The following are lectures and workshops which I offer.
I am now offering Virtual Lectures and Classes via Zoom. No hotel and travel expenses!
You may also download this pdf brochure to print and hand out to interested parties:
(print double sided, flipping on the short side)
Lecture/Workshop Brochure 2020
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.
If you would like to take an online class with me please sign up at
1 hour with Q&A
Artful Couching: Texture and Definition
PowerPoint lecture presentation showing the many ways couching can be used to take your art tot he 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 draw inspiration for my art: Other artists, photographs, emotions 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.
Full Day (6 hours)
Half Day (3 hours)
$50 discount if lecture and workshop are combined.
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. Kit purchase optional – $30
Poppies – Floral Applique with Couching
A full day workshop with fused 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
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.
Trees – Fusing, Paints and Markers
Learn to raw edge fuse (applique) tress, then use simple applications of paint and markers for shading and foliage. Several examples will be shown and discussed. Kit will include background gradation, silk sun fabric, fusible web, paint, paint brush, various markers.
Kit required – $35
Contemporary Abstract Quilt
A full day workshop working on contemporary abstract design. This class will involve mostly improv quilting without a ruler. Bring your hand dyed or commercial fabrics: an interesting focal fabric and various values in other hand dyes, batiks or prints. We will sketch out a rough design on paper and then cut and piece our quilts. Quilting and facing will be demonstrated and discussed. Kit optional – $25
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.
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.
Kit with fabric – $30
Kit w/o fabric – $20
Triangle Table Runner
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.
Kit optional – $35
Learn to make this sophisticated, yet practical bag. Featuring a large front slip pocket, back zipper pocket, inner slip pocket. Adjustable straps.
Kit with fabric – $35
Kit w/o fabric $20
(use your own fabric)
“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.”
“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.”