Workshops & Lectures

Lectures

Donna requires the use of her contract for services.  Please click here to download and print.

Remember When?

Certain life events are of such import that they’re the cause for celebration and remembrance. We feel the need to mark these passages of time with something concrete, something of special significance, something full of meaning and stories. So what else is a quilter to do but make a quilt?

Take a walk down memory lane while Donna recalls stories and memories told through her Anniversary Sampler Quilt and other quilts, all while encouraging you to put memories into special quilts of your own.

 

Patchwork Palette

Patchwork_PalaceDo you love the thought of using lots and lots of those beautiful prints you’ve been collecting in glorious multi-fabric quilts?  Does the idea of taming and making sense of all those prints seem overwhelming?  After a review of some basic principles about combining prints, Donna will share with you her three fabric recipes that make it a simple as pie to plan beautiful fabric palettes to sew into glorious quilts. These are nothing like your traditional scrap quilts.  Donna will bring lots of quilts to illustrate her concepts.

Fearless Fabric

Are you one of the many quilters absolutely paralyzed with uncertainty when it comes to picking fabrics for quilts?  Do you stick to kits so you don’t have to make choices or plan your own fabrics?  In this jam-packed lecture, Donna will take the mystery out of picking fabrics for your next project.  She will review how to choose fabrics for quilts based on three main concepts: hue, value, and variety of scale of print.  Each concept will be covered in great detail.  She will also present simple strategies, approaches, and recipes for getting you started on your own unique masterpieces.  The lecture includes a trunk show.

 

What in the World is On-Point Patchwork?

On-point-PatchworkOn-point patchwork is something we haven’t done much of since we stopped making templates for all our piecing. It is NOT about on-point quilt sets but rather about pieced units set on point inside the boundaries of blocks and borders. I’ll walk you through the how’s and why’s of the problems we encounter with on-point patchwork and the simple math-free solution that now allows us to make all kinds of interesting blocks that our grandmothers made with templates. This is an information- and quilt-packed lecture—the ideas will open up all kinds of design possibilities for today’s quilter. 


Workshops

Donna offers Half-Day (3 hrs) and All-Day (6 hrs) workshops. Listed below are a variety of workshops.  Donna requires the use of her contract for services.  Please click here to download and print.

All-Day Workshops

Batik Feathers

Batik Feathers copyFeathered Star blocks have always involved templates or some funky math and cutting to make them work. The On-Point ruler solves both these problems. Learn how while making this rich Batik Feathers quilt.

Optional, partially pre-cut, single-block kits available for $12 in an assortment of colors similar to the sample. There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. I will have a large number of assorted kits and colors available in class. You can pay before class or after class via cash, check or credit card. 

All-Day Workshop. Intermediate. Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list. 

Birds in the Air

It’s all about triangles when you make this fun and easy quilt. While the sample shows traditional prints, it’s also equally at home in thirties reproductions, contemporary prints, or batiks. This block works with just about any fabric genre you’d like to use.

Learn about the differences between half-square and quarter-square triangles, why we need both, when we use each, and how to make simple and perfect half-square triangle units every single time. Donna will help remove any apprehension you may have about triangles in this class. Choose between the borderless quilt or one with a super simple built-in border. Or you can just get started on blocks and wait to decide about borders at a later time.

Optional block kits will be available in class for $8. Class pre-cutting and all materials to complete two blocks are in the kit. There will be a large number of kits in an assortment of colors and themes for you to choose from. There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kit. You can pay for them before class, after class, or during lunch via cash, check or credit card.

All day. Confident beginner. Basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

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Blue Lake

Reminiscent of the colors from the glaciers and clear blue lakes, this rich quilt is simple to sew.  The blocks are made in twelve sets of four blocks, with each set made from a different collection of dark, medium, and light blue or turquoise prints or if you prefer, the color family of your choice.  

There are also quite a number of different ways to set the blocks into unique quilt sets, which we will explore later during the class.  Enjoy a fun day and dive into making your own Blue Lake.

Optional block kits are available for sale in class for $20 in colors similar to the sample shown as well as some other color families. Each kit makes a set of four blocks. Class pre-cutting is done for you in the kits. There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for kits. Payment can be made before class, after class, or during lunch via check, cash, or credit card

All-Day Workshop. Confident Beginner. Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.  

Click here for a printable workshop description and supply list.  

Charmed I'm Sure!

IMG_3540_cMiniature quilts draw us in to take a look—they charm us with their petite size. Don’t be intimidated by the size—it only takes a little tweaking of skills to master the world of the tiny. Let Donna show you just how much fun and how addictive these little treasures can be.

Optional complete quilt kits available resembling the class sample for $15. There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. I will have plenty available in class and you can pay before class, after class, or during lunch via cash, check, or credit card.

All-Day Workshop. Intermediate skill level.  Basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

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Coral Reef

CoralReefThis vibrant and stunning quilt is an example of one of many ways to set the blocks together into totally unique and different quilts.  We’ll be exploring those design options in class as well as Donna’s unique recipe approach for using lots of fabrics in your quilts. Come spend a fun day making blocks, mastering your skills, and playing with design.  

Optional block kits are available for sale in class for $25 in colors similar to the sample shown, as well as some other color families.  Each kit makes a set of 8 blocks.  There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for kits.  Payment can be made before class, after class, or during lunch via check, cash, or credit card.

All-Day Workshop.  Confident beginner.  Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.  Material fee of $5, payable in class.    

Click here for a printable workshop description and supply list. 

Interlocken

Come learn something completely new but amazingly simple while making this colorful lap quilt, Interlocken. Donna will show you the ins and outs of the On-Point Ruler and how it can make all kinds of things possible beginning with this 48” x 60” quilt. As always, class will be full of tips, tricks and lots of sewing fun!

You can choose your own fabrics, or buy four-block kits for $30.  The four blocks can be combined with others to make the large quilt, or finished into a four-block table topper.  There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. There will be a large number of assorted kits and colors available in class. You can pay before class, after class, or during lunch via cash, check or credit card. 

All-Day Workshop.  Confident Beginner.  Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

Click here for a printable workshop description and supply list.

Rainbow Radiance

Rainbow-Radiance-image_webLearn how to make this great stash-buster quilt using lots of prints and one cream solid for all the blocks. Since parts of the block are set on point, you’ll learn how to use the On-Point ruler so they fit perfectly with the straight-set parts.

Fun to make in pairs of blocks, make your quilt as big or small as you want by making more or fewer pairs of blocks.

All-Day Workshop.  Intermediate. Machine piecing and rotary cutting experience required. 

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Simple Stars - Basic Hand Piecing

Take a day to catch your breath and learn the pleasures of hand piecing. Recapture those low-tech skills that enable you to take your piecing wherever you go. After starting with the basics of template construction and fabric marking, you’ll master basic piecing and free standing seam allowances. 

There’s a mandatory $5 supply kit that includes template plastic, pins, thread, pencil, sandpaper, and needles. The only sewing supplies you need to bring to class are fabric shears and craft scissors.

There are two options for fabric kits.  The first is a single block kit for $5.  The second is the entire project for $15.  There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. There will be a large number of assorted kits and colors available in class. You can pay before class or after class via cash, check or credit card.  

All-Day Workshop. All skill levels.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.

Small, Smaller, Smallest

Dive into the world of small and mini quilts with this striking pattern called Primary Squares. The quilt pattern is offered in three sizes, each made with a different size block: Small (5 1/4” blocks), Smaller (3 1/2” blocks) and Smallest (1 3/4” blocks). You’re free to choose which size you want to make all while learning lots of tips and tricks to help you master the intriguing world of tiny. Challenge yourself to try something new!

All Day Workshop. Intermediate. Sewing machine and rotary cutting experience required.

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Stars & Stripes Forever

Stars-and-Stripes-Forever-w_web-1Do you have a military service member in your family or community that you’d like to honor? This patriotic banner may be just the right thing. And if that’s not your goal, the quilt is also quite striking in other color combinations. Learn Donna’s technique from her book Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts to make the striped rectangles that compose the block. What looks complex is amazingly simple to make.

All-Day Workshop. Confident beginner. Sewing machine and rotary cutting experience required. 

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Tropical Garden

 

Inspired by the beautiful, colorful flowers of Hawaii, Tropical Garden is a riot of brightly colored flowers scattered along the green woodland paths. Choose five color families and make four flower blocks from color. And if brights aren’t your thing, this pattern works up nicely in every theme from Civil War and thirties reproductions to modern and traditional prints. Be creative!

If you’d prefer, make the four-block table runner instead of the large quilt. It goes together quickly and is pretty in any colors you choose!

In class, we’ll learn all about half-square and quarter-square triangles, why we choose one over the other and how to sew them effortlessly! While strip piecing will be reviewed and demonstrated, it’s assumed you are familiar with the basic strip piecing techniques used to make the chain blocks. In addition to triangles, you’ll learn how to sew the flower blocks using partial seams, and some tricks and tips on putting the whole quilt together.

All day. Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required. Intermediate. Pattern included in class fee.

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Half-Day Workshops

Boxes & Bows

Boxes-and-Bows_webLearn how to use the On-Point ruler to cut and sew this bright and happy quilt. Lot of color and simple construction make for a fun day of sewing. You can choose to make the wall quilt as shown or a quick five-block table runner instead.

Making on-point patchwork units such as those in the blocks or the squares set on point in the border used to require some brain-exploding math. But no more—-the math is built into the On-Point ruler setting us free to design and make on-point patchwork again.

Optional $30 table runner kits will be available for class. The class pre-cutting is done for you in the kits. There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits as there will be plenty available in an assortment of colors and themes. You may pay before class or after class via cash, check, or credit card.

Half-Day Workshop. Confident Beginner. Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

Click here for a printable workshop description and supply list.  

Gems

Pg50_Gems_CLearn how to make striped squares the easy way! This beautiful quilt full of jewel tones sparkles with life. The blocks themselves go together with a simple nine-patch construction but when they are set straight together a vibrant all over design is created.

The blocks are made four at a time from 12 sets of dark and medium prints (or solids like mine) both from the same color family. With each new set of blocks choose a dark and medium print from a different color of the rainbow. The pattern calls for one white-on-white print for all the blocks but you can alternatively choose to use a different white or light print for each set of four blocks you make.

An optional $12 block kit is available that includes all fabrics to make four blocks. There will be a number of different colors to choose from and the class pre-cutting is done for you in the kit. There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. You can pay before class or after class via cash, check or credit card.

Half-Day Workshop. Confident beginner. Rotary-cutting and machine piecing skills required.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.

Shimmering Leaves

Shimmering_Leaves_WebCan’t you just see the leaves rustling and shimmering in the wind? Make this cozy lap quilt, table topper or table runner using Donna’s striped rectangle technique from Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts. Each leaf is it’s own color. The pattern calls for one background print to be used in all the blocks but you can certainly change the background print with each block you make. By using different background prints with each block, it’s easy to increase or decrease the number of leaf blocks you make without having to recalculate yardages for the background print.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you’ll have a growing pile of leaf blocks. Choose colors to match your décor or make a topper for each of the four seasons.

Optional $5 pre-cut leaf block kits will be available in class in an assortment of colors. There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. You can pay before class or after class via cash, check or credit card.

Half-Day Workshop. Confident beginner. Machine piecing and rotary cutting experience required.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.

Simple Stars - Basic Hand Piecing

Take a day to catch your breath and learn the pleasures of hand piecing. Recapture those low-tech skills that enable you to take your piecing wherever you go. After starting with the basics of template construction and fabric marking, you’ll master basic piecing and free standing seam allowances. 

There’s a mandatory $5 supply kit that includes template plastic, pins, thread, pencil, sandpaper, and needles. The only sewing supplies you need to bring to class are fabric shears and craft scissors.

There are two options for fabric kits.  The first is a single block kit for $5.  The second is the entire project for $15.  There is no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kits. There will be a large number of assorted kits and colors available in class. You can pay before class or after class via cash, check or credit card.  

Half-Day Workshop. All skill levels.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.

Split Geese

MWS_5950-white-bkgd-small-copy_WebAlways popular, this beautiful old block and others like it are now easy to make using the On-Point ruler. Make this contemporary variation using lots of fabrics from your stash while learning a new way to cut and sew blocks with on-point patchwork construction.

Optional kits to make a four-block 21” square table topper will be available in class for $30. The kits, offered in a variety of color variations, include all materials to make the topper except for batting and backing. Class pre-cutting is done for you in the kits. There’s no need to pre-order or pre-pay for the kit. You can pay for them before class or after class via cash, check or credit card.

Half-Day Workshop. Confident beginner. Rotary cutting and machine piecing skills required.

Click here for a printable workshop description & supply list.