Meet three amazing quilters who will inspire you from one end of quilting to the other! Look at their breathtaking work and learn what they are offering at AQS QuiltWeek – Daytona Beach.
Meet Jessica VanDenburgh, the sassy bag maker who fills her quilting with laughter!
Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and continuously encouraged her creativity. Jessica’s background in interior design makes her a natural with color and pattern selection. She discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Soon, Jessica expanded her pattern company to include simple quilts and other accessories. Her company, Sew Many Creations, began as a custom bag company but it has grown into a pattern business that specializes in beginner-friendly bags and quilts.
Jessica’s laid-back approach to teaching makes students feel at ease. You’ll find that her classes are full of fun facts, tips, tricks, and a whole lot of laughter. Learn more at sewmanycreationsny.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Cartwheels – Intro to Paper Piecing
“Cartwheels” is a fun and easy introduction to foundation paper piecing. Learn the basics of making paper-pieced blocks and working with a template, and try tips to make your paper-pieced blocks come out perfectly every time. This class will focus on the basics, which will give students the skills and confidence to finish a quilt top on their own.
No-Sew 3D Flower Embellishments
Time to put away your machine and make some no-sew flowers! These easy, fun flowers are the perfect accessory to add to your quilts, clothing, and bags. In class we will make the largest flower, the Dahlia, and discuss techniques to make the Rose and Poppy, too. We will also go over the many ways to add extra embellishments to your flowers, such as beads, crystals, and embroidery floss.
Go on a nature walk with Frieda Anderson!
A BERNINA Ambassador, Frieda Anderson has been making quilts for over 40 years. Her original quilts are inspired by colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her Midwest home.
After discovering the art of hand dyeing fabric 20 years ago, Frieda now works almost exclusively with her own hand-dyed cottons and silks in her fused and pieced quilt creations. She loves the dyeing process and particularly enjoys seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric. Frieda has been designing and making original quilts since she made her first quilt in high school, and she enjoys the challenge every step of quiltmaking offers — from beginning to end. Daily walks in the woods with her dog are Frieda’s inspiration for the hand-dyed fabric and original patterns found on her website at friestyle.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Daffodils – Create a Raw-Edge Fused Wallhanging
“Daffodils” is inspired by the glory of Frieda’s garden. This flower pattern provides the perfect setting for the use of detailed cutting, fusing, and color combinations to create drama and whimsy together in a single piece. Discover the newest techniques and tools for creating this raw-edge beauty as you complete this colorful DAFFODILS wallhanging.
Flooded with Color – Dye Your Own Fabrics
Color is one of the reasons we love quilting, and achieving an abundance and variety of color is one reason we dye our own fabrics. Frieda believes that the most dependable, lightfast, and washfast dyes used are Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes, the same dyes used in this workshop. Students will learn to dye formulas in 48 shades, introducing the flood of color that can be achieved with Frieda’s method. Dye your own fabrics to ensure your quilts are always one-of-a-kind masterpieces!
Free-Motion Machine Quilting
Frieda’s fun, fast, free-motion machine quilting class will walk you through the process of making your own designs without marking or using templates. Using your sewing machine as a drawing tool, you will learn how to handle your quilt sandwich, what needles and thread to use, and how to make complex free-motion patterns.
Little Landscapes – Fused Appliqué
Fused appliqué is one of Frieda’s go-to methods for making her award-winning quilts. In this workshop, students will make a small landscape design using fused fabric, scissors, and a rotary cutter with a decorative blade. To truly make your own art quilts, begin by designing your own fabric. In this class, you will make swatches of colorful fused fabrics, and use them to create collage landscapes full of texture and pattern. A kit of hand-dyed cottons is required, dyed specifically to produce the desired results.
SunDance – Raw-Edge Sunflowers
“SunDance” is inspired by the glory of Frieda’s garden. Sunflowers provide the perfect setting for the use of detailed cutting, fusing, and color combinations to create drama and whimsy together in a single piece. Discover the newest techniques and tools for creating this raw-edge beauty as you complete the colorful Sunflower wallhanging. This class includes the Sunflower pattern and all hand-dyed fabrics necessary to create the quilt top.
Let Pat Durbin take you on a quilting art adventure.
Pat Durbin has a love for pictorial quilts. She started quilting in 1993 and moved into art quilting in 2004. You will see her latest adventures in many quilt shows. She enjoys sharing her unique methods with quilters eager to try something different.
Having been a sewer all of her life, making art quilts seemed a natural way to express the artist within. Pat’s quilt, FOREST WALK is part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Pat also has a love of writing. She has written four art quilt books: Fabric + Paint + Thread = Fabulous, Mosaic Picture Quilts, Mosaic Landscape Quilts, and A Walk in the Woods. Her quilts have been published in major publications including American Quilter, Quilter’s Newsletter, SAQA Journal, The Quilt Life, National Quilt Association newsletter, Quilt Magazine, and Machine Quilting Unlimited. See more of Pat’s work at patdurbin.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Begin to Machine Quilt
Learn how to machine quilt on your home machine and create a table topper that will make a statement in your home. Machine quilting enhances your quilt tops and brings them to a new level of beauty. Pat will share tips and encouragement as you learn to machine quilt with confidence.
Make It with Thread
One of Pat’s favorite tools in quilting is thread – lots of thread. In this class, Pat will show you techniques she has developed to make beautiful leaves, flowers, and more using thread. When you are finished, sew them onto garments, quilts, book covers, bags, or whatever you please!
Turn Photos to Quilts
Come join Pat as she takes you on a quilting adventure. Pat’s quilting is all tied up with traveling, photography, computer skills, and quilting. You will see a slide show of Pat’s wonderful quilts, along with the exciting destinations that inspired them. There are people quilts, too! Pat will discuss her decision-making process to choose which technique to use to achieve her dream quilt (of the moment). Come join Pat on this tour of her fun adventure. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.