Lectures & Workshops

I love to share my story of how I unintentionally became a quilter.  I also enjoy teaching my quilting techniques at quilt shops and quilt guilds. Below is a list of the presentations and workshops that I offer. Contact me for more information.

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LECTURES:

NEW:
Color 101 or Why I HATE Orange!
In this presentation I will discuss the basics of color theory. I will talk about primary, secondary and tertiary colors. We will also discuss complementary and split complementary colors. Finally, I will rap it up with Orange and why it is my nemesis.

“I’ll NEVER be a Quilter.
In this presentation, you’ll hear my personal story of how I became a fiber artist and quilter.  You’ll follow my journey from saying “I never want to quilt” to becoming a national award winning quilter.  I’ll use my quilts to tell my story and illustrate my progression over the last 10 years.  You’ll share my adventure from my earliest quilt creations up to my current quilts.  I hope that this presentation will inspire you to create the quilts that fulfill you, to keep working despite personal hardships, and to never say “never!”

WORKSHOPS:
Thread Painting Basics :: Pansy

Learn the basic techniques of painting with thread. In this            pansy
class the student will learn how to add color, shading and
highlights to a flat area to give it dimension and depth.

The student will learn:
– basics about stabilizers
– what needles & threads work well for thread painting
– how to build color
– how to use thread to add color, shading and highlights
– different finishing techniques

Kit: $10 kit fee includes pattern

Experience: Beginner
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: 2 irons and 2 ironing boards, power outlets for sewing machines, tables for students.


Wholecloth Painting  ::  Blooming Poppy

Blooming Poppy :: 2013Learn the basics of painting on prepared for dying (PFD) fabric. Student will learn techniques to create a wholecloth painted poppy.
Student will learn:
– how to transfer poppy image to fabric
– basics of mixing textile paints
– best practices for applying paint to PFD fabric
– quilting and finishing techniques

Kit: $10 kit fee includes PFD fabric, paint and brush.

Experience: All levels
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: Water for painting and clean up. Floors that can be cleaned.

Clemetis-SampleLR-cropIntense Flower  ::  Clematis
Use Derwent “Inktense” watersoluble ink pencils to create a flower art quilt. The student will learn the basic steps to develop this “watercolor like” quilt. Thread painting and finishing techniques are also covered and demonstrated in the class.

The student will learn:
– to break down the flower image into it’s simplest forms and shapes
– to transfer flower shapes to prepared for dying (PFD) fabric
– techniques to lay down even color
– technique for using pencil add color to colored area and blending
– basic thread painting techniques
– finishing techniques

Kit: $5 kit fee includes PFD fabric and brush.
Note: Students will need to purchase Derwent Inktense pencils for class.

Experience: All levels
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: Water for painting and clean up. Floors that can be cleaned  up easily.

Free-Motion Quilting
Curvy, Geometric or Both? Learn what style you like best in this free-motion quilting class. Students will learn the basics of free motion quilting. This is a no mark technique workshop where you will be introduced to several different free motion quilting patterns.

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Student will learn:
– about thread, machine feet, needles and batting
– how to ready your machine
– starting and stopping
– several free-motion quilting designs (curvy and geometric)

Kit: None

Experience: All Levels
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: 1 iron and 1 ironing board, power outlets for sewing machines, tables for students.

Thread Painting :: Poppy (17×17)
Learn the advanced techniques of painting with thread.              DSCN1918
In this class the student will learn how to add color, shading
and highlights to a flat area to give it dimension and depth.

The student will learn:
– about stabilizers
– what needles & threads work well for thread painting
– how to build color
– how to use thread to add color, shading and highlights
– finishing techniques

Kit: $10 kit fee includes pattern

Experience: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: 2 irons and 2 ironing boards, power outlets for sewing machines, tables for students.

feathersClassFeathers! Feathers! Feathers!
Learn the basics of creating feathers in this free-motion quilting class. This is a minimal/no mark technique workshop where you will be introduced to several different free motion feather patterns. All of these feathers are based in the “shell/teardrop” shape.

Student will learn:
– about thread types, machine feet, needles and batting
– how to ready your machine
– starting and stopping
– several free-motion feather designs (with spine, without spine, free form and funky feathers)

Kit: None

Experience: All Levels
Time: 6 hours
Requirements: 1 iron and 1 ironing board, power outlets for sewing machines, tables for students.

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2 thoughts on “Lectures & Workshops

  1. Do you have a teaching schedule for year 2015? I would like to view it and perhaps attend a session or two.

    Marcia
    Black Mountain NC

    • Hi Marcia ~
      I have a short schedule of teaching events.
      Tentative date: April 21st, York County Quilters, intro to thread painting
      August 19th, Asheville Quilt Guild, Painted Poppy

      I also teach at Mary Jo’s.
      Feb 25th: Machine Quilting Basics & Intro to Thread painting – Ginkgo leaf
      Feb 28th: Machine Quilting Basics & Feathers, Feathers, Feathers.
      New classes:
      March 27th: landscape quilt, Blue Ridge Mountains
      April 28th: Fabric Portraits
      Here is a link their schedule. http://maryjos.com/sewing-class-schedule/

      Thank you for your interest. I hope to see you in a class soon.
      Karen

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