Lectures and Workshops
Sharing our tips has been a hallmark of the quilting communty. Let me share 15 years of award winning tips and a couple of disasters with you. The inspiration and stories behind my quilts will make you laugh and make you cry. Quilting has proven healthy benefits. Let me convince you to dedicate more time to guilt free quilting.
The Creative Process-Front to Back Pictorial Quilting.
The journey of creativity has to take us out of our comfort zone. Relentless repetition is the only way to perfection and ends in stagnation. I will share my insights to becoming more creative and original in your work. The inspiration and stories behind my quilts will make you laugh and make you cry. Let me inspire confidence in your own creative process!
A Playground of Mixed Techniques in Pictorial Quilting
Leap into a full palette possibilities! This lecture is full of special effects you can add to your own quilts. Quilting has to be fun to sustain our spirits. There are enough techniques for everyone to add new and creative techniques to their own days of Quilting.
Workshops are 6 hours with a maximum of 20 students.
The Wonderful World of Landscape quilting.
One or two day. Students really appreciate the second day. They are able to use their own photos in the two day class and I will have a lot more time to individually help them on their own projects.
One Day Workshops - Start the journey of landscape quilting using your choice of one of 5 of Kathy’s landscape patterns. $10.00 pattern fee. I will have all of my patterns with me, or you can pre-order them from my on line store.
Discover the secrets that will bring your landscapes alive. Learn to create depth and dimension in your composition. Play with fabric paints to create those realistic hi-lights and shadows. Kathy will demonstrate a mix of applique techniques! Begin working on your landscape pattern.
Two Day Workshops - Work from one of the above patterns or use your own enlarged photo. In addition to all the info you will learn in the one day workshop, you will also learn to make a line drawing from your own photos and create 3-D thread embellishments like trees or surf. Be sure you are confident in your own applique technique if want to use your own photo. See photo tips below. E-mail Kathy possible photos that you may want to work with for her help in deciding what will work best and suggestions for materials - photos should be enlarged to a minimum of 28 inches.
Cardinals from Audubon's Christmas Viewers Choice Quilt AQS Paducah 2012
One, two or three day workshop for "confident beginners".
$10.00 pattern fee.
Birds at the feeder are everyones favorite winter scene. Pattern from Kathy award winning quilt “Audubon’s Christmas.”
Day one - Have fun and learn the steps of layered applique. Choose raw edge, or hand applique. Kathy will demonstrate multiple technique tips for both methods. Use tone on tone prints for your birds. You will be thrilled with how they add dimension and a more realistic look.
Day Two - The morning will feature time to learn about fabric paint crayons, shading and enhancing your birds form and realistic look. We will also review hand embroidery stitches for embellishments.
Day Three-The morning will feature time to practice your free motion machine quilting. Learn to add the ghost image branches and leaves. Bring a practice sandwich and we will discuss marking, faux trapunto, thread, machine needles and batting choices. In the afternoon we will continue to work on our Cardinal panel.
Multiple Ways to Applique- One day workshop for beginning applique students.
$5.00 pattern fee for the block pattern. I will have the patterns with me.
There are so many great ways to applique. Using this 12 inch Robin block for practice you will learn 5 different methods of applique. Sizing or Starch, Needle turn, Freezer paper, Raw edge fused and machine applique ALL IN ONE DAY! Choose your technique to match the size, complexity, accuracy and efficiency of each pictorial object. Beginners and intermediate students welcome. I love sharing my passion for applique.
Feathers are Flying - One day workshop for all levels.
$10.00 pattern fee with four pattern choices.
I will have the patterns with me or you can pre-order in my on line store.
Let’s make one of these beautiful birds together. Learn the steps of layered applique. Choose raw edge, or turned edges with hand applique. Kathy will demonstrate tips for both. Use multiple prints to add dimension, depth and a realistic look. Fabric paint crayons can be used to add details, shading and high lights to your birds. I will show you how to use them and have them available to purchase. We will end with a discussion of how to quilt your project after you add these beautiful birds to the background of your choice at home.
Herons are 22 x 29 full scene
Humming birds are 18 x 22 full scene-Best fused
Quails are 16 x 16 or create a larger scene for them to sit in.
Puffins are small. Optional background 22 x 26
Design Dynamics for every Quilt Style - Half or Full day workshop
Design Dynamics for EVERY quilt style.
Deepen your understanding of lay out, design and fabric choices. Make the most of your contemporary or traditional quilts, by paying attention to color, value, shape, line and contrast.
Learn the secrets award winning quilters use to add movement, depth and balance to their compositions. The “ Visual Impact” is the most important part of your quilt. Learn to use the language of design to help you analyze what works for you and others. You do not need to be an artist to take this class. Bring traditional blocks or patterns that you want to work with, fabrics you are considering or a picture that inspires a quilt design. You will have a new sense of confidence as we work together in this totally supportive environment to plan or enhance your new quilt.
“This is the best class I have ever taken”, Sue from Paducah”
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Animal Boutique - One day workshop with three pattern choices. $10.00 pattern fee. Beginners to intermediate applique students.
Fast, fun, fusible, and Oh so Beautiful. Choose from three animal favorites.
I will have the patterns with me or you can pre-order in my on line store.
Learn the steps of layered applique, shading and dimension created with value and contrast. We will finish with a discussion of how to quilt the pictorial quilt. Kathy will demonstrate her fabric paint crayons to add lovely hints of shading.
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Dancing Cranes - One day Hand Applique workshop for confident beginners and intermediate applique students. $15.00 pattern fee for a 35 x 42 inch pattern.
This pattern requires hand applique supplies and a sewing machine.
I will have the pattern with me or you can pre-order in my on line store.
Dance these cranes right onto your quilt top. We will make them as free objects ready to applique to a background scene that your create at home. Feel free to use your favorite technique/template material for turning edges. Kathy will demonstrate her tips. Add dimensional long feathers created by machine to speed the process.. This pattern is the first competitive quilt I have ever turned into a pattern!
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Dimensional Embellishments with Thread - Half or whole day workshop
Create beautifully textured embellishments that will add additional interest and delight to your quilts. Learn to make trees, branches, dragon flies, 3-D Rose. Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities for this easy technique.