Antique Quilt Classes

I love sharing and teaching others how to make miniature and wall-sized reproduction quilts from my antique quilt collection.  **Scroll down to end of text for teaching FEES.

QUILTED JOY 36" x 36" - All Day
Come join me for a “joyous” appliqué class and so much more! Learn my easy no-prep needle turn appliqué method while visiting with the antique original and several other wonderful antique appliqué treasures from the Starley collection. Learn how to make authentic-looking reproduction quilts. A delightful class combining beautiful antique quilts, sewing, quilt history, and FUN!
When I discovered the inspirational antique Rose of Sharon quilt, I was immediately enchanted and I christened it “Quilted Joy” as every busy inch exudes joyfulness and makes one smile. Full of charming details: from the happy birds and berries to the unique floral border. From that first moment, I wanted to recreate it and you will want to join in too.

CHEDDAR STARS  (20" x 24") (1/2 - All Day)
Inspired by an antique circa 1890 cheddar orange Variable Star quilt. You can choose between making a miniature version (3" blocks) with reproduction fabrics or a funky wall quilt (5" blocks) using modern fabrics. Both are paper-pieced and a lot of fun. So choose your fabrics/style and your block size and get to work. You will learn tips for making accurate reproductions and also for updating antique designs a la the Modern Quilt Movement. You also learn about drafting and paper piecing free form floating stars (that means the points aren't supposed to match - so the pressure is off).    


VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS (17" x 17") (All day)
Inspired by a charming antique crib quilt from Virginia, circa 1850. The original was clearly made for a well-loved child. Yes, the little flower baskets are only 1 1/2" inches high but they are do-able, taking it one stitch at a time and starting with the golden heart and tulips to get in the applique groove.  

TULIP STARS - BATIK MAKEOVER EDITION (28" x 28") (1/2 - All Day)
An updated version of a 1930's kit quilt done in batiks instead of the pastels of the past. The pattern has been subtly simplified to increase the fun without losing the design's visual impact. Hand applique. The scrappy border gives you a chance to make a dent in your batik collection.


Inspired by several quilts in my collection and made using the Pilgrim Roy Challenge fabrics, I added the cheddar orange to the pink and red to create the PA German palette that makes me smile. Hand applique and paper pieced sashing. This folk art pattern is a delight to make and display.

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP (16" x 16") (1/2 - All Day)
An unusual 9 patch arrow block inspired this fun little miniature. The blocks are 3" and are paper pieced. Yes, that makes the corner block center arrows only one inch (finished) but you'll be amazed that you can really make these handily with paper piecing  I'll guide you through it and you be ready to tackle other miniature projects.

FOR THE BIRDS (24" x 24") (1/2 - All Day)
Antique meets modern.  Inspired by two antique circa 1855 quilts but made with modern Riley Blake fabrics; the best of both worlds.  Come see how to update antique treasures as we look at antique quilts and make heirlooms of our own.
Easy shapes for hand applique.

**Costs for 2023 **
  • Lectures: $425 for one hour lecture plus expenses ($400 if booked with a class)
  • 3-hour class or quilt study: $325 plus expenses
  • 6-hour class or quilt study: $525 plus expenses
  • Expenses: travel (mileage/airfare/luggage) and hotel accommodations.
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