New Workshops for the Sewing Expo

Just wanted to show you some new quilts that are new workshops. I begin teaching these in March for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. First comes Atlanta and then Lakeland, Florida. A week off and then to Cleveland, OH.

Ezekiel's Crown is a paper piecing project that adds curved piecing. It is not for novices but for those wanting to learn several techniques to expand their skills. Not hard, just takes a little time to put it all together. Don't you love the center? It's what I call "When Four Blocks Make Five."

Ezekiel's Crown Quilt
Second is Patty's Summer Parasol, a redo of an old, traditional block. This is a variation on a Double Wedding Ring (can you believe it?) It appeared in newspapers in 1953. Can you believe these templates?

12" Blocks. Paper Pieced Arcs
And the paper pieced arcs:

Pixie Sticks is returning from last fall, since I did not teach it yet in Atlanta, Lakeland or Cleveland:

Pixie Sticks is created using a Charm Pack for the blocks!
Tight Knit Circles also returns (only teaching this in Lakeland)

Tight Knit Circles: 17" x 17"
 English Paper Piecing with Hexies is also returning (Atlanta and Cleveland)

I turned an orphan block into a placemat, adding squares and strips of bright colors:

Scattered hexies in a placemat
Yes, you can even fussy cut the center motif!

Giant 2" hexies fussy cut
 The Zig and Zag of Hexies quilt:
Strings of zig zag hexies
Center of a block full of Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks:

Grandmother's Flower Garden block center

Lots of class samples!

And the class I teach in every city, every year for the past 8 years: Basic Free Motion Quilting!

Pebbles inside a circle

Working with stencils
 I even practice on snow out on my deck table!

An inch of snow can be a great surface to practice your skills!
 This was from my No Sneaky-Peeky class a few years ago:

A class sample quilted with various stitches
 Free motion quilting as seen from the wrong side:

This is the wrong side of the following hexagon mat
 My quilting is hidden by the busy prints:

Super large hexies surrounded by free motion quilting
 And this small sample from my TightKnit Circles class:

Hope you'll join me for some fun if you live in or near these cities. Check out the dates at the main page for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.


  1. I have never taken a quilting class . . . but if I lived closer, this would be the one. You are amazing! The people that sign up and take these classes will be blessed with your sharing of well developed skills. That Ezekiel's Crown is unbelievable :)

  2. Love the parasols. What is the name of the fabric line?

  3. much eye candy....lovely. Love the umbrellas the best!

  4. Hi, Debby,
    Your Expo classes look like fun, especially those oh-so-colorful Pixie Sticks. I love how you've shown contemporary relevance and expression for years-ago traditional shapes and patterns. Unfortunately, I would need 3 of me to do all the classes I want to do this year plus the non-Expo family commitments that will keep me from spending all 3 days and both evenings at the Expo, including any of your classes this year. I'm blessed to live close enough to drive in each day for what I am able to enjoy. Safe travels. Hope to see you in Cleveland. (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

  5. I hope you will be at Virginia too!

  6. I am so pleased to know about this Sewing Expo. It looks so much fun to me. All these projects are fabulous. The last one is my favorite among all. Next month at a local event space NYC I am also going to take part in a Sewing Expo. Feeling so excited!


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