I'm currently available to speak and teach locally and regionally (Western U.S.), booking into 2021. Travel from San Jose, California. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about having me teach and/or speak at your guild or shop.
Planned Improv Workshops
Scrappy Squares (6-hour workshop)
This scrap friendly 6-hour workshop is a great opportunity to explore improv piecing. We’ll follow a set of guidelines involving measurement and specific cutting rules to create the puzzle pieces students will use to design and create their own unique improv slab. Many students leave with their first finished improv slab (approximately 18" x 20"), which can become a finished mini quilt or built upon for a larger project. Quilting ideas will be discussed.
All About Angles (6-hour workshop)
This 6-hour workshop includes cutting and piecing techniques to construct slabs to use as the building blocks for a project of any size... all without any math. Come play with angles in an easy and forgiving way to create a piece with great movement in your design. The class is fat quarter friendly. Students can expect to leave with their first 1-2 dozen units, which can be combined to become a finished mini quilt or built upon for a larger project. Quilting ideas will be discussed.
Improv Log Cabins (6-hour workshop)
This 6-hour workshop is your opportunity to try a new spin on the traditional log cabin block. You choose small or large scale. Then play with size of strips, background placement, symmetry for your own unique improv log cabins. Students can expect to construct one or more improv log cabins in class, depending on the scale they choose.
Creating a Scrappy Slab (6-hour workshop)
Bring your favorite pile of scraps for this 6-hour workshop where Sarah will share all her tips and tricks for stitching your own created fabric. The scrap fabric you create in class can be used alone or utilized in your favorite block or pattern. Students can expect to complete a slab approx. 18" x 22" or larger.
Improv Curves (6-hour workshop)
Set your rulers aside in this 6-hour workshop focused on cutting and piecing improv curves. Sarah will share her easy tips and tricks for smooth improv curves. Variations of the technique will be shown and quilting ideas will be discussed.
Lectures (45-60 minutes)
Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing
Sarah likes options... but she also likes a plan. This lecture and trunk show will discuss how Sarah uses her planning nature to develop rules for herself which drive her Planned Improv quilt design work.
My Quilting Journey
Join Sarah for a lecture and trunk show of her quilting journey. Her trunk show will include some of her earliest quilts through her more contemporary designs. Learn what inspired Sarah to start quilting, how she evolved through quilt challenges, and what inspires her latest designs.
Quilting with Kids
Join Sarah as she shares her four years of experience sewing and quilting with kids. Each of her children began quilting at age 4, and she has worked with classes of Kindergarteners as well as older kids in quilt camp. Sarah will share her process for successful sewing sessions with kids as well as ideas for first projects (both sewing and quilting). This lecture includes a slide show of children's process and finished work. Individuals wishing to begin sewing with a child in their life will leave with an idea of how to start.