Classes & Shibori Chic


Longarm Quilting Classes

Interested in learning longarm quilting?  
Join me in my studio, or yours.  We will start with the basics, and work our way up to freehand feathers in a fun, relaxed environment.  Choose one or more of the three classes. Beginners are welcome!

 Longarm 101

Learn the basics of how to run a longarm:  loading the quilt, keeping it flat and square, needles and threads, maintaining and running the machine. 

Fast, Fun Freehand Quilting 
Learn some fun, fast, easy quilting designs that will make you look like a pro on your very first quilt.  We will focus on ways to get your designs looking great before you even start on the machine.  Oodles of ideas for many beginning designs for lots of different quilts: traditional and modern, for kids and adults.  

Fabulous Freehand Feathers 
We’ll start with a simple ‘longarm’ feather, and work our way up to more complex–but beginner friendly–feather options.  We will try simple and You won’t believe what you can do!

Behind the Screen:  

A Demonstration of the Thermofax Screen

Ever wonder how this easy and versatile tool works?  Get a chance to see how it’s made, how to use it in your own work, and try it for yourself.

Color My Fabric

The goal of this 6 hour class is twofold.  We will begin by making a large set of samples of fabric hand-painted with Shiva paintstiks using many techniques.  These can be used for future reference and in your own art, clothing, quilting, and craft projects.  See how these techniques have been used in award-winning artwork.  You will also begin or make a quilt top based on your own design or that of the instructor’s.

Supply fee:    $22 Includes paintstik and a silver embellishment of your choice.  Additional embellishments may be purchased for an additional fee.

Stones from the River II

Supply list:

  • Freezer Paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Commercially made stencils (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Paper and fine or medium point Sharpie pen
  • Stencil brushes (minimum 3 small and medium-sized).  You may share with classmates who are using different paintstik colors.
  • Small cutting mat
  • Plastic or paper plate or palette
  • Ziplock baggies (a few)
  • Textures for rubbing:  pressed glass from the $1 store and/or scraps of interesting lace work well if you can’t find anything else lying around the house.  Commercial rubbing plates are also available at craft stores.
  • For your paintstik samples, bring a minimum of one fat quarter each of a variety of fabrics:  cotton solid, silk, sateen, linen in light and/or dark color, ultrasuede, a ‘slubby’ fabric (linen, dupioni or taffeta) and/or whatever you else work in.  The idea is to see how paintstiks look on different fabrics.  Look for bargains in the remnant bins of fabric stores.  Without using steam, iron freezer paper firmly to the wrong side of each piece of fabric.
  • Old clothes for painting in.
  • Sponge for cleanup.
  • For your quilt top, choose a smooth cotton or silk in a solid color (dark or light is preferred).  A dark or light subtle tone-on-tone will also work.  It should be at least a few inches larger than the final measurement (for example, if you want your quilt top to be 12” x 12,” bring it to class at about 15” x 15”).
  • If you wish to have a border or frame around the quilt top, bring a piece of fabric that coordinates with your top and is eight inches longer and wider than your top fabric.

SHIBORI CHIC:  My line of Shibori Chic clothing is available through my website.  Prices are $40 each or 2 for $70.

Shibori Chic rayon scarves, perfect for the cool Tucson winter.

Shibori Chic T Shirt, Tank, and Long-sleeved T in assorted colors