The lectures listed below are a part of our $5 lecture series. Each lecture is approximately 60 minutes and will be in room 104B. The seating is set up theater style so bring materials to take notes!
Thursday January 18th
8401C The Enchantment of Fabric and Ink
Thursday January 18th - 9:30 AM
Have you ever had a specific fabric in mind but just can't find it? Have you ever wished to change plain, uninteresting cloth into something bright and beautiful? Joyce's passion for fiber art leads her to experiment with media and develop tools for creating unique fabrics. Come and discover hoe easy it is to transform fabric with innovative use of stencils and ink into just what you imagine.
8403C Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob
Thursday January 18th - 12:00 PM
All about thread, needles, tension, and success.
8404C Batting, Batting, Batting - So Many Choices!
Thursday January 18th - 1:45 PM
What are today's batting choices, how do I choose what is best for the quilt I am ready to quilt, what about bamboo, what does my long arm quilter use (and can I use that batting at home), I want to hand quilt - what are my choices? Those are the types questions (and more) that will be answered by the Batty Lady. Plus attendees will receive samples so that they can touch and know what they want to use in the future. Come and learn so you can make educated choices.
8402C On the Cusp: Hoffman Fabrics' year of Anniversaries
Thursday January 18th - 12:00 PM
It’s our party and we’ll celebrate if we want to! 2018 marks 94 years in business for family-owned Hoffman Fabrics. Travel our historical timeline to find out where we’ve come and where we’re going next in quilting, and learn why we’re still a leader in making the finest fabrics for quilters and sewists! This is Hoffman by the numbers: 94 YEARS Started in 1924, we boast the largest textile-art library in the West and still produce the finest screen-printed fabrics, hand-dyed fabrics and batiks, and digital-print fabrics for the quilting market. 30-PLUS We’ve been making authentic batiks from original designs at our exclusive factory in Bali for more than three decades. 30 YEARS Our annual Hoffman Challenge contest for quilters and sewists hits the BIG 3-0! 4 GENERATIONS of Hoffman family members are involved in the day-to-day operation of the company. 5 YEARS Producing the best digitally printed fabrics under the Hoffman Spectrum Digital brand. 3 YEARS Our Me + You division makes hand-dyed Indah Solids and Indah Batiks for quilters and sewists creating in the modern aesthetic. COUNTLESS: Manufacturers and other companies who’ve sought “the Hoffman look” for their products and brands, not to mention quilters who were inspired to do their best work thanks to a favorite Hoffman fabric. Come get to know us even better and help us celebrate these achievements and more!
8405C Creating a Masterpiece with Prairie Points
Thursday January 18th - 3:30 PM
Almost magically you can combine a big beautiful print with prairie points and create a masterpiece. Try this with a small applique or embroidery block, or a panel print and you’ll be surprised how easy and fun it is. I will explore what blocks work and what don’t, how to coordinate colors and what the results are like. This is applicable for sewers of all ages and levels, and especially for people who love my Folded Star Hot Pad pattern. Come to discover how the lowly prairie point is magic, and can turn your fabric into a masterpiece.
8406C Zippers are EASY!
Thursday January 18th - 5:00 PM
Do zippers intimidate you? Do you shudder at the thought of adding a zipper to a purse or bag? Well, fear no more! You're going to love Annie's easy techniques for installing zippers in purses, bags, and more. Discover what makes handbag zippers different from other types of zippers and why using a zipper longer than you need makes everything SO much easier! Learn an easy and foolproof method for installing zippers in purses and bags. Once you grasp and master this simple method of zipper installation, you'll use it all the time!
Friday January 19th
8501C Machine Quilting & Templates (Rulers) - A Primer Course
Friday January 19th - 9:30 AM
Do you have a home machine and are ready to step beyond stitching in the ditch and meandering? Perhaps you have heard of a particular foot you can put on your home machine to use templates when quilting? Or perhaps you have a mid- or long-arm machine and you want try using templates? Learn the basics of machine quilting with templates (aka rulers). Find out: Why templates are made out of different thicknesses; Strategies for getting really small or getting points. Get the facts and knowledge before you leap into the exciting world of templates and all the possibilities.
8502C Unlocking Your Creativity - The Key is Templates
Friday January 19th - 10:45 AM
Ever dream of being able to create your own quilting designs? Are you convinced the Artistic fairy bypassed you when she was handing out talent? Join Patricia as she shows you how to move templates to create stunning designs that look complicated, but are in reality the simplest of shapes. She will teach you four techniques for moving templates. These techniques can be used by all, regardless of your method of quilting (hand, domestic machine, long-, mid-, or short-arm machine). How to transfer the design to your quilt using a variety of methods will be discussed. Join Patricia in learning how to release the creativity inside you.
Friday January 19th - 12:00 AM
8504C Fudge does not have to be fattening!!
Friday January 19th - 1:45 PM
See how this series of tools by Creative Grids includes a fudge factor! Cut the pieces a little bit larger and then trim down to size to create perfect blocks every time! Then see how these tools were used to scrap my stash into a trunk show of scrap quilts!
8505C Quilts In Iceland
Friday January 19th - 3:30 PM
See the gorgeous quilts from Gudrun's new book that were all inspired by her beautiful home country of Iceland. Hear the stories behind the quilts and growing up in Iceland along with seeing gorgeous photos.
8506C Strip-Pieced Mariner Compass Variety Show
Friday January 19th - 5:00 PM
Step right up and see how Robin Ruth Design’s innovative rulers and strip-piecing method will help you make more than just traditional mariner’s compass blocks. If you have always loved the radiating points of the mariner’s compass block but have always felt intimidated to make one, come and see how mariner’s compass blocks are now accessible to all quilters! Choose from either “Skinny” or “Fat” compass styles for both 16- and 32-point compasses in 16 sizes (even sizes from 6”-36”), yielding over 300 compass block variations. Lots of ideas and inspiration for you to create the mariner’s compass project of your dreams!
Saturday January 20th
8601C Appliqué for Cheaters
Saturday January 20th - 9:30 AM
Applique for Cheaters include 5 different ways to use this technique.
1. Stained Glass Quilts.
2. Instant Stained Glass.
3. Zentangle Stained Glass.
4. Using Tonertex Glitter Stained Glass. and
5. Applique for cheaters.
Are you intimidated by appliqué? No interest or time to do needle turn? Do you want to create the same effect with a quick and easy technique? Complete your quilt in hours not days? If so, this technique is for you! Now you can learn a quick, easy and fun way to appliqué. You will be able to convert appliqué patterns and apply this simple technique. Use patterns from any designer no matter what the method used, or design your own. NO raw edges! NO registration marks! NO paper piecing! NO satin stitching! NO fusible web! NO Piecing! NO Reverse Applique! NO Raw Edge Applique! NO Needle Turn Applique! Your quilts will be soft, not stiff. You will learn how to piece, stitch and quilt at the same time (reduces your stitching by 50 %!). It is quick, fun and easy, with reinforced edges strong enough to use and wash. What more could you want?
8602C The Stripology Way
Saturday January 20th - 12:00 PM
Turn your stash into a valuable resource, making cutting faster and more accurate with the stripology rulers. Learn the tricks behind Gudrun’s cutting techniques and the amazing quilts you can make fast.
8603C Batting: What's Inside Matters
Saturday January 20th - 1:45 PM
An enlightening discussion about the various types of batting and when and why you'd choose each one.
Experienced quilters and beginners alike will learn:
which batting is best for each style of quilting and each application;
the pros and cons of each batting type;
and, how to care for finished quilts
Join us for an informative and fun presentation and a chance to win Hobbs batting!
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