My specialty is stress-free needleturn appliqué. I put students directly in touch with their needle, thread, and fabric. I show how incredibly easy appliqué is without the use of freezer paper, toothpicks, starch, cardboard, plastic, ironing, or interfacing -- all things that needlessly complicate what is otherwise a very simple process.
I have been teaching needleturn appliqué and Hawaiian designing and quiltmaking since 1982. I receive rave reviews wherever I teach, including on the internet as an instructor at AcademyofQuilting.com. After taking a class from me, beginners and experts agree that appliqué is not only possible but positively addicting!
So, whether you want me to teach at your shop, guild, retreat or other quilt event, or you are a student wanting to take a class from me, here are descriptions of my current class offerings and presentations. Check my Calendar to see when I will be teaching in your area.
(1 or 2 days)
Once you know Nancy's stress-free needleturn techniques you will agree that appliqué is fun, relaxing and easy. In this class you will learn all of the ins and outs of the least time-consuming method of appliqué. No freezer paper, toothpick, cardboard, plastic, starch or interfacing -- just you, your fabric, needle and thread. What could be more basic, and what could be more fun? This is a process class, where we will play (not work) with needleturn. A perfect class for beginners, and even experienced appliquers will discover new and exciting things! All skill levels welcome.
Excerpt from one quilt shop's newsletter:
"If you are serious about improving your appliqué, then this is the class for you. Nancy is one of the most skilled appliqué instructors in the Northwest and we are so fortunate to have her as a teacher. This is the one type of appliqué that will open up a whole new world of quilt-making for you. ... These classes will fill quickly. Do not miss this opportunity!"
(1/2, 1 or 2 days)
Two fabrics, one spool of thread, and a pattern you love. That is the recipe for a good time and a stunning quilt. Nancy will show you how easy it is to make a beautiful wall hanging inMini Tulip 2FAQ class pattern almost no time at all, using her stress-free needleturn appliqué techniques. The one-day class provides a good introduction to the pattern and appliqué process while starting an 11" x 17" quilt. Students will have a variety of quilt designs from which to choose. In the 2-day workshop you will start your favorite 24" x 36" 2FAQ quilt pattern, and get an in-depth experience learning Nancy's needleturn appliqué methods. More time to prepare and more time to appliqué. In the half-day class Nancy demonstrates how to make a 2FAQ quilt using needleturn, raw-edge and machine appliqué. All skill levels are welcome.
Note from one of Nancy's students:
I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I enjoyed the 2-day 2FAQ class. I had taken the 1-day class a few years ago and almost did not take this one. I am really glad I did. Yes, one does benefit from hearing things more than once but the 2-day class allowed me as a student to take the time to learn and practice what was presented in class while I was in class. In the 1-day class I felt a bit rushed. The extra day allowed you to work with each person individually and even though I am an experienced appliqué I truly appreciated the extra attention. From listening to other students in the class they all felt the same. And I came away with not just one tidbit from the class but at least five. If you are trying to decide between a 1-day and a 2-day class I highly recommend the 2-day class! Ellen E.
This lovely quilt, created by Nancy, melds the styles of Baltimore album and Hawaiian designs together with a tropical theme. Explore needleturn appliqué with these 17 diverse blocks. Hand appliqué is really fun and easy when you learn Nancy's stress-free approach. Without time-consuming preparation methods you get directly in touch with your fabric, needle, and thread much more quickly. By the end of the workshop you will have learned fabric selection, appliqué, hand embroidery, 3-D flower techniques,Tropical Splendor appliqué quilt pattern foundation piecing, fabric painting, and more. Aloha Album quilt pattern required. All skill levels are welcome.
(1/2 or 1 day)
Celtic knotwork designs are beautiful and intricate, and yet are amazingly easy to sew using Nancy's stress-free hand appliqué methods. Learn to make your own bias tape (without the use of bias bars), learn to bend the bias tape to make crisp corners and lovely curves, and generally learn how fun and relaxing this appliqué project can be. All skill levels welcome.
Afraid of tiny appliqué pieces? You don't need to be! In this class you will learn how to deal with tiny shapes so any appliqué project is a SNAP. Leave all your preconceived notions at home, and come ready to experience an awakening of your inner talents! Some appliqué experience is required.
Mola is the style of appliqué done by the Kuna Indians, who live on the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. This intricate style of appliqué is worn as the front and back panel of the Kuna women's blouses. You will learn how to mark, cut and sew your own traditional 2-color Mola design, while also learning how to expand your horizons for future projects. (The half-day class is a history lesson and an opportunity to see authentic Molas.) All skill levels welcome.
Are you struggling with hand quilting? Frustrated with that thimble on your finger? Perhaps you are a thumb quilter, but don't know it! Now is the time to learn this comfortable, ergonomic alternative for hand quilting. All skill levels welcome.
Machine Piecing Class: This delightful quilt looks complicated but is surprisingly easy to piece. Learn to use rotary equipment, accurate strip piecing, working with straight and bias edges, and how to square up odd-shaped blocks. In the 2-day class there is a chance you could complete your quilt top! All skill levels welcome.