Sew what's New for 2010:

General Information

All the  lectures are extensions of my own quilting experience. They are entertaining, informative and some offers a chance for hands on participation .

As a teacher you could call me a generalist in the art of quilting. I love teaching quilt craft. I especially enjoy developing new ways to teach the same technique to many different types of students.
I have taught my craft to children in after school and camp programs. I have taught quilting classes in quilt shops , at quilt shows and quilt guild meetings.

I have taught many techniques Stack and Slash,Woven quilts, Wearable Art using a sweatshirt base, Marbleizing fabric using shaving cream, Curves with one pin and 3-D techniques just to name a few.


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Lecture/Workshop brochure


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The Guild "Lectshop" Option

An Alternative to the Traditional Lecture-

The "Lectshop" is ideal for small guilds ,quilt shows  without  loads of money or an interest in  expensive workshops.
In this economy it is hard for guilds to get members to commit to workshops but those same members want local and famous quilters to come Lecture  at their guild meetings. Well I think I have a solution to this dilemma. I call it the "LectShop",this is a mini lecture with a hands on demonstration where members can participate and those members who would prefer to watch can come up close and see how things are done.

The lecture would be 20-30 minutes and the mini workshop would be 45 minutes -1 hour. The total cost for the Lectshop will vary with the type of mini workshop requested. The cost to the members who want to participate will be less than $10 for a protection kit (nitrile gloves and a cloth apron and the directions). The protection/directions kit will be available to the members before I start the demonstration and they can pay me directly(cash).The members can also bring their own protection(but need to pay for the directions $2).


Table of Contents

Lectures

"Lectshop" an Alternative to the Traditional Lecture
Fabric and why I love it and find it difficult to live without it!
How Quilting Techniques Have Changed - A Historical (Hysterical?) Walk Through America's Quilting History
Making Time to Design- A practical approach to creating Functional Art at home
Quilting under pressure- how to take the stress out of a deadline
Trunk Show: Early quilts and beyond, my quilting journey!

Workshops

CURVES, CURVES, CURVES
Black Fabric is Awesome
Curves Plus!
Don't Whine About Design
Holiday Hanging
Introduction to Stack and Slash
Quilted Clothing-How to make a quilted jacket from a sweatshirt- Available as a 1 or 2 day workshop
Seasonal Table Runner
Stack and Slash Stained Glass
Utility Quilting- An Alternative to Tying
Woven Quilts

Lectures

"Lectshop" an Alternative to the Traditional Lecture
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The "Lectshop" is an alternative to  having a lecture one day and a workshop the next day. The "Lectshop" is a mini lecture that will relate  to the demonstration given and may include a small trunk show. This will be followed by a 45 minute to an hour of demonstration and hands on practice for the guilds membership. Many times The cost of a Lecturer and a workshop the next day is too expensive or there are not enough members signed up for the workshop which could cause the lecturer to cancel completely. I have run program for my guild in NH and I know how hard a balancing act this can be. I am hoping my new approach will allow guilds to have their cake and eat it too , all in one night and in one place.

Each mini workshop will provide protection packets(gloves/ apron) and directions/references/more information for a small fee( $10) for any member who would like to participate. Watching is always free!

~Marbleizing fabric using shaving cream- is a fun,easy and messy way to marbleize fabric. During the 45 minutes to an 1 hour I  will be teaching and demonstrating multiple times so people can get a taste of what the technique is like.
The Mini workshop  Lecture will be about what you can do with marbleized fabric and show what I have done with it. I will discuss other methods of marbleizing fabric and how to use them as well and the pros and cons of all the methods.

~Easy Silk Screening using water soluble crayons,pencils and markers- this is an exciting alternative to the traditional method of silk screening fabric. This will be a demo with a chance for people to experiment with this technique if they choose.As with all silk screening you have 4 parts:
1. Prepare the screen
Preparing the screen is as easy as drawing a silly design with a crayon or using a stencil and coloring over it.
2. Make the print
  Making the print still requires the correct medium and squeegee but no harmful chemicals are necessary.
3. Clean up
clean up requires water, but not a source of running water(nice but not really needed for the demo).
4. Drying the print  and heat setting it.
the print can be dried with a dryer on plastic or hanging up and then heat set once it is dried. You can bring it home wet in old piece of sheet inside a plastic bag and dry and heat set it at home.
The Mini workshop  Lecture will go into details of how to be a greener quilter. Many of us want to be greener but how do we do that. All the silk screens will be done using old sheets, both from home, thrift stores,neighbors and relatives!

Fabric and why I love it and find it difficult to live without it!

Egyptian lives-This talk and mini class (with some voluntary participation)explores what I call Fabric Driven Design.I look at a piece of fabric and it speaks to me...and no I am not crazy. The method Flight from NY to LA- An urban journeyused to make my art quilts is driven by the fabric.The Fabric will show me what it can do and the art quilts that are created reflect the Fabric Driven Designs. I will talk about basic color and design theory and with some help from the audience we will try to apply some of this knowledge. I want to inspire the audience to go where no Quilter has gone before!

How Quilting Techniques Have Changed - A Historical (Hysterical?) Walk Through America's Quilting History

In this talk,demonstration and group participation event,we will focus on the changes in quilting techniques, born of the For Iancreativity of quilters over the last 250 years and the new tools that make new techniques possible. I will talk about how quilting has changed from 1776 to the present and the milestones that changed the way quilting was done and where it is going now. This lecture is meant to be informative and entertaining, as the group participation allows the participants to see how Betsy Ross made perfect 5 pointed stars for George Washington to prove a point,so to speak.This is an excellent program for anyone interested in the history of quilting in our country.

Making Time to Design- A practical approach to creating Functional Art at home

workroom disasterFrom personal experience I will take you through the ins and outs of creating Functional Art at home.For those of us who lust after fabric we need a way to fulfill that lust by creating something we can touch. But to do this we need to fill some basic requirements.

1. Not everyone can have a studio, so look at what space is available and can you make it yours?
2. Time.........yes we all are busy,but there has to be a way to make time to be creative
3. Motivation.........That is a huge one and for many of us it is the most difficult
4. Deciding what you are going to create once you are motivated and basic guidelines of how to get the project going
5. Some ways to keep things organized and somewhat neat!

So let's get to it...........rev up your sewing machine and hold on!
(handouts are available)

  

Quilting under pressure- how to take the stress out of a deadline

The biggest problem for all creative people is finishing a project on time  or simply finishing the project. This lecture is a humorous look at at how these stresses can be relieved (not relived). Come with me and we will take a look at how to get rid of that stress creatively!

Trunk Show: Early quilts and beyond, my quilting journey!

This Talk and Trunk Show traces my development as an Art Quilter and Teacher. It begins with my classes in 1990 and continues through my departure from the traditional side of quilting to Urban more of a slash and burn approach.
I will show you my early work and take you on a tour of my most recent work!

Half DayWorkshops

CURVES, CURVES, CURVES

Curved Table RunnerThis is a 3-hour class exploring a different approach to making curves. We will look at the methods of Judy Dales and Debbie Bowles.We will examine the method used by Kathie Alyce in her Quilted Landscapes that will knock your socks off and it will change how you approach piecing curves. This is a technique only class. We will on be learning this approach to curves,no particular project has been chosen.


Curve Class Supply list (PDF)

Material Fee: 5.00

Full Day Workshops

Black Fabric is Awesome

Black Fabric is Awesome!Try your hand at An Art Quilt Book: Easy Art Quilts-Amazing Designs Based On Tradition by Christiane Meunier, Chitra Publishing, 2000, ISBN: 1-885588-34-8 This book must be purchased for the class. As I am not the author, students must purchase the book in advance of the class. Using black makes this simple design look spectacular! You can use all your lighter batiks or those wild child fabrics you have stashed away and don't have a clue what to do with them! This quilt can be made into a twin size or even a King, but please think first about going there! Project will not be completed by the end of class.

Curves Plus!

This is a full day class learning about curves. We will explore and Curves Plus
practice the different curve techniques , then concentrate on one block  to make a small wall hanging.

Don't Whine About Design

This is the companion workshop to the Lecture: What has Fabric Got To Do With It? The Essence of Fabric Driven Design.
This workshop is designed to give you the tools to work out of the box, no matter how small your box is.I will help Sheep at the beach in progress
to answer questions such as: Do you always need a pattern before you make a quilt? Do you go for those
adventurous colors combinations or do you play it safe and use the same color palette on every quilt?

Material Fee: 15.00

Holiday Hanging

Holiday Hanger with bellsThis holiday hanging is an original design of mine. It is a door or wall hanging and has bells attached by ribbons. TheO'Keefe Christmas directions for the Holiday card holder are included for anyone who takes the class. The techniques used to make the Holiday Hanging are also used in constructing the Holiday Card Holder. The fabrics used for these two projects can reflect any holiday or season; a student shouldn't feel limited by the title!

Introduction to Stack and Slash

Elizabeth Boyd's Technique for creating 6 unusual blocks for a hanging or baby quilt is great for all levels of Quilters.Stained Galss Place mats The technique requires knowledge of how to use a rotary cutter and a sewing machine.

Quilted Clothing-How to make a quilted jacket from a sweatshirt- Available as a 1 or 2 day workshop

Navajo LadiesDay 1 we will learn: To take apart the sweatshirt How to fit the pieces to fit your frame About the different options for piecing the fabric which will cover the sweatshirt pieces. We will then start designing and piecing. Day 2 We will continue to work on piecing either the back or the front We will talk about the options of pieced or solid sleeves I will explain and demonstrate machine quilting the sweatshirt pieces We will talk about the actual garment construction, how to put in a lining and the methods of finishing the garment we will talk about how to use a commercial pattern and adapt it to the sweat shirt based model Other options for the sweatshirt base

Seasonal Table Runner

This is my original design and can reflect any season! Works great with big prints for the center of the log cabin. Using the log cabin technique and cutting every other log on an angle creates an interesting look to the traditional pattern. The centers of the log cabin can be small or large and the size of the final blocks will be up to the Quilter. Project will not be completed by the end of class.

Stack and Slash Stained Glass

Using the Elizabeth Boyd technique for stack and slash as a base you can give your quilt that stained glass lookStack and Slash Stained Glass without bias tape or fusible materials.The technique requires knowledge of how to use a rotary cutter and a sewing machine.

Utility Quilting- An Alternative to Tying



This class is ideal for any Quilter who is looking for an alternative to hand quilting or tying a quilt. We will make a sampler Big Stitch on Kabuki
practicing all of the utility stitches.We will concentrate on the technique and not on making a finished quilt.

Material Fee: 15.00

Woven Quilts

Feliz NavidadBook: Woven & Quilted - by Mary Anne Caplinger (provided by instructor for use in class) Note:Limit to 12 people in each class (due to book being out of print and I only have 12 copies). If taught in the 1/2 day format, it can be taught in a morning workshop to one group of 12 and then an afternoon workshop with a group of 12 . This is an easy class, some people may even find they are finished with the first hanging before the class is over and want to start a second one. I will be teaching the basic weaving technique in a simple hanging starting with a yard of your main fabric.

Policies and Fees

Mileage(which may include travel to and from lodging) and or airfare/lodging must be provided and are not included in the lecture or workshop prices.

For lectures and classes booked before December 31, 2011 (for 2010-11):
LecShop -mini lecture and hands on workshop (1.5 to 1.75 hrs)* Prices vary depending on
the hands on workshop chosen :
~Marbleizing fabric using shaving cream $490
~Easy Silk Screening using water soluble crayons and pencils $505
~Gelatin Mono printing (Available after December 2010) $525
All Lectures or trunk shows (1 to 1.5 hrs) are $355.00
All 1/2 day (3 hrs) classes are $330.00 and there may be an extra fee for materials.
All full day (5+ hrs) classes are $425.00 and there may be an extra fee for materials.

Maximum # of Students per class is 20

Any student added but with no more than 25 students total, the cost is an extra $10 per student added to the total class fee.

A 10% Discount off class fee is given if a lecture is booked for the previous day/evening (1/2 day classes can be combined with any lecture to make a one day event).

For quilt shops or small groups I need to have 2 days worth of classes to justifying  traveling more than two hours one way.  All the fees apply to quilt shops and small groups.

Available for one on one classes(1 hour one way travel time maximum) Individual classes are a minimum of 3 hours with mileage and meals included.

Materials Fees are always an additional to the class fee.

Kits are an option but add an extra cost above the class fee, $15 to $45 dollars depending on the class, per person.