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I teach quilt making for adults. I just love teaching improvisational techniques to anyone who wants to listen.

Here are the courses I teach. They are best done in two day, three day or four day stints, but in a pinch I will teach a “mini” version in one day. In the one day version – you get the technique, but there simply is not enough time to make a composition and stitch it together, and I don’t like leaving students with an unfinished object (also known as UFO!) at the end of the day.

HouseTop  Any level of sewist.

Large scale prints and solid colours in a queen size quilt. Its super warm, with wool batting and old-time bits of wool yarn are knotted through as the quilting.

Large scale prints and solid colours in a queen size quilt. Its super warm, with wool batting and old-time bits of wool yarn are knotted through as the quilting.

Inspired by the quilters of Gee’s Bend, this is an easy quilt to make and introduces free cutting and sewing, making do with what you have at hand, using simple colour schemes to make a big statement, and if you choose, using large scale prints. If you are not familiar with the quilters of Gee’s Bend, click here, and see many versions of the HouseTop quilt.

 

Modern Crossroads  Any level of sewist.

A shot taken in class.... so much room for experimenting.

A shot taken in class…. so much room for experimenting.

Experimenting with scale, colour and free cutting, the Crossroads quilt is a nice template within which to try out ideas. Solid colours work best for this one and its really nice to have a large range of different values, from light through to dark.

 

 

The Framing Crew  A little (or lots) of quilting experience needed

Under “See photos” on my home page, look at the Black and Tan quilt, the Hi quilt and Winter White Log Cabin , Fresh Salsa and Threes i’s for some ideas of experimenting with log cabins.

Basically a log cabin workshop – but with a twist! Starting with framed squares, we’ll be experimenting with the basic log cabin form. Experimentation in scale, colour, rhythm and repetition gives you lots of fodder for an original quilt. The log cabin is worthy of a life time’s of experimentation.

 

Hello Dolly  A little (or lots) of quilting experience needed

You can see the full quilt called Paper Dolls on the "see photos" tab from the home page

You can see the full quilt called Paper Dolls on the “see photos” tab from the home page

Improvised “paper dolls” march across your quilt. This workshop is really fun, as you can dress your dollies in the fantastic outfits that you secretly wish you could wear yourself.