Lectures & Workshops

 Lectures are In Person or on ZOOM for Winter or Long Distance
Workshops are available for in Person Only


Quilts - The Story of My Life
A PowerPoint Presentation followed by a trunk show of quilts representing my 30 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.   

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 of scrap quilts. 

New in 2022
Applique' Really Is For Everyone
In this PowerPoint lecture I will share my 30+ year passion for Applique'.  I will discuss my journey from commercial patterns to my own designs.  Using my quilts as a guide I will discuss how I choose  quilt themes, colors and design elements including the quilting process.  I will provide an overview of all forms of applique techniques I use from needle turn to machine top stitch. Lecture will include a trunk show of current work.

Sensational Solid Quilts 

A PowerPoint Presentation exploring the origins of Solid Quilt Design and what might have inspired them.  I will guide you on a visual journey of color exploration and appreciation.   I share sensational quilts made with solid fabrics from early Quiltmaking in America through the Modern Quilt Movement of today.
I will share a trunk show of quilts as a companion to the presentation.


New For  2023
Small Solid Study
This new Modern workshop is a great introduction into making quilts with solids.  Students will supply inspiration photos, use a quilt block or work in the abstract.  I will guide them on how to use color and composition to make a small quilt or the start of a larger project.
Full Day Workshop - Class limit 20

Pretty Pineapples  
Learn to make this traditional log cabin variation with no paper piecing or foundation.   This workshop teaches students to hone their precision sewing and cutting skills to create this quilt.  It is a great scrap project and there is very little prep.  This quilt can be created in a  traditional as well as modern style.
Full Day Workshop - Class limit 20

Liberated Houses - Pattern 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.  Fun class for all skill levels.
Full Day Workshop - class limit 20

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.

Circle Play!
A fun workshop that teaches quilters how to make perfect circles which are used in so many popular quilts.  This is a sewing machine class where students will learn the technique of finished edge machine applique' using a lollipop pattern for a mini, runner or wallhanging.   I will teach an easy method for making stems and tips for  making a scrappy string border.  This class is great for all skill levels.
Full Day Workshop - Class limit 20

Kit fee required which includes pattern and circles.  

Three Projects to choose from:

Lollipop Mini (16" x 19") $12.00

Table Runner (44" x 22") $18.00

Lollipop Garden Wall Hanging (43" x 35") $18.00
the same techniques were used to make these 2 modern quilts.

Magic Medallions
Using orphan blocks, strips, UFO or swap blocks, learn how to compose different elements into a cohesive pleasing composition.  Students can work in a liberated way or traditional style and will explore the importance of contrast and auditioning.  This is a hands on design class for all level of quilters.
Full Day Workshop - 20 class limit

Applique' The Fun And Easy Way    
Learn how to make simple freezer paper patterns to create your own original design of potted flowers.   Students will explore color and composition for a small quilt or the center of a larger medallion quilt.  I’ll demonstrate how to make bias stems and berries and teach the applique' stitch.
Full Day Workshop - class limit 20

I also offer this in a two day workshop where students have an opportunity to refine their compositions, learn and practice making stems, berries, basting and needle turn hand applique'.  I will also introduce how I apply lettering to quilts. 

Hand Quilting
Full day workshop to learn how to Hand Quilt. Students will work on small piece and learn the process of layering, marking and basting.  I share my tips and techniques for hand quilting in a hoop.  Students will learn traditional hand quilting as well as the popular Big Stitch quilting technique. I have been awarded Best Hand Workmanship and Best Hand Quilting at several quilt shows.  
Class limit 15 to provide one on one support

Thank you for considering My Programs, let me know if have any questions.

See my Bio page for endorsements from Gwen Marston and Guilds that I have visited.

Please contact me for availability and fees.  
barb.vedder@gmail.com or phone: 201.220.9132