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.

 

January 13 & 20, 2018 – Machine Quilting 101Sewn Loverly

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

January 14, 2018 –  Maplewood Garden Window ScrollA Common Thread

Maplewood – a Garden Windows Nature Scroll

This is the first of a series of patterns I am publishing of my Garden Window Quilt series. These quilts celebrate nature and feature botanical elements. In this one, maple branches festooned with leaves and dimensional seed whirligigs – in autumn colors or you can choose springtime green – peek through narrow windows. If desired you can add a bird, fussy cut from a novelty print, to perch on a branch. Skill Level – Confident Beginner

 

January 16 & 23, 2018 – 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

January 19, 2018 –  Free Motion Magic – Montavilla Sewing Center

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

 

January 25 , 2018 – Color Theory – A Common Thread

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 one-day mini-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

February 5 & 19 , 2018 – From Photo to Fabric – Pioneer Quilts

 

Jacquie’s Desert Landscape from this class

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.

February 8, 2018 – Valentine’s Day Treasure Box – Ace Sew & Vac

Fabric Treasure Boxes – perfect for presenting a gift to a loved one

Valentine’s Day is coming and what could be more perfect for your sweetheart than a treasure box made of fabric to tuck a special little gift into. These boxes are easy to make and make great use of novelty prints so you can make it personalized for the one you love. This is a perfect little box to fill with chocolate (and what quilter does not like chocolate?), a piece of jewelry or even a small quilting notion for your secret quilting sister. Afterwards, these charming boxes can be used to store small notions, office supplies like paperclips or even used to gift a present for someone else. Skill Level: Beginner

February 10, 2018 – Free Motion MagicSharon’s Attic

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

February 16, 2018 – Beginning Sashiko Pioneer Quilts

A Komen (Japanese clan crest) rendered in Sashiko stitching on a Japanese yarn-dye fabric.

Here is your opportunity to learn the art and craft of Sashiko stitching. Sashiko is an ancient form of Japanese needlework similar to but not as demanding as hand quilting. Its rustic beauty is used to grace many textile objects in Japan and is particularly well suited to embellish garments, quilts, purses and household items. In this class you will learn Sashiko basics along with a little of the history and uses of this classical folk art. You will stitch a small sample on fabric that can then be incorporated into another project of you can bring a piece of clothing if you wish to do some stitching on. Warning: Sashiko can become addictive! Skill level: Beginner

February 18, 2018 – Bella Vista Mini LandscapesSharon’s Attic

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.

February 23, 2018 –  Confetti TreesMontavilla Sewing Center

Nice full tree created by a student in a ‘confetti’ technique

Confetti is a technique that allows you to add a lovely texture to create very realistic looking trees on your quilts. it is a unique method that renders delicate, lacy details with exquisite precision and yet is fairly easy to do even for a beginner. This technique is not confined to rendering trees or shrubbery on a quilt, it can also be used to create frothy waves on a seascape or riverscape or the roiling bubbles at the base of a waterfall. Once learned, you may find lots of other applications where this technique could be used.

March 3, 2018 – Spirit Totems Pioneer Quilts

Deer Totem embellished with turquoise beads and copper pennies

These quilts are similar to Molas but simpler designs with Seminole and/or strip pieced panel inserts instead of the multiple reverse appliqué layers Molas entail. In this class, students will choose their favorite animal totem from a variety of patterns and then stitch a panel insert for their totem to make a block that can be the focal point for a larger quilt or used with a border as a wall hanging. To make the project quick and easy, fusing techniques can be used, or the appliqué can be done by hand or raw edged machine stitching. Skill Level: confident beginner and up.

March 8 & 15, 2018 – Machine Quilting 101 Ace Sew & Vac

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

March 11 & 18, 2018 – Machine Quilting 101A Common Thread

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

March 13, 2018 – Van Gogh by Thread Pioneer Quilts

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers improvised with thread.

Create your own Still Life tapestry inspired by Van Gogh’s famous Sunflower painting using rustic hand embroidery. The stitches are very easy to do and following the impressionist style, the project is quite free form without having to draw precisely. This is improvisational stitching at its best and even someone fairly new to embroidery can do this.

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)

Little Treasures Left by the Tide. Woven Fabric Strips

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).

January 3 Project: Woven Textures – This is like the woven ‘place mats’ you may have made from construction paper in school as a child but with a twist. You will be working with curvy designs and fabric strips instead of paper. This project is particularly effective if you work with fabrics in a variety of interesting textures such as silk, velvet, burlap or linen along with quilters cottons. The completed quilt can be embellished if desired.

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.

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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