Classes-Schedule

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

Ace Sew & Vac 12185 SW Main St. Tigard OR 97223 PH# (503) 598-0122

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

Montavilla Sewing Center – 429 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 PH# (503) 635-1353

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

Cedar Ridge Quilts – 19045 S Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 PH# 503-908-1398

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.


January 11, 2020: Embroidered Folk Art Ornaments Sharon’s Attic

Made of wool or felt, stuffed and embellished with an assortment of simple hand embroidery stitches, beads and sequins, these colorful embellished motifs are inspired by the vivid Folk Embroidery of India and Pakistan. They make perfect holiday ornaments (or you can appliqué them into a hand-stitched wool project) and though Christmas is over for this year, you can get a head start and have a whole collection of them by next Christmas. Skill Level: beginner and up

January 16, 2020: Art Journal Quilts Cedar Ridge Quilts

Project to be announced


Art Journal Quilts – Montavilla Sewing Center

January Session – Hollow Homes. In this JQ session students will learn a ‘faced applique’ technique and use it to create a multilayered tree ‘hollow’ and then install a resident in the cozy little home. Birds,squirrels, raccoons… all are natural residents who can occupy hollows in tree trunks or go for whimsy – how about featuring an elephant, a dinosaur or a beloved Muppet character in your hollow? The sky (and available smaller scale novelty prints) is the limit. For More on The Art Journal Quilt series scroll down to the end of the list under ‘ongoing classes’


January 23, 2020: Technique Toolbox – A Focus on Fusing Montavilla Lake Oswego

In this session we will examine a variety of bands and products available for fused applique and how to use them properly. Fusing has become a popular method of applique, particularly among those with no time or patience to tackle hand applique and there are numerous brands and types of fabric adhesives on the market – products with two layers of release paper, one layer of paper and some have no release paper at all. There are also spray adhesives, permanent and temporary. The products vary in the methods and preparation for application and we will explore the pros and cons and proper ways to use each for the best results. Students will make a small sampler of various products for future reference.


Art Journal Quilts Ace Sew & Vac

Project to be announced


January 25 & February 1, 2020: Machine Quilting 101 Sharon’s Attic

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 NOTE: Click Here to download instructions for pieced/layered class sampler.

Machine Quilting 101 sampler


January 31, 2020: Free Motion Magic
Montavilla Sewing Center Gresham

Gresham Store – This class will cover various approaches to machine quilting as well as troubleshooting tips. Students will bring a couple of simple pieced and layered blocks (from a pattern provided) ready to practice various techniques and styles of quilting on. You will learn stitching in the ditch, 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.

Free Motion Magic Sample

February 8 & 15, 2020: From Photo to Fabric Cedar Ridge Quilts

This is a very popular class I offer on designing your own landscape quilts from photographs. Nothing is quite as gratifying as to create your own landscape quilt featuring a favorite place or photo of a lovely vacation spot. This class is aimed at those who are interested in exploring a basic approach to designing landscape quilts. The focus of the class will be on creating a working pattern from a photograph and then using fabrics creatively to get marvelous effects. I could show you the landscapes I have created from photos but it’s much better that you see what other students have made – if they could do this so can you! Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up, drawing skills, though helpful, are not necessary for this class.

February 17 & 24, 2020: Machine Quilting 101: Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard Location: 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 NOTE: Click Here to download instructions for pieced/layered class sampler.

Machine Quilting 101 sampler

February 18, 2020: Hand Applique Leaves Sharon’s Attic

Learn reverse hand appliqué techniques while making a sampler of various leaf designs. The designs are versatile and can be rendered and arranged in a number of different ways to create a truly unique wall hanging. In class you will learn how to appliqué the four basic forms you need to master: points, valleys, convex and concave curves as well as the reverse appliqué techniques. Skill level: Confident Beginner

Reverse Appliqued Leaf Sampler

February 21, 2020: Bella Vista Mini Landscapes: Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard Location: This class is aimed at those who are interested in landscape quilts but cannot devote the time for a multi-session class and complex appliquéd project. The landscape projects are smaller, simplified and fused resulting in instant gratification. Once the fabric is chosen, these mini quilts go together quickly and can then be finished with borders to make a small wall hanging measuring approximately 10”x 12” (smaller pattern) or 14” x 20 (larger pattern). There are eight different patterns to choose from and each pattern includes both sizes. The focus of the class will be on using fabrics creatively to get marvelous effects in pictorial quilts.


February 23 & March 1, 2020: Singing Quilts Cedar Ridge Quilts

A few years ago, I made a wall quilt and then added a ‘fringe’ of drilled sea urchin spines. The result – a quilt that chimes musically when moved. This adds another layer of artistic complexity to the quilt, one you can hear as well as see. The second ‘singing’ project I made was a Sashiko Noren (a thin curtain that graces doorways in Japan). This time I added a fringe of bamboo segments which make a pleasing wooden clinking when a breeze wafts through an open window catching the cloth like a sail. The class sample is my third musical quilt, this time the bamboo segments hang framed and suspended in an opening much like a window itself. Appliqued cherry blossoms complete the Asian theme. Skill Level: Intermediate advised but an adventurous beginner could manage it if they possess good basic sewing experience.

Cherry Blossom Whispers

February 25, 2020: Machine Quilting – Borders Montavilla Lake Oswego

Borders! These can be a joy to stitch or a demon you wrestle with on every quilt (I fall into the latter category). Border designs are often uniquely different that the designs that get applied to other parts of a quilt and present distinct challenges such as how to plot them to fit or how to turn a corner… issues that you don’t need to tackle with quilting blocks and center panels on quilts. In this class, you will learn several techniques ranging from plotted to improvisational borders to add to your repertoire of quilting skills. You will work on a small sampler based on the classical Amish Stripe pattern that will allow plenty of opportunity to try out many border designs; a pattern for this sampler is included with the supply list. Piece the top, layer it and quilt the seams in the ditch before coming to class. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (NOTE: you do not need to be very accomplished but you do need to feel comfortable with free motion quilting)

Borders quilting sampler


February 27, 2020: Technique Toolbox – precise Inset ‘Y’ Seams Montavilla Lake Oswego

‘Y’ shaped intersection involve inset seams. These are more difficult to sew neatly than other types of intersections and if you have tackled them before you know that rumpled little tucks or open gaps at the point of convergence are common and hard to avoid. This method involves freezer paper templates which makes achieving perfect results easier and faster. In class you will piece a table runner or mat of hexagons from your choice of fabrics; the Sashiko stitching is not part of this class. Skill Level : Confident Beginner.

Hexagon Table Mat


February 29 & March 7, 2020: Machine Quilting 101 Cedar Ridge Quilts

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

Machine Quilting 101 Stitching Sampler


March 5, 2020: Zen Pathway Cedar Ridge Quilts

In Japanese Gardens, the stonework plays a substantial role in the design. This quilt, is a celebration of stone, the emphasis is on the path not the flora that surrounds it. In this class you will design your own unique Zen Path with help from the instructor. The quilts will be small – around 8”-10” wide and about 20”–25” long; reminiscent of a Japanese scroll in shape and form. They need not be symmetrical.  The stones will be appliquéd by hand, machine or fused as per your preference and some stones can be created in dimensional appliqué if you wish. If the idea of somber stone does not appeal to you, the stones can be rendered in surrealistic bright colors or floral themed prints and the finished path can be embellished with a few 3-D blossoms or leaves that have drifted onto it. Methods for creating 3-D features will be taught in class. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up

March 12, 2020: From Feathers to Fabric: Ace Sew & Vac

Newberg Location: Creating birds in appliqué can be both challenging and rewarding. It’s all in the feathers – the challenge is finding good fabrics to use for your birds, the reward comes when you see how lovely your birds can be from the most unlikely of fabrics. This class will teach you how to choose appropriate fabrics to make your fine feathered friends and fusing makes the process painless. Of course, you are welcome to hand appliqué your birds if you prefer. Skill Level: Beginner and up.

March 17, 2020: Hand Dyed Embroidery Threads
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening class: Why spend extra money on hand dyed embroidery threads when they are easy to dye yourself. If you love to embroider or do hand stitched wool applique, you owe it to yourself to try this. Creating your own hand dyed floss and pearl cotton gives you greater variety and allows you to choose your own colors and/or color combinations for variegated threads. The process of dying variegated thread is somewhat serendipitous but you will discover unique, beautiful color combinations as the dyes blend to create gorgeous thread. Skill Level: Beginner

Hand Dyed Pearl Cotton and 6-strand Floss

March 18, 2020: Ancient Icons
Art & Soul Retreats

Day Class: These are a series of small ‘Artists Tiles’ joined into an assemblage with beads or stitchery; they can also be made as individual miniature artworks for jewelry or to apply to other projects. Inspirational fabric prints are the starting point for a variety of embellishing techniques – beading, stamping, painting, embroidery and/or the application of found objects, If making an artistic assemblage, it can be hung from a bamboo segment, piece of rustic driftwood or… Your imagination is the only limit. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (some beading and hand embroidery skills would be helpful but not necessary)

March 18, 2020: Fabric Feathers
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These feathers are very easy to make from scraps of denim, recycled worn out jeans; it even works with some upholstery fabrics if they are heavy enough and fray well. Your feathers can be used to embellish other projects or strung to make into jewelry, dangle from a purse or bag and even used as a unique scissors fob to identify your scissors at a class or workshop. Skill Level: Beginner and up

March 19, 2020: 3-D Fabric Pebbles
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: Walk down any Oregon beach or stream and you will find tons of them – pebbles in all sizes, shapes and colors. Many are polished smooth from their tumbling journey in the sea and many have inclusions of quartz or fossils; you can even find the occasional agate scattered in with the other stones. In this workshop you will learn how to make surprisingly realistic dimensional pebbles scattered over a sandy background to create a small pebble sampler. This is a handwork project; no sewing machine is needed for the class. Skill Level: Beginner and up.

March 21, 2020: Crow Woman
Art & Soul Retreats

Day Class: This project combines appliqued felt embellished with hand embroidery to create an iconic image of a tribal priestess in a manifestation as a crow. Crows symbolize transcendence, they are considered powerful spirits and harbingers of change. A familiarity with hand embroidery stitches will give a student advantage but is not necessary for the class, the stitches covered in the lesson are fairly simple and the embroidery could be rendered by a confident beginner.

Crow Woman Embroidery

March 22, 2020: Paper/Fabric Beads
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These Beads are rolled from strips of paper or fabric. It’s a wonderful way to up-cycle colorful scrap paper – old magazines, salvaged holiday wrapping paper, junk mail… the beads can also be made from fabric leftover from other sewing projects. They are fast to make and can be embellished further with paints, seed beads, wire and decorative threads. Fabric can be frayed for a lovely fringe type effect that makes a bead somewhere between bead and tassel. The finished beads can be used to embellish other fiber arts or strung to make jewelry. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

March 23, 2020: Hand Stitched Button Medallions
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These are little hand stitched mandalas type compositions sewn onto felt or felted wool to frame collectible buttons, The embroidery is composed from very simple easy stitches and a student need not have previous embroidery skills to create one of these little carousels of color. Skill Level: Beginner and up

April 6 &13, 2020: Machine Quilting 101: Ace Sew & Vac

Newberg Location: 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 NOTE: Click Here to download instructions for pieced/layered class sampler.

Machine Quilting 101 sampler

April 14, 2020: Machine Quilting – Texture Montavilla Lake Oswego

This is a Master Class – a machine quilting class that focuses on a specific category/technique in quilting. Allover textures are a key component in creating interesting quilting designs. Most quilters are familiar with the ubiquitous meandering ‘stipple’ (the one that looks like interlocking puzzle piece heads) and many quilters achieve this pattern skill and look no further at other possibilities. Don’t get stuck in a quilting rut! This class will help you explore lots of allover texture possibilities and show you how texture can be used to punch up other quilting designs. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (NOTE: you do not need to be very accomplished but you do need to feel comfortable with free motion quilting)

A variety of machine quilting textures


May 18, 2020: Confetti Trees
Montavilla Sewing Center

With any landscape, rendering the trees and foliage can be both challenging and rewarding and provides an opportunity to be creative with shape and texture. The ‘confetti’ technique makes particularly lovely trees that are more complex, lacy and delicate than ordinary quilting techniques are capable of. In this class you will make a simple fused backdrop to try out this incredible confetti technique on. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up

June 6, 2020: Thread Painting: Ace Sew & Vac

This beginning level thread painting class will teach you to use your sewing machine and thread much like a box of crayons. The butterfly class project is simple enough to render in a basic ‘color within the lines’ approach but can be stitched in a more complex style adding details and blending colors for the more adventurous spirits. You do not need an ‘embroidery’ machine for this, just one that can be used for free motion stitching with a straight stitch. The stitching is hand guided not computerized and even a basic machine will work fine. Choices are: a stained glass style butterfly pattern (good for beginning thread painters) or a more ‘painterly’ bird pattern (intermediate to advanced skills). Adventurous students may create a Thread Painted subject of their own choice with the instructor’s approval if they wish. Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced (familiarity with free-motion stitching is recommended)

ONGOING CLASSES

These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule

 

Technique Toolbox – Montavilla Sewing Center

Lake Oswego Location: (the fourth Thursday of each month) A proficient quilter will have many tools in their sewing kit – good scissors, rotary cutters, rulers, cutting mats, pins, marking tools… So too, should they have an assortment of skills to allow them to carry out whatever quilting task their heart desires. This ongoing series of classes are devoted to building a thorough base of methods and techniques. In some cases, it might be a precise method of construction while in others, it could be an innovative technique to make a task easier or faster. While these classes will be invaluable to novice quilters eager to expand their skills, seasoned quilters may also find a process they have not yet encountered. Come and join in on the fun – you just might learn something.

Art Journal Quilts – Montavilla Sewing Center

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

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).

Art Journal Quilts Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard Store: Usually the fourth 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 QuiltsCedar Ridge Quilts

(Usually the third Thuirsday 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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