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

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.

 

January 18, 2019: Batik Snowflakes Montavilla Sewing Center

Layered Batik Snowflake

This is a form of Folded Cut-work Applique done by machine! The technique taught in this class is quick and relatively easy as the appliqué is done by machine and can be left raw edged for rustic look or finished with decorative satin stitching if you prefer a more ‘finished’ look. There are two levels of complexity – a single layered applique (easy for beginners) or a multiple layered version that creates a more intricate beauty. In class, students will make one block that can be made into a pillow or small hanging but a larger quilt can easily be made with additional blocks. You may bring a commercial Hawaiian quilt pattern (no larger than 18”) if desired, design and cut your own snowflake pattern or copy one of the teacher’s templates. (Please note: only densely woven fabrics like Hoffman or Bali batiks are suitable for the raw-edged version of this project, other fabrics fray too easily). Skill level: Confident Beginner (familiarity with free motion stitching a plus).

January 20, 2019: Button Fantasia Sharon’s Attic

Button Fantasia

If you sew, sooner or later you end up with stray buttons. They may be a couple left over from a garment project or something you inherited from your grandmother’s sewing basket; some quilters actually collect unusual or antique buttons. Most of the time, you end up with an assortment of different buttons that don’t match. What to do with them? They can be worked into a Crazy Quilt – if that’s your cup of tea; or – you can make this lovely embroidered medallion sampler with stitches that embrace each button in a delicate frame hand embroidered on a ground of appliquéd wool. Though they appear intricate, the embroidery is made up of simple compounded stitches. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

January 22 & 29, 2019: From Photo to Fabric Cedar Ridge Quilts

Charlotte’s Landscape (student work)

This two-day class is aimed at those who are interested in learning how to take a picture and create a scenic quilt from it. In this class you will bring a favorite landscape photo and create your own original quilt from it. I recommend you make a small/medium sized wall hanging for the first project that can stand alone as a finished quilt or be a study for a larger quilt. The focus of the class will be on drafting a working drawing for your quilt and finding appropriate fabrics along with any embellishing or stitching techniques that might be useful in rendering your design. When you are done, you will have an original quilt that you can be proud to say is your very own design. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

January 23, 2019: Art Journal Quilts Montavilla Sewing Center

A Room With a View

A Room With a View: Ah for a room with a beautiful view! Don’t we all wish our windows overlooked idyllic vistas? In this class you will get to create your own stylish window looking out over a picturesque panorama – a window in your dream house. For the vista, you can choose a lovely pictorial fabric print, or print your own preferred photo onto pre-treated fabric in a suitable size. There will be a variety of window styles to frame your view using bias and framing bands of fabric for window trim. You can stop there or surround your perfect widow with a room setting befitting the style you choose and even place a fussy cut cat on the windowsill or dog on a rug in front of the window. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

January 24, 2019: Technique Toolbox Montavilla Sewing Center

Simple Trellis Blocks with Partial Seam Construction

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. January Lesson: Partial Seam Construction: There are a number of traditional quilt block patterns that rely on a partial seam construction method to sew them without extraneous  seams that add bulk or interrupt the flow of a fabric print. In some contemporary quilt designs and layout, you might encounter the same situation where you need to employ partial seams to sew the design efficiently. Constructing these seams may seem confusing and intimidating but they are really quite simple once you grasp the concept and figure out the necessary sequencing. Skill Level: Beginner

January 26, 2019: Design Elements Cedar Ridge Quilts

Design Elements Quilt – Contemporary Sampler

Most quilters have them – the little ‘strays’ we picked up along the way – ‘Orphan Blocks’. They come from many places; you might have lost count and made too many for another project, or a block you made wasn’t ‘perfect’ and got set aside. Maybe the color wasn’t right or perhaps it was a litter of strays you couldn’t resist adopting from a thrift store or ‘free table’ at your guild. Whatever their origins, they deserve a forever home. In this design class you will create a lovely sampler using ‘orphan’ blocks (No Orphans? You can make blocks of your choice specifically for this quilt in any size or pattern you choose). This is not your grandmother’s old-fashioned grid style sampler; you will draft a layout on graph paper incorporating frames, panels, fields and borders of other fabrics to set your blocks in.  Skill level: Intermediate and up.

February 2, 2019: Marvelous Molas Cedar Ridge Quilts

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February 17, 2019: Marvelous Molas Sharon’s Attic

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. There will be a variety of motifs based on Native American Art to choose from. Hand Applique not your cup of tea? I also have a machine version that is faster and very easy to make with a crop of different designs suitable for this technique. Skill level for either version: confident beginner and up.

February 9, 2019: From Feathers to Fabric Montavilla Sewing Center

From Feathers to Fabric – Spring Sopranos

Lake Oswego Location: 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.

February 16, 2019: Stained Glass Applique Ace Sew & Vac

Luminous Batiks make this artistic quilt glow.

Newberg 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

February 19, 2019: Machine Quilting – Texture Sharon’s Attic

A variety of machine quilting textures

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)

February 22, 2019: Enhancing Fabric Sharon’s Attic

Morning Mist – stamped trees

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.

February 23, 2019: Magic Squares Montavilla Sewing Center

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.  The pattern features three sizes – a twin-sized or throw sized quilt and a table runner, however, the assembly method makes it easy to craft the quilt in many sizes. This quilt is particularly lovely made in Batiks but is lovely in any fabric; with careful control of contrasting values, it can even be made scrappy. Skill level: Confident Beginner and up (pattern purchase required)

February 24, 2019: SnowflowersSharon’s Attic

PLEASE NOTE – This class was originally scheduled for January 26 but due to circumstances (my idiocy) the class had to be rescheduled to February 24. This quilt combines a pieced block with a simple appliquéd flower for a quilt that is surprisingly easy to assemble. The pattern is fat quarter friendly; it’s also a scrap buster and a great way to use up leftover fabrics from other projects and is particularly beautiful when made in a scrappy arrangement. The blocks are strip pieced for speed and a variety of options for the flower appliqué will be covered in the class. Skill Level: confident beginner and up (pattern purchase required)

February 26, 2019: Machine Quilting – Borders Sharon’s Attic

Borders quilting sampler

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)

February 27, 2019: Art Journal Quilts Montavilla Sewing Center

Feathers made from shredded denim

Denim Feathers: These graceful realistic looking feathers are indeed made from denim a great way to up-cycle old worn jeans though they can be made from any fabric with some body that frays easily – linen, brocade, canvas (hand dyed canvas is particularly beautiful), raw silk… The resulting feathers can be used to embellish bags or garments or quilt projects, smaller ones can be made into earrings and necklaces. Or they are so pretty that you can make them for no other reason is that they are fun to make. Skill Level: Beginner

February 28, 2019: Technique Toolbox Montavilla Sewing Center

Cheater Half-Square Triangles

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. February Lesson: Cheater Half Square and Corner Triangles: Many quilt patterns involve half square triangles either as units that form a diagonally divided square or in some cases to occupy a corner as in  the Snowball/Melon Patch block patterns. In the past quilting era, these triangles were painstakingly cut using templates and sewn on a block stitching across bias edges that are prone to stretching and distortion making for wonky blocks that were often the wrong size. In this session, I will show you a couple of different methods to make painless half square and corner triangles along with a bonus tip that minimizes waste and gives you extra half square triangle units for another project. Skill Level: Beginner

March 7, 2019: Reverse Applique Leaves Cedar Ridge Quilts

Leaves Me Blue

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

March 9, 2019: Let Sleeping Cats Lie Cedar Ridge Quilts

This class will provide help and pointers in constructing the quilt ‘Let Sleeping Cats Lie’ which is my hottest selling pattern to date. These tessellating kitties are the ‘Cat’s Meow’ making a charming quilt for your favorite cat lover. In the class, you will learn some efficient tricks to constructing this quilt that are not included in the pattern making it a breeze to work on. The quilt as presented in the pattern, measures 57” square, perfect for a throw but a larger or smaller quilt can be made by increasing or decreasing the number of the blocks; or try a new ‘on point’ layout for the quilt. Not into cats? A ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’ pattern is now available too and you can make either one in this class. Skill level: Confident Beginner and up (pattern purchase required).

March 10 – 17, 2019: Art and Soul Retreat!

Thread Painted Songbird

A week of fun, challenge and creativity! The Art and Soul mixed media retreat returns to Portland Oregon this spring, presenting a series of classes in a wide range of mediums and disciplines. I will be offering an assortment of full-day and evening classes; descriptions below:

Thread Painted Butterflies

Sunday March 10 – Thread Painting: This beginning level thread painting class will teach you to use your sewing machine and thread much like a box of crayons.  You do not need an ‘embroidery’ machine for this, just one that can be used for free motion stitching with a straight stitch. The stitching is hand guided not computerized and even a basic machine will work fine.The stained glass style butterfly project (good for beginning thread painters) is simple enough to render in a basic ‘color within the lines’ approach but can be stitched in a more complex style adding details and blending colors for the more adventurous spirits. For those seeking more challenge, a more ‘painterly’ bird pattern (intermediate to advanced skills) is an alternative choice in class. Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced (familiarity with free-motion stitching is recommended)

3-D fabric Pebbles

Tuesday March 12 – 3-Dimensional Pebbles: Walk down any Oregon beach or stream and you will find tons of them – pebbles in all sizes, shapes and colors. Many are polished smooth from their tumbling journey from mountaintop to sea and many have inclusions of quartz or fossils; you can even find the occasional agate scattered in with the other stones. In this class you will make your own collection of dimensional pebbles scattered on a sandy shore or nestled in a rippling pool.  Skill Level: Beginner

Joy’s leaf trees

Wednesday March 13 – Nature Prints: Leaves are abundant, free for the taking and make wonderful prints on paper and fabric. So too, some vegetables and even twigs can be used to create wonderful patterns on a variety of surfaces. In this class, you will make a sampling of prints on whatever surface you wish – fabric for quilt/fiber artists and/or paper for collage artists. Skill Level: Beginner

Hand Lettering on Fabric

Thursday March 14 – Abandoned Bookmarks:  Creating fine hand lettering on fabric is a challenge to do neatly and evenly. In this class, I will show you a method of plotting out neat and precise lettering without the fear of mistakes , crooked letters or unbalanced layouts; the class project you will make is a bookmark. The bookmark can be yours to keep, or give as a gift to a friend or leave it tucked into a library book for a total stranger to find and treasure as part of the Art Abandonment Project.  This technique can be used to make quilt or garment labels, create lettering on quilts and even draw images on fabric. Skill Level: Beginner

Tide Pool quilt – Stumpwork ‘Sea Anemones’

Friday March 15 – Stumpwork Sea Anemones: Stumpwork is a form of dimensional hand embroidery that rose to popularity in 17th Century Europe. Used to decorate jewel boxes, framed art and other novelties, stumpwork usually featured vignettes of animals and plant life rendered in stitches that create texture and sculptural form.  The subject for this project is the ephemeral ‘flower of the sea’ – the Sea Anemone. Not actually flowers but animals, sea anemones are related to corals but resemble flowers. Like flowers, they come in astounding colors. In their ‘open’ active state they do look like flowers with tentacles radiating from a center ‘mouth’; and when disturbed the anemone draws in its tentacles and resembles a rounded pillow, both forms are included in the project. This is a handwork project; no sewing machine is needed for this class.

Two student quilts from my Maplewood pattern made in a Triadic color scheme.

Friday March 16 – Nature Scrolls: Leaves and blossoms swirl in through an open window. Flowering branches peek through 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 with your own window into a seasonal garden of your choosing with appropriate leaves, branches and/or flowers depending on what season you choose. 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 ‘Broderie Perse’ technique. Apply these leaves or flowers using fusible web or a nifty raw-edged machine appliqué technique you will learn in the class. Skill level: Confidant beginner and up.

3-D Fabric Maple leaves, enhanced with colored pencil

Friday March 16 – 3-D Fabric Leaves: These lovely curled three dimensional leaves can be used as embellishment on quilts or wearable art, they are easier to make than they look and with careful fabric and thread choices, can look quite realistic. Students will stitch and form a delicate leaf to take home and apply as they wish. Skill Level – Confident Beginner and up.

March 19, 2019: Scenic SashikoCedar Ridge Quilts

Sashiko Trees, rendered on a piece of antique Kimono silk
Sashiko Landscape – an ancient Bristle-cone Pine

Sashiko is a classic form of Japanese hand stitching dating back to antiquity. Superficially, it resembles hand quilting but the thread is coarser and the stitches larger. In classic Sashiko, Japanese motifs and allover patterns are the subject but in this new twist, you will be using Sashiko stitching to create little scenic landscapes and bonsai trees. The scenes are simple yet exquisitely different from traditional Sashiko. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

May 11 & 18, 2019: 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

 

 

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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