Upcoming Classes at the Quilt Odyssey, Hershey PA

I am returning to this fabulous Quilt Odyssey show in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania in July for another round of three classes and a trunk show. Let me share with you my workshops and see if one grabs your attention (or maybe more than one!)

Thursday, July 19: Rose Star (9am to 5pm, with 2 hour lunch)

Rose Star
 And in a different color way:

Rose Star
Traditionally sewn by hand, this vintage block can be created entirely by machine, too. Using quick rotary cut kite shapes, you will learn how easy it is to sew three together using a simple (and doable) y-seam. 

Rotary cut Kites
Twenty-four units are then stitched into the Rose Star Block with ONLY straight seams. The coloring chart in the supply list helps you plan your fabrics before you finalize them…. and you can make it in a variety of sizes. Make one, and it’s a large table topper.

Make several and you have the beginnings of an amazing full-sized quilt. Debby will discuss how to “square up” the blocks to work them into a larger quilt, and discuss adding borders to the hexagon shape (to make it larger).

Kit Fee of $15 includes laser cut acrylic template, multi-page pattern with illustrated instructions and a sample set of 3 fabric kites for making your first block.

Finished size of ‘one’ is 30” x 34”. 
Skill level: confident beginner up. Kit fee explained in supply list PDF.

Thursday evening lecture: The Naked Quilter (gasp!) - I come dressed, by the way!

Just playing around in my studio
What goes on inside the head of a published quilt author? You ask, “How did she take that simple block and get where she did in that fabulous and fun quilt?” And, more importantly, how in the world did she get published in the first place? 

With more than 25 years as a published author, Debby also designs patterns and quilt samples for major fabric companies. Her quilts have appeared on more than 2 dozen quilt magazine covers over the years and she isn’t finished yet! In her lecture and trunk show she will “get naked” with all her secrets for making quilts that continue to grace the pages of magazines and books. If your Walter Mitty dream is to see your own creations get a chance to appear in print, come hear Debby’s lively lecture and learn the inside scoop on how to take the next step.

I bring at least 2 dozen REAL quilts (no slide show) and lots of small samples to share with my audience.

Friday, July 20: Circle of Geese

Yakkity Yak Dinosaurs with a single center circle
Circle of Geese with split center
Circle of Geese with split center
Wow!! Such a big block and so easy to piece. This Circle of Geese is foundation pieced with one full circle comprised of 8 separate units of 3 geese each. The quarter circles and the outer background pieces are sewn with the geese rings – gentle and easy curves (because they are so big.) This is a great pattern for showcasing a single piece of focus fabric. 

Here's one of my students' quilt in process with an awesome center being auditioned!

Fran, from the Eastern Shore of MD
Students will learn two techniques and choose their own finish. All skill levels.
Supply list includes pre-cutting of strips. A pattern fee of $10 will cover the cost of all necessary foundations. A multi-page handout with clear illustrations for all 4 versions is included. Debby will include her Magical Mitering lesson, also. (see Supply List).

Saturday, July 21: Modern Vortex (choose a two color or multi-color quilt!)

Modern Vortex by Jane Hauprich
Modern Vortex by Debby Kratovil

 And my original Modern Vortex:

My Modern Vortex in red and white

Work with pre-cut strips to create this amazing red and white quilt using a
simple acrylic template (provided with the pattern). Of course, you can
choose ANY COLORS!

Students will strip-piece their fabrics and then cut them into 18 degree wedges using Debby’s Dresden Tool. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to set ANY block on point, this class is for you, with the bonus of using two-color setting triangles.
A true optical illusion quilt!

Students will learn:
— Accurate 1/4” piecing
— Working with a dresden plate template
— Invisible machine appliqué using mono filament thread
— Setting a block on point using two colors for setting triangles as shown

Pattern Fee: $18 includes multi-sized 8” dresden template, pattern and clear, illustrated instructions for two quilts. If student owns an 18 degree, multisized Dresden tool, the pattern fee is $10.
See Supply List for pre-class prep.

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