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.

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: Landscapes by Layers Sewn Loverly

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 27, 2018: Trunk Show/Lecture – Color Talk Mid-Valley Quilt Guild 9:30 am

This program covers Color Theory and basic concepts such as value, saturation proportional color and how they can contribute to a quilt you absolutely love or make for a major disappointment. Methods of selecting color schemes from a color wheel along with a few other novel approaches round out the presentation as does a trunk show of quilts illustrating color formulas in action.

June 27, 2018: Trunk Show/Lecture – Confessions of a Self-Taught Quilter  Mid-Valley Quilt Guild  7 pm

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 29, 2018: Let Sleeping Cats Lie Sharon’s Attic

Let Sleeping Cats Lie – four block version

This one session class will guide students through making a quilt from this clever tessellating cat pattern published by Story Quilts (purchase required). In the class, you will learn the construction method for the basic block (along with some construction tips not included in the pattern) and start making the blocks for your quilt. This pattern makes it easy to make the quilt any size you desire by adding or omitting blocks. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

June 30, 2018: Bella Vista Landscapes Pioneer Quilts

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″  which also makes them perfect for gifts. 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 10 & 17, 2018: Biscornu Pioneer Quilts

Wool and Flannel Biscornu

What the heck is a Biscornu? The name (a French word) roughly translates to  ‘Wonky’ which is just how these charming little pincushions look – decidedly wonky. This craft is very popular in France where the odd little ‘pillows’ are made as pincushions, scissor fobs and – well – even pillows. In this two session class, students will begin their hand appliqued/embroidered patches in the first session and follow up with a shorter second session to assemble their squares into the peculiar biscornu. Skill Level: Beginner.

July 12, 2018: Lecture – Color Talk Puddletown Knitters Guild

Extended color wheel

This is a very thorough exploration of color  – what works, what doesn’t and how to make wise color choices for any project. The principles of color theory are universal and applicable to all sorts of mediums from knitting and garments to collage and quilting. This program will help the artist and craftsman (or woman) to understand how to work with color to achieve stunning results and avoid common color ‘mistakes’ along with learning a variety of methods to pick unique color schemes beyond just the classic combinations from a color wheel.

July 13 & 27, 2018: Abstract From NaturePioneer Quilts

A Discovery design, finding abstract designs from nature.

This unusual method of creating an abstract design may be familiar to those who have studied art but will introduce those who have not to a creative way of exploring design on a level they may never have dreamed of. When I studied art in college my professor used this method to teach how to strip the identity of a design source away allowing the students to concentrate on concepts such as balance and composition free of the constraints imposed by a recognizable subject. The results are a refreshing view of abstract design and texture for a truly unique quilt design. In this class, the students will devote the first session to finding their design from photographs of nature and creating their master pattern and then begin construction of their quilt in the second session. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up (a familiarity with applique techniques – either by hand or fused is recommended)

July 16 & 23, 2018: Multnomah Falls Quilt Ace Sew & Vac

Multnomah Falls in Autumn

This two-day class will cover the construction techniques used to make my Multnomah Falls quilt pattern published by Story Quilts or any of the other waterfalls in my series (pattern purchase required). Help will be provided in selecting your fabrics in the first session and choosing a method of appliqué suited to your individual skills. Hand, fused and machine appliqué will be covered as well as a wonderful easy raw–edge machine technique that is superb to use on trees and foliage. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (fusing recommended) and up

July 19, 2018 Machine Quilting Booster Class Ace Sew & Vac

Machine Quilting 101 – Details

This class is intended to allow students who have taken my Machine Quilting 101 or Free-Motion Magic classes to revisit those techniques they wish to explore in greater depth.  The original classes present a variety of techniques with only a brief allotment of time to try out each, in this class, students can focus on the techniques they would have liked to focus more attention on. This class is not intended as a substitute for those beginning classes, it is assumed that the students enrolling will have the necessary prerequisite knowledge from either of the first classes.

July 20, 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.

July 20, 2018: Christmas CabinMontavilla Sewing Center

Christmas Cabin

This project oriented class features a foundation paper pieced cabin flanked by trees. The pieced panels are finished with top and bottom strips of a wide border style print and a paper pieced star. This small wall hanging is a perfect foundation paper piecing project for a beginner or experienced paper piecer and can be made in holiday themed fabric if desired. Skill Level: Beginner and up

 

 

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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