Workshops

I am available for your retreat, local guild or quilt shop for any of the following classes, trunk shows or workshops. For a fee list or to schedule, contact me directly at mitzie@jitterywings.com. 

 

The Painted Cow

In the painted cow class, you will learn the freedom of raw edge applique design and the impact “thread painting” can give to an image on a quilt. Considered primarily as an art quilting form, this class is designed for those who have quilted in the past, meaning you understand your machine and the fundamentals of free motion quilting. It doesn’t mean you need to “feel” like you are perfect or even good at it, it just means you need to understand how it works and have done it some. If you can stipple, or use a walking foot for quilting you should be fine. She really is pretty easy to make.

The class is 12 hours long and can be taught over 2 or 3 days.  This class is excellent for a retreat setting, guild or local quilt shop. During the 12 hours, participants have the necessary time to complete their cow, although everyone works at different paces.  A materials list is sent to participants prior to the class so everyone can come prepared. To schedule the class or for a fee list contact me by email at mitzie@jitterywings.com. 

 

A Trunk Show

I have a large number of original quilts available for a trunk show and lecture. I am will share my journey to quilting, which includes a diagnosis of Tarlov Cysts Disorder as part of a lecture. In addition, you may select one of the following as a focus for the lecture:

Designing Modern Quilts: This lecture includes a focus on my work related to designing Modern Quilts and the components required for a quilt to be considered modern. Most of my published work is “modern” and I share this process for participants.

Designing Art Quilts: My art quilts utilized raw edge applique and thread painting. My designs come from my past and present in some representational form. This lecture will touch on my work designing art quilt patterns from photos or drawings and how I decide to thread paint them. During this lecture I will define art quilt and thread painting for the participants. 

Quilt Yoga: To many quilters piece beautiful tops that then sit for fear of “messing them up.” I believe that more fluid and flowing free motion quilting can be accomplished through a process of learning to “feel” the quilting. Simply drawing a motif on paper a couple times and then “practicing” it is not enough. This lecture is an introduction to the Quilt Yoga Theory I developed to help students learn their bodies to improve their quilting. 

Add a trunk show to a workshop to round out a retreat or day. Includes show & tell with Q&A time. For a fee list contact me at mitzie@jitterywings.com. 

Quilt Yoga Workshop

Learning a motif and repeating it will only get you so far in your quilting skills... For 10+ years I taught students to improve and master their pottery skills by teaching them to “feel” the clay in relationship to their body. After developing Tarlov Cysts and being required to give up pottery, I found quilting because I could “feel” the stitches like I did the clay. 

My new Quilt Yoga Class is born out of the same concept I used to teach pottery. We can teach our bodies to “feel” the movements and create more fluid and smooth quilting. It requires training in self awareness and intentionality. It requires developing “your own practice,” just like in yoga. No two people will ever quilt exactly the same way, at least not well.

This class uses multiple drills (or stretches if you will) to help participants develop their own “Quilt Yoga Practice” to match their strengths and weaknesses for success. Drills are processed and suggestions made for improvement. Participants will use this new information to identify their optimal quilting posture and pose. 

The class is 6 hours long with an hour break for lunch or dinner. A materials list is sent to participants prior to the class so everyone can come prepared. To schedule the class for your retreat, guild or shop please contact me by email at mitzie@jitterywings.com. I am also available for private lessons. A fee list is available by email.