Lectures

All of my lectures are accompanied by a trunk show; some also include a slide presentation.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, I am currently only accepting bookings for virtual engagements featuring the lectures noted as such here.

The 1950s through 1970s produced some fabulous design that still remains current today, but did mid-century modern styles influence quilting? While pointing to a few quilt artists who did work in a MCM style during the period, this lecture will address why there weren’t more of them, and how I look to other areas of mid-century design to bring the flavor of this exciting period to my quilts.

  • Time 1 hour
  • Availability Available for virtual presentation

Designer lines of fabric make it easy to match fabric, but sticking within a collection makes for “matchy-matchy” quilts. Breathe new life into your quilts by looking at fabrics in new ways: not just as a fill-in-the-blanks paint palette, but as inspiring collage elements. I’ll show you how to put the fabric collector inside us all to good use to build your own custom “collections” of fabric.

  • Time 1 hour
  • Availability Available for virtual presentation

Quilts are only one way to bring your patchwork skills to home décor! Learn how to apply patchwork concepts to sewing with decorator-weight fabrics, the practical reasons for doing so, and some fun design ideas drawn on my extensive contributions of home-dec projects to Stitch magazine. Special attention will be given to striped fabrics, tufting, and other easy ways to add detail to home-dec projects.

  • Time 1 hour

Appliqué has unjustly earned a reputation as “the ‘A’ word,” a fussy, time-consuming technique that many quilters avoid like a plague. But there’s lots to love about appliqué, and it really isn’t scary! The lecture takes the intimidation out of appliqué and shows the wonderful possibilities it adds to quiltmaking.

  • Time 1 hour

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