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About Joanne > Workshops

Patchwork Schoolhouse is pleased to offer the following workshops for 2011-12. Feel free to contact us about scheduling any of these for your quilting group.

Joanne Middleton has taught many classes for our Quilt Guild. There is always an overwhelming response to her courses. She is very organized and makes what she is teaching very easy to understand and fun. Her creativity is evident in the many beautiful quilts she has designed. Her relaxed approach to teaching is one of her great assets….no one ever feels like they don’t belong. She amazes me with all her “tips” which we have all found to be invaluable. She is one of our “Guild Treasures”.

from the Country Lane Quilters Guild in Millarville, AB.

 

Important notes about Patchwork Schoolhouse workshops:

For Workshops At Venue Of Choice

  • All 6 hour workshops will begin @ 9:00 (or 9:30) a.m. & run until 3:30 (or 4:00) p.m. with a ½ hour lunch break.
  • All 3 hour workshops will run @ either 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Class participants - minimum: 6/ maximum: 15 for all workshops (with the exception of any workshop that is a DEMONSTRATION ONLY format - these are limited by the venue seating capacities.) Additional students over the maximum will add $10/student to the workshop cost.
  • Workshop costs:
    6 hour - $390.00
    3 hour - $195.00
  • All notes & triangle paper (if applicable) are included for each participant. All specialty rulers are available to try before buying.
  • Pattern workshops have an additional fee for the pattern. Each participant may purchase the workshop pattern at a reduced (wholesale) cost.
  • A $195.00 non-refundable deposit (for a 6 hour workshop) or $97.50 (for a 3 hour workshop) is required for each workshop at time of booking.
  • Travel costs are not included in the above fees. These costs will be billed based on mileage to & from workshop destination at the appointed time. Lodging, etc. will also be billed for on the final invoice. These will be estimated at time of booking ∓ written into the contract.
  • Please have the following set up: 2 - 3 pressing stations for the workshop participants, 1 table & chair for instructor demonstrations.
  • Instructor is not responsible for set up or clean up of classroom.

For Workshops At The Patchwork Schoolhouse Studio

  • All 6 hour workshops will begin @ 9:30 a.m. & run until 4:00 p.m. with a ½ hour lunch break.
  • All 3 hour workshops will run @ either 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Class participants - minimum: 6/ maximum: 12 for all workshops (with the exception of any workshop that is a DEMONSTRATION ONLY format - these are negotiable.)
  • Workshop costs:
    6 hour - $420.00
    3 hour - $210.00
  • All notes & triangle paper (if applicable) are included for each participant. All specialty rulers are available to try before buying.
  • Pattern workshops have an additional fee for the pattern. Each participant may purchase the workshop pattern at a reduced (wholesale) cost.
  • A $210.00 non-refundable group deposit (for a 6 hour workshop) or $105.00 (for a 3 hour workshop) is required for each workshop at time of booking.
  • Coffee, tea & water is supplied.
  • 1 large cutting table & 3 pressing stations are included.
  • Instructor is responsible for set up & clean up of the classroom.

WORKSHOPS

* denotes technique workshops / ** denotes demonstration only workshops / *** denotes pattern workshops



BASIC TRAINING
(Beginner)
Begin your journey with the basics! Joanne will guide you through your first project with the information you need to start you off on the right path. Topics covered range from tool & fabric selection, cutting techniques, setting that perfect scant ¼" seam allowance, tips on block construction, putting blocks together & adding borders correctly. Everything you need to know to make that first step in your journey fun & accurate!
2 - 6 hour workshops = 12 hours instruction (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - top completed


* BEAUTIFUL BINDINGS NEW
(Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
This hands-on workshop guides you through the many ways to make & apply a variety of basic bindings. Step it up by learning how to finish scalloped edges, add piping or prairie points. The finishing touch that will add beauty to every quilt!
3 hour workshop
OBJECTIVE - 8 different samples completed/precutting required


* BORDER BASICS NEW
(Beginner - Intermediate)
OK, so you've finished the top & are ready to tackle borders. There are lots of options to choose from, which is the right one for your quilt? Learn the many tricks to square up your quilt & apply any type of border with confidence.
3 hour workshop
OBJECTIVE - 5 different samples completed/precutting required


*** FLOWERS FOR JANA
(Intermediate)
Explore a variety of techniques in this charming spring bouquet all wrapped up in an eye-catching on point set! Techniques include HSTs, Flying Geese, fabric folding & a novel way to miter set triangles.
6 hour workshop (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - 1 nosegay & tulip border block completed


* FUN WITH MACHINE APPLIQUÉ
(Beginner)
How can you complete your appliqué projects in record time and still make them look like cherished heirlooms? EASY! Learn the secrets of using your machine, some new tools & a few wonderful techniques that will make the "A" word fun and addictive! Lots of patterns & ideas to inspire you as well as a mini trunk show with samples galore.
6 hour workshop (block pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - 12" block sample competed


** FINISHING WELL
(Beginner - Intermediate)
If you've put that project away because you're not sure how to finish it, this is the workshop for you. Bring your UFOs & questions to any of the sessions for help. Block setting options & border treatments will be discussed with lots of samples. Next, the quilting really does make it a quilt! With so many sources of inspiration it can be a bit mind boggling but there are clues to be found within your project. Quilt preparation, marking tools, designs, etc. will be discussed. Determining repeats in borders will also be covered as well as helping you prepare your top to quilt yourself or bring to your favorite machine quilter with confidence. Finally, a variety of bindings, sleeves & labels will be demonstrated.
1 - 6 hour highlights only workshop/demonstration only OR
2 - 6 hour OR 4 - 3 hour workshops/demonstration only = 12 hours instruction
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description

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* FUN WITH FLYING GEESE
(Intermediate)
This workshop is specifically designed to demonstrate the many ways this versatile unit can be made. Each method is as different as the blocks they are made for. All of the techniques will be demonstrated during class with time for each one to be practiced. Lots of samples & block ideas will be shared to help get those creative ideas into quilts to enjoy!
6 hour workshop: prerequisite workshop - FUN WITH TRIANGLES (patterns available)
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description/precutting required


* FUN WITH TRIANGLES
(Confident Beginner)
Our most popular workshop is now featured in a DVD! An exciting range of possibilities is open to each quilter that masters the use of these units because so many quilt designs feature the Half Square Triangle as the anchor to the blocks. All techniques are demonstrated in detail; students then try out each method. Everyone can learn a new way of piecing HSTs that suits their style & options - what is best for their particular project. Troubleshooting common problems in class helps every level of quiltmaker attain more confidence in their skills.
6 hour workshop (patterns available)
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description/precutting required


INDIANA PUZZLE
(Intermediate)
Calling all fabric hoarders! This classic block is a snap to make with strip piecing techniques. Learn the most accurate way to add triangles on to the Four Patch block & you're on your way! A great scrap quilt, a wonderful showcase for reproduction prints or a design masterpiece using batiks & hand dyed fabrics. Templates very useful but optional.
6 hour workshop
OBJECTIVE - several blocks completed to partial top completed


* LE MOYNE STAR
(Intermediate)
If you haven't tried the LeMoyne Star block because it involves set-in seams, come learn an incredibly easy way of mastering this block. This workshop will open up lots of ways to use this technique in many other different blocks & will stir your imagination to the wonderful possibilities! Book required (not included in fee). Templates very useful but optional.
6 hour workshop
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description/precutting required


*** ME & D'ARCY MCGEE
(Intermediate)
This favorite pattern can be interpreted in a myriad of ways to make each quilt unique. The pieced border makes this a real eye catcher! Several different techniques will be demonstrated to make it quick to piece.
1 - 3 hour prep workshop + 1 - 6 hour workshop = 9 hours instruction (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - partial top completed


* MORE FUN WITH TRIANGLES
(Intermediate)
Building on the techniques learned in FUN WITH TRIANGLES, we will explore Quarter Square Triangles, Three Part Triangles, Two Part Triangles & some fun ways of cutting & piecing HSTs to get an entirely different unit! Make samples of each technique or use in a favorite project & you'll have a quilt on the way in no time!
6 hour workshop: prerequisite workshop - FUN WITH TRIANGLES (patterns available)
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description/precutting required


*** THE NEXT STEP
(Beginner)
Now that you've completed your first few quilts - what's next? This workshop is specifically designed to take you to the next step beyond the beginner level. Continuing what was learned in your first quilt class & adding an easy Half Square Triangle method will open exciting doors of possibilities. We will cover value vs. colour, tips on getting that perfect ¼" seam, ideas on block manipulation, quilting & binding. Lots to learn & lots of fun!
2 - 6 hour workshops = 12 hours instruction(pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - quilt layered, ready to quilt


** THE PATCHWORK SCHOOLHOUSE TRUNK SHOW
A show full of fun & facts that trace the beginning of my quilting journey to date. From my first quilt to the latest design, over 30 quilts will be shared with lots of amusing stories, anecdotes & quilt wisdom. A 'Show & Tell' that teaches as it inspires, lots to learn & lots of fun!
3 hour demonstration/IN STUDIO demonstration only
OBJECTIVE - fun!


PERSONAL QUILT COACHING NEW
Do you need a little help to get that UFO finally finished? Is there a technique that you can't seem to master? Run out of ideas & inspiration after the top is pieced & it's time to quilt? Are you in a bind about binding? Book your one-on-one studio time with Joanne, or arrange for a group session where those pesky problems turn into sensational solutions, finished quilts & the self confidence to try your hand at another successful project! Please refer to Workshop Fees & General Info for current rates.


** PRECISION PIECING
(Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
Are you frustrated with blocks that don't measure out right, seams that are too big or too small? Do your quilts not always turn out as you'd hoped? Learn all of those little tips & techniques that take you into the realm of precision quiltmaking where seams match, blocks lay flat, borders are straight & quilts are heirloom quality.
3 hour demonstration/demonstration only (no machine required)
OBJECTIVE - see workshop description

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* PRECISION PIECING
(Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
This is a hands-on version of the lecture/demo. Students will work on a specially designed block to learn the techniques demonstrated for accuracy. The block will serve as a mini quilt sample in which to try all of the techniques shown.
6 hour workshop (block pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - mini quilt top completed/precutting required


** SCRAP MANIA
Can't throw it away? This lively demo & mini quilt show will inspire you to stitch up some of those scraps into beautiful quilts & organize your sewing space at the same time. Time saving tips, design details & group sewing ideas will be shared to help you tame your stash!
3 hour workshop/demonstration only
OBJECTIVE – fun!

* SENSATIONAL SETTINGS NEW
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Got blocks? With so many setting options, how do you choose the right one? Learn how to preview a variety of settings, tips on proper application & pressing.
3 hour workshop
OBJECTIVE - 5 different samples completed/precutting required


*** SIMPLY SCRAPPY STARS NEW
(Confident Beginner)
Everyone loves stars! This quilt features Simple Star blocks set with sashing & a pieced border that makes this great quilt look like anything but simple. Fast piecing techniques help speed the project along.
6 hour workshop (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - several blocks completed - partial top completed


*** SNOWFLAKES IN JULY
(Confident Beginner)
Remember how much fun it was to make paper snowflakes in grade school? Using the same idea, you can make a beautiful quilt using pre-made patterns, or design your own! The techniques used to make this quilt 'one of a kind' are easy enough to create as a project with your kids. Fun for any "Snow Day"!
6 hour workshop (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - several blocks completed - partial top completed


*** SUMMER SWIRLS NEW
(Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
This design looks complicated but is really easy to piece! Simple connector corners & HSTs are used to make blocks. A stunning effect is created by an arrangement of concentrated swirls with careful placement of colour & value. The quilting template is included to highlight the optical illusion of curves.
6 hour workshop (pattern included)
OBJECTIVE - several blocks completed to partial top completed

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