Lectures and Workshops

The following are lectures and workshops which I offer.  Contact me to schedule a presentation for your quilt guild.

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Lecture

My Quilting Journey:  Boundaries and Beyond 

PowerPoint lecture presentation with images of many of my quilts, process photos about how I construct my quilts. I also bring a few of my quilts to show in person.

1 hour with Q&A
Fee:
2018 – $350
2019 – $375

 

Hand Dyes and Surface Design for Vibrant Quilting

Joint Lecture/Trunk Show by Lisa Reber and Rachel Derstine showing the multitude of ways one can use hand made fabrics to make your quilting come alive.  Lisa has sold her hand dyed fabrics at Nancy Crow workshops, taught hand dying and surface design at Mancuso Shows and in her home studio.

1 hour with Q&A
Fee:
2018 – $400 ($200 each)
2019 – $420 ($210 each)

Workshops

Artful Couching #1

Lectures and Workshops

Full day workshop on piecing this square within a square background then learning the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz.  Students will be sent instructions prior to the workshop to make this  42″ x 18″ table runner size quilt.  It should be completed or at least partially completed before the workshop so that most of the focus will be spent on couching.  We will quilt this in the first hours of the class and then spend a large portion of the day learning the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle, by incorporating a variety of cording, yarns and metallic threads in your work.

Full Day (6 hours)
Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

Artful Couching #2

Lectures and Workshops

Learn the art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow and extra pizzazz.  This is a full day class 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.

Full Day (6 hours)
Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

Artful Couching #3

Lectures and Workshops

Learn to make this fused 14″x36″ table runner size quilt with non traditional fabrics that glitter and sparkle.  This is a full day class with fusing and quilting in the first two hours, then couching the rest of the day.  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.

Full Day (6 hours)
Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

Easy Landscape Quilt

Lectures and Workshops

Lectures and Workshops

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.

Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

Contemporary Abstract Quilt

Lectures and Workshops

Lectures and Workshops

A full day workshop working on contemporary abstract design.  Bring your hand dyed fabrics: an interesting focal fabric and various values in other hand dyes for the outer borders.   We will sketch out a rough design on paper and then cut and piece our quilts.  Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed.

Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

Strata Quilt

Lectures and Workshops

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.

Fee:
2018 – $575
2019 – $600
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.

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“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