Lectures

 

 

 

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Quilting with fabrics from Around the Globe

Fabrics from around the globe are made out of various fibers, wools, cotton, and animal skins.  As a result, these uniquely different textures and compositions could present challenges to the quilter with regard to composing quilt designs.  This lecture series will explore techniques on how to work with such fabrics.

The lecturer will share her expansive knowledge of quilting with fabrics from around the world.  She will share expert advice on how to handle various textures and fibers of fabric, and will discuss whether hand stitching or machine quilting is best.

 

Modern Quilting, Traditional Quilt Blocks Made Modern, Using Japanese Indigo Blue Fabric

Using Japan’s textile Indigo blue fabric, each class attendee will create a quilt that is 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 class will encourage inspiration of style from start to finish.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

 

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The 5 Basic Principle of Design

If your group is a group of creative people who love following patterns but sometimes like to add their own touches this is the lecture for you and your group. Many quilters like to follow patterns. Following a pattern is great but what if you have a great pattern but you have a few ideas how you could change it for the good. Or you have all the fabrics for the pattern but need to change a few of the pattern pieces because you are short a few pieces. After this lecture you will have the tools you need to create from scratch or just change a few pieces in a already great pattern.

You may be already using the 5 principles of design but you or your group member don’t even know it. Wouldn’t you love to know you are on the right track and that you can continue creating using these great principles. If you are looking to learn something new about quilting this is the lecture for you and your group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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