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

Montavilla Sewing Center – 429 First 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

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 15 & 22, 2018: Machine Quilting 101 Pioneer 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

September 17, 2018: That Perfect Sleeve Sharon’s Attic

Every Quilt show requires a ‘regulation’ sleeve for all but the smallest quilts. A traditional 4″ flat sleeve will accommodate the quilt rod but will create an unsightly bulge at the top of the quilt plus – if you don’t apply the sleeve correctly, your quilt will ripple like drapery. In this class you will learn how to make and apply a sleeve that will make your quilt ‘show like a pro’ without bulges or ripples. Students can bring a quilt they need a sleeve on to class or if you don’t have a quilt ready for a sleeve, a length of commercial pre-quilted fabric to practice on will do. You put a lot of effort into making your quilt, now take the final step and make it hang perfectly. Skill Level – Beginner and up.

September 17 – 7 pm, 2018: Lecture – Color Talk American Needlepoint 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.

September 18, 2018: Magic Squares Sharon’s Attic

Magic Squares made from Woolie Flannels

A ‘Magic Square’ is a mathematical puzzle in which squares in a grid are numbered so that the total of any row or column equals the same number. This 3-D optical Illusion quilt is made from units assembled in a similar fashion to create a random three dimensional effect. The quilt is much easier to make than it appears; a nifty ‘cheater’ method makes piecing the blocks a breeze.  You may choose between a twin-sized or throw sized quilt for your project; there is even a new table runner pattern available. This quilt is particularly lovely made in Batiks (pattern purchase required). Skill level: Confidant Beginner and up.

September 19 & 25, 2018: Machine Quilting 101 Fabric Depot

Machine Quilting 101 sampler

PLEASE NOTE – these two dates are a Wednesday and the following Tuesday (respectively). 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

September 20, 2018: Button Fantasia Cedar Ridge Quilts

Button, button – who has the button? Remember that childhood game? Even if you don’t I’m willing to bet you have some buttons. Buttons from you mothers sewing basket, leftover buttons from a garment project or perhaps you just collect pretty buttons. Whatever the case, now you can showcase then in this lovely little embroidered button sampler. The project consists of small 4-patch quilt blocks with a bit of wool applique  (which can be skipped if wool applique is not your cup of tea). and some gorgeous hand embroidered medallions to frame your buttons. The embroidery may look complex but the stitches are actually pretty basic and easy. If you have buttons and are not quite sure what to do with them, come join me for this class.

September 21, 2018: Bella Vista Mini Landscape Montavilla Sewing Center

Bella Vista – Rocky Coast

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.

September 27, 2018: Calavera Ornament NW Quilting Expo

Embroidered ‘Day of the Dead’ ornament

If you have seen the Disney film – Coco, you will be familiar with the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) when families honor the memory of their lost loved ones. It is a colorful, festive holiday full of joy and remembrance and skeletons dance everywhere you look. Skulls festooned with flowers are a mainstay decoration – skulls made from paper, skulls made from pottery and skulls made from sugar… In this hand embroidery class, you can create your own embroidered Calavera (skull) from felt, colored floss and sequins to dress it all up; kits available. Half-day class, skill level: beginner – no previous embroidery experience required

September 27, 2018: She Who Watches MolaNW Quilting Expo

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. In this class you will learn the basic reverse hand appliqué technique while making a small ‘Molita’ sample that you can use as a focal point for a larger quilt, a pillow, a bag or on a jacket or vest. The design feature Tsagiglalal – the iconic ‘She Who Watches’ motif from Pre-columbian rock art. Skill level: confident beginner and up. (Class kit for the Mola applique will be available)

September 30, 2018: Spirit Totems Sharon’s Attic

Lizard Totem

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

October 18, 2018: Moonshine and Frankie Silver Ocean Waves Quilt Camp

Moonshine and Frankie Silver

In a traditional ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ quilt, pieces are ‘stolen’ from one block and added to another. The same principle is applied in this adaptation of the theme using circles that are swapped from block to block to create crescent moons. The origin of the name of this quilt has an interesting history that will be shared in the class. The technique is fast and easy and the project is a great ‘stash-buster’. Quilts of any size can be easily made by increasing the size or number of the blocks you make. Skill Level: Confident beginner & up.

NOTE: Ocean Waves Quilt Camp has been a long running retreat sponsored by Jane’s Fabric Patch in Tillamook Oregon that takes place every October at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast. The retreat is a fun relaxing event in a beautiful location right across the highway from the beach. If you’ve never attended I highly recommend it whether you are taking a class or simply taking time to get caught up on some UFOs.  

October 19, 2018: Spirit Totems Ocean Waves Quilt Camp

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

NOTE: Ocean Waves Quilt Camp has been a long running retreat sponsored by Jane’s Fabric Patch in Tillamook Oregon that takes place every October at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast. The retreat is a fun relaxing event in a beautiful location right across the highway from the beach. If you’ve never attended I highly recommend it whether you are taking a class or simply taking time to get caught up on some UFOs.

December 3, 2018: Christmas CabinAce Sew & Vac

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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