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Workshops

Thank you for looking over my teaching information. If you like what you see and are considering engaging me as an instructor, I'd like to offer a few suggestions:

About Face, Pictorial Applique and Pieced Pictures are my favorite workshops to teach because I consider those my specialties. However, the other workshops offered are also fine workshops. Since About Face and Pictorial Applique have complicated subject matter I really do feel that 2 or more days of this class are needed to really get down the technique and get into the students' projects. In the 2 or more day format, students can design their own quilts, whereas a project is provided for the 1 day class so the student can work through the layering process.

Please review my general teaching information for pricing and other details.  If you have any questions feel free to call or email. I am much more efficient when dealing with phone calls.


 

One to Five day workshops:

 
 "Big Brother," from the  About Face - Applique Portraits  workshop.

"Big Brother," from the About Face - Applique Portraits workshop.

About Face - Applique Portraits

 

2 to 5 day class

Advanced level students

Use a photo to make a pattern for a realistic portrait and then hand applique to create the face. Drawing and stitching exercises will help to understand how the process works. Bring one or more head shots of a person or animal. The class elaborates on the techniques explained in my book, Faces & Places - Images in Appliqué and in its sequel, Focus on Features - Life-like Portrayals in Appliqué. (These books are available by print-on-demand or e-book but are not necessary to take the class.) This study in reverse layering is involved, but mastery of the technique is well worth the extra effort.

Material Fee: $5.00

Material Fee Includes: Handouts, fabric for samples

Iron/Ironing Pads: 1

Supply List: Sewing needles, Sewing thread to match fabric, Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Thimble, Pins,  Mechanical pencil, Paper, pen, & pencil, Tracing paper, Scotch tape, Fine-tip black Sharpie pen

 "Peder," from the  About Face - Applique Portraits  workshop.

"Peder," from the About Face - Applique Portraits workshop.

Other Supplies: Removable fabric markers, masking tape, Fraycheck, write-on transparency film. If you have a light box and can bring it, please do so along with an extension cord. Sturdy paper large enough to create the intended size of your project. Select portrait photographs - give yourself a wide choice and then narrow it to one or two you like best. Please allow Charlotte to prescreen your chosen photograph(s) for feasibility. Email photo to contact@charlottewarrandersen.com at least 2 weeks before class. When emailing photos try to reduce the resolution of your photos, so they don't appear bigger than my monitor screen. Large resolution photos use up the band width on my server quickly. After consulting with Charlotte enlarge your photograph to approximate life-size – 8" – 10" from chin to top of head. It is OK to print from your computer on letter size paper and splice it together with tape to make a larger size.

Fabric Supplies: Bring as many choices as you can of fabric appropriate to the size and subject matter of your project - i.e., several shades or values (at least 4 to 6 each going from light to dark) of the colors for any flesh, hair or fur, prints and textures can be used where applicable. Flesh toned fabric will be available for purchase in class but bring what you can find as well.

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Tape, Power outlets so student can plug in light boxes.

 
 "Naiad," from the  Pictorial Applique  workshop.

"Naiad," from the Pictorial Applique workshop.

Pictorial Applique

 

3 to 5 day class

Advanced technique but willing beginners are acceptable for class

Note: This workshop is essentially the same as About Face but a wider choice of subjects are available. About Face is a more focused workshop.

Starting from photos to we will make patterns for realistic appliqué figures and then work through the techniques needed to create them. Several small drawing and stitching exercises will help to understand how each process works. You may choose, animals, landscapes, flowers or, my favorite, portraits of people. The class elaborates on the techniques explained in my book, Faces & Places - Images in Appliqué and in its sequel, Focus on Features - Life-like Portrayals in Appliqué. (These books are out of print but available by Print-on-Demand from C&T Publishing- if you have them you may want to bring them but they are not needed for the class.) It is an intricate and tricky study in appliqué and reverse appliqué, but mastery of the technique is well worth the extra effort.

Student's supplies: Kit fee: $5.00 - Basic sewing kit, thread to match, pins, small, fine scissors that cut all the way to the point, removable fabric markers, masking tape, fine black permanent marker, Fraycheck, write-on transparency film and tracing paper. If you have a light box and can bring it, please do so. Select photographs, clippings, etc. of something you would like to be the subject of your quilt - give yourself a wide choice and then narrow it to one or two you like best. Please allow Charlotte to prescreen your chosen photograph(s) for feasibility. Email photos at least 2 weeks before class. After consulting with Charlotte enlarge your photograph to desired size before class. If you know how large you want the subject of your quilt, make a color copy of your photo and have it blown up to the size you wish to make it on your quilt (for instance, life-size for a portrait or face is recommended). It is OK to print from your computer on letter size paper and splice it together with tape to make a larger size.

If you haven't decided on a size, you can possibly arrange to enlarge during class but things will go smoother if you enlarge it ahead of time. Newsprint or sketch paper - as large as the quilt you will be designing in class, and tracing paper. Many of the above supplies will be available for purchase in class.

 Close up of "Naiad."

Close up of "Naiad."

Fabrics: If you will be designing your own quilt bring lots of fabric appropriate to the size and subject matter of your project - i.e., several shades or values (4 to 6 each) of the colors for any figures, prints and textures where applicable.

If you opt to do a provided class project (but I would really prefer that you design your own) bring: a fat eighth each of 4 to 6 different gray fabrics (solids or almost solid color fabrics only!) ranging from dark to light and all of a similar hue. Include black and white in addition to grays, if desired. Another color besides gray may be chosen, but gray is safe. If opting for another color make sure to have 4 to 6 light to dark values of that color. ½ yd. pastel color (can be print) of your choice for background.

*When emailing photos try to reduce the resolution of your photos so they don’t appear bigger than my monitor screen. Large resolution photos use up the band width on my server quickly.

Teacher's supplies: Projection screen, whiteboard or flipchart with markers, power strip and extension cord, a rolling cart would be very helpful.

 
 "Cape Elizabeth" from the  Layered Landscapes Workshop .

"Cape Elizabeth" from the Layered Landscapes Workshop.

Layered Landscapes Workshop

 

1 to 3 day workshop

For intermediate and up skill level students

Select your favorite landscape photo for class and turn it into an appliqué design. Then working from the pattern you have created, learn to layer the landscape so no backing muslin is needed. Fabric and color choices will also be discussed in order to achieve desired reality. Techniques are from the landscape portion of my book, Faces and Places.

Student's supplies: Basic sewing kit, needles (I like 11 or 12 sharps), thread to match fabrics, pins, scissors (small, fine ones that cut all the way to the point), pencil, removable fabric markers, notebook, masking tape, 4 letter size sheets of write-on transparency film (available in class for 25 cents a sheet), black permanent fine-tip marker, tracing paper, 18" x 24" drawing paper, fabrics in amounts, colors and textures appropriate for portraying your landscape - give yourself as wide a selection as you can. If you have a light box and can bring it, please do so; one is not required for every person. Email your photos (not more than 3 please) at least 2 weeks before class. After consulting with Charlotte enlarge your photograph to approximately 18” x 24” before class. It is OK to print from your computer on letter size paper and splice it together with tape to make a larger size. Don’t spend a lot of money on this enlargement.

 "Cathedral Cove" from the  Layered Landscapes Workshop .

"Cathedral Cove" from the Layered Landscapes Workshop.

For two or more day class you may choose to design and make a larger project. Bring paper large enough and enough transparency film for the project you have in mind and fabrics in the amounts, colors and textures appropriate for portraying your landscape in a larger size. 

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips. A rolling cart would be very helpful.

Note: Layered Landscapes is included the Pictorial Applique workshop as long as the class is three days or longer. Students are allowed more options in the longer format class this way. Do not book both workshops unless there will be different students in each class. Please ask if you have any questions about this.

 
 A thread painting from  A Hunting We Will Go  workshop.

A thread painting from A Hunting We Will Go workshop.

 A Hunting We Will Go

 

2 day workshop

In this 2 day, multimedia workshop at least 3 different techniques will be used to create a moment-in-time scene. On the first we'll use All-Purpose inks to easily paint a simple background. Then the fox and mice will be assembled separately and applied to the background. On the second day we'll change to a machine room and go to work on thread painting. Hopefully this 22" x 18" top will be mostly done by the end of the second day.

Class Length: 2-days

Kit Fee: 75.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handout, pattern, all fabric needed for the top, fusible thread and other supplies.       

Sewing Machines Required on second day

Presser foot required: Free Motion foot

Supply List: Scissors (fabric cutting), Scissors (paper cutting), Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Mechanical pencil, small trash bag, Wear apron or old clothes. Bring a cheap set of paint brushes with a wide assortment of sizes.

 A close up of the mice pattern from  A Hunting We Will Go  workshop.

A close up of the mice pattern from A Hunting We Will Go workshop.

Fabric Supplies: Provided in kit.

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Foam Core, Plastic. First day does not need sewing machines but does need plastic over the tables and a restroom nearby. Second day students need sewing machines with cords and free-motion presser foot.

Iron/Ironing Pads: 2+

 

 
 Geese project from  Pieced Pictures Workshop .

Geese project from Pieced Pictures Workshop.

Pieced Pictures Workshop

 

1 to 4 day workshop

For intermediate and up skill level

Translate pictures, line drawings, photographs, into piecework—a technique that gives a slightly more abstract look to the subject. Make patchwork of animals landscapes, buildings, anything you choose. You may opt to get intricate enough that you friends will think you have appliquéd instead of pieced. This is a different approach to pieced pictures than you may have learned elsewhere and is applicable to pictures ranging from block size to a full size quilt.

Student's supplies: Handouts - $3.00, basic sewing kit, needles, pins, scissors (both paper and fabric), X-acto or craft knife and small cutting mat (optional), ruler, pencils, fabric markers, notebook, masking tape, tracing paper, sandpaper board (or piece of fine sandpaper glued inside manila folder), small envelopes.

Fabrics for 1 day class: A wide variety of small amounts (scraps or 1/4 yds.) of fabric in scenic colors—at least 6 each of light blues, light greens, dark greens, tans. Several browns, blacks, grays in prints or solids, small amount of white and orange, thread to match or can sew with neutral color. Students are encouraged to share with other students, if willing. Optional: freezer paper and iron, sewing machine with accessories.

 "A Flame in the Forest" from the  Pieced Pictures Workshop .

"A Flame in the Forest" from the Pieced Pictures Workshop.

For 2 or more day class add: Large paper in size according to the project you have in mind (graph paper can be helpful), several photos, drawings, magazine clippings, etc. of a landscape, animal, building, or whatever you would like to make into a pieced picture. Fabrics in colors, prints, textures and amounts appropriate to your subject matter. Please allow Charlotte to prescreen your chosen photograph(s) for feasibility. Email photo at least 2 weeks before class. After consulting with Charlotte, enlarge your photograph to your preferred size. It is OK to print from your computer on letter size paper and splice it together with tape to make a larger size.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips, 2 irons and ironing boards. A rolling cart would be very helpful.

 
 Pantheon pattern from  If I Were a Carpenter - but I'm a Quilter  workshop.

Pantheon pattern from If I Were a Carpenter - but I'm a Quilter workshop.

If I Were a Carpenter - but I'm a Quilter

 

1 to 2 day workshop

For intermediate and up skill level

This is a class on creating architecture in pictorial quilts. For a one day class a project will be provided in the form of a kit. For a two day class you will design a personal project. You may desire do to a rendering of your own home, a city landmark, or a world recognized structure. Topics will cover how to go about designing a pattern (as simple or complex as you like), fabric suggestions, and deciding whether to construct the quilt in piecework or applique.

Kit fee for one day class: $15.00 – includes pattern and fabrics

Student's supplies: Basic sewing kit, scissors (both paper and fabric). For 2 day class add: mechanical pencil and eraser, ruler, masking tape, newsprint or better paper as large as you plan to make your quilt, freezer paper, scotch tape, several sheets of write-on transparency film (available in class at 50 cents a sheet), black fine-tip permanent marker. Before class select several photos of building(s) you would like to interpret in fabric and narrow them down to 3. Please allow Charlotte to prescreen your chosen photograph(s) for feasibility. Email photo at least 2 weeks before class. After consulting with Charlotte, enlarge your photograph to your preferred size. It is OK to print from your computer on letter size paper and splice it together with tape to make a larger size.

 Church pattern from  If I Were a Carpenter - but I'm a Quilter  workshop.

Church pattern from If I Were a Carpenter - but I'm a Quilter workshop.

Bring fabric suitable for portraying your chosen building in appropriate prints, stripes, solids - in amounts adequate to complete the size of quilt you have in mind whether single block or large quilt.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips, 2 irons and ironing boards. A rolling cart would be very helpful.


 

6 Hour Workshops

 
 "Funky Fish" from the  Funky Fusible Fish  workshop.

"Funky Fish" from the Funky Fusible Fish workshop.

Funky Fusible Fish

 

Create a vibrant fantasy fish with a fun and easy exercise in reverse appliqué. This technique imitates the look of a mola but, unlike the noted Kuna Indian folkart of the San Blas Islands, there is no hand stitching or bulk from many layers of fabric. The secret is fusible thread.

Class Length: 6-hrs.

Kit Fee: 25.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handout, pattern, fabric kit

Supply List: Sewing Machine with cords, straight and applique presser feet, Scissors (fabric cutting), Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Mechanical pencil, Paper, pen, & pencil, Small trash bag, Seam ripper, fabric markers suitable for marking black fabric; polyester invisible thread; a light box if you are able to bring one with you along with extension cord.

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Iron/Ironing Pads: 2+

 
 "Water Lilies" from the  Fusible Thread Stained Glass  workshop.

"Water Lilies" from the Fusible Thread Stained Glass workshop.

Fusible Thread Stained Glass

 

This distinctive reverse appliqué technique uses fusible thread to create "Water Lilies" (20" x 16") The wall hangings utilize some sheer and satin fabrics, easy to use with this interesting process.

Class Length: 6-hrs.

Kit Fee: $35

Kit Fee Includes: Handout, pattern, fabric kit

Supply List: Sewing Machine with cords, straight and applique presser feet, Scissors (fabric cutting), Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Mechanical pencil, Paper, pen, & pencil,  Small trash bag, fabric markers for black fabric; invisible thread; a light box, if you can bring one along with extension cord.

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Iron/Ironing Pads: 2+

 
 "Carleen" from the  Portrait by Machine Workshop.

"Carleen" from the Portrait by Machine Workshop.

Portrait by Machine Workshop

 

Geared for those who don't like hand appliqué, this class project demonstrates how a face can be constructed with a reverse layering technique and without the build-up of stack-upon-stack of fusible products. Edges are finished with satin-stitch and resulting product is light and flexible.

6 hour class

Kit fee: 18.00 (for fabric and patterns)

Intermediate to Advanced Students

Student's supplies: small, fine scissors that cut all the way to the point, removable fabric markers, masking tape, seam ripper, light box (can be shared with another student), extension cord, sewing machine with regular, quilting and/or applique foot,  4 to 6 different colors flesh tone cotton machine embroidery thread (optional), bobbin thread (optional). If you have a light box and can bring it, please do so.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power. A rolling cart would be very helpful. We’ll need as many irons as can be set up - 2 up to max of 4 to an iron - if this is the case should iron and ironing pad be included on supply list?

 
 "Lighthouse" from the  Changing Direction  workshop.

"Lighthouse" from the Changing Direction workshop.

Changing Direction – Lighthouse

 

In creating my hand applique projects I often switch from traditional applique to reverse applique working with the technique that suits the shape or object best. Experience how pieces can be assembled and then placed on a background while making this lovely little scene that's approximately 11" x 17".

Class Length: 6-hrs.

Kit Fee: 22.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handout, pattern, all fabrics to make project

Supply List: Sewing needles, Sewing thread to match fabric, Scissors (fabric cutting), Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Thimble,  Pins,  Mechanical pencil, Removable fabric markers, chalk type; If you have a light box and can bring it please do so along with an extension cord

 Detail of "Lighthouse."

Detail of "Lighthouse."

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Power cords so students can plug in light boxes

Iron/Ironing Pads: 1

Fabric Supplies: In kit

 
 Portrait from  Appliqué for Realism in Brief  workshop.

Portrait from Appliqué for Realism in Brief workshop.

Appliqué for Realism in Brief

 

A demonstration using photos to make patterns for realistic appliqué figures and class project featuring reverse layering. Elaborates on the techniques explained in my book, Faces & Places - Images in Appliqué, and its sequel, Focus on Features - Life-like Portrayals in Appliqué. An intricate study in appliqué and reverse appliqué.

6 hour class

Advanced technique but willing beginners are acceptable for class

Student's supplies: Basic sewing kit, gray thread to match, small, fine scissors that cut all the way to the point, removable fabric markers, masking tape, tracing paper, if you have a light box and can bring it, please do so.

Fabrics*: 1/4 yard each of 4 to 6 different gray fabrics (solids only!) ranging in value from dark to light and all of a similar hue. Include black and white in addition to grays, if desired. (NOTE: Another color besides gray may be chosen, but gray is safe. If opting for another color make sure to have 4 to 6 light to dark values of that color. Optional: ½ yd. pastel color (can be print) of your choice for background. Project will be Dancer's Head from Faces & Places book.

*If requested, I can kit the fabrics (not including background) for this class for an additional fee of $8.00.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips. A rolling cart would be very helpful.

 
 "Juneau, KA" from the  Sheer Effects Landscape  workshop.

"Juneau, KA" from the Sheer Effects Landscape workshop.

 Sheer Effects Landscape

 

Create subtle illusions in a landscape by using sheer fabrics and fusible thread. The 8” x 10” scenic vista demonstrates how to make the most of fabric choices. This fabric collage will be suitable for quilting or simply mat and frame it.

6 Hour Workshop

Kit - $15.00 Includes all materials needed.

Supplies: Removable fabric markers, masking tape sewing machine & extension cord. If you have a light box and can bring it, please do so.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips. A rolling cart would be very helpful.


 

3 Hour Workshops

 
  Free-Formed Flowers

Free-Formed Flowers

Free-Formed Flowers

 

Construct multi-hued flowers, such as those for Baltimore appliqué, petal by petal separately from the background. Completed flowers are then sewn in place - a process that will give your quilt an even hand with no built-up layers and easy quiltability.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: $6.00          

Includes: Handout, fabric kit

Supply List: Sewing needles, Sewing thread to match fabric, Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Thimble, (11) Pins, Mechanical pencil, Small trash bag, Removable fabric markers; if you have a light box and can bring it, please do so.

Fabric Supplies: Provided in kit

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Iron/Ironing Pads:  1

 "Orchids" from the  Free-Formed Flowers  workshop.

"Orchids" from the Free-Formed Flowers workshop.

 
 "Venus" from  Exemplary Hand Applique  workshop.

"Venus" from Exemplary Hand Applique workshop.

Exemplary Hand Applique

 

Are you new to hand applique or someone who would like to improve your technique? This course will break down all the steps of making the actual stitch. Recommended equipment and different styles of applique will be discussed. Small samples will be stitched featuring points, circles, gentle curves, and reverse applique. This teacher has many decades of teaching experience and is well-known for the precision of her applique.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: $15.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handouts, fabrics, needles, pins, thread, marker

 "Foal Alone" from  Exemplary Hand Applique  workshop.

"Foal Alone" from Exemplary Hand Applique workshop.

Supply List: Scissors (fabric cutting), Embroidery scissors (cut to point), Thimble, Paper, pen, & pencil, (22) Small trash bag

Supply Date: Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Foam Core

 
 "Gaven"

"Gaven"

Whirly Twirly Quilting Designs

 

A technique to make flowing quilt designs that resemble patterns made with a Spirograph toy. This method will enable you to make a quilting design of any size. We'll also discuss methods of transferring the design to the quilt. Use designs to enhance pieced compasses, other traditional blocks, or whole cloth quilts.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: 5.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handouts, templates

Supply List: Template material, Eraser, Mechanical pencil, Colored pencils, Scotch tape, pad of plain paper (8 ½" x 11" or larger); compass; protractor; any French curves or other drafting implements you may own or wish to buy (cheap ones from the craft store); a flexible curve is also handy.

 A  Whirly Twirly Quilting Design .

A Whirly Twirly Quilting Design.

Fabric Supplies: None

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Screen, Tape

 
 An eye from the  An Eye for Faces Workshop

An eye from the An Eye for Faces Workshop

An Eye for Faces Workshop

 

Using reverse appliqué, construct a detailed eye complete with eyebrow, lashes, iris, eye white, pupil and tear duct - tiny details you would think are impossible to do in appliqué, but are actually quite easy done with the proper technique. If time, a demonstration of drawing a pattern for a face will take place.

3-hour workshop

For intermediate skill level

Student's supplies: Basic sewing kit, pins, needles, scissors (small, fine ones that cut all the way to the point), thread to match fabrics, removable fabric markers, pencil, notebook. If you have a light box and can bring it to class please do so.

Fabrics: 6" square flesh color, 3" squares of your choice of color for eyebrow, lashes, iris, and white, black and pink. Or can be kitted for $6.00 per kit

Teacher's supplies: Projection screen, whiteboard or flipchart, power strip and extension cord, a rolling cart would be very helpful.

 
 An ornament from the  Up or Down? Workshop.

An ornament from the Up or Down? Workshop.

Up or Down? Workshop

 

So you don't know the difference between appliqué and reverse appliqué or when it's appropriate to use one technique over the other? Then this is the class for you. Make a Christmas ornament that will give you experience in both processes.

3 hour workshop

For informed beginner and up skill level

Student's supplies: Basic sewing kit, scissors (small, fine ones that cut all the way to the point), thimble, a light box if it is convenient for you to bring one. Kit fee $5.00

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cord and power strip, a rolling cart would be very helpful.

 Another ornament from the  Up or Down? Workshop

Another ornament from the Up or Down? Workshop

 
 "Bluebird" from the  Fusible Thread Appliqué Workshop

"Bluebird" from the Fusible Thread Appliqué Workshop

Fusible Thread Appliqué Workshop

 

A lightweight approach to fusible appliqué. Fusible thread (several brands available) is used in the bobbin and can be used to create appliqué forms that avoid the build-up and stiffness of other fusible products. This method is suitable for quilts or clothing. Class project is a bluebird on a branch.

3 hour workshop

For informed beginner and up skill level

Student's supplies: Kit fee $14.00, sewing machine & extension cord, basic sewing kit, scissors (small, fine ones that cut all the way to the point), fabric markers, invisible thread, a light box if it is possible for you to bring one.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips and, if you can provide some, light boxes. We’ll need as many irons as can be set up - 2 up to max of 4 to an iron ( if this is the case should iron and ironing pad be included on supply list?) flannel board or foam core board. A rolling cart would be very helpful.

 
 "Noel" pattern.

"Noel" pattern.

Portrait Pattern Drawing Watch and Learn

 

Study the process of using photos to create patterns for appliqué with an emphasis on faces in this seminar showing how Charlotte implements line drawings. Pets and flowers are also part of the subject matter. No drawing or sewing will be done in this class but be prepared to take notes.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Supply List: Paper, pen, & pencil

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Screen

 

Portrait Pattern Drawing Workshop Version 2

 

Study the process of using photos to create patterns for appliqué with an emphasis on faces. Pets and flowers are also welcome subject matter. Photos will be traced so extensive artistic ability is not required. No sewing will be done on this class.

4.5 hour workshop

For informed beginner and up

(My fee will be $500 for this workshop)

Student's supplies: Kit fee: $3.00, ultrafine Sharpie (fine tip black permanent marker), write-on transparency film (available in class for purchase), 6 to 10 large photos at least 8" x 10" in size from your personal collection. Color copies are fine to use. Photos should not be in frames or be on thick (other than regular photo paper) paper. Snapshots may be used if they have been blown up to larger size on a color copier or computer. Close-ups are best - faces should be at least 5" - 6" from forehead to chin. Good shadowing and contrast are desirable in your photos. Sharp pencils, eraser, tracing paper. If you have a light box and can bring it along with an extension cord please do so.

Note: Students should be informed that there will be down time in this class as I need to get around to everyone and there is only one of me.

Teacher's supplies: Projector table, large screen, extension cords and power strips and a rolling cart would be very helpful.


 

Machine Quilting Classes

 
 "Frolic 1" from the  Basic Free Motion Frolic  workshop.

"Frolic 1" from the Basic Free Motion Frolic workshop.

Basic Free Motion Frolic

 

Starting with a basic meander and then growing more complicated, we will add motions and maneuvers to practice a wide variation of patterns that will add texture and enhance your quilts.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Material Fee: 1.00

Material Fee Includes: Handout

Supply List: Sewing Machine with cords, free-motion quilting presser foot, Thread snips,  Paper, pen, & pencil

Fabric Supplies: Two 22" square quilt sandwiches, black solid fabric preferred on at least one side

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart with markers

 "Frolic 2" from the  Basic Free Motion Frolic  workshop.

"Frolic 2" from the Basic Free Motion Frolic workshop.

 
 "Gridplay 1" from the  Gridplay Quilting  workshop.

"Gridplay 1" from the Gridplay Quilting workshop.

Gridplay Quilting

 

Grids are versatile and help to create structured patterns! Using a variety of stencils with either dots or lines for guides, create 10 – 12 designs worthy of filling a large space or for background quilting. These patterns look great on modern quilts. Tricks for scaling these designs will also be discussed.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: $5.00

Material Fee Includes: Handout

Supplies: Sewing Machine with cords, free-motion quilting presser foot, Thread snips,  Paper, pen, & pencil

Fabric Supplies: Two 22" square quilt sandwiches, black solid fabric preferred on at least one side

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart with markers

 "Gridplay 2" from the  Gridplay Quilting  workshop.

"Gridplay 2" from the Gridplay Quilting workshop.

 
 "Stencils 1" from  Vamp It Up!  workshop.

"Stencils 1" from Vamp It Up! workshop.

Vamp It Up!

 

Start with some basic stencils – waves, feathers, scrolls, wreaths, etc. – and use their simple structure to create elaborate and beautiful free motion quilting. The same unadorned lines can look totally different depending on the motifs that are added. Then later we'll leave the stencils behind and go for unmitigated improvisation; in other words, free formed doodling. Don't be afraid to let the creativity flow!

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: $5.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handout, Stencil

Supplies: Sewing Machine with cords, free-motion quilting presser foot, Thread snips, paper, pen, & pencil, Scissors – both paper and fabric cutting, small trash bag, simple stencils you may want to bring along, though teacher will provide dozens you may borrow.

Fabric Supplies: Three 22" square quilt sandwiches with black on at least one side

 
 Supplies and project from the  How Sweet (Sixteen) It Is!  workshop.

Supplies and project from the How Sweet (Sixteen) It Is! workshop.

How Sweet (Sixteen) It Is!

 

Have you wondered why so many people feel the need to have a sit-down longarm? Do you have a sit-down longarm and haven't taken it out of the box yet? Then here's a great class for you. Spend the morning learning about the ins and outs of the Sweet Sixteen and then start doodling to get the feel of the machine. In the afternoon we'll explore many types of threads and what adjustments need to be made to make them stitch out beautifully. You will find out how easy a sit-down machine is to use and discover the potential the machine has to make quilting even more enjoyable.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: 2.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handout

Sewing Machine: Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen only

Supply List: Scissors (fabric cutting), Thread snips, Small trash bag

Fabric Supplies: Two 22x22 quilt sandwiches with solid black on at least one side (does not need to be basted

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart

 
  One Line at a Time - Machine Quilt Geometric Designs without Marking

One Line at a Time - Machine Quilt Geometric Designs without Marking

One Line at a Time - Machine Quilt Geometric Designs without Marking

 

This workshop involves designs, many of them of sashiko origin, which I developed on a silk quilt that I did not want to launder – therefore marking the quilt was undesirable. Using tools and techniques practice 4 - 5 quilting patterns from my book, One Line at a Time.

Class Length: 3-hrs.

Kit Fee: $5.00

Kit Fee Includes: Handouts, templates

Sewing Machine Required

Sewing Machine Feet Attachments: Cords, Straight foot, Walking foot, Free Motion foot

 A  sashiko  machine quilting pattern.

A sashiko machine quilting pattern.

Supply List: Scissors (fabric cutting), Scissors (paper cutting), Thread snips, Pins, Mechanical pencil, Note/sketch paper, Small trash bag, Scotch tape, Seam ripper, Rotary Cutting Ruler Size 12" or longer with 60 degree line, contrasting machine quilting thread – full spool; 1" wide blue painter's masking tape;

Fabric Supplies: Five – 10.5” square quilt sandwiches prepared for quilting (solid color fabric for top and back, white recommended, with light weight cotton or wool batting, may be hand basted in 4” grid or spray basted);

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Screen

 
 "One Line at a Time Encore

"One Line at a Time Encore

One Line at a Time - Machine Quilt Geometric Designs without Marking

 

This workshop involves designs, many of them of sashiko origin, which I developed on a silk quilt that I did not want to launder – therefore marking the quilt was undesirable. Using tools and techniques practice 6 quilting patterns from my books, One Line at a Time and One Line at a Time Encore plus two patterns not included in the books.

Class Length: 6-hrs.

Material Fee: $8.00

Material Fee Includes: Handouts, templates

Sewing Machine Required, plus accessories

 A  sashiko  machine quilting pattern.

A sashiko machine quilting pattern.

Presser feet: Straight foot, Walking foot, Free Motion foot

Teacher Needs: LCD Projector Support, Flip Chart, Screen

Supply List: Quilting thread, Scissors (fabric cutting),  Scissors (paper cutting), Thread snips, Mechanical pencil, Paper, pen, & pencil, Rotary Cutting Ruler Size: 12" or longer with 60 degree line, contrasting machine quilting thread – full spool; 1" wide blue painter's masking tape;

Fabric Supplies: Ten – 10.5” square quilt sandwiches prepared for quilting (solid color fabric for top and back, white recommended, with light weight cotton or wool batting, may be hand basted in 4” grid or spray basted);