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Art Quilt 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
Pattern fee, required for this class.

Please choose two patterns from the 4 featured below to be used 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 Workshops - Discover the secrets that will help you realistically capture the beauty of nature.  Learn to create depth 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 demonstrate a mix of appliqué techniques! Begin the journey of landscape quilting working on your pattern. By special request I can replace the Alpine Glow mountain pattern with the very popular Heron pattern.










Spirit Owl - UNIT applique -  6 hour workshop
Apliquick tools required.

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 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. 
You will Bring your Apliquick tools or purchase a Basic kit from instructor. $58.00

Includes set of Apliquick rods, glue pen, one refill and 1 unit of Apliquick interfacing.

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

$ 22.00 pattern and fabric kit with 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 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

One day.  ( Zoom workshop for Herons only. Scroll down for more information)

Pattern fee, your choice of one of these patterns to be used in class.  

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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 appliqué or raw edge techniques are suitable for beginners.

                                 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-Best fused


Introduction to art media for quilts, including paints, inks, and foiling. 

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 dy- ing and shading, opaque paints, discharging color, 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 $26.00

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.

Finding your creative voice.

Half or Full day workshop
There is no limit to the amount of students in this workshop.

Let me help you find your unique Visual Voice.  Let's analyze together the elements of design that particularly appeal to you. Learn how to incorporate those elements into your own quilts. 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.  
This class will help you 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.  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 individually. 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.

Full Day workshops-  Bring traditional blocks or patterns that you want to work with, fabrics you are considering or a picture that inspires a quilt design. You will have a new sense of confidence as we work together in this totally supportive environment to plan or enhance your new quilt. 

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Great Blues the Easy, New Apliquick way.
3hr or 6 hour Zoom workshop available.

Beginners to intermediate.  Finished quilt size: 22 x 29 for the full scene shown in the pattern.          Click here for Workshop description and materials list

Let’s make one of these beautiful Herons together. Learn to turn your edges with the new Apliquick tools that are all the rage. One you learn this method you will never go back. Expect to get a good portion of your Herons body completed in this class.  Students may also choose to do raw edge applique if they are experienced at it. Instruction time will concentrate on turned edges.
3 hour Zoom workshop or  6 hour in person workshop. Maximum 20 students.

$13.95 required pattern
fee / order from instructor.  Patterns may be ordered before the workshop by the guild as a group, or students can use my web store to order their own.

 Learn the EASY, new Apliquick method of turned edges. This method is sweeping the appliqué world. Small, complex pieces are easy to turn with these tools from Spain. We will use special 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. Your beautiful birds will be made as free objects, ready to place on the background scene or a focal block of your new quilt. Kathy will  demonstrate shading with her optional fabric paint crayons.

attern fee and Apliquick tools required for this class.
$58.00 Apliquick Kit fee or bring your own Apliquick rods, interfacing and glue pen. Students may purchase the Apliquick kit in class, order it from my website or bring their own Apliquick tools. 
The kit includes -  $42.00 two stainless steel turning rods.  $8.00 1 yard of Apliquick interfacing/template material  $9.00 Glue pen with one refill.






Under the sea -
6 hr in person or
3 hr/ 6hr Zoom workshop with turtles only. 

Beginners to intermediate.  

attern fee, $13.95 your choice of one of these two patterns to be used in class.  

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 and Materials list

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 one of these beloved animals. Learn the steps of layered appliqué. Choose the easy turned edges Apliquick method, or raw edge fused. Have fun with painting to create form and dimension in your animals. Kathy will demonstrate her fabric paint crayons to add lovely hints of shading. We will finish with a discussion of how to quilt the pictorial quilt. Workshop objectives.


How the Apliquick technique is done. Students may choose to fuse.

Traditional Layered applique for fused or turned edge method.

Using Free object Unit applique to enhance your compositions. see attachment.


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.



Language of Flowers

One day Hand Appliqué workshop for confident beginners and intermediate appliqué students. 

$13.95 Required New Beginnings pattern fee.
Pattern must be pre-ordered from my web site, so students will have the instructions for preparing their background oval.

The language of flowers, is a means of communication through the use of flowers. Meanings have been attributed to individual lowers for thousands of years.  My Tussie Mussie blocks, each convey a special sentiment.  Start with the "New Beginnings' Block for this project.

I will be teaching the APLIQUICK method of turning your edges to create each flower and ribbon unit. Unit appliqué is a versatile appliqué technique very usual in creating complex blocks or appliquéd wallhangings. Tools for this technique will be available to try in class or you can pre-order them from my web site. Needle turning will work, but I will not be teaching that method, so you must be comfortable with that technique. Learn basic hand embroidery stitches and how to make dimensional cherry blossom’s to enhance the visual impact of your block. You will be delighted with the shading possibilities of fabric paint crayons too! Although we will just be working on the floral units in class, Kathy will cover the assembly of this beautiful Victorian block. Watch a free video of the Apliquick method on my web site if you are curious about this technique before class.

 Fabric list List click here.

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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 Cardinals from the Audubon Christmas Quilt

Birds at the feeder are everyones favorite winter scene. Pattern from Kathy award winning quilt “Audubon’s Christmas.”

Day one - Have fun and learn the steps of layered appliqué.  Choose raw edge, or hand appliqué. Kathy will demonstrate multiple technique tips for both methods. Use tone on tone prints for your birds. You will be thrilled with how they add dimension and a more realistic look.

 Multiple Days-All 7 blocks will be reviewed for construction.  The morning will feature time to practice your free motion machine quilting. Learn to add the ghost image branches and leaves. Bring a practice sandwich and we will discuss marking, faux trapunto, thread, machine needles and batting choices. In the afternoon we will continue to work on the block of your choice. 

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