Quilted Comforts by Dot Collins
I have numerous workshops and classes that provide instructional material for traditional and innovative quilt designs. I design, write, and illustrate the instructional material for the quilts I teach. Most designs include a variety of size choices so that the quilter can make the quilt size that they prefer or have time for.
Workshops are generally 6 - 7 hours long but may be shortened or lengthened to meet the need of your group. Workshop prices are based on minimum of 12 attendees. For most of the workshops, additional students may be added for an additional fee. Contact me for supply lists or for more information.
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The workshop fee for the classes below is $300 for up to 10 students and $30 per student for each person over 10.
The Dresden plate design for this quilt is made up of nine segments - 40-degree wedges sewn together to make the plate. The plate that is formed is machine appliquéd to the background and a center circle or hexagon is appliquéd on top in each block. The blocks are 12” square and are divided by 2” sashings. The blocks may be set straight or on-point to create varying looks. The blocks may be done by piecing three or nine different fabrics for the wedges or by using 9 repeats of a print fabric stacked and cut to create the plate.
Plaid and Stripes Salad quilts combine plaid and striped fabrics with your own “focus” personalize blocks (i.e. Orphan blocks from other classes, antique blocks, pieced blocks, preprinted squares, painted fabrics, embroidered squares, needlework, theme prints/fabrics, appliqué designs, pictures printed on fabrics, etc.) to make a unique quilt. You may also choose to use fabrics other than plaids and stripes. This Quilt makes a wonderful school or holiday theme quilt.
Machine Quilted Feathers is a process class. The handout will include instructions on how to do a quilt with lots of feathers but the focus of the class is to teach technique of how to accomplish the stitches needed to make that quilt - or to use on any other machine quilted quilt.
This is a tell-show-do class. There will be description, practice, demo, and execution of a lot of shapes and feather designs that you can use on your quilts. You will not take home a finished project but you will have lots of samples, drawn designs, and a handout.
Spinning Stars quilts are paper pieced – two different size wall quilts are available options for this paper pieced class which utilizes 60-degree triangles arranged with star strips and/or background strips to create the appearance of spinning stars.
Memories Squared – the use of memory blocks – T-shirts or photographs – sashed with squares to make them fit together. T-shirts or photographs do not have to be all the same size to work in this quilt – in fact, it will be more interesting if they are not. How to make them fit together is part of the class. The size of your quilt will depend on the sizes and the numbers of memory blocks you use.
Kaleidoscope quilt blocks with no “fussy cutting” and you get a surprise with every block you lay out. This workshop will help you understand and execute the quilts taught in Bethany Reynolds’ Magic Stack and Whack Quilts. You can do a quilt with either six or eight piece kaleidoscope in the class. A supplemental handout will be given with the workshop but most students will love having the book as a reference during and after the class.
This is a somewhat traditional quilt that I have heard called both Chinese Coin or Roman Coin quilt. It reminds me of the Chinese coins you see that have a square hole in the center of a round coin. Students can choose to make their “coin” blocks using twelve repeats of a printed fabric – or using a more traditional approach with three or more fabrics to make the “coin”.
This quilt is made up of blocks that are 60-degree diamonds sashed to give the appearance of “attic windows. The diamonds are created using 60-degree triangles cut from a stack of 8 repeats of a print fabric. Sashings are added to create the attic windows. You will be surprised to learn that the sewing is very easy for this complex-looking quilt and there are no inset seams required for assembly
Create a 36” Feathered star that can be used as a wall quilt or as a medallion with other blocks around it. Star points may be “fussy-cut” to give a kaleidoscopic effect to the star.
Traditional setting or modified to feature a “picture or design center” (up to 8” square center design allowed). The logs are 1-1/4” finished width and the block sizes vary from 12” - 18”. Yardage provided for any size quilt from wall hanging, couch throw, all the way to king size.
This workshop utilizes the “cut no diamond” technique. The fabrics and instructions provided allow you to make a star large enough to fit any size bed rather than just adding borders as suggested in the original book instructions. I have done all the math for you to use five, six, or seven fabrics in your star and repeat them in a border row. If the students do pre-class sewing as provided in the pre-class instructions, many will have their quilt top sewn together in 7 - 8 hours of class
Strippy Stars Quilt is an adapted design inspired by strip quilts done on a foundation fabric. To form the stars, part of the foundation is left uncovered. When four blocks are combined, a four pointed star emerges. A great way to use up scraps and leftover strips from other projects. It includes a unique border combination that is asymmetrical - or either border may be used for the entire quilt. Size options vary from 42” square to 102” square or any in-between.
The Bold Baskets Quilt combines an original basket design that uses striped fabric for the basket to look like a real woven basket. The baskets can be “filled” with a floral fabric or you can use a background fabric and do “broderie perse” appliqué flowers. Then the basket blocks are placed on point and surrounded by fabric strips before setting them together. The border combines triangles – plain, fabric strips, or paper-pieced flowers (or combinations of any two of these) for a unique, original design quilt. The blocks are large so it doesn’t take many to make a large quilt.
This quilt replicates a picture of a quilt I saw in an Australian quilting magazine that had no instructions or patterns. The quilt consists of simple nine-patch blocks on point, with alternating appliquéd wildflowers. Instructions are provided for fused machine appliqué of the wildflower designs. I also have a variation of it with the wildflower appliqué blocks replaced with floral prints.
Double Blossom Machine Appliqué Quilt with Optional Swag Border is another antique quilt reproduction - this time in the form of machine appliqué. Two different techniques will be demonstrated (one can be adapted to hand appliqué of preferred). This quilt also features an unusual use of print-striped fabric for a special border effect. The second border is optional and creates a swag border and curved edge with no bias binding required.
The quickest, easiest block to do - as each block has only two pieces. Instructions and options include all sizes of quilts from wall or baby quilt with three different size blocks that can be utilized to make the quilts.
Using one striped fabric or several, you can create gentle chevrons across your quilt in this quick and easy technique. This is a great graphic quilt especially for kid's or men's quilts and can be adapted to utilize any fabric with linear impressions - or even sports or college type fabrics.
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