Lectures and Classes

Presentations

Fee: $350 plus expenses and mileage at current IRS rate.

A Bodacious Trunk Show

The Bodacious Trunk Show features quilts from Colleen's book and so much more!


How Do You Do That?

Colleen presents tips, tricks and techniques to accomplish her designs.


Quilting is Cheaper than Therapy A look at the lighter side of Quilting

The discussion includes: Why would anyone want to be a quilter, it is such a waste of good fabric?

  • Making the transition from sewer to quilter.
  • Needles don't have to break to be changed.
  • How to become a long-arm quilter in less than a month.
  • Preparing your quilt to be machine quilted.
  • Selecting the right batting for your quilt and see the results.
  • Where to find motivation for an original quilting design.
  • There is no such thing as the Quilt Police.


Quilts

Fees: Contact Colleen for current fees
    •    fees include patterns (not books)
    •    additional charges for mileage (per IRS rate), meals, and lodging, if applicable

A Quilterly Murder Mystery

Become a detective as you create a unique mystery quilt. With each step there is another clue. Solve the: who done it; with which weapon; and at what location and you win! Everyone is a winner of sorts with their completed quilt. Prize/s will be awarded.  One or two day quilt projects available to meet your needs. Designs are for Beginner + students.


Bodacious Quilts

Bodacious Quilts

Rock, Paper, Scissors is the cover quilt of Colleen’s first book Bodacious Quilts.  Use two, three, or four fabrics to create this one block design. It can even be a successful scrappy quilt. The class will focus on accuracy (cutting, sewing, and pressing).  Then the fun begins with designing your very own quilt with 63 blocks.  The possibilities are endless! This class is great for all skill levels and is a busy but fun one day class.


Carpenter's Square Projects

Carpenter's Square Projects

A new twist for the traditional Carpenter's Square design, four projects to choose from, all can be started in a one-day workshop.  Let each person choose the size and difficultly they can handle.  The easiest is the Apprentice with only two rails, the next is the Master or Carpenter with three rails, the most challenging is the Journeyman which also has three rails but uses rectangular blocks.  Projects are not suitable for directional fabrics. This is a very busy one day class and students find it more enjoyable as a two day class.


Catch a Folded Star

Learn each fabric folding to create three dimensional stars. The finished quilts are stunning. Choose a size to fit your desires.Catch a Folded Star


Cobwebs in my Kitchen

Cobwebs in my Kitchen

A fabulous fat quarter project that maybe quilted as it is assembled.  Focus is on using the lines on triangle rulers for cutting; pressing to nest seams and to achieve accuracy in matching points.  There are several options for completed projects:  place mats, table runners, or a table centerpiece. This is a comfortable one day class for all skill levels that can sew an accurate 1/4" seam.


Give it a Whirl

Give it a Whirl

Take the fear out of curved seams with the use of freezer paper templates. The freezer paper helps to hold the fabric’s shape while sewing the curved seams.  The finale is how easily the optional corner sections are attached to the 28” centerpiece. This is a full day class. Check for kit availability.


If Al-Can You Can

If Al-Can You Can

If Al-Can (the name of the road between Alaska and Canada where this quilt was designed),You Can, a happy little quilt comprised of two blocks, an elongated 9-patch, and a 3-D pinwheel. The pinwheel design is carried into the border. Fabric folding makes the 3-D effect. The class will focus on pressing to reduce bulk. A fun one day class is suitable for all skill levels.


Kaleido-Quickies

Kaleido-Quickies

Watch the magic of the fabric come alive with Kaleido - Quickies. No fail kaleidoscope style quilts for all skill levels.  The class will focus on layering, matching, cutting, and sewing. The book provides nine projects--each with its own unique twist and setting. It is a great one day class.


Ninja Star

No set in seams are used to create this design. Just paper piecing techniques.


Playful Pyramids

Playful Pyramids

Learn to use a 60° triangle ruler to fussy cut motifs from large scale prints. Combine those with some smaller triangles with coordinating borders.  This class focuses on accurate fussing cutting and working with bias edges. Make a lap or small twin size quilt. Good for all skill levels and a full one day class.

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Playing with Jax

Playing with Jax

Playing with Jax utilizes 60 degree triangles to make the “jax” design.  Scraps are used from the triangles to make the ball and binding. This project may look challenging, but with a few tips and techniques it is really fun and easy. Fabric folding makes the "jax" three dimensional. This class is suitable for most beginner+ skill levels.


Room with a View

Create a beautiful vision with a panel and a window frame that will certainly warm any room day or night.


Sharing Memories

Sharing Memories

Share your favorite (4 to 20) photographs in this striking design.  This can be a scrap bag project or use a jelly roll or Bali Pop of 2 ½’’ strips.  Using a plain background fabric provides areas for writing.  It could be a great anniversary, graduation, or wedding gift. Discussions will be had on the different fabrics to use for photo transfers. Focuses will include accurate sewing and pressing to make seams nest together.   This project can also be completed without photographs. Good for all skill levels. One day class, options should be discussed about photographs prior to class date.


Shenanigans

Shenanigans

Let’s go stripping with lots of colors! Shenanigans uses two flows of colors to make this great looking version of an Irish chain. Fussy cut squares provide for a more dramatic effect. The class focuses on accurate cutting, sewing, and pressing to nest seams for a smoother finished quilt. We will also discuss getting the most out of your fabric when fussy cutting. Four size options are available. This is a great one day class for all skill levels.


Simply Charming

Simply Charming

Use charm packs or fabric strips to make these fun and easy quilts.  The charms are the multi-colored blocks.  Additional borders make the charms look like they are floating. There are three versions from which to choose.  Letting the fabric do most of the work is the focus of this class. If students cut very accurately a second quilt can also be completed out of their fabrics. This class offers tons of fun in a one day class.


Sporty and Friends

Sporty and Friends

This is a two-block quilt that utilizes half and quarter-square triangle units. The class will focus on sewing accurate triangle units without bare bias edges.  These units create a star and octagon blocks, with fussy cut star centers.  Four size options are available. This is a one day class suitable for all skill levels.


T-Shirt Collage

T-Shirt Collage

Recycle those old t-shirts and turn them into a new memory quilt.  Use 12 to 30 t-shirts, don’t forget those cute little logos on the sleeves and pocket front.  Combine them with some complimentary fabrics and go to town creating a new masterpiece. This class gives students permission to not be square which is very difficult for some. We will focus on how to use stretchy fabrics and allowing ourselves to just "wing it." A collage is a fun and creative way to recycle and share those old memories. Good for all skill levels. This is a very full one day class.


Technique Builder Class - Black, White, and Red All Over

Black, White, and Red All Over is a project that focuses on accurate cutting and pressing techniques. It utilizes half and quarter square triangles to set the design on point with no exposed bias edges for a smoother border.  Students have the option to choose from three finished sizes. This is a good class for all skill levels.


Triangle Tango

Triangle Tango

It's fun, it’s easy, it’s flannel, it’s fuzzy, and it is great for snuggling.  Use 60 degree triangles and some sharp scissors to create a Triangle Tango to call your own.  Instructions are for four sizes and optional setting triangles can be added. If you just want a fun and fast project then this is the one for you. The trick and focus is the one inch seams. You will be well on your way to a finished quilt by the end of a one day class.


Valeria

Strip paper piecing techniques are used to create this fabulous geometric design. Use subtle or high contrast fabrics for different effects.


Zen and Tranquility Quilts

Zen and Tranquility Quilts

Originally designed for Asian Fabric magazine, these quilts are great projects for those large-scale "just can't cut it" prints.  The key to this project is the cutting and pressing.  Accuracy is vitally important especially when sewing with exposed bias edges. There are some tricks that are shared during the day. Good class for confident beginners. This is a full day class and requires large cutting surfaces be available.


Circle Quilt Workshops

Fees: Contact Colleen for current fees
    •    fees include patterns (not books)
    •    additional charges for mileage (per IRS rate), meals, and lodging, if applicable

Vibrant and eye-catching round designs come from Colleen’s new book Circle Quilts.  Choose from eight projects that are strip paper pieced and then finished with an invisible top stitch.  These projects are sure to please whether finished round or square; made into pillows or table runners. I bring all the patterns pre-cut to class so we get the most out of the time we have. This is a full day class.

Cover Quilt Project

Cover Quilt Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Labyrinth Project

Labyrinth Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Liberty Star Project

Liberty Star Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Shazam Pillow Project

Shazam Pillow Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Star Flower Project

Star Flower Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Summer Storm Quilt Project

Summer Storm Quilt Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Summer Storm Table Runner/Placemats Project

Summer Storm Table Runner/Placemats Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


Tornado Alley Project

Tornado Alley Project

Fabric and cutting directions (pdf)


The Sweatshirt Foundation Series Jacket Projects

Crazy Patch Jacket

Crazy Patch Jacket

This jacket uses a stack and slash technique and either fat quarters or a layer cake stack to create the fabric used. It is then combined with a crew neck sweatshirt to make this great crazy patch jacket. Hidden pockets are an option with this jacket and will be demonstrated. Recommend a two day class due to all the sewing.


Elaine's Bargello Jacket

Elaine's Bargello Jacket

Elaine’s Bargello Jacket, the most time consuming jacket project. It uses strip piecing techniques, easy machine quilting, and a sweatshirt to make a stunning jacket. This is a good “quilt till you drop” session, a two-day class, or a retreat project. Hidden pockets are also added to this jacket.


Kelsey's Whole-cloth and Kid's Kick About Jackets

Kelsey's Whole-cloth and Kid's Kick About Jackets

Kelsey’s Whole-cloth Jacket and the Kid’s Kick About Jacket, are the easiest of the jacket projects. These projects combine some great fabric with easy machine quilting and a sweatshirt to get a one of a kind jacket.  These are good projects to learn or broaden machine quilting techniques, a walking foot is recommended.  Two pocket options will be discussed and demonstrated. Can be started in a one-day session, some people may finish in one day.


Stripper's Delight Jacket

Stripper's Delight Jacket

Stripper’s Delight Sweatshirt Jacket utilizes 2 ½”strips.  Use your stash, scraps, or a Jelly Roll/Bali Pop to make this delightful jacket.  Hidden pockets are an option with this jacket and will be demonstrated. This is a very busy one day class and some groups prefer it as a two day class.