Classes at the Quilters Unlimited 44th Annual Quilt Show
All classes will be held in the new North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center, adjacent to the quilt show, held in the South Hall of the same building.
Forgot something for your class? No problem. A few steps away will provide all “necessaries” for your workshop.
Please email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about specific classes or the supply lists, please contact the instructors directly. Refer to the instructor’s website for more detailed descriptions of the class. In some cases there may be a small supply fee, payable to the instruction on the day of class. Please use the links provided to access this info.
Julie, a member of local quilt guilds, began her quilting career nearly 30 years ago. Her other careers of engineer and high school math teacher have fueled her passion for precision piecing, thus promoting her love of Studio 180 Design tools. As a Studio 180 Certified Instructor, she enjoys sharing the ease, accuracy, and versatility of Deb Tucker’s rulers with others.
By combining two contrasting fabrics you will create triangles tumbling down the quilt. Learn how to confidently work with Deb Tucker’s V-Block Ruler as you create the blocks needed for this quilt – no paper piecing or applique needed! This quilt is fun and quick. Just jump right in and give it a whirl!
Augusta began her quilting career in North Carolina 35 years ago. She was a member of the Pamlico River Quilters Guild and in 1983 she was asked to be on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 1984, she moved to Richmond and became active in the local quilting groups, eventually serving as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, a statewide quilting group. Currently, she offers a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes. She gives lectures that include her collection of quilts and her love for the art of quilt making.
Curved Log Cabin, Friday, June 2nd, 9am – 4 pm
Can you believe the comeback of the Log Cabin? Some traditions are just too good to let go. Now we have made it curve! The curves are created by using different size logs. The logs can be made from your stash or with fat quarters or a combination of both. Beginners as well as advanced quilters will be equally intrigued with this design. The pattern possibilities for the log cabin are just endless, so come make your blocks and play with the plentiful designs.
This quilt pattern is one of Augusta’s favorites. She made this quilt years ago and entered it in a Richmond Quilt Guild Show. I will share my story re this quilt with you. You will love making “Wheel of Fortune”. You may choose to use a very controlled palette or my version, which is “Variety is the Spice of Life”.
Cindy Grisdela, from Reston, VA, is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years’ experience creating eye-catching quilts. She specializes in improvisational quilt designs and dense free motion quilting, and she travels extensively showing and selling her work at well-known events including the Baltimore Craft Show, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, and the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
Cindy is the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Stitching, published by C&T Publishing in the fall of 2016.
Add a splash of color to your table with this modern stripe runner. Learn to create Angled Stripe units improvisationally out of a variety of colors and add borders to match your room. Regular solid, or shot cotton, or even patterned fabric would also work. You will use your creativity!
Learn to create your own original quilts with no pattern using improvisational piecing techniques. You will learn to let go of the “rules” and pece blocks in an intuitive, free form fashion. We will explore contemporary versions of the log cabin, drunkard’s path, and rail fence designs, plus insets and curved strips. Use strips and scraps to add interest and make your own statement. There’s no measuring or precise cutting and each quilt will be unique. Best for intermediate to advanced quilters.
Diane has been quilting since the early 90’s. She is currently working part time and teaching at Jinny Beyer Studio in Great Falls. She sews many of the shop samples. Applique and all kinds of hand work are her favorite form of piecing and quilting, although she is very comfortable with machine piecing. She is very excited be taking this quilt to The Quilt Show for taping in August.
English Paper Piecing – LaPassacaglia, Friday, June 2nd, 9:30 am – 3:30pm
In this class you will learn this centuries-old piecing method prized for its accuracy and portability. You will learn skills necessary for all English Paper Piecing projects while starting your Millefiori quilt. Methods for traditional hand and machine piecing will also be demonstrated.
Kathy’s grandmother taught her to sew when she was nine. Garment construction was her primary focus until 1984 when she learned to quilt. She has taught a variety of classes in quilt shops since 1992. She has exhibited quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, American Quilt Society Show in Paducah, and other shows. She offers lectures and workshops nationally. Kathy has a special passion for simplifying techniques. She believes in reducing fabric waste and speeding up the sewing process. She is always looking for new ways to do things. She is a Bernina Brand Ambassador.
Quilting with Rulers on your Home Machine, Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am – 12 pm
Using acrylic rulers and shapes, learn how to guide the specialized ruler foot along the special rulers to achieve perfect straight lines and a variety of motifs. This is a longarm technique that is now available to be done on your regular domestic machine!
Walking Your Quilt, Saturday, June 3rd, 1 pm – 4 pm
If free-motion quilting makes you nervous, then walk your quilt with a walking foot. You can achieve great results and this is not just straight lines or stitching in the ditch. Curves will be walked as well!
Amalia learned to sew as a young girl, picking up valuable life lessons such as patience and accuracy. After graduating from college with a Physics degree, one of her first grown up purchases was a brand new sewing machine. For most of her life, sewing has been a functional activity as she re-upholstered furniture, sewed curtains, and made garments. Her first quilt was sewn on a serger. Her next few quilts did not follow patterns. Although patterns and directions helped her produce more and hone her skills, the fun wasn’t the same as the challenge of an original design. She loves creating art and making connections, and is on a mission to add joy and laughter to our planet one stitch at a time.
Join Amalia “A to Z” Morusiewicz for a three hour cruise. Experience, the fun of fusing, free-cutting as we play with flamingos. In addition to building the top for this art quilt, hands-on lessons in paint will be given and a bonus activity of creating a custom label using inks and paints.