I love to talk about quilting! My lectures are fun and informative and I bring as many quilts as I can. Be inspired to turn on your creativity!
All my lectures are appropriate for online delivery, and I can provide the Zoom video conferencing account and handle the technical details if needed.
My Quilting Journey and Trunk Show
You will laugh along with me as I talk about the good, the bad, and the many lessons I’ve learned in my 20 plus years of quilting. Such as – velveteen is not the best fabric to use for a quilt, a quilt in Best American Quilts is probably not a beginner quilt, and count how many quilts before you commit! Includes a slide show and trunk show of many quilts.
This lecture will discuss how to select beautiful color combinations for your quilts and provide tips on how to fix color combinations that just don’t seem to be working. Includes a slide show and trunk show illustrating classic color combinations and fascinating color illusions.
Go beyond the basics of the color wheel and learn the secret recipes to create transparency, luster and luminosity to add depth, movement and interest to your quilts. Transparency is the appearance of overlapping images. Luster is the appearance of light moving across your quilt, and luminosity is when the colors seem to glow. Includes a slide show and trunk show illustrating these concepts, along with step by step “recipes” on how to create it on your own. This can also be done in a half day class with lots of hands on practice creating the illusions.
No Scrap Left Behind
Do you have scraps but don’t know how to use them? Julia will let you in on the secrets of how she uses scraps of all sizes and types to create great quilts. We will cover sorting and storing scraps, how to combine them into a lovely color palette and how to use them to make quilts with more richness and depth than can be achieved with just a few fabrics. This lecture will have you digging out those scraps and putting them to good use! Includes a slide show and trunk show.
Memory Quilts and Personalizing Quilts
Every quilt you make is special for the recipient. You choose colors and designs that you think they will enjoy. This talk will give some additional ideas about how to make a unique quilt for a special person and tips on how to achieve the results you want. Includes incorporating special fabrics, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, ties, photographs, writing, signatures, individual blocks and art quilts. Includes a slide show and trunk show illustrating many of the techniques.
Make It Your Own – Design Guidelines for Quilters
Who hasn’t loved a pattern, but wanted to make it in different colors or a different size? Or had ideas for quilts but didn’t know where to start? Julia presents foundational design principles in easy to understand concepts to help guide your choices. While the examples feature traditional quilts, there’s plenty here for the art quilter as well. Good design is good design no matter where it’s applied!
Community and Faith in Fiber
Want to share your love of quilting with your community? This talk will outline tips for making quilts for charities, fundraising, community and personal events, people in need and hanging in your place of worship. Includes a slide show and trunk show illustrating many of the techniques and is accompanied with many humorous and touching stories. Learn how a community quilt enabled me to meet a president!
This lecture will discuss the overall process of how to create a landscape/pictorial quilt. Trunk show illustrating different techniques available and art/design concepts used to make the quilt successful. You will be motivated to make a quilt from a favorite photograph!
Machine Quilting Lecture
This informative lecture covers the basics of machine quilting whether the quilter is doing the quilting, or hiring a long-armer. Learn to speak the language and know what your options are. Outline includes: Design categories, design considerations, selecting the thread, stabilizing the quilt, quilting the quilt, and tips for preparing your quilt for a long-armer. Includes a detailed handout and trunk show to illustrate the concepts