Classes

Kathryn’s goal in all her classes is to enable students to become more confident in designing and executing unique quilting projects. The classes are taught with the philosophy that there are no mistakes, only alternate design decisions.

Please contact me at quirksltd@gmail.com to discuss fees and arrangements.

LECTURE

TRUNK SHOW: FROM TRADITION TO RULE BREAKER
A visual journey from my beginnings as a traditional quilter to the way my work is currently created. The steps along that path are available to any quilter and I will show you how to get there. How to begin breaking the rules, why you might want to, and what you should expect when you get there—even what doesn’t work–are all covered in this lecture. (This trunk show uses actual quilts, not a digital presentation!)

RULE-BREAKING QUILTING

RULE-BREAKERS
Frame flyer   Esc Alca    Esc E

Are you ready to try Rule Breaking Quilts? With just a few simple unconventional techniques, you will be well on your way to mastering non-traditional quilting. Building on the techniques, you will learn how to put together the pieces into a finished design, all without a pattern, templates, or even pins!  You will enjoy frustration-free piecing, including easy, curvy sewing. The fun is in the process, where there are no mistakes, just alternate design decisions. No need for precision piecing—if a piece doesn’t fit, you just trim it smaller or add a hunk of fabric to make it bigger! Fun, relaxed, and easy as can be, and every quilt is unique. Student Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate   Length of Class: 1, 2 OR 3 day Workshop. The longer classes allow more design and technique exploration to be done and students may leave with a finished top.

The same type of instruction is available in a more structured format using the following class samples:

RULE BREAKERS–DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Disorderly PinkHere’s a chance for you to make a wall hanging just for the pure enjoyment of playing with fabric. Learn Rule-Breaking with a specific project. Start on the road to creating a wall hanging with frustration-free piecing, including easy, curvy sewing. Become a designer by learning how to make your smaller pieces fit together into a large wall hanging every time. No need for precision piecing—if a piece doesn’t fit, you just trim it smaller or add a hunk of fabric to make it bigger! Fun, relaxed, and easy as can be, and every quilt is unique. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop.

RULE BREAKERS–IMPROV WITH A MODERN SLANT
Sunny Summer Day 1No need to be dependent on patterns–learn how to do free-form piecing to create your own unique designs. Think ‘modern’ with lots of solid colors, low volume prints and asymmetrical gridwork. Your quilt will NOT look like the sample. We’ll discuss contrast and color value and learn how to construct a quilt with different sized blocks. Once you learn the basics, your quilts can always be pattern free and any size you’d like. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop.

RULE BREAKERS–BUILD A SCRAPPY VILLAGE
Build a Scrappy CityYour unique improv blocks will be used to create a scrappy little village. Learn straight line improv piecing, while trying to put a dent in your personal scrap pile. Design, color choices and construction methods, including quilt-as-you-go, will be a big part of this class. Your village will NOT look like the sample, but will be completely and uniquely YOU. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop.

RULE BREAKERS–CRIME WAVE
Crime Wave flyerMore structured Rule Breaking with this little wall hanging. Small and easily completed, you will learn several ways to create unique elements and then design the finished look of your piece.  Don’t let the curves bother you…they will be done in a totally stress-free way. Your piece will be absolutely unique because you will be making the design layout choices only to please yourself. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop.

RULE BREAKERS–CURVY IMPROV STYLE
StatisticsBe bold! Be brave! Put down your ruler and approach your fabric armed only with a rotary cutter and a sense of adventure. Experiment with curvy shapes, pointy points, extreme fabric choices, and fear none of them. You will end up with a completely unique small project, designed totally from your creative side and your rotary cutter.
Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 1 OR 2 day Workshop. The longer class allows more design and technique exploration to be done and students may leave with a finished project.

QUILTING YOUR INNER ARTIST
Improv flyerBe bold! Be brave! Put down your ruler and approach your fabric armed only with a rotary cutter and a sense of adventure. Experiment with curvy shapes, pointy points, extreme fabric choices, and fear none of them. Add to your skill toolbox and become a pattern free textile artist by learning free-form piecing. You will end up with a completely unique small project, designed totally from your creative side and your rotary cutter. Student Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced   Length of Class: 1, 2 or 3 day Workshop. The longer classes allow more design and technique exploration to be done and students may leave with a finished project.

UFO's webANYTHING GOES WITH UFO’S
Grab an unfinished project, or some unused blocks, some scraps and a rotary cutter and you are all set to create a wonderful little art quilt. We can work with absolutely anything and you will learn fun, free-form piecing techniques. We will explore several design methods. Your quilt will be totally unique and you will manage to use up UFO’s and/or some scraps. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop

QUILTING QUICK START
Quick Start flyerLet’s turn your brain around with a new approach to free motion quilting. We’ll start with a great patterned fabric and expand the design into our quilting space. We will learn to control our machines as well as draw with them. You won’t have to depend on tracing or marking designs on quilt tops and will learn how to blend and extend the designs already present in your fabrics. Truly fun and a different way to practice and master completely free motion quilting. Some previous free motion quilting experience is desired, but not essential!
Student Skill Level: Intermediate   Length of Class: 3-Hour or 6-Hour Workshop. The expanse of techniques covered is increased in the longer class.

YOUR DESIGN HERE
Your Design flyerStarting a quilt from a blank sheet of paper can be very exciting. This class will show you how to design a unique quilt that is totally your own. Using a process, not a trace-and-reproduce pattern, you will learn how to construct a small quilt that allows you total freedom to make your own design decisions. NOTE: Your quilt will not look like this sample picture!

Expand this workshop: After designing your piece, there are different methods to actually create it. Learn how to produce it exactly how you have drawn it, as well as how to create improvisationally. Color and fabric choices become the focus during this part of the creative process. Add more time and you can actually learn about free motion quilting, many embellishment options, edge finishes and professional presentations. Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop or expand to 3 or 5 day workshop.

BASIC BEADS ON QUILTS
redbead1Wall quilts are the perfect spot to add something extra, a little sparkle and shine. Beads are the perfect accent for your special project and there is really no mystery involved in adding them to your work. You can use all the tools you already own to pick up the basics and then explore the beading world to your heart’s desire with confidence after this class. Student Skill Level:  All Levels   Length of Class: 3-Hour Workshop

OVER THE TOP EMBELLISHMENT
Embellishment is not only for crazy quilts, but can be used to bring heirloom beauty to the quilts you make. Enhance your designs with embroidery, beads, ribbon, lace or trims. We will use hand stitching and learn the basics of embroidery and beading. You will have a pattern for a small piece, sew it in class and be ready for your final finish at home. Materials for a unique, personalized kit will be available in class ($10) or you may bring all your own supplies. Student Skill Level:  All Levels   Length of Class: 6-Hour Workshop

Quirks Ltd.
Kathryn Schmidt
714 Sunset Dr.
Tecumseh MI 49286
H 517.423.3933
quirksltd@gmail.com

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