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Log Cabin Improv with a Vintage Twist

Come play with Vintage as we recreate the timeless Log Cabin block with a modern slant. Embrace the magic as you are given permission to combine the love of vintage with a fast, fun modern twist. Students will work with vintage textiles and a jelly roll to create Improv Log Cabin blocks. These can then be set in a variety of ways to create your own version of a Modern Log Cabin. The workshop is packed full of tips for working with vintage textiles and ways to showcase these treasured pieces. Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class. Finished sizes will vary.

A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist

Embrace the magic as you are given permission to combine the love of vintage with a fun modern aesthetic. Work with vintage textiles to create a wonky star with lots of negative space for modern quilting designs. The workshop is packed full of tips for working with vintage fragments and ways to showcase these treasured pieces. Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class. Finished sizes will vary.
Enjoy quilts from Mary's book, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist and become inspired to create your own Twisted magic!

Floating Down a Lazy River

English Paper Piecing is given new life when we recreate designs from this 1940's vintage quilt. Learn the basic Paper Piecing techniques while creating this unique variation of a mosaic block – one that inspired the name of the class. Find inspiration in the traditions of yesteryear, and enjoy the peaceful pleasures of hand stitches in this portable piecing project. It's a scrappy project, and your materials will include plenty of fabric and other necessities to carry you along during the learning process -- and beyond. A class kit is required and can be purchased directly from the instructor for $20.

Stars Over Virginia

The Civil War forever changed the face of America and her quilting traditions. This workshop provides an opportunity to create a Star Quilt top using popular patterns, fabrics and colors of the Civil War era. Piece according to the pattern or expand your quilt to any size by adding additional borders if desired. We will briefly discuss the history of quiltmaking during the Civil War, available fabrics and unique social situations that influenced the women of this era. Enjoy Mary’s lighthearted approach and learn fast precision piecing techniques while immersing yourself in history.

Twist and Shout

This fast paced workshop encourages participants to showcase vintage quilt top fragments into a contemporary quilt. Vintage blocks are set with a twisted template into an exciting new setting. Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class. Finished sizes will vary. Enjoy quilts from Mary’s book, Recycled Hexies and become inspired to create your own treasured pieces.

Hankies From Heaven: A Quilted Pillow

This fast paced 3-4 hour workshop teaches a quick and easy way to showcase a treasured handkerchief. Participants will create a quilted pillow using their own handkerchief, threadwork and a recycled shirt.

Supply list: Supply list includes basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter and mat, thread and sewing machine in good working order. Bring your vintage handkerchief, ½ yard of a coordinating solid cotton fabric, thread and a cotton buttonfront shirt. Finished sizes will vary. Pillow forms to be purchased later by each participant. Additional vintage handkerchiefs and Mary's book will be available for purchase.

My First Quilt

Samantha Buckler

In our family, my neices come when they turn 16 to learn to "quilt with Aunt Mary". Turn your favorite teen into a new quilter by joining her (or him) at this exciting two day workshop. Our young quilter makes all the color decisions and does all the sewing. The "helper" provides background support with cutting, pressing and unsewing if necessary. You are there to make sure that their first quilt project is a successful one! Together you will complete a 60 x 70 inch top in their choice of colors that is ready to be quilted as desired. Both participants must be present for the entire two day workshop. The project is designed for teens and young adults alike. Please contact Mary directly for pricing.

Getting it Ready: Restoration and Repair for Machine Quilters

What do you as a machine quilter need to do to get that vintage quilt ready to go? This 3 hour workshop touches on the basics of restoration and repair of antique quilts. What skills to you need to add to your price list to provide the highest level of service to your clients? The hands-on portion of the workshop will cover basic repairs, restoration techniques, conservation and rescue tips . Participants will be encouraged to bring a vintage quilt top in need of repair to discuss and share. A conservation kit is required and can be purchased directly from the instructor for $10. No other supplies are needed.

A Vintage Challenge

This is a fast paced 6 hour workshop that is designed to challenge participants to create a small quilt using a surprise box of vintage blocks, buttons and trims. Students will discover their inner creativity as they are given permission to play within a limited choice of vintage materials. Participants bring basic sewing supplies and one yard of solid fabric plus batting. A challenge kit is required and can be purchased directly from the instructor for $20. 

Click Here to see students at work in the Road to California workshop.

Saving Our Treasures

AQS Appraisers

Mary Kerr (L) and Sue Reich

Photo by Judy Grow

3-4 hour workshop that touches on the basics of restoration, conservation and repair of antique quilts. The workshop will include discussion and trunk show of historical repairs. The hands-on portion will cover basic repairs, restoration techniques, conservation, rescue tips and the recreation of patterns that are damaged beyond repair.

Participants will be encouraged to bring a vintage quilt in need of repair to discuss and begin work on during the workshop. A conservation kit is required and can be purchased directly from the instructor for $10.

Searching for Clues

This is a 6 hour interactive fabric dating workshop. During this class students discover the clues hidden in their antique quilts and tops as we discuss trends, fabrics and patterns and styles over the last 200 years. There are lots of show and tell items and a wide variety of fabrics that span 200 years of American textile history.  Each participant brings 2-3 pieces to share and discuss.

Anonymous and Me

This is a 3-4 hour workshop that allows for an in depth look at  quilts that were started by one generation and finished by another. You will see numerous examples of both vintage and new compilation pieces that incorporate unfinished blocks, tops and pieces. Mary reviews the history of multi-generational pieces and introduces you to some of the modern innovators of this medium. You will learn about documenting and labeling your own "new" pieces, tips to honor those quilters whose work we finish and have an opportunity to ask lots of questions. Share Mary's lighthearted approach to age-old UFOs.

Block Party

This workshop is designed to help students discover innovative ways to set antique and new blocks. Participants bring blocks to share and together we develop ideas to best showcase the block sets. The workshop includes a trunk show of innovative sets in antique and contemporary textiles.

A Quilted Memory

This exciting 6 hour workshop encourages participants to showcase treasured vintage linen in a contemporary quilt. Students are challenged to bring those memory pieces out of the trunks and off of their tables. Work with a vintage table runner, dresser scarf, doily or tea towel and discover ways to design a quilted memory. Supply list includes basic sewing supplies coordinating fabrics and batting. Finished sizes will vary. Additional vintage materials will be available for purchase.

The Art of Appraisals

Participants of this workshop have the opportunity to talk through the Art Quilt appraisal process with an AQS Certified Appraiser. This interactive discussion will touch on what appraisers look for, what factors play a role in establishing value, when an art quilt should be appraised and why we as artists should be concerned about the appraisal process. Students are encouraged to bring in 1-2 pieces for discussion and sharing.

The Business of Being in Business: Marketing and Development for Professional Quilters

This is a 6 hour workshop for the professional quilter or anyone who is interested in making their mark in the quilting field. This is an opportunity to learn about developing yourself professionally and promoting your business successfully.

American Quilts: 1801-1900 and American Quilts 1901-2000

Each of these 3 or 6 hour workshops provide an in-depth look at history, fabric trends and social situations that influenced the quilting traditions of each era. Students will be provided with significant historical information and will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of fabrics that span each 100 years of American textile history. Participants bring note taking materials (no pens please) and 2-3 quilts, tops or block sets to share and discuss.


Costs for 2016- 2018:

  • Lectures: $450 for a one hour lecture plus expenses ---- $400 if booked in conjunction with a workshop
  • 3-4 Hour Workshop: $450 plus expenses
  • 6 Hour Workshop: $650 plus expenses
  • Expenses: travel @ current government mileage rate and accommodations if more than 2 hours away