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.”