Workshops & Lectures


I love providing lectures or leading modern quilting workshops at guild meetings and local quilt shops nationwide.

With many guilds limiting face to face events, I offer live lectures and workshops.  Contact me for more information and to discuss the options for your guild. 

My workshops are suitable for all levels of quilters, and they are an excellent introduction for quilters who are curious about modern quilting trends. I coach workshop attendees in combining improvisational techniques with a planned layout. Each workshop project is as creative or as structured as the quilter desires, and I can create a customized version of any of my workshops for your group.



Stash Jazz Quilt—Stash Buster Improv Fun

1 day • all skill levels

Every quilter has a stash of leftovers—orphan blocks, large scraps and even fat quarters of ‘ugly’ fabric. This workshop will help you make a dent in using some of this fabric to create a beautiful modern quilt. The pattern is based on two blocks. And, you start by improvisationally piecing your stash into complex but easy to piece block sections. No partial seams required.
The quilt can be made in a scrappy version OR you can bring a more coordinated set of scraps and orphan blocks in a selected color palette. I will also show how using a background color in the pieced blocks can create a completely different look for the quilt.


Turning Corners/Lost Corners Quilt

1 day • all skill levels

This is a fun quilt that you can piece in a day. You will also explore how value can create interesting secondary designs. Each block is made with two fabrics that are different in value (light and dark) and/or color (yellow and teal, for example). Each pieced block is made from 10” squares (or yardage). It’s a great quilt for a coordinated precut packet of 10 inch squares, or you can mix leftover precuts with stash yardage.


Mid-Century Mod Curve Quilt #1

1 day • confident beginners and all other skill levels

Curved piecing can be fun and low stress—I promise! There are no templates needed and no pinning involved in making these improvisational curved blocks. You will learn this technique in a matter of minutes. This block was inspired by the curves found in mid-century modern design. This is a super fun project with options for a wall hanging, table runner, placemats or a lap quilt. The techniques in this workshop will open your mind to creative possibilities and give you a taste of the freedom that modern quilting offers. You will develop confidence in freehand cutting, piecing freehand pieced curves, designing alternate grid layouts and incorporating negative space.


Fractured Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt

1 day • all skill levels

This quilt is a modern take on a classic design. The familiar 9 Patch block will become a thoroughly modern design. Each pieced block will be unique. You will prepare and bring several “base” Nine-Patch blocks to the class. During the workshop, you will use improvisational cutting and piecing to ‘fracture’ each of the blocks. This is an improvisational piecing project that will give you lots of opportunity to play and have fun!! I call this improvisational process “fracturing” the block because you will use a series of straight cuts to slice apart a pieced block and then sew it back together. Eventually the original nine patch design disappears and an improvisational patch block is what's left. This project can be made in any combination of fabrics, from bold focus prints to neutral backgrounds and coordinating solids or near-solids. You can also make a patriotic prints version!


Fibonacci Quilt #1

1 day • all skill levels

This one–day workshop is a surprisingly easy approach to modern quilting using just a few basic blocks. Block sizes are based on the Fibonacci sequence, a number series common to many things in nature. Bring your creativity, but don’t worry about the math—I’ve done it all for you! I will provide instructions for making a lapquilt, a set of placemats or a table runner using the same block. You will learn a fast way to improvisationally piece a center block as shown in this sample quilt. By day’s end, you’ll leave with several blocks completed and full instructions for completing your project.


Scrappy Improv X/Selvedge X Blocks Quilt

1 day • all skill levels

Need a modern quilt that you can make in a hurry?
This is a fast, easy quilt to make. The X blocks are improvisationally cut and pieced –no detailed measuring or matching involved. Each X block will be unique, and fabric pairing is up to you. Play, have some fun, and use up scraps of fabrics from other projects. You can also use some of those wonderful selvedges in your stash to make this quilt! In the supply list, I will provide instructions on how to select the fabrics you’ll need. The goal is a quilt where each wonky X block will have high contrast so that the X really stands out.


Parisian Curves #1 Quilt

1 day • all skill levels including confident beginner

In this workshop, you will learn to sew freehand cut curves with no templates and no pins required! Some of the curved blocks will have multiple curved layers. Options for creating alternative layouts and quilt sizes will be provided in the supply list and workshop instructions. In the Parisian Curves #1 workshop, you will quickly develop confidence in cutting and piecing improvisational and multilayered curved blocks and designing alternate grid layouts. You will have fun as you learn to adapt the layout to make this quilt uniquely your own! I’ll also provide tips for using the remaining fabric to cut and piece improvisational borders for the quilt.

Lectures/trunk shows


What Is a Modern Quilt? The Myths and the Magic!

This 40-60 minute lecture introduces quilters of all backgrounds to the modern quilt movement. Intimidated by modern quilts? I dispel some of the rumors so every quilter can appreciate the freedom in this new style of creative expression! I bring 15-20 quilts for the trunk show.  There's plenty of time for Q&A.

Lecture topics include:

  • What makes a quilt modern?
  • It’s a big tent: from traditional to madly modern!
  • Myth busters: blowing away the myths about what is (and is not) a modern quilt
  • Tips for getting started: starting a modern stash
  • Resources list (master handout provided)
  • Trunk show

Patriotic Modern Quilts—A Tradition Made New

This 40-60 minute lecture is perfect for groups that are interested in how to incorporate modern quilt designs into their patriotic themed quilts.  I bring several quilts for the trunk show.  There's plenty of time for Q&A.

Topics include:

  • Modern quilt design principles
  • Patriotic modern quilt gallery: examples of modern quilts and blocks
  • Tips for getting started: starting a modern patriotic stash and incorporating other themed fabrics
  • Easy starts: piecing and quilting your patriotic modern quilt
  • Resources list (master handout provided)
  • Trunk show featuring quilts from my book Patriotic Modern Quilts