Lectures & Workshops

Thank you for considering my Programs for your Quilt Guild or Group.  Please contact me at barb.vedder@gmail.com for fees and date availability.

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

All Lectures are 1 hour and include a trunk show of quilts.

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.   

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 2019 Lecture:
A Brief History of Quilting in America
A PowerPoint Presentation providing a visual journey of the Quilting Tradition that we love.  I have created a guided tour through the historical trends, tools and revivals that have helped to shape our industry from the 1700s to the present day.  This is a great program for any group that has "seen in all".  I will share a trunk show of my quilts as a companion to the presentation.


Lollipop Garden - New 2018
A fun workshop that teaches quilters how to make perfect circles! This is a sewing machine class where students will learn the technique of finished edge machine applique'.   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")
Table Runner (44" x 22")

Lollipop Garden Wall Hanging (43" x 35")

Magic Medallions - New 2018
Using leftovers, 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.  Students will learn principles of drafting, resizing blocks and the importance of auditioning.  This is a hands on design class for all level of quilters.
Full Day Workshop - 20 class limit.
Hex Vex – English Paper Piecing
Learn the basic techniques of English Paper Piecing to start your own unique hexagon quilt.  We will discuss the importance of color and scale when choosing fabrics for this scrap quilt.  Students will learn how to achieve intricate patterns and designs using commercial fabrics.
Full Day Workshop.  Class limit 20.

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.  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.

Applique’ The Fun and Easy 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 - class limit 15.
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. 

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 (3 hours)  - Applique'
Half Day (3 hours)  - Hand Quilting
Full Day Workshop - All Hand Work, including stems and berries.

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