Lectures & Workshops

Quilts - The Story of My Life
A Powerpoint Presentation followed by a trunk show of quilts representing my 25-year journey in quilt making and design.  I present my quilts chronologically to show the evolution of my work from commercial patterns to adaptation to original work.   I share my inspiration sources and how I have interpreted them in my work in hopes that it will inspire others to tell their own story.
I recommend this lecture if I'm visiting your group for the first time.  1 hour 

Scrap Quilts - The Secret to Success 
A Powerpoint Presentation using antique quilts and my own work to decode the secrets and patterns of success scrap quilt making.   Through a study of these quilts I will discuss design techniques such as color, contrast and composition and how they are employed to create beautiful quilts.  The lecture is followed by a trunk show.
This is my new lecture and has been very popular.  1 hour.


Hex Vex – English Paper Piecing
Learn the basic techniques of English Paper Piecing to create your own unique hexagon quilt.  We will discuss the importance of color and scale and when choosing fabrics for this scrap quilt.  Students will learn how to achieve intricate patterns and designs using commercial fabrics.  Full Day Workshop.  Maximum 20 students.

Liberated Houses - Free Piecing Fun
In this fun workshop there is very little prep and lots of sewing fun!  I will demonstrate and guide students in making liberated house blocks in different styles and sizes.  This is a fun way to use scraps or make a holiday themed quilt.  I will discuss how to set the blocks to finish your house quilt.
Full Day Workshop - class limit 20.

Two Day Workshop or Retreat Workshop
This is such a fun class that most students wish it was longer. 
A two day workshop allows students to expand and explore their house building techniques and to design setting ideas.  It is perfect for a guild or group retreat.

Applique’ Your Way (Designed Based Workshop) 
Learn how to make simple freezer paper patterns to create your own original designs.  We’ll explore source material and inspiration ideas.  Students will learn how to sketch and cut out simple shapes.  We’ll explore color and composition for a small quilt.  I’ll demonstrate how to make bias stems and berries.
Full Day Workshop - Limit 15 students

Two Day Workshop - Students have an opportunity to refine their compositions, learn and practice making stems, berries, basting and hand applique'.  

Created By Hand
I offer a full and half day workshops on Hand Quilting and Hand Applique'.  I will share my tips and techniques for these time honored traditions in quilting.  I have been awarded Best Hand Workmanship, 1st place Applique' and Best Hand Quilting  with my hand work.  Class limit 15 to provide one on one support.
Half Day - Applique'
Half Day - Hand Quilting
Full Day Workshop - All Handwork, including stems and berries

Contact me for availability and fees
barb.vedder@gmail.com or phone: 203-350-5043