Inspiration Time II

July 29, 2010

Thanks to all who shared their inspirations. It just proves that there’s inspiration all around us. Sometimes it hits us right between the eyes and other times we have to look for it … and what better place to look than in a class? I like to encourage quilters to take classes in techniques that are outside their comfortable box so they can learn and grow. You never know what untried technique or pattern will become a new and exciting direction for you. On that note, my tech school classes will be starting up again in the Fall. If anything sounds interesting, I hope you’ll sign up and see where it takes you :-).

I teach on Monday afternoons from 12:30 – 3:30 at Madison Area Technical College, Watertown Campus. The quilting classes are held in the old gift shop at Bethesda.

The first 6 Mondays of this semester my 2 project workshop will include my 2 most popular classes: Mariner’s Compass Simplified and Replique.

We’ll spend 3 weeks drafting a traditional Mariner’s Compass block using a pencil, a ruler and paper folding techniques. Then the compass will be foundation pieced. It’s so simple anyone can do it!

The second 3 weeks you’ll have the opportunity to recreate a picture of your home in fabric using the Replique technique from my first book. We stitch directly on an enlarged photograph, so there are no templates, fusibles or degree in art required :-). Everyone will begin by making the little sample house on top in the picture above and then move on to their home once they know how its done.

The second 6 weeks in Watertown I teach a class I call Quilting: Open Lab. In this class students work on any project of their choosing and I’m a resource person to help with problems and encourage finishing! I also demonstrate a helpful technique each week.

At Waukesh County Technical College I teach three 4 week long Open Labs on Thursday afternoon.  I also teach a number of 1 day workshops on a variety of projects. This semester they will include:

Spinwheels – Friday, September 17, 9:00 – 2:30

Mini Lanscapes – Friday, October 8, 9:00 – 2:30

Doggie Stockings – Friday, November 12, 9:00 – 2:30

Please comment if you have any questions on how to sign up. I hope to see some of you this Fall!

PS Just click on the names of the schools above to be linked to the registration page on their websites.

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