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Two types of workshops. 14 options for your guild, your shop or yourself.

Catching the LightWant to expand your knowledge of quilts and surface design? Schedule a class for yourself, a few friends, or your whole guild. Workshops that teach you how to paint or print one-of-a-kind fabrics are great fun for the quilter who wants to go beyond what is available in shops or someone who wants to create original garments or home dec items. Workshops that reinforce beginner quilting skills or produce exciting quilts for family and friends are wonderful for building confidence and expose you to other people’s interpretations you may not have thought of. The workshops are very hands-on, move along at a comfortable pace, and provide individual help if needed.

Susan’s workshop expertise spans over 30 years teaching hundreds of quilters new techniques and offering inspiration in a positive, fun collaborative workshop environment. Susan’s workshops fall into three categories. Fabric painting, surface design and quilt making. All of her workshops are listed here.

Workshop Details: Full day workshops are 6 hours. Half day workshops are 3 hours. Each workshop can teach up to 20 students at a time. Most of the surface design classes require water located close by. Adequate electrical outlets for several irons and sewing machines in classes. Rates: Full day rate is $500. Half day rate is $250. Plus expenses (mileage, airfare, hotel and meals). Kits for surface design classes, which include everything students will need, can be requested for a fee ($25 per student per day, $15 for a half day). This is highly recommended because we move fast and everything is prepared ahead of time.


 Printing and Surface Design Workshops


Printing Adventures

Learn seven different ways to add unique design to your fabrics, garments, and home dec items.  Use paints, discharge paste, and dye with gelatin plates, Monoprinting, credit card marks, brayers, screens, natural items, and stamps.



Stamp Making for Use with Paint

Learn lots of easy ways to make your own one-of-a-kind stamps.  You will be able to create original fabrics to carry out a theme or perfectly fit a color scheme.



Splash and Puddle!

Create watercolor techniques using Dye-na Flow paint.  Pattern your fabric and add beautiful color with very little effort—the paint does the work!



Quilt Making Workshops


Shadowed Square Lap Quilt

Do easy strip-piecing  to make large triangles which are combined with an interesting print or batik fabric to make the Shadowed Square blocks for a dynamic looking lap quilt.   These make wonderful gifts for your reader or TV watcher friends and family members.


Five Day Art Quilting Workshop: From White Fabric to Finished (or Almost) Wall Hanging 

Spend the first day doing “splash and puddle” painting on fabric.  Learn how to manipulate the fabric and use watercolor-type methods to make exciting colorful patterns perfect for cutting up or backgrounds for your art quilts.  The second day you’ll print on fabric using simple tools and images so you can start to develop a theme or color scheme for your quilts.  The next three days will include an introduction to color theory, design exercises, and other activities to make you comfortable with creating your own small wall hanging that is totally original to you.  The class is geared to adventurous beginners who have made a few quilts to experienced intermediates who want to break away from more traditional work.

  • Adventurous beginners to experienced intermediate skill level
  • Five days
  • Supply fee: $75 for all paints and fabrics used the first two days plus some materials for the last three days.  Students will get a supply list.
  • Sewing machine needed.
  • Contact Susan for details.


One-of-a-Kind Wall Quilt

Use orphan quilt, embroidery, cross stitch, or printed squares to make an easy and fun quilt that is totally original.  Making easy-to-piece four inch filler blocks expands on your theme squares so you have a nicely sized wall hanging in no time.


Art Quilting 101

Go from sources of inspiration to fabric studies to methods of working to finished art quilt. You will study color, painting your own fabric, composition, and design elements, and make a small wall piece using a variety of techniques which will be demonstrated and implemented in class.  Finishing and machine quilting will be discussed.   See Susan’s book,  The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting for reference.

  • Adventurous beginner to intermediate quilting/sewing skill level
  • 2 days
  • Complete supplies available for $40 per student (recommended).
  • Contact Susan for details.


Turnabout Quilt

Make a totally reversible twin-sized quilt, easily machine quilting small sections, and then assembling them and covering the seams with machine-stitched fabric strips.  This is a great way to practice machine-guided and free-motion quilting without the bulk of a whole quilt.  Make your quilt with two completely different styles or color schemes and have all the quilting done when you assemble the sections.


Journey Sampler

Make a queen sized quilt featuring one of the gorgeous large print fabrics available now and practice all the machine techniques you’ll need to make any quilt you can dream of in the future–either pieced or applique.  You will gain experience in choosing fabrics and using color and value also.  I’ve never seen one of these quilts that wasn’t fantastic!

  • Experienced beginner to intermediate skill level
  • 3 or 4 day class option
  • Supply list will be provided.
  • Contact Susan for details.


Sampler Adventure

Make a very fun twin-sized sampler quilt with nine different block designs in different sizes, both machine pieced and appliqued, interspersed with large rectangles of plain fabric.  Choose a theme fabric and exciting coordinates for the blocks and use the leftovers for a log cabin border.

  • Experienced beginner to intermediate skill levels
  • 2 or 3 day class option
  • Supply list will be provided.
  • Contact Susan for details.


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