2017 Workshops

Doors to the show open at 8 am; workshops start at 9 am.

IHQS is pleased to announce its faculty for the 2017 show. We strive to provide a variety of teachers and classes such that everyone will find classes of interest. We hope to appeal to the traditionalist as well as the modern and art quilters.

Registration will begin in September; workshops will be priced at $80 in 2017. All teachers have websites where you may take a look at their specialities and ponder who will be a good fit for you.

Welcome to:

Linda Scholten

106: Caring for Your Vintage Featherweight: 9 am – noon

Do you have a vintage Singer model 221 sewing machine? Would you like to learn more about it? How about learning how to clean the interior, oil and lubricate it? Plus, learn what all that stuff in the case is, how to correctly insert a new needle, the proper way to insert the bobbin into the bobbin case, and more!

In this half day class you will learn more about your machine and how to take care of it than you ever thought possible. The class kit is provided (kit fee included in the class fee) but there are a few more things for you to bring to class to be ready to dive in. No repairs will be taught or done in class; however, just learning how to do basic preventive care will lengthen the time between sometimes-costly visits to a repairperson.

Supplies needed:
a spool of sewing thread (to learn how to correctly thread the machine)
a featherweight bobbin loaded with thread
a notebook or paper and pencil or pen to take notes
a flashlight
magnifying or reading glasses for closeup work if you use them

Bring your Singer 221 sewing machine, complete with bobbin case, bobbin, foot controller, and machine case. We will not be sewing, but we will be teaching how to correctly use the machine components. Please note that the kit items supplied are not included in this.

Susan Cleveland


101: Piping Hot Binding

pipinghotbindingPiped bindings add spark and a professional finish to any style piece. Every detail of binding and tiny perfect piping will be covered in class with step-by-step demos and printed instructions. Machine differences will be addressed so students will be successful with their own machines. Students work on their practice piece to achieve making perfect piping, preparing the quilt, applying piping, applying binding,mitering corners, joining tails, and finishing for a show-quality back. Variations will be on display and discussed. Many major award-winners are using this technique to achieve stunning results!

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201: Double Point Dresden: Design Your Own or Not

doublepointdresdenDouble-points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and they eliminate the need of a traditional appliquéd circle in the center! Learn Susan’s tips for turning wedge points with the Prairie Pointer Tool and use foundation sew & flip to assemble arcs and rings. Follow the Seven Ringie Dingie pattern or design your own Dresden in class! Design possibilities are endless!

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301: Bodacious Big Thread Appliqué

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Learn to stitch with heavy decorative threads through the machine’s needle for appliqueing and quilting, to stuff applique, make prairie points with stitching and embellishments, use freezer paper for quilting designs and for designing an interestingly-shaped quilt … while creating a precious little piece! Your choice of three patterns. (Happy Daisy 9″x11″, Joy In My Heart 9″x11″, Hippie Daisies 11″x20″)

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Pepper Cory


102: Mastering Quilt Marking

quilt_markingsmEver puzzled over what designs to mark on your quilt or been stumped by matching borders and corners? This is the class for you! See tracing of antique whole-cloth quilts, learn how judges evaluate quilting, how to cut a stencil, what tools work best for marking-an information-packed class that’s a real confidence booster. Kit for $3 includes authentic Amish design quilting stencil and paper for marking experiments. Pepper’s book Mastering Quilt Marking is optional but advisable. (most popular full-day class)

  Mastering Quilt Marking, or I made this quilt top and have no idea how to quilt it…

Have you ever finished your quilt top and thought, “Now what?” This class is for you! Whether you’re a hand quilter, machine enthusiast, or send your tops out to be quilted, this is the information every quiltmaker needs to bring projects to happy completion. Hear about the history of quilt marking and where the designs originated. Examine tracings of 18th-19th century wholecloth quilts. Learn to match pesky borders and corners and practice your new-found skill on paper before committing it to your quilt. Get advice on that ‘problem child’ you’ve been meaning to quilt and gain confidence and knowledge in this jam-packed class. For $4 per person, Pepper will provide a kit of an authentic Amish quilting design stencil plus all the paper you’ll need in class.

Please bring to class: a sampling of the different tools you use to mark quilts (pencils, chalk pencils, chalk wheel etc.) If you don’t have any chalk pencils, one good buy is the pack of pencils from Clover. Pencils by Roxanne (white and silver) are also good. About the chalk wheel-the Chakoner from Clover is good. Bring some of your own stencils (mark with your name-) especially those that have puzzled you.

An 18″ ruler. Pencil with eraser. Notebook and pen. A Fine-Point black Sharpie marker.

Best of all-bring a project you need quilt marking advice about. A quilt top in progress or an old top you’d like to get started on. If you have an antique quilt with fine stitching you’d like to share, that’s welcome too. One project apiece please.

The text for this class is this AQS book: Pepper Cory Quilting Pattern Collection (available to view or to buy-see below). You may also find (or perhaps have in your collection) my 1996 book Mastering Quilt Marking. Bring to class if you have MQM. It’s often available on ebay or Amazon.com.

FYI: I will have available to purchase white and silver marking pencils, a variety of stencils, and the above book. All of these are optional and not required in order to take the class.




202: Down Home Drunkard’s Path

drunkerspathsmCome have fun learning to machine sew Drunkard’s Path blocks in a 6″ size. A relaxed scrap-bag attitude with colors and prints produces lovely results. Good as an introduction to machine sewing curves. See samples from Pepper’s collection of Drunkard’s Path quilts. Pepper’s book 65 Variations of the Drunkard’s Path available in class.

The Drunkard’s Path pattern is one of those quilts you were always going to do “one of these days.” Welcome to the day! This class introduces you to gentle machine-sewing curves and the many design possibilities of the versatile Drunkard’s Path.

Come have fun learning to design and sew Drunkard’s Path blocks in a 8″ size. A relaxed scrap-bag attitude with colors and contrasting prints produces lovely and unexpected results. This class is super as an introduction to machine sewing curves. Both novice and experienced sewers will benefit. I often get pictures months later after this class—it inspires folks to really make quilts! See samples from Pepper’s collection of Drunkard’s Path quilts and learn the art of graphic contrast within your own fabric stash.

Please bring to class: Sewing machine in good working order, threaded with a good quality gray thread. Extra light (Ott light is excellent) + extension cord if more light is needed. A firm foam pillow to sit on. Rotary cutter with a new blade, medium-size mat. Fabric scissors, straight pins, seam ripper, a mechanical pencil, an extra-fine point black Sharpie pen, and a rolling chalk wheel. Lots of fabrics! This pattern depends on contrast, so bring lights and darks, fabrics of several color families (not all blues or greens etc.), and fabrics with different-scale prints. Don’t bring super-coordinating fabrics such as batiks all from the same color family or you won’t be happy with the result! Mix it up. Size of fabrics: from 7” scraps up to FQ’s (18”x22”). There is a class kit for $15 that includes the two acrylic templates for rotary cutting the 8” blocks plus multiple printed hand-outs and graphs.

Note: Pepper can bring some copies of her book 65 Variations of the Drunkard’s Path to sell but that’s totally optional. You can ask for the book at your local quilt shop or purchase it from www.Amazon.com .





302: Sashiko Quilts


Sashiko is traditional Japanese hand quilting. Always fills, so register early!

Yokosu!   Welcome to Sashiko (Japanese quilting)

You’ve admired classic sashiko in quilts and wall hangings-now it’s your turn. Even non-hand quilters remark on how easy and soothing sashiko stitching is-it’s the Zen side of quilting. In the morning session we learn about sashiko and how to handle the tools and start on a block. In the afternoon we design our alternate blocks and continue stitching sashiko for the wall hanging.

Class kit includes: ½ yd. authentic indigo hand-dyed fabric, white perle cotton thread, a sashiko sampler needlepack (10 needles), a stencil and white marking pencil plus two thimble alternatives. For the patchwork blocks, Fat Eighths (9” x 21”) of three coordinating solids are also included. Note: the stripe for the border is not included—that’s your choice to bring. Also an essay on the history of sashiko, written how-to with illos and graphs for the wall hanging project that incorporates your new-found skills. Kit fee: $25.

What students need to bring to class:

Scissors. Favorite thimble for hand sewing if you use one. Rotary cutter and mat plus a small ruler (like a 6” square). Pillow. A pair of cuffed white socks you wouldn’t mind cutting up.

Note: other colors of thread and additional stencils available for purchase.


Robbie Joy Eklow


103: Art Deco and Flower Fused Components

DSC00540Fused applique will be used to create unique large scale geometric flowers and art deco designs from individual components that can be arranged in an infinite number of compositions to make quilts of varying sizes. I’ve made quilts ranging from 40” x 54” to over 60” square using the patterns. Several different pattern sheets will be available, each student will get one free, and can purchase more if desired. Spend a fun day creating with more ideas to take home. Beginner / Intermediate levels.

Materials List: NO SEWING MACHINE IS NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS. Full sized steam irons will be used extensively in class. Students will choose at least one pattern to use in class. Mechanical pencil, paper cutting scissors, 4” or similar size scissors to cut detailed shapes out of fabric bonded to webbing. Glass head quilt pins. 4 yards paper backed fusible webbing (Regular weight WonderUnder recommended.) Half yard pieces of cotton hand dyes, batiks or brightly colored prints. Pick four hues (for example, purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue, 8 pieces total. No background fabric will be needed in class.

Optional: small sheet of foamcore to use as a work surface, small iron (100 watts), light box, extension cord for previous items, compass to draw circles.



203: Expressive Unmarked Free Motion Quilting

DSC_0013Robbi, the author of Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter shares her award winning, time saving techniques to fill your quilts with lavish designs. It’s fun and easy. We’ll be practicing on inexpensive felt rectangles in the morning, switching to muslin sandwiches in the afternoon. Beginner / Intermediate levels.

Materials List: Twenty precut 9″ x 12″ felt rectangles, any color. Two 18″ x 18″ practice quilt sandwiches, muslin for bread, cotton or wool batting for the “meat.” Don’t Baste! 40 weight machine embroidery thread, either polyester, cotton or rayon – one spool solid color, one spool variegated. Tools – SEWING MACHINE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER and with which you are FAMILIAR. It is assumed you will know how to set up your machine for darning. Sewing machine MANUAL. Free motion or darning foot for your machine. Extension cord Schmetz machine needles – size 75, 80 or 90, scissors to clip threads, tweezers to remove thread if necessary, small paint brush to clean lint out of machine, pen and paper to take notes and practice drawing quilt patterns; I highly recommend glasses to protect your eyes in case you break a needle and it flies.Robbi had a two part article covering her techniques in Quilting Arts Magazine Issue #11 and #12.

303: Free Expression Buffet

Small Works (Thurs)Learn Robbi’s innovative techniques to create sophisticated art quilts as described in her book Free Expressions. In this fun and relaxing class, each student will create an 18×24″ fused quilt top, using their choice of a pattern from Robbi’s current selection. Robbi will bring at least a dozen different patterns to class for students to choose. Patterns range from simple to complicated allowing everyone to decide their own challenge level for the day. Several different pattern sheets will be available, each student will get one free, and can purchase more if desired.

The patterns are designed for use in class and only available in class. Selections include:
Puzzle Quilts-Overlapping images such as vases, guitars, and violins)
Still Lifes featuring teapots, teacups,vases
Gears and Spirals-geometric images combining gears and spirals, some overlapping. Patterns can be combined and customized by each student. Fused applique will be used in class, however the designs can be used with traditional methods too!

Materials List: $5 pattern fee payable to instructor. Mechanical pencil, paper cutting scissors,4″ or similiar size scissors to cut detailed shapes out of fabric bonded to webbing. Glass head quilt pins. 2 yards paper backed fusible webbing (an example: regular weight Wonder Under). Fat quarters or large scraps of cotton hand dyes or brightly colored prints. Bring two values of each color: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green to have a varied palette. Also include a few neutrals for backgrounds. Optional: 1.Small sheet of foamcore to use as a work surface. 2. SMALL iron (100 watts) 3. Light box and extension cord.

Bill Kerr


104: Understanding Value and Piecing Curves

Kits-EclipsehrLearn to design and draft templates, cut precisely, and sew inset curves. You will conquer curves using our original Eclipse design (the pattern will be provided) to make either a wall hanging or a napping quilt. Using your own fabrics, you will learn about value and create a unique variation of our Eclipse quilt.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, cardstock or template plastic, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well. Avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • You can download the free pattern here




204: Working with Large Scale Prints

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Many quilters love large-scale prints but find it challenging to combine them effectively with other prints. Students will learn the design concepts behind using large-scale prints and how to show them off to their best advantage. Students will begin making our Follow the Leader quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of large-scale cotton quilting prints as well as a variety of small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • If students wish to make the Follow the Leader quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 1/2 yards off-white or other field fabric, 1 yard tan or other fabric for links & binding and a 1/4 yard cut or one Fat Quarter each of 10 prints. The pattern is in Modern Quilts Illustrated #3which will be available for $14 in class.
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced






304: Composition in Modern Quilts


Composition is one of the most powerful tools in design. Students with or without design backgrounds alike are welcome in this class. We will explore elements of composition including proportion, static and dynamic forms and negative space through a series of explorations using solids. Each student will then develop one or more original “Tea House Quilts” drawing on concepts learned in class. Tea House Quilts are what we call small, (18″x24″ or so), quilts that can work as focal points in in your home, much as decorative scrolls do in Japanese tea houses and dwellings.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of solids in a range of values and hues, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced

Jamie Wallen


105: Mystical Feathers 1

mysticalfeathers1Join Jamie and explore all feather forms including traditional, non-traditional, and stylized. Then discover how to  use these options in allovers, and any custom shapes you run into in your client and personal quilts. This class is exclusively dedicated to feather work. If you’ve wanted to learn and apply a myriad of new, as well as classic feather styles, then this is the class for you! This class applies to all levels of Long-arm, Mid-arm, Short-arm or Hand Quilters.

Supplies: Large doodle pad and pencils






205: Mystical Shapes

mysticalshapesWhether you are a traditional or modern quilter, join Jamie as he steps into the world of “Mystical Shapes”. Breathe new life into your surface quilting with a new twist on the common shapes found on our quilts along with taking it to the next level with paisleys, orbs, curved cross hatching ,  jacobean designs and more.

These designs will have you looking at E2E, Blocks and Borders in a whole new way. This class applies to all levels of Long-arm, Mid-arm, Short-arm or Hand Quilters.

Supplies: Large doodle pad and pencils

Supplies: Large doodle pad and pencils*



305: Thread Fusion 1

Thread FusionCome prepared to learn a mouth-watering array of techniques and designs that will make your projects sing. In this class we will uncover exciting new textures and apply them to new set-ins, borders, blocks, and allovers. Participants will also learn “Outrageous fillers” to showcase these Unearthly Delights. Dragonflies, Lacey Hearts and so much more. Come experience the concept of “Threadfusion.”This class applies to all levels of Long-arm, Mid-arm, Short-arm or Hand Quilters.

Supplies: Large doodle pad and pencils