Classes

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I love to bring a large selection of my quilts with me to show and discuss as pictures just never seem to do quilts justice.  If I live within driving distance you will be blessed with a multitude of quilts to enjoy.  Unfortunately due to the current luggage restrictions, if I am flying to visit you I may be limited in the number I can bring with me - or we'll need to discuss alternate arrangements for shipping ahead.

Guild Lectures

1. “Maple Leaf Quilts” trunk show with discussion on the nine techniques featured in the book and how it was determined which technique to use for each quilt.

2. “My Quilting Journey” trunk show including art quilts. Discussion on how I went from traditional quilting to making art quilts – which is a continuing journey.

3.  "Borders, Sashings and More" trunk show with discussion on how to add interest to your blocks by your choice of borders and sashings.  Come prepared to take home some ideas for your next quilt or bring finished blocks to discuss alternate sashing/border ideas.

Please contact me for my price list.


I teach classes both in my home classroom and for guilds.  If you see a quilt on this site, or in my book, that isn't currently listed as a class and you would like to offer it, please let me know as I would be happy to teach any of the quilts/techniques that I show.  For guilds, please contact me for my price list.

Scheduled class from my home are listed below.  Once you purchase a class I will send the supply list.

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Adventures in Dying

Adventures in Dying

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  Three people per class

SUPPLY LIST:  Will be emailed to you once you have registered for the class.

WORKSHOP:  You will learn the basics of low immersion fabric dying and take home the information needed to dye again.  Bring your own PFD fabric (three one-yard pieces) or purchase some from me for $7.00/yard - I use a blend of 50% Bamboo/50% cotton.  You can choose the colors of your choice - or a mixture.  I will provide all the chemicals and dyes.  You will be taking the fabric home in the dye bath to rinse and wash the following day.

 

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Autumn Paths

Autumn Paths

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  Autumn Paths - Can purchase ahead of time and I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  Advanced Beginner

WORKSHOP:  This class teaches the following techniques:  Color Theory, How to sew Braids, Partial Seaming, and Flat Fold Piping.  This project can be done in a wide variety of color schemes - so pick your favorite focus fabric and have fun.  

 

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Bold Color Leaves

Bold Color Leaves

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This class is for everyone who has always wanted to try paper piecing but thought it would be too hard. The easy paper-pieced pattern provides accurate points for this great Maple Leaf block. We will walk through each step until you feel comfortable with paper piecing. You can make this project as big or small you as want (potholder to king) depending on how much fun you have.

3 hour class

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Cracked Boxes

Cracked Boxes

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  Cracked Boxes - Can purchase ahead of time for $15 and I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  There are hand-dyed fabric kits available for $37.50 which includes the pattern, or you can bring your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  I call this workshop "Art Quilting with Training Wheels".  It is not difficult and is applicable for all skill levels.

WORKSHOP:  The class focuses on choosing color combinations and easy sewing techniques to make this project. Fun for all quilters, and the top can mostly be completed in the class.

 

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Fall Maple Leaf

Fall Maple Leaf

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  There are four different leaf patterns that can be used for this class.  If you want to purchase ahead of time, I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  There are hand-dyed/batik fabric kits available for $46 or you can bring your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  This workshop is not difficult and is applicable for all skill levels.

WORKSHOP:   In this class we will explore a number of techniques to enhance this simple leaf design. Techniques include satin stitching, herky jerky quilting, foiling, beading, and making the unique copper hangers.  

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Fractured Piecing

Fractured Piecing

 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 (one flight of stairs but I'll help carry machines)

PATTERN:  Either Fractured Leaves or Double Trouble.  Buy now and I'll mail out immediately - or wait and purchase at the class.   Kits are available for Fractured Leaves - or supply your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

WORKSHOP:  This workshop focuses on using freezer paper templates to sew straight seams that have very little matching.  It can be done with either my "Fractured Leaves" pattern or "Double Trouble" pattern.  

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Improvisational Backs

Improvisational Backs

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bring your leftover pieces from a top (or just color coordinated scraps that go with your top) as well as a few larger chuncks of matching yardage.  We will take the leftovers and turn them into a wonderful improvisation back for your top.  This is not a good workshop if you are going to hand-quilt your top.

Bring your top to class.

 

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Oak Cluster

Oak Cluster

 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  Oak Cluster - Can purchase ahead of time and I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  There are hand-dyed fabric kits available for $86 which includes the pattern, or you can bring your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  This workshop is not difficult and is applicable for all skill levels.

WORKSHOP:  We will learn how to do machine applique using fusible web and a variety of stitches around the outside edges.  We will also look at a few machine quilting options.

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Raw-Edged Fusible Applique

Raw-Edged Fusible Applique

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pick any of my applique patterns (The Seasons of the Heart patterns are perfect for an all-day class) and come ready to fuse your top together.  Minimal stitching makes these wall hangings go together quickly.

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Red Swirls

Red Swirls

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This workshop focuses on learning machine applique.  I use the "Red Swirls" pattern which is made out of silk, so you also learn to work with that fabulous fabric, as well as how to do dangle beading.  Kits of silk are available for purchase.

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Scrappy Leaves

Scrappy Leaves

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

To reproduce this gorgeous quilt it takes one 2 1/2” strip of 132 different leaf fabrics. Bring extra strips of your favorite leaf fabrics and trade with your classmates to get different colors. An easy point technique will be taught and we will discuss how to determine color groupings.

Works best as an all-day class but the basics can be covered in a half day class.

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Silky Leaves Class

Silky Leaves Class

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  Silky Leaves - Can purchase ahead of time and I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  There are silk fabric kits available in all four sizes, or you can bring your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  If you've never worked with silk, this is an excellent way to try the beautiful sheen of silks.  It's a fun class for beginners as well as advanced quilters. 

WORKSHOP:  We will learn how to work with silk by doing raw edged machine applique using fusible web.  We will also learn how to do a facing instead of a binding.

 

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Square Dance

Square Dance

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT:  Basement Classroom - 9943 Hammontree Drive, Urbandale Iowa 50322 

PATTERN:  Square Dance - Can purchase ahead of time and I will mail it to you immediately, or you can purchase it when you arrive.  There are batik fabric kits available for $94 which includes the pattern, or you can bring your own fabrics.

SUPPLY LIST:  Once you've registered for the class and chosen your pattern, I'll email you the supply list.

LUNCH:  On your own

MAXIMUM:  5 students per class.

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner - but all skill levels welcome.

WORKSHOP:  We will learn how to rotary cut, press, and sew simple seams.  This is really all you need to know to make this quilt.  

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Techniques for Points

Techniques for Points

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you’ve always wanted to try various methods of making triangles squares then this is the class for you. Learn nine different techniques for making points and use your samples to make a great Maple Leaf Table Runner. Discussion on how to change a pattern to use your favorite method will be included. If you have a pattern you want evaluated, please bring it along.

This class works best as a 2-day workshop, but it can be done in a full-day class.

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Treasure Boxes

Treasure Boxes

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This project can almost be completed in a full-day class.  Techniques include, Color and Contrast, Partial Seaming, Large Stitch Embroidery, and how to bead a "treasure" into each section.  It is finished using a Facing Technique instead of binding.  Pick out some wonderful hand-dyed fabrics or batiks and enjoy making this with me.

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