workshops

As a teacher, I encourage quilters, both newcomers and the more experienced, to enjoy the process, to gather as much knowledge as possible and to challenge themselves with new techniques and designs. With consultation, workshop length and some subject matter can be altered to meet student needs. Workshop and lecture fees and requirements can be found in the teaching contract form.

“Insert Here” an adventure in design

Students explore the importance of line and space in their work through a technique of improvisational piecing by creating strips of contrast colour. These insertion strips of different widths and lengths, while appearing random, serve to provide harmony and movement across the surface.

This workshop is a very useful introduction to design and will provide inspiration for further explorations. “Insert Here” is an excellent sequel to my Colour Play workshop Read More . . .

Mrs Matisse Does Applique

What if Henri’s wife had great fabric and fusible web to play with? Design a unique mosaic-style foundation with painted and dyed fabrics then cut out shapes for a still life or floral arrangement. Additional interest can be added with paintsticks, markers and coloured pencils. Explore the many design options possible with fused collage. Stitch and thread choices will be discussed. Read More . . .

Shattered Angles

Join Susan for her most popular workshop and discover the many joys of working with colour in an exciting new technique that is full of surprises. Stacked and sliced fabrics combined with bold, contrasting strips create visual excitement in your quilt. Students can work with a planned colour palette or make it scrappy, every fabric is perfect for a Shattered Angles quilt! Finished size and layout is flexible, make it big or small. Students will be given lots of options for quilt design and finishing. Shattered Angles is the perfect quilt for fat quarters or a secret stash of wonderful fabrics! Read More . . .

Dragon Bones and Fish Fingers

Learn important design fundamentals in this class while mastering Susan’s Dragon Bones technique. Play with squares, rectangles, triangles or diamonds and use insertion strips of colour to run across the fabric surface. Design elements of line, shape, value and colour will be studied and practiced and students will have the opportunity to test and use several additional piecing techniques. Time will also be spent trying out border, quilting and embellishment choices. This class will be an excellent addition to your quilting skills. Read More . . .

Stitching the Wild Fern – Layered Applique

Layer and fuse a floral or leaf appliqué design without bulky build-up by using a unique cut away method that produces multiple images. Students create a small wall hanging and then get friendly with all the decorative machine stitches they didn’t know they had! The technique is featured in Susan’s new book Accent on Angles-Easy Strip Set Quilts from Martingale & Co. Read More . . .

Give & Take Applique™

This fused appliqué technique gives two-for-one with an amazing positive/negative effects. Try different arrangements and play with colour and value for surprising results. For a one day class students work with a provided pattern or in a two day class students will design their own unique motifs in a chosen size then create a repeating design with stunning possibilities. Read More . . .