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Workshops & Lectures


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To view Karen's books, patterns and notions, check out her on-line catalog .

What are Karen's classes like? Click here to read comments from students.


Lectures

QUILTS OF ILLUSIONS - (trunk show)

Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that quilters have created using optical illusions. 

 

YOU BOUGHT THAT WHERE? - (slide lecture)

A light hearted look at unusual places to buy quilting supplies and some pretty unusual items used in quilting! It's amazing what you can find at the tractor supply store!

TRANSPARENCY - (slide lecture)

Learn some tricks to create the illusion of transparency. Slides, quilts, and handouts complete this 1 hour lecture.

 

Equipment needed for lectures:

*Table for laptop computer and computer projector.  I will have this equipment with me.

*If a podium is to be used, make sure it is a shorter one.  Otherwise I will do the lecture "podium-free." I'm only 5' tall and I want everyone to see me!

*Screen  or white wall to project on.

*Microphone

*Extension cord, power strip

*2 Display tables

*Helper or two at "books" table


Workshop fees     

WORKSHOPS
    1/2 Day Classes (3 hours)

 

Successful Teaching    
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For all teachers, prospective, new and experienced. Explore teaching opportunities, class development, professionalism and the business of teaching.

 

Color and Texture for Quilters 
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Do these colors go together? This is one of the hardest questions that quilters ask themselves. This class will help quilters pick colors and fabrics with confidence.

In the first part of the class, we learn how to work with different prints that will lend visual texture to quilts. We will work with large, medium and small prints and learn how to combine them successfully. Later, we will learn how to combine colors together and learn how to add more color to your quilts.

 

Transparency  
  
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Learn all the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It's very simple if you know how. After this class, you can amaze your friends and family with your use of color!

 

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Learn some tricks of the trade to creating quilts of illusion. The illusion of depth, perspective and illusions of color will be covered. Students will also learn how to draw in perspective. 

 

 

Chip out of Every Bock

 

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This the chip going in or does it go out?  An fun quilt of illusion, so simple to make, once you know how.  A throw that can grow to any size you wish!  Let Karen show you how easy it is to create a intriguing quilt of illusion.

 

 

Silk Scarves - Dyeing with Sharpie Markers

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1 Day Classes  (6 Hours)

     
       Patchwork Illusions    
  
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Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries, Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look.  In the class, you will learn how to create quilts shown in Gallery 3.

Frankly, this is Karen's favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion.  Let Karen share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion!

Click here to see examples from this class.

 

More Patchwork Illusions

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Learn all the tricks and tips to creating 3-D patchwork blocks.  You will also learn how to use color to enhance the 3-D effect and how to use different settings to create amazing quilts of illusion!

Click here to see examples from this class.

 

Celtic Illusions

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Karen has developed a truly magical way to create pieced Celtic quilt. This is one of Karenís favorite classes because it is so easy to create amazing Celtic Quilts. Let Karen share her secrets, so you can quickly and easily create unlimited pieced Celtic quilts. Based on Karen's newest book, Celtic Pieced Illusions.  

See examples from the book

 

 

Sweet Hearts

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A charming quilt with an amazing illusion of depth! These hearts look so real that it is hard to believe they are truly flat! A precut kit will be available in class.

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Christmas Cube  
   
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This isn't your traditional Christmas wallhanging! This special wallhanging was featured on the cover of the Holiday Issue of Lady's Circle Patchwork magazine in the fall of 1996 and in the December 1998 issue of McCall's Quilting. You can go home with a finished top, ready for quilting and embellishment.

 

 

     Transparency    
 
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Supply List

Learn all the secrets to creating the look of transparency in your quilts. Transparency is the use of color to make your quilts look like one color is laying over another. It's very simple if you know how. After this class, you can amaze your friends and family with your use of color!

 

 

Chip out of Every Bock

 

Supply List

This the chip going in or does it go out?  An fun quilt of illusion, so simple to make, once you know how.  A throw that can grow to any size you wish!  Let Karen show you how easy it is to create a intriguing quilt of illusion.

 

 

Crystal Star

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How did you do that?  This is what your friends will ask after you take this class!  You will turn the traditional quilt block, Crystal Star into a wallhanging that looks 3-D.  You will also learn  how to use color to enhance the 3-D effect.  It's fun and fast!

 

 

               Combing Through Your Scraps   
    
       
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This truly is a magical way to put your fabric stash to work by making a wonderful scrap quilt. ANY fabrics will work using this template-free method. Learn to feel comfortable putting many fabrics together, to distinguish "value" and be able to make many different scrap wallhangings or quilts.  Based on Karen's book Combing Through Your Scraps.

You may work on a quilt in class using shared fabrics from your classmates. This is a great place to use "ugly" fabric, to use up older fabrics, to use favorite fabrics, all while making a beautiful quilt. If you wish, bring extra fabric to class to share with your classmates.

Click here to see more samples from this class.

 


2-Day Workshops  (12 hours)

The following classes may be booked as a 2 day workshop.  A 2-day workshop allows the students to work closely with Karen as they explore more design and fabric options.  In many cases, the students will finish piecing their projects by the end of the second day.  

Patchwork Illusions & More Patchwork Illusions
Click here to see examples from this class.

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Workshop fees

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