hand dyed fabrics, fashion and quilts made from my hand dyed fabrics.    

  

Workshops

A Slice of Improv (1 or 2 Day Format)

Let’s explore improvisational piecing one slice at a time!  We’ll warm up with the basic Slice and Insert technique and then ask "What if...?" and  introduce simple variations that lead to exciting design opportunities.  Bring your scraps and learn how improvisational piecing is freeing, forgiving and FUN!

** I am happy to work with your guild/organization to incorporate a community service element into this workshop.  This option provides an opportunity for participants to practice the techniques to make one or more blocks for a community quilt to be assembled/quilted by the guild/organization.  Please let me know if you are interested in this option and I can provide support/direction for making this a successful community service project.

 

MAgnificent Mandalas (1 or 2 Day format)

Are you looking to add zen to your free motion quilting?  We’ll warm up designing mandalas on paper, before learning how to use minimal marking to free motion quilt a whole cloth mandala of your own design.  Watch your mandala bloom as you add layers of texture and color!   This workshop is geared towards more experienced quilters who have previous experience/comfort with free motion quilting.

 

Mod Mandalas (1 or 2 Day Format)

Add some Modern Zen to your quilting and join me as I unlock the secrets to creating your very own modern mandala that will sparkle and shine!  Constructing a mod mandala is both meditative and exciting, especially as they begin to take shape and bloom into a starry design!  

* In a 1 day workshop, participants will go through the steps by completing one or more quadrants of the Mod Mandala design.   Finished Mod Mandala size will be approximately 21” square.

 

Walking Foot Wow (1 or 2 Day Format)

Create beautiful, modern quilted texture with your walking foot.  Let's move beyond the basic stitching in the ditch and explore decorative stitches, repeat patterns and even gentle curves to create drama and eye catching quilting designs to your unfinished quilt tops!

INTRIGUING INTERLEAVES (6 Hours)

Unlock the fun and intrigue of Lorrie Cranor's Interleave quilts.  All the secrets of creating the illusion of curves and transparency using only straight line stitching will be revealed.  Best of all, Interleave quilts are assembled using a quilt-as-you-go technique, so your unique Interleave quilt will be pieced and quilted at the same time!

Fabric Dye Parties (3-4 Hours)

Are you dyeing to learn how to hand dye your own fabrics?  Join me for a Fabric Dyeing Party where you and your friends will be treated to a fun day of fabric dyeing and experimentation.  This is a BYOC event where you simply bring your own containers to transport your goodies home, and I take care of everything else!  All party attendees will receive a SWAG bag complete with handouts, 12 fat quarters of PFD fabric and party attire (mask and gloves).  We’ll kick off the party with dyeing basics: supplies, set up and safety.  Then we will dive in and learn five different fabric manipulations along with options for creating gradients and color bursts.  As the party winds down, you will leave with 12 fat quarters of hand dyed fabrics, everything you need to know about rinsing your fabrics once home, along with resources to continue the dyeing fun!