Piecing Workshops

Basket Manipulations Full Day: 5½ - 6 hours

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Baskets are one of the most popular designs in patchwork, and this class gives you a wonderful collection of basket patterns. Explore seven different patterns that can be used to create individual quilts, or combined into a sampler quilt, as you choose.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Beginning Hand Piecing Half Day 3 hours

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There is something very relaxing about the feel of fabric in your hands as it transforms into a pieced block. Geared with the beginner in mind, discover the joy of hand piecing in this basic beginning class. Learn how to make hand piecing templates, how to mark and cut fabric, and how to work your way through block construction.

Proficiency: This class is for those who want to try their hand at hand piecing. No prior experience needed.

Civil War Reproduction Quilt Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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This quilt is a half scale reproduction of a Civil War era quilt, combining a nine patch with a hand appliqued swag border. Done in half scale, the nine patch is a charming 2¼ inch block. This is lovely in reproduction fabrics, or contemporary, as you choose.

Note: also available as a 3 hour demonstration class

Proficiency: All levels

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Crossroads Scrap Quilt Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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One of the things I love about doing scrap quilts is that I learn something new about fabric combinations with each quilt I do. The construction technique for this quilt contain a bit of magic! Using four patch blocks in the construction of this nine patch variation will really allow you to fine tune your piecing and fabric selection skills.

Proficiency: All levels

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Four Patch Scrap Quilts Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Start with fabric selection, learning great tips on how to make scraps work well together. Then, see what fun you can have with the fourpatch. This isn't your run of the mill fourpatch either. The way it is constructed is like magic and the possible design arrangements are a real treat! See three different possible arrangements, plus, make a bonus quilt out of the cutaways!

Proficiency: All levels.

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Friends All Around Scrap Quilt Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Scrap Quilts have never been such fun. Learn a brand new method for creating what looks like half square triangles with a technique that allows for better accuracy, and, provides you with my trademark cutaways that will be used to make a bonus quilt. In addition, the pattern has a center square that is perfect for optional signatures, making it a lovely choice for a friendship quilt. A new way to do the Garden Maze setting will also be taught. This is the perfect quilt for using a wide variety of scraps.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Fun With Scallops Half Day 3 hours

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This workshop will teach you how to cleverly use up orphan blocks you may have from previous projects. Turn those unfinished projects into something special! Bring quilt blocks made in the technique of your choice: patchwork, applique, embroidered, preprinted panels, or simply squares of fabric that you want to feature. The framing techniques in this quilt turns four nine inch blocks into a 38 x 38 wall hanging. This is a great way to use blocks you may have leftover from an unfinished project. By themselves, they may not be large enough to make anything of any size, but with Fun with Scallops, they are custom framed to create a completed quilt.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Hand Piecing: Civil War Style Half Day 3 hours

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An 1864 Lady's Magazine told of having received a 'pleasant letter from a young lady of Rhode Island, who is forming a curious and valuable collection of autographs in an original and very womanly way: the design is to insert the names in a bedquilt.' The idea so intrigued readers that a few months later, by popular demand, the magazine offered the pattern and directions for constructing an English Paper Pieced Tumbling Block quilt. Made entirely by hand, small pieces of fabric are fit puzzle-fashion into an intriguing mosaic design.

This makes an ideal 'take-along'project to work on at meetings, Civil War Reenactments, or just in the evening when you would like some handwork to keep you productive. This program works well as a follow-up to the 'Quiltmaking in Civil War America' slide-lecture presentation.

Proficiency: All levels

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Homestead Star Quilt Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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This full day workshop starts with the how-to of Fabric Selection, continuing on with precision machine piecing techniques that result in cutaways that can cleverly be used to make a second quilt out of the leftovers. That's two quilts in one workshop! What a treat!

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Home Sweet Home One and One Half Days: 9 hours

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This whimsical workshop combines precision piecing with fusible applique. Fine tune your piecing skills as you create the checkerboard center portion of the quilt. Learn fusible applique techniques to turn the checkerboard into a wall hanging that is packed with charm. And to top it off, the quilt is embellished with flower-shaped buttons and rick rack. What could be cuter?

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Hopscotch Half Day 3 hours

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This half day workshop uses a clever construction technique to create a very graphic two color quilt. After so many years of working on multi-color scrap quilts, working on a quilt that uses only two fabrics was a surprising challenge, and I learned lots about fabric selection that I will share with you. The technique is such fun, ideal for a 3 hour class, and you will love the results. While it looks like there are tons of tiny pieces to cut, there really are very few. We will make a wall hanging in class, but I am betting this is a pattern you will do again and again, in multiple sizes.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Laura’s Wedding Quilt Full Day 6 hours

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Inspired by reading the Little House series as a child, I searched for years to find the Doves in the Window pattern that Laura Ingalls Wilder told of making for her wedding quilt. Her quilt did not survive the fire that destroyed their home early on in their marriage, and there were several patterns called Doves in the Window. The only clues I had as to which block Laura made were bits of decriptions she mentioned in her stories.

A visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder site in Burr Oak, IA sent me down a path that has lead to what I believe may have been Laura's wedding quilt pattern. This is a full day Skills workshop rather than a Project workshop. You will learn how to draft the pattern, create templates, and use a combination of machine and hand piecing to create this intriguing Doves in the Window block.

The emphasis of this class is to teach drafting and precision piecing skills rather than teaching a project. Students will, however, receive the pattern and directions for making the quilt shown.

Proficiency: All levels

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Lincoln Logs Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Just because this is a scrap quilt, it doesn't mean there isn't a plan! Class starts with how to choose and combine fabrics, giving valuable fabric selection skills that can apply to your future quiltmaking. If choosing fabrics confounds you, this class will help solve your quandaries and show you how to decide just what fabric goes where to create a quilt that really sparkles.

Fine tune your piecing skills as we create variations on a traditional log cabin block that take this popular design a step beyond the ordinary.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Mystery Workshops Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

Begin a quilt built on Linda's two-for-one idea for scrap quilts, using cut-aways to create a totally different second quilt. What makes this class so much fun is that the class is divided into two groups, with each working on a different set of quilts. Participants don't know which quilt they are making until the very end. Choose from seven different offerings:

*The quilts done in Mystery 1 & 2 (A,B,C, D) are found in Linda's newest book Scrap Bonanza 2. All other Mystery Quilts are unpublished and can only be found in Linda's classes. A 'frequently asked questions' sheet on Mystery Quilts can be found here.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Patchwork X-press Half Day 3 hours

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I love patterns that allow me to use lots of different fabrics, and this one is no exception. It is one of the speediest blocks to put together I have ever done, making it ideal for a 3 hour class. You will precut some of your fabrics prior to class in preparation of exchanging fabric with other students to help supplement your fabric selection. While deceptively simple, there are tricks you will want to know that help make this block so much fun to piece. In addition to clever construction tips, you will also learn the handy formula for how to set blocks on point, a skill you will use over and over again in future quiltmaking.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Pickup Sticks Full Day: 6 hours

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This quilt is such fun to do! It gives the look of a paper pieced quilt without the fussy process of paper piecing. Clever techniques transform fabric strips and squares into this captivating design. It is one of those patterns that looks time-consuming, but with my techniques, you will see that it really is a snap to put together.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Postcards: A Remembrance Quilt Full Day: 6 hours

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Designed for the 2014 Wisconsin Shop Hop, this quilt gives you perfect areas to frame and highlight those special fabrics or mementos you want to treasure, whether they be pictures, embroideries, or signatures.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Prairie Lilies Scrap Quilt Full Day: 6 hours

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Applique combines with piecing in this one day workshop. Joyous colors combine to create Prairie Lilies, constructed in my two-for-one technique. Piecing in this method creates cutaways that are ready to go into a bonus quilt, so you are actually making two quilts at the same time. Make use of every bit of fabric. It is such fun! Students start with how to choose and combine fabrics for a quilt, giving valuable fabric selection skills that can apply to your future quiltmaking. This is followed with my two-for-one piecing method, then adorn with applique, utilizing a very nifty stem technique. In addition to the Prairie Lilies quilt, students will also be making a bonus quilt out of the cutaways.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Prairie Sampler Two Day; 12 hours

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Let Laura Ingalls Wilder be your inspiration in this extended class where we will adapt the patterns found in my book Quilting with Laura: Patterns Inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilders' Little House on the Prairie Series to machine piecing techniques, and arrange them in a sampler. While the book focuses on hand piecing as Laura did, this workshop translates the patterns into machine techniques for today's quilters. It is more than a matter of just adding seam allowances to the templates. I used this as an opportunity to round up a wide range of machine piecing techniques that are much speedier than cutting individual pieces. This class covers how to choose and put fabrics together for a sampler quilt, machine piecing techniques for nine different patterns, and how to join together blocks that are different sizes when making a sampler quilt. This is two full days of instruction.

Proficiency: All levels

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Quilting 1-2-3: Scrap Quilts Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Such a fun class! Quilting 1-2-3 starts with fabric selection for scrap quilts and builds from there. Learn how to achieve accurate and efficient piecing techniques that transform one quilt into a second pattern that looks totally different. And what would a Linda Halpin workshop be without a bonus quilt made with the cutaways! That is a total of three quilts in this fun filled workshop.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Rolling Star Half Day 3 hours

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This is one of my favorite Star blocks, and such fun to do. You have the choice of creating the star block in two different sizes. The technique includes slick tricks that allow you to create an intricate looking block without ever having to actually work with tiny pieces. While this star looks like it is made up of 21 teeny tiny pieces, there is not a single triangle cut in this method of construction. Instead, you will be cutting 3 sizes of squares, and with a few simple steps, they will be transformed into this Rolling Star block! So much magic, so much fun!

Proficiency: All levels

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Seminole With A Twist Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Seminole Patchwork takes on a whole new look when it works its way into traditional patchwork for stunning results. Patterns such as Whig's Defeat, formerly only made by expert quilters because of the multitude of tiny pieces needed to execute the patterns, are now within your reach. Seminole bands curve and bend to mimic what previously took hours to create.

Proficiency: All levels

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Spot On Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Curves, ever so enticing, can be tricky to piece. Welcome to Spot On, where curves are created in a whole new way! There is not one single curved pieced seam in this quilt. Try my revolutionary way to create curves that can be done in half the time of traditional piecing and is much more accurate! Give it a try. I think you will love my new method for doing curves as much as I do!

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Stacked Bricks Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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How would you answer these questions:
New to strip piecing?
Want to know the right way to use your rotary cutting tools?
Need a quick quilt that has style?
Need a great pattern for a group project?
Want to use your scraps without it looking like leftovers?
If you said yes to any of these questions, this class is perfect for you. Stacked Bricks was such a popular class that it led to the publication of my first Scrap Bonanza book, appearing on the cover. While the book is now out of print, the class is back by popular demand, complete with the bonus quilt made from the leftover pieces of the first quilt. This is a pattern you will make over and over again.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

Tinker Toys Full Day 5½ - 6 hours

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Creating a scrap quilt is tons of fun. Tinker Toys is just one of the many possibilities of what can come out of strips of fabric. Class starts with how to choose and combine fabrics, giving valuable fabric selection skills that can apply to your future quiltmaking projects. If choosing fabrics has always been difficult for you, this class will show you how to decide just what fabric goes where to create a quilt that really glows.

Proficiency: All levels

Class Handout Fee

 


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