Offerings & Schedule

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

I teach variety of in-person sewing and quilting classes for kids, teens and adults. I’m really excited about my current class and lecture offerings!

2017 Class Schedule (as of 5.15.17):

June:

6/4: Watercolor Quilting, Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito, CA

6/17: Beyond the Beginning Modern Machine Quilting, Bay Quilts, El Cerrito, CA

August:

August 12/13: Amador Valley Quilters, Pleasanton, CA

Class Offerings:

Watercolor Quilting

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In this dynamic class, students will experiment with both painting with textile fabric and free-motion machine quilting. Students will paint their own designs on blocks of fabric and play with some pre-painted blocks. Then, we will explore free-motion machine quilting, getting the basics on thread choice and machine set up, and then diving into practice. Using the lines created by the paint as our guides, we’ll practice free-motion lines and patterns to create outlines and texture. It’s sure to be a colorful and inspiring day!

 

Beyond the Beginning: More Modern Machine Quilting- Golden Gates Series

Following Ashley’s “Golden Gate” series in which she takes designs from the stunning iron gates in her San Francisco neighborhood, students will learn how take patterns found in everyday life and convert them into beautiful machine quilting designs using both the walking foot as well as free-motion techniques. Ashley will walk students through the process of designing their own quilting motifs using images/objects found in their surroundings, and they will practice both marked and unmarked machine quilting. Students will walk away with not only more confidence in machine quilting, but the beginnings of a small wall hanging or quilt.

Basics of Modern Machine Quilting

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In this class, students will learn basic machine quilting techniques using both straight lines and free-motion techniques. Students will get an in-depth intro to machine quilting, covering thread, needles, basting and machine set up. Students will also gain insight into creating a modern composition on their quilts using both marked and unmarked quilting patterns.

 

 

Modern Explorations in Raw-Edge Appliqué

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Students will learn the fast and versatile raw-edge appliqué technique. Students will use a variety of different Ashley’s designs, and they will also learn how to design their own appliquéd pieces using simple tracing paper and pencil. In the second part of the class, students will practice this technique with the blanket stitch on the sewing machine and their choice of block. Ashley will use a nine-patch with appliqué on top to show how to break up the traditionally pieced block using raw-edge appliqué to create a modern traditional aesthetic.

 

2016 Lecture Offerings:

“From Traditional to Modern, it’s All in the Family (of Quilting!)”

In this informative lecture, Ashley will talk about the changing trends in quilting beginning with her mother’s first quilts in the late 1970’s to current projects that are influenced by the traditions of the past and the current climate of modernism. Ashley will discuss how her mom, Sue’s, and her aunt Pat’s generation and her own are different, yet all in the same family.

 

 

Please send me an email for more complete class descriptions as well as my current rates. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to working with you!