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

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

Fabric Depot – 700 SE 122nd Ave, Portland Oregon 97233 PH# (503) 252-9530

 

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.

 

 

 April 22 & 29, 2018: Color Theory  Pioneer Quilts

This is an extended color wheel made from fabric, the one made in class will be simpler

IT’S BACK!!! By request I am offering my  popular Color Theory class. This two-day workshop is aimed at giving quilters and others who work with fabric confidence to choose the appropriate colors to achieve the desired results in their projects. Learn how to use a color wheel to create beautiful color schemes as well as explore how colors interact to help avoid common color mistakes. Students will build a color wheel from fabric and carry out some cut and paste exercises designed to teach the basic properties of color. These sheets can then be assembled into a reference workbook.  Skill level: Beginner and up

April 28, 2018:  Free Motion Magic  Montavilla Sewing Center

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

May 3, 2018: Marvelous Mach-Molas  Ace Sew & Vac

One of the design options for the Mach-Mola class

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. Skill Level: very confident beginner and up, free-motion skills helpful.  Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

May 5, 2018: Spirit Totems  Sewn Loverly

Deer Totem wall hanging, embellished with turquoise beads and coins

A ‘Totem’ is a symbol – usually of an animal that is adopted as an emblem of a person or group of persons that reminds them of their heritage or represents traits they admire.

This project is a blending of Seminole or Strip-piecing and reverse appliqué in the manner of making a Mola (intricate reverse appliqué panels indigenous to Central America). The center ‘insert’ of the animal is created with either Seminole Piecing, Foundation/strip Piecing or, for those not interested in creating a pieced insert, a bold graphic print may be chosen as the insert. The appliqué can be rendered by hand, fused or a nifty raw-edged machine technique without adhesive can be used; instructions for all three methods follow the piecing instructions. Skill Level: Beginner

May 11, 2018: Trunk Show/Lecture: Art Journal Quilts  Northwest Quilters 2018 Quilt Show

Art Journal Quilt – part of my ‘sanctuary’ series

Art Journal Quilts are  aimed at trying out artistic techniques or design approaches in a small (usually page sized) format, think of them as artist’s thumbnail drawings. The small size reduces the commitment to finish a large quilt and allows one to conduct a trial exploration before applying it to a larger project though these mini-quilts can be gems in themselves. Small is beautiful and fast too – fewer UFOs. I use this process not only to try out new techniques but also to test the material for future classes, I have three active groups of obliging, enthusiastic ‘laboratory students’ that participate on a monthly basis stretching their creativity to new heights. This trunk show will feature a wide collection of the projects I have done over the years and the various techniques that were involved. The presentation will take place at the show at 11 am on both Friday and Saturday and attendance is free with paid entry to the Quilt Show.

 

May 14 & 21 2018: From Photo to Fabric Sharon’s Attic

Charlotte’s Landscape Quilt (from a past class), you, too, could create a wonderful masterpiece.

If you wanted to make a quilt from a favorite landscape photograph, here is the class to teach you how to do it. This two-part class will show you how to draft your own pattern, alter or enhance it if you wish and then make a unique quilt of your own special place and memories. The first session will be devoted to creating your working drawing/pattern and students begin construction their quilts in the second session using the methods – piecing and/or applique – of their choice. Skill level: Confident Beginner

 May 15 & 29, 2018: Machine Quilting 101 Sharon’s Attic

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 15, 2018: Evening Event! –  Maplewood  by Helene Knott and Northcott Fabrics Sharon’s Attic

Printed wholecloth panel from my fabric line – Maplewood by Northcott Fabrics

It’s party time! come see my new line of fabrics – Maplewood – from Northcott Fabrics. Sharon will introduce my fabric panel along with the coordinating prints. Come join us to celebrate!

May 26, 2018:  Landscapes By Layers Montavilla Sewing Center

Landscapes by Layers – ‘Twilight’; presented in a scroll format

This is a fun excursion into raw edge machine applique using one freezer paper pattern template that gets progressively cut down an re-used as each layer of the vista is applied in shifting colors and textures. The technique is particularly well suited to vista style landscapes with easily segregated layers and can be done in a ‘quilt as you go’ method. Skill Level: Beginner and up.

June 2 & 9, 2018: Machine Quilting 101 Fabric Depot 

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 12 & 13, 2018: Lectures: Transcending the Vision – the Process of Design Tucson Quilt Guild

The Captain’s Wife – one of my more noteworthy quilts

This program will cover the multi-layered process creating a quilt from the very first inspiration through various design and construction stages and finally to completion. A digital presentation will explain methods  and resources followed by a trunk show of my award winning quilts.

June 22, 2018: Custom Quilting – Independent Study  Montavilla Sewing Center

Detail of a block quilted in an Aztec theme

It is said that “‘quilting makes the quilt’. This is an independent study design /quilting class. Students will bring a quilt they wish to quilt themselves (or one they will be commissioning to a long-arm quilter for very large quilts) and explore design ideas to turn their quilt into a masterpiece. Each project will be mentored on an one-on-one basis as each student will have a different quilt. Students may flesh out design ideas to relay to a long-arm quilter if that is their plan, or tackle the quilting themselves if the project is of a size that will be feasible in a domestic machine. Though the class is specifically geared towards machine quilting, even someone planning to hand quilt a project may find insightful design suggestions. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up. Prerequisite: a good basic machine quilting class (need not be my class though that will help as we may employ specific techniques covered in that class), or a good knowledge/confidence with machine quilting.

 

June 23, 2018: Trunk Show/Lecture – Confessions of a Self-Taught Quilter (tentative) Mid-Valley Quilt Guild  9:30 am

So you think your first quilt was ‘ahem’ amateurish, let me show you MY first quilt – and my second, third and even fourth quilts – I’ll show you something to make you realize your first attempts were showstoppers. This presentation on my work will start at the beginning and take you through the sometimes painful but often funny journey of my growth as a quilter. From ‘Gosh Awful to Gorgeous’, you will get to see what it took to get me to where I am today.

June 23, 2018: Trunk Show/Lecture – Color Talk (tentative) Mid-Valley Quilt Guild 7pm

This is a comprehensive, in-depth presentation about color and the confidence about working with it. Have you ever bought fabrics you loved and then were disappointed in the finished quilt? Are you comfortable recreating a quilt from a pattern as long as you can find the same colors/fabrics the sample is made in? Do you feel overwhelmed when walking into a fabric store with all those gorgeous choices and no idea where to begin? Take the fear out of working with color, learn the common mistakes and how to avoid them and ways of selecting color schemes from working with a color wheel to some innovative methods that will give you spectacular results.

ONGOING CLASSES

These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule

Art Journal Quilts – Montavilla Sewing Center

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

Announcing! As of January 2018, I will have a series of Art Journal Quilt classes starting monthly at the Montavilla Sewing Center in Gresham Oregon. 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.  The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate).

Fiesta Flowers

May 2, 2018 – Fiesta May Flowers: These multi-layered applique flowers are inspired by the colorful paper flowers from Mexico that appear at Cinco de Mayo festivals. The technique is very easy  involving freezer paper templates in descending sizes and shapes, the flowers will be layered flat onto the background and the flower centers can be made dimensional is you wish. Remember – April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Art Journal Quilts Sewn 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)

Seams Like Spring – dimensional flowers tucked into stem-like seams

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.

Attic Cats – Group Sewing 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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