Kelly Ashton

Kelly Ashton

As a self-described “pragmatic quilt-maker”, Kelly Ashton approaches quilt design and construction with a knowledge of and appreciation for the theoretical while searching for and developing skills and short-cuts that are practical. Kelly’s passion for patchwork covers a dichotomy between “microwave quilts” (quilts that are simple in design and quick to piece) to “crock-pot quilts” (quilts that are more intricate and complex in their construction), and she happily moves back and forth betwixt the two…..and everything in-between! Her current obsession, designing and piecing blocks and quilts that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine resulted in the authoring of her book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill- Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork (Martingale, 2014). In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kelly especially loves to teach and talk about quilts. Her motto is “Have quilts. Will travel.”, and she loves to provide quilt presentations and workshops anywhere! Kelly resides in Overland Park, KS with her husband, Jeff Seib, and their fur-baby, Shyma. For more information, please check her website (kellyquilter.com), “Like” her Facebook page (Kelly Ashton: Quilting Lectures & Workshops), follow her on Instagram (kellyaquilter), and check out her Craftsy classes, “Piece Any Project: Conquer Challenging Seams” and “Finish It! Borders, Backing, Binding, and Beyond (Craftsy.com). In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists located in Spring Hill, KS. (creativeplaceretreats.com / FB: The Creative Place, event venue).

Painted Mountains 
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 – 3:00

Domestic Sewing Machine
Painted Mountains” ( ~72” x 76.5”) is a wonderful exploration of how to work with proportionately sized triangles. There are no set-in seams in this very popular, visually interesting project – just lots of color play and a fun, unexpected strippy setting. Kelly, the author of “Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More”, loves working with “sixty-degree shapes”, and she will guide the participant through playing with triangles, offering loads of tips along the way! Come join the fun!

Waterwheel One Block Table Topper/Bed Topper or Wall Quilt
Friday, June 14, 8:00 – 2:00

Domestic Sewing Machine
One Block Topper gives a whole new perspective to “one and done”! Five fabrics; one block; one fun, quick-to-make project!! This project combines chain-piecing with the magic of set-in seams by machine to create an interesting and speedy table or bed topper (or wall quilt!). Kelly knows a thing or two about set-in seams (she is the author of “Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More”), and she will guide you step-by-step through the process!! If your top isn’t finished by the end of class, it will very nearly be!