Lori’s workshops are fast-paced and fun! She brings her knowledge of history and quiltmaking and love of vintage textiles to give students the confidence to create projects that honor the past, fill them joy, and leave them with a sense of accomplishment. Many of her workshops have companion lectures to fully immerse students in the possibilities, although you are free to mix and match lectures and workshops for the needs of your group. Whatever you choose, plan to have fun!
Gathering up the Fragments – Companion to the lecture by the same name.– What do you do with those old orphaned blocks? Doilies? All the odds and ends of family treasures? You make a quilt, of course! Students come with a willingness to experiment and a sense of adventure and leave with confidence in their own creative abilities. Kits available and tips for working with vintage pieces. (6-hour).
And some of my students’ work!
Piecing with Neutrals – Companion to the lecture by the same name. Challenge yourself to think outside the muslin box and learn about the magic of made-fabric. Students will bring a pile of scraps and come ready to play! Choose one of the patterns below. (6 hour – kit fee $25.)
Sign Here, Please – Companion to the lecture by the same name. Explore the history of the American signature quilt. Lori shares examples from her own collection (and encourages participants to bring theirs) to unravel the mystery of signature quilts: why these quilts were created, what they can tell us about place and time, and how we can create our own versions today. Choose one of the patterns below. (4 hour – Supply list available.)
If Quilts Could Talk – Companion to the lecture by the same name. The truth is, quilts do talk, if we just know how to listen. Lori leads your group on an interactive run through (almost) two hundred years of American history with quilts and fabrics, revealing what they have to say. She brings fabrics, quilt blocks, and quilts and tops, and encourages participants to bring their own pieces, to see what kinds of tales these documents of history can tell. (4- or 6-hour. Supply list available
Dealing with the Past – Dovetails nicely with the lecture, “I Have This Quilt.” Learn everything you need to know BEFORE you quilt a vintage or antique top. Students bring their own pieces in need of care, and begin work in this hands-on workshop that introduces the basics of repair, restoration, and finising. (4-hour — Supply list available and kit fee $15.)
Butterfly, Don’t Fly Away-Companion to the lecture by the same name.— Lori brings her extensive and very quirky collection of butterfly quilts and quilt tops, so we can look not just at all the variation in butterfly patterns, but so much more. (Companion workshop available with bonus sashing. Pattern purchase required and supply list available — 4 hours.)
Make it New — Make a new quilt based on an antique. Learn how to draft a pattern and adapt it for modern techniques. What a difference a few simple changes can make! (4-hour — Supply list available)