Inspiration – Hand to Machine and Everything in Between


Take a look at three brilliant quilt artists ready to inspire you! See what they are offering at AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah.

Let Catherine Redford inspire you with her playful stitches!

Still known for her innovation and imagination, English-born Catherine Redford learned to knit and sew at an early age, keeping her family’s Barbie dolls and action men well dressed. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she started quilting in 1998 and discovered a new passion in her life. She began to teach classes five years after her first quilting class. She’s an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, a popular teacher at local and national levels, and the co-founder of the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild.

Catherine is an author, a frequent magazine contributor, and has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV. She has two DVDs on modern machine quilting techniques produced by QATV and her book, Modern Machine Quilting: Make a Perfectly Finished Quilt on Your Home Machine, was published in March 2017. Read more about Catherine and see her work at

Take a look at her classes:

Big Bold Hand-Stitched Quilting

Want to finish your quilts by hand but lack the time for tiny stitches? Learn a quicker and simpler way of hand quilting with big, bold hand stitching suitable for any style of quilt. You will mark your designs, baste your pieces, and set to sewing. Find out how relaxing and fun it can be with a project you can take with you almost anywhere!

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English Paper Pieced – Clamshell

Do you have some English Paper Piecing experience and want to try something a little more challenging? Make the top of this little clamshell pillow with precut paper templates and your favorite fabric scraps. Create a super handwork project your friends will admire.

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Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts

Have you looked at improv quilts and not known where to start? Take a bag of scraps and add a neutral solid and some happy thoughts! Students will look at a few examples, discuss some techniques including adding narrow strips and gentle curved piecing, and get to stitching! Everyone will go home well on the way to having a small wallhanging ready to quilt.

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Introduction to English Paper Piecing

Learn the time-honored technique of English paper piecing using precut card templates. Stitch a simple flower and appliqué it to your chosen background, ready for a small pillow or mug rug. You will be introduced to some traditional and innovative quilts for inspiration for your next project.

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Introduction to Hand Embroidery

Brush up on your embroidery skills and learn some new stitches on a preprinted sampler that can be kept as a reference piece or finished into a small pillow or mini quilt. You will start with chain, stem, and button hole stitches, followed by mastering the perfect French knot. Then you will move on to continuous cross stitch and fly stitch before adding some wrapped embellishments for even more dimension and detail.

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Let Jessica Vandenburgh show you how to play with color!

Jessica VanDenburgh has a love for all things handmade. Her grandmother taught her how to sew at a young age and encouraged her creativity. Jessica discovered quilting and bag making in 2005 and started making bags for friends and family in 2007. Her background in interior design makes Jessica a natural with color and pattern selection. 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

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, working with a template, and tips to make your paper-pieced blocks come out perfectly every time. This class will work on the basics, which will give students the skills to finish a quilt top on their own.

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No-Sew 3-Dimensional Flowers

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, wardrobe, 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.

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Tourist Tote Bag

The Tourist Tote Bag is perfect for the beginner bag maker or an experienced sewer looking for a quick and easy project. In class you will learn how to make this simple tote that’s great for quilt shows, shopping, the gym, or work. They make great gifts, too!

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Working with Precuts

You’ve seen them in quilt shops and online, maybe even bought a few. But what do you do with precuts now that you have them? Precuts are fun and a great way to get a jump start on your next project. Jessica will talk about the names and sizes of precuts, and the projects you can make with them. Maybe your next quilt will start with a precut! Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.

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Let Judi Madsen introduce you to the primitive side of quilting.

Award winning quilter Judi Madsen grew up in a family of 11 children with a mother who loved quilting as much as Judi does today. She now has four kids of her own and a husband who manages their online business, and she enjoys sharing her love of all things quilty in her role as teacher. Judi stays busy quilting for customers from all over the country on her A1 longarm machine, sharing all of her customers’ quilts at and creating many quilting designs and patterns for her website,

Judi enjoys turning simple quilts into masterpieces with incredible custom quilting. She teaches her techniques in her two books, Quilting Wide Open Spaces and Secondary Designs, both published by AQS. She is thrilled to be able to be a part of the quilting world and is happy to meet so many wonderful people throughout the world who share her love of quilting.

Take a look at her classes:

Fantabulous Fillers

Come and learn how to take your fillers to the next level by adding in several design elements. Judi will share how she creates this beautiful filler, as well as several other fillers with free-motion quilting. This class is perfect for everyone!

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Modern Meets Traditional

Come and learn how Judi Madsen takes on modern quilting with a traditional approach. Learn how to make feathers and straight lines work together beautifully in a quilt. Judi will share her love of the modern/traditional approach to quilting customer quilts as well as her own quilts. This is a great class for everyone!

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Secondary Quilting Designs

Come and learn how to take your quilt top to the next level by adding in secondary quilting designs to complement your quilt tops. Judi will show you what inspires her to change up the quilting and make each quilt unique using simple tools like her straightedged ruler and marking pen. This will be a fantastic class you won’t want to miss!

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Smashing Sashings

Are you tired of the same old sashing designs? Stuck in a rut with feathers, swirls, and other common sashing quilting designs? This is the class for you! Come and see how Judi Madsen approaches the quilting designs in the sashings in her quilts with large sashes! This will be a fun and informative class with a lot of new design ideas for those quilts that have you stumped! Judi cannot wait to share several new designs with you!

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Tripped-Out Triple Borders

Not sure how to quilt that quilt with a break border in the middle? Judi Madsen will share a new approach to quilting fantastic border designs that will give your quilting a whole new look and will incorporate the break border as part of the design. Learn to quilt fearlessly as you try new things. You will not want to miss this class!

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