Class Descriptions

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See all the classes listed alphabetically by the teacher’s last name below, or print the complete Symposium Class Booklet.

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Vickie Clontz

Vickie’s love of fibers, wool and folk art is apparent in each of the 80+ patterns she has designed for her company Annie’s Keepsakes, which celebrated their 24-year anniversary in 2014!

Vickie’s unique projects have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she brings her easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her lectures, classes and workshops.

Vickie began sewing and creating at the age of 5 when her mother began teaching her how to make doll clothes. She started her company, “Annie’s Keepsakes” (named after her mother and daughter), in 1990 to continue her love of designing and staying home with her children. Annie’s Keepsakes has been growing steadily and is now distributed throughout the United States and abroad.

She regularly appears at both local and national trade shows. Vickie is vending at Symposium 2017 and is offering a 3-hour class on her wool felting process.

Class: Wool Bead Earrings
(3 hours — Sunday morning)

Wool Felt Earrings by Vickie ClontzLearn to wet-felt beautiful beads of wool fibers and create a couple of pairs of wool bead earrings to coordinate with your favorite ensemble. Instructor will bring wool fibers and sparkly Angelina fibers to add a bit of bling to your wooly “jewels”, as well as the jewelry components and novelty beads to enhance your creations. Kit required for this half-day class; a wide variety of colors will be available.

Supply list:

  • hand towel
  • apron (optional)
  • Kit fee: $10

Aby Dolinger

Aby is a native of Culpeper, Virginia, and learned various needle crafts from her mother, grandmothers, and Sewing 4-H club. As a young girl, she remembers sitting on my grandmother’s shady back steps hand piecing Four Patches in the summertime. (The basketful of Four Patches with huge running stitches is her longest running UFO!) In 1976 when the U.S.A. celebrated its bicentennial, there was a resurgence of interest in colonial crafts. That’s when the quilting bug bit Aby!
Aby Dolinger creates classic quilts from Layer Cakes, precut 10” squares available from Moda Fabrics. She also designs patterns and Moda distributes her patterns. She has found working with Moda fabrics to be a great opportunity that continues to spark her creativity.
Aby is married to an Army chaplain so has moved every three years throughout his military career. She has become an expert at packing and at keeping her stash of fabrics and supplies under control. She uses the Internet to keep in touch with friends worldwide and is a member of The American Samplers that has an annual meeting at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival each year.

Lecture: Fast Cutting Techniques (Friday morning)

Class: Get the Point
(6 hours — Friday afternoon and Saturday morning)

Get the Point Quilt design by Carrie NelsonThe 6-hour Get the Point workshop is based on “Get the Point?” block #291 designed by Carrie Nelson. It was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from today’s top designers, volume 3, Summer 2011.

This 59” x 70” quilt is made with 40 2 ½” x 40” strips.

Select a Jelly Roll (JR) or Bali Pop containing mostly dark fabrics. Or cut 40 coordinating strips 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric, from selvage to selvage) from your stash. You also need 2 ½ to 3 yds. Light background fabric. If your Jelly Roll or Bali Pop fabrics are medium and light, you could select 2 ½ to 3 yds. Dark background fabric.

You will also need an EZ Angle Ruler for constructing Half Square Triangles. Workshop instructions include diagrams for arranging the 6” blocks several ways.

This class requires a sewing machine in good working order, and normal quilting supplies. Make sure you bring the instruction book for your machine as well as all power and connection cables.

Class: Spring Migration(cancelled)
(6 hours — Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

Spring Migration by Aby DollingerSpring Migration is a Goose in the Pond quilt-a-long project from Spring, 2015. Aby was inspired to develop this project by several contingents of Canadian geese found around the ponds in her area. The project includes a 30” patchwork block and several surrounding borders. Final size is 46” x 46”.

Fabrics: Suggestion–Select one multicolored print. Then choose two colors and a light background fabric that coordinate with the print.

  • Print – ¾ yd.
  • Red – 1 yd. for HSTs, outer border corner squares, and binding
  • Blue – ½ yd.
  • White – 1 3/8 yd.

Project requires a sewing machine in good working order and normal sewing/quilting supplies.

Susan Edmonson

Susan Edmonson is an award-winning quilt maker who started this journey in 1981 and today continues to wow her audiences with her unique artistry. She has designed quilt patterns and kits for two national stores as well as her own pattern line.
Her specialties have been folk art, crazy quilted purses and wall quilts, and “flower doodles.” Fabric collage books and mini art quilts are among her newest creations using mixed media techniques. All of her work is lavished with beading and embroidery. She loves working with vintage style fabrics and colors. The patterns she designs have evolved from original pieces inspired from vintage quilt designs and nature that showcase her own unique style.
She is a native of Charlotte, NC and now lives in Concord, NC.

Lecture: All about binding. Friday afternoon

Class: Endless Hand Embroidery for your Quilter’s Toolbox
(3 hours – Friday morning)

This is the class to learn how to add embellishment/Hand Embroidery to any and all your quilts no matter how large or small they may be! Susan is passionate about hand embroidery! She will walk you through many stitches from very simple to textural 3-D stitches! This class is to teach you ways to increase your knowledge of embroidery and to simplify the mystery of the stitches. Anyone can do these stitches, with just a little extra instruction. If you’ve wanted to do a Crazy Quilt, we will discuss ways to enhance all those beautiful fabrics! We will also be using Glass Seed beads to enhance the stitches. Susan will have lots of patterns and examples of her creations made with hand embroidery stitching. These squares could be constructed into a little fabric book of stitches if you like for your reference.

Materials and Supplies:

  • No sewing machine is needed for this class.
  • Linen Fabric (or Linen Cotton Blend fabric in any color) 6-8 6” squares
  • Quilter’s Dream Fusion Batting (Request weight)
  • Hand Embroidery Threads: Pearl Cotton #12, 8, 5, and 3
  • Chenille Needles Size 22 and Size 18 or 20
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Glass Seed Beads (size 8/0 or 6/0)
  • Quilting needle or straw needle or applique needle
  • Embroidery Stitch Book (Sue Spargo’s stitch book, they will be available for purchase during class.)

Note: If you would like a kit, they will be available to purchase in class for $20. Scissors will not be included.

***There will also be Hand dyed fabrics, batting, needles, stitch book, scissors, and all the threads available to purchase during class.

Class: Not in my Martini
(6 hours – Saturday all day)

No, we are not having martinis! We are going to make a fun circle appliqué quilt using Layer Cake squares & Charm squares. This is a great faux hand appliqué technique using your machine. There will be lots of talk about color & placement of fabrics to give you the look you want for this fun olive shape design! Simple piecing & fun appliqué to make for your special someone or yourself. You can also use a panel fabric if you like, but it is just as pretty with any fun fabric! This technique can be used for future projects to make your applique look as if you did it all by hand. Susan also has another pattern called, “Mountain Moon” that is the same technique, so if you prefer that design, it’s fine!

Materials and Supplies:

  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Not In My Martini” Pattern (available in Class $10.00) Metal templates are available upon request for $15.00 a set (if the price does not change). Please contact Susan to be sure you get a set, they are very helpful for this technique. Susan also has another similar pattern for this technique called “Mountain Moon”.
  • 1 or 2 Moda layer cakes & 1 charm pack (this depends on how large you want your quilt) or 45 10” squares, if you are using fabric from your stash, notice the diagonal line of background fabrics. The other design is all polka-dots, anything will work.
    Optional: I used “Tranquility” fabric line from Moda & I used the bird panel for the bird blocks, you could use other panels as long as they are compatible with a 10” cut square, borders could be added if they are a little too small. Batiks are great too!
  • 1 yd. inner border fabric (small print)
  • 2 yards outer border fabric (large prints work well for this)
  • 2 yards of Pattern Ease or Easy Pattern (this is a replacement for Do-Sew which is not made anymore, it’s a light weight fiber type material that can be used for tracing patterns, but it not paper.)
  • Blue wash away pen or Pigma Pen .05 permanent
  • 60 wt. Mettler or YLI, or 50 wt. Aurifil cotton threads to match your fabrics
  • 70/10 Universal needles
  • Sewing machine & ¼” foot (Bernina #37, #57 does not work as well for this technique.) If you have another brand of machine please bring an applique presser foot. You will need a machine that has a blind hem stitch if at all possible.
  • Pinking sheers
  • Basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, rotary cutter, ruler and mat, etc.)

Gail Garber

For Gail, quilting began as a whim, when friends convinced her to take a hand-quilting class. Quiltmaking quickly became a passion. Gail’s early quilts are traditional with conservative fabric choices. By 1984, she began exploring original design. Bold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore – that’s how you know you’re looking at one of Gail’s quilts! Her style has become immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers.

She is also Executive Director of Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization.

Lecture: Quiltmakers and Their Influences on our Lives
(Sunday morning)

Class: Scrumptious Star Stitchery
(6 hours – Friday all day)

This class is especially tailored for the novice paper foundation-piecer. Working with one of Gail’s designs, learn the ins and outs of this fascinating technique that enables the student to stitch very complex designs with ease and best of all, accuracy. The pattern fee includes both the 30.5″ octagon and the 39″ square.

$15 pattern fee

A fabric kit is available for this class for $45.
To pre-order your kit, please contact Gail at at least 30 days prior to the class.

Supply List

  • 1 yard light background fabric
  • 1/2 yard outer border and middle star fabric
  • 1/8 yard inner border fabric
  • 1/3 yard total flying geese fabric (may use several fabrics)
  • 1/4 yard dark fabric for star points 
  • 1/8 yard medium fabric for star center
  • 1/4 yard of your favorite fabric, a fabric with a theme or color scheme you’d like to feature
  • *Mechanical pencil
  • *Good eraser
  • *6″ or 12″ Add-a-Quarter ruler
  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric and paper scissors
  • Rotary cutting equipment
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine

*Specialty tools will be available for purchase in class.

Class: Designing Circular Borders
(6 hours – Saturday all day)

It’s not magic! It’s easy, using simple drafting techniques, with Gail’s surefire, no “scary math words” teaching style. Learn to draft circular flying geese, spirals, big’n’ little, and more. Students will learn drafting techniques for a variety of circular borders, stitch samples, and learn freezer paper foundation techniques.

$7.00 workbook fee

Supply List

  • Sewing machine (afternoon only)
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • ½ yard total assorted fabric scraps
  • ½ yard background fabric
  • 2 sheets of large paper for drafting (17” x 22”)
    (may be freezer paper)
  • Freezer paper
  • Fabric and paper scissors
  • Rotary cutting equipment
  • *Mechanical pencils
  • *Good eraser
  • *4″ square ruler
  • *1″ by 6″ or 1″ by 12″ transparent ruler
  • *6″ or 12″ Add-a-Quarter ruler
  • 24″ transparent ruler
  • *Drafting compass with extender bar

*Specialty tools will be available for purchase in class.

Jane Godshall

Sewing, quilting, knitting & fiber arts in general have been in Jane’s life since she was very young. She loves to do all of them, but also loves to teach and encourage others to give them a try or to help them in their craft.

Jane chose her name as a building block for company name, Plain Jane Threads. Threads can be ready made garments, something to help you make your own design, to repair, or, in her case, what is almost always left on something she’s made. Those threads are a part of her and what she put into what she makes. The Plain, to her, is something simple, foundational that can be built on or added to, to make it your own.

In starting Plain Jane Threads Jane hopes to encourage people to turn whatever they are buying or making into something truly their own. She also provides finished items and the supplies needed to make your creation your own. Jane is from Charlotte, NC.

Class: Foundation-less Paper Piecing: New York Beauty
(6 hours – Friday all day)

A different take on foundation paper piecing. Create accurate points, arcs and seams. No more pulling off paper. Reusable patterns pieces and accuracy!

New York Beauty and curved piecing are often thought of as a bit intimidating. With this method of foundation-less piecing those perfect points, arcs and spires are conquered. And best of all, with this technique you won’t be sewing through the paper, so there is not fighting to tear off the paper in the end.

The foundation-less technique is used to piece the blocks. Exploration and variations in the pattern are encouraged and each quilt will be an original. This is a great technique to add to your toolbox.
Foundation-less piecing makes some seemingly impossible blocks possible and fun.

Supply list:

  • Sewing machine and basic machine sewing supplies
  • Open toe foot
  • Scissors
  • Rotary mat, cutter and ruler
  • Portable design wall (optional)
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (optional)
  • Thread to match fabrics or a neutral color.
  • Fabrics: At least 8 different fabrics but the more you bring the more choices you will have. Fat quarters are great.
  • Kit Fee: Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates $32
    or Fabric Kit Fee: Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates and Fabric $45

Class: Pathways: Arcs and Curves
(6 hours – Saturday all day)

Pathways: Arc and Curves - Jane GodshallTake those orphan blocks, UFO’s and scraps and make a whole new look. Are you looking for a way to use that special fabric you’ve been saving. Or how about that novelty or big print you have? Maybe even some “What was I thinking?” fabric?

Bring it on and let’s make something new while learning to piece arcs and curves, pie pieces and wedges. Why not bring some of those scraps and let’s use them or turn them into “new fabric”! Are you ready? Let’s get started!


  • Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths, UFO’s and Orphan Blocks (you may be cutting these up).
    Fabric scraps welcome


  • Sewing machine and basic machine sewing supplies
  • Rotary mat, cutter and ruler.
  • Scissors
  • Kit Fee: Patterns and Directions; Acrylic Templates $32

Ann Holmes

Artist, author of  No Sewing Until You Quilt It, and inventor of Ann’s Magic Buttons.  Ann has worked in stained glass since 1976. When she moved to Asheville in 1998 and became involved with the local quilt guild. Ann had a desire to recreate some of her original glass designs into fabric, without the lead line look of stained glass quilts. As a stained glass artist she would build a window on top of a drawing. Ann experimented with building her quilts on a see-thru French Fuse” foundation, and turning the edges with glue stick. Then in 2005, foot surgery forced her to think of a quicker way to finish her project for the Asheville Quilt Show. She asked herself, “Why am I sewing this twice?” first for stitching the top and then second for quilting.  No Sewing Until You Quilt It – French Fuse Appliqué is the result. This is a turned edge technique, it is easy and fun to do, it saves time, and you can edit your work without ripping out seams. 

Website: Anne Holmes Studios

Lecture: No Sewing Until You Quilt It!
(Sunday morning)

Ann will introduce her method and the special tools she uses to “make it happen.” She will also be showing her most current work and some of the projects first created with her unique approach.

Class: Bloom(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

Supply List:

  • Bloom - Ann Holmes$10.00 Kit fee includes: pattern, Ann’s Magic Button, freezer paper, French Fuse, cotton batting and glue stick.
  • Your own fabrics: fat quarters or less – your choice but for background 1 light and 1 dark; 2 shades for the center of your flower; 3 shades of green for leaves and stem; 3 of a contrasting color for bud and around the center and edge of flower.
  • Quilt backing 12” x 18”
  • 28mm OLFA Rotary cutter – sharp blade.
  • Small cutting matt “12 x 18”
  • Sharp pointy embroidery scissors
  • Small paper scissors
  • 2 fine point Sharpie permanent makers, one black & one blue
  • Small ruler for drawing straight lines
  • Sewer’s Stiletto
  • Sealing Iron or small appliqué Iron
    – Ann will have sealing irons for $30.00; and some Rotary cutters for sale, if needed.

Do not bring sewing machines to class
Ann will demonstrate stitching and quilting at the same time.

Class: Oriental Bulls Eye or Nemo Found
(6 hours – Saturday)

There are 2 parts to this technique:

  1. Build the quilt top, with no sewing. Most of the class time will be spent doing this.
  2. Ann will demonstrate stitching and quilting at the same time.

Please make your fabric selections before class to save time. 
Make it fun using your choice of Oriental fabrics or give the design a contemporary look.

Oriental Bulls Eye - Ann HolmesSupply List:

  • $10.00 Kit fee includes: pattern, Ann’s Magic Button, freezer paper, French Fuse, cotton batting and glue stick.
  • Your own fabrics: fat quarters or less – your choice
  • Quilt backing 12” x 18”
  • 28mm OLFA Rotary cutter – sharp blade.
  • Small cutting matt “12 x 18”
  • Sharp pointy embroidery scissors
  • Small paper scissors
  • 2 fine point Sharpie permanent makers, one black & one blue
  • Small ruler for drawing straight lines
  • Sewer’s Stiletto
  • Sealing Iron or small appliqué Iron – Ann will have sealing irons for $30.00; and some Rotary cutters

Some folks will finish building top & have time to stitch & quilt at the same time
– bring sewing machine, if you want, with a new # 90/14 needle, invisible thread, and a bobbin with #40 weight Rayon thread or Bottom Line by Superior.

Debora Konchinsky

Debora Konchinsky is the owner and designer for Critter Pattern Works. She graduated with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Fabric Design from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1966. In 25 years, her style and interests have changed from basic cotton appliques where the animals are one color, to working with wool and felting wool fibers into her appliques to make her critters look 3-D. Some of them even have ears and tails and wings that dangle off her quilts.

She has always specialized in realistic animal-themed patterns of machine appliqué. These patterns can be used to make finished projects ranging from a hot pad to full sized bed quilt or clothing. She wants to help you think more creatively. During the four years she spent in college, she learned that creative thinking starts with one question: “What if…?” Before you can be creative, you need to learn the basics of applique. Debora figured that videos are the easiest way to learn, and she made step by step free videos for you…seriously, Debora wore all the hats: the writer, producer, camera woman, editor and the star for the videos. As a side-note, Debora and her husband are also vending at Symposium 2017!

Class: Woolly Fish
(3 hours – Friday morning)

Students in this class will learn the basics of Debora’s wool applique technique and work on a small portion of the total design. The total design includes 22 fish and a turtle, star fish and octopus.

Supplies Participants Should Bring:

  • Scissors, small, to cut out appliques.
  • Felting tool…bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles) $14.50 available in class.
  • A piece of upholstery foam 2″ thick, or a brush for felting (Clover makes them).
  • Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.75) available in class.
  • Pins to pin the appliques to cut them out.
  • Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #5 or 8 or floss in colors like medium gray, greens, for plants, browns for tree trunks, and colors for flowers. This is not essential, so don’t bring a lot. The focus of the class is felting the sheep.
  • Needle for embroidery.

$25.00 Kit includes:

  • A Woolly Fish Pattern pattern (value $18.00) There are 30 fish in the pattern, so your project will be different from everybody else’s using the same pattern.
  • Two baggies of wool fibers (value $7.00) in different colors for fish and corals and seaweeds. Your choice…they are all different.
  • One hand dyed piece of wool fabrics 10″ x 16″for backgrounds and scraps for appliques (value $8.00) your choice…they are all different.
  • Beads for eyes

Class: New Flock of Sheep
(3 hours – Friday afternoon)

Students in this class will learn the basics of Debora’s wool applique technique and work on a small portion of the total design. Create a charming sheep quilt with this new pattern developed in 2012, with realistic details. Learn to how to felt appliques, by pushing wool fibers into wool appliques fused to wool backgrounds with a needle felting tool. Complete your sheep with 3-D ears and tails, textures and sculptural faces. Transferring details onto the appliques without drawing ability is an easy trick. You will be inspired by all the information, knowledge and encouragement Debora shares with you, so you can complete the quilt at home.

Supplies Participants Should Bring:

  • Scissors, small to cut out appliques
  • Felting tool…bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles) $14.50 available in class
  • A piece of upholstery foam 2″ thick, or a brush for felting (Clover makes them)
  • Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.75) available in class
  • Pins to pin the appliques to cut them out

$25.00 Kit includes:

  • A New Flock of Sheep pattern (value $21.95)
  • Two baggies of wool rovings (value $6.00) in different colors for sheep and backgrounds and textures. Your choice…they are all different.
  • Four or more pieces of wool fabrics sewn together in a 12″ x 12″ square for backgrounds and scraps for appliques (value $16.00) your choice…they are all different. (Having these fabrics sewn saves you from lugging your sewing machine to class to work on something you already know how to do.)
  • Beads for eyes

Class: Dragonflies in Wool
(6 hours – Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

In the class, you will learn to make one felted applique dragonfly complete with Angelina (a sparkly fiber) enhanced wings with embroidery threads. The technique is called needle felting (pushing wool fibers into wool applique and a wool background with a needle felting tool). To further embellish this block, the wings will be hand stitched where the veins are and the bodies will be lightly beaded and flowers will be felted using wool yarn for stems and fibers for petals. We will be creating the beginnings of a quilt as shown in the photo, or this block could become a pocket on a bag,
The great advantage to this new felting technique is its portability, as no machine is required. It is easy to learn how to do it.

Supplies Participants Should Bring:

  • Scissors, small to cut out a wool applique
  • Felting tool…bring what you have or purchase Clover #8901 (the pink one with three needles) $14.50 available at Critter Pattern Works booth before class or in class
  • A piece of upholstery foam (available at CPW booth for $4.00) to felting into
  • Replacement needles optional (5 for $7.50) available in class
  • Embroidery threads, pearl cotton size #8 or floss in neutral colors
  • Needles for embroidery, size 5 is good
  • A tube of small beads in assorted shapes in your favorite mixed color (shades of green or blue etc.) for the body of the dragonfly. Needle and thread for these beads. Bring a small bowl or lid to keep loose beads under control.

$25.00 Kit includes:

  • One baggie of roving with several colors and different values and textures. Your choice…they are all different.
  • A baggie of Angelina
  • One 10” square of hand dyed wool fabric for the background. Your choice from many pieces.
  • One hand dyed wool fabric for border. Each one will be different because they are hand made
  • One piece of wool for the applique.
  • Pattern complete with photo and instructions

Roxane Lessa

Roxane Lessa began her professional life as a ballet dancer, and has danced and taught all over the country. After her dance career ended, she decided to pursue her other passions: fabric and design. Her first design teacher was her mother, who brought her to many art museums and the decorators’ building in Boston, to choose fabric samples for her clients. Later, Roxane pursued a degree in Costume Design and Textiles, and has made one-of-a-kind art wear for clients. After relocating to Raleigh, N.C. with her family in 1997, Roxane took her first quilting class and was instantly hooked. She has shown her work at the prestigious International Quilt Festival in Houston, the World Quilt and Textile Exhibition, and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Currently, she is teaching fiber arts here in North Carolina at quilt guilds, and privately at her home studio. She is known as The Art Quilter’s Coach, having created her own private art quilting program for serious art quilters.

Class: Photo-Pattern-Quilt!(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

How do you translate all those wonderful photos you have into the art quilts you love? In this fast moving class, you will learn easy ways to make a pattern from your photo, and an art quilt from your pattern. You don’t need to know how to draw to make beautiful art quilts using this method! Bring your machine (and free motion foot) too, because you will learn how to audition your quilting designs, and then quilt your little art quilt. Students will have a choice of 3 different photos to work from: Seascape, Hibiscus, and City Sunset.

Supply List:

  • Freezer Paper
  • Pins
  • Paper and fabric scissors, small scissors if you have them
  • Small rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Scotch tape, double sided
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Black sharpie
  • Lightweight, white muslin fabric that you can see through for fusing (large enough for the size of your pattern)
  • Saral Transfer paper or Transdoodle in a variety of colors.
  • Ballpoint pen in a contrasting color, i.e. red or purple anything but black
  • Teflon press sheet for fusing
  • Nice supply of hand-dyes, batiks or solids from your stash in a large range of values, i.e. very dark all the way to very light. You can never have enough, and if you don’t have what you need, we can cruise the store shelves.
  • About 2 yards of Wonder Under or Misty Fuse, whichever you like better, I prefer Misty Fuse, it has a lighter hand when fused.
  • 2 large ziplock bags to save scraps and pattern pieces
  • Optional, but very helpful: lightbox

Class: “Posh, Pet Portraits”
(6 hours – Saturday)

This is Roxane’s new kitty Huey. She had so much fun making him into a Posh, Pet Portrait, she decided to teach a class on how to do it. Let her help you turn a photo of your favorite pet into a beguiling art quilt using easy, fused, raw edge applique, and free motion quilting. These make great gifts for family members too! After learning this technique, you can also make landscapes and other types of art quilts!

Supply list

  • Picture of your pet enlarged to approx. 20″ x 24″ in black and white at a copy shop. Can be smaller if desired.
  • Light box if you have one
  • Pen
  • Large quilter’s ruler
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Pins
  • Black Sharpie
  • Double sided scotch tape
  • Bohn or Clover marking pencil with white lead
  • Teflon press sheet for fusing
  • Misty Fuse, 1 package white
  • Freezer Paper, 1 roll
  • Fabric: hand-dyes, batiks, small prints that you would like to use on your pet portrait, small amounts and scraps are OK
  • Batting and backing of choice big enough for your project
  • 3/4 yd. solid or quiet print background fabric to put behind your pet.
  • No sewing machine for class

Nancy Mahoney

Author, teacher and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 25 years, during which time many of her quilts have been featured in books and both national and international quilt magazines. She has created over 100 quilt patterns and always has more books and patterns in the works. She has designed 15 fabric collections for P&B Textiles and Clothworks.

Nancy believes making a quilt should be fun. She wants students in her classes to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt they will enjoy for many years.


Lecture: Mastering Color
Friday afternoon

Are you are trapped in a rut of always using the same colors? Do you want a better understanding of how to choose colors for any style of quilt? Color choices don’t have to be intuitive or instinctive-there is a practical way to choose color for quilts. In this presentation, you’ll find useful techniques and guidelines for making the perfect color choices for any quilt. Take the guesswork out of putting colors together and see innovative ideas for fresh color combinations

Class: Twisted Triangles
(3 hours – Friday morning)

In this fun class, you’ll learn 10 different ways to make half-square triangles! This stash-busting lap-size quilt is perfect for fat quarters, fat eighths, or Tonga 6-pack strips. The blocks are oh-so-easy to make and look great in any color combination. Quilt size: 53″ x 60″.


  •  1 fat quarter (18″ x 21″) each of 20 assorted prints*
  • 3¹⁄₂ yards of backing fabric ¹⁄₂ yard of fabric for binding

 * You can use 1 Tonga Treat 6-pack (precut 6″ x 42″ strips) of 20 prints. For a scrappier look, use 40 different fat eighths (9″ x 21″).


  • Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
  • Cutting Mat (12″ x 18″ or larger)
  • Rulers: 6″ x 12″ ruler and 6 ¹⁄₂” square ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic Sewing Supplies (scissors, pins, thread, seam ripper, and any special sewing tools you use.)

Cutting (before class)

From each of 10 assorted prints, cut:
–  (2) 6″ x 21″ strips; crosscut into (6) 6″ squares

From each of the remaining 10 prints, cut:
–  (4) 3″ x 21″ strips; crosscut into (28) 3″ squares

From the binding fabric, cut:
–  (8) 2¹⁄₄” x 42″ strips


Class: Dot to Dot
( 6 hours – Saturday)

This charming little quilt is one of Nancy’s most popular designs. Class time begins with using strip piecing techniques to make the patchwork blocks. Then we’ll shift our focus to easy invisible machine appliqué techniques. You’ll receive tips for sewing accurate patchwork and all aspects of invisible machine appliqué. Learn how to use your sewing machine to achieve finished appliqués that look hand stitched.

Pattern included for each student.
Finished size: 59″ x 59″. Based on Simple Circles and Quick Curves book.


  • 33 fat eighths (9″ x 21″) of assorted medium/dark prints for blocks
  • 1⅝ yards of light background print for blocks and inner border
  • 1¼ yards of medium print for outer border and binding (not needed for class)
  • 3¾ yards of backing fabric (not needed for class)

Other Materials

  • 5″ square of heat-resistant template plastic*
  • Ultra-fine point Sharpie permanent marker for tracing shapes on template plastic
  • Neutral thread for patchwork
  • 60 wt thread to match background (white)
  • Machine needles – Microtex sharp 60/8 (preferred) or 70/10 for machine appliqué
  • Clear monofilament or invisible thread for appliqué **
  • Water-soluble fabric glue (Quilter’s Choice, Glue-baste-it, or Jillily Studio appliqué glue). A glue stick is not suitable.

* Available for purchase in class

** To achieve the desired results, I use monofilament or invisible thread. However, if you do not want to use invisible thread, bring 60 wt thread that matches the fat quarter prints.

General sewing supplies

  • Sewing machine with blanket or zigzag stitch and appropriate presser foot (open-toed embroidery foot recommended)
  • Rotary cutting mat, cutter and ruler (6″ x 14″)
  • Sharp scissors for cutting fabric
  • Paper scissors for cutting template plastic
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pencil or other marking tool for tracing shapes
  • Any other favorite tools you like to have on hand when sewing

Cutting (before class)

  • Bring leftover fat eighths to class to use for appliquéd circles.
  • From each of 26 assorted medium/dark prints, cut:
    – (1) 2¼” x 21″ strip
    – (3) 3½” squares (6 are extra)
  • From each of 7 assorted medium/dark prints, cut:
    – (2) 2¼” x 21″ strips
    – (4) 3½” squares
  • From the light background print, cut:
    – (6) 7½” x 42″ strips; crosscut into:
          (25) 7½” squares
          (24) 1½” x 7½” rectangles
    – (6) 1½” x 42″ inner-border strips

Class: Knockout Rose
(3 hours – Sunday morning)

Layer and fuse a floral appliqué without bulk or stiffness. Learn how to use various fusible products to create blocks with circles, stems, and sharp points. Nancy’s instructions will have you confidently completing your block even if you haven’t machine appliquéd before. Block pattern included for each student. The pattern for Nancy’s Knockout Roses quilt is in Quilting with Fat Quarters (Martingale, 2013).

$5.00 material fee due in class for full-size appliqué patterns


  • 1 fat quarter (18″ x 21″) of light background print
  • 1 fat eighth (9″ x 21″) each of red, green, yellow, and black prints

Other materials

  • 1 yard of 12″-wide Misty Fuse fusible web*
  • ¹⁄₄” bias tape maker for making stems
  • 60-weight thread to match appliqués
  • 70/10 Microtex Sharp sewing machine needles
  • Reynolds Brand parchment paper (18″ or larger piece)

*Fusible web will be available for purchase during the workshop.

General sewing supplies

  • Sewing machine with blanket or zigzag stitch and appropriate presser foot
  • Sharp scissors for cutting fabric
  • Paper scissors for cutting fusible web
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Any other favorite tools you like to have on hand when sewing

Cutting (before class)

  • From light background print, cut:
    – (1) 17″ square

Nicole Neblett

Nicole Neblett is the mama behind Mama Love Quilts. If you love modern quilts, bold colors and graphic designs, then you’ll feel right at home at Mama Love Quilts. If you’ve always wanted to make modern quilts or if you’re already a modern quilter looking for fresh inspiration and new ideas, then Nicole can help you get started or expand your ideas.

In 2012, Nicole started Mama Love Quilts to create a community of people who love modern quilting and who want to learn more about designing and creating modern quilts. She believes that we can all design and create quilts that we love. When we ask, “What if?” we start to wonder about the possibilities. As we explore new techniques, we take the first step to create something that will be cherished for years to come.

Lecture: Becoming a Modern Quilter
(Saturday morning)

Nicole’s lecture is an entertaining look at modern quilting and what that means. She demonstrates the points with a trunk show of her work.

Class: How to Make an Improvisational Quilt
(6 hours – Friday)

No patterns? No templates? No problem! In this workshop, you will practice free-piecing techniques used to make modern improvisational quilts. As we practice the different techniques, we’ll pay attention to the role that design elements and principles play in composition. Practicing these techniques and being aware of design elements and principles will give you a chance to be intentional and trust your instincts as you create with improvisation. You will leave the workshop with a sample of different improvisational techniques that can be used in a small project or as a springboard for a larger project.

Supply list

  • 3 yards of background fabric in a neutral color
    (e.g., white, beige, cream, gray)
  • 1 yard total of featured fabrics (this can be a mix of prints and solids, although I recommend solids)
  • 3 yards of fabric for backing
  • ½ yard of fabric for binding
  • 50” x 50” of batting for quilt sandwich
  • 45” x 45” of batting for design wall
  • Acrylic rulers (e.g., 6” x 24”; 12 ½” square)
  • Blue painter’s tape (1” wide)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Seam ripper Sewing machine

*Fabric and batting supply amounts are estimates and will depend on the size of quilt you make. Choose fabrics in a range of values – lights, mediums, and darks – to maximize the contrast among the fabrics. This way you will see the fantastic shapes your improv piecing will create!

Prep work: If needed, be sure to iron fabrics to remove wrinkles

Class: How to Make a Modern Mystery Quilt
(6 hours – Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

In this workshop, we’ll use the brown paper bag technique made popular by Denyse Schmidt to construct a modern mystery quilt. Like traditional mystery quilts, you won’t know what the quilt will look like until you are finished! To make these improvisational quilts, we’ll practice using design elements of shape, lines, values, colors, and textures and various design principles, including balance, variety, and movement to make a one-of-a-kind improvisational modern quilt. You will leave the workshop with patchwork units that can be used to make a small project or as a springboard for a larger project.

Supply list

  • 2 yards of background fabric in a neutral color
    (e.g., white, beige, cream, gray)
  • 1½yards total of featured fabrics (this can be a mix of prints and solids, although I recommend solids)
  • 3 yards of fabric for backing
  • ½ yard of fabric for binding
  • 50” x 50” of batting for quilt sandwich
  • 45” x 45” of batting for design wall
  • Acrylic rulers (e.g., 6” x 24”; 12 ½” square)
  • Brown paper bags (at least 3 bags, no smaller than lunch bags)
  • Blue painter’s tape (1” wide)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Seam ripper Sewing machine

*Fabric and batting supply amounts are estimates and will depend on the size of quilt you make. Choose fabrics in a range of values – lights, mediums, and darks – to maximize the contrast among the fabrics. This way you will see the fantastic shapes your improv piecing will create!

Stephanie Pennington-Grant

Originally from Darby, PA, a small town outside of Philadelphia, Stephanie moved around the US, Canada, and the Caribbean before arriving in NC in 1977. If she is not quilting, then she is either reading a book, or traveling somewhere. Her main quilting focus, is piecing, especially curved piecing. Recently, she began to incorporate embroidery into piecing, either as the main focus or as a quilting element.

Class: Machine Quilting(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

Stephanie will guide the class in preparing the quilt for machine quilting, and basic quilting skills. While particularly focused on beginners, more experienced quilters will also pick up skills to improve their quilting.

Images are examples only, not class projects

Materials and Supplies

  • Sewing Machine in good working order
  • Walking Foot
  • Free Motion or darning foot
  • Various colors of thread
  • Quilt sandwich (5”-6”)- muslin so you can see your stitches
  • Marking tools (chalk, pencil etc.)
  • Needles size 75-80
  • Scissors

Class: Machine Embroidery
(6 hours – Saturday)

Many of us have purchased sewing machines with machine embroidery capability. Few of us use this often enough to become proficient. This course will build skills in using machine embroidery so that students feel more confident to take on machine embroidery projects.

Images are examples only, not class projects

Materials and Supplies

  • You must bring a sewing machine with machine embroidery capability.
  • About 14″ of each stabilizer, enough to hoop one time
    • Tear away stabilizer
    • Wash away stabilizer
    • Cut away stabilizer
  • Hoop (5×7 if you have it)
  • Bobbin thread
  • Top thread in assorted colors
  • Size 80 needles
  • Scissors

Judy Simmons

Judy always had the desire to create and was surrounded by people who fostered her creative outlets. She loved fabric and this love led to a degree in Home Economics and a career in teaching.

Over the years, Judy’s artistic journey has led her from seamstress to teacher to fiber artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, featured in books and magazines and held in public and private collections. She is the author of two books.

Judy creates her art quilts through a variety of techniques including layering, digital imagery and stitch. She starts with white and working with dyes will incorporate a number of processes including image transfers, screening, dye and paint to bring the fabric to life.

Website: Judy Simmons – Fiber Artist

Lecture: Creative Inkjet Printing on Fabric
(Saturday morning)

Have you ever been curious how to transfer photos to fabric and THEN… what to do with them? This lecture will cover everything you need and want to know for transferring photos to fabric, creative ways to use photos and digital imagery, creating fabric from imagery for piecing and incorporating other fabrics from your stash.

Class: Layered Naturescapes
(6 hours – Friday)

Students will start a small piece using bright nature colored fabrics, sheers and layering techniques. A bright colored background with fused nature designs on top, painting silk organza for the next layer and finishing with more design elements. It’s a sheer-opaque mixing of fabric and placement to create incredible dimension in the finished piece.

Materials and Supplies

  • Sewing machine with regular and darning foot.
  • ¼ to ½ yard mottled, hand-dyed or bright nature-colored fabric for background (blue, green, brown)
  • ¼ to ½ yard of batting and backing for quilt
  • Fat quarters of mottled solids that work with background fabric to equal 2 yards.
  • Small amounts of sheers and tulle to equal 1 yard- solid colors that work with other fabrics.
  • Decorative rayon threads to match fabrics, including some metallic and/or mylars.
  • Patterns for leaves, flowers (instructor will have some)
  • 1 spool mono-filament thread
  • ½ yard white silk organza (must be silk, not synthetic) 
    * Instructor will have silk organza for sale.
  • 2-3 inexpensive paint brushes 1 inch in diameter
  • 2 yards fusible web
  • 7” embroidery hoop
  • 2 dry cleaner or white trash bags to cover your spot for painting
  • Apron or wear old clothes.

Class: Birds, Butterflies and Bobbin Work(cancelled)
(6 hours – Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

Students will start a small piece of either birds or butterflies while learning bobbin work techniques. Working with fusible web and a simple machine applique stitch along with bobbin techniques such as bobbin stumpwork, bobbin stippling, curls and bobbin beading to complete the piece.

Materials and Supplies

  • Sewing machine with regular foot, darning foot and feed dogs that drop – a machine with removable bobbin case works best for bobbin work
  • Extra bobbins
  • 1/2 yard “sky” colored or mottled neutral for background – hand dyes also work well
  • Fat quarter black cotton (if doing butterfly)
  • Fat quarter mottled bird colored fabric
  • Fat eights or smaller of bright fabric for butterfly, bird, flowers, leaves and branches
  • 1 yd. fusible web in sewing weight
  • Decorative rayon threads to match fabric colors (including black for bobbin beading)
  • 1 spool of Candlelight by YLI for bobbin work or Glamour by Madeira – should coordinate with other threads color wise (instructor will have some for sale)
  • 1 spool mono-filament thread
  • 1 spool white sewing thread
  • 1 pkg. Schmetz machine embroidery needles – size 11 or 14
  • 7” spring loaded hoop (chain sewing stores)
  • Extra bobbin case (and screwdriver to adjust tension)


Spoonflower was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks, Gart Davis and Stephen Fraser, whose creative wives asked why there wasn’t anywhere to design custom fabric for their home décor. The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in Durham, N.C., on that dream of empowering the individual to create on-demand, custom-designed textiles.

Eight years later, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million individuals who use their own designs and our Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Spoonflower’s digital print process uses eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks and dyes which produce very little waste. And with over 350,000 designs, the Spoonflower Marketplace is the largest collection of independent designers in the world.

Lecture: Our History – Making Fabric You Design
(Sunday morning)

Learn how this local company has grown and flourished. Spoonflower works with local designers and crafters, allowing them to create their own fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap.

Laura Wasilowski

Laura is a textile artist, author, teacher and creator of hand dyed fabrics and threads. She has an undergraduate degree in Costuming from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota and a Master of Art degree in Fiber from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She is the owner of Artfabrik.

Laura combines vivid fabrics and whimsical stories to make pictorial art quilts. Each wall piece is one of her unique designs, with fused applique and machine quilting. Quilting lets her work and play at the same time.

Special Note: Laura Wasilowski is our featured speaker on Friday evening. All registrants are invited and encouraged to attend. You do not need to sign up for this special lecture.

Class: Zen Doodle Quilts
(6 hours – Friday)

Explore the mesmerizing world of Zen Doodling and design an original art quilt at the same time. You’ll soon discover how easy it is to doodle like a Zen master and learn how to convert that drawing into a pattern for your quilt. With an easy pattern transfer process for fused fabric, your drawing quickly becomes a fused art quilt. New fusing tips and tricks are presented to enhance your Zen doodle design. Drawing paper and a kit of colorful hand-dyed fabrics and threads are provided to give you the freedom to play. (No sewing machine needed.)

Materials and Supplies

  • 2 yards of regular weight Wonder-Under (paper backed, #805). Please DO NOT bring Heat’n Bond or Steam-a-Seam.
  • Small sharp scissors like 5″ knife blade scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • 2 yards of parchment paper
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
  • Black fine point Sharpie marker and #2 lead pencil with eraser
  • Small Sketchbook (optional)
  • Specialty rotary cutter blades, such as Pinking, Wavy or Scallop (optional).
  • Batting, 1 piece measuring about 18″ x 18″ – Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting recommended
  • Quilt backing fabric, 1 piece measuring about 18″ x 18″
  • Iron and ironing surface (share with other class members if not provided by group)
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Thimble (optional)
  • Small plastic bag for fabric scraps

$25 Kit Fee: includes hand out, drawing paper, and hand-dyed fabrics and threads.

Class: Free Stitched Embroidery Landscape
(6 hours – Saturday)

Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand-dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You’ll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to the silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful, tempo of making intimate art work.

Materials and Supplies

  • Batting, 1 piece of wool or other hand quilting type of batting measuring 9” x 6”
  • Parchment paper measuring about 36” long
  • Paper or sketchbook for drawing
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Black Sharpie Fine Point marker
  • Thimble (optional but helpful)
  • Scissors
  • Needle threader

$30 Kit Fee: Includes pre-fused silk fabric, embroidery threads, needles, hand-outs

Amy Stewart Winsor

Amy Stewart Winsor is a quilt artist, instructor, and author from Apex, North Carolina who doesn’t measure, doesn’t make templates, avoids matching corners, never plans ahead, and usually fudges the rules. Her workshops are especially directed toward Precision-Impaired Quilters like herself.

Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her Etsy shop.

She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.

Lecture: Fixing Mistakes Creatively
(Saturday Afternoon)

Some people say there are no such things as mistakes, they are just “design opportunities”. In this lecture Amy will show examples of quilts which were going wrong, and how they were rescued.

Some of the techniques which will be covered:

  • Covering up mistakes with applique
  • Cutting off mistakes and adding new additions
  • Using left over blocks in a new quilt
  • Splitting an ugly top and adding strips
  • Embellishing to distract from mistakes
  • Using tulle (bridal veil netting) to change colors or cover seams
  • And many, many more!

Class: Crooked Log Cabin for the Precision-Impaired(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

This is a free-spirited technique for those who love playing with color better than they like planning every detail. You will sew like crazy and create most of a wall-hanging quilt top.

After making your blocks by machine in class, don’t square them up. You will learn how to fit “non-square” blocks together, and pillowcase the edge with notches, creating Amy’s original “Crooked Borders”.

Supply List

  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies, thread rotary cutter, rotary cutting mat (larger is better)
  •  12″ or longer quilting ruler
  • Fabric: Cotton quilting fabric (see instructions below)

Instructions for Choosing Quilt Fabrics
Each of your blocks will consist of a center, an inner square, and an outer square. For a small wall-hanging, you will make 9 blocks (4 in one value, 5 in the other). The total yardage used for the quilt top is about 2 ½ yards.

Required: One fabric to use in all your centers: One fat quarter will be plenty for 9 blocks. Choose a color that stands out as different, shows up well and contrasts greatly with all your other fabrics. If you use red for your center, don’t use red elsewhere in the quilt. Don’t use white.

If you already have a fabric stash, bring all your fabrics in the color scheme you would like to use. If using scraps, using 20-30 different fabrics is typical.

Example #1: Black and white dots for centers, red for dark outer squares, pink for light inner squares, deep purple for dark inner squares, lavender for light outer squares.

Example #2: Bright orange for centers. Dark animal prints for dark outer borders, light tans for light inner borders, and the opposite for the other half of the blocks.

If desired, before class: From each fabric, cut one 2″ wide strip, and one 3″ wide strip, up to 30″ long. (This will save you time in class, but some may go unused.)
(Please don’t cut more than these 2 strips from each fabric.)

Class: Curvaceous Rivers and Skies(cancelled)
(3 hours – Saturday morning)

Learn to create beautiful backgrounds representing rivers or skies, sewn with curved piecing using no rulers or patterns. Each unique river or sky will be cut freehand with gentle curves using a rotary cutter. Learn to judge where to add your next color, using solids or tone-on-tone fabrics. Also, learn to make leaf shapes and kayak shapes from curved piecing, add curvy borders around the center panel, and apply bias binding to a curved edge.

These quilts might appear to be appliqued, but are completely sewn using curved piecing.
The River or Sky quilt panel will be approximately 26″x 34″ including border, 20″ x 30″ without border.

Supply List

Sewing machine required (needs only straight stitch).

Bring a minimum of 9 different fabrics. Each piece of fabric must be at least 20” wide. If you bring fat quarters, you will use strips off each one, and be able to trade some of your leftovers to other students.

Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons. Other types fray too much. Batiks, hand-dyes, solid colors, or tiny prints that appear to be solid are the best choices. Prints or extremely blotchy batiks are not recommended.

Kevin Womack

Kevin is a textile artist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. While majoring in the sciences at James Madison University, he satisfied his strong interest in the arts by including several elective art courses as part of his studies. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and went to work in the IT field. He continued his artist pursuits, exploring photography, metals/jewelry, pottery and oil painting in community art classes.

In 1986, Kevin was introduced to quilting by his maternal grandmother. Having always loved the legacy of family quilts, he decided to have her teach him the tradition. While his interest in other media has waned, his passion for fiber has endured.

Over the years, Kevin studied with many accomplished textile artists and developed a love for hand dyeing and patterning fabrics with surface design techniques. His experiments produce a line of unique fabrics and clothing that he exhibits and sells.

Lecture: Threads and Embellishments
Sunday morning

An introduction to using decorative threads and fun embellishments for your quilts. A sampling of the topics covered include machine embroidery, bobbin work, couching, thread play, cutwork using Solvy, foiling, paint sticks and making your own “fabric” with threads.

Class: Soy Wax Batik — Class FULL
(6 hours – Friday)

Learn to create your own fabric designs as we explore layering pattern and color. Students will use brushes and metal objects in hot soy wax to create patterns on fabric. The fabric will be colored with fabric paints (which cure faster and don’t require washing) instead of dyes. Beginner to Advanced (some dye experience helpful, but not required). 

Fee of $20 per person to cover the cost of wax and fabric paint due at beginning of class

Supply List

  • Fabric: Pre-washed cotton fabric, either plain or previously dyed. Stick to lighter values. The quantity is determined by how fast you work and could be up to 4 yards. Smaller pieces are more manageable, so please cut into fat quarter sized pieces. In addition, please bring ½ yard of pre-washed plain white cotton fabric (pfd or muslin).
  • A variety of metal or silicone objects for batiking such as: wire whisks, potato mashers, spatulas, old kitchen utensils, metal screening, thick foam sponges (car wash sponges), etc. Let your imagination run wild! If you think it will withstand the wax and 180 degree heat, bring it and we’ll try it. Bring as few or as many of these as you want to try. Good sources: dollar stores and home improvement stores.
  • Bring several Styrofoam plates or meat trays to use as a palette.
  • A few plastic spoons.
  • Scissors.
  • Several newspapers (about as much as two Sunday editions) and an old iron if you have one.
  • Bring gloves and wear old clothes. Bring an apron if desired.

Optional (bring if you already own):

  • tjaps or tjantings
  • fabric paints
  • silkscreen

Class: Playing with Fabric Paints
(6 hours – Saturday)

Using fabric paints and previously dyed or solid-color fabrics, students will explore several techniques for creating original fabric designs. We will start by forming patterns using found objects. We will then build layers by creating our own stamps, working with silkscreens, exploring gelatin plate monoprinting and more. Be ready to play, experiment and have fun!

Paint fee of $15 is due at the beginning of class.

Supply List:

  • Fabric: Pre-washed cotton fabric, either plain or previously dyed. Amount determined by how fast you work – can be up to 4 yards. Smaller pieces are more manageable, so please cut these into fat quarter sized pieces. In addition, please bring 1/2 yard pre-washed plain white cotton fabric (pfd or muslin).
  • A variety of textured found objects for patterning such as: wire whisks, construction fence, mesh from clementine boxes, leaves, string, rubber bands, corks, bubble wrap, kitchen sink mats, etc. Let your imagination run wild! Check out dollar stores and home improvement stores for fun things with patterns.
  • A wooden block, approximately 5″x5″.
  • A sponge to cut into stamps and an exacto knife.
  • Brushes – inexpensive foam brushes for painting, also an inexpensive 1″ to 3″ brush to cut.
  • A foam roller.
  • A few plastic spoons.
  • A pallette – A few styrofoam plates or meat trays from the supermarket work great.
  • Scissors – for cutting paper and a few sheets of newspaper.
  • Silkscreen – Any size that you already have. If you don’t already own one, use old curtain sheers
  • and an embroidery hoop to make a temporary screen as an inexpensive alternative.
  • An inspirational photo.
  • Bring gloves and wear old clothes. Bring an apron if desired.

Optional (bring if you already own):

  • Purchased stamps
  • Fabric paints you have at home
  • Brayer
  • Gelli Plate
  • Thermofax screens

Annette Ornelas

Southwind Designs features original designs and patterns by Annette Ornelas, a German-born quilt artist, teacher and designer. Annette lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Southwind Designs, which began in 2000, was developed to offer students unique quilting patterns that were easy, fun and could be done by any level of quilter. Owner Annette Ornelas wanted to teach quilting in a way that would put her students at ease in a relaxed atmosphere and provide a new spin on traditional patterns and quilts.

Since then, Annette has produced eighty patterns and two books one of which, Peeled-Back Patchwork: Curves without Piecing, was published through AQS in 2004. She also developed the Dimensional Curves technique to simplify the process of piecing curved quilt-block shapes for her students. In the last five years Southwind Designs has produced quilt patterns for Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

Lecture: Dimensional Curved Piecing or Peeled-Back Patchwork(cancelled)
Friday morning

The lecture will transport you into another quilting dimension. Annette will bring numerous quilts and samples so everyone can see how it actually works.

Class: Turtle Tots(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday afternoon and Saturday morning)

The Turtle Tots pattern features 10.5″ turtle blocks, which are used to make a cute 40.5″ x 50.5″ children’s or baby quilt. Also includes: Art Quilt Scape – 19″ x 47″.

There is a pattern fee of $10.00.

Materials and Supplies:

  • Print (Turtle Shell) various 2-1/2” wide scraps total of 1/4 yard or less
  • Medium (Turtle Shell) various 2-1/2” wide scraps total of 1/4 yard or less
  • Dark (Turtle Head/Legs) 1/3 yard
  • Turtle Background (Light) 3/4 yards
  • Setting:
    • Medium (Ocean) 2/3 yards
    • Accent (insert) 1/4 yard
    • Large Background (Light) 1 yard
  • Sewing machine in good working order.
  • Bring standard sewing equipment.

Some pre-cutting is required.

Class: Whoo’s There?(cancelled)
(6 hours – Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

Meet the Whoo’s. Three fun whimsical owls with an attitude. The owls are tucked inside and along the sides of a tree trunk. A variety of leaf blocks are arranged alternately on the tree and in columns on the right side of the wall hanging.
Size: 41″ x 42.

There is a pattern fee of $10.

Materials and Supplies:

  • Dark (head, wings) 1/4 yard
  • Accent (beak) 1/8 yard or scraps
  • Medium (belly) 1/8 yard
  • Bright (eyes) 1/8 yard
  • Light Background 1/3 yard
  • Green (leaves) 1/2 yard
  • Brown (trunk) 3/4 yards
  • Medium Background (green) 3/4 yards

Becka Rahn

Becka is both an artist and a teacher who hails from Minneapolis Minnesota. Her primary work is designing fabric with engineered and manipulated photographic prints. She uses these prints to make one-of-a-kind wearable art garments, accessories and the occasional home dec or wall art piece. One of the traditions of fiber art that inspired her was the idea of making practical and everyday things be beautiful as well as functional.

In 2015, her first book was published, The Spoonflower Handbook. Becka worked with co-authors Stephen Fraser and Judi Ketteler to create the ultimate handbook to all things fabric design, Spoonflower-style. She was the tech guru for the book, putting together all the step-by-step instructions, screenshots and so on. It was a huge project and one of which she is really proud. You can find her at Spoonflower under the username beckarahn.

Becka will be teaching the Spoonflower design method at Symposium! This is a first and a great opportunity for you.

Website: Becka’s Project Journal

Class: Design a Fabric!(both cancelled)
(2 sessions 6 hours each – all day Friday or Saturday)

In this class, Becka will instruct on the Spoonflower method, assist students in designing their own fabric on their laptops, and provide pointers on what works best in fabric design. At the end of class, students may submit their design to Spoonflower for printing (at additional, but discounted cost). The design product from the class with be a computer file with format type TIF, JPG, PNG or GIF and file size less than 40 MB. The order will be sent directly to the student following printing. Each session is limited to 15 students, so sign up early.

Materials and Supplies:

  • A laptop & mouse
  • Adobe Photoshop (1 month subscription is $20) (version CC recommended)

You should be comfortable with basic computer functions: copy and paste, opening & saving files, navigating the internet. You should be familiar with the Spoonflower site. You do not need to have experience specifically with Adobe Photoshop, but a little experience with a basic photo editing/graphics program is helpful (Photoshop, PicMonkey, Gimp, etc)

Wendy Sheppard

Wendy’s interest for quilts was born out of her love for early and colonial American history. Being from Southeast Asia, she had not had much exposure to quilts due to the fact that quilts are mainly a Western “thing”. Through reading, she became aware of and loved the look of the Baltimore quilts, but still didn’t catch the quilting bug mainly because she didn’t know how to sew.

After being repeatedly encouraged by a friend, Wendy decided to give quilting a try years later. Little did she know how much she would enjoy making her first quilt, and before she knew it, she was making her second, third, fourth, and fifth quilts!

Wendy’s work is frequently featured in Quilting magazines and publications. She designs quilting patterns, teaches machine quilting at all levels, and has 2 lines of Aurifil threads, Subtle Strings and Marmalade Meadows.

Blog: Ivory Spring

Lecture: My Two Cents on Free Motion Quilting(cancelled)
Saturday afternoon

In this lecture and trunk show, Wendy will share her quilts quilted on her domestic machine as well as tips. She will share a PowerPoint of different principles in how she decides what to quilt on her quilts.

Class: One Block in Three Sizes = One Wall hanging(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

In this class, Wendy will select a block that will work well for creating the block in three sizes. This class will be a “sewing class” with you constructing the quilt top.

Materials and Supplies

  • 5/8 yard pieces of 6 fabrics
  • 1.5 yards of background
  • 1.25 yards of border fabric, if desired
  • Sewing machine and normal sewing equipment

Note to students: A kit for the quilt shown above is available thru Keepsake Quilting if you choose to purchase it. The class will focus of making the blocks with very accurate results.

Class: How Could I Quilt It?(cancelled)
(3 hours – Saturday morning)

This class will explore different ways to quilt one block. The lecture portion will last about 1 hour, with hands-on work for the rest of class. Wendy will help students doodle on paper various ways you might quilt a block. And then, they would be given time to come up with how might custom quilt their block. For hands-on experience, you can make a quilt block in class, and quilt it in class.

Materials and Supplies

  • Paper and eraser
  • Small amount of fabric to make 1 block: say 4 fat quarters with varied values
  • 2 pieces of 12” by 12” backing fabric
  • 2 pieces of 12” by 12” batting pieces
  • Quilt basting pins
  • Sewing machine with Free Motion foot
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Normal sewing supplies.

Class: Calico Trail(cancelled)
(3 hours – Sunday morning)

Students will learn to make a few blocks, and then, they will go home to make enough for the entire quilt. But this class will deal with precision in piecing and students (including some novices) will leave the class will very accurately pieced blocks.

Materials and Supplies
for a throw pillow top

  • A variety of fabrics with 12 fat quarters
  • 2 yards of background fabric (yardage includes pillow case backing)
  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Normal sewing and cutting equipment

Karen West

Karen West has been teaching at a local quilt shop and has her own pattern company For the Love of Fabric. She designed the quilt shop’s row-by-row offering for 2016 and does commission work as well. Karen says of her designing: “My goal as a designer is to create clear instructions for quilts and other fun things to make with all the great fabrics on the market. After all, most of us sew or quilt because we love fabric.” Karen also makes amazing pet portraits.

Class: Design Your Room(cancelled)
(6 hours – Friday)

In this class, students will use some Spoonflower furniture pieces and Karen’s expert guidance to create their own room. Pieces will be appliqued with fusible techniques.

Materials and Supplies

  • Kit fee $8 payable to the instructor day of class (cash, check or charge)
  • ¾ yard of Wonder Under Fusible web
  • 14” x 20” cotton batting
  • 14” x 20” Peltex 71 or 72 (heavy single or double-sided fusible interfacing)
  • 14” x 20” white-on-white fabric for “wallpaper”
  • 14” x 20” print fabric for quilt backing
  • 4” x 20” tone-on-tone fabric for “carpet”
  • ¼ yard of a narrow stripe or other fabric for binding
  • ½ yard of narrow ribbon for hanging (3/8” or ½” wide)
  • Sewing machine with darning or free-motion foot and regular sewing foot
  • Dark grey thread, white thread (white in your bobbin is fine)
  • Good sharp medium length fabric scissors (My favorite are Fiskars Micro-tip with the spring that opens them)

Class: Yo-Yo Garden(cancelled)
(6 hours – Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning)

This is a mini-quilt (12″ x 15″) that may be used as a small wall-hanging. It is a very easy beginning applique project, that could be used for teaching children to sew. You will make yo-yo’s using Clover Yo-yo makers in 3 different sizes. Then you will create your little garden using leaves and stems that are free cut from fabric with Wonder Under Fusible web applied to the back. You can lay out your little garden just like mine or however you wish. Also included are my instructions for a quick machine-stitched and fused binding and then fused-on backing. You will love this! Not intended for use on regular quilts, but for little wall-hangings it is perfect!

Materials and Supplies

You will be given a complimentary copy of the pattern by the instructor.

Tools and Notions:

  • Clover Round Yo-Yo makers in 3 sizes: Large (#8701), Small (#8700) and Extra-small (#8702)
  • 3/8 yard Fast2 Fuse or Pellon Peltex 71 or 72 (heavy single or double-sided fusible interfacing)
  • 3/8 yard fusible fleece
  • 1/2 yard Wonder Under fusible web
  • 20 buttons in assorted colors and sizes-1/4″ – 3/4″
  • thread in 2 shades of green to match green fabrics
  • hand quilting thread and hand sewing needles
  • Glue stick (regular paper kind is fine)
  • Narrow ribbon or cord for hanging
  • rotary cutter with pinking or wavy blade
  • rotary cutter, cutting mat, clear ruler-at least 18” long
  • Clover Mini-iron (wand style)-optional
  • Sewing machine with darning or free motion foot, and regular sewing foot


  • 3/8 yard or a fat quarter of light blue for background
  • 1/8 yard multi stripe for grass
  • (2) 8″ x 8″ squares in 2 shades of green for stems and leaves
  • (7) 5″ squares for large yo-yos
  • (6) 4″ squares for medium yo-yos
  • (5) 3″ squares for small yo-yos
  • 1/8 yard for binding
  • 3/8 yard for backing