At the crossroads of creativity and technique lives possibility. These three artists enable quilters to bring creativity and technique together to do anything they can imagine. Look at their breathtaking quilts and learn what they are offering at AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster 2018.
Let Becky Goldsmith inspire you with her quilting world!
Becky Goldsmith is an award-winning quilter who loves traveling to teach both nationally and internationally. She met her business partner, Linda Jenkins, at a guild meeting in 1986, and they started Piece O’ Cake Designs in 1994. Since then, they have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including seven Blocks of the Months.
Becky’s solo book endeavor, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, helps readers to unlock the secrets of winning color combinations in their quilts. She enjoys revealing those secrets in exciting color workshops across the country.
Becky says that for all of us, making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging—and being a member of the quilting community is an added bonus. She never imagined that quilting would become her life’s work, but she’s so happy that it did! See Becky’s website at pieceocake.com.
Take a look at her classes:
Jamestown House Wool Appliqué
Come to class and have fun appliquéing this cute wool house. Learn how to make templates and a placement overlay, plus how to fuse or glue and stitch your wool appliqué shapes. The pattern for the small quilt is included in the class. You can make it as a stand-alone project or add it to the larger quilt from Becky’s book, Wool Appliqué The Piece O’ Cake Way.
Perfectly Pointy – Needleturn Appliqué
Now is the time to master your needleturn hand-appliquéd points! Come to class and learn the secrets to perfect points. This class focuses exclusively on inner and outer points, and you will leave with the confidence to tackle the points that you will find in any appliqué project.
Pick-Up Sticks – Fast and Fun Piecing
PICK-UP STICKS is a lovely, modern quilt that is really fast and fun to make! You will learn how to combine improvisational cutting (using a ruler) with speedy piecing techniques as you work on four 8″ blocks that, when sewn together, make one larger block.
Tile Tango – Needleturn Appliqué
Needleturn hand appliqué is both fun and relaxing, once you know how to do it! You will learn how to sew an invisible stitch in this class for all skill levels. Other skill-building techniques include curves, outer points, and much more. This class will leave you with the confidence to tackle any appliqué project.
Explore geography and culture with Felicia Brenoe!
Author, designer, and passionate fabric curator Felicia Brenoe loves working with quilters of all levels. Her classes are upbeat and positive, and her passion is to support fellow quilters as they acquire new skills, develop their sense of color, and grow artistically.
Felicia grew up in Norway, and her designs and colors are influenced by her multicultural life; she is very interested in how our geography and culture affects our quilting.
Felicia’s work has appeared in several publications, including Quiltmania, Quilt Festival, Generation Q, and Art Quilting Studio, and she has published two books: My Cozy Village and The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Learn more about Felicia at feliciasworld.com.
Take a look at her classes:
All the Pretty Colors: Make a Paper-Pieced Pencil Quilt
Have fun putting together your dream box of colored pencils in this simple, easy quilt. The pencil tips are foundation paper-pieced, making it a breeze to get perfect points. Use solid colors like the model quilt does, or dig deep in your stash to come up with your own rainbow of fantasy pencils. Finished quilt size: 55″ x 69″.
Butterfly Forest Appliqué
Join author, designer, and educator Felicia Brenoe for a fun day of butterfly appliqué! In this class, you will increase your mastery of fused raw-edge appliqué as you create a block from Felicia’s book, The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Felicia will share tips and techniques for constructing your blocks and getting neat appliqué stitches on the machine. You will use precut appliqué shapes to create the blocks, and you will finish one or more 18″ blocks that you can incorporate into a larger quilt or turn into a pillow or wallhanging.
Cozy Village: Learn Successful Raw-Edge Appliqué
Join author, designer, and educator Felicia Brenoe and learn how to machine appliqué the block of your choice from Felicia’s charming quilt design, MY COZY VILLAGE. Felicia will teach you all the tricks of successful fused raw-edge appliqué. You will discuss thread tension, machine settings, planning for layered appliqué, and tricks and tips to make your appliqué look professional. By the end of class, you will have a whole new toolset at your fingertips and the confidence to tackle any raw-edge appliqué project.
Exquisite Log Cabin Quilts
In this fun and eye-opening class, you will join quilt book author, designer, and educator Felicia Brenoe and learn how to make accurate and exquisite Log Cabin blocks. Make 4-inch Log Cabin blocks fun and easy. In the world of quilting, small often means difficult, but under Felicia’s guidance you will learn how to use foundation paper piecing to make your Log Cabin blocks, with no quarter-inch seam allowances to worry about. By the end of the workshop, you will have mastered the principles of foundation paper piecing and come away with a new level of confidence as well as a few completed blocks.
From Rainforest to Quilt
Where do we find the inspiration for our quilts? Join author, designer, and educator Felicia Brenoe as she takes you deep into the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, where she collected the impressions and memories that would ultimately become her book, The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest. Felicia will share ideas and tricks for using your personal memories, emotions, and life events in quilts, and will illustrate these ideas with several examples. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Meet the amazing and always exciting Sue Patten.
Award-winning longarm quilter Sue Patten began piecing quilts and hand quilting in 1991. As her quilting style evolved, she plunged into machine quilting in 2000. Sue enjoys traveling throughout Canada, the US, and Europe teaching her unique and innovative quilting styles to quilters of all types.
She is the author of Quilting Possibilities and Adaptable Quilting Designs, both published by AQS. Sue is always filled with energy, humor, stories, and tips, which means her classes are full of fun and learning. Learn more at suepattenquilts.com and suepatteninspires.blogspot.com.
Take a look at her classes:
An Evening of Quilts with Sue Patten
Ever wonder what inspires your favorite quilters? Join Sue Patten for a fun and informative night that tracks her entire journey as a quilter. This trunk show features a wide range of quilts including hand quilting, domestic machine quilting, bed quilts, wallhangings, art quilts, and all of Sue’s award-winning show quilts. Sue will entertain you with humor and stories while sharing tips that you will be using for years to come.
Brilliant Blocks, Bold Borders, and Stunning Sashings
Get ready to tackle the quilt, the whole quilt, and every area of the quilt! This class will pull dozens of designs together and have you dancing freestyle around the quilt top. It will help you decide on where to place your three degrees of texture, help you with all your design choices for any style of block, and teach you how to make those borders rock, not roll. Let us never again fear those final instructions at the end of every pattern: “Quilt as desired.” After you complete this fast-paced, cover-it-all class, you will be able to freestyle your way through any quilt top that comes your way with confidence and skill.
Not every quilt screams for feathers! This class has been brought back by popular demand and pulled out of retirement. (Of course, Sue has updated some of the designs and added new ones to the mix as her unique and innovative personality demanded.) This is a free-motion class filled with alternative designs to the “oh-so-tired” feather. With new spine ideas and the added touch of inside fillers, these designs can be used to wow traditional and cutting-edge quilters alike. Come discover a world of designs that will create movement and outstanding texture for all those quilts screaming for anything but feathers!
Mastering the Art of Ruler Work
This class will introduce you to ruler work. We will use a wide range of different rulers, including the new Path Easy, which allows you to do edge-to-edge quilting from the front of your machine and on your sit-down longarm. You will learn which ruler works best for the design and area of the quilt you are tackling, and Sue will share all her tips and tricks on using rulers safely and accurately. If you have ever wondered if rulers are the right tool for your style of quilting, then this is the class for you. Come join this class as we explore and learn to master the art of ruler work.
Quick Grid and Go
This class is based on one grid, one travel path and dozens of possible designs. We’ll start off with a basic travel path and a simple, everyday Orange Peel quilt design, then transform the path and design to create quick, easy, unique designs that will look great on every style of quilt top. This is the perfect class for all levels of quilters. Come see how stunning and easy your next quilt can be, with nothing more than a grid stencil, a pounce pad, and an endless number of quick and easy quilting designs. Stencils and pounce pad will be supplied for students’ use during class.
Rogue Rulers and Stunning Stencil Designs
It’s no surprise that Sue is going rouge! This class is full of awesome new tips and tricks on using those rulers, stencils, and gadgets that you have collected over the years. Sue will have you looking at gizmos, gadgets, rulers, and stencils in a whole new way… so come discover new concepts for your everyday tools. If you have a ruler, stencil, or gadget that you would like Sue to demonstrate, please feel free to bring it with you to class