2019 Workshops

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. Use the link in the Workshops Reminder email to register for one of the workshops below.

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.


Intro to Paper Piecing

Instructor:  Kathy Schwabeland

Date/Time:  Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Photo by Lillyella Stitchery

Description: This workshop is an introduction to paper piecing. During class you will learn the fundamentals of paper piecing while creating several charm square sized moth blocks. The blocks can then be mixed into other projects which use charm squares.

Improv Substrates
Instructor:  Daniela Di Iorio
Date/Time:  Friday, May 3, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


DescriptionUsing improvisational techniques, this workshop shows you how to create a one of a kind piece from various fabric substrates. You'll use a combination of substrates such as denim, vintage linens, double gauze, linen, voile, lawn, quilting cotton, shirting, textured fabric, etc. Students will use scissors in class and should bring their sense of adventure! This piece can become a mini quilt, be used as a focal point on a quilt, a panel on a bag or pouch, a pillow, as a piece of art -- the possibilities are endless! 

Quilting Skills for Clean Finish Garments
Instructor:   Shari van der Grijn
Date/Time:  Friday, May 3, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Ruby Sewing Pattern PDF

DescriptionQuilters can use their precision piecing skills and understanding of bias binding to construct clean finish garments without a serger. Using the Made by Rae Ruby Top pattern, students will learn to to construct a lining/facing (using the burrito construction method), how to add additional seam allowance to construct a french seam and how to use bias binding to finish edges and seam allowances.

The Ruby pattern is ideal for quilters as the pattern offers numerous opportunities to use scraps as well as recycling a men's shirt for the base.

All students will leave the class with a finished garment ready to greet summer weather!   

Let's Face It
Instructor:   Betsy Vinegrad
Date/Time:  Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

DescriptionAre you looking for an alternative to binding your quilts? Facing a quilt is much easier than it looks. I will demonstrate at least one technique and show examples of different options. You can just watch the demo or bring something to finish. 

Supply list to follow for those who want to participate. 

Guided Improv Adventure
InstructorMelanie Tuazon
Date/Time:  Saturday, May 4, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

DescriptionTake a trip into the unknown with a guided improvisation exercise. Students will follow teacher-led instructions to set parameters and improvise within a set of limitations. If students would rather sketch a design based on the instructions and sew later, that is an available option. This class gives structure for beginning improvisers and freedom for the experienced and confident ones. Think mystery quilt meets choose your own adventure. Every student’s work will be different. 

Boro Stitching
Instructors:  Linda Fasules and Anne Brill
Date/Time:  Saturday, May 4, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Linda's Instagram
Anne's Instagram

DescriptionStudents will learn the art of boro stitching, an ancient Japanese mending technique using the running stitch. What was once done to make garments last longer, is now done for the sheer beauty of the patches and stitches.We will create a layered and stitched 8 x 10" piece which the students can use to make a finished object such as a tote, zippered pouch or other quilted items. We will show examples of these.

No Feathers: FMQ for Modern Quilters 
Instructor: Jacqueline Laba 
Date/Time:  Saturday, May 4, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

DescriptionMove past your walking foot and enhance your modern quilts by learning several modern free motion quilting designs using your domestic sewing machine. No feathers, swirls or meandering---instead, experiment with geometric forms, curves, and lines in this hands-on workshop. Some free motion experience is desirable but you don't need to be an expert.

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