Virtual Content for Guilds

Is your guild or club looking for virtual content? Would your members like to have a sew day at home (maybe in their pajamas!) while still connecting with friends from guild using Zoom? Take a look at these options!

With the exception of the Coffee Klatch, my virtual workshop and lecture fees will increase on January 1, 2021. Book next year's event before the end of this year to lock in the 2020 prices.

Coffee Klatch: 45-60 minutes - $100 USD

Ever wonder where my quilt design ideas come from? Want to hear about my most disappointing quilt? Which quilting shortcuts I take and which tasks I'm painfully particular about? What's my favorite batting? Or maybe you're curious about my move from the US to Norway? Put the kettle on or pour a glass of wine as we settle in for a good, long chat.

How does it work? Your guild sends questions that I'll answer live during a Zoom session at your next guild meeting. Once the advance questions are answered, I'll answer questions from the real-time comments in the chat feature. Whether you're still self-isolating at home or meeting together with me on a projector, you'll have full access to me and my quilt stories.

 

How I Started Designing Quilts (Lecture): 60-80 minutes - $200

Part trunk show, part slide show, and part story hour, this lecture contains my life history for the past decade in quilting. I share details on my design inspiration, a walk-through of my digital design process, and describe the how and why of the most important moments in my quilt career - good and bad. You'll also get sneak peeks at current projects that I'm not posting on social media. It's a fun hour full of stories and colorful quilts.

 

Laser Cutting for Everyday Quilters (Lecture): 50-70 minutes - $300

Have you ever considered creating custom acrylic templates? Or custom English Paper Piecing papers? Or would you like to quickly cut a Hawaiian applique quilt? All these things are possible with a laser cutter, and having these cut for yourself isn't as far-fetched as you might think. This lecture covers my journey from ordering my own custom templates to cutting them myself on a rented machine and eventually to owning my own laser cutter. You'll get tips for where you can go and what you'll need as you progress on your own laser cutting journey.

 

Virtual Workshops: 4-5 hours - $550 for up to 20 participants*

While there's no substitute for in-person interaction, there are big advantages to hosting a virtual workshop within your guild, especially while many people are staying at home. No hard decisions about what fabric to bring and what to leave behind. No carrying a sewing machine across town. And no lines at the ironing station!

I'm so excited to interact with participants where they have access to the tools they love and their favorite chair to sit in. (Haven't we all suffered through some terribly hard seats during sew days in community rooms?) I've got a great studio setup with multiple cameras that share all the important angles you need to understand the techniques I'm teaching. And instead of feeling like you're taking an online course in a silo, our four hours together will allow for plenty of community on top of all the great content you'll receive. 

*up to 10 extra participants may be added at $30 per participant.

 

Workshop Topics

My workshop availability changes based on the virtual conferences I've booked.  If you don't see something you like on this list, let's talk about a tailoring a workshop to fit the interests of your membership!

  

Lanterne Rouge curved quilt pattern

Basic Curves: Traditional and Curvy (6 hours)

This workshop offers an easy introduction to curved piecing. Each participant chooses a traditional block and sketches out a new block that substitutes quarter circle squares for half square triangles. We'll talk about design principles, quilt math, and explore secondary patterns. The class will cover strategies for selecting fabric, instructions for sewing curves with three different basting methods, and many tips for cutting and pressing that help your curves look amazing. Optional class kit includes tools for curved piecing.  (Traditional quilt block pictured is Squash Blossom block in the Lanterne Rouge Quilt).

 

Spinoff Quilt Pattern curves quarter circle square drunkards path

Pattern: Spinoff (6 hours)

The Spinoff Quilt is perfect for quilters new to piecing with curves. The class includes the basics of sewing a precise quarter circle square, and we’ll talk about how to achieve an accurate circle for the center of the quilt design. The class will cover strategies for selecting fabric, tips and tricks for curved piecing, and alternate arrangements to create a different effects. Spinoff finishes at 45” square. Class fee includes pattern pdf for digital download. Optional class kit includes tools for curved piecing. 

 

Improv Curved Piecing: Pebble Pop

Learn the basics of improvisational curves with this flexible, fat quarter friendly pattern. We'll talk about contrast in colors and patterns, and you'll learn tips for sewing improv blocks that finish within a consistent size. We'll troubleshoot puckers, and we'll put your off cuts to use so there's little fabric to waste. Grab that favorite stack of fat quarters you've been waiting to cut into or pick out some yardage and let's build some pebbles!

 

 Quilt Modern Curves and Bold Stripes! (6 hours) 

Create your next quilt by combining precise strip piecing with elegant curves! Choose one of my designs from the book, Quilt Modern Curves and Bold Stripes, or one of the three quilts and stripes quilts I've published. 

 

 

  

The Details

This virtual world is really flexible, so we will work together to determine the arrangement that works best for both your guild and me. Your guild's first step is to select an option (and, if applicable, a workshop or two that you're interested in), email me the information with a list of proposed dates, and I will email you a contract that includes all the relevant how's and what if's. We'll make any changes we need to, sign, and then we'll focus on the fun ahead!

 

I'm appreciative to the Global Quilt Connection for connecting so many guilds and workshop instructors. If you're representing a guild and not aware of this resource, please check out the recordings from available instructors on the Global Quilt Connection website.