In-Person Workshops

I’d love to come teach at your guild! Thanks so much for thinking of me. 🙂


Lectures are 45 minutes with slides. I bring a selection of quilts related to the topic so people can get up close and personal with them before and after the presentation.

Playing with Color - a lecture and trunk show with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

Playing with Color

My mother always said that red and pink don’t go together. The Official Quilting Rules say you must use a complete range of light to dark shades. The Fashion Police say you shouldn’t mix prints.

I say Rules Schmules! Use the colors and prints that make your heart sing!

With a little bit of thought and planning you can break all the color rules and create a palette that works well for your project. In this lecture I share the guidelines I’ve developed for my own work and the process I go through for each quilt – with tips to help you adapt that process to your own work.

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Machine Quilting Made Easy - a lecture and trunk show with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

Machine Quilting Made Easy

I love hand quilting – but I also enjoy finishing more than a couple of quilts a year. 🙂

Machine quilting is definitely faster than doing all the stitching by hand – but it can also be hard on the neck and shoulders.

Over the years I’ve been refining and refining my machine quilting techniques to make the process as easy, as fun, and as painless as possible. In this lecture I’ll show you the method I use today – a Quilt As You Go technique where I do everything backwards.

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My Creative Journey - a lecture and trunk show with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

My Creative Journey

I never went to art school, but now I’m a professional artist. I never took home ec and I didn’t learn to sew at my mother’s (or grandmother’s) knee, but now I’m a professional quilt designer and teacher. In this lecture I’ll take you along on my creative journey, sharing how I learned to sew, my first disastrous projects, how I got better, and how I found my artistic voice along the way.

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Applique Made Easy - a 3-hour workshop with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

Applique Made Easy

Use Quilt As You Go and fusible adhesive to make a fast, easy and fun applique quilt. Students will learn several patterns for quilting the blocks, as well as an easy method for applique with fusible adhesive and tips and tricks for topstitching. We’ll also demo trimming and joining the blocks, basting, and final quilting. Students will leave the class with several finished quilted and appliqued blocks, ready to join into a fun and cuddly quilt top.

Can be a 3-hour or 6-hour workshop. In a 6-hour workshop students will be able to finish more blocks and have more opportunity for experimentation and interaction.

Required purchase – any Shiny Happy World applique quilt pattern featuring square blocks.

20 student limit.

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Applique Made Extra Awesome - a 6 hour workshop with Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

Applique Made Extra Awesome

It’s like a quilt and a stuffed animal had a baby together. 🙂

This 6-hour workshop covers everything in the Applique Made Easy Workshop – plus lessons on adding 3D embellishments to your applique and working with specialty fabrics. Students will learn how to applique with fur, fleece, satin and shiny tissue lamĂ©, how to add googly eyes, flappy ears, springy curls, and more to their blocks.

20 student limit.

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Breaking Out of the Grid

coming soon

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Instructor fees

  • Lecture/trunk show $400 ($350 when scheduled with a workshop) – includes luggage fees to transport quilts
  • Full day workshop (6 hours) $750
  • Half day workshop (3 hours) $450
  • Bookings that require a non-teaching day in between presentations require a $100 layover fee per non-teaching/speaking day

Travel and Lodging

  • Hotel lodging and travel expenses required for bookings more than 120 miles from Penland, NC. (Use the zip code 28765 to search in Google Maps.)
  • I book all my own travel, unless arrangements are specified otherwise.
  • I will drive to locations within 360 miles of Penland, NC. All others require air travel. Mileage to be reimbursed at standard IRS rate.

Room Requirements

For lectures. . .

  • A screen and a projector that I can hook my computer to. (Of course, electricity and extension cords need to go with that.)
  • Tables to display quilts for people to see up close, pet, snuggle with, etc.
  • No limit to the number of people

For workshops. . .

  • 1 table for me to set up a machine and do demos.
  • 1 table for me to set out samples
  • 1 table for me to set out supplies for sale (venue must allow sales)
  • Ample workspace for each student (machine space and table/work space)
  • A few irons and ironing boards and a rotary cutting station.
  • Plenty of extension cords. 🙂
  • Ideal – an inkjet printer with ink that will print from a flash drive
  • Limited to 20 students


  • Specifies dates and fees for the event, including travel.
  • $200 non-refundable deposit due within 30 days of signed contract, applied toward the balance of the engagement.
  • Airfare and hotel fees are due prior to booking, approximately 4 months ahead of scheduled visit, and are non-refundable due to cancellation of event by the host.
  • Balance of fees are due the day of the event.
  • Bookings that require an overnight stay must include at least one full day workshop.