Workshops & Lectures

TEACHING MODERN QUILTING VIRTUALLY IS ONE OF MY PASSIONS.

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.

Workshop Descriptions are below.

REGISTRATION for LIVE Workshops:  https://carolelylesshaw.com/online-quilt-classes/

Questions?  Email me at info@carolelylesshaw.com

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Here is a quick overview of how I teach virtual classes!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Lectures/trunk shows

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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
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My Journey to Modern Quilting

This lecture and trunk show is the story of my love of modern quilting—starting with modern quilts that I made in the early 2000’s.  There will be lots of time for questions and answers. In addition to the lecture (slides), I also show some of my quilts ‘in person’ on my design wall and table

Please note that I do not cover modern quilt design principles in depth—general familiarity with modern quilting is a prerequisite.

Topics include:

  • Artistic and quilter influences on my modern quilts
  • Early explorations of high contrast and minimalist palettes
  • MidCentury Modern design influences
  • Maximalism
  • AfroModerne quilts – cultural heritage and modernism
  • The Future of Modern Quilting—From Where I Stand

I will be posting information abut 2021 opportunities to host me for a lecture and/or a workshop on this page by late September 2020.

Please check back or send an email to me so that I can email you when my availability is updated.  mailto:info@carolelylesshaw.com