Fall Event goes Virtual

November 13-14, 2020

Bethanne Nemesh


Bethanne is a classically trained artist who began using quilting and fiber arts as her artistic medium in 1997. She has developed an international reputation as an award winning quilter with her highly detailed pictographic quilts and their unique beaded finish details, as well as a traveling teacher and author of books, rulers and DVD classes.  Today, Bethanne loves teaching both the high end finish details she is known for, but also teaching others to love the human touch of freehand quilting.  Whether that quilting be pragmatic, or extraordinary, Bethanne loves to help each quilter discover what works for them. Read more about Bethanne at https://www.whitearborquilting.com/.

Lecture : Walk a Creative Path

Saturday Nov 14, 2020 2-3 p.m EST

Free to QU members and all Class Attendees

Bethanne’s journey as an art quilter from her beginnings making traditional quilts, then branching out into pattern manipulation, to her current pictographic silk art quilts is explored with a slide presentation and with a trunk show of available quilts.  Bethanne will explore how her silk quilts come to be, from initial sketches, paintings, photography to final creation and finish details.  Additionally, Bethanne discusses how any quilter can learn to recognize inspiration and document and organize it to facilitate quilt design through sharing her own techniques and sketchbooks in this funny guild pleaser!

The lecture will be presented using Zoom on November 14, 2020 from 2-3:30pm EST. After you submit your registration, you will receive an email confirmation from Google Forms.

Please plan on logging into the event at 1:30 pm EST using the link that will be sent to you a few days before the event from Julia Graves at juliagraves82@gmail.com. We will start promptly at 2 and finish by 3:30 pm EST.

Note: you must be a current QU Member or registered for a class to register for this event. If you want to become a member, you can find the membership form here.

Information on how the lecture will work over videoconferencing can be found here.


The classes are appropriate for both longarm and domestic machine quilters and will be lecture/demo rather than hands on.  During class, you will be drawing, so bring a sketchbook, but you will not need your machine.  These classes are live over the internet via Zoom.  Questions will be moderated, but you will be able to ask questions and Bethanne will be able to answer them in real time.  Classes will not be recorded.  To purchase any of Bethanne’s suggested companion books or other items, visit her website at https://www.whitearborquilting.com/shop/.

Information on how the classes will work with videoconferencing over Zoom can be found here. Please read the information and plan to log in 30 minutes before class is scheduled to start.  Nothing will be recorded and participants may not record or take photos or screen shots. Only one person may watch per paid class seat.

If you have any questions or would like to cancel, contact Julia Graves at juliagraves82@gmail.com. No cancellations will be accepted after November 6, 2020

Freehand Florals 

Friday Nov 13, 2020, 10 a.m. – noon EST


All the exotic shapes of your garden are at your command.  Every shape in the garden can be broken down into three simple thread paths, learn them, and find your floral creativity exploding on the surface of your quilt.  Quilt your bouquets on blocks, borders, and edge to edge. Bethanne’s easy step by step constriction method will help you master any floral shape!  Bring some photos for on the spot design fun!   Suggested companion Book: If You Can Feather You Can Freehand

 From Fast to Fancy: Feathers for Freehand Quilters

Friday, Nov 13, 2020, 1 pm – 3 pm EST


Freehand feathers are a quilter’s best friend.  They can be formal or fantastic, fast or fancy.  Learn to grow your freehand feathers at your own pace with the addition of details and inserts.  Based on Bethanne’s popular new book of the same title, see how even beginner feathers can grow to fancy heirloom ones with a few simple changes.  Learn to match your feather to your quilt’s style, budget, and use.   This class combines much of the content of two of Bethanne’s other classes, Feather Faster and Fancy Feathers. Suggested companion book: From Fast to Fancy, Feathers for Freehand Quilters.

Quilted Texture from A to Zen

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020,  10 a.m. – noon EST


Traditional free motion background fillers are a wonderful starting point, but what happens when you let yourself be influenced by natural patterns, everyday objects, macro photography, and the art of Zendoodling? Be inspired by Bethanne’s fresh take on backgrounds, with inspiration from every letter of the alphabet, perfect for filling those big open spaces of more modern quilts!  Suggested companion book: Quilted Textures from A to Zen

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