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My Quilting Journey
            Tracing my adventures in quilting from the early years, BRC (before rotary cutters) up to the present, with lots of quilts to see and touch. Emphasis on recent work, including the process of developing designs and creating patterns for original landscape quilts by a quilter with no formal art training.

Using Photographic Images in Quilts
            Explore the multitude of methods for getting pictorial images onto cloth and then incorporating them into quilts. Details of various methods, slides and quilts.



Maryland State Watercolor New York State Watercolor

State Watercolor Quilt
            Pull out all the great conversation-print fabrics you’ve been collecting and start cutting! Using the quick watercolor technique, mark the state outline on the gridded fusible web, placing fabrics that say “Your State” inside the outline and filling in the surrounding states and water with lighter fabrics. Fuse the squares to the web and simply sew up the seams. You’ll be amazed how many perfect fabrics will emerge from the collections of participants! A workshop kit that includes a 2” square Plexiglas rotary template, starter fabric squares and sufficient gridded fusible web is available for a per-participant fee. Supply list includes information about the specific state to guide the search for specific images on fabric. Basic sewing skills needed. Pattern included. Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas currently available, other states by request. Also Ireland, Israel, Newfoundland.


Japanese Scroll

Japanese Scrolls
            Explore the traditional Japanese art form of decorative scrolls and make an original wall hanging. Incorporate a rectangular feature block, using a special piece of fabric you’ve been saving or a pieced or appliquéd design from the patterns provided. The center block is surrounded with borders of varying widths and fabrics. Some piecing experience needed. Pattern included.



            Kaleidoscopes were introduced to American homes in the very early 1800’s and served as a design inspiration for quilt and decorative painting designs. Workshop participants will hand-piece a kaleidoscope block and have the opportunity to explore the design possibilities of multiple kaleidoscope blocks with paper and colored pencil. Template-making and fabric cutting can be omitted if the option of using a precut kit of fabrics, for a per-participant fee, is selected. No prior quilting experience needed.


Spinning Triangles

Spinning Triangles
            Take advantage of the special cutting lines on your rotary ruler to quickly and accurately cut identical 45° or 60° triangles in two or more fabrics. Systematic piecing quickly yields triangle units that go together to make a wall hanging, table runner or tree skirt/table topper. Some piecing experience needed. Pattern included


Appllique Every Which Way

Appliqué Every Which Way
            Learn how to do a variety of hand-appliqué techniques, from the traditional needle-turn to more contemporary methods using freezer paper and spray starch.  Step-by-step instruction will allow sewing novices to grasp the essentials of appliqué and create small reference samples of the the different methods in practice stitching before beginning a small project. A brief overview of machine appliqué, including supplies and stitching techniques can be included. Designed for students with no prior appliqué experience; using the kit that includes fabrics, matching thread and template making-supplies (provided for a per-participant fee) keeps the supply list short and limited to basic sewing supplies. Pattern included


Applique' -Beyond the Basics I

Appliqué - Beyond the Basics I
            Explore reverse, faced and dimensional appliqué in this workshop as you make a wall hanging of a pineapple, the traditional symbol of hospitality. Participants can plan to do all sewing by hand, combine machine preparation of appliqué shapes with hand-stitching or do all the appliqué by machine. Basic appliqué experience needed. Pattern provided.


Applique' - Beyond the Basics II

Appliqué - Beyond the Basics II
            Choose to make a flower or vegetable harvest basket. Participants learn several ways to make bias strips to weave into the basket and use for stems, try out broderie perse and several dimensional techniques for flowers or vegetables as they create their own original wall hangings or center blocks for a larger work.  Basic appliqué experience needed. Pattern included.


Workshops in development: Landscape Quilts from Photographs (2 days) and Curves Cut Freehand.

Fees and Travel Requirements:
            Lecture alone - $200, in conjunction with workshop, $150
            Workshop -  6 hour/full day - $350

Travel by car at IRS rate for mileage reimbursement within 200-250 miles
Airfare and expenses associated with air travel for locations beyond driving distance.

Accommodation - private room in nonsmoking, pet-free host home or hotel room

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