Award Winning Quilt Artist & Designer,
Experienced Quilt Judge & Coordinator,
Inspiring Lecturer & Instructor,
Computerized Longarm Quilting Specialist,
Quilt Shop Advisor & Consultant,
Quilt Retreat Hostess & Facilitator
Lectures & Trunk Shows
“How I Became So Judge Mental!”
How does Judge Judy do it? A light-hearted presentation and mock quilt judging experience which encourages even novice quilters
to understand the secrets happening behind those closed judging room doors. This presentation includes
some of the myths and fears associated with having quilts judged, including a brief, yet comical explanation
of the difference between quilt judges and the quilt police. We’ll discuss what judges are looking for in a quilt evaluation,
the critique process, and some of the common standards and practices of experienced quilt judges.
Presentation portion is approx. 45 minutes in length with additional time spent with audience participation in a mock judging
experience which both engages and encourages specific questions, answers and discussions relevant
to my actual quilt samples provided or with the optional guild members’ show ‘n tell quilts.
Hiring a longarmer quilter to get your quilt tops finished is easy but, you may not be happy with what you get back!
This presentation explains how and why it is important to pick the right longarmer for the job at hand,
what questions you should be asking, how to prepare your top, batting and backing for the best results
and how to choose a good quilt design. Whether you chose to do it yourself or send it out,
we’ll discuss things like distortion, wavy borders, being square, thread options and balanced tension.
Audience participation through a witty improvisational roll playing skit helps get this presentation started.
The story line takes some unexpected turns and never ends the same but, it is sure to entertain and keep you in perfect stitches.
Have You Seen My Scissors?
Want to make the most of your limited quilting time? Want to avoid the frustration of inaccuracy or unpreparedness?
This presentation is packed with handy tips, techniques and tools to help foster continuous quilting bliss.
Sometimes, just the tiniest adjustment, tip, trick or tool can make the biggest difference in your end results
and with less frustration. This quick demo style format is ever-changing and constantly updated with
the latest, greatest and most favorite quilting tips, tools, and techniques guaranteed to produce fabulous results.
What’s in the box…Trash or Treasure…
Will We Ever Know?
This “trunk show” style presentation is an extraordinary true story mysteriously conveyed to specifically
capture and move a quilt lover’s heart. My story is based on an actual brief encounter with a perfect stranger
in a parking lot and involves a dubious box of unknown quilting items. You’ll surely experience “goose bumps”
as its contents are revealed! Was it an amazing coincidence or just happenstance for the contents
and new destination of this secretive box? Step back in time with one of the assumed
previous owner, Anna Stokes, as she talks about the importance of
preserving quilt stories for future generations.
Original Copy Cats
What does copyright and trademarks have to do with quilting? Let’s talk about the definitions and differences
between original design and inspirational derivatives. How can we be more deliberate and careful in protecting
the integrity of our art. It’s really not just black and white anymore but rather, quite gray when it comes to “original” design!
Color – Simplifying the Mysteries
This generalized lecture explains the complexities of color and how anyone can break them down into
a few simple basics to make better color choices. A Power Point presentation may (or may not) accompany this presentation
(at the presenter’s discretion) or a hands-on coloring exercise may be used to encourage audience participation
in stepping out of the comfort zone. This lecture can also be easily combined with the “Color Workshop”
or other color blending workshops for a more in-depth color experience.
Workshops & More
Color Workshop– 5-6 hrs./full day (no sewing machines required)
Learn to play and use the basic principles, moods, and properties of color by spending time arranging 5-inch fabric squares into
various color families. You’ll be surprised at what you see and how some colors react when placed next to others.
Then, by creating various fused “color wheel” flowers, shapes and designs, we’ll develop an original wall hanging
as a handy reference guide and reminder as inspiration for future color decisions. A $15 kit fee applies.
Life In Pieces – 3-4 hours/half day (no sewing machines required)
Cutting fabric into pieces and putting it back together again is what quilters do best. Learning to read and blend fabric pattern and colors into beautiful landscapes is just like doing a puzzle. This popular class utilizes a fused techniques to complete your own original 5 X 7 framed mini wooded landscape from the tiniest scraps. A $10 kit fee applies.
Scrappy/ Seasonal Table Runner! – 3-4 hours/half day (machines required)
This class will re-examine and re-adjust basics in pressing, piecing, binding, bordering, squaring, blocking and more
with the emphasis on accuracy. Sharing new tips, practice and a surprise twist in this design make learning and re-learning basic quilting techniques fun and rewarding with near perfect results. (Kit fees optional)
NEW! Curvalicious Table Runner – 3-4 hours/half day (machines required)
A ruler based technique with fast, fun and fabulous modern appeal. Use this ruler to design a multitude of creative pieced and fused designs in your quilts, bags, clothing and more. Once you use the tool, the options are endless. (Ruler and kit fee apply)
Material Memories – 2 full days
Convert a digital photo to a pattern and design on cloth through the use of value and dimensional fused piecing. From pets to people to places, you can re-create your favorite photo realistically onto fabric. Thread, paint and embellishments are all you need to do the rest.
Color My Cloth – 3-4 hours/half day
How fun to spend some time coloring with a box of Crayola crayons? We’ll color a marked picture on cloth and
then add thread to highlight and embellish. Quilting and binding will be covered if time allows,
you’ll go home inspired with new ideas and a nearly finished project. ($15 Kit fee applies)
Modern Madness – 5-6 hours/full day
Several quick and easy patterns create a modern twist to any wall hanging. We will discuss color and the criteria
for making a modern quilt plus quilting the expansive negative space typically found in most modern designs.
Patterns change frequently for this class so please inquire for current offerings. (Pattern fees apply)