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Lectures and Workshops

Lectures:



From the thread makers of Aurifil… a program designed to unlock the mystery of thread, educate the masses, and help all users achieve brilliant results!  Sarah, a certified Aurifilospher, will present a fun and informative presentation and trunk show of her quilts, including works that were recently displayed at QuiltCon and at various American Quilter's Society shows, that will increase your knowledge of thread, tools, uses and tips.  Exclusive Aurifil resources and swag for attendees included!  




Fearless with Fabric


Available for bookings starting March, 2020, Sarah will help YOU become Fearless with Fabric!  Based on  Sarah's upcoming book, Sarah will showcase her methods for combining styles of fabric within a quilt, moving beyond pre-packaged bundles so you can make your own statement. The presentation will feature a trunk show of Sarah's original designs and include many illustrations of how to update traditional blocks for a fresh, modern feel. 


Workshops
*  Most of my workshops can be offered as either a 3 hour or a 6 hour class, depending on student preference. 

*  Many of my classes have optional acrylic templates available to make cutting and sewing easier.

*  Optional supply kits of curated fabrics to make the class project in either a traditional or a modern version are available.


Sew on the Go

Portable and oh-sew-relaxing, you’ll be addicted to hand piecing once you’ve learned all the tips and tricks for success. See how color and value variations can update the classic Cotton Boll block. Sarah will cover her approach to developing and auditioning color variations for a pattern and help students settle on a color scheme for their project. Students will then make a small piece that can be finished as a wall-hanging or a pillow or use the class project as the beginning of a full-size quilt.



Interlaced
Learn how partial seaming techniques can lead to a design that seemingly never ends with no set-in or Y-seams.




Uncommon Values

Light, dark, medium? Can a print be all three in a single quilt? Explore how value impacts quilt design when you make simple nine patch and shoo fly blocks to create blocks that pop and blocks that recede.


Shazam
Magically morph traditional blocks into original designs.
Learn how to transition a traditional block into an original shape by adding or subtracting seam lines. Expanding on concepts in her new Fresh Quilts from Traditional Blocks book, this class will give you the confidence to try your own variations of traditional blocks.

Speed it Up

Take your rotary cutting and machine piecing to warp speed while retaining accuracy. Learn all Sarah’s tips and tricks to accurately speed cut and machine piece this easy quilt. Perfect for showcasing a rainbow of prints or make a two-color version to commemorate a graduation or school event. 
Original quilt

Close up of alternative colorway of the Rows quilt

Party Lights
Master the traditional Periwinkle block with no set-in seams using Sarah’s construction techniques and acrylic templates. Pulling lessons from her Fresh Quilts from Traditional Blocks book, Sarah explores color theory and how a progression of color or value updates this traditional block. Rotary cutting and piecing tips and tricks will be the focus of this class. This is a 64” x 73” quilt as shown and students could make a smaller wall-hanging version in class or continue on at home.

Heavy Lifting


Large-scale and/or busy prints are ready to do the heavy lifting in your quilts. Learn all the tips and tricks to pairing multi-color lead actors with supporting characters to create visual balance.  Explore color theory and how to combine more than one "busy" print in a single project.  Accurate strip piecing of nine patch units and framing squares is also covered.



Step Outside the Square Box
Blocks don’t have to be square. Rectangular blocks can change your piecing game, adding interest and moving designs outside of standard square shapes. Accurate cutting and piecing take center stage with this easy block.



Puzzle Play

Using my Posies Puzzles quilt as a focal point, students will hone their rotary cutting skills and learn tips and tricks for improved accuracy. The class includes demonstrations of multiple ways to produce half-square triangle units. Sarah also discusses color theory and how value and scale impact a block’s appearance. Students will use what they learn to create their own puzzle block arrangements from cut units.


Written in the Stars

Skinny rectangles can add lots of visual interest and movement to a quilt. Combined with a non-traditional background color choice and you can instantly update a block and design.

 

Sarah starts by illustrating how color choices for the background can totally change the look of a block or quilt. Then, learn how to use the Tri-Recs Ruler to accurately cut and piece half-rectangles. Precision piecing tips and working with directional fabrics and stripes are also covered.


Fees are available here. I'm always happy to create exclusive lectures and workshops based on my patterns and products and create custom packages based on size of group & interests. 

Email me for details at "sarah at designsbysarahj.com".