Guild/Retreat Lectures and Workshops
Ideas for quilts are everywhere. Come along with me
on my journey as I share my quilts with you.
I will tell you where the ideas for my quilts came
from, how I turned mistakes into new designs, and discuss my
infatuation with working with scraps and OPM (Other People's
Material), no matter how ugly. You'll meet Tacki, the Decorating
Diva, and twist your tongue over patterns with names such as "Patty
Piper Pieced a Pair of Painless Pointless Pinwheels."
I talk about how joining online quilt groups was a
turning point in my quilting life, and the impetus to start my
business, Six Gables Designs, and how I've gone from designing quilt
patterns to branching out into other forms of needlework, developing
quilters' rulers, and writing books.
A detailed materials list will be provided to the
guild upon booking a workshop. Workshops run 5 hours excluding break
time. Patterns for workshops will be available to guild members at a
This workshop uses the
principles in my book Tidbits and Twiglets. Students are urged to
only use scraps or fabric from their stash, and tips will be given
on working with what you have. There is no photo of this project
because students will each design their own block and then stitch
four of those blocks from their stash to create a one-of-a-kind
table runner or table topper, or have the beginnings of a larger
Five Yard Dash
56" x 68"
So named because it uses one yard each
of five different fabrics, this project appears more difficult than
it is. It is suitable for the confident beginner who has basic
rotary cutting and machine sewing skills, and depending on fabrics
used, the pattern is appropriate for a man, woman or child.
Grandma's Scrap Bag
This is based on a late 19th
century quilt in my collection. The multi-size pattern contains
directions for sizes ranging from a 36" square wall hanging to a
king-size quilt. Fat quarter friendly, or use your scraps. In
keeping with the utilitarian quilt tradition of its era, this quilt
has no borders, and in lieu of binding, the backing is turned to the
front and stitched down. The gentle curves are easy to machine
I created this quilt for a
retreat in which I was the guest teacher. I used a Moda Layer Cake
with forty different 10" squares, but students may substitute at
least 10 different fabrics from their stash. I teach an easy freezer
paper method for rotary cutting pieces for several blocks at once.
When this quilt is made as shown with a light fabric in the center
strip of each block, it can be used as an album quilt.