Pam's Schedule: I am currently booked through 2017 and have some openings in 2018. I do not travel during the months of April, May, & December.
To make the most of our time together, you must book at least one lecture and one workshop, or two workshops.
I usually add one or two new workshops each year, and because I often book so far in advance, you have the option of choosing your date(s), and freezing my lecture/workshop fees in a contract, with your choice of lecture/workshops TBD. Once it gets closer to my visit, you can then choose what you'd like from the most current selections.
Secrets of Professional Quilters ~ Revealed!
You know... hearing the story of how I got started in this business would be nice, but wouldn't you rather learn something? I have a lot of really useful information that I think you would appreciate much more!! This Power Point presentation is packed full of very useful information that will teach you to use alternative piecing methods for making units, as well as tips and hints relating to every aspect of quilting. I also share secrets I've gathered over years of trial & error, taking classes, and learning from what fellow designers and national teachers have shared with me.
The lesson begins with learning the "Make it larger - Trim it down" techniques. I demonstrate step-by-step techniques for making units (such as Half Square Triangles, Quarter Square Triangles, Square-in-a-Square units, and Flying Geese) larger than they need to be so they can be trimmed down to be squared and the correct size. These perfectly squared units go on to be perfectly squared blocks, then squared quilts that lay flat and go together easily!! Many, many designers and award winning quilters use these techniques and you can too!
There are also plenty of tips on a variety of subjects such as general pressing tips, pressing Four Patches and Pinwheels to lay perfectly flat, and how to correctly sew Connector Corners, accurate 1/4 inch seams, alternate sewing methods for the Corner Square Triangle units, how to hide flaws and errors, and so much more!
After watching the Power Point presentation, I bring along more than 40 quilts to view up close and personal, all made with the techniques shown in the presentation.
Don't worry about taking notes during the lecture! All of the hints, tips, tricks, secrets, and how-to's featured in my lecture (and so much more) are contained in the 60+ page Heartspun Quilts Hint's Book! The book is available for sale for $15. You won't have to rely on your memory and can take it home to use on a daily basis!!
Lecture Fee: $450
Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours
*Partner with the Practice What I Preach workshop
Making-Do ~ Honoring our American Quilting Heritage
There’s an old saying…. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”
That phrase was a way of life from the moment the pilgrims landed in America through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century. We remember our parents and grandparents being frugal with things in their life having lived thru the Great Depression, but never was it more true than for those living in America in the 1800’s.
Making-do affected every aspect of American life for the colonists and pioneers in the nineteenth century. Being that it was a way of life for them, it’s no surprise they “made-do” when piecing their quilts. As testament to this, you’ll find their lovely antique Make-do quilts in private collections and museums, too!
I love to read American history about what life was like during this time period, and my research inspired my quilting club called the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle. The club focuses on anecdotal stories about what life was like in 1800’s America, and the quilt projects include “Lessons in Making-Do”. Many of the projects have been inspired by my collection of antique Make-Do quilts. People are surprised to learn that most antique quilts have at least some “Make-do” elements in them, therefore, “making-do” is very much a part of our quilting heritage!
I had the honor and privilege of writing an article about Make-do quilts for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine called The Quilting Tradition of Making-do (June 2011 issue) and they have featured several of my other antique Make-do quilts in other issues as well!
You’ll learn how to spot a "Make-do" quilt, tell the difference between a Make-do and a scrappy quilt, and see the wonderful antique Make-do quilts from my collection. For those who enjoy making Civil War Reproduction quilts, this lecture will teach you how to add authentic “Make-Do” elements into your quilts!
Lecture Fee: $450
Approximately 1 to 1 1/2hours