Available Virtual Workshops
Note: I am in Hawaiian Time Zone. Depending on the time of year, that means I am either:
- 2 or 3 hours behind Pacific Time Zone
- 3 or 4 hours behind Mountain Time Zone
- 4 or 5 hours behind Central Time Zone
- 5 or 6 hours behind Eastern Time Zone
Depending on the time zone of participants, I will often suggest that a 6 hour workshop be broken into 2 3-hour session over 2 days. The guilds that have agreed to this have absolutely loved their results. Even without spending extra time outside of the workshop, attendees have made more progress, fewer mistakes, and been enthusiastic about the experience.
Exploring Design Constraints: Mini Mini Quilts
Half Day Workshop (3 hours)
If you are anything like me, my batting scraps and scrap bin are often begging to be used, and Mini Mini Quilts offer a lot of fun opportunities for creative play! One of the tools I use to unlock creativity blocks or lack of sewjo are small projects, and in this workshop, we will explore the fun realm of Mini Mini Quilts (finished quilts with an edge length of approximately 4″ or smaller). The workshop will cover a bit of quilt design in the form of discussion about design constraints (for example, a limited or expansive color palette). We will explore the balance between full design development and improvisation. I will specifically teach my approach to binding these small finishes and offer fun quilting considerations. I can’t wait to see the quilts you are going to create!
Transparency Quilt Pattern Workshop
Learn how to evaluate fabric choices for transparency overlay and about how the visual relationship between different colors, print sizes, and tones can be balanced in your quilts by working through the Push-Pull, Wayward Transparency, or Tri
Note I will only book a 3-hour workshop with guilds who also book the Transparency Fabric Selection Tips & Tricks Lecture to be held prior to the workshop.
Thread Painting Workshop
The goal of the Thread Painting workshop is to unlock your creativity! The workshop will focus on developing thread painting design and quilting skills from sample quilting to a small mini quilt. I will walk you through how to start from an inspiration image or idea, how to break down your quilting approach, and important other considerations to enable you to turn your next project into a work of art. Topics include image selection and preparation, template making, background layout, thread selection (color, value, and thread weight), quilting motif selection and stitch length, and minimizing distortion.
Note that this workshop requires a quilter who is comfortable and confident free motion quilting on their domestic machine.
Available Lectures / Virtual Lectures
Transparency Fabric Selection Tips & Tricks
45 minute lecture and Q&A
Transparency quilts are a favorite design technique, and I talk about what inspires me to design using the technique and how to approach fabric selection when you are working with or wanting to make a transparency quilt. The talk includes tips and tricks on how to use common technology to your benefit when shopping online or in person. This is a great discussion to have the day before a Triangle Transparency or Wayward Transparency class and if it is scheduled before a class, I would be thrilled to have people bring fabric selections they are considering for their class project to discuss afterwards as time allows.
45 minute lecture and Q&A
Through her trunk show, Yvonne will share her first quilts that she made over 25 years ago and how she evolved and eventually found her creative “voice” and style. Through lots of detailed photos and discussion, Yvonne will aim to highlight techniques that will inspire you to try something new or find the joy in a finished, if not perfect, quilt.
Quilt Pattern Design in Inkscape
45 minute lecture and Q&A
Inkscape is a free, open source, professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. I walk through the basics needed for using Inkscape for quilt pattern design; from installation, set up, tools, and using fabric swatches for patterning.
Beyond the Drunkard’s Path
45-60 minute lecture and Q&A
This is an action packed lecture aimed to inspire! I discuss many different methods and techniques for adding curves to your quilt projects: from improvisation to applique to using rulers to make more than the Drunkard’s path block, this lecture aims to inspire you to get creative and get curvy.
Aurifilosophy – All About Thread!
90-120 minute lecture and trunk show
Are you ready to achieve brilliant results with all the amazing weights of luscious Aurifil thread? I’ll share a structured presentation and large trunk of Aurifil projects (many quilted on my home / domestic machine) that were pieced and quilted exclusively with Aurifil thread.
We will cover thread basics, including information on weight and ply, spool positioning, bobbin thread weight considerations, needles, and tension settings. Packed with helpful tips and tricks, I’ll share projects and photos aimed to inspire and expand your use of Aurifil threads on all your quilting projects. Each program attendee will receive a small spool of thread and an Aurifil Product Brochure*.
You’ll leave inspired with your new knowledge!
*Note that program SWAG will be sent to the hosting organization after each virtual event after an accurate headcount of attendance can be made. It will be the responsibility of each hosting organization to safely distribute items once received.