Upcoming Classes in Des Moines for Quilts of Valor Show

Memorial weekend in Des Moines? That's where I'll be and teaching 5 classes at the Quilts of Valor Show. Let me show you the projects and if you're in town (or know of someone in that area), I'd love to have you consider taking one!

Coffee Filter Mariner's Compass - yes, you read that right!
Thursday, May 26, 6 - 9 pm

A wonderful new way to create the popular Mariner’s Compass, precise points and all.  Begin with a 100 cup coffee filter (20" diameter) as your base. Draw a few lines, foundation piece the center spikes, add a halo of flying geese and learn how to sew the curved background pieces to finish this stunning 32" Mariner's Compass quilt top. Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

Yes, they are 20" in diameter!
 Don't you just love the grays for a background?
With a halo of Flying Geese around the compass

Ezekiel's Crown
Friday morning (May 27) from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Satisfy your desire to learn both paper piecing and working with curved units to create this dynamic Ezekiel’s Crown quilt. Composed of 16 blocks that are arranged in my “when 4 makes 5” assembly system, the magic happens in how we turn the blocks. While this isn’t a project for beginners, it is certainly enjoyable - and doable - for those who are confident with their piecing skills. Includes master pattern, all templates, several printed foundations, nicely illustrated instructions and Debby’s helpful, practical and easy to follow direction in class, of course. Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

Ezekiel's Crown: Learn how to paper piece those sharp, pointy units
Modern Vortex
Friday afternoon from 1-4 pm

Work with pre-cut strips to create this amazing two-color quilt using a simple acrylic template. Choose ANY COLOR! You’ll strip piece, then cut into wedges and stitch some more. If you’ve wanted to know how to set ANY block on point, this is the class, with the bonus of using two-color setting triangles. A true optical illusion quilt!  Bring your own fabric, see supply list info for details.

Choose multi-colors as Jane H. of Maryland did!

Modern Vortex - Jane H of Stitch by Stitch
Or two colors:
Modern Vortex - or two colors!

Machine Quilting, Basics and Beyond
Saturday, May 28 from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Using Debby's KISS Method (Keep It Small & Simple), discover how liberating free-motion machine quilting can be. Discuss threads, batting and basting, then do lots of PRACTICE. Doodles, swirls, curves and other simple shapes gently guide you into this exciting world. Excellent for both beginning and intermediate level free-motion quilters.

English Paper Piecing with Hexies
Saturday, May 28 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Hexagons are once again taking the quilt world by storm! This great take-along project is perfect for making Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) blocks. Learn the simple art of hand stitching with the English Paper Piecing technique – the creation of a block or entire quilt using a paper template for uniform units. It can be both beautiful and addictive. Debby’s collection of samples is a treasure trove of inspiration – all sorts of ways to use your blocks in a variety of settings and flavors.

Be inspired on how to use your Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks

Double up your hexies!
 I bring a LOT of samples and projects made with my blocks, along with pre-cut fabrics with papers for making several sizes of blocks! Kits are provided for you.
The perfect take-along project!
So, if you're in the area or want to travel for the American Quilts Expo (Quilts of Valor), please do consider my classes!


  1. I hope you'll somehow be sharing that coffee filter Mariner's Compass instruction with people who can't take a class. That looks brilliant!

  2. I agree with Gale. Love your patterns Deb.

  3. Wow, you are going to be busy! If I were there, there are at least two classes I'd take - it would be great to have an entire week of your classes at a show! Exhausting, but great. =)

  4. I will see you there for the Vortex class. I am sure it will be a lot of fun, as your classes always are.


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