I am available to travel to your guild, organization, shop, or retreat for lectures, trunk shows, and workshops. Don’t see quite what you’re looking for? Contact me and we can develop a custom lecture or workshop!

Lecture and workshop fees do not include accommodations, meal allowance, and transportation costs.

Lectures (90-120 Minutes)


The Cotton + Steel Story Hear about the origins of Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics. See projects made from each of the different Cotton + Steel substrates and learn tips on working with them.

Fabric Design: a Crash Course Whether you’d like to design your own fabrics, want to know how to choose fabrics to make your quilt projects more successful, it helps to know about the fundamentals of fabric print design. This lecture will walk you through different print types, how prints and collections are created for the retail trade, and ways you can get started with print design.

Collecting and Working With Vintage Fabrics Learn about the history of the US textile industry, and how fabric prints changed over the 20th century along with fashion and technology. I will also share favorite pieces from my vintage fabric stash and discuss how I incorporate them into my fabric design work.

Half-Day Workshops


Fabric Print Study Is a more robust, hands-on version of the Fabric Design Crash Course lecture. A series of exercises will familiarize students with fabric print design concepts. Students will walk away with a deeper appreciation of fabric prints and a more discerning eye for choosing prints for their projects, and solid plans and sketches for their own print designs. It’s ideal for fabric shops, because we use your inventory for the study exercises. Pair this workshop with Repeating Pattern Design With Adobe Illustrator for the complete experience. (Four hours, 20 students max)

Full-Day Workshops


Lucky Strikes Quilt This free quilt pattern was inspired by bowling. This workshop is suitable for confident beginners to intermediate quilters, as three different circle piecing and appliqué methods will be demonstrated. (8 hours, 32 students max)

Scrappy Vintage Quilts Modern tools and fabrics have advanced the quilting arts in the past few decades, but it’s hard to beat the charm of a scrappy vintage quilt. In this workshop, we’ll find a good balance between vintage and modern, using hand cutting and machine sewing to make a few classic, easy blocks and build tops with scrappy sashing. Participants are asked to contribute a total of 1 yard of vintage cotton fabric to a community “stash.” Students may also bring and build from vintage quilt blocks. (8 hours, 32 students max)

Repeating Pattern Design With Adobe Illustrator This workshop will guide students through developing a pattern repeat and several color variations using Adobe Illustrator. Prior to class, students not yet familiar with Illustrator should learn the basics of the program (I recommend Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book and/or Tasty Tuts’ free Illustrator Basics Course on Youtube). Students must bring their own laptop computer with Adobe Illustrator installed. A free 30-day trial version is available from Adobe.com. Drawing tablet such as a Wacom Bamboo, or iPad Pro with Astropad + Apple Pencil, is strongly encouraged. Scanner and printer to use for class will be provided by the instructor. Pair this workshop with the Fabric Print Study half-day workshop for the complete experience! (8 hours, 20 students max)

Past Appearances

July 2018 Lecture/Trunk Show and Lucky Strikes Quilt Workshop at Bernina Omaha
June 2018 Modern Quilt Guild Member Webinar: Fabric Design – A Crash Course for Quilters
June 2013 Lecture/Trunk Show at Sew Much More, Austin, TX