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.


April 24, 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). April Journal Quilt Project: Piped Mondrian – this project incorporates piecing with flat piping to create a mini quilt inspired by Mondrian. After piecing your quilt, you may embellish it if you wish. Skill Level: Beginner

A pieced miniature quilt inspired by the abstract paintings of Mondrian


April 25, 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. April Lesson: Easy Perfect Appliqued Circles: Appliqueing a circle can be tricky, because the perimeter of the fabric constantly changes from straight grain to bias grain, getting neat perfectly round circles is very difficult but not so with this easy technique. It works not only with a plain fabric circle but also with a pieced circle as well. Skill Level: Beginner

Strip pieced ‘perfect’ circle


April 26, 2019: Stained Glass Quilts Montavilla Sewing Center

Gresham store – Real Stained Glass windows are expensive and require an enormous amount of skill and knowledge to make, not so with this quilted version. Narrow bias tape outlines and separates simple shapes cut and fused from bright fabrics. The pattern features an Art Nouveau style Cyclamen flower or you can bring your own design if desired. When made from batiks in luminous colors that ‘glow’, they look almost like real glass. Skill Level: Beginner

Luminous Batiks make this artistic quilt glow.


May 4, 2019: From Feathers to Fabric Montavilla Sewing Center

Lake Oswego 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

May 11 & 18, 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


May 17, 2019: Thread Sketching Sharon’s Attic

This is sort of like thread painting but looser and freer, more like an artist’s thumbnail sketch than a painting. It’s also a ‘cheater’ method where you thread sketch over a drawing (original or from a copyright free source) that has been printed or traced onto an intermediate medium so really all you are doing is tracing an existing drawing or illustration. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (with free motion stitching experience).

Dunes Crow Thread Sketch


May 19 & 26, 2019: 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

Machine Quilting 101 sampler

May 20, 2019: Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild program and workshop – ‘Mindful Stitching’

A daytime class and evening program about Mindful Stitching, sometimes also called ‘slow stitching’. This is a method of decorative hand stitching using thicker threads and larger stitches that has taken the quilting community by storm. Variations of this type of stitchery span the globe – Sashiko and Boro from Japan, Kantha stitching from India. decorative darning from Scandanavia… Another recent trend towards ‘visible mending’ is an offshoot of Boro – a rustic form of patching and repairing worn clothing in Japan. In the class, students will have a choice of stitchery projects to try and the evening lecture/program will feature a trunk show of various slow stitching quilts and projects I have done.


May 22, 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). May Journal Quilt Project: Tortoiseshell Applique – This is a dimensional layered form of applique using either heavy felt or leather to build up a semi-abstract bas relief textured panel reminiscent of a tortoiseshell. The stitching is carried out by machine making this a fast project as well as an easy one. Skill Level: Beginner

Tortoiseshell applique in leather

 
May 23, 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.May Lesson: Taking the Mystery out of Setting Triangles: When you place blocks on point, you will need to use setting triangles to square out the edges of the quilt into a panel with straight edges, To make matters harder, the outer (long) edges of these setting triangle should be cut on the straight grain to prevent stretching and distortion on the outer edges of the quilt. This might not be hard if you have a pattern with correct measurements or templates but can leave you frustrated if you are working with your own blocks or customizing other quilt blocks. I will teach you the formula for how to calculate the correct sizes to setting triangles and make cutting them easy. In class you will make a short panel consisting of 4-Patch blocks on point with setting triangles. This panel can be the starting point for a lovely quilt if you wish.

Taking the mystery out of setting triangles


June 3, 2019 (tentative): Maplewood Nature Scroll Pioneer Quilts

Leaves peek through an open window and wander in. These quilts are fun, easy to make and celebrate the beauties of nature; they can be embellished if you wish. In this class you will create a wall hanging featuring maple leaves and a cheerful little bird if you wish or design your own window into a seasonal garden of your choosing with appropriate leaves, branches and/or flowers. The finished size of the quilt is either 9”x 20” or a larger 13”x 27” version, you can also design your own scroll to whatever size you wish if you prefer. There will be several patterns for leaves, branches and flowers supplied in the class for those not wishing to design their own or you may opt to use a floral print in a ‘Broiderie Perse’ technique. Apply these leaves or flowers using fusible web or a nifty raw-edged machine appliqué technique you will learn in the class; they may also be hand appliquéd if desired. Skill level: Confidant beginner and up.


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 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 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

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 Sewn Loverly

(Usually the second 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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