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.

 

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 and up.

October 20, 2017 – Migrating GeeseOcean Waves Quilt Camp

Quilt made by a student in the 2016 OWQC class
Quilt made by a student in the 2016 OWQC class

These are not your run of the mill static ‘geese’ that follow a straight flight plan, rather, they flow in undulating bands flying nearer and farther, migrating across your quilt. You may have seen quilts featuring these cavorting geese and wondered how on earth they are created. The truth is they are remarkably easy to design and make; foundation paper piecing takes the complex math right out of this procedure. In this class, you can design your own flocks of geese or create a small sample from a pattern handout just to learn the technique. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

October 21, 2017 –  Free Motion Magic Ocean Waves Quilt Camp

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 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

 

September 23 and December 3, 2017 – Bella Vista Mini Landscapes  A Common Thread

Bella Vista - Rocky Coast
Bella Vista – Rocky Coast

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.

October 31 & November 14, 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

November 6 & 20, 2017 – Machine Quilting 101 – Ace Sew & Vac

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

November 16, 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

November 16, 2017 –  Folk Art Embroidered Ornaments – Pioneer Quilts

Hand Embroidered Peacock
Hand Embroidered Peacock

Inspired by the embroidery of India and Pakistan, these hand embroidered gems stitched on felted wool are colorful and surprisingly easy to make. The stitches are fairly basic and well within the reach of even a beginner. I bling is your thing, you can add sparkle with sequins and beads or keep them stylishly primitive with stitchery alone. Not into dressing up a holiday tree? The embroidery can be applied to any rustic wool project from quilt to candle mat or even used to decorate a bag or a garment. Skill Level – confident Beginner

November 21 , 2017 – Lecture – Small Wonders – Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild

Contour Drawing on fabric - painted and stitched
Contour Drawing on fabric – painted and stitched

This trunk show program will focus on my and my students’ Journal Quilts, small (usually page sized) quilts used to try out new techniques. I have active Journal Quilt groups running at a couple of the local quilt shops where we hold a monthly class to explore techniques a bit more on the artistic end of the spectrum. Fabric stamping, painting, beading and embellishments, creative stitching and fabric manipulation… these are just a few of the areas we have delved into and having access to borrow my students’ quilts gives me the opportunity to show not only my own interpretations of the various  techniques but the work of my students as well.

November 28 , 2017 – Bella Vista Mini Landscapes – Ace Sew & Vac

Bella Vista - Rocky Coast
Bella Vista – Rocky Coast

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.

January 25, 2018 – Global Dances –  WSQ Spokane

This program/lecture examines textile arts from various cultures all over the world and the influence they have had on my work. The presentation includes a trunk show of my ethnically inspired quilts and needlework.

January 26, 2018 – Animal Spirit Totems –  WSQ Spokane

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.

January 27, 2018 – Primitive Pathways –  WSQ Spokane

Primitive Pathways - complex version
Primitive Pathways – complex version

This is carefree piecing at its best! The blocks are easy to piece with little precision until the final squaring and trimming making this a fast quilt to assemble; it also consumes scraps leftover from other projects with relish. Each block is based on a ‘budget’ system where the available space is allotted to the various portions of fabric. This makes the blocks and overall quilt easy to make in whatever size you wish. The resulting quilt is graphic and rustic in appearance. Skill Level: Confident Beginner.

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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