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

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

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.

Oct. 12, 2018: JQ Feathers Sewn Loverly

Lovely feathers made from shredded denim

This is a Journal Quilt project – a small experimental sample to try a technique without the commitment to a large project. In this session, students will learn how to make gorgeous realistic looking feathers out of denim or other heavy weight fabrics; the resulting ‘feathers’ make great embellishments for quilts, garments and bags. Skill Level: Beginner.

Oct. 11, 2018: Hand AppliqueCedar Ridge Quilts

Quail Hollow #1

In the world of appliqué, the needle turn method yields the smoothest curves and provides the finesse to create the fine details. This class will help you master this relaxing approach to hand appliqué. Hand appliqué also severs that umbilical cord that ties you to an electrical outlet and allows you to take your sewing projects outside to the garden, the park or anywhere you wish. The class project – a pair of quail nesting under a fruit tree – will provide the opportunity to master the four elements of appliqué: convex and concave curves and points and valleys. Skill Level: Beginner and up

Oct. 13, 2018: PicassoSharon’s Attic

Picasso

This Modern style quilt draws its color palette from Picasso’s ‘Portrait of a Painter’ while paying homage to the artist in the asymmetrical blocks that have been sliced in half a skewed. You can follow Picasso’s color scheme or blaze your own artistic trail by  choosing your own colors. Skill Level: Confident Beginner to intermediate.

Oct. 15 & 22, 2018 Machine Quilting 101Ace 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

Oct. 18, 2018: Moonshine & Frankie Silver Ocean Waves Quilt Camp

Moonshine & Frankie Silver

This quilt follows a sort of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul method of construction. Based on a simple block that combines piecing with simple applique and a nifty way of making perfect circles. The result is this graphic quilt featuring crescent moons. Every quilt has a history and a name and in this quilt the origins of the name are somewhat unusual a mysterious name to be shared in the class. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

Oct. 19, 2018: Spirit Totems Ocean Waves Quilt Camp

Deer Spirit 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 or spirit 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 raw edged machine stitching. Skill Level: confident beginner and up.

Oct. 23, 2018: Color TheorySharon’s Attic

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 managing color is a skill that can be learned. This class will help the quilter 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. The assignments are carried out on paper with cut and paste fabrics. NOTE: This class requires purchase of a kit. Skill Level: Beginner and up

October 24, 2018: JQ Harvest Moonrise Montavilla Sewing Center

Gresham Store: This is a Journal Quilt – a small experimental sample to try a technique without the commitment to a large project. Students will create a October Harvest Moon mirrored on an ocean of easy strip pieced water. Skill Level: Beginner.

Oct. 25, 2018 Butterfly CollageAce Sew & Vac

Collage Butterfly scroll.

Newberg Store: This is a  class on creative fabric collage.  Students will fussy-cut and create fused fantasy butterflies that they can apply to a project of their choice or a Japanese style pieced ‘scroll’ from the handout pattern.  Even students who do not see themselves as particularly creative have been delighted with their accomplishments in the this class Skill Level: Beginner and up

October 26, 2018: Free Motion Magic Montavilla Sewing Center

Free Motion Magic Sample

Gresham Store: 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.

Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 2018: Machine Quilting 101Cedar Ridge Quilts

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

Oct. 29, 2018: Reverse Applique LeavesSharon’s Attic

Reverse Appliqued Leaf Sampler

Learn reverse hand appliqué techniques while making a sampler of various leaf designs. The designs are versatile and can be rendered and arranged in a number of different ways to create a traditional looking quilt or a unique wall hanging. In class you will learn how to appliqué the four basic forms you need to master: points, valleys, convex and concave curves as well as the reverse appliqué techniques. Celebrate Fall by making a lovely table runner of Autumn leaves or a throw for your couch. Skill Level: Confident Beginner an up.

Oct. 30 & Nov. 13, 2018: Machine Quilting 101 Fabric Depot

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

Oct. 31, 2018: Hand Embroidered CalaveraCedar Ridge Quilts

Hand embroidered Calavera

In Mexico, The Day of the Dead is not a scary or morbid holiday, rather it is a celebration of the memories of departed loved ones – a sort of Memorial Day. Families gather for picnics and places are set at the feast for those we wish could be there to join us. Ornate altars (called ‘ofrendas’) are set up in homes with pictures of those people we miss, festooned with candles, flowers, offerings of food and sugar skulls. Skulls decorated with bright designs are everywhere. Come join me on Halloween to prepare for the Day of the Dead and stitch your own festive sugar skull as a wool ornament or part of a candle mat. Skill Level: Beginner and up

Nov. 1, 2018: Holiday Crazy Quilt BlockCedar Ridge Quilts

Embroidered Crazy Quilt Block

In a crazy quilt, hand embroidery ranging from simple to elaborate defines the edges of each fabric piece. Come join me to learn a variety of decorative stitches while making a small holiday themed Crazy Patch Block and you will learn how to make compounded designs from simple, easy to do embroidery stitches, Skill Level: Beginner

Dec. 3, 2018 Christmas CabinAce Sew & Vac

Christmas Cabin

Tigard Store: 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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