2018 Workshops

Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch

Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch

Catherine Redford

Thursday 9am–5pm

Learn how to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of your walking foot. We will start with a brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Then we will make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts. As seen on QATV series 1400/ QA International Quilt Festival Scene 2014/ DVD Modern Machine Quilting.

Folk Art Stitching

Folk Art Stitching

Catherine Redford

Friday 9am–5pm

Start by learning, or being reminded of, some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler and then learn some novel embellishment techniques to add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!

Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts

Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts

Catherine Redford

Saturday 9am–5pm

Have you looked at Modern Improv Quilts and not known where to start? Bring a bag of scraps, a neutral solid and your happy thoughts! We’ll look at a few examples, discuss some techniques, including adding narrow strips and gentle curved piecing, and get to stitching. Make one, and maybe two small wall hanging size quilts ready to take home and quilt.

Beginner Free Motion and the Language of Quilting

Beginner Free Motion and the Language of Quilting

Sally Terry

Thursday 9am–12pm

This is a great class to get started with simple techniques so you can easily follow a pattern and smooth out your shapes. Remember, "as long as your shapes are pretty you don't have to rip out." We'll show you how to move your hands, where to focus your eyes, count for consistency and how to use Sally's "wiggle room" method to hide your bobbles and wobbles. Then after we have learned some tips on how to look perfect while learning, we will stitch the 5 Basic Shapes in fill patterns, sashing patterns and block designs as we free motion our way across our class sample. We will even discuss what type of thread and batting choices help us make our machine quilting look like we have been quilting for years.

Supply List

Machine, power cord, foot control, manual, extension cord and power strip
30" x 30" muslin quilt sandwich either spray basted or thread basted
Spool of LIGHT color thread and 2 prewound bobbins to match
Fabric marker for light fabric
6" x 18" ruler
your favorite feather stencil
your favorite curved or pattern template
Thread scissors or nippers
Favorite drawing pencil
8" x 8" light weight card board like from a cereal box

Threads

Threads

Sally Terry

Thursday 2pm–5pm

We have all these wonderful threads, in our stash and on our wish list. And we want them to run flawlessly. Learn the 5 simple adjustments you can make to get the tension just right. Find out how to get the top and bottom tension correct as Sally demonstrates adjusting the bobbin first then the top thread so you can quickly switch between threads. Also see close up photos of 15 different thread types magnified over 60 times, so you can discover their quirks and all important running speeds, something the manufacturers don't tell you. Learn how to look at the end of a broken thread and know exactly why your thread broke and how to remedy it. Lots of examples of threads will be shared. This class is for all machine types including stand up short arm to long arm and sit down traditional machines.

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Small stapler or scotch tape
Thread cutting scissors or nippers

Feathering and Stencils

Feathering and Stencils

Sally Terry

Friday 9am–5pm

Let's feather smaller areas and find creative ways using stencils and templates. This Beginner Friendly class will help you coordinate designs all over your quilt top from borders to blocks to sashings, even fill designs. You will get dozens of ideas how to divide areas and shapes perfect for feathering. Get clever ways to keep designs asymmetrical so you never have to be perfect and the bobbles and wobbles disappear. We will also explore how to make spines that work in borders and edge-to-edge for easy continuous line designs with feathers flying everywhere. 

We will practice how to follow patterns and get lots of tips on how to add "wiggle room" to any design so your results are beautiful. Bring any feather stencils you may have to class and we will practice using the free motion techniques for more machine quilting freedom.

Supply List

Machine, power cord, foot control, manual, extension cord and power strip
30" x 30" muslin quilt sandwich either spray basted or thread basted
Spool of LIGHT color thread and 2 prewound bobbins to match
Fabric marker for light fabric
6" x 18" ruler
your favorite feather stencil
your favorite curved or pattern template
Thread scissors or nippers
Favorite drawing pencil
8" x 8" light weight card board like from a cereal box

Free Motion Fills and Meander

Free Motion Fills and Meander

Sally Terry

Saturday 9am–5pm

Whether you are just starting out or you are comfortable with machine quilting and want to stitch the new trending Free Motion Fills and Meander patterns and designs. We will add your own special twist giving you a great a way to interpret the patterns so even the most complicated designs look smooth, consistent and practiced...even if they are not. Then we will learn how to travel among the threads to add more intricate and textured designs. Get a simple trick for moving your fabric to smooth out your threadpaths and hide the bobbles and wobbles. After this class you will understand how you can stitch beautifully the most intricate complicated patterns without marking. Finally you will learn 3 ways to build in the "wiggle room" so you never have to be perfect.

Supply List
Machine, power cord, foot control, manual, extension cord and power strip
30" x 30" muslin quilt sandwich either spray basted or thread basted
Spool of LIGHT color thread and 2 prewound bobbins to match
Fabric marker for light fabric
6" x 18" ruler
your favorite feather stencil
your favorite curved or pattern template
Thread scissors or nippers
Favorite drawing pencil
8" x 8" light weight card board like from a cereal box

Buffalo Bubblegum

Buffalo Bubblegum

Linda Hahn

Thursday 9am–5pm

Linda's MOST POPULAR workshop!!!!

Whole Day Workshop - Machine Class

Students learn how to create perfect New York Beauty blocks using Linda's unique ONE PIN technique.  Then students will incorporate those blocks into a dynamic setting that has NO set in seams!  

Kit ($28) containing foundation paper which can be left in the quilt, laser cut paper piecing stencil and custom acrylic templates is required and payable to instructor.

Juicy Lucy

Juicy Lucy

Linda Hahn

Friday 9am–5pm

This class is designed to give students permission to play!

They will learn how to divide a block into sections and calculate the size of the pieces using simple Quilter's Math.  Then we will explore how merely changing a color or rotating a patch a quarter turn can change the dynamics of the block.

Linda will also share some quilts that can be made using one or a combination of the block from the Sampler that create awesome secondary patterns!

Tons of design possibilities!

Teaches piecing, Quilter's Math, color and design - all in one workshop.

From Linda's newest book with AQS Publishing.

Brooklyn Blues

Brooklyn Blues

Linda Hahn

Saturday 9am–5pm

A small, manageable project allows students to learn Linda's ONE PIN technique for creating perfect New York Beauty blocks.  

The project is suited to coordinate with many different fabric style preferences.  It can easily be made larger.  

A kit is required which contains re-useable foundation piecing stencils, custom acrylic templates and enough foundation paper to complete the quilt (which paper can be left in the quilt - no more ripping out!)

Project coordinates with the New York Beauty State of Mind lecture and Linda's new book - releasing Fall 2018.

The Wonderful World of Landscape Quilting

The Wonderful World of Landscape Quilting

Kathy McNeil

Thursday and Friday 9am–5pm

Discover the secrets that will help you realistically capture the beauty of nature.  Learn to create depth and dimension in your pattern with simple tricks of fabric choices. Play with fabric paints to create those realistic hi-lights and shadows. Kathy will demonstrate a mix of appliqué techniques! Begin the journey of landscape quilting working on your pattern. Yes, we are adding the very popular Heron option to this lineup.

I will cover the basics of landscape design and creating a pattern from your own photos. Then we will learn how to make 3-D  thread embellishments for landscapes like trees, blossoms and surf. Confident appliquers may use pre-approved photos in two days classes. E mail Kathy with your photo possibilities. She will give you direction on enlarging and preparing your photo for work in class.

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Design Dynamics

Design Dynamics

Kathy McNeil

Saturday 9am–5pm

Learn the secrets award winning quilters use to add movement, depth and balance to their compositions.  The “ Visual Impact” is the most important part of your quilt. Learn to use the language of design to help you analyze what works for you and others.  This class will help you see like an artist.  Deepen your understanding of lay out, design and fabric choices. Make the most of your contemporary or traditional quilts, by paying attention to color, value, shape, line and contrast.  What we like is very subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so there are NO right and wrongs, only a clearer understanding of what appeals to us individually. We look at a wide range of diverse quilts by other artist and myself and discuss together which ones appeal to different people and why that is. Approaching design this way has taught me so much about what it is I want to incorporate into my own designs and layouts.

Bring traditional blocks or patterns that you want to work with, fabrics you are considering or a picture that inspires a quilt design. You will have a new sense of confidence as we work together in this totally supportive environment to plan or enhance your new quilt. 

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Pieced Hexie Buffet

Pieced Hexie Buffet

Mickey Depre

Thursday 9am–5pm

Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with my Pieced Hexies Patterns.
You will find 7 Fun and Exciting New Samples to the right.
 

Students will leave class with three new design samples and their imagination running wild.

BOOK PURCHASE REQUIRED –Pieced Hexies – A New Tradition in English Paper Piecing will be required for all workshop attendees. Book can be purchased at the time of the workshop at a discount.

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Bloomington Trail

Bloomington Trail

Mickey Depre

Friday 9am–5pm

Bloomington Trail is perfect for beginners yet expressive enough for those at the intermediate level of quilting.

The entire quilt is made up of 6" quilts blocks—Pauli's Bow Tie and Hourglass. The border is the Hourglass block recolored and set in a zigzag pattern. It is all about value placement which besides block construction tips will be discussed in this workshop.

Strips of fabric in various sizes are sewn, cut, and sewn again to make this fun block. And let me show you how the Easy Angle Ruler will become a tool you can't live without in making accurate half square triangles.

Beginners to Intermediate Quilters will enjoy this workshop.

Now gather up your strips because we have some Pauli's Bow Ties and Hourglass blocks to make!

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Note:  A bonus table runner design using the blocks of this quilt will be provided to each student at the time of the workshop. This table runner could be the home for your workshop blocks. As a teacher, I would rather have my students spend time with small amounts of fabric learning all about the block(s), tips and tricks of construction, and maybe a new tool or two before you tackle a full size bed quilt. By working within this format I feel students learn more and stress less about cutting into large amounts of fabrics in a workshop. I hope you agree. If you truly wish to start your full size quilt in the workshop, that is fine. I just ask that you cut down some of the yardage into the strips indicated on the supply list to make your day easier.

Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake

Mickey Depre

Saturday 9am–5pm

Hand Piecing Rocks!  Join me for a slow speed workshop covering the tips and tricks of this much loved tradition.Together we tackle a block that would cause you to pause at your machine but will become your go to for de-stressing.

These versatile and complicated blocks become a joy to do when sewn by hand.  Perfect points will happen!

We will use traditional templates to cut out our shapes with hand scissors.   This entire workshop is about easy peaceful quilting.

A kit is required that will include a set ofacrylic templates and other items (see supply list).

All you need to bring is fabric (see supply list for amounts/detailed sizes),  your favorite fabric scissors, two gel pens (light and dark),  a thimble,  and stories to share while we hand sew piecefully together. (yes a play on words there).

Some may find bringing an OTT light and small handwork scissors also helpful.

Come on! Pick your block and let’s go sew!

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