I'm currently available to speak and teach virtually for the foreseeable future. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about having me present and/or speak for your guild or shop.
Planned Improv Workshops
My virtual guild workshops are offered as equivalent to a 6-hour in-person workshop but can be structured to best meet the schedule needs of your guild. Each workshop consists of a combination of interactive, live Zoom meetings and self-paced online content (that students will retain access to), with plenty of time to sew. These live Zoom meetings can be scheduled throughout a day to mimic the typical 6-hours-in-a-row of an in-person workshop, or they can be spread out over a week or weeks. The combination of live Zoom and online content gives students the opportunity to have the best view for close-up demos and examples as well as the social connection of the live Zoom meetings.
Scrappy Squares (6-hour workshop)
This scrap friendly 6-hour workshop is a great opportunity to explore improv design with a precision pieced final piece. 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 with time allowed for creating test blocks using the scrappy slab made in class.
Virtual Lectures (45-60 minutes)
Given the nature of a virtual lecture, I have added many more quilt photos (including close up views) in lieu of the trunk show that usually accompanies my presentations, which consist of a slideshow and lecture, with Q&A.
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. She shares work in a series and shows how she iterates on a design. Sarah explains how she develops a formula for her project. Quilters leave with specific ideas of how to develop a set of rules to guide their improv piecing.
Quilting with Kids
Join Sarah as she shares her five 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.