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2022 - Zoom  and In Person Workshops by Kathy McNeil

3hr. In person and Zoom workshops  
6hr. In person and Zoom workshops
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The Wonderful World of Landscape Quilting - in person only.
Pattern fee, required for this class. 
Venue will choose two patterns from the 3 featured below to be offered in class. Students must purchase one of these to use in class.

Patterns may be purchased from instructor in class or pre - ordered from my web store. Contact Kathy for pattern order instructions for program chairs.

One Day Workshop 
- Discover the secrets that will help you realistically capture the beauty of nature.  Learn to create depth, perspective and dimension in your pattern with simple tricks of fabric choices. Play with fabric paints to create those realistic hi-lights and shadows. Kathy will be teaching and demonstrating the Apliquick turned edge technique. Apliquick tool sets are available for purchase in my web store or in class.

Students who are confident with raw edge appliqué may choose to fuse their project.  Begin the journey of landscape quilting that will introduce you to creating your own landscape scenes.





Spirit Owl - UNIT applique -  6 hour workshop (Zoom workshop only 2023)
Apliquick tools required.   Bring your Apliquick tools or purchase a Basic kit from instructor. $58.00

Let this wise old owl teach you how easy appliqué can be. Learn to turn your edges with the new Apliquick system.  Turn your edges over Apliquick interfacing which remains in your piece, creating additional dimension. Precision with small shapes has a swift learning curve with this system.  The Apliquick method is sweeping the appliqué world.Enhance the visual impact of your owl by adding details with embroidery stitches. She will be created as an independent unit ready to fly onto any block or scene. As personal totems, Owls offer inspiration and guidance necessary to explore the magic of life.

Owl pattern and fabric kit Required: $28.00

Includes pattern and all thirteen fabrics for your owl. Many of the template shapes have already been cut out with a seam allowance ready to turn the edges.
Apliquick basic tool kit - Includes set of Apliquick rods, glue pen, one refill and 1 unit of Apliquick interfacing.

See this YouTube video for an introduction

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Applique the Easy Way, 3 hour Zoom or in person workshop
Apliquick tools required.

$ 22.00 pattern and fabric kit required: includes 14 fabrics, and prepared Apliquick template shapes for the top owl is required for Zoom workshops
Zoom workshops - Patterns and fabric kits may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.

 Let these adorable little owls show you how easy the NEW! APLIQUICK SYSTEM of turning your edges can be.  Pattern from Kathy's Award winning quilt - Audubon’s Christmas. Each little owl is created as a unit off block. Enhance the visual impact by adding embroidery and embellishments. 

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Feathers are Flying

6 hour.  ( Zoom workshop for Herons only. Scroll down for more information on the Herons as a Zoom workshop)
Required Pattern fee.  Each student may choose which of the two they want to work on.  

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Let’s make one of these beautiful bird wallhangings together.  Learn two different methods of appliqué; Fused raw edge, or the new easy Apliquick method of hand appliqué with turned edges. Your beautiful birds can be made as free objects that will be ready to place on the back ground scene or block of your choice. Patterns include back ground scenes as shown. Both Apliquick hand or machine applique, and raw edge techniques are suitable for beginners.

The Herons have more loft and dimension when made with the Apliquick method of turned edges. 
Bring your apliquick tools or purchase them from the instructor in class. Basic kit is $58.00

Herons are 22 x 29 full scene
Humming birds are 18 x 22 full scene-  These are  much smaller pieces.  The humming birds will be best fused


Introduction to art media for quilts, including paints, inks, and foiling. (In person only workshop)

3 hour workshop

This playful, art sampler workshop, will introduce you to the joys of using different art mediums to enhance your quilting projects.

Kathy will demonstrate, metallic Tsukineko inks, Ink tense pencils, transparent water color paint crayons for over dye-ing and shading, opaque paints, painting PFD fabrics and large pieces with Set color paints, shadow trapunto and foiling.  Practice painted appliqué on your pre-printed parrot blocks. We will discuss how to use each of these wonderful options on your next quilting project.

Required kit fee $28.50

Includes - Pre printed Parrot block.( on Kona Cotton) pre fused,

Set of 6 Ink tense pencils, 2 fabric brushes, sealed container of fabric medium, piece of foil, cotton sateen fabric for alcohol ink painting sample,
instructions and project bag.
Supply list for students to bring from home

Finding your own creative voice.

3Hr. workshop
There is no limit to the amount of students in this workshop.

Let me help you Hear your unique Visual Voice. 

Together we will analyze the elements of design that particularly appeal to you. Learn how to incorporate those elements into your own quilts. What we like is very subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so there are NO right and wrongs, only a clearer understanding of what appeals to us. We look at a wide range of diverse quilts by other artist and myself and discuss together which ones appeal to different people and why that is. Approaching design this way has taught me so much about what it is I want to incorporate into my own designs and layouts.

This workshop will help you to add; movement, depth and balance to your composition. “ Visual Impact” the first impression every viewer will have of your quilt. Learn the language of design to help you analyze what captivates viewers.  Many say this class helped them see like an artist.  

Deepen your understanding of lay out, design and fabric choices. Make the most of your contemporary or traditional quilts, by paying attention to color, value, shape, line and contrast.  



Great Blues the Easy, New Apliquick way.
6 hour Zoom workshop available.

Beginners to intermediate.  Finished quilt size: 22 x 29 for the full scene shown in the pattern.          

 Let’s make one of these beautiful Herons together. Learn the EASY, new Apliquick method of turned edges. This method is sweeping the appliqué world because it is easy to learn, precise and quick. We will use special Apliquick interfacing for our template material. Edges will be swept over the interfacing and left in place, unlike freezer paper that has to be removed.  You will love the extra loft and dimension this adds to each feather. 

 Pre view a video this technique


Your beautiful birds will be made as free objects, ready to place on the background scene or use as a focal block of your new quilt.

 No need to have your background ready before class.



Under the sea -
6 hr in person 
6hr Zoom workshop (turtles only.) 

Beginners to intermediate.  

 Fast, fun, and Oh so Beautiful. Step into the world of pictorial quilting. Add novelty fussy cut images to personalize your under the sea quilt. Choose from two beloved animals. Learn the steps of layered appliqué. Choose the easy turned edges Apliquick method for the turtles or raw edge fused octopus.

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 Workshop includes:
Tips for Basic pattern making for all sea critters using base shapes. 


Shading objects to increase the sense of form using my favorite paint crayons.


Choosing fabrics for pictorial work


Adding 3-D texture and objects to your coral reef including sea fans made completely with thread. See attachment


Quilting designs for pictorial quilting.

Sea Turtles -
attern fee, $13.95   Turned/ finished  edges with the Apliquick method.  See required tools for this method.
You will need to collect your own fabrics. See pattern for list.

Octopus - Raw  edge applique.
Required Octopus pre-fused fabric kits $42.00

Includes. The $13.95 pattern, plus  - All the octopus and coral pieces from twelve different fabrics. They have been traced onto lite Steam a Seam 2 and fused to the fabrics. You will just need to cut them out and finger press them onto your pre-made background.

Background must be completed before class, so you will have something to fuse your octopus to.  

Apliquick method - Required Apliquick turning rods, 1 unit of Apliquick interfacing and glue pen for the Turtles. Order with your pattern or bring your own.



Razzle Dazzle those Borders

Half day lecture style workshop.
There is no limit to the amount of students for this workshop.

Learn to add dynamic visual interest and excitement to your borders. What inspires border designs? How can you be more original?
Multiple examples will be shown along with a discussion about basic construction options.
Let's do more than frame or enlarge those quilt tops. Let's put some pizzazz into your that final piece!
Materials list-  3hour - Note taking pen and paper.
For a 4 hour workshop we have time for the group to look at Quilt tops for border ideas after the presentation. We will take as many of these as time allows.

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