Lectures & Workshops

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Thanks for visiting my lecture and workshop page! I am a Handi Quilter Ambassador and love to travel and teach my techniques, particularly on a Handi Quilter machine (other longarms can be used). These are a few of the lectures and workshops I offer, but we can also create something unique for your special group. Just ask!

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QUILTING VINTAGE! LECTURE AND TRUNK SHOW

This is a 1-1 ½ hour lecture and trunk show, perfect for your guild or small group. My passion is turning ordinary antique linens and quilts into heirloom pieces, completely on a long arm machine. I’ll have show and tell and talk about this wonderful twist on quilting that connects our past and present. I bring a live trunk show with a large number of real quilts, not a slide show. $375

QUILTING VINTAGE! LECTURE/TRUNK SHOW/DEMO ON A LONGARM

This is a 3 hour class in a shop or location with a long arm machine required. In this lecture, demonstration class, I will have a 1 – 1 1/2 hour trunk show with lecture, then demonstrate on a long arm machine for the remaining time. Class size is limited only by the available space. $450

***Additional hours on the machine may be added for $100 per hour and can be suited to fit the needs of your group or shop.

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Workshops

CREATE A HANKIE PILLOW ON THE LONGARM

This is a half day (3-4 hr) OR full day (6-8 hr) workshop with a brief lecture and trunk show. This workshop requires each participant to work on a long arm machine, Handi Quilter preferred. Each student will create a pillow from a vintage handkerchief. Class size is limited to one student per long arm machine. $500/$750

***Supply list: basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter and mat, blue water soluble pen, thread and sewing machine. Bring several vintage hankies, 1 yard of backing fabric (can be anything you like, cottons, satin, silk), and 1 yard of batting. Pillows to be filled later. I will also bring extra hankies for student use at nominal costs. There is also the option of Kelly providing all materials for ease of class (kit fee).

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QUILTING VINTAGE! ON A LONGARM MACHINE

This is a full day (6 hr) workshop with a brief lecture and trunk show. This class requires each participant to work on a long arm machine, Handi Quilter preferred. Each student will create a small, heirloom quilted linen. Class size is limited to one student per long arm machine. Can be a multiple day workshop. $750 per day

***Supply list: basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter and mat, blue water soluble pen. Bring a variety of vintage linens, quilt pieces, backing fabrics (cottons, satin, silk), and 1 yard of batting. I will also bring extra linens for student use at nominal costs. There is also the option of Kelly providing all materials for ease of class (kit fee).

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QUILTING VINTAGE! ON A DOMESTIC MACHINE

This is a class for collage with vintage linens, hankies, and embroideries, all sewn and finished on your domestic machine. We will begin with construction of a small collage and then move toward quilting this piece on your sit down sewing machine. After a lunch break, I will teach free motion quilting and ruler work on your domestic machine. Ideally, this class is a full day, but can be abbreviated into a half day. Geared to your guild workshop or shop classroom, class size should not be more than 20. Half day/3-4 hours, Full day/6 hours. $500/$750

***Supply list: Sewing machine with walking foot AND quilting foot (must have feed dogs that drop), basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter and mat, blue water soluble pen. Bring a variety of vintage linens, quilt pieces, hankies, backing fabrics (cottons, satin, silk), and a piece of batting (about 25″ square). Also see the post, How To Make a Pillow From Vintage Linens here on my website. This will give a sense of the project we will be doing and the materials needed. I will also bring extra linens for student use at nominal costs. A detailed supply list is sent at the time workshop is scheduled.

FREE MOTION QUILTING & RULER WORK ON DOMESTIC MACHINES

This is a class to learn how to quilt on a domestic machine, using free motion skills and ruler work. Ideally, this class is a full day, but can be abbreviated into a half day. Geared to your guild workshop or shop classroom, class size should not be more than 20. Half day/3-4 hours, Full day/6-8 hours. Kelly will supply a kit that must be purchased for $25. It will include the quilt sandwich to complete project, a 9″ acrylic ruler and a blue water soluble pen. $500/$750

***Supply list: Sewing machine with a quilting foot and optional ruler foot (must have feed dogs that drop). Thread, any brand that works well in your machine. (white and 2-3 colors will be needed) Bring 2-3 practice sandwiches in a solid color. Scissors, notepad and pen. Gloves with rubber tips to help move the fabric are helpful. “Machingers” are sold in many shops. Clean garden gloves can work too! A supply list will be available to students when a class is scheduled.

CREATE YOUR OWN QUILTING DESIGNS-DOMESTIC OR LONGARM

This is a class to learn how to DESIGN and free motion quilt. I teach using my favorite Ultimate Stencils by Cindy Needham. In this full day class (6-8 hrs), we will design, then quilt a project with free motion skills and ruler work. Class size should not be more than 20 quilters. Kelly will supply a kit that must be purchased for $25. It will include the quilt sandwich with hankie to complete project, a 9″ acrylic ruler and a blue water soluble pen. $750

***Supply list: Sewing machine with a quilting foot and optional ruler foot (must have feed dogs that drop). Cream color thread, any brand that works well with your machine. Bring 2-3 practice sandwiches in a solid color. Scissors, notepad and pen. Gloves with rubber tips to help move the fabric are helpful. “Machingers” are sold in many shops. Clean garden gloves can work too! A supply list will be available to students when a class is scheduled.

Other class options…….these can be tailored to 2-6 hour classes:

“I Just Got My Machine, Now What?” How do you start the process of longarm quilting? I’ll share tips and methods to become comfortable with your new machine and projects to help you learn immediately. Lecture/demo or workshop options. *Beginner

“Doodle, Draw, and Quilt It!” Anything you can draw, you can quilt! We’ll talk about where to find ideas for your quilting, how to quilt your drawings and what to do with these art pieces. Painting and kids’ art will be included for some fantastic project ideas! Lecture/demo or workshop options. *Beginner/Intermediate

“Quilting Out of the Box” Let’s play on the longarm! Many different projects can be quilted directly on the longarm. Take your mind away from the entire quilt and think “outside the box”. Lecture/demo or workshop options. *Beginner/Intermediate

“The Nuts and Bolts of Free Motion Quilting” Explore free motion quilting, fills, feathers, and ruler work. All the basics and then some! A good, all around lesson to help you on the free motion journey. Lecture/demo or workshop options. *Beginner/Intermediate

Basic Costs for 2020

    • Expenses: Flight from Kansas City, MO, at best rate, plus baggage fees (possible $35 each way). Overnight accommodations and meals. I will drive at the current government mileage rate, .58 for 2019. I prefer direct flights for assurance of quilt arrival. I prefer to show real quilts, so I will check at least one bag. Detailed information will be supplied in the contract. 
  • Accommodations required if more than 2 hours from Lawrence, KS, for daytime and 1 hour for nighttime events.

I am always happy to combine guild or group visits if I am traveling in an area to save transportation costs. After agreement of dates and fees, I will provide your organization with a detailed contract to be signed and returned. Thanks for considering me for your guild or shop! Happy quilting!

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