2019 Workshops

Zen Doodle Quilts

Zen Doodle Quilts

Explore the mesmerizing world of Zen Doodling and design an original art quilt at the same time. You’ll soon discover how easy it is to doodle like a Zen master and learn how to convert that drawing into a pattern for your quilt. With an easy pattern transfer process for fused fabric, your drawing quickly becomes a fused art quilt. New fusing tips and tricks are presented to enhance your Zen doodle design. Drawing paper and a kit of colorful hand-dyed fabrics and threads are provided to give you the freedom to play.(No sewing machine needed.)

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Fuse Your Bloomers

Fuse Your Bloomers

Build a blooming garden from colorful fused fabrics. Learn basic fusing techniques like free-cutting, bias fusing, collage building, and pattern transfer. Celebrate the joy of improvisational design and create your flower composition with a kit of hand-dyed fabrics and sampler of embroidery threads. It’s fun, it’s easy, and  no sewing machine is needed.

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So I Got it Pieced/Continuous Line Quilting

So I Got it Pieced/Continuous Line Quilting

Everyone has gotten to the end of a quilt pattern and read with dread the words Quilt as Desired. What exactly does this mean. This class will talk about different ways to quilt your quilts. What quilting patterns compliment piecework vs. applique, straight lines vs. curves. We will also discuss quilting density, which type of thread to use and ways to plan out your quilting with minimal marking. Please bring your trouble tops and we will try and talk about how to quilt as many as possible.

Love the look of custom quilting but concerned about the time/skill involved? Don’t like to start and stop but still want that personalized quilting design for your quilt? Yes, you can do custom quilting fast and affordably. This class will cover how to get from one side of you quilt to the other with minimal stops and starts, little or no marking, and totally customized to your quilt.

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Pencil
Paper

$12 class kit fee includes:
design board (flexible plastic)
dry erase marker/wipe



Borders and Bindings

Borders and Bindings

Tired of quilts that have more waves then Miss America? Want to learn to miter single or multiple borders without worry? Maybe you just want to spice up your same old borders and binding with something new like scallops, flanges, or prairie points. Than this is the class for you. This class will cover basic and advanced binding techniques using simple methods to guarantee mitered corners and seams. We will also discuss different sashing strip techniques, various edge finishes and other ways to spice up your borders. Demonstration and samples will be provided.


Kris Vierra has been a quilter/seamstress for more than 20 years, and a professional longarm quilter for 10 years. She teaches at national shows and guilds across the country, and has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills over the years. Most recently, Kris was awarded Best Longarm Quilting at AQS Paducah 2018, AQS Phoenix 2016 and AQS Des Moines 2016, and the PFAFF Master Award for Machine Artistry at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2015. Kris’ classes focus on teaching quilter’s how to expand their knowledge base and to break out of their comfort zone. She believes quilting should be fun and not stressful.

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Sewing Machine
Any thread/and needle will work
snips/scissors
rotary cutter and mat
(2) 1/2 yard pieces of fabric any color
(1) 1/4 yard of fabric any color

Class Kit Fee $15 includes:
2 small "practice quilts" for binding
Handouts

Fun Feathers/Easy Background Fillers

Fun Feathers/Easy Background Fillers

Want to do fun fabulous feathers, but don’t want to mark or do a lot of measuring? Not sure how to fit them into the quilt block you want? Than this is the class for you. This class will discuss how to fit feathers in to virtually any shape, with little or no marking. We will also talk about how to quilt feathers with a minimum of stops, starts and backtracking. This class is designed for the person that already has some skill as a quilter, either on a domestic or a long arm.

Examples of various shapes will be provided.

This class will cover a variety of background fillers to use in your machine quilting. These will include, but are not limited to pebbles swirls, flames, flowers, feathers and McTavishing. This class will be in a lecture format and is suitable for all intermediate/advanced domestic and long arm quilters.

Numerous examples will be available to see designs as they look quilted.

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Pencil and Paper for Drawing

Modern Quilts from Old Blocks

Modern Quilts from Old Blocks

Modern Update of an Old Favorite!

Leftovers you don't know what to do with? Traditional blocks from another era? Experiments that didn't work? Get them out of hiding and go Modern!!

Make your rotary cutter into a magic wand! Slice, insert, add, subtract, and transform these old blocks and tops into exciting new work you can put into a fresh, modern setting!

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Fearless Color

Fearless Color

Do color decisions make you tense? Do the terms "split complementary," diadic," and "tertiary" confuse you? Free yourself from color paralysis: throw away that color wheel and

trust your eyes and instincts! Learn Nanny's Foolproof Color Theory and free yourself from the same old color combinations.

Using unexpected colors and glue stick or stitches, you'll make studies that will push your color limits. We will talk about value and experiment with neutrals and a limited palette. You will say goodbye, forever, to color angst!

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No Pattern Paper Piecing

No Pattern Paper Piecing

Daunted by paper piecing? This modern way to use a paper foundation has no lines to follow, no precision required, and best of all, barely any paper to rip off!!

​There's no better way to use up odd-size scraps! Improvise a modern crazy quilt, wonky triangle blocks, or an organic square-in-square with this method. Don't worry about perfection -- just enjoy the journey!

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Free Stitched Hand Embroidery

Free Stitched Hand Embroidery

Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand-dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You’ll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to the silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful, tempo of making intimate art work.


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Batting, 1 piece of wool or other hand quilting type of batting measuring 9” x 6”
Parchment paper measuring about 36” long
Paper or sketchbook for drawing
Pencil with eraser
Black Sharpie Fine Point marker
Thimble (optional but helpful)
Scissors
Needle threader

$30 Kit Fee: Includes pre-fused silk fabric, embroidery threads, needles, hand-outs

Maintaining Your Featherweight Sewing Machine

Maintaining Your Featherweight Sewing Machine

Course registration fee includes Linda’s $15 mandatory toolkit. Linda will be contacting students prior to the class for machine serial numbers to ensure that parts and information are correct for their machines.

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.

Pinwheel Fancy

Pinwheel Fancy

Quilt blocks with motion provide endless possibility for quilt designs from simple shapes and units.  Throw in a secondary block, turn the whole thing on point, and you create vertical columns where pinwheels can happily spin away.

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Garden Party!

Garden Party!

Garden Party is a two-block quilt. And BEST of all?  NO TRIANGLES are cut or sewn into this quilt!  This entire quilt is made from 1 1/2'' strips and squares, and is great fun as a group --especially if a whole lot of swapping is going on for maximum scrapability!  

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Wonky Wishes

Wonky Wishes

Quilt a scraptastic rainbow of colorful stars!


Put those precious scraps to work for you with a dazzling quilt pattern from best-selling author Bonnie K. Hunter. Sew a field of wonky stars atop colorful scrappy squares and low-volume, string-pieced sashing. Easy rotary cutting and simple patchwork make this pattern ideal for beginners, with pressing tips for perfect results! Let your imagination run wild with fabric and color placement as you play with light and dark values. And remember, if the fabric is still ugly, you just didn’t cut it small enough! 


• Quilt with all of your scraps! Pair wonky star blocks with string-pieced sashing for a kaleidoscopic effect

• Slice and sew—no templates required! Includes pressing tips for picture-perfect piecing

• Popular quilter and author Bonnie Hunter teaches you to sort fabrics by value. Pattern packet required.

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