August Classes at the North Texas Quilt Festival

I can't believe I'm traveling to the Dallas area in August! Can you say HOT? But my hotel is inside the same venue as the expo center so I can stay cool while I teach 5 awesome classes that are both fun and full of tips and techniques. Click the links to read more about this.

The Modern Vortex continues to be one of my most popular classes! Thursday, August 22 from 8:30 - 11:30 am.

Choose two colors . . .

Modern Vortex: 28" x 28"
Choose multi colors:
Modern Vortex in multiple colors with borders: 40" x 40"
Can't get to Dallas in August? You can find my Modern Vortex pattern in my Etsy shop - and see even more ideas for using the simple ruler in the pattern.

Machine Quilting: Basics and Beyond - Thursday, August 22 from 1 - 4 pm

Start your quilting experience on the right foot --- with Debby’s liberating, beyond-straight-lines, feed-dogs-down process. You’ll enjoy her simple methods for taking your stitches beyond beginners’ meanders and loops. In the dozen years she’s been teaching beginning machine quilting, Debby’s students have been most comfortable following shapes, and so she gives you lots of practice time during class to use stencil shapes and one of her favorites, freezer paper shapes. Discussion includes quilting blocks (no matter the size) and borders, and a treasure trove of samples to illustrate how dynamic her KISS (Keep It Small and Simple) quilting style can be for you, too.

Diamonds and Hexagons for English Paper Piecing - Friday, August 23 from 8:30 - 11:30 am.

No sewing machines. A relaxing 3 hours with needle and thread and little kits I provide!

English Paper Piecing is a great take-along hand piecing project, perfect for making traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG) blocks – and more! Discover simple diamonds, which, when combined with the hexagons, offer exciting possibilities for altogether new blocks adding a creative dimension to your design options. Debby’s collection of samples is a treasure trove of inspiration, where you’ll see all sorts of ways to use your hexagons and diamonds in a variety of settings and projects. Your kit contains fabric, card stock hexagon and diamond shapes in 2 sizes, needle and thread.

60 Degree Stars using 2" diamonds
Combining hexagons, triangles and diamonds!
Learn to fussy cut a motif and center it in this awesome star!
These simple jewels shapes can be turned into hearts! Students get a packet of these.

Jeweled Hearts
The Gretchen Quilt: Friday, August 23 from 1-4 pm.

It’s hard to believe this traditional block, Gretchen, can be sewn without a single template. Everything is cut from two sizes of simple squares; the magic arrives with a quick rotary cutting trick. Debby chose a bright collection of florals and deep hued blenders for this quilt, but you can choose any of your own colors with good contrast to show off the lines of the block. As always, Debby’s classes provide all the hints and helpful tips that make them so much better than a simple pattern or kit. And they’re fun, too! Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details.

The Gretchen Quilt. 9" blocks in multi colors
More scrappy ideas:
Bold prints with assorted solids
Or try a simple two-color quilt
Four 9" blocks in blue and white
And a classic red and white:

Four 9" blocks in red and white
You can also find my Gretchen Quilt pattern in my Etsy shop.

And my fifth class is The Twisted Hexagons. Saturday August 24, from 8:30 - 11:30 am.

Create these large blocks using a multi-sized 60 degree triangle ruler and pre-cut strips. Learn to fussy cut a motif for the center or let the rotary cutter make the decision for you. The block is the perfect size for a table runner, child’s quilt or larger. And the bonus: there are NO y-seams! Bring your own fabric, see supply list for details.

Try your hand at fussy cutting a center motif in this 12" Twisted Hexagon quilt!

Twisted Hexagon quilt. 12" height block; 57" x 64" quilt
Or a smaller quilt with 6 blocks makes a perfect child's quilt.

Smaller block (10" height).
Yes, you can also find my Twisted Hexagon pattern in my Etsy shop! Check it out.

While I know this audience lives all over our globe, some of you live in Texas and might be able to join me and get in out of the heat! Hope to see you there.


  1. Hi Debby! I just love the Gretchen block, and would love to take the class. Dallas in August - yes, that is going to be a h.o.t. one for sure. ~smile~ Roseanne


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