Workshops and Lectures offered
Applique - Keeping it Real in the 21st Century
Explore the possibilities of adding applique to enhance a pieced quilt top and borders. See how
many applications there are for mixing pieced blocks with applique blocks. Applique does not have
to be needle turned. Have you ever tried fusing a design, rough edge applique, or the very versatile
freezer paper methods? Have you seen the quick and easy way of making templates using large
Avery labels? Do you know the correct needles and thread to use when hand or machine stitching
applique? All of these topics will be presented in this one hour lecture. This lecture will also
include at least two dozen applique quilts guaranteed to inspire even the most die-hard applique haters.
Scrap Quilts ... Too Much Is Never Enough
In this lecture I usually bring two dozen scrap quilts and end the lecture with a trunk showing
of the quilts in my book Colorful Quilts - A Journey Through Fabric. We discuss the use of
multiple fabric combinations, stash builders, how to make scrap quilts with 75 or more fabrics and
the products available to help quick-piece any quilt project.
Kick It Up a Notch (brights at their best)
There are so many new bright fabrics, but what can we make with them? This lecture explores the many
possibilities of not only using bright fabrics in unusual settings, but ventures into working
with wool, black and white fabrics, vertical settings, row quilts, and flannel quilts.
Let's do the Cajun "two step", throw some beads, and laissez les bon temps rouler
(let the good times roll) as we explore the wonderful world of bright fabrics and their many uses.
This will be a trunk showing of brightly colored quilts and more. Many of the quilts shown are in
my book Colorful Quilts - A Journey Through Fabric.
This lecture covers the many aspects of block exchanges: how to make them successful, the pitfalls
to avoid, the reasons for doing an exchange, which blocks work well, and which blocks don't.
I will show Round-Robin quilts, row quilts, uneven grid quilts, cutting bee quilts, a "keep it
yourself and work on it yourself" Round-Robin quilt, friendship quilts, and quilts that would
be perfect for an exchange.
Mixed Technique ... It's just like gumbo!
Mix in a little bit of this and a little bit of that and you have made gumbo. What a great way
to experiment with different techniques than by using them all in one quilt. The lecture will
feature quilts using applique and piecing in different settings. Showcasing applique in medallion
quilts, row quilts, alternate blocks, and in borders gives a quilt many different looks. Of course,
piecing is included in the same way. What a fun way to make a quilt and not be committed to just
one method. How boring! A trunk show will include at least two to three dozen quilts that will
hopefully inspire your members.
I teach all of the quilts featured in these image galleries:
Bright and Bold
Wool Felt Applique