Classes and Workshops

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Here are SOME the workshops that I am currently offering. I'm adding new ones, so contact me for more info if your guild or show would like to book a workshop or lecture. 

 

Full Day Workshop: Fusapalooza Mini (18x24 inch wall quilts)

Small (18in x 24 in) fused quilts can be completed in this full day class. Choose one pattern from many and make a mini top to take home. Fusing is fun, and you'll enjoy this sociable and relaxing class. A material fee of $7 per student will provide one pattern, additional patterns may be purchased in class.

Supplies—steam iron and iron cleaner, scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); template material; mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® paper backed fusible webbing,glass headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight 1/4 yard pieces of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dark blue would be one hue, two values). You may need to add fabric at home. 

Full Day Workshop: Fusapalooza XL (3x4 foot wall quilts)

 Fused art quilts all about 3ft by 4ft. Choose one from a bunch of award-winning patterns and get started in class, finish at home. Fusing makes the work go faster and you can easily change your mind about color. Each student will work with at least one full size printout, 3x4', on high quality bond paper, there will be a materials fee for the pattern. Several designs will be offered, students may purchase additional designs in class. (Can be offered as a two or three day class, with students continueing to work on their quilt with individual instruction. 

 Supplies—steam iron and iron cleaner, scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); template material; mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® paper backed fusible webbing,glass headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight ½ yard pieces of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dark blue would be one hue, two values). You may need to add fabric at home.  If multiday class, increase fabric sizes to a full yard.  Design wall fabric becomes the base fabric of the quilt top, so white or neutral is good. 

Full Day Workshop: Fusapalooza XXL (60 inch and greater wall quilts)

Fused appliqué is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at any time! We're going a little bigger in this class, quilts are at least 60" in each dimension.Each student will work with at least one 3'x4' printout on high quality bond paper, there will be a materials fee for the pattern. (Can be offered as a two or three day class, with students continueing to work on their quilt with individual instruction.) 

Supplies—steam iron and iron cleaner, scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); template material; mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® paper backed fusible webbing,glass headed quilt pins (opt); foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight ½ yard pieces of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes. Pick four hues (ex: purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (ex: light blue, dark blue would be one hue, two values). You may need to add fabric at home.  If multiday class, increase fabric sizes to a full yard. 

Full Day Workshop: Unmarked FreeMotion Quilting

Robbi has only one rule about free motion quilting: the lines should be smooth. They can cross, they can wiggle, motifs shouldn’t be robotically the same, they should be smoooooth. The key to smooth is to relax and express yourself. If you can doodle you can do artful free motion quilting, “Goddess of the Last Minute” style. The supply list is short, you’ll be using machine embroidery threads to work on inexpensive felt rectangles. This is a great class if you’ve been fearful of free motion quilting, need a bit of help getting started, or just want to learn some new tricks! Skills learned here can be used on both sit down and longarm machines. Beginner/Intermediate level.

Materials List: Sewing machine and accessories including a free motion foot. Twenty precut 9” x 12” felt rectangles or whatever the store nearest you sells, bring different colors if you can. At least one small spool 40 or 50 weight machine embroidery thread, either polyester, or cotton. Bring a spool of variegated thread if you’d like to play with it too. Bring a quilt sandwich if you’d like to work on it in the afternoon. Sewing machine required.

Lecture: Free Expression Quilts

Explore Robbi's latest quilts and those from her book "Free Expression: the art and confessions of a contemporary quilter". Lecture includes real quilts as well as projected images.

Lecture: Transcendentools: New Ways to Get Quilting Stuff Done

Quilters have been using tools meant for other activities to aid in their work for years. Freezer paper for applique was just the start. Robbi raids home improvement, office supply and dollar stores for stuff for her studio. She’s been using laser levels and vertical window blinds to square off her quilts. She has a wall of storage drawers in her sewing area. Pipe and chain also helps her dye fabric. She’ll show you how to use it, where to get it and why wandering the aisles of the home repair store can lead to better quilting tools and more efficient storage at reasonable prices.

Schedule

February 2019

28-3: Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Hampton, Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

 

VA018FusaPalooza Mini, Full Day Workshop

Thursday, February 28, 9 am - 4 pm

Small (18 by 24 inches) fused quilts can be completed in this full dayclass. Choose one pattern from a whole bunch and make a mini top to take home. Fusing is fun, you'll enjoy this sociable and relaxing class. Robbi has created larger versions of many of these quilts to enter into quilt shows around the country. Beginner/Intermediate levels.

Materials List: Pattern (18” x 24”) and hand out fee, $7 payable to instructor. Bring to class: Medium size Scissors to cut detailed pieces of fabric fused to WonderUnder. Paper cutting scissors (I use a 5" Gingher). Mechanical pencil or Sharpie Ultra Fine Marker (Sharpie Pen won't work). 2 yards Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® paper backed fusible webbing. Fabric Supplies: Quarter yards or scraps. Pick four hues (for example,

purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue, (example, light blue, dark blue would be one hue, two values) 8 pieces total. No background fabric will be needed in class, but you'll add one later. Optional: Quilt Pins, Foam core (pin your pieces to foam core to hold them in place while you iron, 18” x 24” or similar).

 

VA019 Jump into Unmarked Free Motion Quilting, Full Day Workshop

Friday, March 1, 9 am - 4 pm

Robbi has only one rule about free motion quilting: the lines should be smooth. They can cross, they can wiggle, motifs shouldn’t be robotically the same, they should be smoooooth. The key to smooth is to relax and express yourself. If you can doodle you can do artful free motion quilting, "Goddess of the Last Minute" style. The supply list is short, you'll be using machine embroidery threads to work on inexpensive felt rectangles. This is a great class if you've been fearful of free motion quilting, need a bit of help getting started, or just want to learn some new tricks or designs beyond feathers! Skills learned here can be used on both sit down and longarm machines. Beginner level.

Materials List: Supplies: Sewing machine with which you are familiar. Free motion quilting foot, or darning foot. Sewing machine manual (either printed or as pdf on your phone or iPad). Sewing machine oil and small brush to clean lint out of machine. Small scissors or thread clips. Materials: Twenty precut 9" x 12" felt rectangles or whatever the store nearest you sells, bring different colors if you can. At least one small spool 40 or 50 weight machine embroidery thread, either polyester, or cotton. Bring a spool of variegated thread if you’d like to play with it too. Bring a quilt sandwich if you'd like to work on it in the afternoon, or you can continue on the pieces of felt. Sewing machine required.

 

VA020 FusaPalooza Maxi, Full Day Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 9 am - 4 pm

Fused appliqué is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at any time! Choose a pattern in class and get started on an art quilt that is at least 60 inches on each side and even larger! The material fee includes a 3 x 4-foot pattern printed on nice bond paper. You make templates using Wonder Under fusible webbing, iron them onto fabric and then create your own quilt. If you don't want to make a huge quilt, you can easily just work with the center to create whatever size interests you. All levels.

Materials List: Pattern (3’ x 4’ printed on high quality bond paper), $12 payable to instructor. Bring to class: Medium size Scissors to cut detailed pieces of fabric fused to WonderUnder (I use a 5" Gingher). Paper cutting scissors. Mechanical pencil or Sharpie Ultra Fine Marker (Sharpie Pen won't work). 2 yards Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under® paper backed fusible webbing. Fabric Supplies: Half or quarter yards or scraps. Pick four hues (for example, purple, red, yellow, orange or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue, (example, light blue, dark blue would be one hue, two values) 8 pieces total; You'll need more to complete the quilt, but there is no need to lug all of it to class. No background fabric will be needed in class, but you'll add one later at home. Optional: Quilt Pins to help hold down pieces; Foam core (pin your pieces to foam core to hold them in place while you iron, 18” x24” or similar).