Lectures

One Hour Lecture Descriptions

1. Making a Grand Entrance (power point lecture)

Kathy was the recipient of the 2008 Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilt Teachers. This prestigious award is sponsored by Quilts, Inc. and Quilt Market. As a result of this award, Kathy developed this new lecture and a workshop on designing and making quilts with entryways. During this lecture, Kathy will tell about her scholarship, curating the exhibit and the 26 quilts that made a grand entrance into the quilt world.

2. Is There a Winning Quilt in Your Dreams? (power point lecture)

As an experienced quilt show judge, Kathy has developed her “Top Ten Tips for Entering Quilt Shows.” Learn about choosing and entering quilt show, preparing and shipping your quilts and what happens to your quilts on the judging floor. Kathy will discuss the criteria used for judging a variety of techniques and the importance of color, fabric and design choices for award-winning quilts.

3. Quilts with Great Edges (power point lecture)

Kathy has a collection of 25 quilts with great edges. They include antique and new quilts. The history of edge treatments as well as helpful hints for making successful edges on your quilts is included in this lecture. Kathy’s all-day workshop on the same subject is a good choice to accompany this lecture.

4. Making Do … Surviving the Great Depression (power point lecture)

The 1930s were one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history. Learn what events caused the Great Depression and what life was like during that time. Kathy will share photos, aprons, doilies, fabrics and quilts from the time when everyone learned how to “make do.”

5. Simply Amish … Their History, Lifestyle & Quilts (power point lecture)

In 1980, Kathy became friends with members of the Amish community in Western Wisconsin. She became fascinated with their history, lifestyle and quilts. During this lecture, Kathy will share Amish-made items from her collection, stories and her favorite Amish recipes. You will learn about Amish religious beliefs, the history of their quilt making, dress codes, buggies, Amish schools and farms during this intriguing lecture.

6. Color & Design for Quilt Makers (power point lecture)

Kathy has been watching the crowds at quilt shows as much as she has been looking at the quilts.  She has learned what colors and designs made the “show stoppers.” Kathy will discuss what makes a successful design and how to choose the best colors and fabrics for your quilts. Because quiltmakers often come to quilt making with a craft or sewing background rather than an art background, they often find it difficult to design and make original quilts. This is a great lecture to provide the audience with basic design and color principles and to help everyone think outside the box.

7. Tell Me About My Grandma’s Quilt (power point lecture & audience quilts)

As an AQS Certified Appraiser, Kathy has studied the history of quilts and how to care for and repair them. Bring your antique or new quilts and Kathy will discuss their age, style and pattern. This is an exciting lecture because it gives the audience an opportunity to learn more about their Grandma’s quilt. Kathy will discuss finishing antique blocks and quilt tops, repair techniques, shipping, storing and displaying quilts. Kathy will also discuss appraisals and how appraisers determine the value of a quilt. She will not provide value assessments for the individual quilts brought for the lecture. Kathy’s booklet, Protecting Tomorrow’s Treasures Today, will be available for purchase.