programs

My Eclectic Quilt Pageant

 (1 hour)

Join one of the world's most enthusiastic personalities for ooo's, aaaah’s, and laughter to learn a plethora of tips to increase accuracy and add fresh,interesting details with piping, prairie points, heavy threads, and embellishments. See how to take show pieces to new levels and add charming surprises to simple pieces. Susan will share real live quilts with close ups through the projector so you’re sure to see oodles of detail. You may recognize many quilts as winners in AQS Paducah shows and International Quilt Festivals in Houston! Don’t miss out on this good time!


online & Dvd classes

Available now! My Craftsy classes are loaded with information. 

"How to Bind a Quilt" begins with plain and perfect bindings and works up to spectacular bindings worthy of your most cherished heirloom or show quilts. (Students have awarded this class 4.9 of 5 stars!)

"Creative Quilting: Alternatives to Free Motion" empowers quilters with several techniques for marking and quilting quilts with the machine and with big stitch hand quilting. (Students have awarded this class 4.8 of 5 stars!)

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NOW available on DVD:


DEMO CLASSES - loads of info and lots of quilts!

These demo classes include up to four day's worth of hands-on class material in only a few hours. Handouts are provided and students need only bring a pen for taking notes. Breaks occur every hour to examine quilts and visit. The latest technology is used incorporating a video camera and projector with lively demos so everyone sees each task in great detail. Students love it!

If your quilt guild or conference is interested in booking demo classes or hands-on classes, please email me at Susan@PiecesBeWithYou.com to ask about available dates. (I fly from MSP or RST airports in MN, USA.)

 
 

Precision & Panache

(3 hours, demo class)

Via live (and lively) projected demos, learn to add eye-catching details to quilts and increase accuracy -– precision piecing, decorative threads (for quilting and applique), piping in seams, fancy prairie points, embellishing, skinny borders, and helpful tools. Lots of quilts will be displayed showcasing these fantastic techniques.

(student maximum per room capacity) 

Supply list: paper and pen (handouts provided)


 

 from Precision & Panache book

from Precision & Panache book

 

Simple Quilting with Style: Alternatives to Free-motion Quilting

(3 hours, demo class)

With lively projected demos you'll learn to prepare a quilt top for a successful finish; discover secrets of ditch quilting; learn when and how to mark or not mark a quilt; study stitching with heavy threads; get excited about big stitch hand quilting, bobbin quilting and couched quilting. These skills empower those whose free-motion skills are less than stellar but may be combined with free-motion quilting as well. Quilt your quilts with style and techniques you enjoy the most!

(student maximum per room capacity) 

Supply list: paper and pen (handouts provided)

 

 Machine quilting with heavy thread

Machine quilting with heavy thread

 Hand quilting with perle cotton (big stitch & lazy daisies)

Hand quilting with perle cotton (big stitch & lazy daisies)

 

Quilt Bindings: Simple to Spectacular

(3 hours, demo class)

With lively projected demos every detail of a quality finish will be covered including some revolutionary ideas! I’ll cover preparing and squaring the quilt, making nice miters, joining tails (my special technique), and finishing for a show-quality back. Options such as an all-machine finish and odd angled corners will be shown as well. Things will then get wild with my Piping Hot Binding technique and lots of variations such as double-piping; embellished piping; invisible binding with piping; and, drum roll, please, my brand new calligraphic binding from my 2016 show quilt.  Give your quilts the fabulous finishes they deserve!

(student maximum per room capacity)

Supply list: paper and pen (handouts provided) 

 Piping Hot Binding (with and without prairie points)

Piping Hot Binding (with and without prairie points)

 NEW Calligraphic Binding with quilting

NEW Calligraphic Binding with quilting

 

Finish with Flair: Creative Quilting & Bindings

A combination of Simple Quilting with Style: Alternatives to Free-motion Quilting AND Quilt Bindings: Simple to Spectacular

(6 hours, demo class)

With lively projected demos you'll learn fantastic alternatives to free-motion quilting and plain bindings! Learn the secrets of ditch quilting; when and how to mark or not mark a quilt; stitching with heavy threads; big stitch hand quilting; bobbin, couched, and even more quilting options! These skills empower those whose free-motion skills are less than stellar. Creatively quilted quilts deserve stellar bindings. Piped bindings with a plethora of variations are the icing on the cake!

(student maximum per room capacity) 

Supply list: paper and pen (handouts provided) 


Classes ... detailed instruction with individual coaching 

These classes are hands-on, include great handouts/patterns and lots of individual coaching. The latest technology is used incorporating a video camera and projector with lively demos so everyone sees each task in great detail. You'll love it!

If your quilt guild or conference is interested in booking classes, please email me at Susan@PiecesBeWithYou.com to ask about available dates. (I fly from MSP or RST airports in MN, USA.)

 

Dresden Bursts

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Double-points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and eliminate the need of a traditional appliqued circle in the center! Learn Susan’s tips for turning wedge points and use foundation sew & flip to assemble perfectly flat rings. Learn to ditch stitch Dresdens accurately and wrap points over the edge of the quilt! 

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 Bursts of Autumn 34"x 20"

Bursts of Autumn 34"x 20"

 

Double-pointed Dresdens: Design Your Own or not

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Double-points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and they eliminate the need of a traditional appliquéd circle in the center! Learn Susan's tips for turning wedge points with the Prairie Pointer Tool and use foundation sew & flip to assemble arcs and rings. Follow the Seven Ringie Dingie pattern or design your own Dresden in class! Design possibilities are endless!

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Disappearing Dresdens  

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Double-points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and they eliminate the need of a traditional appliqued circle in the center! Using quarter circles, half circles,and three-quarter circles adds another interesting bit of character. Learn Susan's tips for turning wedge points with the Prairie Pointer Tool and use tricky piecing to assemble the arcs, circle and background. Points are three-dimensional and design possibilities are endless! Finished quilt is 27"x 24".

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Piping Hot Binding 

... most popular class!

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Piped bindings add spark and a professional finish to any style piece. Every detail of binding and tiny perfect piping will be covered in class with step-by-step demos and printed instructions. Machine differences will be addressed so students will be successful with their own machines. Students work on their practice piece to achieve making perfect piping, preparing the quilt, applying piping, applying binding,mitering corners, joining tails, and finishing for a show-quality back. Variations will be on display and discussed. Many major award-winners are using this technique to achieve stunning results!

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Plain & Perfect Binding

(3 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Simple, smooth, plump binding is a great finale for any quilt. In this class we'll cover everything needed to get a nice binding on your quilts! Topics include: preparing the quilt, mitering corners to perfection, joining tails (my special technique), adding a sleeve, and finishing the back. We'll also discuss curvy edges and other variations.

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Bodacious Big Thread Applique,Quilting & More

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Learn to stitch with heavy decorative threads through the machine's needle for appliqueing and quilting, to stuff applique, make prairie points with stitching and embellishments, use freezer paper for quilting designs and for designing an interestingly-shaped quilt ... while creating a precious little piece! Your choice of three patterns. (Happy Daisy 9"x11", Joy In My Heart 9"x11", Hippie Daisies 11"x20")

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Marvelous Miters (full day)

(6 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Why fear the Y-seam? Choose a wonderful print to border and learn a marvelous technique for mitering sashing and borders while making a few blocks in class. Your fabric will be cut to showcase it's motif and border size will be your choice. You may also decide how many different border fabrics to use. Individual help will be given to everyone who would like the advice. Accuracy will be taught and emphasized. Several variations will be discussed so you'll have skills to design your own borders and sashing with perfect miters.

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Marvelous Miters (half day)

(3 hours, hands-on, for up to 20 students)

Why fear the Y-seam? Learn to miter borders on blocks and quilts with this simple technique that makes impressive miters with beautiful intersections! Use a kit to master mitering and focus on perfection, then use your new skill on any quilt! A kit for purchase in class will contain pre-cut fabrics to make 2 blocks.

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Attic Windows ... or Shadow Box (full day)

(6 hours, hands-on, up to 20 students)

Showcase a fabulous feature fabric in this variation of attic windows! Susan's mitering technique and built-in sashing will make this block much easier than traditional piecing, will produce beautiful results, and will take any fear out of mitered corners. This technique may then be applied to any project involving mitered corners or borders. Quilting and finishing will be discussed.

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Attic Windows ... or Shadow Box (half day)

(3 hours, hands-on, up to 20 students)

Susan's mitering technique and built-in sashing for attic windows will make this block much easier than traditional piecing, will produce beautiful results, and will take any fear out of mitered corners. This technique may then be applied to any project involving mitered corners or borders. A kit for purchase in class will contain pre-cut fabrics to make two blocks.

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Piping Hot Curves - Macaroni (full day)

(6 hours, hands-on, up to 20 students)

Add piping to curves and avoid curved piecing! This technique is wonderful for traditional curved patterns and great for contemporary designs. In class students will learn to make perfect piping and add that pipingto the lively, curvy macaroni block. Piping adds pizzazz! Quilting and finishing will be discussed. Blocks finish 6".

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Piping Hot Curves - Macaroni (half day)

(3 hours, hands-on, up to 20 students)

Accent curves with piping! This technique is wonderful for traditional curved patterns and great for contemporary designs. In class students will learn to make perfect piping and add that piping to the lively, curvy macaroni block. Piping adds pizzazz! Quilting and finishing will be discussed. A kit for purchase in class will contain pre-cut fabrics to make two 6" blocks.

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>> To ask about booking a quilt guild visit, please e-mail me at Susan@PiecesBeWithYou.com. I love visiting quilt guilds!