Classes-Schedule

These are the quilt shops where I currently teach in the Portland Metro Area:

Pioneer Quilts – 3101 SE Courtney Rd, Portland, OR 97222, PH# (503) 654-1555

A Common Thread – 15495 SW Sequoia Pkwy #140, Portland, OR 97224 PH# (503) 624-7440

Sewn Loverly – 8502 SW Main St #100, Wilsonville, OR 97070 PH# (971) 224-5712

Ace Sew & Vac – 2414 Portland Rd #1, Newberg, OR 97132 PH# (503) 538-1122

Montavilla Sewing Center971 NE Kelly Ave, Gresham, OR 97030 PH# (503) 661-2102

Sharon’s Attic – 2950 SW Cornelius Pass Rd #100, Hillsboro, OR 97123 PH# (503) 259-3475

 

In addition to traveling and teaching for guilds and retreats out of the area, I also teach a wide variety of classes at a few of the local shops. Below is a chronological listing of my upcoming classes; for more detailed information – hours and class fees – click on the appropriate shop link  and check their class calendar, or call them to register.

 

 

August 11, 2017 –  Free Motion Magic Montavilla Sewing Center

Free Motion Magic Sample
Free Motion Magic Sample

This is a condensed version of my Machine Quilting 101 class. The students work on smaller sized quilt blocks and learn a variety of methods of transferring motif designs, quilting them and then playing with all-over textures to make the motifs pop. Several methods of transferring and stitching will be explored along with a lovely sampling of all-over background textures. Skill Level – Beginner

 

August 12 & 19, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101Sewn Loverly

Machine Quilting 101 - Details
Machine Quilting 101 – Details

This is one of my most popular classes. The class covers various approaches to machine quilting as well as troubleshooting tips. Students will bring a simple pieced top (from a pattern provided) ready to practice various techniques and styles of quilting on. The class starts with an orientation on threads, needles, and maintenance tips after which students will learn a variety of techniques starting with stitching in the ditch and moving on to using freezer paper templates, stitching through tracing paper, stippling (both classical and innovative) as well as glean a wealth of tips to make machine quilting your own quilts easier and more pleasurable. Skill Level: Beginner.

August 26, 2017 –  Machine Quilting as ArtAce Sew & Vac

Detail of a block quilted in an Aztec theme
Detail of a block quilted in an Aztec theme

“Quilting makes the quilt” so the saying goes. Quilting is the seasoning that flavors the quilt and can elevate the design from merely functional to art. Quilting can add graphic visible designs or create subtle patterns of light and shadow – a quilt is simply not a quilt until it is quilted. In this design oriented class you will explore the artistic possibilities of the stitching that gives a quilt character. The students will work on block samples and apply their choice of motifs and textures from a library of potential designs. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

August 29, 2017 – Bella Vista Mini LandscapesPioneer Quilts

Mt. Hood by twilight
Mt. Hood by twilight

This class is aimed at students interested in learning to use fabrics effectively for landscape quilts but who want to learn the basics without investing a lot of time or money to make a larger, more complex project. The landscapes in this class are small, simple and fused allowing more time to play with the creative use of fabrics while making a small wall-hanging measuring approximately 10”x 12” or slightly larger 14″ x 18″. These mini-landscapes go together fast which makes them fun and easy to recreate in different color schemes. The focus of the class will be on using fabrics creatively to get marvelous special effects. There are a variety of patterns (purchase required) to choose from. Skill Level: Beginner.

August 31 & September 7, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101Sharon’s Attic

Machine Quilting 101 sampler
Machine Quilting 101 sampler

This is one of my most popular classes. The class covers various approaches to machine quilting as well as troubleshooting tips. Students will bring a simple pieced top (from a pattern provided) ready to practice various techniques and styles of quilting on. The class starts with an orientation on threads, needles, and maintenance tips after which students will learn a variety of techniques starting with stitching in the ditch and moving on to using freezer paper templates, stitching through tracing paper, stippling (both classical and innovative) as well as glean a wealth of tips to make machine quilting your own quilts easier and more pleasurable. Skill Level: Beginner.

September 9, 2017 – Animal TotemsSewn Loverly

Jaguar Totem
Jaguar Totem

These quilts are similar to Molas but simpler designs with Seminole and/or strip pieced panel inserts instead of the multiple reverse applique layers Molas entail. In this class, students will choose their favorite animal totem from a variety of patterns and then stitch a panel insert for their totem to make a block that can be the focal point for a larger quilt or used with a border as a wall hanging. To make the project quick and easy, fusing techniques can be used, or the applique can be done by hand or raw edged machine stitching. Skill Level: confident beginner and up.

September 12, 2017 – Liquid Thread AppliqueSewn Loverly

Leaves make wonderful versatile subjects for fused applique
Leaves make wonderful versatile subjects for fused applique

Why Liquid Thread?  The use of standard adhesives make applique less labor intensive and faster making applique projects more appealing to those without hand skills or who want the speed that fusible techniques allow, but the compromise comes in the form of the rigid texture. Quilts should be soft and supple and this special method is only a little harder than traditional fusing but yields results so soft and tactile you won’t believe it has been fused. Skill Level – Beginner.

September 15, 2017 –  Doodle Quilting Montavilla Sewing Center

Improvisational 'Doodle' Quilting
Improvisational ‘Doodle’ Quilting

This is an improvisational approach to machine quilting inspired by the Zentangle art movement. Drawn motifs and templates are used minimally just to establish  focal points and define design areas and then embellished with additional stitching. Textures and details are added off the cuff making up the designs as you go as pure serendipity. The process is very liberating and requires more curiosity and willingness to play than actual skill. It is an exercise in creativity that will enhance your future quilting endeavors. Skill Level – Confident Beginner and up

September 18 & October 2, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101 Pioneer Quilts

Machine Quilting 101 sampler - Taupe version
Machine Quilting 101 sampler – Taupe version

This is one of my most popular classes. The class covers various approaches to machine quilting as well as troubleshooting tips. Students will bring a simple pieced top (from a pattern provided) ready to practice various techniques and styles of quilting on. The class starts with an orientation on threads, needles, and maintenance tips after which students will learn a variety of techniques starting with stitching in the ditch and moving on to using freezer paper templates, stitching through tracing paper, stippling (both classical and innovative) as well as glean a wealth of tips to make machine quilting your own quilts easier and more pleasurable. Skill Level: Beginner

 

September 22, 2017 –  Free Motion Magic Montavilla Sewing Center

Free Motion Magic Sample
Free Motion Magic Sample

This is a condensed version of my Machine Quilting 101 class. The students work on smaller sized quilt blocks and learn a variety of methods of transferring motif designs, quilting them and then playing with all-over textures to make the motifs pop. Several methods of transferring and stitching will be explored along with a lovely sampling of all-over background textures. Skill Level – Beginner

September 23, 2017 – Bella Vista Mini Landscapes –  Fabric Depot

Mt. Hood by twilight
Mt. Hood by twilight

This class is aimed at students interested in learning to use fabrics effectively for landscape quilts but who want to learn the basics without investing a lot of time or money to make a larger, more complex project. The landscapes in this class are small, simple and fused allowing more time to play with the creative use of fabrics while making a small wall-hanging measuring approximately 10”x 12” or slightly larger 14″ x 18″. These mini-landscapes go together fast which makes them fun and easy to recreate in different color schemes. The focus of the class will be on using fabrics creatively to get marvelous special effects. There are a variety of patterns (purchase required) to choose from. Skill Level: Beginner.

September 26, 2017 – Stumpwork Sea Anemones –  Northwest Quilting Expo

Stumpwork Sea Anemones - Orange Variation Detail
Stumpwork Sea Anemones – Orange Variation Detail

Stumpwork is a historic form of three dimensional needlework originating in 17th Century Europe. It lies somewhere between embroidery and sculpture. Traditionally used to render pastoral scenes with flora and fauna, I have applied the concept to these lovely denizens of tide pools. Sea Anemones look like flowers but are actually animals and come in an astounding variety of color combinations. I this workshop you will learn some fairly easy embroidery stitches and combine them with beads to make these delicate creatures. For those of you who appreciate textures on a tactile level you will delight in the sensation of running you fingers over these exquisite lovely flowers of the sea. NOTE: this is a handwork class and does not require a sewing machine. Skill Level: Beginner. Kits available

September 27, 2017 – Suitable For Framing –  Northwest Quilting Expo

Suitable For Framing Miniature - South Sister
Suitable For Framing Miniature – South Sister

These fabric and stitching miniatures are amazingly easy to create and require few artistic or drawing skills other than a willingness to look at fabrics differently. In this ingenious method there is no fusing involved, fabrics are sewn directly onto a photograph and then embellished with machine stitchery to create details. The result is an exquisite fabric landscape ‘painting’ that is truly Suitable For Framing. The subject matter in the class kit feature an image of the South Sister in central Oregon. Skill Level: Beginner. Kits available

September 28, 2017 – Folk Art Embroidery –  Northwest Quilting Expo

Embroidered Folk Art Peacock
Embroidered Folk Art Peacock

These delightful creatures are inspired by the ethnic embroidery of India and Pakistan. They are stitched on felt using a variety of basic embroidery stitches and then embellished with sequins and/or beads. They are fun to make and provide the opportunity to play with improvisational stitchery. For the class, students can choose to stitch either a cat or a

Embroidered Folk Art Cat
Embroidered Folk Art Cat

peacock, kits for each will be available. Completed embroidery can be made into a charming ornament or applied  to a garment, bag or quilt. NOTE: this is a handwork class and does not require a sewing machine. Skill Level: Beginner. Kits available

September 29, 2017 – Fabric Pebbles –  Northwest Quilting Expo

3-D fabric Pebbles
3-D fabric Pebbles

This is yet another exploration into the world of three dimensional needlework. With the right fabrics, these pebbles can be amazingly realistic and are quite easy to make. They would add an interesting embellishment to quilts, table runners and would actually combine extremely well with the Stumpwork Sea Anemones in Tuesday’s class. In this short ‘Make & Take’ half day class, you will learn the technique and make a few pebbles to stitch to a fabric background. NOTE: This class is handwork and does not require a sewing machine. Skill Level: Beginner. Kits available

September 29, 2017 – Bonsai Coasters –  Northwest Quilting Expo

A variety of Bonsai Coasters
A variety of Bonsai Coasters

In this ‘Make & Take’ class, you will make a fused bonsai tree on  a hexagon base to make charming coasters. They are easy and the class kit contains enough materials to make a set of four. The applique is fused and though they should ultimately be stitched for durability, if you don’t want to drag a sewing machine to the workshop, you can just do all the fusing and prep work in class and finish with the stitching later at home. This is a half day class. Skill Level: Beginner. Kits available

September 30, 2017 – Animal Spirit Totems –  Northwest Quilting Expo

Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies
Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies

This has been one of my most popular workshops. Totems are symbols adopted by a person, tribe or clan to represent qualities they admire in the animal – bravery, cunning, wisdom… In this class, I have several basic animal design choices based on primitive art. The technique is a blend of strip or Seminole piecing to create a colorful inset surrounded by a silhouette of an animal in a method similar to making a Mola. For speed and ease, the project can be fused or rendered in a simple revers applique by machine technique but also offers the possibility of hand applique for those who prefer that. Though students will concentrate on creating the center panel in the class, the handout includes a variety of creative border ideas and designs. Skill Level: Confident Beginner.

October 5, 2017 –  Doodle Quilting Sharon’s Attic

Improvisational 'Doodle' Quilting
Improvisational ‘Doodle’ Quilting

This is an improvisational approach to machine quilting inspired by the Zentangle art movement. Drawn motifs and templates are used minimally just to establish  focal points and define design areas and then embellished with additional stitching. Textures and details are added off the cuff making up the designs as you go as pure serendipity. The process is very liberating and requires more curiosity and willingness to play than actual skill. It is an exercise in creativity that will enhance your future quilting endeavors. Skill Level – Confident Beginner and up

October 7, 2017 – Advanced Machine Quilting

Wholecloth block with intricate quilting
Wholecloth block with intricate quilting

Once you have learned the basics of machine  and free motion quilting you will begin to develop a sense of confidence. It is now time to spread your wings and see the artistry quilting can create in your quilts. In this class you can explore everything from intricate renderings of more traditional designs or innovative stitching that will elevate your quilt from a keepsake to a showstopper.. Skill Level: intermediate and up

October 11, 2017 –  Free Motion Magic A Common Thread

Free Motion Magic Sample
Free Motion Magic Sample

This is a condensed version of my Machine Quilting 101 class. The students work on smaller sized quilt blocks and learn a variety of methods of transferring motif designs, quilting them and then playing with all-over textures to make the motifs pop. Several methods of transferring and stitching will be explored along with a lovely sampling of all-over background textures. Skill Level – Beginner

October 15, 2017 – Magic SquaresPioneer Quilts

Magic Squares made from Woolie Flannels
Magic Squares made from Woolie Flannels

This architectural design creates a stunning 3-D effect when the color and values of the fabrics are chosen with care. The method employs a ‘cheater’ style piecing making the quilt easier to piece than it looks. The quilt is built of units that appear random but are not and the quilt size is easily adaptable into anything from a table runner to a large quilt by simply adding or omitting units. Pattern purchase required. Skill Level – Confident Beginner.

October 19, 2017 – Garden Windows Nature ScrollsOcean Waves Quilt Camp

Winter Feast - a Nature Scroll featuring fussy cut birds feasting on winter berries
Winter Feast – a Nature Scroll featuring fussy cut birds feasting on winter berries

These ‘Nature Scrolls’ are inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo e art. In this, my own expression of this classic art form,  botanical elements – flora and fauna grace the quilts peeking through ‘windows’ and crossing that threshold into your view. There is a basic handout pattern for students who need that guidance but students are encouraged to explore their own visions in a variety of stitching and embellishment techniques for a truly unique personal nature scroll. Skill Level – Confident Beginner.

October 28 & November 4, 2017 –  From Photo to FabricMontavilla Sewing Center

Alpine Lake - adapted from a photograph
Alpine Lake – adapted from a photograph

This two-day class is aimed at those who are interested in learning how to take a picture and create a scenic quilt from it. It is similar to the Mini-Landscape class but you will create your own original quilt in the class. You will make a small/medium sized wall hanging for the first project that can stand alone as a finished quilt or be a study for a larger quilt. The focus of the class will be on drafting a working drawing for your quilt and finding appropriate fabrics along with any embellishing or stitching techniques that might be useful in rendering your design. When you are done, you will have an original quilt that you can be proud to say is your very own design. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up

ONGOING CLASSES

These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule

Art Journal QuiltsSewn Loverly

(Usually the last Friday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

Art Journal Quilt - part of my 'nest' series
Art Journal Quilt – part of my ‘nest’ series

These are small page sized projects that are usually quickly made as an exercise to try out new techniques in a small low risk form. In each monthly class, we will explore a new technique or design approach to try out methods that go beyond the traditional quilting patterns and techniques. Methods can include: beading, embroidery, fabric dyeing, painting and collage, fabric manipulation and other ‘roads less traveled’. The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate). As the projects and technique will vary from month to month, contact the teacher for the current supply list. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

 

Art Journal QuiltsPioneer Quilts

(Usually the first Friday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

Art Journal Quilt - Exploring bands and machine stitches
Art Journal Quilt – Exploring bands and machine stitches

These are small page sized projects that are usually quickly made as an exercise to try out new techniques in a small low risk form. In each monthly class, we will explore a new technique or design approach to try out methods that go beyond the traditional quilting patterns and techniques. Methods can include: beading, embroidery, fabric dyeing, painting and collage, fabric manipulation and other ‘roads less traveled’. The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate). As the projects and technique will vary from month to month, contact the teacher for the current supply list. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

Garden Patch Cats Sharon’s Attic

(Usually the first Tuesday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

Sour Puss
Sour Puss

This monthly class has gradually transitioned into an ‘Open Sew’ type of group and some students bring other projects to work on enjoying the camaraderie of other quilters and the support of having a teacher present to mentor them if they wish. Students are still free to choose and make a Garden Patch Cat if they wish and occasionally we devote a session in which we explore a specific project or technique that students are welcome to participate in or not as they choose.

 

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