Piecing Classes

All of my Piecing classes incorporate teaching about color, value and design that you will use in your future quilts to bring them to life!

I can teach all my piecing classes live online through my Zoom video conferencing account.  I use a combination of live instruction, slides and prerecorded video.  I can see student work and provide feedback.

Birthstone quilt - MJ Kinman Textile Artist
Birthstone quilt – MJ Kinman Textile Artist

Gemstone Bling by MJ Kinman, Textile Artist

Create your own sparkling gem using the same techniques that artist and designer MJ Kinman has used to create her giant gem quilts for over 20 years.  See her gallery to see her amazing quilts!  I am a Certified Gem Affiliate and able to teach all the beautiful blocks in the Gemstone series and other quilts designed by MJ.

These 17″ quilt blocks are not foundation paper pieced; they use freezer paper templates (included with the pattern) that are simple and forgiving to use.  Your quilt will shine with brilliance and look complex; only you will know how easy it was to achieve.  Free setting patterns available – contact Julia.

By the end of the class, you should have your block completed or nearly so, and understand how to finish it on your own.  Pattern fee of $18 per gem.  Patterns, fabric bundles and thread packs are available – click here.  Add some bling to your quilts!  Use these gems anywhere – tote bag, baby quilt, wedding quilt (his and her birthstones), Mother’s Day quilt (family and/or children’s birthstones), center of a medallion quilt, Block of the Month, back of a jacket…  your imagination is the limit!  Full day class; Half day version will go through the entire process but students will not accomplish as much sewing.

Download the Gemstone Bling Class Description and Supply List

Solar Waves

Amazing Abstracts


Create an abstract quilt that has amazing movement and drama. Go from inspiration to a simple sketch, then have fun “coloring” your sketch with bits of fabric to create a mock-up of your design – see before you sew!  The design is gridded and blocks are foundation pieced using an easy sew and flip method with room for creativity and improvisation.  Lots of discussion of design principles and how to use color and value to create the drama and desired effects.  Based on the techniques of Ursula Kern (with her permission of course!).

– For 1 day classes, students will start with a base pattern of a star burst and add their own coloration and value choices.  Most participants will complete several blocks in class.

 

– For 2+ day classes, students also have the option of designing their own pattern.  Most participants will complete several blocks in class.

Download the Amazing Abstracts – Supply List and Description short version – J Graves here.

See Amazing Abstracts gallery for more quilts done with this technique.

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Tricks with Transparency


Play with fabric and learn the color secrets to create  transparency effects in this simple to piece but entertaining to look at quilt.  You will use these color principles in many future quilts!  Once you’ve laid out your strips ( make this quilt from one Jelly Roll and background/border fabric), the hunt is on to find just the right fabrics to create the transparency effect!  Very fun!

Transparency – Small

You will leave class with a layout for your strips, an understanding of how to achieve the transparency effect, many transparency squares selected, and an understanding of how to piece the block.  Most participants will complete several blocks in class.  Pattern fee of $8. Full day class; Half day version will go through the entire process but students may not complete their layout or accomplish as much sewing.

Transparency detail

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Download the Transparency Description and Supply List here.

Shimmering Triangles
Shimmering Triangles

Shimmering Triangles by Jenny Bowker  Make this gorgeous quilt that gives the effect of water rippling in a stream.  It is a perfect pattern to showcase beautiful fabric, especially large scale prints.  You will achieve the shimmer by applying easy to understand color and value concepts that you can also use to enhance all your future quilts!  This quilt looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to construct.  You will learn a quick piecing method for half-square triangles with perfect points.  You will use Jenny Bowker’s pattern with an instructor taught by Jenny herself (pattern fee of $17).   By the end of class, you should have a design layout for your fabrics, completed several blocks, and understand how to complete your quilt on your own.  Full day class.

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Download the Shimmering Triangles Supply List – short version here.

Luscious Luster

Luscious Luster


Learn the color secrets to create the effect of luster – light moving across your quilt – in this simple to piece yet complex looking quilt.  Create drama and movement in your future quilts!

You will leave class with your strip sets laid out and an understanding of value and how to achieve the luster effect.  Most participants will complete several blocks in class.  Pattern fee of $8. Full day class; Half day version will go through the entire process but students will not accomplish as much sewing.

Luster – Pink Ribbon

Create this version with just pink fabrics – create a wonderful Pink Ribbon quilt to support someone in need.  Change the color scheme to complement any ribbon cause you support.

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Rainbow Drops Quilt
Rainbow Drops Quilt

Raindrops and Rainbows by Julia Graves  Raindrops and Rainbows was inspired by some curtains where I saw the grid pattern and thought, that would make a great quilt!  It is a wonderful pattern to use your scraps and with 3 ½” squares and setting triangles, it goes together very quickly.  I created a rainbow color wash effect, but this pattern would also work well with any collection of scraps.  Class includes discussion of basic color theory to create beautiful color combinations.  Pattern fee of $8.  By the end of class, you should have a design layout for your fabrics, completed several rows, and understand how to complete your quilt on your own. Full day class; Half day version will go through the entire process but students will not complete their layout or accomplish as much sewing.

Raindrops Table-Bed Runner

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T-Shirt Quilt
T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilts


Make a quilt from t-shirts – great gift for graduates, runners, thespians, travelers – or anyone with a great collection of t-shirts!  Learn the tricks and tips to successfully and painlessly create a quilt that the recipient will treasure.  You should leave class with a design for your quilt and an understanding of the process to complete your quilt on your own.  Full day class.

See my Rates page for pricing and my Calendar page for when I’m teaching.  I also teach classes on Machine Quilting and Specialty topics, like Color, Landscapes and Starting your own Business.  I also provide fun and informative Lectures.

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