Lectures & Workshops

Lectures:
All lectures are about 1 hour long with a question and answer period.  They are power point presentations followed with lots of quilts of various sizes.

 
Turning Travel Into Treasures - NEW
Traveling whether overseas or to the town next door, can lead to inspirations for lots of quilts.  Learn to look through your camera lens, or smart phone, with a quilter's eye.  Building details, like the wrought iron banisters in Barcelona or a scene from your summer vacation to the beach, can be transformed using fabric to create lasting memories.  I'll share how I turn my inspirations into quilts by printing photos onto fabric, convert photos into a quilted scene, use architectural motifs to create a contemporary quilt or combine them all into a fiber book. 


A Unique Personality
Every choice you make when designing a quilt, makes it unique. A computer can be a powerful tool in help to personalize your designs. This lecture will cover the specifics about how to print on fabric and how to transform your words, photos and drawings into patterns for appliqué. Many ways will be demonstrated to include photos in your quilts and how to make each of your quilts unique and individual adding the right amount of embellishment, from beads to buttons to bits & pieces from your travels.   Leave this lecture with the tools to go home and start working on your own personalized quilt.



Inspiration From Squiggles and Dots
This lecture was inspired while on vacation in Florida. The wallpaper in the hotel room shouted out to me - "I would make a great quilt." I started looking at the world and objects around me and found lots of inspiration from everything from wallpaper to sidewalks to wine labels to wrought iron gates. Using photos and finished quilts, you will see how inspiration can be transformed into a quilted piece.




Sensational Silk 

Silk Dupioni is a luscious beautiful fabric that has such an elegant shimmer to it.  It can add richness to any project.  It has a unique quality based on its slubs and iridescence.  I will share my silk body of work that includes everything from Jewish ritual pieces to traditional quilts to contemporary quilts.  Learn how to tame this potentially difficult fabric and have the courage to cut it and use it on one of your projects.




 



Workshops:


Choose To Fuse                                                       6 hours

  
This workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced quilters. We will start with the basics of machine appliqué beginning with the different fusible products and how to transfer your designs. Then using a myriad of techniques,including top stitching, zig zagging and blanket-stitching, we will progress to reversible appliqué, 3-D appliqué, using netting and fusible binding - all by machine. This is an action packed class filled with lots of tips and techniques and you will end up with a 22" x 30" bird themed appliqué sampler.

Materials Fee: $5.00

To view the supply list, click HERE.
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Free Standing Fabric Book                 1-2 Day Workshop

Turn your travel memories into this free standing book. In this workshop, you'll learn how to transform your inspiration into a page, whether it's using a photo, words, applique or non-traditional technique. Each page measures 5"x 7" and your book can have as many or as few pages as desired. Bring your ideas to start this unique memento.
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Sewing With Silk                                           6 Hour Workshop



 
Have you been intrigued by the sheen and glamour of Dupioni Silk 
but are afraid to work with it?  Dupioni silk is a beautiful and multi-
faceted fabric that adds elegance to any project. It can be prepared 
so that it will behave like cotton.  Cheryl will share her tips for 
working with dupioni while each participant will design and 
construct a wallhanging out of half square triangles. Kit is required.  
It  includes fabric, tips and patterns to create a wallhanging that 
measures  24" x 36".  Kit Cost: $30.00

For a supply list, click HERE.




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Curvalicious                                        6 Hour Workshop

If you are stuck in a cotton-quilting rut and have wanted to try an alternative fabric,  then this class is for you.    This silk piece is a show stopper.  It’s construction looks quite complicated, but only one 
template is used to create this wallhanging.  The complementary colors of the handstitched circles 
complete a stunning design.   Learn the ins and outs of working with dupioni silk and how to treat it 
for fusible machine appliqué.  Silk Kit: $35.00   Optional Curvalicious tool: $30
Optionally, bring your own cotton fabric  to learn how to use Curvalicious.


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Fabric Dyeing                                                  6 Hour Workshop 
This is a great introductory class to cotton fabric dyeing. Starting with  3 colors of dye and 3 1/2 yards of white cotton fabric, you will end up with 30, yes 30, fat eighths of high quality hand dyed fabric in an assortment of colors. This will give you a great palette to work from. In addition to these fabrics, see what happens when you dye black and white fabric. In this workshop you will go home with 5 yds of fabric to rinse at home and learn the basic skills to be able to dye any cotton fabric. Kit Fee: $45 includes fabric and dye
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Beachalicious                                                     6 Hour Workshop

Transport yourself to the beach complete with sailboats and beach umbrellas while you create this wallhanging.  Using both fusible and machine applique, taught the Cheryl way, this scene goes together quickly with a full size pattern.  If you're unfamiliar with machine applique, you'll be an expert when you're done.  The Curvalicious tool will be helpful, but not required to create the waves and scalloped border.  Let's feel the sand between our toes.  Pattern Required: $15.00
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Mini Mosaics                                              3 or 6  Hour Workshop
This is a fun no sew workshop that imitates the ancient art of mosaics, inspired by Cheryl's trip to Israel. Learn how to create a mosaic picture from small pre-cut pieces of lots of colored fabric, using a technique that Cheryl has developed to simplify the process.  Pick one of the available patterns, in class, that will finish to measure 9"x 12", and then can be bordered to your preference. Bring tweezers and a sharp small scissors to use with a provided kit ($14).