Speaking Engagements

Sandra Johnson, is now traveling the country full time speaking to quilt guilds and other groups about her quilts and the her path as a textile artist. She is scheduling events through 2017.

Sandra will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first quilts she made, and her wish to honor her grandmother’s sewing art. Sandra’s presentation features traditional, modern and art quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have influenced  quilt designs to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few poets, public officials and humanitarian activist.

The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as Sandra explores the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.

Sandra also offers a half-day modern quilt workshop for those who would like to participate in this new form of “quilting.”

To inquire about rates and availability please email sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com

Lectures, Fees and Contract


Lectures are approximately one hour in length and I will conduct a question and answer period after the lecture. I will make every attempt to bring as many quilts with me as possible to share with my audience.

“Nurturing Your Creative Spirit: Personal Traits That Inspire Great Quilts”

Passion, humor, persistence, faith in your work, courage…these five qualities and others all play a role in your creative life. What does it take to be a great quilter?? I discuss how I learned important life lessons…sometimes the hard way…through quiltmaking.

“When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Quilter”

For years I tried many different crafts and explored art in all mediums. One day I realized there was a benefit to this crazy urge to try new and different things. I talk about how everything learned from past projects are contributing to and enriching my work in my quilts today.

“Interpretations of a Nature Lover”

Endlessly inspired and awed by the beauty and color of my surroundings, this lecture/slide presentation parallels my love of nature and how I interpret it in my quiltmaking.


Fees and More Information . . .

Schedule of Fees

(Within the USA)

A note regarding class fees: I figure my class fee a bit differently than most teachers. I charge per person (per day) for classes rather than a set flat rate. For instance, my class rate is currently $37.50 per student. The minimum fee I charge for a class is $37.50 x 16 (minimum) = $600. For 20 students the price would be $37.50 x 20 = $750. The exceptions to this price structure are quilt shows when I will charge a flat fee for classes. I found this structure is beneficial to quilt guilds, especially those with smaller memberships. For more information or questions about the workshops or fees, contact Sandra at sandrajohnsondesigns@gmail.com

Full day workshop-guild  The class fee is $500  Maximum students in a class – 25. A sewing machine is required unless noted.

One-hour lecture —-$500. $400 when scheduled concurrently to a workshop. No limit on group size.

I will bring as many quilts as available for the lectures/workshops when driving to your location.

If travel is by air or overseas, the number of quilts I bring will be limited. Client pays shipping and insurance costs if client requests shipping more quilts.

The client is responsible for all meals, parking fees and travel arrangements, including coach airfare on a major national carrier and ground transportation to and within the destination city. I request round trip mileage reimbursement of the current amount set forth by the IRS for distances covered by car. All arrangements must be approved in advance. If overnight lodging is necessary I would appreciate non-smoking accommodations in a safe, comfortable hotel/motel.



Traditional Quilt Blocks Made Modern, Using Japanese Fabric

Using Japan’s textile fabric, each attendee will see a quilts that are uniquely their own.  Indigo is native to Japan, and for centuries, it has inspired weavers, dyers, merchants, and artist. The lecturer will share stories behind traditional cotton folk textiles such as Boro, and Sashiko. Students will be awarded the opportunity to work with indigo cotton, sew traditional quilt blocks in different sizes, and arrange them to create a quilt top.   The instructor will guide attendees in different hand-stitching techniques using embroidery threads of different sizes.  This will encourage inspiration of style from start to finish.

Modern Quilting 

A discussion of modern quilting and what is modern. After years of quilting we now have a movement which has taken a style of quilting construction and named it “Modern Quilting.” I take you through the history of quilting to the present Modern Quilt era. This lecture is filled with quilts I have made mixed with laughter and thought provoking questions. Are you a modern quilter? What does it mean to be a modern quilter? If you are looking for colorful quilts and many different ways of looking at constructing and designing your quilts, this is the lecture for your group.



The Life of a Quilter

In this lecture I take you back to the start of my sewing, quilting years to the present. Hang on for a ride because it was not pretty. The truth hurts sometimes and I will be very truthful with my good and bad creations. The stories are full of fun and tears. I sometimes fall into a hole when it comes to quilting and design. My back ground in Home Economics helped me to dig myself out of that hole, and my sheer determination is how I have maintained some sense of composure through all the ups and downs. If you want to know if what you’re experiencing is normal to the life of a quilter, this is the lecture for you.


Got Old Jeans? Be Creative!

This lecture series will inspire creativity in each attendee, through educating them on how to upcycle denim clothing such as old jeans, overalls, shirts and skirts to create fabulous works of art, utilizing simple to complex quilting designs, patterns, and methods.

Various denim textures and weight will be explored, and how best to utilize these denim characteristics in your quilting design, will be discussed.  The lecturer will share her trademark hand quilted designs, and the story of how she became well known as the “Denim Lady.”