Lectures/Presentations

All programs are one hour in duration, and have been updated with the addition of new slides and accompanying script.

1 x 1: A Trunk Show of Quilts Using 1 inch x 1 inch Squares

With the publication of my first Scrap Bonanza book, I became fascinated with what one could do with the tiny scraps that were cut away and thrown out in the construction process of quiltmaking. Making inventive used of these cutaways has become a trademark of my scrap quilts. By doing an extra line of stitching on these units before the excess is cut off, the cutaways become pre-sewn units that can be used to make what I call Bonus Quilts.

Truly nothing goes to waste as these diminuative 1 inch x 1 inch pieced squares transform into dozens of patchwork possibilities. Enjoy viewing dozens of quilts that will show just how you can transform tiny bits of cloth that would have otherwise been discarded. It will change the way you think about how you construct quilts.

Format: Trunk show of quilts from my personal collection.

Borders on Parade

You will want to bring a camera to this one! Borders are not just to make your quilt bigger! Over 3 dozen quilts will be shown, all with different border treatments for your consideration. How you frame your quilt can be so much more than just four strips of fabric added to the edges. This program explores the wide range of possibilities for border treatments by examining dozens of variations on border treatments. How wide to make borders and lattices as well as making edges that don't ripple are just a few of the topics to be covered.

Format: Slide presentation accompanied by a trunk show, examining dozens of variations on border treatments.

Quilting with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Children and adults alike continue to be fascinated by Laura's engaging tales. Her Little House books, made even more popular by the Little House on the Prairie television series, tell of her life as she grew up on the Prairie. In an age when people had to make do to survive, quilting played a natural role. Not only are specific patterns mentioned throughout Laura's books, but many existing quilt patterns reflect the adventures of life on the prairie.

This presentation is a combination slide and trunk show which explores quilts as Laura would have known them, tracing the history of quiltmaking during Laura's life.

Format: Lecture, trunk show

Quiltmaking in Civil War America

When the War came, it was the women who kept home and family together. They journaled their lives through their daily work, their quilts being one of the most enduring legacies. The fabrics they used, as well as the patterns they made, tell the stories of their lives in ways that history books never could. Explore quilts prior to the War, and see how the War itself changed the look of quilting.

Format: Use of single slide projector, as well as trunk show of quilts.

Thinking Outside The Box

Nothing sparks your creativity like thinking outside the box. This presentation is chock full of tips on improving your construction techniques, unconventional tools, how to make the best use of your time, and more. I also share ideas on how to organize an efficient workspace with tons of storage. Whether you have the luxury of having a separate room for your sewing area, or it is a corner of your dining room, this program will be sure to give you ideas you can use.

And because no program would be complete without quilts, this presentation includes a trunk show of over two dozen quilts.

Format: Lecture, trunk show

What Judges Look For

Printed handouts provide a listing of elements judges look for when evaluating quilts. Hands-on samples show problem areas to watch out for. Differences between judged and juried shows are discussed. Whether you ever plan to submit a piece for evaluation or not, topics covered in this lecture provide a valuable growth chart for measuring your own quiltmaking skills.

Included is information on how to block your quilt. It is the one finishing step that is often overlooked, and is the step that separates the show stoppers from the crowd.

Format: Lecture, with hands-on samples. Questions encouraged. Trunk show of quilts will follow the presentation.

What Scrap Quilts Have Taught Me

Scrap quilts can be so much more than just stitching together any old piece of fabric. They are the tapestry that draws us in with their ever-changing array of pattern and color. Sure, they use up lots of fabrics, but what I did not realize was all the things I would learn from Scrap Quilts.

Come with me as I explore scrap quilts, both antique and modern, and share what scrap quilts have taught me.

Format: Use of single slide projector, as well as trunk show of quilts.

 


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105 Wildwood Court
Boscobel, WI 53805