Workshops & Classes

“Workshops” are taught by outside presenters.
“Classes” are taught by Guild members.

Classes Scheduled (so far!) for 2023

ADDING BEADS TO YOUR QUILTS

Sharon Pollock is generously sharing her talent, supplies, and coffee, and opening her home for this first class of the new year.

  • January 20, 2023
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Please check your directory or come to a guild meeting to see Sharon’s address.
  • $25 class; limited to 9 participants; sign up at the next Guild meeting

This class will teach you how to embellish your quilts with beads. It will cover choosing beads that are compatible with your quilt style, the best way to secure the beads and at what stage of the quilt construction process to add them, and how to take care of your beaded quilt.

Supplies needed for this class are minimal—an 8” square of quilting fabric, scissors, a washcloth to keep your beads from escaping, and a snack to keep your energy up (if needed). Sharon will provide beads, thread, needles, and coffee.


IMPRESSIONIST QUILTS — STRIP BY STRIP

Leslie Cohen is well known for her art quilts. Come to her class and let her get your creative juices flowing!

  • February 18, 2023
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Highway; Tallahassee FL 32315
  • $25 class limited to 12 participants; sign up at the next Guild meeting.

This class will teach you how make a quilt inspired by an impressionist painting of Van Gogh using ripped fabric strips instead of paint strokes. Leslie created this technique for a fabric challenge in 2017 and the result was amazing! She will share with you how to interpret the impressionist technique with fabric and create your own original work of art. Leslie will provide a supplies and equipment list upon registration. If you have questions about the class please contact her at her email address in the directory.


SASHIKO — BY HAND OR MACHINE

Pam Doffek is offering two classes on Sashiko on the same day. Learn the hand technique in the morning or the machine technique in the afternoon, or sign up for both!


SASHIKO — BY HAND

  • March 18, 2023
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Highway; Tallahassee FL 32315
  • $30 per class or $50 for both of Pam’s classes that day. (Fees include kits.) Sign up at the next Guild meeting.

Sashiko (pronounced:  Saa-She-Koh, not Sash-eye-ko) is an antique Japanese hand embroidery technique used by peasant and lower class workers to provide warmth to clothing and decoration at the same time.  It was traditionally done on 2 layers of indigo (dark) fabrics with a thick thread and no “batting”. Sashiko history and patterns will be discussed in class.  I’ve taught this class since 2004 and its resurgence and adaptation to quilting are heartening as it’s a very flexible technique.

Kits with fabric, thread, needles, and patterns will be included in the class fee.  The class project will be an 18” X 24” sampler of patterns suitable for a pillow, table centerpiece or incorporation into an apron or other piece of clothing.

A student supply list will be provided with class payment.


SASHIKO — BY MACHINE

  • March 18, 2023
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Highway; Tallahassee FL 32315
  • $30 per class or $50 for both of Pam’s classes that day. (Fees include kits.) Sign up at the next Guild meeting.

Sashiko CAN be done on a domestic sewing machine, all you need is a straight stitch machine that can vary the stitch length. Although we will work on 2 layers of fabric (no batting) the machine technique expands well to projects made with lightweight batting, embellishment on clothing or quilting on a layered quilt. Alternative use of non-cotton threads and decorative stitches as well as Sashiko machines will be discussed but not done in class.

Kits with fabric, patterns and water-soluble stabilizer will be included in the class fee.  The class project will be a 12” X 18” oval placemat. Students will provide their own binding/finishing technique outside of class. The class will require a machine that minimum does straight stitch and walking food (optional).

A student supply list will be provided with class payment.


SERENDIPITY BLOCKS REDUX

A repeat of Pam’s popular Serendipity Blocks pattern, with a twist: pre coordinated/color theory bags of fabric!!

  • March 25, 2023
  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Highway; Tallahassee FL 32315
  • $30 per class (Fee includes fabric bags and instructions) Sign up at the next Guild meeting.

Serendipity Blocks is Pam’s adaptation of a Log Cabin block construction. BUT, it uses all kinds of fabrics with no need to rotary cut or premeasure during construction.  It appeals to the Type A as well as the free-spirited quilter/top maker. The squares can be made into any size, but 10”-15” are the best.  We will make 12” – 14” blocks in class which will make a wonderful 24” x 36” quilt top suitable for the center of a larger quilt, or add borders to make it bigger. Instructions and a demonstration of my “2-Trips/1-Quilt” method for assembling any kind of square blocks with only 2-trips to the ironing board are included as well as several handouts on quilt dimensions. 

A bag of fabric, pre-coordinated for various colorways (monochromatic, complimentary, analogous in several colors), instructions and handouts are included in the class fee. Ironing boards, cutting mats and some square rulers will be provided.

Students should bring a machine that does straight stitch (no zigzag or other stitches required, making this a great class for Featherweights and portables). 

A complete supply list will be included with payment.


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