The following are lectures and workshops which I currently offer.
I teach on the Zoom platform and will begin considering in person teaching in the spring of 2022.
Please fill out my contact form if you would like me to present a lecture or teach a workshop for your guild.
1 hour with Q & A
Artful Couching: Texture and Definition
PowerPoint lecture presentation showing the many ways couching can be used to take your art to the next level. Instruction in specific technique on how to couch will be shown. I will bring examples of how couching can be added to garments and bags as well as quilts.
From Inspiration to Art Process
PowerPoint lecture presentation on the topic of where I find inspiration for my art: Other artists, photographs, influences from life experiences. I also discuss how to make effective quilts using art concepts such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, using repetition of line, shapes, values and color throughout the work.
Keep It Simple, but Pack a Punch (Lecture)
A PowerPoint lecture presentation demonstrating the idea that quilts do not need to be complex to be compelling. I share my thoughts on how to choose great fabrics and simple designs to create amazing quilts. I show some work from artists who have inspired me and also speak about how my background has informed my work. This would be a great lecture to have presented to your group before taking the workshop by the same name.
Full Day (6 hours) It is highly recommended thatZoom workshops be divided into two days, ideally one week apart.
Half Day (3 hours)
$50 discount if lecture and full day workshop are combined.
Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz. This is a full day or half day class, depending on if the students come with a completed quilt sandwich on which to do the couching. We which will focus exclusively on mastering couching techniques. Students will bring a striped batik or gradient fabric or purchase fabric in class to make this 18″ x 45″ table runner size quilt. This class will show you the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle, by incorporating a variety of cording, yarns and metallic threads in your work. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.
Mini Landscape Quilt - Half Day or Full Day (New starting June 2022)
A full or half day workshop on easy landscape quilting using fused applique techniques. You may choose to make an 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” quilt. Some sample landscape background designs will be provided. Learn the techniques I like to use to create fantasy landscape quilts full of color and depth. We will create a background by piecing the sky, mountains and water then use it as a canvas on which to add more trees, mountains, foliage and moon or sun.
Students will finish or nearly finish the quilt top during the class. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed. You also have the option of just having a zig-zag edge if you plan to mat and frame your mini quilt. $20 kit (Available soon) PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.
Architecture Quilts (New starting January 2022)
A full day workshop creating a quilt based on an architecture photo. Do you have a favorite building you’d like to recreate? We will be doing fused applique. We will work on how to create proper perspective and how to infuse some vibrant color into your buildings. You will also have the option of creating a city windows quilt using improvisational cutting and piecing. A PDF Supply list will be made available to you before class.
Poppies: Floral Applique with Couching
A full day workshop learning fused raw edge applique techniques. Some thread painting and satin stitching will be taught. Couching of yarn to outline the flowers will be taught. A downloadable PDF pattern will be available with full supply list.
Easy Landscape Quilt
A full day workshop on easy landscape quilting using fused applique techniques. Students will design a landscape from a simple photo or drawing. Some sample landscape designs will be provided. Students will finish or nearly finish the quilt top during the class. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.
Advanced Landscape Quilt
Best taught as a two day workshop: More advanced techniques using fusing, non-woven products, paint, stencils, Inktense blocks, and cutting machine. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed. A PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.
Learn to create high impact tree quilts using some simple but innovative techniques. We will first raw edge fuse and stitch trees, then use simple applications of paint and markers for shading and foliage. Learn to make and use stencils for creating painted foliage. Work small or large and always use a compelling background fabric to give your work more interest. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class. Zoom workshops work best divided into two days, one week apart.
Keep It Simple, but Pack a Punch (Workshop)
A full day workshop working on choosing materials and designing works to showcase simple but effective quilts. We will discuss color, values and design concepts, then sketch out a rough design on paper, keeping in mind that “simple” often makes more of a powerful statement than “busy”. This class will involve mostly improv quilting without a ruler. Some simple fusing may be added. Bring your hand dyed or commercial fabrics: an interesting focal fabric and various values in other hand dyes, batiks, silks or prints. Gradient fabrics are always fun. We will cut and piece our quilts. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class. For Zoom, a two part class with a week in between would be best.
We will do curved piecing of coordinated hand dyed and commercial fabrics for the background. Easy quilting designs will be introduced. Organza circles will be stitched to the surface with single or double needle applique. Yarns will be couched to the surface for movement and definition. A limited amount of fabrics, yarn, thread and silk organza will be available for purchase during class. Kit optional – $30. PDF supply list will be provided prior to class. Optional demo of screen printing with paint on the surface of the quilt will be offered. For Zoom, a two part class of 3 hours each, with a week in between would be best.
“Loved it all!”
“Very much enjoyed meeting you and getting acquainted with a new technique (to me) and appreciation for it’s applications.”
“This was a great experience! Thanks so much!”
“I have been quilting for almost twenty years and I never fail to learn something new and valuable whenever I watch Rachel at work. She is a master craftswoman and teacher making the difficult look easy and the rest seem very doable. Rachel is a master designer. Her sense of color and design are well developed and she freely shares her techniques and knowledge. She is an inspiration to anyone aspiring to be an art quilter.”
“I’ve been sewing since high school, making clothes and simple home decor items (e.g., curtains, pillows, etc.). Rachel gave me the courage and taught me the skills I needed to begin piecing quilts and wall hangings. I recently completed my first free form quilt and began using the long arm to quilt the finished pieces. Rachel’s sewing tricks and tips make it easier to plan and finish my pieces. I appreciate her patience and knowledge as an instructor as well as her sewing and quilting skills.”
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