6 Hour Workshops

Quilts with Great Edges

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Description:  This is Kathy’s most popular workshop.  Students will learn a variety of techniques to complete the edges of their quilts while making take-home samples.  There is a kit for this class and each student will need a sewing machine.

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • The history of bindings & edge treatments
  • Choosing the right binding for a project
  • Grain lines & bindings
  • Fast & easy fused bindings
  • Rickrack bindings
  • Reversible bindings
  • Bindings with piping
  • Single-fold bindings
  • Double-fold bindings
  • Mitered corners
  • Connecting binding ends
  • Finishing bindings by hand & machine

More Quilts with Great Edges

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Note: This is a follow-up workshop to Kathy’s workshop called Quilts with Great Edges.  These classes are often taught as a two-day class.  If not, students should take these classes in order because no information is repeated from the first workshop in this second workshop.

Description:    Students will learn more techniques to complete the edges of their quilts while making take-home samples.  There is a kit for this class and each student will need a sewing machine.

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:

 
  • Scallops with bindings 
  • Miters for scallops & inside corners
  • Plain & simple Amish bindings
  • Binding rounded corners
  • Prairie points (3 different techniques)
  • Faced edges
  • Knife-edge treatments 
  • Beaded bindings
  • Pot holder finishes
  • Working with irregularly shaped edges
  • Finishing pillows (demo of 2 techniques)
 

Gathering Flowers – Wool Wall Hanging

Description:  Working with wool is currently popular among quilt makers.  This 20” x 44” project will make a wonderful addition to any home.  Kathy has a unique technique for making the green scalloped border.  Making the basket with six different flowers, leaves & birds will keep everyone busy throughout the day.  The applique edges can be finished by hand or machine after class.  All of the wool for this project are included in a kit with detailed instructions.

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • The history of working with wool
  • Where to purchase wool
  • Hand-dying wool
  • Making the basket, vines & leaves
  • Making 6 different flowers 
  • Finishing the applique edges
  • Adding embroidery stitches
  • Suggestions for quilting & finishing
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Keepsake Boxes

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Description:  This is one of Kathy’s newest classes.  Students will spend the morning making a wool scene for the top of the box.  In the afternoon, they will learn to cover a round box with fabric and trim, inside and out. Kathy brings a variety of boxes she has made for the students to see.  All of the necessary items to make the box are in the kit.  No sewing machines are needed in class. 

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • Cutting & fusing wool shapes
  • Embroidery stitches for the shapes
  • Adding a country fence
  • Covering the top & bottom of a box
  • Adding fabric to the inside & outside
  • Adding knobs to the bottom

Coxcomb Crossing (Hand Applique)

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Description:  The Coxcomb Crossing is an applique pattern often found in antique quilts.  It is an easy pattern for beginners to learn hand applique techniques.  Those experienced in applique will be able to learn great tips to sharpen their applique skills.  The center is a ruched flower which is also a 19thc. technique that Kathy will teach in the class.  Students will bring their own fabrics so they can choose their favorite colors for the project.  This 15” x 15” block can be finished as a pillow or wall hanging or be the start of a new quilt. 

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • The history of hand applique
  • Needles, threads & notions for hand applique
  • Preparing fabric shapes
  • Tips for perfect placement
  • Two ways to make straight stems
  • Tips for making a perfect needleturn stitch
  • Ruching techniques for flowers
  • Making perfect circles
  • Suggestions for quilting

Triple Tulip (Machine Applique)

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Description: Kathy developed this folk-art pattern for her book called Ozark Varieties.  The workshop is filled with tips for making perfect applique designs.  Learn how to finish the edges of the shapes by machine.  Students will bring their own fabrics so they can choose their favorite colors for the project.  This 15” x 15” block can become a pillow or wall hanging or be the start of a new quilt. Each student will need a sewing machine in the afternoon to learn the machine applique stitches. 

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • The history of machine applique
  • Choosing fabrics & colors
  • Tips for perfect placement
  • Fussy cutting prints
  • Working with fusibles
  • Raw edge machine applique
  • Turned edge machine applique
  • Straight & curved stems
  • Tips for football leaves
  • Making perfect circles
  • Suggestions for quilting

Visiting Baltimore (Dimensional Applique)

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Description: Learn a variety of applique techniques while making this dimensional basket.  The central design can be finished with plain borders or an inner border with inserted prairie points and an outer border with appliqued scallops (included with the pattern.)  The size of this wall hanging with borders is 30” x 30”.  This is a great workshop to help take your applique skills to a new level.

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • Creating a two-layer basket
  • Making a curved basket handle
  • Fussy cutting
  • Ruching techniques
  • Working with ultra-suede
  • Dimensional flowers
  • Making perfect circles
  • Beading & embroidery for details
  • Working with silk ribbon

Fast & Easy Broderie Perse

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Description: Broderie Perse, also known as Persian Embroidery, is a 17thc. European style of applique which used printed elements of fabric to make a new design.  Because fabric was so expensive in early America, the colonists used this technique to add colors and motifs to a less expensive muslin background.  Students will bring their own fabrics and create their own design.  Kathy’s directions include patterns for a watering can, vase, basket or urn in which flowers, leaves & birds can be placed.  Hand embroidery, beads and inking can be added for details.  The fused edges of the elements will be finished by machine after class so students will not need to bring their sewing machine.

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • The history of Broderie Perse
  • Choosing fabrics & colors
  • Mixing prints
  • Understanding the basics of design
  • Fusing fabrics
  • Adding hand embroidery & beads
  • Inking techniques
  • Tips for machine blanket stitching (demo)

Let’s Go Fishing

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Description:  This is a great class to learn all about colors and design while creating an underwater scene.  There is not a pattern for this class but Kathy will help each student develop their unique design.  The designs will include rocks, fish and plants.  Hand embroidery, beading, sheer overlays and dimensional techniques will be taught.  The applique edges will be finished at home by machine so students do not need a sewing machine for this class.  Because there are so many shapes, this is a good project to later practice machine quilting designs on a home machine.  Bring plenty of fabrics, especially batiks for this fun day. 

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
  • Basic color & design principles
  • Focal points
  • Creating movement & depth
  • Free-form cutting
  • Fusing fabrics
  • Making seaweed with thread
  • Adding beads, trims & embellishments
  • Suggestions for machine quilting

Let’s Practice Hand Embroidery Stitches

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Description:  This is Kathy’s newest workshop and one many of her students have been asking for.  Students will learn a variety of single and combined embroidery stitches to enhance their quilting projects.  The kit for this sampler includes detailed instructions, Valdani threads, pre-cut wool shapes for the center floral design and a beautiful linen fabric for the background from Valdani Threads.  Their finished 11” x 15” sampler of stitches can be framed for display. 

The information and techniques covered in this workshop include:
 
  • The history of hand embroidery
  • Threads, needles & notions for embroidery
  • Marking the lines
  • Decorating wool shapes with stitches
  • 12 embroidery stitches

Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.

John 6:12