Lectures


Pam's Schedule: I am currently booked through 2019 and have limited openings left in 2020.  I do not travel during the months of January, February, May, October, November & 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 50 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




Workshops


Practice What I Preach ~ My Most Popular Workshop!

This is a hands-on lesson of the techniques covered in my lecture Secrets of Professional Quilters ~ Revealed!. The skills taught in this class will be used each and every time you quilt!! Here's an opportunity for each student to try many new techniques including the "Make It Larger ~ Trim It Down" technique for Half and Quarter Square Triangles, Flying Geese, and Square in a square units.  We'll also cover alternate piecing techniques for the ever popular Corner Square Triangle units.  Students then practice what I demonstrate using my tools and notions to see how they like the technique.    

We go over a variety of pressing techniques as well.  I can help a quilter struggling with accuracy by working with them to improve the accuracy of their 1/4 inch seam by watching the student and/or have them watch me, and offer several helpful options. We will cover how best to handle Connector Corners for perfect results, how to hide flaws and imperfections in the seam allowance, and so much more!  If any student would like help with general quilting problems such as those described here, this is an opportunity for one-on-one assistance! 

There are 2 flexible options for students who attend this workshop: 

Option 1 ~ (Full Cutting Instructions) Participants prepare and cut the fabrics to make the Practice What I Preach quilt.  They are making the units for the quilt during the workshop.

Option 2 ~ (Short Cut Instructions) For workshop participants who aren't interested in making the Practice What I Preach quilt, are too busy to cut all of the quilt fabrics ahead of time, or would rather learn the skills taught using scraps, a Short Cut List of cutting instructions is available.  They will learn all of the same techniques but will only cut enough fabric to make one of each unit.  This is a very popular option!  Quilt size: 43" x 43"

The Heartspun Quilts book of Quilting Hints, Tips, Secrets and How-To's is required for each participant.  It also contains the Practice What I Preach quilt pattern.  Book cost for workshop participants only is $12 (regularly $18)  and will be available the day of class.  (It is not needed prior to class.)

Class Size: 20 
6 hours
Fee: $950.00


             
Colonial Star: A unique small quilt that's fun to piece!

This wonderful quilt is an exact replica of an vintage 1800's quilt.  The construction may not be
exactly how you think and is not hard at all!


Learn to make perfect Half Square Triangle and Quarter Square Triangles AND piece a perfect Sawtooth border with my pieced border tips that never fail!  Choose just two of your favorite fabrics with high contrast for the perfect vintage reproduction of your own! 

Quilt size is 18" x 20"


Class Size: 20
6 hours
Fee $950.00

  Colonial Star pattern required.  Pattern price for workshop participants is $5 (regularly $9)  and is available the day of class. 


 
Plantation Stars

Stars abound large and small in a dance around the quilt making your eyes dance as well! 
Both stars are constructed in the same way. The block arrangement creates a wonderful secondary pattern forming a circular pattern around the large stars!  So fun!  The open space calls out for wonderful quilting to enhance the design even further.  Choose whatever two colors are your favorite to work with.  Quilt size: 72" x 81"

I also share wonderful tips on making Flying Geese and creating pieced borders that fit!! 


Class Size: 20
 6 hours
Fee: $950
Plantation Stars pattern is required $5 (regularly $10 and is available the day of class). 



Settler's Puzzle Workshop


My Settler's Puzzle quilt is one of my most popular classes!

I love a quilt that looks like it was really difficult to make but was easy breezy to put together. That's the perfect way to describe my Settler's Puzzle quilt! The quilt features two very unassuming blocks, that when arranged within the quilt…like puzzle pieces…create the wonderful pattern you see in the quilt center. Pair together two lovely, high contrasting fabrics for a truly stunning quilt.

 



I will also give you my best tips for making perfect half square triangles, along with my tips for sawtooth borders that fit, and have sharp points!  Let's solve this puzzle together!

Fabric kits are available in select colorings of Pam's fabric collections with Marcus Fabrics.  Students have the option of choosing their own fabric as well.  Settler's Puzzle pattern required.  Pattern price for workshop participants is $5 (regularly $9)  and is available the day of class.

 

Class size: 20
6 hours
Fee:  $950.00


Star Strings Quilt & Pincushion Workshop

You may recognize this quilt from being featured in Primitive Quilts magazine, and on the cover of their 2015 calendar!  Because I've had so many requests, I've added this quilt to my workshop offerings.

This scrappy quilt features a variety of scrappy Sawtooth Star blocks, each featuring a string paper pieced center!  This adds a little more twinkle to each star! 

The fundamentals of paper piecing are covered, as well tips for choosing just the right fabrics so each student can make their own Cover Girl worthy quilt! 

OR...you can make the matching pin cushion instead!

Star Strings pattern is required.  Pattern price for workshop participants is $5 (regularly $9)  and is available the day of class.

Class size:  20
4 hour class
Fee:  $850.00




Midnight Stars Quilt

Midnight Stars is one of three quilts featured in my Two Color Classics pattern, which is the eighth pattern in the Tokens of the Past series.  This quilt is great fun to make as it features two of my all time favorite blocks:  Sawtooth Stars and Flying Geese.  During our time together in class, I'll be passing along my techniques for making miniature quilts, working with small pieces to make accurate small blocks, and hints for making perfect Flying Geese and getting pieced borders to fit every time!!  Make this quilt in your favorite two-color combination.   Quilt size: 15 1/2" x 17 1/2"



Often, kits for the Midnight Stars quilt are available.  Inquire by email to Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com


Tokens of the Past: Two-Color Classics pattern is required (directions for all three quilts are included!).  Pattern price for workshop participants is $10 (regularly $16) and will be available the day of class. 

Class size: 20
6 hours
Fee:  $950.00



Blue River County


Blue River County is one of three quilts featured in my Two Color Classics pattern, the eighth pattern in the Tokens of the Past series.  I'll be passing along my techniques for making miniature quilts and for working with small pieces to make accurate miniature Duck & Duckling blocks.  Students will learn a really great technique for making Cat's Cradle blocks, too!!  Make this quilt in your favorite two-color combination. 
Quilt size: 18" x 21"

Often, kits for the Blue River County quilt are available.  Inquire by email to Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com



Tokens of the Past: Two Color Classics pattern is required (directions for all three quilts are included.)   Pattern price for workshop participants is $10 (regularly $16) and will be available the day of class. 

Class size: 20
6 hours
Fee:  $950.00





Tokens of the Past Series: Starry, Starry Nines

Starry, Starry Nines is one of three quilts featured in my Nine Patch Reverie pattern, the third pattern in the Tokens of the Past series.  This quilt has three fun blocks to make, and of course, features Nine Patch blocks!  Choose to make this quilt in one of two sizes...as a wall hanging/table topper, or a lap/throw size (shown below.) 





During our time together in class, I'll be passing along my techniques for making units larger and trimming to perfection and accurate piecing.  Remember, everyone in class can choose to make their quilt in one of two sizes!!  Shown at the right are the wall hanging and lap/throw sized quilts.
Often, kits for the Starry, Starry Nines quilt are available.  Inquire by email to Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com



Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie
pattern (including all three quilts shown on the cover, all with various sizes!) is required.  Pattern price for workshop participants is $10 (regularly $16) and will be available the day of class. 

Class size: 20
6 hours
Fee:  $950.00