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Jambalaya Sample Quilt

     JAMBALAYA BLOCK OF THE MONTH 2010 - © Linda Warren Designs 2010

LECTURES (All titles include trunk show.)

"How did you come up with that?"
Linda is often asked this question about her patterns. The answer involves the wearing of many hats! This lecture describes how an idea develops, and how it becomes a pattern. Summary: It all starts with the daydreamer, playfully sketching with pencil on graph paper. Most designs only make it that far! If a design is chosen for further exploration, the mathematician comes out to play. Once the mathematician is satisfied, the artist goes to work with her palette of fabrics. Thank goodness for the fabric stasher, who has collected so many. (Sometimes the shopper has to be summoned.) Finally the quilter gets to participate by making a sample. The teacher writes up instructions and teaches a class, many quilters test the pattern, and then the editorial/publishing team goes to work.

The Learning Curve Ruler
Patterns are one thing, but a specialized tool? How did THAT come about? Learn the story behind this popular new tool that allows quilters to machine piece perfect circles easily and accurately. Includes a demonstration of how the tool works and a trunk show of quilts made with The Learning Curve.

Successful fabric selection for more dynamic quilts
We all know the trick of choosing a "focus fabric" and selecting coordinating fabrics that match the colors in the focus fabric. As Dr Phil says, "How's that workin' for ya?" It works fine for a pattern calling for 3 or 4 fabrics, but what if you want to make a quilt with fat quarters or scraps? What if you want your quilt to look more dimensional? This lecture includes many practical pearls you can take home and use to take your quilts to the next level.

WORKSHOPS

The Learning Curve
Learn to use The Learning Curve Ruler for adding circles to your machine-pieced quilts. Bring your sewing supplies and some fat quarters, and learn how to use the TLC ruler to make the units that create perfect circles in your machine pieced quilts.
Level: Beginner and up. Half day (3 hr) or full day (6 hr).

Over the Moon
This workshop covers all the same skills as The Learning Curve Workshop, while focusing on a quilt project, "Over the Moon." See "Quilt Top Workshops" below. Full day (6 hr).

Quilt Top Workshops
Choose any one quilt pattern from the "Products" page. Each participant works at her own pace to learn the skills needed to make a beautiful quilt. Linda gives everyone the one-on-one attention they need to master the techniques and build confidence, while having fun. Includes tips and tricks to take the stress out of accurate piecing.
Most popular: Turbulence, Pyramid Scheme, Over the Moon.
Level: Advanced beginner and up (i.e. participants have made at least a quilt top or two). Full day (6 hr).

Fearless Fabric Selection
Do you see what I see? Learn some new ways to see. This workshop will help you develop an eye for fabric combinations that work. Would you expect to pick up a violin and be able to instantly play a song? Of course not! So give yourself permission and time to develop your design abilities. It takes practice. Learn some tricks and techniques to use at home to hone those skills. Half day (3 hr).

ONLINE VIDEOS - BASIC SKILLS

The Learning Curve Ruler

Rotary Cutting Strips

Strip-Piecing Four Patch Blocks

Nesting Patchwork Seams

UPCOMING EVENTS

Autumn Inspiration Quilt Show, Proctors GE Theatre, Schenectady, NY
Oct 1-2, 2016 Vending

Wiltwyck Quilters Guild "Quilts in the Valley" Quilt Show, Accord, NY
Oct 8-9, 2016 Vending

Soo-Nipi Quilters Guild, Newport, NH
Oct 20, 2016 "How Did You Come Up With That?" Trunk Show

Farmington Valley Quilt Guild 2016 Quilt Show, West Hartford, CT
Oct 22-23, 2016 Vending

Saco Quilt Retreat, Saco ME
Nov 10-13, 2016 Hosting

Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, Simsbury, CT
Nov 16, 2016 "Successful Fabric Selection" Trunk Show
Nov 17, 2016 "Over the Moon" Workshop

Ninigrit Quilters, Westerly, RI
Jan 10, 2017 "How Did You Come Up With That?" Trunk Show
Jan 11, 2017 "Pyramid Scheme" Workshop

Cornerstone Quilters, Charlton, MA
Jan 15, 2017 "How Did You Come Up With That?" Trunk Show

PAST EVENTS (Partial List)

Valley Fabrics Retreat, Saco, ME
Nov 11-13, 2011 Vending, The Learning Curve Demo

Granville Quilt and Needlework Guild, Southwick, MA
Nov 15, 2011 Lecture/Trunk Show, Vending

A Notion to Quilt, Shelburne Falls, MA
Dec 3, 2011 Over the Moon/TLC Workshop

Cheshire Quilters Guild, Keene, NH
Jan 28, 2012 (Snow date Feb 25) The Learning Curve Workshop

A Notion to Quilt, Shelburne Falls, MA
March 10, 2012 The Learning Curve, Part 2 Workshop

AQS Lancaster Quilt Show, Lancaster, PA
March 14-17, 2012 Vending

Country Quilters, Pine Bush, NY
April 11, 2012 Demo/Trunk Show
April 12, 2012 The Learning Curve Workshop

Faithful Circle Quilters Quilt Show, Columbia, MD
April 26-28, 2012 Vending

Crazy Quilters' Quilt Guild, Allentown, PA
June 5, 2012 "Successful Fabric Selection" Lecture/Trunk Show
June 6, 2012 The Learning Curve Workshop

Empire Quilters, NY, NY
June 9, 2012 "Successful Fabric Selection" Lecture/Trunk Show
June 10, 2012 Turbulence Workshop

Monadnock Quilters' Guild, Peterborough, NH
June 15, 2012 "How Did You Come Up With That?" Lecture/Trunk Show

Hunterdon County Quilting Guild, Readington, NJ
October 19, 2012 "Successful Fabric Selection" Lecture

International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Nov 1-5, 2012 Vending, Booth #1895

Rhododendron Needlers' Quilt Guild, Walpole, MA
November 14, 2012 "How Did You Come Up With That?" Lecture/Trunk Show
November 17, 2012 Over the Moon Workshop

Pioneer Valley Quilting Guild, Agawam, MA
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 The Learning Curve Lecture/Trunk Show, Vending

Schoolhouse Shop Hop, The Quilted Crow, Boxborough, MA
All day Fri, March 22, 2013, 9am-7pm The Learning Curve Demo
(Staff of The Quilted Crow will continue the demo Sat & Sun. They will teach an "Over the Moon" class on Sun, April 21, 2013.)

Hands Across the Valley Quilt Show, Amherst, MA
Sat, April 6, 2013, 1:45 The Learning Curve Demo
(Quilt Show hours: Sat & Sun, April 6 & 7, 10am-4pm.)

Crazy Quilters of Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA
Thu, April 18, 2013, The Learning Curve Lecture/Trunk Show
Sat, April 20, 2013, Over the Moon Workshop

Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Chantilly, VA
May 31-June 2, 2013 Vending, The Learning Curve Demo

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes, DE
Mon, June 3, 2013 Successful Fabric Selection for More Dynamic Quilts Trunk Show
Tues, June 4, 2013, Turbulence Workshop

Broome County Quilters Guild (Night Guild), Binghamton, NY
Fri, June 14, 2013 How Did You Come Up With That? Lecture/Trunk Show
Sat, June 15, 2013 The Learning Curve & Fearless Fabric Selection Workshops

Connecticut Quilt Shop Hop At Sew Inspired, Simsbury, CT
Sat, Sept 28, 2013 10am-2pm The Learning Curve Demonstration

Mothertown Quilters, Lancaster, MA
Tue, April 8, 2014 How Did You Come Up With That? Lecture/Trunk Show
Sat, April 12, 2014 The Learning Curve Workshop

Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilt Guild, Whitinsville, MA
April 30, 2014 The Learning Curve Lecture/Trunk Show & Demo

Southford Falls Quilt Guild, Middlebury, CT
May 3, 2014 TBA Workshop, 9am-3pm.

Berkshire Quilt Guild, Great Barrington, MA
Tue, May 13, 2014 Successful Fabric Selection Lecture/Trunk Show

Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA
May 30- June 1, 2014 Vending

Nimble Fingers Quilters, Rockville, MD
Wed, June 4, 2014 Successful Fabric Selection Lecture/Trunk Show
Thu, June 5, 2014 Pyramid Scheme Workshop

Monadnock Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Peterborough, NH
Oct 11-12, 2014 Vending

Saco Quilt Retreat, Saco ME
Nov 15-17, 2014 Hosting

Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilt Guild, Whitinsville, MA
Dec 6, 2014 The Learning Curve Workshop

Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Amherst, MA
April 11-12, 2015 Vending and Demo

AQS Quiltweek, Syracus, NY
July 29-Aug 1, 2015 Vending

Bennington Quiltfest, Bennington, VT
Sept 19-20, 2015 Vending

Mexicali Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Williamstown, NY
Oct 2-4, 2015 Vending

"Pieces of the Heart" Quilt Show, Cobleskill, NY
Oct 16-17, 2015 Vending

Saco Quilt Retreat, Saco ME
Nov 6-9, 2015 Hosting

Hudson River Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Lake Luzerne, NY
Jan 16 Trunk Show

Pioneer Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Springfield, MA
April 1-3, 2016 Vending

MQX Quilt Festival - New England, Manchester, NH
April 6-9, 2016 Vending

"World of Quilts XXXVII" Quilt Show, Northern Star Quilt Guild, Danbury, CT
April 30-May 1, 2016 Vending

Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA
June 3-6, 2016 Vending

Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT
June 23-26, 2016 Vending

AQS Quiltweek, Syracus, NY
July 27-30, 2016 Vending

"Mountain Madness" Quilt Camp, Tupper Lake, NY
Aug 5, 2016 Pyramid Scheme Workshop
Aug 6, 2016 Turbulence Workshop

Bennington Quiltfest, Bennington, VT
Sept 17-18, 2016 Vending

GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION

FRAGRANCE-FREE: Help provide a safe and comfortable environment for chemically sensitive quilters. Please refrain from wearing hair spray, perfume, and other scented products to classes. Thank you!

TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES: To register for any class at a quilt shop or guild, you must contact the shop or guild directly.

WHAT TO BRING: There is a supply list specific to each class, which you will receive after registering. To all classes (except "Fearless Fabric Selection"), you should bring your Basic Sewing Supplies (BSS): Sewing machine with extra needles, bobbins, and owner's manual; rotary cutter, rotary cutting ruler(s) and self-healing mat; scissors, seam ripper, straight pins, pencil, fine-point Sharpie. Optional: iron, ironing board, task light.

REFUNDS: Refunds are at the discretion of the quilt shop or guild, and you must contact them directly.

QUESTIONS: Email class information.

NOTE TO BEGINNERS: Linda's classes are designed for quilters who have taken classes before, or who have already made a couple simple quilt tops. Most quilt shops offer a good beginning quilt-making class, which is a great way to get started.