Classes


A look inside my yearlong stint as a member of the 2014 Quiltmaker Magazine "Scrap Squad," a select group of 6 quilters from across the continent tasked with redesigning one pattern from each issue entirely in scraps. Each assignment led me not only into the morass of scrap hoarding in my own studio, but also inspired me to create several of my own designs based on the originally assigned projects. Lots of thoughts on what makes a good scrap quilt, why scrap quilts are my favorites, demos of some of my favorite scrap techniques and gadgets, and insights into how one idea morphs into so many more during the design process. You'll never look at a quilt pattern just one way again!

Cost: $ 60.00
Whip up this modern runner and learn some cool new cutting and applique tricks at the same time. Never used the Leaves Galore template? You'll want to see how it makes this quilt a joy to create. Few projects truly can be completed or near completed in one sewing session, but this one really can, and is fun in any season. Pattern fee of $8.

Cost: $ 60.00
We put the concepts discussed in the "Give it a Scrap Slap" lecture to the test by reworking a given block entirely in scraps. While all class members will work with the same block design, each person will be given different directions on color, value, contrast, and fabric placement to be used in their block as they sew. All fabrics are brought to the class as 3" squares and are put into a "scrap pool," upping the scrappy fun of the completed blocks immensely! Participants will be taught the importance of value and creativity when choosing block fabrics, and in the end will be amazed by how one block can be transformed into so many different looks simply with fabric choices and placements.

Cost: $ 60.00
This class is filled with all the things DeLoa wishes she had known when she started quilting! These tips and tricks will help you to get started in your quilting career without all the woes of the beginner. DeLoa will start with easy loading instructions then talk about thread tensions and battings. She will share tips for dealing with some problem quilts and how to use rulers and pantographs. She will demonstrate some easy, free-motion designs that you can use on your quilts right away. You will learn several background all-overs, continuous curve, and some border designs.

Cost: $ 60.00
DeLoa has been having a blast with all the new rulers that she developed in the last year. Join her for this lecture/demo and share in all the fun! She will show you how to use rulers as well as the trick to holding them and lining them up correctly. Along with the straight edge tools, she also will show you how to use the Boomerang for curved crosshatch. The Circle Buster and Piece of My Heart guides allow you to make perfect circles and hearts without crossing your hands and then to add free-motion quilting for more design opportunities. The Rope-a-Dope guides make great rope designs with a corner trick that makes it perfect each time. It all started with the Appliguide, which DeLoa will show you how to use to go around appliques smoothly. Along with instruction, there will be samples and many designs that go beyond the basic use of guides.

Cost: $ 60.00
DeLoa doesn't like to turn her quilts to quilt her side borders - it is too much work, bother, and time! So she developed many simple free-motion designs that can be done in the borders. DeLoa will show you how to space your borders and turn the corners. She will show you how to quickly quilt your sashings in one pass over the quilt top with her serpentine technique. She will share 20+ simple designs for the beginner to help you get started in a free-motion border adventure.

Cost: $ 60.00
Finally! Flowers that you can't kill if you don't have a green thumb! DeLoa says she definitely doesn't but with some very simple shapes and techniques, she can quilt beautiful flowers that can be used in motifs, wreaths, and overall designs. In this lecture/demo, DeLoa will share several leaf vines for borders and sashings. Using these shapes and techniques, your flower arrangements will be limited only by your imagination!

Cost: $ 60.00
In this lecture/demo, DeLoa will unlock the mystery of free-motion feathers! These feathers are simple and easy yet elegant for any quilt. You will learn the basic feather and then how to use it in crosses, wreaths, hearts, swags, and borders. Learn how to vary the feather shape to fit into different quilt styles. Many designs and ideas are offered in this class.

Cost: $ 60.00
The designs you will learn in this class are not for the faint of heart - in fact, it usually takes a while for someone to figure out how you did them! DeLoa will share how to use a background filler stencil such as crosshatching, clamshell, or clouds as a guide for free-motion quilting. It is such a cool concept! Background designs such as interlocking circles, twist, and flaming clamshells all become easy and unique. The really cool thing about this lecture is that every time DeLoa teaches it the students come up with even more ideas. Let DeLoa introduce you to this technique and see what wondrous things you can imagine!

Cost: $ 60.00
Sampler quilts will no longer be a headache but become a joy after this class! DeLoa will teach you many ways to quilt a block with continuous curves, loops, twists, curls, stencils, and feathers, etc. DeLoa will show you how to quilt your way around the block and home again with little marking and few stops and starts. DeLoa also will show you how to connect blocks with the other quilting on your quilt to make your quilting time more productive. She will share many ways to quilt traditional quilts and various blocks. You will be able to tackle that next sampler with a lot of design ideas!

Cost: $ 120.00
Let's quilt a panel to build your quilt design confidence! Whether you are a beginner on the longarm or want to add to your design collection, Darlene's class is both enlightening and a fun way to gain confidence in your design skills. Learn how to outline, use a ruler, and quilt feathers/paisleys and many other designs to add to your "quilt soup" pot!

Cost: $ 120.00
This class provides everything necessary to become a hand quilter, from a discussion of the objects needed for successful hand quilting to an understanding of the theory behind hand quilting and a strong beginning stitch. It is a fun non-project class for the beginner and those with more experience alike.

Cost: $ 90.00
Dizzy Daisies is a straight-forward project in which stems are the design focus. Students will learn the more advanced freezer-paper-on-the-top method of applique, as well as how to make super-long stems and a simple hand embroidery stitch. With a limited color palette and a little bit of whimsy a delightful effect will be achieved.

Cost: $ 90.00
Whether making just a pillow top or an entire quilt, Loopy Tulips is a fun project to introduce students to the joys of handwork. We will focus on the basic aspects of applique: stems, inside and outside points, and gentle curves using the freezer-paper-on-the-bottom method of applique. We will also explore color placement as a way to add a secondary level of design.

Cost: $ 120.00
The history of Baltimore Album quilts is a fascinating journey into an America headed for the Civil War. Discover how the industrial revolution, the struggle over slavery and the social and moral climate of the time contributed to this beautiful art form. Explore how the demise of Baltimore Album quilts leads us into the hearts and minds of the women who made them, and how this mystery connects us with our sisters of long ago.

Cost: $ 30.00
Daffalilies is a whimsical project in which the design focus shifts from flower to stem. Students will experiment with two different applique techniques as well as learning a simple hand-embroidery stitch. We will also discuss the ways in which color and value can influence a dynamic design.

Cost: $ 120.00
If you are a quilter that just wants something pretty to wear, but are not into garment sewing than this class is for you. Read on-

Cost: $ 120.00
Tired of just meandering on your quilts but not sure what else to do? Let Karen show you nine (or more!) easy free-motion designs that you can start using immediately on your quilts!

Cost: $ 60.00
The Modern Quilt movement has taken the quilting world by storm. But how do you quilt a modern quilt? Karen will share modern shapes that can be used to fill all of those wide-open spaces.

Cost: $ 60.00
Do you want to ramp up your free-motion quilting and add a custom look to blocks and borders? In this lecture/demo, Karen will show you how to add design and texture to your quilt by using the piecing intersections and minimal marking (dots). She will share easy to master shapes and designs that will allow you to take your quilting to the next level.

Cost: $ 60.00
Do you love the look of crisp, straight lines in quilting designs? Do you yearn to add swags and other shapes to your borders? Does stitching in the ditch in blocks and around applique make you break out in hives? Then this class is for you! Karen will teach you the basics of using rulers and templates so that you can take your quilting to the next level!

Cost: $ 120.00
Introduction to Wool Applique is recommended for the Beginning to Advanced Needle Worker. Trunk Show will focus on Traditional Penny Rug Motifs. See Felted Wool Applique up close, learn how fabulous and easy this type of applique is to add to your quilt making skills. The very best techniques, tools and notions will be highlighted. Hands on Stitching Demonstration included!

Cost: $ 30.00
Introduction to Wool Applique is recommended for the Beginning to Advanced Needle Worker. Trunk Show will focus on Stems and Leaves. See Felted Wool Applique up close, learn how fabulous and easy this type of applique is to add to your quilt making skills. The very best techniques, tools and notions will be highlighted. Hands on Stitching Demonstration included!

Cost: $ 30.00
Introduction to Wool Applique is recommended for the Beginning to Advanced Needle Worker. Trunk Show Focus will be on Flowers! See Felted Wool Applique up close, learn how fabulous and easy this type of applique is to add to your quilt making skills. The very best techniques, tools and notions will be highlighted. Hands on Stitching Demonstration included!

Cost: $ 30.00
Rulers, templates, and curves, oh my! Do you have rulers at home that you are not sure how to use? Do you want to discover how rulers can enhance the design process? If so, this is the class for you!

Cost: $ 120.00
Drawing the feather is the first step in mastering this timeless quilting design. First you will draw it and then to the machines to quilt it!

Cost: $ 120.00
From basic to dense designs, fillers can play so much more than just a supporting role in quilt design because they add beautiful dimension to quilting designs. Linda will help you create exquisite new designs just by adding simple fillers to a block and will introduce you to fun, new, and creative ideas to use fillers to enhance a quilt. Linda will show you how threads play a design role with fillers and will share tips and techniques to quilt fillers that flow with the quilt.

Cost: $ 120.00
Awesome for beginners! Amazing for experienced quilters! Come prepared to learn an abundant array of techniques and designs that will give you a whole new outlook on quilting. All aspects of the quilt process are covered - from beginning to end!

Cost: $ 60.00
Wide open spaces should never be intimidating - they are places to create to our heart's content! In this lecture/demo, Linda will show students how dividing negative spaces in their quilt projects creates new and exciting design spaces.

Cost: $ 60.00
Every longarm quilter - no matter the brand of machine being used - has experienced those dreaded tension headaches while quilting. Understanding how machine tension functions and how the stitch is made is essential to understanding how to adjust a longarm machine's tension. During this lecture/demo, Michelle will lead students through a practical step-by-step approach to perfect tension by first explaining the fundamentals of tension and then by detailing the necessary steps to achieve that perfect stitch.

Cost: $ 60.00
Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments will share her love for designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques. See how she lets the fabric elements do the work to create stunning results. This lecture/demo will include a trunk show of many of Marilyn's quilts. She will also demonstrate many techniques in detail with step out boards including: 1) creating easy 4-patch kaleidoscopes made from large prints to use in block centers 2) making simple block units with a variety of fabrics and rotating to create many fun layout options 3) using a Twister tool to make pinwheels by simply sewing together squares. Many design ideas shown.

Cost: $ 60.00
Create stunning star and snowball blocks with kaleidoscope centers. You will learn how to create 4-patch kaleidoscopes from a large print fabric using Marilyn's technique of layering four identical repeats of fabric and strip cutting. Your block centers will come alive and pop! You can choose to make a table runner or quilt. Have fun choosing your color palette. Supply list includes materials and cutting for a table runner or twin size quilt, and shows example projects.

Cost: $ 120.00
Elegant interlocking link blocks look complex yet are pieced with three easy units. In this fun workshop Marilyn will break down the steps and you will work on a table runner or quilt. The pattern is 2-1/2" strip friendly so you can use pre-cut strip packs or cut strips from yardage. Have fun choosing your color palette. Scrappy or just a few fabrics, you choose! You can also create a completely different look by using two different background fabrics or changing the border styles. Supply list includes materials and cutting for a table runner or twin size quilt, and shows example projects.

Cost: $ 120.00
Unlike scrap Log Cabin quilts that feature a different fabric in every strip of a block, this scrap Log Cabin quilt depends on orderly repetition of fabrics within each block. Learn a great method for cutting and sewing that makes these blocks fast and, better yet, square. The four blocks you make in class can be the start of a big quilt or a very satisfactory wallhanging approximately 30" square.

Cost: $ 90.00
The Starry Path is a sleek, dramatic classic quilt block. With only 16 pieces and no set-in seams, it is not hard to make. However, the unusual triangles make it a challenge to cut without acrylic tools. The Starry Path template set was shown for the very first time during Marti's 4-needle class in Puyallup in 2016. That day several class members said, "Oh, this is the class we want next year!" Plan to cut and make 3 matching 12" stars (similar to the 5-block table runner pictured). Marti will also demo how to use the multi-size tools to cut 6" and 9" blocks. The class will include cutting and construction techniques for the Zig-Zag Starry Path quilt shown, The pattern is included with the template set.

Cost: $ 90.00
If you love Scrap quits and you think Stack and Whack is better than sliced bread, you'll really love this great concept for quick and fun scrap quilts. It features rotary cutting, stacks of fabric and for this class, the Elongated Star block. The technique will inspire you to clean out enough of your stash to make room for new fabric. The concept is also adaptable to other blocks that Marti will share with you. This class evolved into one of the From Marti Michell pattern booklets.

Cost: $ 90.00
This is a lively lecture-demo presentation filled with short quick information about a lot of different subjects and liberally illustrated with quilts. The topics vary every time I give the lecture as a new hot tip pushes an old one out of the lecture.

Cost: $ 60.00
Are you tired of trying to squeeze a queen-size quilt through the small opening on your home sewing machine? Or you may be tired of paying big bucks to send quilt tops out to be quilted. Or, perhaps you would just love to make the quilt yourself, from beginning to end! Let Marti share tips, techniques and secrets for both quilting big quilts in manageable sections, and then how to join those sections to complete the quilt. Marti has some new methods that aren't even in her best selling book Machine Quilting in Sections and includes how to add a new border to enlarge your favorite quilt plus time-saving binding tips.

Cost: $ 60.00
The traditional Seven Sisters is a well-loved, but seldom made, quilt pattern. That should change with this simplified version which has completely eliminated set-in seams. Instead of being entirely made with 60 degree diamonds and dot-to-dot seams, it is all straight line, edge to edge sewing

Cost: $ 90.00
The "Hawaiian Style" quit has finally become a machine applique project! In this class we will learn how to trace, cut and fuse a Hawaiian design. This kind of design is unique because it is folded and cut like cutting a paper snowflake. Additionally, we will cover how to do it so carefully, you get 2 blocks from 1 piece of cloth! In this class we use special hand dyed fabric called "Hula Hoops". The radiant design of the cloth blends right in with the Hawaiian style, making the blocks even more exciting!

Cost: $ 90.00
Create a special hand towel you'll be proud to display & use with your embroidered initial and lovely design. Learn to hoop, use stabilizer and topping & move your design in your hoop. This is a great class for the beginner embroider or anyone how has been interested in learning machine embroidery.

Cost: $ 60.00