2019 workshops TBD

We are excited to offer a number of workshops at Mid-Atlantic MOD. Please find information below on workshops that will be offered, assuming there is enough interest.  Dates/times are subject to change as we gauge the interest.  If the time changes and you are no longer available to take a workshop you've registered for, you will be able to cancel without penalty.

All workshops are 1.5 hrs and cost $15 (in cash paid upon check-in at MOD - if you register for a workshop you will not be allowed into MOD until you have paid your workshop fees and you will not be able to cancel your workshop registrations. Please bring cash with you to pay for your workshops to the registration desk to pay when checking in.) Workshop times are included below along with approximate material costs, in addition to any kit fees the instructors may require.  Supply and material lists for each workshop will be provided at least 1 month prior to the retreat.

Note: There are 2 time slots that contain 2 classes running. Please be sure not to sign up for two concurrently running classes. Thanks!


Ribbon Quilts
Instructor:  Sarah Bond
Date/Time:  Friday, April 28, 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Description: This is a workshop style class. Using solid fabrics as a starter, students will explore the power of strip piecing and experimentation with color gradations, size gradations and alternations of solid fabrics with other fabrics. Working with solids is a great way to really experiment with color without the interference of textures or patterns. The quilt shown is made almost exclusively with solids. We will incorporate some patterned fabric as the class progresses. Students can use their own ideas or instructor’s “recipes” for fabric constructions. Those constructions will then be cut and assembled into quilt tops. The title of the course refers to the ribbons of light and color that can be achieved with this technique. I will provide a pre class prep plan to help make the most of the shortened class time.

Approx. Material Cost$20 or less - can use stash (solid fabrics) 

Improvisational Tree Workshop
Instructor:  Jill Stafford
Date/Time:  Friday, April 28, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

DescriptionThis is a skill building class using a small project that can be completed fairly quickly. Gain a skill to create a unique tree using the slash and insert technique. We will use basic quilting best practices such as ¼” seams, keeping fabric on the straight of grain and minimizing waste.

Approx. Material Cost: 
$6 (1 FQ & 1 long quarter yd)

Holy Moley (aka they're openings, not holes)
Instructor:   Janet Bergman
Date/Time:  Friday, April 28, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

DescriptionWe will discuss where and why you could, or should use openings as well as several methods and materials that can be used to create them. Then we will discuss the basic design and technique that we will be using in this class and each student will draw their own version of the design (yes, they will all be different!). Next we will learn how to make the individual segments, create a few, and learn how to attach them into your design, creating the negative spaces. Finally, we will discuss finishing techniques, including binding, facing, quilting, etc. The goal is that everyone leaves with the knowledge to create 'openings' in their own work and hopefully, each student will leave with a small completed top!

Approx. Material Cost$5

Lino Printing
Instructor:   Heather Kojan
Date/Time:  Friday, April 28, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

DescriptionStudents will have the opportunity to carve two 3" linoleum stamps, then use the stamps to create unique surface designs on fabric. This is a no sew class. Students will leave the class with 2 hand carved stamps plus 2 printed fat quarters of fabric.

Approx. Material/Supply Costs$12 for linoleum cutting tool/supply fee: $15 paid to teacher for Linoleum blocks and 2 Fat Quarters.

Sewing with Knits 101: The T-shirt
InstructorLaura Bennett
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 29, 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Description: Students will be taught the basics of working with knit fabrics by sewing their own t-shirt! No serger or other speciality machine is required--anyone with a machine capable of sewing at least a basic zig-zag stitch can join in the fun. This class is designed for quilters, without any previous experience in knit fabric or garment sewing expected.

The class will be a hybrid of distance learning before the retreat, and hands-on instruction during the retreat.  Instructions will be emailed out several weeks before the retreat covering the topics of: selecting the best pattern/size for your desired fit, selecting knit fabrics, sourcing knit fabrics, and pointers for cutting knit fabrics. Students will arrive at class with their pattern pieces cut out and ready to sew.  During the class session, we will cover: selection of sewing machine needles and stitches, use of stabilizers and interfacing, and sewing knits (basic joining of pieces, topstitching, and hemming). By the end of the class session, students will have completed sewing their t-shirt.

Students can select from one of three basic crew neck t-shirt patterns, providing a full range of children's, women's, and men's sizes: Grainline Studios Lark Tee (women's sizes 0-18), Liesl + Co Metro T-Shirt (Women's XS-XXL or Men's XS-XXL), or Oliver + S School Bus T-Shirt (Children's sizes 6 month-12 years). All are available in short- and long-sleeve versions. 

Approx. Material Cost:  $15-25 for pattern and knit fabric

Embracing Negative Space
Instructor:  Daniela Di Iorio
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 29, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM 

DescriptionUsing graphic design principles, this workshop will show you how to embrace negative space and incorporate it naturally into your work. You’ll learn to trust your instincts, use line-work and balance, while maintaining the spontaneity and fun of using an improvisation technique. Scissors are a must for this class!

Approx. Material Cost: $10-$12

Brick By Brick Improvisation 
Instructor: Jessica Skultety 
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 29, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

DescriptionLearn a improv technique to add to your tool belt: brick-by-brick improvisation, my trademark planned improvisation technique using right and straight angles. We'll also discuss ways to vary up your piecing with neutrals, develop a color story, and more. Bring your scraps and get ready to sew!

Material/Supply Fee: $5 or less (use scraps and a neutral fabric)

Fingerprint Improv Curves
Instructor:  Melanie Tuazon
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 29, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

DescriptionStudents will learn how to make improv curves and experiment with layering them to make more complicated and interesting effects. The results of this technique are completely different every time, and no two projects are the same.

Approx. Material Cost: $15


Glorious Hexagons 
Instructor: Bobbi Penniman 
Date/Time:  Friday, April 28, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM


DescriptionLearn to:

- fussy cut hexies using a template to use them to best advantage in creating hexie shapes.

- baste prepare - two methods

- stitch - two methods

Lots of tips & tricks - if 90 minutes will permit! This will be a very fast paced class.

Material/Supply Fee: $5 kit

Coloring With Thread
Instructor:  Stella Singleton
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 29, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

DescriptionLove the idea of coloring to relax but would rather spend time with fiber? Let's color with thread! In this workshop you'll learn basic embroidery stitches that we'll use to color a piece of fabric with a pre-printed design. I'll also show you how to transfer any line drawing onto fabric to stitch. Stitches you'll learn: backstitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy, french knot, satin stitch. These stitches can also be used to embellish any project. Your materials fee covers the following: a fat quarter printed with a line drawing, a fat quarter of muslin for stabilizing, 5 hanks of DMC floss in assorted colors, an embroidery needle, and a hoop. 

Materials Fee: 

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