Lectures and Classes

Does your shop need a new class? Does your guild need a speaker? I would love to come visit and share my designs and techniques with you.  My classes and lectures will spark your creativity and create quilting confidence.  I am also scheduling book signings for my best selling book, Smash Your Precut Stash. Email or call me to chat about when we can get together with you and your guild or shop and play!

To see a list of Kate's next appearances, click here.

 Lectures:

Journey of a Quilt Pattern Designer
This lecture and trunk show focuses on quilts I have made along my journey as a quilter and as I started designing quilts and then started my business. The lecture changes every time as I like to bring new quilts as well as a collection of older quilts. I use the quilts to talk about color and design, how to look at patterns and make quilts that speak to you. Always lots of fun!

 

How To Smash Your Stash
This lecture and trunk show focuses on quilts that use precuts, and includes tips and ideas on how to use precut patterns to work through your stash…even if you don’t own any precuts! After all, a precut quilt is just a curated scrap quilt! I’ll share quilts from my book, Smash Your Precut Stash. I’ll also share some of my patterns and my journey as a quilt pattern designer. It will be a lot of fun!

 

Classes:

Are you looking for class suggestions? I can turn almost any of my patterns into a class, but here are a few ideas from classes I have taught at AQS Quilt Week and at guilds around the country.  

Fun With Leftovers – Sew A Funky Table Runner-  half day class
Leftovers runner pattern Seams Like A Dream Quilts DesignsLearn to sew parallelogram shapes into this fun and funky table runner! Cutting the shapes is easy with my Braid Template. I’ll show you tips for working with bias edges and how to change the size to suit your table. Works with your leftover strips or your favorite fabric collection.

 

Whirlybird Block – A Fun, Wonky Pieced Quilt!- half day class 
Learn a quick and easy block that will use up those leftover strips and squares. You can choose to make your blocks scrappy or more organized. Grab your favorite leftover strips, or fat eighths (9” x 22”) of your favorite collection, and let’s make some wonky blocks! I also teach tips on piecing and ideas on different ways to keep that good ¼” seam allowance.

 

Sweet Beets: Piece and Quilt a Vibrant Bed Scarf - all day class
A bed scarf is a creative way to dress up your bed without having to make a whole quilt. Have fun with half-square triangles and vibrant repeating spirals while making this queen-size bed scarf. Get tips on piecing and different ways to keep that good ¼” seam allowance. Wondering where the name comes from? The design was inspired by my farmer daughter and her love of chioggia beets!

 

Pack-It-Up Pouch: Fun and Function with Cork- half day class
Cork fabric is fun and easy to work with. Learn to use cork and to cut braid shapes with my Mini Braid Template. I will teach a simple method to add zippers, and you will leave with a cute and functional bag. You can even use your bag to hold those little quilty items you pick up at the show!

 

Fun with Braids – Create a “Goof-Proof” Braided Table Runner- half day class
Learn to cut and sew my goof-proof braid method with my Braid Template while making this fun and easy table runner. Table Scraps is a great pattern for using up some of your scrap strips! The braid is a creative technique to add to your quilting toolbox. You will be amazed at how many uses it has.