Workshops

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BUILD-A-STITCH

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on workshop)

This is one of Karen’s most popular classes and is the basis of her books.  Starting with a very basic stitch, we’ll expand your library of stitches by adding one element at a time.  This is a great class for beginners, or those needing a little more confidence in their free motion abilities.  This technique helps to improve muscle memory all while increasing confidence.  By the end of class, you will have a full library of go-to stitches.   Karen will share some neat tricks and tips on combining different stitches for even more stitch ideas.

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BUILD-A-STITCH 2

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on  workshop)

This class covers a selection from the next 60 stitches in this technique series.  Again, just like in the Build-A-Stitch original, we’ll build stitches based off a very simple stitch to expand your library of stitches even farther!  This technique helps improve muscle memory all while increasing free motion confidence.  Build-A-Stitch is NOT a pre-requisite.  Karen will cover the basics of the technique at the beginning of class but, realize that these stitches are a little more complex.  You will have an even larger library of go-to stitches after this class.

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BUILD-A-STITCH 3

 

(2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on  workshop)

This class covers various stitches from both books 1 and 2 and shows how to use these stitches virtually anywhere -- blocks, circles, triangles, flying geese, borders, and more.  Class 1 and 2 ARE a prerequisite as we only cover how to use the stitches, not how to make each stitch.  You will now be unstoppable in your use of all 80 stitches!


  All three Build-A-Stitch classes can be combined for an all-day drawing workshop or two-day hands-on workshop.  

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FAST FORWARD FEATHERS

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on workshop) 

Feathers are Karen's absolute favorite quilty thing.  Some people shy away from feathers because they are so formal and precise.  Not these feathers, they are more whimsical in nature, and best of all, they are ZERO backtrack!  While these aren't your traditional feathers, they are fun, fast, and fill space rather quickly.

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SCROLLWORK

 

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on  workshop)

An extremely versatile go-to stitch is the scroll.  Karen will share several variations of the basic scroll as well as how to use them in more than just sashings.  Students will have a lot of curly, scrolly fun all while adding a bunch of scroll options to their go-to stitches.

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BREAKING DOWN THE BLOCK

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on workshop) 

Karen will share stitch variations of several common blocks - using only one start and stop. You'll leave class with a multitude of ideas for any type of block.  She'll also cover ideas for keeping block consistency on sampler quilts. This class is a spin-off of her Block Breakdown series with Gammill. You'll then stitch your favorite version of each block on a custom printed panel (hands on only). 

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FUNCTIONAL FILLS

 (2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on workshop)

Fills are fantastic, fun, and functional, too! Whether filling oodles of empty space or accentuating beautiful appliqué, fills are a very necessary part of quilting. In class, Karen will share many of her favorite background fills, including her signature fan fill, as well as combining fills for maximum effect. She will also discuss density and scale of various designs and when to know which to use. 

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DOODLE QUILTING

(2-hour drawing or half-day hands-on workshop)

Are you bored with your go-to quilting techniques? Maybe you are just looking for some inspiration? Karen will share her love of doodling and demonstrate why it is an important part of hand-guided quilting. Students will practice basic shapes, then begin to elaborate on each one by adding their own individual styles. Doodling is a useful way to practice as well as   discover many new quilting fills, and this class will get you started on your way to creating new beautiful designs for your quilts. 

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MAGIC MANDALAS

 

(Full Day Workshop)

Using Karen's brand new Magic Mandalas stencil product we'll create some amazing Magic Mandalas using the quick fusible method.  Your design options are almost unlimited depending on which stencil shapes you choose.  Karen will cover the Magic Mandala method and you'll be on your way to creating multiple pieces of awesomeness! 

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FOUNDATION APPLIQUE - MANDALA

(Full Day Workshop)

Learn Karen’s go-to method for machine appliqué.  In class you will learn the same foundation paper turned edge style of appliqué that Karen relies on.  Karen will share a few tricks for creating perfect points as well as smooth curves. Once your pieces are complete, you will learn her invisible machine appliqué technique.  

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FOUNDATION APPLIQUE - TULIP

(Full Day Workshop)

Learn Karen’s go-to method for machine appliqué.  In class you will learn the same foundation paper turned edge style of appliqué that Karen relies on.  Karen will share a few tricks for creating perfect points as well as smooth curves. Once your pieces are complete, you will learn her invisible machine appliqué technique.  

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FABRIC PAINTING - HIBISCUS

(Full Day Workshop)

Starting with a blank piece of fabric we’ll create this beautiful hibiscus and butterfly with absolutely zero painting experience – you don’t even have to know how to draw!  Don’t let the painting part scare you - in this workshop, Karen will break the process down into easy-to-learn steps.  You will be surprised at how effortless it is to create amazing painted pieces.  You will leave with a project ready for quilting at home. 

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