Classes at the Quilters Unlimited 47th Annual Quilt Show

  • Class registration is open. All classes will be held at the Holiday Inn-Chantilly Dulles Expo, located across the parking lot from the show. Forgot something for your class?  No problem.  A few steps away will provide everything you need for your workshop.    Please email questions regarding classes or supply lists to Refer to the instructor’s website for more information on their work.  Please use the links provided to access class info.
Monday, May 25th will be the last day to sign up for our May 29-31 classes at this year’s show.  All classes are being held at the Holiday Inn, Dulles-Chantilly.  If you signed up earlier and need to cancel you must do so no later than Friday, May 22nd by sending an email to  (There will be a small admin fee to cover cancellation charges.) Also, if a class you want to sign up for is full send an email to the same address to check if there have been any cancellations.  See you at the show!

Lorraine Turner

Lorraine burst into the world of textile art in 2018 with a 26-piece special exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Houston, just two years after creating her very first art quilt in 2016!  Since that time, she has become an Aurifil Designer, Aurifilisopher, FreeSpirit fabric designer, been featured in several quilting magazines and the Quilt Show with Ricky Tims.  She also teaches and lectures internationally.

A commercial artist for forty years, Lorraine is the winner of two Emmy Awards. She is also an author and motivational speaker who strongly believes in moving thought into action.  The overriding passion behind her textile art comes from her activity as a professional animal communicator.  Lorraine works from her studio in Clearwater, Florida.

Prince of Charm, Friday, May 29-30, 9am – 4 pm (Two Day Class)


Skill Level:  Advanced  (experience with raw appliqué, free-motion sewing, and thread painting; ability to work independently)

Description:  Lorraine is a professional animal communicator and students will begin each day with a brief meditation to allow their heart energy to connect with the animal—this breathes life into the art, as a relationship develops and the animals begin to “speak.”

Students will learn how to illustrate a fabric collage using fabric and thread.


  • How to tap into intuition, rather than rules, going with the flow
  • Using photos as templates
  • Raw-Appliqué using only pins, no fusing or glue
  • Thread painting

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, quilt pattern publisher, award-winning quilter and educator. Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah and the Modern Quilt Guild. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country. Her work has been included in books and publications and magazines. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops worldwide and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations and teaching nationally.

Layered Hawaiian Inspired Applique , Friday, May 29, 9am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Intermediate (handwork class—no sewing machine needed)

Description:  Learn how to make the Island Bloom block, a modern Hawaiian inspired appliqued mini quilt with multiple layers of applique. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare the applique (including folding, cutting and basting) and how to apply the motifs using needle-turn applique techniques. Learn how Sheri designed the block and how you can design custom templates for future projects. We’ll also review quilting tips. By the end of class, students will have most of the first layer basted and start practicing needle-turn applique. Finished size of project is approximately 24″ x 24″.

Kit Fee: $6 for pre-cut pattern templates/workshop material (paid in class, cash only please)

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Beyond Hexies and Diamonds: The A to Z of EPP (English Paper Piecing) , Saturday, May 30, 9am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Intermediate (handwork class—no sewing machine needed)

Description: This technique and project is the perfect portable project.  Take it with you while traveling. Have only 10 to 15 minutes at a time?  This is an easy project that is great for using up fabrics in your stash and is easy to pick up and put down.  Sheri will walk you through all the steps while demonstrating tips and tricks for staying organized, working efficiently, achieving precise alignments and sewing with different stitches to piece both straight lines and curves.  This workshop is geared towards the beginner or those who are challenged by English Paper Piecing (EPP).  Students will practice their EPP skills while making letters of their choice from Sheri’s pattern, Typecast.  Students will have one letter well underway by the end of class.  Students can make additional letters to customize their own quilt. The possibilities are endless!

Orders must be placed by Friday, May 8, 2020 in order to guarantee your materials in time for class.  See Supply List for details.

Class Fee:  $10 for the Typecast Pattern Guide to be distributed in class  (cash please)

Supply List

Kathy Farra

Kathy, aka Machine Lady, has been sewing and quilting most of her life.  She studied sewing machine repair and since then she has focused on the Singer Featherweight and other Vintage Singer machines.  In recent years, she has been teaching featherweight maintenance classes all over the East Coast.

Love your Featherweight Machine, Sunday, May 31, 10am – 1:30pm

Skill Level:  All Levels

Description: The “Love Your Featherweight” class will enable the owner of a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine to have confidence when cleaning and maintaining their machine to keep it running well. This is a hands-on class where the owner will be oiling and maintaining their own machine and learning to keep their machine in top working order.

Kit Fee: $30 (CASH) for maintenance kit; paid in class.

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Robin  Koehler

In 1998, Robin learned to quilt from another Coast Guard spouse while stationed overseas in Puerto Rico.  Her business, NESTLINGS by Robin began in 2004 and resulted her design being published in major quilting magazines, participation in Houston’s Market, and teaching along the east coast and at the 2019 Houston Festival.  Applique and all manner of handwork are her greatest passions.  She became an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser in 2019.  Designers of the past have inspired her to combine traditional designs with her own whimsical style.

The Swimming Seahorse, Friday, May 29, 9am – 4 pm

Skill Level: All Levels*

Description:  Not all quilts are flat!  Bring your seahorse to life with this multiple technique-based project.  (Pattern for Seahorse and handouts included.)



-Structured, scrap pieced background

-Fusible applique including a 3D element.

-Free motion quilting (*students need to have some experience free motion quilting on their own machines)

-Finish by mounting to a gallery canvas, 1-1/2” deep

Finishing Kits $25 (fee payable to instructor; CASH ONLY)

Includes: 8” x 10” Gallery wrapped canvas,

8” x 10” mat board, two screw eyes, & framing wire,

Sequin and bead for eyes

Supply List

Paper Pieced Mini Heart Block, Saturday, May 30, 9am – Noon

Skill Level: All Levels

Description:  A super quick and easy paper pieced heart allows you to learn the basics of mounting small works of art onto canvas making your art and home come alive!  (Pattern for heart included.)

Kit:  $30 fee payable to instructor.  Kit includes all fabric (prints may vary), mounting assemblage (4″ gallery canvas, wire, screw eyes, & mat board) and a small ruler. (CASH ONLY)


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Cecile T. Batchelor

Cecile has been a member of Reston’s QU chapter since 2013. She has been sewing since she was six, learning embroidery after receiving “A-Tisket A-Tasket and Green and Yellow Basket” for Christmas. Her mother taught her to embroider and she has been hooked on textiles of all kinds ever since. Her mother sent Cecile for sewing lessons at the age of 10, because she could not leave her grandmother’s treadle sewing machine alone—she has always been fascinated with machines, fabric, and embellishment. Cecile has been a seamstress for over 57 years, and began to quilt in 2013 after she retired.

Wool Applique, Sunday, May 31, 10am – 2pm

Skill Level:  All skill levels are invited.

Description:   This is a beautiful way to create a set of useful and personalized items you’ll enjoy using…or make as a wonderful gift!  You will start with a completely cut out 100% merino wool felt kit and add embroidery and embellishments to finish.  It is the goal of this class to have a wonderful creative session and finish both items in class.  (No UFOs for this class!)  All stitching holes are precut, so you won’t have to worry about perfect stitches.


Techniques:  The basics of wool applique and embellishment.  The advanced student will enjoy a creative experience and hopefully leave class with two completed items.  The beginner will also have a very enjoyable experience, but may not finish.

Kit Fee:  $35 (CASH) paid in class




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