Add something new to your quilting skill set with these inspiring artists. Each of these instructors enable quilters to enhance their craft and add a variety of techniques that will make you fall in love with quilting all over again! Learn what they are offering at AQS QuiltWeek – Daytona Beach.
Karen Kay Buckley invites you to play in the world of applique.
In 1982, Karen Kay Buckley began quilting as a hobby and immediately sought every quilting class possible to improve her techniques. When a move in 1986 brought the opportunity to open a small quilting shop, her teaching career — and her business — grew by leaps and bounds.
The former teacher and quilt shop owner has now completed over 300 quilts, some of which have been featured on the covers of quilt magazines. Among her many awards, Karen has nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 AQS Janome Best of Show at Paducah, Kentucky. She is the author of several books, many articles and patterns, and two DVDs. Karen has been featured on several quilting programs and has created a line of products including Perfect Circles™, Perfect Scissors™, Perfect Pins™, and many more.
She has been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years and loves to share her techniques and tips for achieving the best appliqué possible. Join Karen for an unforgettable, non-stop learning experience!
Find out more at karenkaybuckley.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Bee-utiful Hand Appliqué
Karen just loves seeing beautiful, blooming flowers in the spring and summer. Where Karen lives, that is the only time to see them in bloom. Now you can see flowers year round with this easy-to-make 13½” x 16″ wall quilt. You will be thrilled with your smooth curves, sharp points, and perfect circles as you begin to hand appliqué on this wonderful little project.
Circles Squared – Machine Appliqué
This is a really fun class that will help you create a beautiful machine appliquéd wall quilt. Learn to make sharp points, smooth curves, perfect circles, and straight and even stems. There will be a little reverse appliqué for some added fun. The technique Karen teaches is a prepared-edge method using an invisible stitch. Come join her for a fun day of machine appliqué.
Fiesta Mexico, Block Three – Hand Appliqué
During Karen’s visits to Mexico, she was influenced by the designs and colors of the flora and handmade pottery. Karen designed a large quilt called Fiesta Mexico, and she will help you explore one of the blocks from that quilt. While sewing on this 10” block, you will learn to appliqué smooth curves and sharp points. Karen will also show you how to create and appliqué perfect strips and perfect circles. This class is sure to make your hand appliqué fun, easy, and enjoyable.
Hand and Machine Appliqué the Karen Kay Buckley Way
During this lecture/demo class, Karen will share her tips and tricks for good hand and machine appliqué. Karen will talk about her favorite tools and how she organizes to have more sewing time. Learn about transferring designs to fabric, points, curves, Perfect Circles®, Perfect Ovals™, different ways to make stems, the appliqué stitch, and more. This is not a hands-on class. Come and learn how Karen masters her appliqué every time.
Kansas Rose Machine Appliqué
Wow, this is a fun project! Students will be amazed at how easy it is to get smooth curves and sharp points as they machine appliqué using an invisible stitch. This project also includes reverse appliqué and a fabric overlay for some added excitement. Come spend a fun-packed six hours with Karen, and learn her tips and tricks. This is a prepared-edge technique.
Gail Garber adds a little art to your quilts!
Gail Garber’s quilts are characterized by bold geometric designs and colorful flying geese galore. Her style is immediately recognizable because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework.
Gail’s geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Gail judges quilt shows and conducts workshops and lectures worldwide, while also finding the time to write about her craft. She is the author of three books and more than 100 magazine articles in various publications.
Gail’s classes for novices include instruction in color and composition, introduction to paper piecing, and drafting, drawing, and design. For the experienced quilter, Gail’s classes in design are popular everywhere she travels. She also leads tours for quilters and birdwatchers to exciting, off-the-beaten-path locations.
In her other life, Gail is the Executive Director for Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization.
Find out more about her at gailgarber.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Color and Contrast in Quilting
Learn to effectively combine fabrics for more dynamic and exciting quilts while working through a series of no-commitment play activities. Gail will share her color-choice expertise to help you bring your projects to the next level. Unlock your inner artist in this one-of-a-kind design workshop.
Design Sensational Stars
Learn to create your own original star design. It’s simple and easy with a ruler and compass, even if you hate math. Students will explore different types of star designs, including divisions of 8 and 6, both of which use differing drafting techniques. There is no stitching in this class, but there will be samples to illustrate piecing techniques as well as a Q & A session.
Freeform Art Quilts
Never one to adhere to rules, Gail began breaking the quilting edicts soon after she learned the basics necessary to create an original design. Problems with bindings on corners? Just leave the corners off! It’s fun and easy to be your own designer and to break away from the tedium of repetitive block design. Gail will lead you on a journey of exploration, from the valley of tradition, along the rocky road of great ideas gone wrong, to the rainbow peaks of increased creativity in quilts! Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Introduction to Freezer-Paper Foundation Piecing
This is the perfect class for a first-time paper piecer! Let Gail introduce you to the quickest, easiest way to piece intricate designs. Her freezer-paper foundation method is quick and fun to learn. You’ll be on your way to piecing a single block of the Winding Ways pattern that can be expanded to make a full quilt or stitched into an adorable tote bag. Come pick up plenty of tips to make paper piecing fun!
Scrumptious Star Stitchery: Paper Foundation Piecing
This class is especially tailored for the novice paper foundation piecer. Working with one of Gail’s designs, learn the ins and outs of this fascinating technique that enables the student to stitch very complex designs with ease and accuracy.
Something Fishy – Easy Paper Piecing
Come make this cute little fishy in rainbow bright colors! The class kit will include an assortment of bright prints and background fabrics. This design is perfect for a baby quilt or a wallhanging. Students will learn several different paper piecing techniques in the single block that contains several elements: Flying Geese, Pointy Dudes, simple appliqué, and 3D design. A pattern will be provided for a larger quilt.
Karen Eckmeier adds stress-free curves to your quilting world.
Karen Eckmeier, aka the Quilted Lizard, is an award-winning quilter and international teacher, author, and pattern designer. With a background in drawing but no sewing experience, Karen taught herself how to sew in order to make her first quilt. That was 30 years ago and she’s been hooked on fabric ever since.
Nature often inspires her work, and Karen enjoys showing the viewer what she feels in lines and colors. Her art is happy and upbeat, concentrating on the positive and whimsical sides of life, as you can tell from the titles of her books: Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes, Layered Waves, and Wearable Waves.
Karen’s workshops emphasize her no-stress approach to playing with fabric, whether it be raw-edge collage or her layered/topstitching technique. No matter what, students always go home with an “I can do that” attitude.
Visit Karen at quilted-lizard.com
Take a look at her classes:
Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes
Explore two totally different techniques with the same fun results! Karen will share her two favorite approaches to playing with fabrics: fabric collage (Happy Villages) and layered/topstitching (Accidental Landscapes). This lighthearted and informative PowerPoint presentation will show you how the techniques evolved, and will inspire you to try fabric collage or layered topstitching in your own creations. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Happy Villages Fabric Collage
Explore the freedom of fabric collage! You will find no seams to piece or match, no lines to trace, just free-form cutting of step and window shapes. Step-by-step, your little village will magically come to life. Put the finishing touches on your fabric collage at home with a layer of tulle and machine stitching. Finished project size: 16½” x 16½”.
Layered Logs – Topstitched Log Cabin Blocks
These Log Cabin blocks really have an attitude! Relax and enjoy topstitched seams, curvy edges, and blocks of different sizes all with no measuring. Karen will demonstrate how the different-sized blocks magically come together to create this traditional pattern, which has lots of great curvy lines and quirky little raw-edge triangles.
Let’s Make Waves!
Grab your rotary cutters and loosen up by cutting wild curves and dramatic angles in this technique workshop. Learn to “go with the flow” and find out how relaxing free-form cutting and layered topstitching can be! Karen will show you how to use your Layered Waves fabric in traditional and contemporary quilts, impressive borders, eye-catching wearables, appliqué designs, and much, much, more!
Mountain Views Accidental Landscape
Create this surprisingly simple quilted scene using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. Gentle rolling hills of green fabric strips combine with distant peaks to create peaceful vistas. You can also include a lake or a field of wildflowers; the variations are endless. Finished project size: approximately 9″ x 12″ without borders.
Random Roses – Layer and Piece Beautiful Curves
Time to play! Here we go round and round to create beautiful one-of-a-kind roses. Use Karen’s topstitch method to layer and piece your curves. It’s not painful at all! You will make several Random Rose blocks in your favorite color. (If pink is not your color, think purple, turquoise, or orange.) After you create, Karen will give you several fun ideas for how to use your blocks in a quilt.