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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 2017 Technique Sharing Workshops. 

Previous TSW handouts are available on the Blog under the "TSW" and "Patterns" 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

Quick and Easy Coasters with Jan Nilsen

Jan 20th, 2017

Ever needed a quick gift and not sure what to give? Everyone uses coasters and these can be made quickly and personalized for anyone. With all the great fabric we have available (and in our stashes) we can do dogs, cats, coffee, sports, flowers, etc. These are easy and lots of fun and you might just want to keep a few on hand for a gift stash.

Click here for directions 

Click here for various coaster ideas

Making Decorative Pillows and Shams with Joy Lee

Feb 16th, 2017

We are very lucky to have Joy show us how she does these as before the quilting bug bit her she was an expert doing home décor. All kinds of items: pillows, shams, draperies and many more. She will show us some simple and some more complex ways to make beautiful and professionally finished pillow covers. The pillows and shams are the icing on the cake for a beautiful quilt. Come and see how it is done.

Handout Instructions


Perfect Bindings with Vicki David

Mar 2nd, 2017

Many of us have admired Vicki’s beautiful quilts and have wondered how she gets her bindings and corner’s so perfect. Well, here is your chance to find out. Vicki will show us how to get accurate measurements for the sides of the quilt and make those mitered corners show quality.

Handout Instructions


Foot Pedal Pad with Jim Jensen

Apr 20th, 2017

Many of us have tried everything to keep that pesky foot pedal from taking off or getting caught under the table. Come and join us as Jim shows us how he solved the problem with a foot pedal pad that is easy to make and might just help you too. No more wandering foot pedals!

Class Handout

Jenny Doan’s “Magic” Hourglass Blocks with Sharon Fry

May 18th, 2017



Sharon Fry will show us this simple block that is fun to make and full of surprises.




Mystery Quilt 2017 with Pam Beebe

Jun 1st, 2017

It's A Mystery

The Mystery Quilt was a cpmplete success! A good time was had by all.

Complete Instructions

Quilt Labels with Vicki David, Cathy Rapp, Toni Anderson, and Janice Rogers

Jun 15th, 2017


Now the quilt is done and it is time to get it labeled…..but what is the best way?  Come and find out how your fellow quilters have developed interesting and creative ways to do labels.

Download Toni's Handout

Download Vicki's Handout

Download Cathy's Handout


Table Runner with Mary Ann Hayre

Jul 20th, 2017

A super fast, super easy table runner.  This is a Broadway Quilt pattern that is so fast you can finish one in about half an hour.  They make great gifts if you need a fast, fast sewing project. Did I mention they were fast to make.

Pattern and supply list


Recycled Totes with Metha Schuler

Aug 3rd, 2017 to Aug 3rd, 2017

Back by popular demand, Metha’s tote is easy to do and a wonderful way to use saved selvages or fabric scraps.  In case you missed it last time be sure to stick around after lunch on August 3rd. Turn those boring bags in to works of art!


Create Colorful Fabric Beads with Pam Brown

Sep 7th, 2017 to Sep 7th, 2017

Here's your chance to use those last precious pieces of fabric to make colorful beads for art quilts or jewelry. Combine them with commercial beads to make one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets. Pam Brown will be bringing all the supplies so you can make some to take home and embellish with seed beads, yarn, wire...the sky's the limit.

Instruction Handout


Zippered Clear Plastic Bags with Janice Juul

Oct 19th, 2017 to Oct 19th, 2017

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.



Round Robin Sharing with Guild Members

Nov 16th, 2017 to Nov 16th, 2017

Everyone's a Star!

Bring your favorite tools, tricks, and simple skills that make sewing and quilting and problem solving much easier to share with other members. This is always fun and includes many “Ah-Ha” moments. Come and find out the special secrets our members have gleaned in their years of quilting.  If you have something you would like to share please sign up before the  meeting so we know how many will be coming.  To celebrate our last TSW of the year all members who share their secrets will get something “special”. Let’s end the year with a few more tools in our sewing boxes!