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

September 2018

19-22: MQX Quilt Festival-Midwest
Springfield, Illinois

http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/Midwest/Classes/MidwestFaculty/RobbiJoyEklow/

 

M113-18 Fusapalooza XXL

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time 

$ 80.00

Kit Fee: $12.00

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Level: Everyone

Type of Class: Art, Drawing and Design 

 

Fused applique is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at anytime! Choose a pattern in class and get started on an art quilt! 

3 x 4 foot patterns  to create 3x4 foot quilts or even bigger! 

 

 

M267-18 Transcendentools: New Ways to Get Quilting Stuff Done

Thursday, September 20, 2018 

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Central Time 

$ 40.00

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Level: Everyone

Type of Class: Lecture 

 

Quilters have been using tools meant for other activities to aid in their work for years. 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 why wandering the aisles of the home repair store can lead to better quilting tools and more efficient storage at reasonable prices.

 

 

M325-18 Fusapalooza Mini

With Robbi Eklow

Friday, September 21, 2018 

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Central Time 

$ 80.00

Kit Fee: $10.00

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Level: Everyone

Type of Class: Art, Drawing and Design 

 

Fused appliqué is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at anytime! Choose a FREE pattern in class and get started on an art quilt! A dozen patterns, in all sizes. Robbi's quilts have won many awards. www.robbieklow.com

 

 

M361-18 Freefall Pour Dyeing

Friday, September 21, 2018 

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Central Time 

$ 45.00

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Level: Everyone

Type of Class: Lecture - Demo 

 

Robbi dyes all the fabric for her quilts and will demonstrate her technique for getting rivers of color. (spoiler alert: she hangs the fabric up and pours the dye down)

 

 

M417-18 Jump into Free Motion Quilting!

Saturday, September 22, 2018 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time 

$ 80.00

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Level: Beginner  Confident Beginner

Type of Class: Hands On Machine Quilting Home Machines 

 

 

Great class for quilters who have been afraid to try free motion quilting. It's much much easier than you think! No marking, no need for perfection and no stress. Come have fun!

 

November 2018

8-11: Quilt Festival
Houston, Texas

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 

418. Fusapalooza XXL 

ALL-DAY CLASS 9 AM-5 PM LUNCH BREAK NOON-2 PM

 

Fused appliqué is a great way to make a quilt. It goes quickly and you can edit at any time! Choose from a half dozen patterns in class and get started on an art quilt at least 60in square. You’ll be right in step with Eklow’s award-winning quilts. 

 

Supplies—2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder Under® paper backed fusible webbing; foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); glass headed quilt pins that won't melt if you iron on it (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight 1/2yd pcs of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes—pick four hues (i.e.- purple, red, yellow, orange, or blue, green, purple, red) and bring two values of each hue (example, light blue and dark blue would be one hue, two values). You may add more fabric at home or shop show floor at lunch, so don't worry. Add background at home.

 

 

Friday, November  9, 2018

512. Fusapalooza MINI 

ALL-DAY CLASS 9 AM-5 PM LUNCH BREAK NOON-2 PM

 

Learn the fun and relaxation of fusing, as you create an 18in x 24in fused quilt. Choose one pattern from many choices and complete a mini art quilt top to take home. 

 

Supplies—scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder Under® paper backed fusible webbing; foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); glass

headed quilt pins that won't melt if you iron on them (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight 1/4yd pcs or lg scrap pcs of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes—pick four hues (i.e.- purple, red, yellow, orange, or blue, green, purple,

red) and bring two values of each hue (example, light blue and dark blue would be one hue, two values). The background fabric is chosen last so you can either shop at the show, pick it out at home, or bring a few half yards to try.

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

714. Fusapalooza 3X4 

ALL-DAY CLASS 9 AM-5 PM LUNCH BREAK NOON-2 PM

Craft a fused appliqué art quilt. Choose your pattern from at least seven award-winning designs—all full-sized, printed on a 36in x 48in sheet of bond paper. Fused appliqué makes creation go faster—test designs and change your mind without losing months of work. Learn the skills you need to get started in class and continue working at home. 

 

Supplies—scissors (fabric cutting); scissors (paper cutting); mechanical pencil; 2yds Pellon® 805 Wonder Under® paper backed fusible webbing; foamcore to use as pinning/ironing surface (opt); glass headed quilt pins that won't melt if you iron on it (opt); extra fine point Sharpie marker—not pen (opt). Fabric: eight 1/2yd pcs of cotton hand-dyes, batiks, or brightly colored prints and stripes—pick four hues (i.e.- 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). You may add more fabric at home or shop show floor at lunch, so don't worry. Add background at home.

February 2019

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

Coming soon! Three days of great classes!