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Technique Sharing Workshops

Technique Sharing Workshops (TSW for short) are free, and take place at our guild meetings, beginning after the lunch break and lasting between 30 min. and 2 hours, depending on the topic. These workshops, led or taught by our own members on a volunteer basis, give our members a chance to share, learn and practice various special techniques related to quilting.

Please sign up for these demonstrations in advance, so that we may be sure to have the correct number of handouts, and plan for an appropriate space.

The Home Page Calendar includes the 2018 Technique Sharing Workshops. 

Previous TSW handouts are available on the Blog under the "TSW" , "Patterns" and "Mystery Quilt" categories.

If you have a technique you'd like to share, please let me know! I will have a sign-up sheet with the tentative dates schedule for TSW's in the back room.

Many Thanks!
~Jan Nilsen

Zippered Clear Plastic Bags with Janice Juul

Jan 18th, 2018 to Jan 18th, 2018

The bags are zippered clear plastic project bags. The bags can range in size from 16" x 1 6" to 6" x 6". Whatever size you need. The TSW will show you the tricks. No need to bring your sewing machine just stay and watch the process. These are handy for all kinds of things and great because you can see what is in them.



Sew On Binding with Vicki David

Feb 15th, 2018 to Feb 15th, 2018

The quilting is done and now it’s time to put on the binding…..but Oh all that hand work! Well our binding expert has figured out how to do the bindings by machine and look beautiful.  Come and watch the demonstration and see how easy it is. You just might want this tool.


Y Seams with Janet Tonkin

Mar 1st, 2018 to Mar 1st, 2018

Have you avoided some of those beautiful quilt patterns because of Y seams and how hard it is to get those seams together with no lumps?

 Well, come and learn how it is done. Janet will show you her technique for fearless Y seams! Here is a sample of one of her beautiful quilts.



Easy Fabric Gift Bags with Linda Hooper

Apr 19th, 2018 to Apr 19th, 2018


Fabric bags are quick and easy to make in any size and for any occasion. They are beautiful and reusable. Also a great way to use large novelty prints.  Join me for a demonstration on bag making and stock up before your next gift giving event and see how easy it is to get that last minute gift wrapped.



Quick Placemats with Genelle Vorhees

May 17th, 2018 to May 17th, 2018

Reduce your stash and make a variety of placemats from orphan blocks, leaders and enders, and your ‘leftover’ stash. Use your hidden creative talents! These are fun, quick and a satisfying way to use leftovers you don’t know what to do with.


No Measure Binding and Bias Binding with Margo Pitter and Genelle Voorhees

Jun 21st, 2018 to Jun 21st, 2018

Come and see how simple it can be to match up bindings perfectly without measuring. You will never have to struggle with getting those edges to be exact again.

Genelle will also show us how she makes her bias bindings. These are great for impact and if you want to do scalloped edges or other non-straight borders.

No Measure Binding Handout 1

No Measure Binding Handout 2

Bias Binding Handout


Zentangle with Betsy Smith

Jul 19th, 2018 to Jul 19th, 2018

Ever wonder what these crazy and beautiful designs are and how they might apply to quilting?  Well, Betsy will show you how to do them (she will bring supplies) and some ideas of how to apply them to quilting. You won’t want to miss this one as it will be lots of fun.

Handout and Samples


Knitter's Workshop with Jan Nilsen

Aug 2nd, 2018 to Aug 2nd, 2018

As many “quilters” are also “knitters” this workshop is for you. Bring your projects, tools, questions and expertise and come if you just want to start knitting. No project is too small or too large. Let’s put our heads together and get those needles flyin’.

Project Carriers for Travel with Carole Behlke

Sep 6th, 2018 to Sep 6th, 2018


It is amazing how much you can get in this little bag. Carole has been able to take pieces and tools for an entire quilt on the plane with her. It is cleverly put together so nothing falls out and it fits in a small space. What more could you ask for. You will want to make one of these.


Tips and Tricks with Guild Members

Oct 18th, 2018 to Oct 18th, 2018


Do you have a special technique or tip to share with fellow members? This can be the use of a tool, sewing table helpers, how to fix a warped mat, something new or anything quilt related. Please sign up and share in a round table format with other members. We can all use the wisdom others have gained from their quilting, sewing experience. This workshop will be fun, full of good ideas and Treats for those participating.

Special treats for all who participate.


DIY Heat Sacs with Rhonda Denny

Nov 15th, 2018 to Nov 15th, 2018

Rhonda discovered the flax-seed heat sack 20 or so years ago.  She had been making rice socks but the life span was short, the rice would often burn, and the smell was awful!  It was during a weekend stay with friends in snow country that she found this beautiful, silky, softly scented sack on her bed.  What a wonderful gift: flax seeds, natural herbs, and flowers in a silky covering.  A mere 120 seconds – 2 minutes on high in a microwave - then slip it under the covers for instant relaxation and toasty toes.  Or, after a long day at the sewing machine, treat your shoulders and neck with one of these. Come and see how easy they are to make…for yourself or as a gift.  Christmas will soon be here.

Rhonda will bring flax seeds and her machine to demonstrate the process.  She will also demonstrate envelope style pillowcases as well as streamline sewing to make many at the same time.