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and from Emily, "I want to share that I've heard wonderful reviews of the technique along with praise for your teaching style from lots of the women. "Very informative", "Encouraging", "Addictive," "Practical," and "Approachable" are just a few of the accolades! I personally want to thank you for making the journey north and sharing with all of us."
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I'd love to teach at your show or guild! Contact me by clicking here. Now booking for 2016 and beyond.
NOTE: From August 2015 through June 2016, I will not be able to travel on almost all Thursdays through Sunday mornings. It's the kid's senior year, and I want to get to every single meet!
To register for a class here in Maine, contact the shop or group directly. For travel-teaching classes, click on any links to the guild or contact me.
Current Teaching Schedule
All classes are full-day unless otherwise noted.
- January through June: reserved for Eli's senior year!
- January 25, 2016: Moosehead Quilters, Greenville, Maine: Quilting the Garden: Thread-Coloring the Flower. Contact Sarah for the local guild contact if you'd like to attend.
- Late August: SOB...taking the kid to college!
- Late September: In San Anselmo, California for an Alumni Council Reunion and San Domenico Gala Anniversary: 50 years for the SD Campus, 165 years of Dominican schools in California, and the 800th anniversary of the Dominican order
- October, QUEST guild, Little Rock, Arkansas
- Open for bookings after October 1, 2016 --including cruises!
- Five full days of teaching and samplers at International Quilt Festival, late October-early November!
Birch Pond Season--an intro to art quilting project:
Learn fusible applique, several techniques for "piecing" with fused fabrics, and how to make your own Birch Pond art quilt. I'll also cover facings as an edge finish and a range of fun ideas that will let you branch out on your own after class. Kit fee ($20) covers the cost of the pattern and one package of white MistyFuse (except when taught in stores; then, please purchase these items from the store). Class supply list here. Blogpost of previous class here. See pattern covers here; you do not need to purchase the pattern for this class.
Collage the Garden: From Photo to Flower
Learn Sarah's process of working from a photograph to create your own fused, collaged art quilt. This workshop can be 1 or 2 days. Day 1 uses photos Sarah provides to create the pink water lily or the orange tiger lily (depending on the venue only one flower option may be available). If the venue wishes, this workshop can be expanded to two or three days to allow students to bring in their own photographs and begin work on their own artwork with Sarah to help guide them. The workshop can be booked in conjunction with Quilting the Garden: Thread-Coloring the Flower to create a three-to-five day workshop. Click on the titles for the Supply Lists: one-day class, two-day class.
Decorative Stitch Applique:
Make a small wallhanging or several small blocks which take full advantage of the decorative stitches on your sewing machine. Using fusible applique and an assortment of as many threads as you care to bring, you'll see how versatile a single leaf can be! The embroidery/decorative stitches you use in this class can be adapted to your choice of other applique methods. We will use fusibles in class so that you can make a wide selection during the class. The project samples can be used for a quilt, garment or home dec item. Decorative Stitch Supply List here.
Easy-Peasy Inside-Out Bag (and folio and binder and.....)
Make these quick easy bags from a zipper, two rectangles of fabric and a rectangle of batting. You can add custom pockets, sized to fit your needs, and embellish with buttons, ribbon, extra zipper tape, or beads. The basic pattern can be adapted to a sketchbook cover, an iPad / tablet case, business card or gift card case, even a paintbrush/pencil/pen holder. The orange bag and card holder were featured in the projects for the 2014 Quilting Arts Holiday issue. In a half-day class, students can probably complete one basic bag. In a full-day class, students can probably complete two bags or a bag and notebook/sketchbook cover. Here is the Easy-Peasy Inside-Out Bag Supply List.
Fine Finishes--an album of edge finish techniques:
Learn to make a perfect mitered binding straight grain bindings, double-fold bias bindings, piping, and couched yarns. Time permitting Sarah will share share fabric accents, fused bindings, wacky raw-edge squares and more. By the end of this class you’ll have a “swatchbook” of samples and notes for future reference. Fine Finishes Class Supply List here.
Fun not Fear! An Intro to Machine Quilting:
Machine quilting is fun! Learn what you need to know for hassle-free machine quilting. We'll try some special walking foot quilting, then move on to free motion which is as easy as writing! We begin with a digital overview of essential information, then dive in to the fun with both walking-foot and free-motion quilting a sampler of patterns, including writing your name in thread. . For the Intro to Machine Quilting Class Supply List, click here.
Hawaiian Applique by Machine:
Machine Applique Three (and a half) Ways:
Learn three methods of machine appliqué to create a gingko leaf or oval leaf wallhanging in a fraction of the time it would take to do hand appliqué. You’ll learn fusible appliqué with satin stitch, freezer-paper-underneath appliqué, fusible interfacing underneath, and reverse. You should be able to complete three to five blocks during class. This class is suitable both for quilters and garment makers, who may wish to incorporate the blocks into garments, totebags, placemats and other projects. Machine Applique 3 1/2 Ways Supply List here.
Stumped about how to quilt your quilt top? Have a stencil, but it’s the wrong size? Can’t find anything to go with that stencil? Then this is the class for you – whether you plan to quilt by hand or machine, learn how to choose a design that complements and enhances your quilt top. We will discuss how to choose a design, use a transparent overlay sheet to “test” options, considerations for the design depending on whether you plan to hand or machine quilt, and suitable threads. Can be a one-day, one and a half day or two day workshop. If students want more time to develop designs and practice the skills taught, the extended time helps! Quilting Design Class Supply List here.
Quilting the Garden Workshops
Collage the Garden: From Photo to Flower and Thread-Coloring the Garden are complementary workshops that can be booked individually or together. Guilds, shops and shows can select one-day workshops up to a five-day master class that begins with learning Sarah's fused collage method through quilting the project and finishing. Please check the individual class listings for more information.
Tame Fiddly Fussy Threads for Machine Quilting:
When you are comfortable with free-motion quilting, this class will help you take your skills to a new level! You don't need to think you are good at FMQ, just be willing to give it a go. Learn about different types of threads including cotton, polyester, rayon, metallic, flat metallic film, variegated, and how to use them to enhance your quilt. The morning will feature stencil-painting your solid dark background and I'll share tips and tricks for using fiddly threads. In the afternoon you'll continue to play with and learn to sew with these threads. For the Fussy Fiddly Class Supply List, click here.
Prerequisite: you must feel comfortable with free-motion quilting and be able to change the walking foot and free-motion foot on your machine without assistance.
Kit fee of about $43 covers four spools of specialty threads from Superior Threads, two pre-wound bobbins, plus paint supplies. Students have a choice of two colorways: blues or earthtones, and for the Glitter/metallics silver or gold. Additional thread is available for purchase if the class is not held in a store.
The Nest, a new approach to surface design
Create and use your own screen-printed fabrics to create this project (and a second piece of cloth) of a mixed-media nest. You'll receive a kit with your own take-home thermofax screen of Queen Anne's Lace and Sarah's hand-dyed cheesecloth and perle cotton, and use class paint supplies. In most surface design classes, the goal is the cloth. Here you'll learn to use the cloth as a supporting player for your own art. It's like getting custom-made (by you!) batiks, but with paint. Here is The Nest Supply List. Note that this can be offered as both a half-day and full day class. Bring fabric according to class length.
Thread Coloring the Garden
Learn to thread-color your top at the top or quilting stage. Rather than spend time creating a top (and worrying that you will mess it up), Sarah will provide a kit with a photo printed onto fabric (by Spoonflower) and a kit of thread suitable for the photo selected. The kit, cost of about $44, includes printed fabric, stabilizer, five spools of Superior Thread, and two pre-wound bobbins. You'll learn how to select threads, identify areas of light, medium and dark, and how to blend threads to provide smooth color transitions. By having a kit, you'll be certain to have the correct colors for the flower, and can fill in the greens from your own thread stash. Click here to see the Class Supply List.
Collage the Garden: From Photo to Flower and Thread-Coloring the Garden are complementary workshops that can be booked individually or together. Guilds, shops and shows can select one-day workshops up to a five-day master class that begins with learning Sarah's fused collage method through quilting the project and finishing.
How did she do that?
A digital trunk show supplemented with a few "live" quilts (more when in driving distance of Maine) and a conversation with me about how I made various quilts, including techniques, materials, moving from idea to cloth, and what I would definitely not do again! The quilts show how I work from initial concept to design, construction, quilting and final finishing. The quilts shown illustrate my collage technique using pre-fused fabrics to create realistic imagery, both portraits and landscapes, and then bring the quilt to life with intense free-motion stitching. The quilts in this digital trunk show include landscapes imaginary and realistic, a portrait of my older son, koi, a portrait of an African whom I photographed in 1982, a landscape from a photograph I took at Macchu Pichu in the late 80s, and much more. I love questions about what and how, so please ask during the lecture!
Journal Quilts and Journals
Journal quilts are for everyone, not just art quilters! So what IS a journal quilt? It is a small thing, often the size of a piece of copy paper, that gives you a chance to learn a new technique or try out a new idea without using a lot of time or materials. Sarah will share her journals, what she learned from them and how she developed as an artist using, then she'll share inspiring journal quilts by others. Finally, learn how to make your own journal quilts and use a sketch journal to record quilt ideas and practice new techniques—you don’t need to be an artist, just willing to see!
The Decorated Quilt: Beads, Embellishments and other Treasures
Beads are for more than making jewelry. Like bed quilts, art quilts are made of cloth, batting and thread, but they are displayed as works of art. Art quilters use beads and other treasures to enhance their quilts, to be a major design element, or even to cover the surface of a quilt. Sarah will share both her quilts and those of other leading art quilters whose styles range from minimalist to encrusted in a digital presentation.
With a Dash of Color
There are many ways to learn how to use color: a favorite sweater, a swatch of fabric, a magazine photo, or the color wheel. Sarah explains them all while showing her progress from first quilt to recent work.