Currently I have two lectures and ten workshops available to present to your guild or group
Lectures (each are approximately one hour in length)
My trunk show features about three dozen of the quilts I have created over the last twenty-plus years. The goal is to encourage other quilters by showing how my skills evolved and how I too was once a beginner. (Given that I bring five or so bins of quilts, this lecture is limited to destinations within driving distance from Los Angeles.)
The idea for this talk came to me because so often when I present quilts that I have made, I am asked something to the effect of, "Did that come out of your head?". Like music composition is to me, I like the end product but would have no idea where to start. And this is the same challenge to many quilter makers. The purpose of this talk is to share my process, step by step, and the sometimes linear, sometimes circuitous path I take to end up with my quilt designs, highlighting the inspirations and obstacles that pop up along the way. My hope is that this talk will demystify the process for others and encourage them to start designing their own quilts. Examples from several of my designs are included.
Workshops featuring quilts of my design (each is intended as a six-hour working session)
This workshop involves making a pieced background, fussy cutting flowers (from floral fabrics), adding cut stems and then fusing down & raw edge appliquéing all the flower heads and stems to the background. The class project finishes at about 24" x 24".
This is a great workshop for all quilters but especially for beginners, featuring simple and straightforward assembly using pieces all cut at the same size. It's a fun quilt featuring the primary and secondary colors set off by black & white fabrics. This quilt finishes at 36" x 36".
This quilt is my spin on the time-honored house motif in quilting. This quilt can be made either by assembling cut pieces or by using paper piecing -- attendees can pick their method. This quilt also finishes at 36" x 36".
This quilt is constructed using the paper piecing technique. It can be made either in this full size (50" x 50") or in a smaller class sample size, using fewer elements, of 24" x 24". I have patterns for both.
This quilt is also constructed using the paper piecing technique. And it too can be made in one of two sizes -- either in this full size (48" x 48") or in a smaller class sample using fewer elements. I have patterns for both.
This quilt is an exercise in using black and white to set off a third color. It uses time-honored quilt motifs -- stars and flying geese -- with contemporary fabrics. It measures 48" square.
This quilt features very colorful stars set against black and white background fabrics. The contrast really makes the stars pop. This quilt is a blend of a traditional quilt motif (the sawtooth star) and contemporary fabrics. It finishes it 48" square.
This quilt earned 1st prize in the show theme category at my guild's "Home is Where the Quilt Is" quilt show. The houses are paper-pieced and once sewn into the quilt measure 2" x 2". And yes, there are 100 houses in the quilt, surrounded by a picket fence made via raw edge appliqué. This quilt finishes at 24" x 24". Or if making 100 houses is too daunting, you could make a smaller piece with 25 homes and the picket fence that finishes at about 15" x 15". Due to the small size -- and large number -- of pieces in these quilts, I would not recommend this workshop for beginning quilters.
I offer three American flag quilt patterns -- each a variation on the original. These quilts can be made either by assembling cut pieces or by using paper-piecing -- attendees can pick their method. They all finish at 26" x 40" but could be larger if a group was interested.
This is my latest quilt. Each umbrellas is sewn and then appliquéd on top of a block of four beach towels (with sand in-between them). The blocks end up in the quilt at 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". This quilt finishes at 31" x 38-1/2". Of course with additional blocks and/or increasing the size of the blocks, it could be as big as you might want.
Please note that I will be adding more workshops to my repertoire over time and am open to discussing ideas your guild may have for a workshop they'd like to do.