Summer Workshops

I teach year round. That's because I have bills to pay every month! I have two exciting bookings in July, one right after the other. And I'm teaching some classes that are some of my favorites. Here they are for the July 14 - 16: Mid Appalachian Quilter's Retreat in Emmitsburg, Maryland on the beautiful campus of Mt. Saint Mary's College.

Friday, Traditional Pickledish

  • Often called Indian Wedding Ring, this traditional block is not for the timid. We will paper piece the arcs and then sew the gentle curves together. The 12" block works well with scraps or a controlled color group. 8 foundations for four blocks (as shown in pictures) are provided, as well as a multi-page, well illustrated handout and full size templates for the inside melon shape and outside background.
And what does this quilt look like?

Traditional Pickledish in Kaffe Fassett fabrics
Pickledish with sunflowers and borders
Saturday, July 15: Double Hexie Stars

Hexagons branch out into double stars with this easy to piece block with NO y-seams! No kidding. All patches are cut with a 60 degree ruler (paper templates provided also). Create a block with the illusion of intricate piecing, with the bonus of having a large space in the center that can showcase an awesome motif. Block Size: 16" x 18". Two block quilt with borders: 28" x 42"
A new sample made with some Kaffe Fassett fabrics:

Hexie Star with NO y-seams!

And some Paula Nadelstern fabrics:
Double Hexie Star using Fabricadabra fabrics by Paula Nadelstern
The fun of this block is that you can cut any size hexagons and diamonds and triangles with a multi-size 60 degree ruler. Let's see my two block quilt and a few newer blocks:
Double Hexie Star using Kismet by Paula Nadelstern
And my two block quilt (which is what the workshop will aim for):
Double Hexie Star wall banner
And the Sunday class is Patty's Summer Parasol:
Patty's Summer Parasol is a traditional block sewn with odd shaped templates, similar to a Double Wedding Ring. I converted this vintage pattern to paper piecing. The melon shape is stitched to the paper-pieced arc and then is interfaced for ease of turning. The handle is raw edge applique and the parasol tip is a prairie point! All 9 foundations are included, as well as multi-page, well illustrated pattern with full size templates. This is much easier than it looks and is Scrap Friendly. Fat quarter friendly, too (all but the cream background)
Patty's Summer Parasol
And can we see just one parasol?
Single Parasol ready for applique

And some of the paper pieced units?
Very easy paper piecing!
There are still a few openings in each class. I'd love to have you join us.


  1. I had no idea this event existed! I live in Frederick, so Emmitsburg is just up the road. :)

  2. Good Morning Debby! Sorry no comments for awhile, we lost internet due to weather and well yucky service. Plus, both of my parents have been pretty sick.

    How I wish I could attend any of your classes! Somehow, being on opposite sides of the US can be a bother. LOL. I think it is brilliant how you turned the parasol pattern into a paper pieced Double Wedding Ring pattern. Taking it a step farther and creating an applique pattern. It is so pretty and yet adorable.

    Your other two classes would be fabulous to take in a heartbeat also! I have put meeting you and taking a class from you at the top of my wish list! Being Christians, we both know that these kind of wishes do come true! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  3. Wish I was closer and could take the classes.

  4. I'd love to be there, too! That's three great classes. One of these days I'm going to make one - and you'll faint from shock that I actually did. LOL It isn't lack of desire, for certain sure.

  5. How I love those little parasols! And your Kaffe sample is just perfect. So visually pleasing!


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