Lectures and Workshops

The following are lectures and workshops which I offer.

I am now offering Virtual Lectures and Classes via Zoom.  No hotel and travel expenses!



Please fill out my Lecture and Workshop Inquiry Form if you would like to have me either come in person or lecture/teach virtually for your Quilt Guild.

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1 hour with Q&A
Fee: $400

Artful Couching: Texture and Definition

PowerPoint lecture presentation showing the many ways couching can be used to take your art to the next level.  Instruction in specific technique on how to couch will be shown.  I will bring examples of how couching can be added to garments and bags as well as quilts.

From Inspiration to Art Process

PowerPoint lecture presentation on the topic of where I find inspiration for my art:   Other artists, photographs, influences from life experiences.  I also discuss how to make effective quilts using art concepts such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, using repetition of line, shapes, values and color throughout the work.

Keep It Simple, but Pack a Punch (Lecture)

art quilt - play on curves  

A PowerPoint lecture presentation demonstrating the idea that quilts do not need to be complex to be compelling.  I share my thoughts on how to choose great fabrics and simple designs to create amazing quilts.  I show some work from artists who have inspired me and also speak about how my background has informed my work.  This would be a great lecture to have presented to your group before taking the workshop by the same name.



Full Day (6 hours)  It is highly recommended that Zoom workshops be divided into two days, ideally one week apart.
Fee: $650
Half Day (3 hours)
Fee: $425
$50 discount if lecture and full day workshop are combined.

Artful Couching

Lectures and Workshops

Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz.  This is a full day or half day class, depending on if the students come with a completed quilt sandwich on which to do the couching. We which will focus exclusively on mastering couching techniques.  Students will bring a striped batik or gradient fabric or purchase fabric in class to make this 18″ x 45″ table runner size quilt.  This class will show you the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle, by incorporating a variety of cording, yarns and metallic threads in your work.  PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.

Architecture Quilts (New starting Jan. 2022)

art quilt - rittenhouse winter       architectural perspective drexel building    art quilt - city windows

A full day workshop creating a quilt based on an architecture photo.   Do you have a favorite building you’d like to recreate?  We will be doing fused applique.  We will work on how to create proper perspective and how to infuse some vibrant color into your buildings.  You will also have the option of creating a city windows quilt using improvisational cutting and piecing.  A PDF Supply list will be made available to you before class.

Poppies – Floral Applique with Couching

A full day workshop learning fused raw edge applique techniques.  Some thread painting and satin stitching will be taught.  Couching of yarn to outline the flowers will be taught.  A downloadable PDF pattern will be available with full materials list.

Easy Landscape Quilt

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A full day workshop on easy landscape quilting using fused applique techniques.  Students will design a landscape from a simple photo or drawing.  Some sample landscape designs will be provided.  Students will finish or nearly finish the quilt top during the class.  Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.  PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.

Advanced Landscape Quilt

         landscape quilt - lagoon


And Yet She Persisted


Best taught as a two day workshop: More advanced techniques using fusing, non-woven products, paint, stencils, Inktense blocks, and cutting machine.  Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.  A PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.

Fabulous Trees



Learn to create high impact tree quilts using some simple but innovative techniques.  We will first raw edge fuse and stitch trees, then use simple applications of paint and markers for shading and foliage.   Learn to make and use stencils for creating painted foliage.  Work small or large and always use a compelling background fabric to give your work more interest.   PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.  Zoom workshops work best divided into two days, one week apart.



Keep it Simple, but Pack a Punch (Workshop)


art quilt - play on curves                                

A full day workshop working on choosing materials and designing works to showcase simple but effective quilts. We will discuss color, values and design concepts, then sketch out a rough design on paper, keeping in mind that “simple” often makes more of a powerful statement than “busy”.  This class will involve mostly improv quilting without a ruler.  Some simple fusing may be added.  Bring your hand dyed or commercial fabrics: an interesting focal fabric and various values in other hand dyes, batiks, silks or prints.   Gradient fabrics are always fun.   We will cut and piece our quilts.  Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.  PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.  For Zoom, a two part class with a week in between would be best.

Strata Quilt

Wall Hanging - Autumn Breeze 3

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We will do curved piecing of coordinated hand dyed and commercial fabrics for the background.  Easy quilting designs will be introduced.  Organza circles will be stitched to the surface with single or double needle applique.  Yarns will be couched to the surface for movement and definition.  A limited amount of fabrics, yarn, thread and silk organza will be available for purchase during class. Kit optional –  $30.  PDF supply list will be provided prior to class.  Optional demo of screen printing with paint on the surface of the quilt will be offered.  For Zoom, a two part class with a week in between would be best.

Laptop/Tablet Case

Laptop Case

Half Day Class.  Learn to make this well padded but sleek laptop case with an outside zipper pocket for accessories.  Suggestions will be given for how you can personalize it as you wish.   PDF materials list will be provided prior to class.

Kit with fabric – $30
Kit w/o fabric – $15 – zippers, pulls, In-R-Form

Triangle Table Runner

triangle gold Table Runner - Triangles

Full Day Class.  Create this simple but versatile table runner and easily quilt it using the walking foot.  You will piece the top, quilt it with batting and backing and learn to cut and stitch the binding.  PDF materials list will be provided prior to class.

Kit  optional – $35

Zoe Bag

Zoe bag

Full day class.  Learn to make this sophisticated, yet practical bag.  Featuring a large front slip pocket, back zipper pocket, inner slip pocket.  Adjustable straps.  Measures 11″ high, 11.5″ wide and 2.5″ deep at the bottom.  PDF materials list will be provided prior to class.

Kit with fabric – $25



“Loved it all!”

“Very much enjoyed meeting you and getting acquainted with a new technique (to me) and appreciation for it’s applications.”

“This was a great experience!  Thanks so much!”

–from evaluation forms filled out in classes

“I have been quilting for almost twenty years and I never fail to learn something new and valuable whenever I watch Rachel at work. She is a master craftswoman and teacher making the difficult look easy and the rest seem very doable. Rachel is a master designer. Her sense of color and design are well developed and she freely shares her techniques and knowledge. She is an inspiration to anyone aspiring to be an art quilter.”
-Sheila Stern

“I’ve been sewing since high school, making clothes and simple home decor items (e.g., curtains, pillows, etc.). Rachel gave me the courage and taught me the skills I needed to begin piecing quilts and wall hangings. I recently completed my first free form quilt and began using the long arm to quilt the finished pieces. Rachel’s sewing tricks and tips make it easier to plan and finish my pieces. I appreciate her patience and knowledge as an instructor as well as her sewing and quilting skills.”
-Karen Jantzi