Workshops

Introduction to Fabric Painting

1-day or 2-day workshop

The 1-day workshop will focus on the basics of painting on fabric, shading, highlighting, blending, etc.

The 2-day workshop will cover the information on the 1-day workshop, plus the piece will be quilted, bound and mounted on stretched canvas.  Sewing machine required for the second day of the 2-day workshop.

This workshop has a kit fee (optional). 

Fabric Painting – Part II

1-day or 2-day workshop

The one day workshop will cover background painting, shading, highlighting, blending, watercolor techniques, etc.

The two-day workshop will cover the contents of the 1-day workshop plus the piece will be quilted, embroidery stitches will be covered to add texture to the piece, and the basics of pillow making will be covered.  Sewing machine required for the second day of the 2-day workshop.

This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

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Simple Landscapes with Stitch and Paint

1-day Workshop

Sewing machine required.  This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

In this workshop, students will work on a small wall hanging (approximately 10″ x 20″). They will learn how to cut and sew simple curves to prepare the background, without marking or pinning. Once the background has been finished and the basic landscape sewn, the design is drawn on the fabric. The piece will then be quilted in preparation for painting.  Painting techniques – including shading and highlighting – will be demonstrated.

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From Sketch to Stitch with Inktense Pencils

In this class, you will use a sketched design to free-motion quilt it on the fabric as if you were sketching on a sketch pad. Free-motion techniques will be demonstrated.   Once the design is fully quilted, it will be colored using Inktense pencils. Different techniques will be demonstrated.

This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

3-hour or 6-hour workshop

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Monoprinting without a Press

1-day or 2-day Workshop

Monoprints combine the spontaneity of printed paints and fabric, creating a surface that is unlike any other. It is the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques. No two prints are alike.

Students will learn to use water-based paint on Gelli Plates or other surfaces, utilizing various techniques: masking, multiple drop printing, color mixing, etc.  Students will play around with textures and random materials to create several pieces  that can serve as underpaintings for future work or stand alone as a body of work.

Beware! It is fun … and very addictive.

This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

Paintstiks on Fabric

3-hour or 6-hour workshop

Come to class to spend a fun and relaxing time making rubbing plates and using them on fabric with Paintstiks. Explore some ways in which you can use Paintstiks to embellish fabric and create personal prints. 

Paintstiks are easy to use as they are creamy and thick.  Different techniques to use the Paintstiks will be shown. 

Beware:  it’s addictive!

A kit will be provided with some supplies needed for class (kit has a fee)

Free-Motion Machine Quilting

The one day workshop will focus on the basics of machine quilting, cover information on thread, batting, etc.  The students will focus on simple free-motion motifs and straight lines.

The 2-day workshop will cover the basics as above, but will add some more advanced background filler designs and simple feathers.

The 3-day workshop will cover the information in the 2-day workshop, plus how to design and quilt more advanced feathers.

A kit fee is required for this workshop.  Sewing machine required. 

1-day, 2-day or 3-day workshop

Feather Quilting

Have you ever seen those quilts covered in gorgeous feathers and thought “I wish I could do that”?  Well, now you can learn how.  With a few tips, a few tricks, and I’m not going to lie – a lot of practice, you can master these beautiful designs.

From traditional to modern, they are one of the most difficult motifs to master.  In this calss, you will learn the tips and tricks to start  your journey into quilting beautiful feathers.

Sewing machine required.

3-hour or 6-hour workshop

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Text on Textiles – a Free-Motion Quilting Workshop

6-hour workshop

Do you like letters, font, typography?  Would you like to add your favourite quotes, lyrics or words to your work?  Then this process-oriented class is for you.

In a relaxed atmosphere, and with the use of free-motion quilting, you will learn to add text to your quilt, including how to space the lines, what effect different spacing has, how to mark the quilt and finally quilt the text.

This workshop has a kit fee.  Sewing machine required.

Rocks & Pebbles & Stones, Oh, My!

3-hour or 6-hour workshop

I was born in a small seaside resort and ever since I was a small child, I’ve loved rocks, pebbles and stones.  Still at my age, I cannot resist going by a rock without looking at it and wondering if I can find an excuse to keep it.  So it was natural to me to find a way to incorporate these rocks and small pebbles in a quilt.

Join me in this fun and relaxing class to make rocks, pebbles and stones and learn two different methods to incorporate them into your art pieces.  A kit will be provided with everything you need for class

“Moments” Workshop

2-day or 3-day Workshop

Please note this is a design class – Students will work on their own original designs.

The workshop is based on the techniques used to make my art piece “Moments” which appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine February/March 2008

Day 1:
Each student will work on its own piece to be finished at 17” x 24” approximately. The focus of the first day will be to design the piece based on a favorite object of inspiration (a photo, a leaf, shell, feather, piece of wood, cup, etc.). Once the design has been finalized, the piecing technique will be demonstrated.

Day 2:
Continue working on piecing the top. Quilting techniques will be discussed, as well as thread painting and embellishment: Paintstiks, Angelina fibers, tulle, stencils, fabric paint, stamps, splattering, beading, etc.

Day 3:
A continuation of Day 2, it allows time for the piece to be completed (depending on design and complexity).

Sewing machine required.  The 2-3-day workshop has a kit fee (optional).

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Curves Workshop

1-day Workshop

During this workshop, students will learn the basic technique to construct this piece and learn how to sew curves without sewing any curves.

This workshop can be combined with the Moments Workshop. The 2-day and 3-day workshop will include instruction on designing an original piece, preparing a master, and construction.

Sewing machine required.  This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

Birds on a Wire

2-day workshop

In this class you’ll work on a wall hanging using foundation piecing and a stitch and flip method to end up with a background that resembles a landscape.  The fabrics used will all be white, white on white, and light colored, in cotton and cotton-poly, different textures, different patterns.  This is a fun class as the results are somewhat unpredictable.  Once the top has been pieced, it will be fully quilted using white cotton thread.  Then the shapes will be appliquéd using the free-motion foot.  Once the quilting is completed, the quilted top will be placed in a dye bath.

The class will cover information on the chemicals used for dyeing.  Basic machine quilting designs will also be covered.  On the second day of the class, different samples will be made while the quilts are in the dye bath.

This workshop has a kit fee (optional).

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In a N.Y. State of Mind

1-day or 2-day workshop

The New York Beauties Block is one of the oldest blocks, and many versions under many names can be found.  The name came about in the early 1900’s and many like to think that the spikes allude to the crown on the Statue of Liberty.  It is a very popular block.  In this class, you will learn a new technique to make these blocks, plus foundation paper piecing, curved seams, how to break into borders and use of color to make this a stunning quilt.

This workshop has a kit fee.

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New York Beauties Blocks Made Easy

1 or 2-day workshop

New York Beauties blocks are beautiful and seem very intricate and difficult to piece, when in truth they are quite simple once you learn a few tips and tricks.  In this class, you will learn a technique to ensure that these blocks are all the same size and perfectly square.  The class will cover paper piecing and impartial seems.  Students will work on a 20″ cushion top.

In the one-day workshop, students will have time to make a few of the blocks.  There will be a demo on assembling the pillow top.  Full colour photographs illustrate step-by-step written instructions, which are provided.

The 2-day workshop will cover finishing the pillow top, free-motion machine quilting basics, and assembling the pillow.

This workshop has a kit fee that covers the printed foundation paper arcs.

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