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North Carolina Quilt Symposium

Mountain Stitches

Bonclarken Conference Center
Flat Rock, North Carolina
May 28-31, 2015

Teachers and Classes

Wendy Butler Berns | Georgia Bonesteel | Sheridan Carter | Karen Combs |Susan Brubaker Knapp
Mary Ellen Kranz | Mickey Lawler | Heidi Lund | Nancy Mahoney | Nancy McNally | Marti Michell | Stacy Michell
Sue Nickels | Patsy Thompson | Barbara Vlack | Laura Wasilowski | Cindy Williams

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Key: All=Suitable for all levels / B=Beginner / I=Intermediate / A=Advanced / BSS=Basic Sewing Supplies / SM=Sewing Machine Required / HW=Handwork / PFD=Prepared by dyeing / N/A - Not applicable

Wendy Butler Berns

Wendy is a quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer. Her work appears regularly in juried shows and galleries as well as private collections across the country. She has authored numerous articles for magazines. She enthusiastically plays with color, original design, embellishment and has an unabashed free motion quilting style. Her passion for the art of quilting is readily contagious.

Website: www.wendybutlerberns.com

Captivating Cone Flowers image
Class Number, Title, Teacher 102 SM* Captivating Cone Flowers - Wendy Butler Berns
Audience Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 Hours / Saturday 9 AM-Noon & Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $15 kit fee
Description Learn the process of creating simple pictorial quilts from a photograph or picture. We will cover her how-to picture image applique steps that include freezer paper, glue stick, and free motion invisible applique. You will gain the confidence and know how to use one of your own cherished photos or pictures in an original piece. Finished size 17”x22”.

SM* Assembling the “Captivating Coneflower” applique will take most of the morning and into the afternoon; if you are really speedy you will be ready to use your machine; otherwise you may not need to bring it. You decide.
Supplies Black Ultra Fine permanent marker, masking tape, ziplock bags for storing pattern pieces, paper clips, sewing machine needles – Microtex 80/12, darning foot or zigzag for machine applique, grey cotton thread or monofilament for bobbin. For invisible machine applique: Monofilament/Monopoly thread in clear and smoke. Recommends Superior MonoPoly clear or YLI clear and smoke. (Some available for sale in class.) **Optional recommendation for embellishing dragonfly wing – metallic thread and topstitch 14/90 needle.
Optional design afternoon session Bring 8x10 color-copied enlargement of a cherished photo, tracing paper, copy paper, sharp pencils.
Fabrics Background Sky: 3-4 fat quarters of light value. Background should contrast with fabrics for the flower. Background Ground: Large scraps (approx. 8”) or fat quarters of greens (medium dark/dark values).Flower: You can create any color flower you wish – pink, purple or yellow.
Flower Petals: 3-5 large scraps approx. 6” of similar value
Flower Center: 4” darker fabric scrap
Stem/Leaf: fat quarter dark value green to contrast with background.
Dragonfly: 3-4 scraps to contrast with sky – turquoise/blues, ¼ yd of fusible Wonder Under.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 103 Brave Bold Beckoning Borders - Wendy Butler Berns
Audience Confident Beginner to Advanced
Hours & Time 3 Hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description This half day workshop will explore a variety of ideas for you to add to your quilt border repertoire. Sometimes taking the easiest route to bordering our quilts may not be the most effective. Wendy will offer you numerous brave and courageous ideas to consider to make your borders more bold and beckoning. No sew approach with glue stick and fabrics is done in class to create a take-home reference.
Supplies Rotary cutting supplies, several glue sticks, ½ yd of muslin to use as a foundation for your glue stick mockups or a handful of plain, copy paper. A wide variety of larger fabric scraps (5”-15”) that could be used for your cut and paste samples. Be sure to include different values, different size scales, etc.
Fabrics EVERYONE who wishes is invited to bring a UFO that is ready for bordering. After we have explored a variety of border ideas, student projects will be viewed and bordering options will be discussed.

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Georgia Bonesteel

Georgia debuted her UNC-TV PBS series, “Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel” in 1979. She is a truly an American quilter and the founding president of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild and a next-door neighbor to Bonclarken Conference Center. An active Master Gardener of Henderson County, she helped create the first Henderson County “barn block” displayed on the Flat Rock Playhouse.

Website: georgiabonesteel.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 201
Studio Tour - Georgia Bonesteel
Audience Limited to 20 Participants
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 1:30-4:30 PM - Meet on front porch of Founders Hall at 1:15 PM. Transportation arranged by the Guild.
Fee N/A
Description Welcome to QuiltBuilt! Tour the Bonesteel home next door to Bonclarken and learn some decorating tips in each room, including the garden rooms. Enjoy a demo in the studio where three of the Lap Quilting series were taped. We will roll back quilts for a continuous exhibit.
Supplies N/A
Fabrics N/A
Class Number, Title, Teacher 202 SM Landscape Strip Piecing - Georgia Bonesteel
Audience Confident Beginner to Advanced
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon & Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description Design and stitch a landscape strip picture with the choice of two methods: interrupted rectangles in strips or angled lines taking advantage of the equilateral grid grip (provided by teacher). Discover how easy straight sewing lines can lead to curves. Learn how to drop in stars and moons into a night sky.
Supplies Rotary cutter, medium mat, rulers, neutral thread, pins, colored pencils, seam ripper (Grid grip will be provided.)
Fabrics ½ yd fabric for blue sky fabric – prints work fine as that disguises the strip piecing, select a darker blue if you desire stars and/or moon. 5-6 fat quarters of mountain green fabrics that include blue-green, tans and true greens. Small amounts of sunset/sunrise fabric as yellows and pinks work as well.

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Sheridan Carter

Sheridan has turned her passion for machine quilting into a successful business. As an APQS representative and educator, she invites the public into her studio in Hendersonville, NC. While there, you can take classes, rent time on an APQS longarm and have all the assistance you need! True to her background in early education, she blends enthusiasm for learning with a strong desire to see others succeed.

Website: www.skquilts.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 301 Beginner’s Guide to Longarm Quilting - Sheridan Carter
Audience Beginner
Hours & Time 3 hours / 301A: Thursday 1:30-4:30 PM / 301B: Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description A proper introduction to longarm quilting will shorten your learning curve, help you avoid detours and make it much more enjoyable! Get ready for the longarm journey. We will start with correct preparation before loading followed by proper basting, advancing and design choices. We will look at conditions that should make your caution light flash. We will find simple solutions to some common traits of REAL quilts. How important is backing, batting and thread in the finished product? It’s very important! Let’s discuss this and so much more. Bring your questions and be prepared to learn more about longarm quilting. This class is designed for new longarm quilters, for those who would like to be, and for those who would like a refresher of the basics. Longarm demo included. Handout will be provided. No recordings, please.
Supplies N/A
Fabrics N/A
Class Number, Title, Teacher 302 Creating a Map for Quilting - Sheridan Carter
Audience  
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description Do you panic at the thought of quilting a design that is free and flowing? Many quilters benefit from having a roadmap to follow. Are you concerned about keeping your all over designs balanced? A simple line or sticky-backed circle may be just what you need to set you free. Join me as we explore different ideas, tools and paths to create an enjoyable quilting journey! We will start out simple but quickly move into the more complicated! Some ideas will include marking and non-marking designs. We will explore stencils, rulers and grid work to help you see the possibilities. You may be surprised how successful some designs may be. You are welcome to bring a quilt top and we will brain storm the best way to map it out! Longarm demo included. Handouts will be provided. No recordings, please.
Supplies N/A
Fabrics N/A

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Karen Combs

Karen comes to us from middle Tennessee, although a native of Michigan. She creates illusion quilts with visual depth. She also teaches us to use color to give a 3-D affect.

Website: www.karencombs.com

Crystal Star
Class Number, Title, Teacher 401 SM Crystal Star - Karen Combs
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-Noon & Friday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $36 kit fee - fabrics provided in kit with rotary templates and pattern.
Description How did you do that? This is what your friends will ask after you take this class! In this all-day class you will make the traditional quilt block Crystal Star into a wall hanging that looks 3-D. You will also learn how to use color to enhance the 3-D effect. It’s fun and fast!.
Supplies Rotary cutter, mat, 6x12 or 6x24 ruler, straight pins, off-white or grey thread, extra bobbins, seam ripper, Magic spray sizing (or Best Press or light spray sizing), colored pencils optional. Batting or flannel for design wall, painter’s tape.
Patchwork Illusions
Class Number, Title, Teacher 402 SM
Patchwork Illusions - Karen Combs
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon & Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $36 kit fee - includes fabric, rotary templates and pattern.
Description Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries. Karin has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look. Frankly, this is Karin’s favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion. Let Karin share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion.
Supplies Rotary cutter, medium rotary mat, quilter’s ruler 6x24 or 6x12, pencil with eraser, tape or glue stick (optional), straight pins with heads, marking pencil, batting or flannel for design wall, painter’s tape. Off-white or light grey thread, bobbins, Magic spray sizing (or Best Press or light spray sizing).
Transparency
Class Number, Title, Teacher 403 Transparency - Karen Combs
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $2 kit fee - includes handouts, rotary templates, pattern and fabric.
Description In this class, learn the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It’s very simple if you know how. After this class, you can amaze your friends and family with your use of color! Several small samples will be made and an original design using transparency will be started.
Supplies Fabric and paper scissors, glue stick, colored pencils or crayons, color wheel optional but extremely helpful.
Fabrics Bring many, many small pieces (at least 5”x5”) of non-busy fabrics: bring light, medium and dark values of all colors (Fossil Firm, Moda Marbles are good examples of non-busy fabrics). We will be cutting and pasting the fabrics. Sharing will be encouraged.

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Susan Brubaker Knapp

A fiber artist, designer, author and teacher, Susan has recently become the host of “Quilting Arts” on PBS. She says, “creating fiber art is my consuming passion. I am an artist who works in fabric and thread….Nearly all my work is realistic in style and starts with original photographs of the subjects.”

Website: www.bluemoonriver.com/

Whole Cloth Painting Botanicals
Class Number, Title, Teacher 601 Wholecloth Painting - Botanicals - Susan Brubaker Knapp
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $25 kit fee - includes PFD fabric, set of paint brushes for acrylic paint, set of textile paints and extender, pattern and photo.
Description Learn the basics of painting on fabric to make wholecloth painted quilts. You’ll choose from one of my designs and use acrylic textile. paints to create at least one small piece. Do not worry if you’ve never painted anything before…this may look complicated but it isn’t once you learn a bit. We will discuss selecting the right photos for great results; how to mix colors, shades and tints, which paints and fabrics and why; how to transfer your design to fabric; painting and blending techniques; heat setting; interfacing and thread sketching considerations; batting, backing and preparing for quilting; options for finishing and hanging your work. If you have photos you’d like to paint on fabric after this workshop, please bring them with you. We will talk about which ones will work best and why.
Supplies Artist’s palette or paint tray, plastic or metal with multiple compartments for mixing paint. Available at craft and artist supplies store. Paper and fabric scissors, soft lead mechanical pencil, masking tape, disposable plastic cup, 10x13 piece of foamcore (available at craft and office supply stores), 3 or more wash clothes for cleanup. Old newspapers or large plastic bag to protect work surface. PLEASE WEAR OLD CLOTHES THAT CAN GET STAINED. ACRYLIC PAINT DOES NOT WASH OUT!
wholecloth painting from photos
Class Number, Title, Teacher 602 Wholecloth Painting from Photos - Susan Brubaker Knapp
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Audience All
Hours & Time 9 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $30 kit fee - includes ½ yd white cotton fabric ideal for wholecloth painting, set of 3 brushes for acrylic paint, set of PRO Chemical and Dye textile paints and extender, pattern and photo if you want to do one of my subjects.
Description In this workshop you will learn the basic of painting on fabric to make wholecloth painted quilts. Work from your original photograph, or choose from one of my designs, and use acrylic textile paints to bring it to life. Do not worry if you’ve never painted anything before…this may look complicated, but it isn’t once you learn a bit. You will learn to select the right photos for great results; trace your photo to create a pattern; transfer the design to fabric; mix colors, shades and tints; choose paints and fabrics to use and why; transfer your design to old rags or wash clothes; and paint and blend colors.
Supplies 2 or 3 enlargements of your original photos. These may be prints made on a home color printer (as long as quality is good) or photographic prints. They should be at least 8x10 but no larger than 11”x14”. If you have questions about your photos, please e-mail them to me and we can talk (susan@bluemoonriver.com). Artist’s palette or paint tray, plastic or metal with multiple compartments for mixing paint. Available at craft and artist supplies store. (A palette with a lid is ideal.) Foamcore at least 2” larger in both directions than your photograph; mechanical pencil; paper and fabric scissors; fine and ultrafine black Sharpies; artist’s tape or masking tape and clear scotch tape; cup to hold water to rinse brushes; 3 or more old rags or washcloths; 2 plastic garbage bags to protect work surface. PLEASE WEAR OLD CLOTHES THAT CAN GET STAINED. ACRYLIC PAINT DOES NOT WASH OUT!
Mandatory Photo Information You must own the rights to the photograph. This means that you have taken the photo, or have permission from the photographer to reproduce it. Otherwise, you are in copyright violation. Photos need to be in focus and clear when printed at 8x10”. I will not cover people/portraits in this class. Simple photos work best for beginners to this technique. Choose a photo that is well lit, and with enough contrast (has low-, medium-, and high values). Consider a close-up/macro photograph; they work great.

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Mary Ellen Kranz

“As a quiltmaker, teacher, and author, Mary Ellen shares her knowledge of how to combine quilting, digital photography and computer software. These resources help tremendously in the process of creating fiber art”.

Website: www.quiltingimages.com/

Photo Inspired Landscape quilts
Class Number, Title, Teacher 701 Photo Inspired Landscape Quilts - Mary Ellen Kranz
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $15 kit fee - includes high thread count cotton fabric for printing, fabric backing sheets, printer inks digital images for students to choose from, freezer paper, informative handouts and more.
Description Print a landscape photo onto fabric. Using the latest to make your fabric images soft, washable and lightfast. Extend your quilt outward from your landscape photo using several easy new technique. Blend your fabrics with your photo in a way that viewers will wonder just where your photo ends and the fabric begins. Will finish with a discussion of wonderful embellishment techniques and quilting possibilities. Students do not need to bring any computer equipment for this class.

NOTE: If you wish to use one of your landscape photos, send Mary Ellen the photo as a jpg file before May 1st (maryellen@quiltingimages.com) putting ‘landscape class’ on the subject line. We will discuss if the image will work with the techniques involved.
Supplies Scotch tape; glue stick; #2 pencil and good eraser; med point black marking pen; paper scissors; ruler, rotary cutter, travel size mat
Fabrics You will be blending your fabric with your choice of a landscape photo supplied by the teacher. Bring ¼ yd pieces of fabric you envision working in a landscape piece – e.g. bring blues (sky or water) – hand dyes, semi-solids(batiks), lots of greens(grass, leaves, bushes), grays and whites(rocks/snow), tans and browns (sand/tree bark), some purples. You’ll need relatively small pieces of fabric and students often share/trade to get the best blend.

OPTIONAL:  You will have all the ingredients to create your piece assembled and ready to sew together at home. If you wish to begin the sewing in class, then bring a sewing machine (consider the use of the retreat room in the LODGE)
Class Number, Title, Teacher 702 Lecture: The Top 10 Ways Quilters Can Use the Computer Mary Ellen Kranz
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Saturday 9:00 AM
Fee N/A
Description Technology is all around us. Can we use it to create our beautiful quilts or save time so we have more time to sew? When do you need a digital camera and when will your iPhone or iPad do the trick? How can you get your iPhone photos onto the computer to use in your quilts? What are the advantages of the various apps and software packages aimed at quilters and fabric artists? What are good services to print your photos on paper, canvas wraps or fabric? Mary Ellen shares her extensive knowledge of how quiltmakers can use the latest digital technologies.
Poster Quilt
Class Number, Title, Teacher 703 Photo+Words+Fabric=Poster Quilts - Mary Ellen Kranz
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM & Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $10 kit fee - includes high thread count cotton fabric for printing; Bubble Jet Set; Fabric backing sheets; printer inks; digital images for students to choose from; freezer paper for text templates.
Description Learn to combine the latest techniques for printing photos onto fabric with a new technique for adding large, graphic, text shapes to your quilt top. Choose an image from my collection or bring one of your own to print. Create your own wording and then use my new method for making a bold, seamless fabric word or phrase. Students can begin sewing a poster quilt in class or take home the ingredients for making one or a series of unique poster quilts. Students do not need to bring any computer equipment for this class. NOTE – To help you evaluate whether to use your own photo, please send the photo to me before May 1st as a jpg file (mekranz@gmail.com) putting “Poster Class” in the subject line. We will discuss if your photo will work with the techniques involved
Supplies Sharp fabric scissors – at least 4 inch blade; ruler, rotary cutter, mat; 1 yd fusible web(Wonder Under)
Fabrics 1/4 yd pieces of near solid or tone-on-tone fabric for the wording part of your poster. The color depends on your choice of a focus photo so bring a range of colors. The exact color cannot be determined until image is printed onto fabric. Images on fabric print distinctively different than images on paper.

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Mickey Lawler

Mickey is synonymous with fine hand painted sky, water and landscapes for use in quilted pieces. Her fabrics suggest texture and moods that are subtle and rich.

Website: skydyes.com

landscape fabrics
Class Number, Title, Teacher 801
Painting Landscape Fabrics - Mickey Lawler
Audience All
Hours & Time 15 hours - 2.5 days / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $35 lab fee
Description Moderate physical activity is involved in this class.
In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, this class is an introduction for the non-painter to the use of non-toxic, transparent, permanent textile paints on cotton fabric suitable for quilts. Students will spend the first day painting skies, water, and more to become familiar with the various effects that the watercolor paints produce when diluted to certain degrees and when applied with brushes, sponges, and bottles. During this time, students will also experiment with mixing colors, manipulating fabric, and painting many “special effects” pieces for blue skies, sunsets, leaves, earth, “sand paintings” and others. The second and third days give students the opportunity to develop more sophisticated color combinations through a concentration on mixing colors, as well as creating individual painted landscapes and several other landscape techniques for interesting results. Students generally complete about 5-8 yds of fabric pieces if weather is good and they are able to dry fabric outdoors. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and gives the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric.
Supplies
  • Brushes and sponges - couple of kitchen sponges plus 2 natural sponges about the size of your hand (automotive or hardware stores are cheaper than art supplies stores). Approximately 10 cheap 1-2” natural bristle brushes and 4 sponge brushes. You will find both styles of brushes at Michaels and other art/craft stores. Make sure they are suitable for water-based paints.
  • apron or wear old clothes
  • plastic bags for the possibility of taking home some damp fabric
  • Several disposable doctor-type gloves; permanent marking pen, scissors, paper towels, a few straight pins
  • 10-15 half pint cottage cheese-style containers or snack-size “Gladware” style containers, plus 2 containers that will fit the natural sponges
  • Plastic plant mister or spray bottle (make sure it “mists”).
  • 3-4 20”x30” pieces of 3/16”-1/4” thick foamcore. (These may be covered on one side with Contact Paper.)
  • OR – Bring 3-4 lightweight plastic drop cloths, cut into 4 pieces, approx. 2 ft x 3 ft. (Clear or white plastic only, please).
Fabrics 5-6 yds of 100% white cotton fabric—DO NOT CUT. We will be doing that in class. It’s not necessary to prewash fabric if drops of water sink immediately into the fabric. However, if drops of water sit on the surface, pre-wash fabric with detergent or choose a different fabric. No need to iron. (I buy my broadcloth #453 from Testfabrics, www.testfabrics.com. Kaufman Patina is good also, but their Kona cotton is a bit coarse for painting.) A small amount of white or light-colored silk (any kind) and some “white-on-white” cotton might be fun also - definitely optional!
  PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE ESSENTIAL AND WILL BE USED!

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Heidi Lund

Heidi comes to us from the Pacific Northwest and is a wearable artist. She has a passion for fabric, fiber and surface embellishments. She makes wearable art, art quilts and beaded jewelry. Her classes with us include a dimensional wall hanging and a free form fabric collage.

Website: www.heidilund.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 901 SM Dimensional Leaves Wall Hanging - Heidi Lund
Audience Intermediate to Advanced
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $35 kit fee - Includes very inclusive kit of fabrics, fibers, beads, threads, embellishments, stabilizers and batting.Batik background fabric, Warm & White batting, Steam-a-Seam II Lite, Totally stable (iron-on) stabilizer, Fabri-Solvy (washaway stabilizer), several 9x10 fabrics of cotton, silk dupioni, satin, suede and organdy for leaves; Sharpie fine black marker, Kunin felt, 2-3 yards of yarns/fibers, ribbon, 2 spools Sulky rayon and 1 spool Sulky Blendables, seed bead mix (sizes 6, 8, 10 & 11) and some larger focal beads, 2 beading needles (size 10 short), Silamide beading thread, beading mat, 8-10 buttons that co-ordinate/complements composition, needle.
Description Inspired by cloth and thread, students will create a one of a kind wall hanging with dimensional appeal. Come and learn Heidi’s techniques for free motion threadwork, dimensions in cloth and embellishments. Students will create three-dimensional leaf components by using different types of fabrics and threads. You will practice layering techniques with the addition of embellishments. This class incorporates both machine and hand work. This class is for the intermediate sewer who is comfortable with free motion techniques on their sewing machine.
Supplies Free motion stitching throat and zigzag throat plate for your machine; couching foot and/or open toe applique foot; machine needles 90/14 embroidery, quilting or sharps and a 75/11 embroidery; 7 Spring embroidery hoops (available at Joanne’s); 5-6 extra bobbins, BSS. OPTIONAL: A few spools of thread you know your machine likes in fall colors; Ott light; magnifying glasses for beading if needed; extension table for your sewing machine; your favorite free motion gloves.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 902 Dimensions in Cloth Journey Lecture - Heidi Lund
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Saturday 10:30 AM
Description Heidi’s lecture will walk you through some of her step-by-step processes to add dimension to cloth whether it be for a quilt, a garment or even a hat or handbag. There will be lots of eye candy to view.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 903 SM Freeform Fabric Collage - Heidi Lund
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Description Fabric Collage Naturescapes are all the rage in quilting right now. Want to make an underwater scene, a mountain scape, a bushel of flowers or abstract? Come and learn fun and innovative fabric collage using raw edge and free motion stitching techniques. Let Heidi help you free up your creative uses. Your art will come alive with color, design and collage in this exciting class. Whether you like animals, flowers, fish, holidays, theme prints or leaves, this fabric collage method is for you.
Supplies ¾ yd cotton batting; free motion foot or open toe darning foot for your machine; needles; Needles– 90/14 embroidery, top stitch or quilting; 3-4 empty bobbins; fine point, glass head pins (I use a box or 2); smallest rotary cutter; medium-size cutting mat; quilting gloves; large and small sharp-tipped fabric scissors; thread that co-ordinates with your fabric choices. Optional book: “The Art of Fabric Collage” by Rosemary Eichorn; fabric clue stick (for use instead of pins).
Fabrics ¾ cotton fabric for back of quilt; several fabrics with large and small motifs for fussy cuts – suggest at least ½ yd; 6-8 ½ yd or fat quarters that co-ordinate with the motif you have chosen (look for accent or complementary stripes or geometrics)

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Nancy Mahoney

As a fabric designer, pattern creator and teacher, Nancy stays very busy. She is from Sparta, Georgia, and is the author of 13 books. Her class goal is for students to learn something new while having fun.

Website: www.nancymahoney.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 1001 Two Block Wonders Lecture - Nancy Mahoney
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Friday 9:00 AM
Description Unlock the mystery and double your quilting fun by placing two different blocks side-by-side to create extraordinary quilts. You’ll learn how every quilter, regardless of skill level, can make unique quilts. Nancy has made over 60 2-block quilts and she’ll share tips for successfully pairing up blocks to create dazzling quilts.
Wild Waves
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1002 SM Wild Waves - Nancy Mahoney
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $2 pattern fee
Description Create a dynamic design with this off-center Pineapple block, while learning all the tricks of foundation paper piecing. In this fun class, all aspects of paper piecing will be covered, including how to measure, cut and correctly position the right fabric piece. This is a great class for mastering foundation piecing. Pattern includes three sizes: lap quilt, wall hanging and table runner. Class – table runner.
Supplies Rotary cutter (45 mm or smaller); 12x18” or larger cutting mat; 6x12” or larger ruler; 1x12” ruler; washable glue stick, BSS. Optional: wooden pressing tool; 1x6” or 1x12” Add-A-Quarter ruler.
Fabrics ¾ yd of light background fabric for blocks and inner border; 1 fat eighth EACH of 6 assorted blue prints for blocks; 1 fat eighth EACH of 6 assorted greens; 1/3 yd of blue-green print for blocks and outer border. To complete project after class: 1/3 yd of dk blue print for binding; ¾ yd of backing fabric.
Feathered Star
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1003 SM Feathered Star Wall Hanging - Nancy Mahoney
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description This little quilt sparkles with traditional charm. Nancy takes students through step-by-step instructions, including rotary cutting and piecing techniques, for making accurate half-square triangle units. You’ll learn how to make short work of this tricky-looking block.
Supplies BSS; small baggies; 12x18”cutting mat; 6x12” ruler; rotary cutter; bias-square ruler 6” or smaller with diagonal line; template plastic (at least 2x3 ½”); ultra-fine Sharpie permanent marker.
Fabrics Fabric A: 1 yd of light background for star feathers and setting pieces; Fabric B: 5/8 yd of red print for star feathers; Fabric C: 1 3/8 yds of blue print for star points, outer border and binding; Fabric D: 3/8 yd of large floral for center of star block and border blocks; Fabric E: ¾ yd of on-grain checked fabric for middle border and border blocks; Fabric F: 3/8 yd of small floral for inner border. To finish after class: 2 7/8 yds of backing and 47”x47” piece of batting.
Note Precutting suggested for this class. Email joanneshafer@live.com
Bloomin' Propellers
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1004 SM Bloomin’ Propellers - Nancy Mahoney
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description In this class, Nancy will show you how to make your quilts jump off the page with this whimsical wall hanging Class will encompass all aspects of starched applique techniques, including preparing the appliques and using your sewing machine to achieve finished appliques that truly look hand-stitched. The clever use of rick rack adds dimension to this block. Sewing machine must be capable of blanket or zigzag stitch.
Supplies Ultra-fine point Sharpie permanent marker; 50 wt neutral thread for patchwork; 60 wt thread for applique; ; needles – Mircrotex Sharp 60/8 preferred or 70/10 for machine applique; clear monofilament thread for applique; water-soluble applique glue (Glue-Baste-It or Jillily Studio). Open toe embroidery foot; rotary cutting mat, cutter and 6 1/4” ruler; sharp scissors for cutting fabric; template plastic; scissors for cutting template plastic; BSS.
Fabrics 7/8 yd cream for background; 7/8 yd black floral print for blocks, outer border and binding; ½ yd red print for blocks and piping; 1 yd backing fabric; 5 ½ yds of 100% cotton green ¾” rick rack; 2 ¾ yds of 1/8” cording for piping.

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Nancy McNally

From Clarkson, Michigan, Nancy teaches at local quilt shops as well as offering classes at guilds across the country. A passionate quilter, she says “I simply cannot imagine life without quilting.”

Website: nancymcnallyquilts.com

Delectable Mountains
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1101 SM Delectable Mountains - Nancy McNally
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Supplies Students need to purchase “Sweet Layer Cake” by Annies. Available from Amazon for $11.36. You will be starting a 99”x99” size quilt. We will assemble the first two rounds of the quilt using preassembled ½ square triangles. Before coming to class, have 12 half square triangles pieced and pressed. Use 6 of the layer cake darks and 6 squares from your cream/light colored fabric to make your 12 half square triangles. Cut your cream/light colored fabric the same size as your layer cake squares. Place right sides together (light/dark), cut on 1 diagonal; without separating, sew ¼” seam on the diagonal you cut. Press towards dark. Remember, 6 squares cut 1x on diagonal will yield 12 half square triangle. Bring all fabrics to class. You will also need a batting 108”x108”

BSS; strip cutting ruler; rotary cutter
Fabrics Layer cake that contains 40 or more squares of fabric; 3 1/2 yds of cream or light colored fabric; 2 1/8 yds of dark colored fabric; 1 yard additional dark
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1102 What Was I Thinking?– Lecture & Trunk Show - Nancy McNally
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Friday 1:30-2:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description This will be a lecture and trunk show of Nancy getting published!! Nancy will be showing all of her published quilts, 30+ for your viewing pleasure, LOL. The pickle she got herself into, the tricks she learned and the mistakes! And hoping the quilt police would not notice!! Come and join in this fun and interesting lecture.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1103 Midnight Chain to Georgia - Nancy McNally
Audience Advanced Beginner or Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description It’s easy!! How many times have you heard another quilter say that to you? Learn how to take a difficult block and make it easy! Using the original Jack’s Chain block, I will show you how to take a difficult block and make it a doable block, one you won’t have to shy away from.
Supplies BSS
Fabrics 1¾ yds black or black on black background fabric (Suggestion: Moda marbles, Moda Bella solids or Kona solid. Fabric needs to read as a solid). Choose six different colors for the 9-patch blocks – ¼ yd each. Add ¼ yd extra to one of your six colors for inner border.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1104 SM Friendship Rings - Nancy McNally
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00AM - Noon
Fee N/A
Description Friendship rings will create an illusion of a circle and give a colorful chain. Come and learn how to create this quilt by piecing two different blocks. When combining the units with the right fabric choice you will create the illusion of a circle. Learn a few time-saving tricks. Nancy will bring her Accuquilt Go and show you how to use this wonderful tool in your sewing room.
Supplies BSS, rulers: Tri-Recs, Easy Angle by EZ, strip cutting ruler, 9 ½” or 12 ½” ruler, rotary cutter and mat.
Fabrics 2 7/8 yds dk fabric (this fabric creates the ring, border and binding); 2 ¼ yds light fabric for blocks.
Note Before class make 112 4-patch units measuring 3½” x 3½”by using 16 fat quarters in assorted reds, blues, greens, yellows, purple and teal. Cut 56 2” wide strips to make strip sets. Combine your colors as you wish, subcut strip sets in 2” wide sections; join different colored strip sets to make your 3½” x 3½” 4-path units. We will not use all these units in class.

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Marti Michell

This multi-talented quilter develops tools, designs quilts and teaches classes. From Atlanta, GA, Marti has been on the quilting scene for 30+ years. Her enthusiasm and love of quilt is always evident.

Website: frommarti.com

Interlocking Hexagons
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1201 SM Interlocking Hexagons - Marti Michell
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description To cover more territory with fewer pieces, the hexagon we will use is almost as big as an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Coincidentally, that size is perfect for showcasing big, beautiful fabric designs. Learn both a partial seam and set-in seam. Think: Asian, big, bold contemporary prints, large, novelties, toile or other vignette designs. This could be a variety of collected fabrics on the same theme or possibly one fabric with many different scenes or motifs. If you have collected Asian prints, and still do not know what to do with them this is the perfect class.
Supplies BSS, rotary cutter with blade, at least 12 x 18” cutting mat, at least 3”x18” ruler; rotating mat; water or air-soluble marking pen, thread.
Fabrics Theme fabric – if only one fabric, bring at least 1 1/2 yds with a suitable design for cutting large hexagons. If you are bringing collected fabrics, the minimum would be 12 fat quarters or 12 motifs approximately the size of a standard piece of paper (8 ½ x 11”). The interlocking hexagon has a three-color woven secondary design. Bring ½ yd each of 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark fabric. Make sure they are not busy prints and that they look good together.
Pineapple Smoothies
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1202 SM Pineapple Smoothies - Marti Michell
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 3 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description Pineapple quilts are among the most prized quilts to own. They are relatively rare, perhaps because until now they were relatively difficult to make. The From Marti Michell Pineapple Rulers make it easy to accurately cut actual size pieces. Sew them with an accurate ¼” seam allowance and soon you will be the proud owner of a prized pineapple quilt. If you ever made or tried to make a pineapple block, forget everything you did. This experience will be different. There is no paper to tear away, no foundations to mark, no truing up or cutting off lots of excess fabric every 4 strips. There is virtually no waste! In class, we will cut and make 1 to 4 pineapple blocks using a 3-fabric color scheme – a light, a dark and an accent for the block center and corner.
Supplies ¼” foot; rotary cutter with good blade; at least 12”x18” rotary mat; at least 3”x18” acrylic ruler; BSS. Marti will provide 1 ¼” Finished Strip Pineapple Ruler in class.
Fabrics Do not bring jelly rolls or any strips that are precut on the crosswise grain. If you want to eventually make a bigger quilt, the amount for 9 blocks is in parenthesis. Yardage listed below is enough for 6 blocks. Plan to do 1-4 blocks in class.
Fabric A: 5/8 (1¼) yd – color that goes toward block corner
Fabric B: ½ (1) yd going toward block sides and for center triangles
Fabric C: fat quarter (1/2 yd) accent fabric for center square and block corners.

Binding and backing yardages are not included and will not be used in class.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1203 Low Carb Quilting Lecture - Marti Michell
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Saturday 1:30-2:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description If maneuvering a big quilt through that little opening is overwhelming and sending quilt tops out too expensive, “machine quilting in sections” is the answer. You can machine quilt on your own machine without the expense or delay of sending them out. Just divide your quilts into smaller sections – easy to manage and easy to assemble. Marti will share assembly methods and bring many quilts that were quilted in sections. You will learn how Machine Quilting in Sections and Quilt As You Go are the same and different and how both techniques make it easy to finish quilts on your home sewing machine. Marti will also show the low fat option.
Fat quarter log cabin
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1204 SM Fat Quarters Log Cabin - Marti Michell
Audience Confident Beginner
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description Unlike scrap Log Cabin quilts that feature a different fabric in every strip of a block, this scrap Log Cabin quilt depends on orderly repetition of fabrics within each block. Learn a great method for cutting and sewing that makes these blocks fast and, better yet, square. Start with four fat quarters; finish with four 13 ½” blocks. The 4 blocks you make in class can be the start of a big quilt or a very satisfactory wall-hanging approximately 30” square.
Supplies Rotary cutter and at least 12”x18” mat; at least 18” ruler; thread, ¼” foot; BSS. Marti will provide a Log Cabin ruler to be used in class.
Fabrics Minimum fabrics – 4 fat quarters; 1-8”square for center squares
(1/2 yd if you eventually want to make 9 sets for a full-size quilt.) Choose four compatible fat quarters using value as the most important part of the process. There should be 1 dark, 1 light and 2 medium fabrics. Bring more than one combination if you like. The fat quarters must be 18”x21”. Regular 9”x45” quarter yard cuts don’t work! Scraps don’t work!

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Stacy Michell

From Marietta, Georgia, Stacy is Shades Textiles – hand dyed textiles for the quilting marketplace. For us Stacy will be teaching kit classes on machine appliqué and techniques for joining pre-quilted sections together.

Website: shadestextiles.com

Kailua Cabins
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1301 SM Kailua Cabins - Stacy Michell
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $35 kit fee
Description Unlike Log Cabin quilts that feature a different fabric in a block, and require 100s of prints, this scrappy “Kailua Cabin” quilt depends on orderly repetition of fabric within each block. The trick to the organized mess of the scrap quilt is made simple by fabric selection in groups of four fat quarters. Additionally, the correct fabric arrangement for cutting simplifies the whole process. The four blocks from the class are the perfect start for a larger quilt or can be finished as a small wall hanging or four pillows. We have also updated the classic scrappy log cabin to use tropical prints and bright colors. We add a twist and make this a “Quilt As You Go” log cabin. Class adapted from “Log Cabin ABCs” by Marti Michell. The book and correct-size log cabin ruler will be available for use in class.
Supplies Basic rotary set up with minimum 18” mat. Extra rotary cutter blade; neutral thread for top and bottom.
Fabrics Included in kit fee.
Note If you own “Log Cabin ABCs” by Marti Michell and the correct-size log cabin ruler, DO NOT BRING TO CLASS.
Two for One Hula Lessions
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1302 SM Two for One Hula Lessons - Stacy Michell
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $35 kit fee -includes fabrics
Description No, we are not going to learn hula dancing…although Staci is guaranteed to entertain and educate you with stories from her many trips from Japan and Hawaii. You will learn to carefully cut a Hawaiian-style quilt design and get 2 applique blocks from one piece of fabric. In this class you will learn some great machine applique methods as you complete the assembly and sewing of this gorgeous project in almost no time at all. If you’re quick enough, there may be hula lessons after all. Bring sewing machine that will be used start-to-finish for this project for best results. The machine should have at least zigzag stitch and decorative stitch you want to use to finish this project.
Supplies Small, sharp strong scissors; open toe applique foot, if possible; 1 spool black thread and 1 spool white thread for topstitching (all purpose to quilting weight OK)
Chip Off the Block
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1303 SM Chip Off the Block - Stacy Michell
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $20 kit fee - includes a very practical kit for learning the technique. 8 squares of fabric in 4 colors; 4 squares of batting; book on loan in class; additional instructions sheet.
Description This class is about making large quilts, block by block, a technique for joining pre-quilted sections together. This quilt is an example of using 4 – 36” quilts to make a 72” square quilt on a standard home machine with ease. It just happens, Hawaiian style 18” blocks are a great size for this project. If you have taken “2 for 1 Hulas Lessons” and “Kailua Cabins”, this class will bring both projects together. The two classes just mentioned are by no means a “perquisite”.
Supplies Straight Pins

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Sue Nickels

Sue is an extraordinary machine quilter whose precision shows on her award-winning quilts. She won AQS Best of Show in 1998. Her teaching is in a relaxed classroom with emphasis on best quality workmanship. From Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sue will inspire you to machine quilt on your home machine.

Website: www.sue-nickels.com

Flower BLossom Quilt
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1401 SM Flower Blossom Quilt: Stitched Raw Edge
Machine Applique - Sue Nickels
Audience All
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $8.00 - includes pattern for complete quilt and four squares of soft-fused paperbacked fusible web.
Description Learn all about machine applique in this information workshop. Students will work on one block from this Asian-inspired 4-block quilt. If time allows, work will continue on remaining blocks. A small amount of fusible is used to seal the edge yet leaves the block soft. Use a small blanket stitch to secure all raw edges. Explore all the details of the stitching, including inside and outside points, curves and circles. Feel confident to complete your small quilt project after taking this class. Sewing machine must have blanket stitch.
Supplies Open toe applique foot; small embroidery-type scissors for precise cutting of applique pieces; 80/12 Sharp needles; BSS; spray starch (Best Press); 40/3 or 50/2 cotton in colors to match applique fabric. I use Mettler 50/3 or Superior Masterpiece 50/3 and Superior King Tut 40/3 Tone on Tone by Sue Nickels. Optional: Book: “Stitched Raw Edge Applique” by Sue Nickels.
Fabrics 100% cotton – prewashed and pressed. My quilt has an Asian-inspired theme. I used a focal fabric for the top and bottom border (1/4 yd) and then selected my other fabrics to co-ordinate with this fabric. Background: Five 9” squares – one square will be used for practice stitching with the remaining four for the quilt. Applique: 10-12 different fabrics for floral applique (fat quarters are good). You will also need two different fabrics for the circle frames in the appliqued blocks and these will be cut from the inside sashing fabric mentioned below. Side border – ¼ yd. Inside sashing – 1/3 yd – two different fabrics (also to be used for circle frames in appliqued blocks). Sashing squares – 1/8 yd.
Machine Quilting Essentials book
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1402 SM Machine Quilting Essentials - Sue Nickels
Audience Beginner/Intermediate
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description In this basic workshop, learn all aspects needed to master machine quilting. Start with a discussion of supplies, including thread, needles and notions. Next practice the basic techniques of straight line and free motion machine quilting: on small quilt packages. After learning the skills to feel confident with these techniques, Sue will demonstrate how to successfully baste; package and machine quilt the actual quilt. Go home feeling confident to quilt any size and style quilt. Many quilts will be shown for inspiration. With Sue’s patient guidance, learn all the basic skills needed to master machine quilting on your home sewing machine.
Supplies Extension bar and table and all accessories for machine; darning foot — a must for free motion quilting. (Sue prefers the open toe darning foot sewing needles walking foot; straight stitch throat plate optional; 50 safety pins; 80/12 and 70/10 Sharp or 75/11 Machine Quilting; Off-white and tan cotton thread, 50/3 ply, 50/2 ply or 40/3; marking pencil (I use silver and white Quilter’s Choice); pencil sharpener, ruler for marking straight lines; Kitchen dishwashing rubber gloves one size smaller than you wear. (I use the fingertips for control in free motion quilting.) BSS.
Fabrics 2 – 12” squares of muslin; 6 – 12” squares of cotton/cotton blend batting
Note To make the best use of class time, mark and trace one 12” muslin square, (page 1) and one 12“ muslin square of (page 2) handout located at www.Sue-Nickels.com Workshop tab Machine Quilting Essentials
Whole Cloth Feathers
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1403 Drawing Beautiful Wholecloth Style Feathers
Sue Nickels
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $3 kit fee
Description Learn to design beautiful feathers with ease. Start with the easy methods Sue uses for drawing the basic feather unit. Learn to design feathers on a curved spine, motif feathers such as feathered wreaths and then on to designing your wholecloth style feathers. Sue has been designing her own unique wholecloth style feather and will share the fun, easy technique for doing this. Many of Sue’s designs will be available in a handout to use for inspiration. Enjoy learning easy design techniques and go home with your own original feather design.
Supplies 20 sheets plain, white copy paper; 2 sheets white paper 24”x6”; pencil and pencil sharpener; paper scissors; compass (good quality – locking type – Sue will have some to share); Sharpie black fine point marker; ruler for drawing and measuring. Sue will be providing tracing paper for the group – no charge.

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Patsy Thompson

From Holland, Ohio, and Weaverville, North Carolina, Patsy is the queen of free motion quilting. She has created a series of instructional DVDs as well as a truly amazing website full of tutorials and downloads. She shares her free-motion passion with others.

Website: patsythompsondesigns.com

The Pansy Wallhanging
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1501 SM The Pansy Wall Hanging - Patsy Thompson
Audience Advanced Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Hours & Time 6 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $10 kit fee
Description If you enjoy free motion work and you are looking for ways to add depth and texture to your quilts, then this class is for you! We will learn the skills of fusible applique, trapunto, basic thread sketching, free motion machine embroidery, and free motion machine quilting as we create a pansy wallhanging. These techniques are surprisingly easy to use but add tremendous interest to your quilt! Finished wall hanging measures 28”x26”.
Supplies Machine must be in good working condition, capable of free motion work, with machine manual; free motion foot; applique foot; many (at least 11) extra bobbins; applique pressing sheet (optional but it will make your work much easier) or freezer paper; sharp paper-cutting scissors, fabric scissors; blunt-type child’s scissors helpful but optional; pencil, chalk pencil or temporary marker; quilt gloves if you use them; basting spray or basting pins to baste layers together; 60/8 Microtex Sharp needles; size 70 or 90 Embroidery needles; tearaway temporary stabilizer for leaves either fusible or non-fusible are fine.
Fabrics 7/8 yd background fabric; 1 yd for quilt backing fabric; 3 fat quarters in greens for leaves; 2 fat quarters for pansy petals (1 medium and 1 medium dark); 1 fat quarter for pansy center; 3/8 yd for binding; 1 piece of craft-size batting; 1 piece of scrap batting for loft in trapunto layer. Bring wool or medium loft poly at least 18”x18”. (AVOID COTTON BATTING.); 1 yd Wonder Under fusible web.
Threads Monofilament, invisible thread, clear for light/medium fabrics and smoke for dark fabrics; Avoid cotton for the following threads – 2-3 rayon or trilobel poly solid colored threads that are similar to your pansy-center fabric. These are used to thread paint and bleed out from your center so gradation of colors are good here. 2-4 shades of solid green rayon or poly thread for leaves; metallic thread optional; 1-2 solid rayon or poly threads that are just slightly darker than the color or your pansy petal fabric; 1-2 rayon or poly threads to “decorate” your pansy center (these will need to have high contrast with the pansy center fabric); 1 thread of your choice to quilt your background fabric.
Note If you want to learn some free motion designs for the background fill of your wall hanging, prepare and bring 2-5 small quilt sandwiches for practice. Go to www.patsythompsondesigns.comàEducationàPatsy’s ClassesàScroll down to Class #3 “Pansy Wall Hanging” to see finished wall hanging for fabric values.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1503 SM Free Motion Quilting for the True Beginner - Patsy Thompson
Audience Beginner
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description If you’ve never free motion quilted before or you’ve just barely dipped your toe into the free motion quilting pond, this is the class for you! We will first cover all the basic tips and tricks to make free motion quilting easier. Next we’ll get to the hands-on stitching where you can learn to stitch some basic designs. This class is geared to creating a good foundation of free motion skills that will serve you as well as you continue practicing and move on toward more challenging designs. Let me help take the fear out of free motion quilting so you can discover the fun.
Supplies BSS; Well-cleaned and oiled sewing machine capable of free motion work. Bring the best machine you have! Manual, extension table, darning or free motion foot; extra bobbins; needles (My favorite needles are sharps, embroidery and topstitch needles, size 80 or 90); quilting gloves; 7-8 quilting sandwiches, at least 9”x12” (solid color or non/busy fabrics for top of sandwich since you want to be able to clearly visualize the stitching line and busy fabrics make that difficult.)  Please spray baste your sandwiches together and use a relatively thin batting that will be easy to machine quilt; 2 or more threads that you will enjoy using and that will have a high contrast with your fabrics to be able to see the stitching line clearly; some type of temporary pen/pencil that will contrast with your fabric (chalk or disappearing ink); small acrylic ruler; several sheets of blank paper for drawing designs.

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Barbara Vlack

Barbara is an EQ6 and 7 expert from St. Charles, Illinois. She “loves to take traditional patterns and make them look new and different." Working with the Electric Quilt software makes that focus easy for this expert user of the program.”

Website: barbvlack.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 1601

You Have to Take EQ7 Out of the Box to Design a Quilt - Barbara Vlack

Audience For the beginning EQ7 user
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday, 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description Find blocks and fabrics in the EQ7 libraries, set them into a variety of quilt layouts, add borders and sashing, audition colors and fabrics, print patterns and estimate yardage.
Supplies Laptop computer with EQ7 loaded, activated and validated (this means that the laptop must have been connected to the internet with EQ7 open within a month prior to class). A student wishing to preview EQ7 before buying may use a free temporary classroom program by contacting the instructor (barb@barbvlack.com)two weeks before the class. EQ7 is now available for the Mac, and Mac users are welcome in this class; power cord for the computer – the class will last longer than the battery! external mouse with a spare battery. Student must know how to use the mouse with the laptop. Many find the external mouse easier to manipulate than the Touchpad on the laptop; mouse pad; note taking materials (optional: the EQ7 manual for referencing and notes).
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1602 40 Ways to Set a Nine Patch Lecture - Barbara Vlack
Audience All
Hours & Time 1 hour / Friday 3:00-4:00 PM
Fee N/A
Description Take the ubiquitous Nine Patch block and explore many different ways to use it in quilt designs. Designing with a computer makes the process easy and fun. Barb will have a PowerPoint slide show of many quilts and explain how she came to create many of the layouts, but she will also have a trunk show to demonstrate that these quilts can be made in fabric!
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1603 & 1604 EQ7 - Drawing Pieced Blocks - Barbara Vlack
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time Offered at 2 different times. 3 hours for each session / 1603 Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon & 1604 Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee N/A
Description There are many ways to edit blocks from EQ7, create new blocks from tools offered in the program, and draw original blocks. See how some blocks can be used to create a quilt layout for blocks of various sizes. Learn to use straight and arc lines in EasyDraw and to draw pieced blocks in PatchDraw-->Pieced. Drawing a New York Beauty has never been so easy.
Supplies Laptop computer EQ7 loaded, activated and validated (this means that the laptop must have been connected to the internet with EQ7 open within a month prior to class). A student wishing to preview EQ7 before buying may use a free temporary classroom program by contacting the instructor (barb@barbvlack.com) two weeks before the class. EQ7 is now available for the Mac and Mac users are welcome in this class; power cord for the computer-the class will last longer than the battery!; external mouse with a spare battery. Student must know how to use the mouse with the laptop. Many find the external mouse easier to manipulate than the Touchpad on the laptop; mouse pad.
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1605 Advanced Quilting Design in EQ7 - Barbara Vlack
Audience Intermediate
Hours & Time 3 hours / Sunday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee N/A
Description Blocks of different shapes and sizes can be set in EQ7 on the Custom Set worktable. Learn the ins and outs of using this versatile design tool to make sampler quilts, quilts with irregular edges and quilts that are not round or rectangular. Explore the Layout Library to see how to use various layouts already planned out for easy designing possibilities.
Supplies Laptop computer with EQ7 loaded, activated and validated (this means that the laptop must have been connected to the internet with EQ7 open within a month prior to class). A student wishing to preview EQ7 before buying may use a free temporary classroom program by contacting the instructor  (barb@barbvlack.com) two weeks before the class. EQ7 is now available for the Mac and Mac users are welcome in this class; Power cord for the computer – the class will last longer than the battery!  External mouse with spare battery. Student must know how to use the mouse with the laptop. Many find the external mouse easier to manipulate than the Touchpad on the laptop; Mouse pad; note taking materials (optional: the EQ7 manual for referencing and notes).

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Laura Wasilowski

From Elgin, Illinois, Laura is known for the “Chicago School of Fusing” and her contemporary art quilts. This comical lady will enchant you with her creative art work. With fusing, she creates joyful, organic and inventive pictorial art quilts.

Website: artfabrik.com

Colorful Leaves
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1701 Colorful Leaves - Laura Wasilowski
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $30 kit fee - includes all the fabric color and values needed to make 4 small leaves for this design tutorial as well as a sampler of embroidery thread for stitching detail, texture and pattern on the surface. Includes handout, pattern, pre-fused hand-dyed fabrics, needle and threads.
Description Create your own leaf design the easy way – with colorful fused fabrics. Learn a quick pattern transfer method and the basic principles of designing artwork (like repetition, variety and contrast).
Supplies Small sharp scissors with 5” blade; paper scissors; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; black fine Sharpie marker or lead pencil; specialty rotary cutter blades, such as pinking, wavy or scallop(optional); 20”x20” piece of batting and backing fabric; small bag for fabric scraps; tweezers and thimble (optional).
Fowl Play
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1702 Fowl Play: Birds With No Egrets - Laura Wasilowski
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Friday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $30 kit fee - includes all the pre-fused hand dyed fabrics and threads you will need for your little bird quilt top. Includes hand out, pattern and pre-fused hand-dyed fabrics, needle and threads.
Description Like a bird in flight, this class will lift your spirits and make you sing!  You’ll create fun little birds dancing, nesting, and wading knee deep in personality. Our colorful fowl (indigenous only to the campus of the Chicago School of Fusing) are created with fused fabrics and hand embroidery.
Supplies Small scissors with 5” blade; paper scissors; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; black fine Sharpie marker or lead pencil; specialty rotary cutter blades, such as pinking, wavy or scallop(optional); 18”x18” piece of batting; 18:x18: piece of backing fabric; small bag for fabric scraps; tweezers and thimble(optional).
Tiny Homes
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1703 Tiny Homes - Laura Wasilowski
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon
Fee $25 kit fee - includes handout, pre-fused hand-dyed fabrics and embroidery threads.
Description Create a little house quilt and receive a degree of Architecture from the Chicago School of Fusing at the same time! Explore the many techniques of fusing: free cutting, layering, collage building, improvisational design and more. The result is a whimsical neighborhood made from beautifully hand-dyed fabrics.
Supplies Small sharp scissors with 5” blade; paper scissors; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; black fine Sharpie marker or lead pencil; specialty rotary cutter blades, such as pinking, wavy or scallop(optional); 18”x18” piece of batting and backing fabric; small bag for fabric scraps; tweezers and thimble(optional).
Garden of Eden
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1704 Garden of Eden - Laura Wasilowski
Audience All
Hours & Time 3 hours / Saturday 1:30-4:30 PM
Fee $25 kit fee - includes hand out, pre-fused hand-dyed fabrics, embroidery threads and a needle.
Description In this tempting class create a small art quilt teeming with every flower in creation. Build a blooming garden on a green base of lush leaves, curly ferns and wavy blades of grass. Add simple daisies, jolly tulips and colorful chrysanthemums to the mix and you have a garden that Eve would envy. Directions for free cutting flowers and leaves from a pre-fused fabric kit and finishing techniques are covered.
Supplies Small sharp scissors with 5” blade; paper scissors; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; black fine Sharpie marker or lead pencil; specialty rotary cutter blades, such as pinking, wavy or scallop(optional);14”x14”piece of cotton batting and backing fabric; small bag for fabric scraps; tweezers and thimble(optional).

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Cindy Williams

The current president of the NCQS board, Cindy describes herself as a technician rather than a designer. Her classes are interactive lectures, encouraging students to ask questions as they go along. A self-taught quilt instructor, she made her first quilt in 1980. She finds quicker, more efficient ways to achieve the end result.

Website: www.cindy-williams.com

Class Number, Title, Teacher 1801 Terrific Triangles Retreat - Cindy Williams
Audience Confident beginner to advanced
Hours & Time 12 hours / Thursday and Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $10 handout
Description Thursday will be an interactive lecture as well as sewing time with Cindy offering an in-depth instruction and study of half-square triangle techniques. Students will be able to stitch one each of all four methods and continue on to make more blocks using their favorite method. On Friday, they will get a good start on the layout of their choice.
Supplies BSS; 100% cotton thread to match your background fabric or as light as your lightest fabric; favorite marker (i.e, mechanical pencil, Frixion heat-erase); rotary cutter with new sharp blade; 18x18 cutting mat; rulers (3 ½” x 24”, 6” bias square or equivalent. Some of each will be available for use and/or for sale with discount pricing for class); ¼” foot; extra needles; extra wound bobbins.
Fabrics For learning techniques, 2 contrasting fat quarters
Note Additional information about the “Terrific Triangles” retreat can be found in the body of the brochure on page 4.
Shooting Stars
Class Number, Title, Teacher 1802 SM Shooting Stars - Cindy Williams
Audience Intermediate to Advanced
Hours & Time 6 hours / Saturday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fee $10 pattern
Description Three different star blocks in three different sizes are combined in this one-of-a-kind quilt. This class focuses on making quarter-square triangles, connector corners, and V blocks, all of which are used to make the star points in this unusual quilt (53”x68”). A smaller wall hanging size is included in the instructions.
Supplies BSS; machine in good working order with a size 80 (not universal) needle; ¼” foot; extra needles; extra wound bobbins; 100% cotton thread to match your background fabric or as light as your lightest fabric; favorite marker (i.e. mechanical, Frixion heat-erase); rotary cutter with a new sharp blade; 18”x18” cutting mat; rulers (3 ½” x 24”, a 6” bias square or equivalent; Tri-recs ruler if you have them. Some of each will be available for use and/or for sale with discount pricing for class.
Fabrics Yardage requirements are for quilt top. Binding requires additional 7/8 yard of any fabric. Backing requires 4 ¼ yards for 1 vertical seam or 3 ½ yds for 1 horizontal seam;  For quilt top: cream= 2 3/8 yd; large print cream/red print = 2 3/8 yd; large overall slate blue print with cream and red = 1 3/8 yd; light slate blue = 3/8 yd; dark slate blue = 1/2 yd; colonial red = 3/8 yd; medium slate blue medium size print = 3/8 yd.

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Photos by Anne S. Napier unless indicated otherwise.
Webcrafter: Anne S. Napier
Email: webcontact@westernncquilters.org

July 20, 2015