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.

 

May 18, 2017 – Eastside Quilters, Bellevue WA

Lecture: Color Talk

Extended color wheel of fabric
Extended color wheel of fabric

Many quilters re apprehensive about working with color. From some, I hear that they are fine when reproducing the colors in a quilt as shown in a pattern; others tell me they felt confident and liked the colors they selected but them do not like the finished quilt and do not know what went wrong. Have you ever dismissed a quilt pattern that you felt was unattractive and you had no desire to make? Are you sure it was the pattern you disliked and not simply the color scheme the sample was made in? This presentation will take the mystery out of working with color and give you the tools you need to decipher and control concepts such as value and proportional color. In addition, you will learn a number of methods to pick marvelous color schemes ranging from using the color wheel along with some unusual methods you may not know of.

May 21 & 28, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101A Common Thread

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.

May 23 , 2017 – Spring Stash BusterPioneer Quilts

Rustic Windows - Fast, Fun & a Scrap Eater
Rustic Windows – Fast, Fun & a Scrap Eater

For those of you who would like to use every bit of fabric rather than see scraps go into a landfill, I would like to introduce you to my Rustic Windows quilt. This project is extremely fast forgiving and EASY! Very little precision is needed and you can simply revel in the process of chain-piecing with the knowledge that you are doing your part to recycle and reuse. The blocks can be made in any size and quantity making it a breeze to make quilts in any size with ease. Skill Level: beginner and up,

May 26 , 2017 – Marvelous Mach-MolasPioneer Quilts

Mach-Mola African Goose
Mach-Mola African Goose

Molas are colorful reverse appliqué panels featuring folk art motifs that are made by the natives of San Blas Islands off the coast of Guatemala. Traditionally made using painstaking hand appliqué techniques, this easy machine technique makes them fast and fun. Once made, your Mola can be finished into a small wall-hanging. As a focal block in a larger quilt or incorporated into a bag or garment. There will be a variety of folk art motifs to choose from including the African Goose show at the right. Skill Level: very confident beginner and up, free-motion skills helpful.

June 3 & 17, 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.

June 13 & 20, 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.

June 16 & 23, 2017 –  Machine Quilting 101 Montavilla Sewing Center

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.

June 22, 2017 – Primitive Pathways Ace Sew & Vac

Primitive Pathways - complex version
Primitive Pathways – complex version

This project is a real scrap buster and employs a carefree piecing method that requires very little precision. There are very few perfect quarter inch seams, involved. Because this quilt does not require templates, it goes together very quickly making it a perfect choice for charity or other utilitarian quilts. Though it is based on scraps, the quilt’s charm is enhanced by the use of a bold graphic print such as a stripe for setting off the scraps. Though the block itself is simple to make some setting arrangements may require intermediate skills; setting options will be covered in the class. Skill level: Beginner

June 24, 2017 – Drawing Outside of the BoxSharon’s Attic

Japanese scenic print enhanced with pen , ink & colored pencil
Japanese scenic print enhanced with pen , ink & colored pencil

This is a method I have seen applied to the matting of framed art where selected elements of the art print are drawn out with pen and ink into the mat surrounding the print. When done well, this creates a lovely ephemeral boundary around the print rather than a hard edge. This project takes the same approach to a lovely novelty print of your choice. You will fuse a cropped novelty print of your choice onto a foundation and then extend chosen design elements and lines into that foundation with Pigma Micron pens and colored pencil; these design lines can be enhanced with stitching during the quilting process if desired. Skill Level: Beginner

June 25, 2017 – Stained Glass AppliqueSharon’s Attic

Luminous Batiks make this artistic quilt glow.
Luminous Batiks make this artistic quilt glow.

Real Stained Glass windows are expensive and require an enormous amount of skill and knowledge to make, not so with this quilted version. Narrow bias tape outlines and separates simple shapes cut and fused from bright fabrics. The pattern features an Art Nouveau style Cyclamen flower or you can bring your own design if desired. When made from batiks in luminous colors that ‘glow’, they look almost like real glass. Skill Level: Beginner

June 30 & July 14, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101Ace Sew & Vac

Machine Quilting Sampler - white & gray
Machine Quilting Sampler – white & gray

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.

July 8, 2017 – Bella Vista Mini LandscapesSewn Loverly

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.

July 15, 2017 – Simple Sashiko Landscapes Ace Sew & Vac

Night Snow - Sashiko Landscape #1
Night Snow – Sashiko Landscape #1

Sashiko is a form of Japanese hand stitching that falls somewhere between hand quilting and embroidery; it is an ancient variation of what is popularly being called ‘Slow Stitching’ in our current fiber arts scene. Typically, Sashiko is used to render classical Japanese Motifs and all-over patterns but t his is Sashiko like you have not seen before. Instead of the traditional designs, these small hand stitched beauties feature small stylized landscapes and twisted, weathered trees. Skill Level – Beginner

July 16, 2017 – Christmas Cabin Pioneer Quilts

Christmas Cabin
Christmas Cabin

It’s Christmas in July at Pioneer Quilts! Whether you are a foundation paper piecing aficionado or have never tried it before, you can make this charming cabin in the woods with a Christmas theme. The touch of Christmas comes in the form of a little Yule tree in the window and a Santa (or angel if you prefer) novelty print in an appropriate size greeting visitors in the doorway; if you are into embellishment you can even decorate your cabin and adjoining trees with Christmas bling. Not into Christmas? You can make this as a simple rustic cabin without the Christmas trimmings. This pattern is particularly fun to make with fussy cut fabric patterns and textures. Skill Level – Beginner

July 29, 2017 –  Thread Painted ButterfliesMontavilla Sewing Center

Thread Painted Butterflies
Thread Painted Butterflies

Thread Painting is fun and much easier than it looks, especially if you approach it as a ‘paint by number’ project. These Asian inspired butterflies are a perfect motif to try your hand at this delicate thread art, providing a simple coloring book style design for novice stitchers wanting to explore thread painting for the first time but also providing challenges to experiment with blending and detail work for more accomplished thread players. Though some basic free motion skills are helpful  for this project, the class is suitable for students with virtually no free motion experience. Skill Level – Confident Beginner.

August 7, 2017 – Magic SquaresSewn Loverly

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.

August 11, 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

 

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.

 

 

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 Thursday 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 is an ongoing class focusing on my Garden Patch Cat series of patterns. Students can work on the cat of their choice while learning a lovely fusing method that uses a liquid adhesive. The resulting quilt is unbelievably soft and supple, you won’t believe it is fused. 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.

 

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