Workshops

Six Hour Workshops | Three Hour Workshops

Six Hour Workshop Descriptions

1.  Quilts with Great Edges

(Kathy’s most popular workshop)

Quilts with Great EdgesCLASS DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn a variety of techniques to complete the edges of their quilts. They will make take-home samples including a double-fold binding with mitered corners and connected tails, rickrack binding, reversible binding, a fused binding, scallops and piping. Students will learn about the history of bindings, when to use single-fold, double-fold, bias and straight binding and how to finish a binding with hand or machine stitches.

SUPPLY LIST:
Bring one 15” x 15” quilt block or quilt sandwich. The layers should be basted or quilted and have a thin batting (e.g. Hobbs 80/20 or Warm & Natural). The batting and backing should be 1” larger than the quilt top on all four sides. Bring a coordinating binding fabric for this square (cut before class – 2 strips, each 2 ½” x 42”, cut selvage to selvage or on the bias), cotton thread to match the binding fabric, and basic sewing supplies including scissors, pins, a mechanical pencil and a needle for hand sewing. Each student will need a sewing machine with some decorative stitches. A needle down feature is helpful.

KIT:
A $55 kit will be purchased by each student for the class. It includes an instructional booklet and pre-cut fabrics for the edge treatment samples.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours

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2.  More Quilts with Great Edges

NOTE:

This is a new follow-up class to Quilts with Great Edges. It can be taught as a 2nd day class or as a single class. It is helpful if the students have first had the class called Quilts with Great Edges because no information will be repeated from the first class.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn the following techniques in this class: individual prairie points, continuous prairie points, decorated prairie points, facings, self-bound edge treatments, beaded edges, simple Amish bindings, working with rounded corners, a pot holder finish, ruffles and finishing pillows with a zipper.

SUPPLY LIST:

Bring a 15″ x 15″ quilted square to be used for the individual prairie point technique. The square should be quilted to the edges and the edges should be trimmed even. Bring 40 – 4″ x 4″ squares for the prairie points. They can be in a variety of colors and prints to coordinate with the quilted square. Before class, the squares should be spray starched and pressed corner to corner and corner to corner to make folded triangles. Also bring 4 strips of fabric – each 1 1/2″ x 18″. These will be used as a facing to finish the prairie points. The strips should match the backing fabric of the quilted square. Students should bring basic sewing supplies including a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. Each student will need a sewing machine with some decorative stitches. A needle down feature is helpful.

KIT:

Each student will purchase a $55 kit for the class. It includes an instructional book and all pre-cut fabrics for the technique samples except for the ones listed on the supply list.

CLASS LENGTH:

6 hours


3.  Simply Crazy (Machine Pieced Wall Hanging)

(crazy piecing, hand stitches & embellishments)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
This is a fun and easy way to make a crazy quilt. In the morning the students will piece their 9 block quilt top. The afternoon will be spent learning and making hand embroidery stitches. Kathy will discuss how to add beads, silk ribbon and embellishments to the project. The finished size of this wall hanging is 30” x 30”. It can be made in any colors and coordinated fabrics. Christmas, juvenile, florals or reproduction themes all work well for this project. It helps to choose the border fabric first. Sashing may be added between the blocks.

SUPPLY LIST:
Sewing machine, rotary cutter with a new blade, 6” x 24” ruler, 18” x 24” cutting mat, 12 ½” or larger square ruler, 9 coordinating squares of fabric – each 12 ½” x 12 ½” in a variety of colors and color values, 1/3 yard for sashing and inner border, 5/8 yard for outer border, neutral sewing thread, embroidery floss or pearl cotton in a variety of coordinating colors, embroidery needles, 7” embroidery hoop, embroidery scissor.

PATTERN FEE:
The students will be purchasing a $15 pattern from Kathy on the day of class. The pattern includes detailed directions for making the wall hanging as well as directions and illustrations for basic crazy quilt stitches.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours


4.  Applique Tips & Techniques

(hand appliqué)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This is one of Kathy’s newest classes and it is fast becoming a hit with guilds and shows. Kathy will begin the class with a discussion about needles, thimbles, fabric preparation & thread choices for creating perfect applique projects. Throughout the day, the students will learn a variety of hand applique tips & techniques. They will make take-home samples of each technique. Kathy uses a projector for demonstrating the techniques so the students don’t need to crowd around to see the demonstrations. She also takes time to work with individuals and small groups during the day. The techniques for this class include the following:

  • Needle-turn applique stitches
  • Four ways to make stems
  • Inside & outside points & curves
  • Making football leaves
  • Making oak leaves
  • Making perfect circles
  • Freezer paper applique
  • Back Basting applique
  • Broderie Perse applique

SUPPLY LIST:
Small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor, 1 ¼” silk pins with  glass heads

KIT:
The students will be purchasing a $55 kit from Kathy on the day of class. The kit will include a 36 page comb-bound instructional book, freezer paper, Steam a Seam 2, all fabrics needed for the techniques, applique needles, Roxanne’s Glu-Baste-It, and a variety of threads to use throughout the day. 

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours

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5.  Spring Gathering

(hand appliqué)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy has designed a folk art appliqué quilt and written a book called Ozark Varieties. Learn to make perfect circles, even stems, smooth curves, sharp points and expert appliqué stitches while making block #6 from the book. The finished size of the block is 16” x 16”.  It may become a pillow, wall hanging or the start of Kathy’s nine-block appliqué quilt. This is a great class for those new to appliqué and for those who want to sharpen their appliqué skill level. Students will learn both freezer paper and needle-turn appliqué techniques.

SUPPLY LIST:
Small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor, 1 ¼” silk pins with  glass heads

OPTIONAL KIT:
The students can purchase a $45 kit from Kathy on the day of class. The kit will include the book Ozark Varieties which has hand and machine appliqué instructions, 9 block patterns and the scalloped appliqué border, all fabrics to make the Spring Gathering block, appliqué thread, needles, freezer paper and Roxanne’s Glu-Baste-It. Fabrics and colors will vary with each workshop. Perfect Circle Makers will be available in class for purchase. If students prefer to bring their own fabrics for this project, the required book is $10.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours


6.  A Circle of Love

(machine appliqué)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy has designed a folk art appliqué quilt and written a book called Ozark Varieties. Learn to make perfect circles, even stems, smooth curves, sharp points and expert machine appliqué stitches while making block #3 from the book. The finished size of the block is 16” x 16”.  It may become a pillow, wall hanging or the start of Kathy’s nine-block appliqué quilt. This is a great class for those new to appliqué and for those who want to sharpen their appliqué skill level. Students will learn both turned-under and raw-edge machine appliqué techniques. Kathy will teach how to use a variety of machine stitches to finish the edges of the appliqué.

SUPPLY LIST:
A sewing machine in good working order (it should be able to do a blanket stitch, zigzag stitch and blind hem stitch), the operator’s manual for the sewing machine, 4 empty bobbins for the machine, small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor, silk pins with a glass head, mechanical pencil with an eraser, and a seam ripper

OPTIONAL KIT:
The students can purchase a $45 kit from Kathy on the day of class. The kit will include the book Ozark Varieties which has hand and machine appliqué instructions, 9 block patterns and the scalloped appliqué border, all fabrics to make the Spring Gathering block, appliqué thread, bobbin thread, needles, freezer paper, fusible interfacingand Roxanne’s Glu-Baste-It. Fabrics and colors will vary for each workshop. Perfect Circle Makers will be available in class for purchase. If students prefer to bring their own fabrics, the required book is $10.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours


7.  Fruitopia

(wool appliqué)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy has designed a folk art appliqué pattern specifically for this class. It has a pedestal fruit plate, loaded with fruit. The students will learn to work with wool for appliqué. A variety of hand stitches will be taught for finishing the edges of the wool motifs. Some of the wool for this project is from Ireland and other wool pieces have been hand dyed by Kathy.

SUPPLY LIST:
A small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor and 1 ¼” silk pins with a glass heads.

KIT:
The students will be purchasing a $55 kit from Kathy on the day of class. The kit will include the pattern and directions, freezer paper, Heat ‘n Bond, all of the wool needed for the project,  needles and coordinating pearl cotton.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours


8.  Visiting Baltimore

(dimensional appliqué)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy has designed a Baltimore Album style appliqué wall hanging for this project.  Students will learn to make perfect circles, weave a basket, ruche flowers and the basket handle, make dimensional and folded flowers and work with ultra?suede, silk ribbon, pearl cotton, beads and florist leaves. Instructions for making the dimensional triangle inner border and the scalloped outer border is provided. The finished size of the wall hanging is 30” x 30”.  This is a great class for those new to appliqué and for those who want to take their appliqué skills to a new level.

SUPPLY LIST:
A small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor, 1 ¼” silk pins with a glass head, mechanical pencil with an eraser, basic sewing supplies, 50 or 60 wt. thread to match appliqué fabrics, Clover 1/2″ Bias Tape Maker

FABRIC SUPPLIES FOR CLASS:
Background of central design (22” x 22” – finished size = 20” x 20”), basket lattice, trim & handle (one fat quarter), basket background (7” x 7”), flowers & leaves (assorted fabrics – 10” x 10” squares).

FABRIC SUPPLIES FOR AFTER CLASS:
Inner border (1/8 yard), inner border dimensional triangles (32 – 4” squares … 8 per side), Outer border (1/2 yard), uter border scallops (1/3 yard), outer border hearts (1/8 yard), backing & sleeve (1 ¼ yard), batting (36” x 36” – thin cotton, blend or wool), binding (1/3 yard for straight cut or 2/3 yard for bias cut).

KIT:
The students will be purchasing a $25 kit from Kathy on the day of class. It includes the pattern and detailed instructions, silk ribbons, pearl cotton, ultra suede, florist leaves, beads, beading thread and needles for appliqué, beading and hand embroidery.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours or this workshop can be expanded into a two-day retreat


9.  Making a Grand Entrance

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy was the recipient of the 2009 Jewel Pearce Patterson Award for Quilting Teachers (sponsored by the Houston Quilt Festival & Market.) As a result of that scholarship, Kathy developed this workshop and has taught it at major quilt shows. She also curated an exhibit of quilts made by her students and herself with the theme of entrances. In the workshop, the students learn to design and make an entryway, based on an existing photo or drawing. Fabric and color choices, textures, perspective, light sources, scale and quilting possibilities are all discussed in class. The students spend the morning developing their designs on large sheets of paper with the use of tracer lights. In the afternoon, they learn to choose and fuse fabrics into place. The project is completed at home with machine appliqué and quilting.

SUPPLY LIST:
A photo of the entryway you want to make, a small embroidery scissor with a sharp point, paper scissor, regular sewing scissor, rotary cutter, 6” x 24” acrylic ruler, 18” x 24” cutting mat, mechanical pencil with an eraser, a black sharpie marker, large sheet of paper for the design (at least 3’ x 5’), a variety of fabrics to be used for all parts of the design, 6 yards of fusible such as Wonder Under or Steam a Seam II.

NOTE:
St
udents can make their design from an existing or imaginary entryway. Students have used photos taken on vacation, a front door on a house, archways, caves and a variety of other entryways to create their wall hangings. Kathy will bring her collection of entryway photos that students may use for their entryway if they do not have one. She will also bring tracer lights for the students to use to develop their design.

KIT/PATTERN FEE:
$20

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours or this workshop can be expanded to a two to five day retreat.


10.  Let’s Go Fishing

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Let's Go FishingLearn to design an underwater fish scene that will make a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys fishing. This wall hanging will be 24” x 30”. You will learn crazy quilt stitches and techniques for using beads, silk ribbons and fabric overlays. Go fishing is your sewing room to find a water background, batik fabrics for fish and rocks, netting and sheer fabrics for overlays and beads, shells and trims to embellish this project. You will spend the day designing and fusing the rocks, plants and fish. The quilt will be finished at home with machine quilting. Don’t let this one get away … it’s going to be a fun class.

SUPPLY LIST:
24” x 30” fabric for your background (water colors), 2 yards of a light weight fusible (preferably Wonder Under®.), 2 yards of freezer paper, scraps of netting and sheer fabrics for overlays (at least 15” square and in a variety of colors), a good variety of colors and Let's Go Fishingfabrics to be used for rocks, fish and plants (these may be prints, tone on tone or batik fabrics), a variety of beads and other appropriate embellishments (shells, pieces of sponge, trims, buttons, rickrack, decorative threads and yarns), pearl cotton – variety of colors (size 5 or 8), silk ribbons – 4 mm or 7 mm wide, one bottle of Roxanne’s Glu Baste It® (Kathy will have this available for sale in class), paper glue stick, paper, fabric and embroidery scissors, rotary cutter and 18” x 24” mat, pencil, silk pins, sewing needles including #24 tapestry needles for sewing pearl cotton and silk ribbon. A backing, batting and binding will be needed after class.

KIT/PATTERN FEE:
None

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours or this workshop can be expanded to a two to five day retreat.


11.  Elegant Victorian Purses

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Victorian PursesLearn a variety of crazy quilt, embroidery and silk ribbon stitches, beading techniques and wired silk ribbon flowers while making this stunning class project. Students will individualize their purses with an assortment of ribbons, beads and trims. Kathy has assembled kits that include your needed material supplies. You only need to bring hand sewing tools to class, making your preparation for this class minimal.

SUPPLY LIST:
Hand sewing supplies including fabric scissors, small embroidery scissors, neutral thread, hand sewing needles, size #24 tapestry needle and silk pins. Please bring any special laces, trims, buttons or small mementos you wish to add to your project.

KIT:
Students will be purchasing a purse kit for $35 from Kathy on the day of the class. Kathy will have a variety of colors and fabrics to choose from for the individual kits. The kit will include the pattern, tapestry fabric and lining fabric, cording for the handle, individual beads, bead fringe, silk ribbons, trims, pearl cotton, embroidery floss, beading thread, silk thread, a beading tray and sewing needles.

CLASS LENGTH:
6 hours or this workshop can be expanded to a two to three day retreat.

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Three Hour Workshop Descriptions

1.  Meet Me in Hawaii

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Meet Me in HawaiiDon’t be intimidated by intricate Hawaiian appliqué blocks. Kathy will show you how to design and make these using a raw-edge appliqué technique. She will share her original patterns and provide hints for creating Hawaiian designs. Students will learn to fold and cut fusible paper to make their design. It will be fused to the appliqué fabric and machine appliquéd stitches. Borders may be added after class to make this project a wall hanging or pillow.

 

SUPPLY LIST:
You will need a machine in good working order for this class. It will need to have a blanket stitch or zigzag stitch. Bring embroidery scissors with  a sharp point,  paper scissors, a mechanical pencil with an eraser for marking your pattern, silk pins and two empty bobbins for your sewing machine.

KIT:
Meet Me in HawaiiThe students will be purchasing a $25 kit from Kathy on the day of class. It will include an instructional booklet with four patterns by Kathy, freezer paper, Wonder Under®, a batik fabric for the design, a solid fabric for the background (white or black) polyester thread and cotton bobbin thread. Kathy will have a variety of batik fabrics and polyester thread colors for students to choose for their projects.

CLASS LENGTH:
3 hours or this workshop can be expanded to a 6 hour workshop in which the students will develop four Hawaiian blocks. The cost for the fabrics for additional blocks is $8 per block.


 

2.  The Basics of Hand Quilting

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy has enjoyed hand quilting for many years. Learn the secrets of making small, even and straight hand quilting stitches during this workshop. Kathy has put together class kits for this class and your hand quilting project can become a pillow or wall hanging.

SUPPLY LIST:
14” quilting hoop (Kathy suggests the double lap hoop from www.nosliphoops.com or the 14” lap hoop from www.hinterberg.com), a small embroidery scissors, your favorite thimble (Kathy suggests a Roxanne’s Thimble from www.colonialneedle.com).

KIT:
Students will purchase a $40 kit from Kathy on the day of the class. The kit includes an instructional booklet, pre-marked design on ivory fabric, quilting thread, quilting needles, batting and backing for your project.

 

CLASS LENGTH:

3 hours


3.  Embellishing Vintage Photos

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Embellishing Vintage PhotosStudents will learn a variety of embroidery and silk ribbon stitches while decorating a vintage photo. Beads and decorative trims may be added to further enhance the photo. The photo will be attached to a background fabric and placed in a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 frame. This class has lots of fun techniques to learn. Embellishing photos will become your new passion. You will be able to embellish wedding photos and photos of your family using Kathy’s techniques. She has a variety of framed samples to show in class.

SUPPLY LIST:
An embroidery scissor with a sharp point, Clover 1 ¼” silk pins with a glass head, a fancy 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 frame that sits on a table and a 10” x 12” cotton tone on tone fabric or silk fabric that you want for the borders of the picture. It can be any color. Bring a variety of fabrics so you can make your final choice once you choose your photo. The frame can be silver, gold or wood. Hobby stores have some great frames to choose from and they are often on sale.

KIT:
Kathy will bring a variety of vintage photos for students to choose from. She has transferred the photos onto silk fabric. Students choose one photo for their project. The kit also includes embroidery needles, a fusible stabilizer, batting, pearl cotton, silk ribbon, trims and beads for embellishing the photo. Kathy brings a variety of colors for students to choose from for embellishing your photo. Students may also bring a special trim, antique button, charm or 4 mm ribbon that they want to include. The cost of the kit is $20.

CLASS LENGTH:
3 hours


4.  Let’s Make a Victorian Brooch

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Victorian BrocheStudents will learn to make a brooch with a vintage photo transfer, beads, silk ribbon and lace. Kathy has assembled all that is needed for this brooch in the kit. She also has other pins that she has made to show in class. This project makes a great gift. The beading technique takes the longest to do however, most students are able to complete this project in class.

SUPPLY LIST:
An embroidery scissor with a sharp point and a paper scissor that can cut cardboard

KIT:
Students will be purchasing a $15 kit from Kathy on the day of class. It includes the vintage photo transfer, seed and mini bugle beads, beading thread, a beading tray, fabric, lace, batting, silk ribbon, tiny premade roses, cardboard stock, glue and a pin.

CLASS LENGTH:
3 hours


5.  Simply Crazy – Fused Piecing & Fancy Stitches

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Students will begin this class by making a crazy quilt block using cotton fabrics and fused raw edges. No sewing machines are needed for this project. This process is fast and easy and will produce flat edges for the addition of crazy quilt stitches. A variety of crazy quilt stitches will be taught and used along the seam lines. Kathy will also demonstrate how to add beads, embellishments, laces and silk ribbons. One crazy quilt block will be made during class. It can become a pillow, small wall hanging or table topper. This is a fast and easy project that makes a great gift. It’s fun to see the different fabrics that students bring for this project. Any theme works and they make great decorations for holidays. The photos below are a few that Kathy has made as class samples.

Batik Fabrics

Batik Fabrics

1930 Reproductions

Civil War Reproductions

 

SUPPLY LIST:
20” x 20” good quality muslin or white Kona cotton fabric for the foundation. Use a variety of coordinating fabrics for this project. Suggestions for fabric themes: Civil War reproductions, Depression Era reproductions, holiday fabrics, batiks, baby prints, dupioni silks etc.

For the block, bring 8 different fabrics in a variety of colors, each at least 8” x 8”. For the optional inner border, bring one fabric (3″ x 12″). For the outer border, bring a fat quarter. Bring size #8 pearl cotton in a variety of colors to coordinate with your fabrics, neutral colored thread, sewing needles, beads, sequins, buttons, trims and other embellishments you may want to add, a  mechanical pencil, a fine tip black felt pen, silk pins and a pair of  paper scissors, fabric scissors and embroidery scissors. You will also need a small cutting mat, a 45 mm. rotary cutter and a 1″ x 12″ or 6″ x 12″ acrylic ruler for cutting your fabrics. Kathy will have hand-dyed silk ribbon, beading thread and Victorian photo transfers available for sale in the classroom.

PATTERN FEE:
Students will purchase a $20 pattern from Kathy on the day of class. It will include a pattern and directions, detailed directions for embroidery stitches, Wonder Under and embroidery needles.

CLASS LENGTH:
3 hours

Note:  This class can be expanded to a 6 hour class with more time for the students to learn and practice a variety of embroidery stitches and embellishment techniques.


6.  Wool Applique Classes

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Kathy Kansier is a quilt maker and rug hooker. She has combined her love of hand appliqué and wool for this workshop. The projects are fast and will inspire the students to continue working with wool. The workshop project can become a pillow, wall hanging or a table topper.

SUPPLY LIST:
Mechanical pencil with an eraser, paper scissor, embroidery scissor

CLASS LENGTH:

3 hours

KIT:
The students will purchase a $55 kit from Kathy on the day of class. It will include the pattern and instructions, wool for the background, appliqué motifs & backing, Heat ‘n Bond, pearl cotton and embroidery needles. The wool fabrics and colors may vary slightly from the photos. The kit will also include instructions for finishing the project after class. Please choose one of the following projects for the class:

Colonial Welcome

Colonial Welcome

Love is in the Air

Autumn Blessings

Christmas Blessings

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