Currently Scheduled

Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild, Lakeport, CA, January 2020

Mixed-Media Mixed Fiber

Paint a variety of surfaces and fibers including silk (fabric, roving, rods, cocoons), Lutradur, fast2fuse / Timtex, Shapeflex, Spundbond, mul•tex, and kraft•tex paper/fiber. Learn about the different materials and take advantage of their unique textures, then use them to create a fiber collage. Wear apron or old clothes. All levels.

Lecture: Saturday, January 11, 2020 10 am, Lakeport Senior Center

Workshop: Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10am Scotts Valley Women’s Center

The Black Squirrel, Berkeley, CA, February 2020

Kawandi Inspired Quilting

Let loose and make a free-spirited, free-form quilt based on African/Indian Kawandi quilts! Learn about the history of Kawandi quilts, then start your own. Hand stitched using perle cotton thread and big free-form stitches, these vibrant scrap quilts are fun and easy to make: No rulers, no rotary cutters, no stress. They’re a great way to use up keepsake fabrics by turning them into something useful and beautiful! Good for all levels, no sewing experience required.

The Black Squirrel, Berkeley, CA Sunday, February 16, noon

River City Quilter’s Guild, Sacramento, CA, March 2020

Transform Your Stash with Paint / Make a PickUp Sticks Quilt

Pull out those “what was I thinking?” and the “I really don’t like this anymore” fabrics and learn how to transform them with fabric paints. In the morning you’ll create your own fabric designs with paint, stencils, stamps, and more. In the afternoon, machine piece your version of the PickUp Sticks quilt. Bring an apron and/or wear old clothes. All levels.

Lecture: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30 pm. Sacramento, CA

Workshop: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9 am, Sacramento, CA

AQS Quilt Show Week, Paducah, KY, April 2020

Make a ColorPop Quilt! Improvisational Piecing

Create a beautiful modern quilt that POPS with color. Learn techniques for improvisational quiltmaking as you explore design and color in your quilt, as you practice methods for both straight-line and curved piecing that you can use again and again. Learn how to let your creativity guide you as you create, then add pops of color to create a unique, dynamic piece that you’ll be proud of.

Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am, Paducah, KY

Intentional Improv: Work with Strips from Your Stash

Improvising is often thought of as just “making it up as you go,” but there’s so much more to it! With a little planning, thinking about some basic design principles, and stepping back to look at your work, you can make creative, dynamic, and well-designed quilts. Be inspired by one of the class samples or follow your own path as you create with fabrics from your stash. You’ll love where your quilt takes you!

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8:30 am. Paducah, KY

Paint & Stitch: Ethnic Inspirations

Kawandi and Kantha quilts come from different areas of India but share the common use of scrappy fabrics layered and held together with big stitches. Choose your style of quilt, then arrange and stitch! In the process, you’ll learn a bit about the history of these quilting styles. The hand stitching in this class is big, fun, and easy; no precision here! Don’t worry if you don’t have the “right” fabrics in the morning; you’ll paint an assortment of fabrics to create your own prints and patterned fabrics, then create a small quilt (about 18″ x 18″) that you can hang on the wall, frame, or make into a pillow or tote bag.

Friday, April 24, 2020, 8:30am, Paducah, KY

PickUp Sticks: Piece Perfect Strips

Make a one-of-a-kind quilt and learn improvisational piecing techniques while you’re at it!  Bring your scraps or favorite fabrics and let your creativity shine! Students will first create a pieced background or use larger sections for a bold effect. Then you’ll learn to insert perfectly straight stips for the PickUp Sticks look.

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30 am, Paducah, KY

Napa Valley Quilt Guild, June 2020

Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Shibori is a method of dyeing fabric based on traditional Japanese resist techniques. Explore various methods including pole-wrapping, clamping, folding, twisting, and stitching to create complex and dynamic fabric. Bring an apron and/or wear old clothes.

All Levels, No previous dyeing experience required.

Lecture: Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am, Napa Senior Center

Workshop: Sunday, June 14, 2020, Napa Mobile Home Park Community Center, Napa

Vermont Quilt Festival, June 2020

Details to come

Quilters Affair, Sisters, OR, July 2020

All About Dyeing & Color Mixing

Play with color and learn about color mixing, blending, and how colors relate and influence each other. You’ll come away with a better understanding of color and a stack of your own hand-dyed fabrics you can use for any of your quiltmaking projects. Beginner friendly / no experience needed. If you have dyed fabric before, this class will expand your knowledge of working with Procion dyes.

Note: Wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.
This class can also be used to pre-dye fabrics for either the Shibori Dyeing class (Tuesday & Wednesday), Dyeing for Color, Pattern, & Texture class (Thursday & Friday), or any other classes you are taking.

Monday, July 6, 2020, 8:30 am, Sisters, OR

Fabric Dyeing: Shibori

Shibori is a method of dyeing fabric based on traditional Japanese resist techniques used to create wonderful patterns and textures. In this class, we’ll explore different methods including pole-wrapping, clamping, stitching, folding, and twisting to create complex and dynamic fabric. You will have 2 days to dye and over-dye to create dynamic patterned fabric or garments.

Note: Wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 7 & 8, 8:30am, Sisters, OR

Dyeing for Color, Pattern & Texture

Create unique and dynamic fabric using fiber-reactive dyes and a variety of techniques including easy to wash out resists such as soy wax, flour paste, gel glue, oatmeal, and more. These resists are easy to use, wash out with hot water, and provide an endless array of patterns and textures. You’ll have two days to dye, over-dye, and play with an infinite variety of colors, textures, and patterns.

Note: Wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Thursday & Friday, july 9 & 10, 8:30am, Sisters, OR