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Reproduction Quilts
123 Teal Lane
Winchester, KY 40391

Phone: (859) 333-6232

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Classes & Lextures

I love to quilt, to travel, and to teach. Therefore, the idea of traveling to teach quilting is perfect! I am frequently asked to lecture or present a workshop and am willing to travel almost anywhere. If you read the class descriptions and want to "special order" a workshop or camp to meet your specific needs, I'd love to discuss your ideas and will do my best to accommodate your interests. Contact me by email (karen@reproductionquilts.com), by phone (859-333-6232) or by fax (859-745-4879)! In each class, we will listen to music from the era and discuss the lifestyles of women during the period - their clothing, culture, housing and, of course, quilts! My goal is for you to be immersed in the time period and enjoy the experience of making a reproduction quilt.

Classes


Class Tree of Life Medallion Quilts (1775-1840) Intermediate to Advanced Levels Create an appliqué tree of life center with borders and frames in the manner of the 18th century medallion quilts. The pattern uses reproduction fabrics and teaches techniques including appliqué, Brodie Perse, hand piecing and rotary cutting/machine piecing. Pattern required: Tree of Life Medallion. Civil War Sampler Intermediate to Advanced Levels While our nation was at war in the mid 1800's, women on the home front were using their needlework skills to create beautiful artistic quilts, express their political and religious beliefs and supply their fighting men with essential bedding. Learn hand and machine techniques for appliqué and piecing, appropriate fabric choices and design decisions - and create a sampler quilt using blocks from this time period. Pattern required: Civil War Sampler. Nineteeth Century Nine Patch All Levels (Difficulty depends upon pattern selection) Throughout America's history, young girls first learned to quilt by piecing Nine Patch blocks. But the manner of setting them varied from heirloom quality quilts for four poster beds to quickly made bed covers for Civil War soldiers or hired men. After a discussion of fabrics and quilt styles in the 1800's, participants will begin construction of an authentic 19th century quilt. Pattern required: select one - Nine Patch Medallion, Nine Patch Strippy, Nine Patch Plaid, Nine Patch Bordered. America's Centennial Quilts All Levels In 1876, America celebrated its first one hundred years and shirtings, centennial prints, neons and madders were in style. Quilters had a large selection of fabrics and design options with style and block designs ranging from simple to very complex. Women still couldn't vote but that didn't stop them from expressing political opinions in their quilts! You'll be surprised at some of the "wild" fabrics that are authentic to this time period. Pattern required: Madder Sampler or Nine Patch Bordered. Lizzie's Quilt All Levels What a wonderful array of blocks from the early 1800's! The challenge is the size of the blocks - finished sizes range from 10.5" to 8." There's even a 7" Nine Patch and a couple of blocks I've never seen anywhere else. They all fit together for a very authentic strippy quilt, circa 1840. Pattern required: Lizzie's Quilt. Happy Days Sampler Intermediate to Advanced What a cheerful sampler of blocks collected from early 20th century women's magazines! Applique and piecing combine to make twelve 6" blocks that effectively use those 20's and 30's fabrics we all love to collect. Pattern required: Happy Days Sampler.

Lectures


Lecture Dating Quilts Do you have a family heirloom or garage sale treasure and wonder when it was made? If so, bring it and we'll discuss the various periods of quilt history and identify its place in time. There are definite clues to look for as we learn the fabrics and patterns that were popular during the last 250 years of American history. Includes a "trunk show" of antique and reproduction quilts that will highlight the various periods of quilt history. Using Reproduction Fabrics There are so many wonderful fabrics available today - but how do we use them? Can they be used in contemporary quilts? What patterns are appropriate for what periods of time? What colors were available and when? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we discuss some possible uses of reproduction fabrics. Everyone is encouraged to bring her favorite reproduction fabric and/or project made from reproduction fabrics. Color and Design All Levels The first thing you notice about a quilt is its color and design - if that's pleasing, then you want to examine it closer. Learn how to implement the "rules" of color and design and learn how to "break" them to create an outstanding quilt! Bring a variety of fabrics from your stash and work with them to create pleasing color and design combinations. Setting Up Your Sewing Space All Levels Do you spend too much time looking for the equipment you need rather than sewing? Whether it's a spacious studio or a corner of the dining room, organize it to be more efficient -- thereby increasing your productivity and enjoyment. Details of a Blue Ribbon Quilt How does a judge determine who wins the blue ribbon in a juried show? Learn the importance of the "little things" that will make your quilt a winner. Includes a "trunk show" of quilts - some are prizewinners and some are real bombs! What To Do With Those UFO's It's time to look at all those unfinished projects and prioritize - what should be finished and what should be passed on and to whom. Then, we'll discuss organization of time, space and even personal energy. When you prioritize and organize, those UFO's will disappear! Includes a trunk show of quilts made over the last twenty five years - some that were worth the time and energy to finish and those that weren't! Quilting - Past, Present and Future Quilting is much more than a needlework skill - it is an important part of America's cultural heritage. Explore the world of quilting over the past two hundred and fifty years and examine the trends in the art today and the predictions for tomorrow.