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 (, “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 ( In addition to quilty things, Kelly owns and operates The Creative Place, a retreat for quilters and other artists located in Spring Hill, KS. ( / FB: The Creative Place, event venue).

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

Location:  Overland Park Convention Center Courtyard 2

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!

Workshop Cost: $75

Supply List:
Fabric:  Yardage is based on 42″ wide fabric.  Please, no flannel or directional fabrics.  Amounts are generous.

1/4 yard of at least 11 different colors of “read solid” fabric for mountains (more than 11 will give you greater flexibility for mountain color placement in your quilt top)
2 1/4 yards print for mountains
4 yards neutral print for setting pieces, sashings, outer border and binding
4 3/4 yards for backing
Batting – queen size or at least 80″ x 86″

The fabric requirements listed are to make the entire quilt.
For the workshop:  Please bring 5 to 7 pieces of the “read solid” fabrics and 1 yard each of the print fabric for the mounts and the neutral print for the setting pieces.

See pre-workshop preparation at the end of this handout.

Kit:  The materials kit is mandatory for each participant.  The kit includes 4 acrylic templates, FabricGrips for the templates, template plastic for making templates to cut the setting pieces and the project pattern.  The kit will be available for you when you arrive for class.  Kit fee: $25

Other supplies:
Thread:  High-quailty, neutral color piecing weight thread.  Presencia 60-weight thread is my favorite.

Rotary Cutter:  28 mm size is preferred for cutting around templates

Cutting Mat:  A small (8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″) cutting mat, on a rotating base, if you have one, is very helpful for cutting the patchwork pieces from the strips.  A 12″ x 18″ or smaller non rotating mat will work too.

Mary Ellen’s Best Press — (or another fabric stabilizer) for pre-workshop preparation.  No need to bring to class.

Notions:  Pins, snips, seam ripper, utility scissors, Sharpie ultra fine-tip permanent marker

Paper and pencil: for note taking, if you wish

Klutz glove:  Not required, but recommended


Preparing your fabrics:  Whether or not you pre-wash your fabrics, I strongly recommend generously spritzing your fabrics with Mary Ellen’s Best Press and pressing the fabric until dry with an iron on cutting setting until dry prior to cutting your fabric strips. Because all of the cut patchwork pieces have at least two bias edges, this fabric preparation helps to add stability to the fabric thus diminishing the likelihood of distorting the patchwork pieces during the piecing process.  I also prepare my sashing, border and binding fabrics in the same way.

Pre-class cutting:  After you have stabilized your fabrics, please cut the following:

From 4 to 5 of your “read solid” fabrics, cut 1 to 2 strips, 2 1/4″ x width of fabric; from your “mountain” fabric, cut 1 strip each 2 1/4″ x width of fabric, 4″ x width of fabric and 7 1/2″ x width of fabric.

From your neutral print fabric, cut 2 yards of fabric off and set aside for outer borders and setting pieces, if needed.  Then, from the remaining 2 yard piece, cut one strip of 7 1/2″ x width of fabric.

Please bring all of the strips you’ve cut, plus the remaining amounts of “read solid”, mountain and sashing/border fabrics to class (including the fabrics from which you’ve already cut strips).

I’m so looking forward to having you in class!  We’re gonna have a great time!  Questions?  My email is


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

Location: Overland Park Convention Center Courtyard 2

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!

Workshop Cost: $65

Supplies and Pre-Workshop Instructions:  Please read and follow the supply list and workshop instructions in their entirety. 

Fabrics:  100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric: no flannel, please.  Requirements based on 42″ of usable fabric width.

Fabric #1:  (star points and center hexagon): 1/8 yard — this fabric must contrast with the background fabric

Fabric #2:  (upper star body): 1/4 yard – must contrast with the background fabric (Note: this is the multi-colored fabric in my sample)

Fabric #3:  (lower star body): 1/4 yard – must contrast with the background fabric and “stand out” so the second design pops.  ( Note:  This is the orange fabric in my sample)

Fabric #4:  (ring around the hexagon): 1/8 yard

Fabric #5:  Background — For hexagon-shaped topper (see sample photo):  1/2 yard
For rectangular-shaped topper/wall quilt* — 1 yard
*I will show in class how easy it is to create a rectangular-shaped topper by
adding to the hexagon-shaped topper.

Backing: 1 yard
Batting:  At least 34″ x 38″
Binding:  1/3 yard (assumes binding strips will be cut 2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ wide)

Backing, Batting and Binding do not need to come to class.

Kit:  (4 acrylic templates for cutting patchwork for block, Fabric Grips, pattern, template plastic for setting pieces) $30.   This kit is mandatory for each participant and it will be available from Kelly at the beginning of class (cash or credit/debit card, please).

Other Supplies:
Rotary Mat — 12″ x 12″ rotating mat, if you have one.  If not, a 12″ x 18″ mat will work.
Rotary cutter — 28 mm recommended
Klutz Glove:  Optional, yet recommended
Rotary Ruler:  6″ x 12″ or 8″ x 12″ will come in handy IF you wish to make the rectangular version
Piecing Thread:  60 wt. Presencia or 50 wt. Aurifil are my recommended threads
Pins, thread snips, seam ripper (just in case), any other favorite notions

Pre-Workshop Instructions: Please complete the following before class!
1.  Prepare all block and background fabrics by generously (quite damp; not dripping wet) spritzing them with Mary Ellen’s Best Press (or spray starch) and pressing them until dry with a dry iron on cotton setting or, spritz the fabrics with MEBP, iron them on both sides, then hang until completely dry.  Once dry, press out the wrinkles with a steam iron on cotton setting.

2.  From the prepared fabrics, cut the following width of fabric (WOF) strips:

Fabric #1 — (star tips and center hexagon):  One (1) strip 4″ x WOF
Fabric #2 — (upper star body): One (1) strip 7 1/2″ x WOF
Fabric #3 — (lower star body):  One (1) strip 7 1/2″ x WOF
Fabric #4 — (ring around center hexagon):  One (1) strip 2 1/4″ x WOF
Fabric #5 — (background):  Two (2) strips 7 1/2″ x WOF

Bring all the fabric strips to class.  If you wish to make the rectangular version, bring the extra background fabric too.

I look forward to having you in class!  If you have any questions before class, please email your question to me at