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

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.


June 8, 2019: Machine Quilting – Texture Sharon’s Attic

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


June 10 & 17, 2019: Machine Quilting 101 Ace Sew & Vac

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 sampler


June 15, 2019: Machine Quilting – Borders Sharon’s Attic

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


June 18, 2019: Enhancing Fabric Sharon’s Attic

If  you like making landscape quilts then you know how hard it can be to find the ‘perfect’ fabric for a landscape. In this class, I will show you a variety of stamping, painting and drawing methods to ‘enhance’ existing fabric fine tuning it to make it PERFECT! You will learn how to make streaky skies, forest cloaked hillsides, wonderful textured foliage and frothy meadow grasses. You can come and just play with the fabric and methods or use the fabric you enhance to make a lovely little landscape sampler. Skill Level: Beginner and up.

Morning Mist – stamped trees

June 20 & 21, 2019: Waterfalls
Pioneer Quilts

This two-day class will cover the construction techniques used to make any of my waterfalls patterns published by Story Quilts. 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 (pattern purchase required). Skill Level: Confident Beginner (fusing recommended) and up

Vintage Falls – my latest incarnation in my waterfall series


June 23 & 30, 2019: Reflections
Montavilla Sewing Center

Lake Oswego Store – This design incorporates both appliqué and strip piecing. You will start with a ‘positive’ image – an appliqued snow clad mountain and then create its reflection in a placid lake using a strip piecing method that involves compound strips. The process takes effort but the results are spectacular. This is a two-session class, in the first session, you will concentrate on creating the mountain and trees fringing the lake, the second session will be devoted to composing the reflection. Skill Level – Confident Beginner and up

Mountain Reflection in Alpine Glow


June 26, 2019: Reverse Applique Leaves Cedar Ridge Quilts

In this class you will learn reverse appliqué techniques to appliqué lacy leaf designs. There are several different leaf patterns to choose from to allow practice on both straight lines and curves. You can choose to make as many blocks as you wish to create a small project or a large quilt or use the leaves to ‘embellish’ another project. The leaf patterns are designed to fit a 10” block or can be applied to a larger background if desired. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

An assortment of leaves with reverse appliqued details

 
June 27, 2019: Technique Toolbox Montavilla Sewing Center


Lake Oswego Store: This is a series of monthly classes aimed at beginning quilters but also pertinent for accomplished quilters looking to expand their repertoire of skills. Each month we will explore a different technique that you may find useful for your quilting projects.June Lesson: Strip Pieced 9-Patch Blocks – Plain and Scrappy : In the good ole days, quilt blocks were often made from individual pieces painstakingly marked with cardboard templates and then carefully cut with scissors. Rotary cutters and rulers sped up the cutting process and made it more accurate but even with rotary cutters, cutting up all the little squares that go into making a 9-Patch block is still labor intensive. The answer is strip piecing. Strip piecing makes assembling certain blocks fast and easy IF (and this is a big ‘if’) you are cut and sew accurately. In this session, I will take you through the steps of cutting accurately and show you how to make and check for a precise ¼” seam. You will see how quickly you can throw together lots of 9-Patch blocks and, as a bonus; I will show you a fast and accurate way to make 9-Patch blocks from suitably sized scraps without the fuss of individual squares.

Scrappy 9-Patch Blocks -An Easy Way

June 29, 2019: Free Motion Magic
Montavilla Sewing Center

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

July 8, 2019: From Feathers to Fabric Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard store – 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.

From Feathers to Fabric – Spring Sopranos

July 11 &18, 2019: Windswept Tree with Confetti Cedar Ridge Quilts

Combining fabric colors and textures effectively is the backbone of creating striking landscape quilts. In this class you will learn how to work with fabrics to craft landscapes in all ranges of seasonal effects and from exposures from dawn to twilight. The subject matter for this project is a lonely windswept tree overlooking an ocean bay. In the first session, you will create the backdrop for the star of the design – a lonely wind twisted tree with lacy foliage you will create with a unique method using fabric confetti. The confetti will be applied in the second session.

One of my Postcards From Japan series – Windswept Tree rendered with confetti for the foliage

July 12, 2019: Spirit Totems Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard Store: 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

July 13, 2019: Embroidered Folk Art Ornaments Cedar Ridge Quilts

Made of wool, 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 and are so perfect for Christmas ornaments you may want to make a whole collection of them, or you can appliqué them into a hand-stitched wool project. There is a large variety of patterns in the class handout to choose from and don’t let a lack of hand embroidery skills deter you, a number of the ornaments below were stitched by students some of whom had never embroidered before. Skill Level: beginner and up.


July 19, 2019: Machine Quilting with a Focus on Textures Montavilla Sewing Center


Gresham Location: This class focuses on a specific category/technique in quilting – allover textures. These 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


July 31, 2019: 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). July Journal Quilt Project: Mirror Mirror – The technique you will learn in this class is adapted from a paper-craft technique. In this project, the simple process will yield two small or slightly larger sized quilts that are identical in design but with the colors reversed. The resulting quilts are graphic and depending on color/texture choices subtle or striking. As you end up with two quilts from one process, this method is ideal to make a two sided book or tote bag or a pair of matching throw pillows. Skill Level: Beginner
NOTE: The July class will be held on the 5th Wednesday due to a schedule conflict


August 10 & 17, 2019: 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 sampler

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 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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