Carol is available to teach the following classes at guilds, quilt shows, and quilt shops. She is based in the Chicago area and can travel.

Lectures:

Get your Stash Together:  Organization for Quilters

Is your fabric stash so overwhelming that you aren’t able to locate the piece you want?  Can you find that wonderful tool that you bought at a quilt show last year?  You know you have a book on machine quilting, but you can’t recall the exact title.  Can you retrieve it from your bookshelf?  You’re ready to start quilting – if only you could find the spool of perfect variegated thread that you know you have.  In this lecture, you will learn great (and practical) ideas on how to organize and store your fabric, tools, thread, books and magazines so that they are readily accessible.  Knowing how to approach the task of organization is a major leap towards getting it done!  The lecture includes methods for folding and storing fabric so that it’s easy to view and locate, labeling, ideas on shelves, cabinets, racks, drawers and boxes, using your computer as a tool and many ideas for actually using your stash. 

AHA! Techniques and Tools for Perfecting Your Quilting

Aha!  Get some great ideas for precision piecing and for simplifying and improving your quilting and sewing.  Use of the right supplies can make a big difference in the results.  Learn techniques to enhance your projects while making sewing more pleasant.  This lecture/demonstration covers many techniques, materials, tools and great ideas for sharpening your piecing, quilting and sewing skills.

Infinite Opportunity:  Quilts Hidden in Your Stash

As quilters, we love to collect beautiful fabrics – yet we are often not sure quite how to put them all together to make quilts that we love.  The term “scrap quilt” may bring to mind using leftovers that don’t necessarily look good together.  By contrast, while STASH quilts utilize your stash and scraps, they contain thoughtfully selected materials, and look BETTER because of the variety – not tired because they were created just to use up fabrics.  The lecture addresses what makes multi-fabric quilts work.  It includes many examples and demonstrations showing design principles, color combinations, and patterns to give you ideas for selecting and using fabrics from your stash to make great multi-fabric quilts.

Machine Quilting with Metallic Thread

 While metallic threads can create wonderful effects on quilts, many quilters avoid them because they think they are too difficult to use.  However, quilting with metallic threads does not need to be challenging! The needle, thread, thread path and sewing machine settings all make a difference.  This lecture/demonstration includes information about metallic threads and how to successfully use them for walking foot quilting, free motion quilting, bobbin quilting, couching and machine embroidery.  Attendees will receive a list of key recommendations for quilting with metallic threads.

Hexagons:  Six Sides, One Angle, and Oh So Many Possibilities

The hexagon is successfully used in both traditional and contemporary quilts.  The unique six-sided geometry of the hexagon makes it particularly versatile!  While hexagons can be arranged in interesting patterns, they can also be created from other shapes, such as triangles and diamonds.  Quilted hexagon pieces can incorporate many techniques, including machine piecing, hand piecing, English Paper Piecing (by hand or by machine), appliqué, joining of pre-finished hexagons, fussy cutting, use of a single block, embroidery and quilting.  

Finishing the Edges of a Quilt Without Binding

At times, it is helpful to finish the edges of a quilt without binding.  The size, design, and intended purpose of the quilt all play a role in selecting options for finishing a particular quilt.  Time is also a factor, as some alternatives typically take less time than binding.  This lecture  includes facings, several ways to finish pieces using "pillowcase-style" techniques, and finishing the edges of a small piece with the sewing machine.

Workshops:

Little Gifts by the Dozen (6 hours)

At the holidays and throughout the year, there are many times for giving little gifts to teachers, friends, co-workers, and for using them as party favors or stocking stuffers.  In this class, you will learn to make twelve little gifts that you can quickly and easily produce in quantity to share with friends and family.  Projects include a luggage tag, pencil case, glasses case, basket, covered notebook, bordered towel, potholder, key fob, card case (for a gift card, business cards or frequent buyer cards), a gift bag, napkin with mitered hem and a pocket tissue holder.  The projects also give you the opportunity to try a variety of interfacings, batting and hardware, some of which are likely new to you.

How Far Can a Jelly Roll? (6 hours)

Have you bought some Bali Pops or Jelly Rolls because the fabrics are so beautiful, and coordinate so well – but they remain unused because you don’t know what to make with them?  Or have you seen a package of luscious batik strips or a fun thirties jelly roll, and wanted to get it, but you’ve been hesitant because you don’t know how to use it?  In this class, start with 40 2½” strips plus some coordinating fabrics, and make a tote bag, a cover for a journal or notebook, a zipper bag, and a basket or box, using a variety of techniques to make the projects.  You will finish some in class and leave with instructions for finishing the rest at home.  You will be amazed at how far your jelly can roll, or how much your Bali will pop!

Zipper Bags (6 hours)

Zipper bags are quick, fun, and useful and they make lovely personalized gifts that don’t take a lot of time to make.  Learn how to make four different types of zipper bags, ranging in size from a coin purse to a tote bag.  You’ll learn easy ways to insert a zipper and a variety of techniques for creating and finishing the bags.  Use fabric from your stash, or select some great new coordinates and make a matching set!  By the end of the day, you’ll have some of the bags finished and you’ll know how to complete the rest. 

Walking Foot Quilting (4 hours)

The walking foot does far more than stitching in the ditch!  Quilting with your walking foot can be a great way to beautifully finish your quilts.  You stay in control of the quilting process, you can get excellent results, and the learning curve is short. In this class, you will learn creative ways to use your walking foot for quilting.  Following an introduction about needles, thread, batting, and basting, the class includes hands-on practice with straight line quilting, curved lines, spirals, use of special stitches on your machine and designs that are stitched using easy-to-make templates. 

Quilt As You Piece Table Runners (6 hours)

Make two lovely table runners and a hexagon table topper.  One runner is made with diagonal piecing and is one designed for a fabric that features a wide stripe.   All are "doubly quick" as they are quilted at the same time they are pieced, and are finished without binding.   The striped runner does not require any matching of the stripes, which means that it goes together quickly.  Make them to coordinate with your dining room décor, or use holiday fabrics.