Great News! Classes are resuming. I am currently offering classes at Montavilla Sewing Centers, Cedar Ridge in Oregon City and Sharon’s Attic in Aloha.
I also offer online instruction on a one-to-one basis or to groups interested in arranging for a group class session. Most of my class offerings are adaptable to this format. I am also available for one-on-one tutoring and consultations for your projects. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a session.
Montavilla Sewing Center – 4955 SW Western Ave #B, Beaverton, OR 97005
Montavilla Sewing Center – 971 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.
Corona Virus Update! Please note that each shop will have a safety protocol regarding attendance to classes. For your own safety and that of fellow students, please comply with their requirements
September 27, 2021: Art Quilts in the Attic – Fiesta Flowers Sharon’s Attic
This month students will explore freestyle layered collage to create colorful blossoms reminiscent of the paper flowers from Mexico. The process is fun, easy , and can be carried out by machine or hand. No adhesives are used making the flowers easier to stitch and embellish if that is your passion. Skill Level: Confident beginner
September 30 & October 7, 2021: Striplique Seascape – Montavilla Sewing Center
Striplique is a unique process of strip-piecing a backdrop into which applique features are inset sequentially. The strip piecing is well suited to the linear banding seen in water, particularly in the ocean where textures and colors vary depending on tides and waves. The applique can be rendered by machine or by hand. If hand applique is your preference, this method allows you to complete the faster strip-piecing ahead of time and carry out the methodical hand sewing at a later time. Texture can be added in the form of lace or other dimensional ephemera tucked into the seams. The class handout features a view of Twin Rocks on the Oregon Coast, or student can create a personal dream-scape of their own choosing. An optional pattern with a view of the Oregon Coast will be available for purchase if the students want a more complex project. This is a 2-session class. Skill level: confident beginner (for the simpler seascape) and up.
October 2 & 9, 2021: Strip-pieced Seascape – Sharon’s Attic
In this class, students will design a seascape from a photograph or create their own composition combining different elements from a variety of source. The first session will be spent drafting a working pattern which will be used to begin constructing the quilt in the second session. Skill Level: intermediate.
October 8, 2021: Color Theory Program Montavilla Sewing Center
This presentation will take the fear out of working with color. If you have ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to picking a palette for your quilts, this program and trunk show will explain such principles as value, saturation, and proportional color. Understanding these aspects of working with color will give you confidence and control, helping you avoid common mistakes when selecting colors for a project.The program will include tips on working with a color wheel as well as a few other methods of assembling intriguing, unique color schemes.
October 14, 2021: Art Quilt Techniques: Mirror, Mirror – Montavilla Sewing Center
This cut and paste method will yield two small 2-3 color quilts that in which the colors are reversed. The project’s origins lie in a form of paper cut art that creates a high contrast graphic design but the process is adaptable to fabric as well. Skill Level: Confident beginner and up.
October 15, 2021: Let Sleeping Cats Lie – Sharon’s Attic
This class will assist you in constructing this all-time best selling pattern I created for Story Quilts. Cats (or dogs if you prefer) curl and tessellate in a furry bundle – did you know that a group of kittens is called a ‘Kindle’ and the collective noun for a group of cats is called a ‘clowder’? The class will provide lots of construction tips not included in the pattern making this already forgiving project even easier and more efficient to make. The pattern is easy to resize from a wall hanging all the way up to a bed quilt. Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Coming in March 2022.Art & Soul Retreat returns to Portland! I will be offering a variety of classes, stay tuned for details.
March 13-21, 2022
Art & Soul Retreats
These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule: Other than the Attic Cats Open Sew at Sharon’s Attic, the others are suspended until further notice
Art Quilt Techniques – Montavilla Sewing Center
Lake Oswego Montavilla: usually held the the second Thursday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)
This is a recurring class though you will register for each individually. In each class, we will explore a new artistic technique or design approach to try 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. 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)
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.
This new monthly class will feature art quilt techniques you will not likely see in a traditional quilting class. This hands-on class features small, artistic projects to allow you to explore each technique you wish to learn quickly and easily without a long term commitment or expense. Check the shop website and class schedule to view the current upcoming class project.