Textiles have always fascinated me, from vintage to current, my taste has always been ALL! Sewing in general, mending to garment making, were never a chore. But when I pushed myself beyond traditional quilt making, I found the road less traveled was greatly inviting. My quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish yet exciting visual parade. This is how I see the world and how I want the world to see me.
My work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. Fabric choices include my own hand dyed cotton with commercial cottons for a special spark of color and depth. Pieces are heavily machine quilted. The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share. With the release of my new book Pieced Hexies… Well, I feel I have come full circle. So while you may know me initially as an Art Quilter… I am also a Traditional Quilter.
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 – 2:00 — Domestic Sewing Machine
ONE BLOCK! The entire quilt is just one 18” block! Sashing built in! In my quilt there are two block colorways, very slight changes, but it does make the depth of the quilt. But don’t let my color palette dictate your garden. I can see this pattern done all scrappy with each block being it’s own miniature quilt.
|Ease Into Hand Piecing
Friday, June 14, 8:00 – 11:00
I believe this is the perfect block to learn hand piecing. It breaks down into 4 simple units that eases students into learning my roundabout technique which results in sharp points and tight fabric intersections. Students will have access to the acrylic templates for this block, marking pens, a sample of needles & pins, a bobbin of thread and even a thimble pad all included in the kit fee*. Let’s sit and sew this block together. I bet you won’t stop at one!Ease into Hand Piecing –Scrap Zig Zag Block Supply List
*Required Kit: $5.00 (paid to instructor) includes the following –
use of acrylic templates for 8” Scrap Zig Zag Block
• sample of 50wt Aurifil Thread
• Hemming#11 Milliners Needle and various pins
• Use of various marking pens
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING
Thimble – If you don’t have one I will have a possible solution for you
Scissors for fabric cutting – will want a blade at least 5-6” in length
Scissors for thread snipping-short blade
Pencil & handheld sharpener
Clover Table Top Needle Threader–if you have one bring it
A portable OTT light – if you have one
Two Gel Pens/White or Yellow and Silver or Med. Blue
(NOTE I WILL HAVE PENS TO USE)
I recommend Sakura pens that can be
found in the scrapbooking area of your local craft store.
: Scrap fabrics: Lights & Mediums/Darks –at least 5” square in size.
Variety in color and pattern will make the best block!
Thursday, June 13, 12:00 – 3:00 — Hand Technique
Join me in discovering the magic of English Paper Piecing Hexagons (hexies!) by hand. Yes by hand! The perfect go anywhere project. This simple traditional method of quilting allows very creative use of fabric in a simple pattern. An introductory workshop that will cover basic methods of construction. Students will complete a Mug Rug that measures 7.5″. Variations will be discussed so each student will truly make the project their own.
Kit: $7.00 (paid to the instructor) includes
∙ 10 – 1.5” Hexagon Papers
∙ Spool of Aurifil
∙ one Hemming #11 Milliners
∙ one John James Easy Thread Needle
∙ three pins
∙ 8.5” square of fusible
∙ 8.5” square of Pellon Décor Bond
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING
Thread for basting – an odd spool you wish to use up — a bright contrasting color is best
Friday, June 14, 12:00 – 3:00
Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with my Pieced Hexies Patterns. BOOK PURCHASE REQUIRED ($18, paid to the instructor) – 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.
|Let’s Get Hexed Trunk Show
Thursday, June 14, 8:00 – 9:30
An interactive lecture/demo/audience participation event that includes a small trunk show of English Paper Pieced quilts, some made by myself, some antique. I will take the audience thru basting a Hexie hands on as they will actually baste one Hexie during the powerpoint presentation that will be filled with tips and tricks about English Paper Piecing! I will provide the EPP papers, audience needs to bring two 3.5″ squares of fabric, one pin, one needle, basting thread and small scissors. Thimble is optional.
Let’s Get Hexed Together!