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Lectures and Classes

I still have a few openings left for lectures and classes in 2017, so contact me to book a spot for your group.  It is so much fun to visit quilters at shops, retreats, guild meetings, or other events, and I would love to teach your group a fun, new technique!

As a former teacher of 15 years, I get so much joy from sharing knowledge with others.  I love encouraging creativity, risk-taking, and most of all, I enjoy watching students tackle a new skill with apprehension at first, and grow confident with just a little guidance and practice.

For me, quilting can sometimes be relaxing, sometimes energizing, and let's face it- sometimes a little bit frustrating.  My classes are designed to maximize the creativity of participants, while minimizing the frustration that sometimes comes with trying out a new skill.  Above all, I keep the mood of my lectures and classes light and fun!

Please email me at kelly(dot)d(dot)young77(at)gmail(dot)com for pricing, scheduling, and general inquiries.  I look forward to talking with you!

Lectures/Trunk Shows-

My Modern Quilting Journey: A Fresh Take on Timeless Tradition

In this lecture and trunk show, I will share my personal quilting journey, which has spanned almost 18 years, through the lens of modern quilting.  This show is perfect if your group is a little unsure of exactly what modern quilting is all about; or if you know modern quilts when you see them, but have a tough time defining exactly what constitutes the modern aesthetic. The presentation includes each defined attribute of modern quilting, and how these modern elements are very easily implemented, to give an entirely new look to more traditional designs.  After this lecture, you'll have no trouble identifying and defining the characteristics of modern quilting for yourself.

Classes Offered-

I can customize a half, or full day class specifically for your group with any of my published patterns, and a PDF pattern is included for each participant.  You can take a look at all of my patterns HERE and choose your favorite!  During the allotted class time, each participant will learn the design method, and have a good start on a lap size quilt by completing several blocks.  You'll learn techniques "beyond the block" that have a wide variety of possibilities for application, and leave the class feeling confident and excited about how this new skill will work in your own quilting.  Here are few of my most popular classes-

My classes are fun for a wide range of sewing abilities.  All of my pattern classes are suitable for a confident beginner, but would be enjoyable for an experienced quilter as well.  A few patterns are even appropriate for beginning quilters, however all class participants should have prior general sewing experience, and basic knowledge of sewing machine operation.  Please feel free to contact me with questions regarding the skill level for a specific pattern!

Method classes-  These classes do not use a pattern, but instead, I will teach your group a fun method for tackling your overflowing scrap bins.

Intro to Improvisation (Half Day)

            Grab your scraps and let's jump right in!  Improvisational (or unplanned) piecing is simpler
            than you think, and is a very versatile way to sew.  I'll show you how to turn your scraps into a
            quilt that is uniquely yours, and I'll present examples of how to apply improvisational piecing
            to other, more structured quilt designs.
            All Skill Levels

Structured Improv Piecing (Full Day)

            Like the idea of improvisation, but want to ease into it?  Or, maybe you've played with 
            improv, but aren't sure how to apply it to any quilt pattern?  This class blends modern improv  
            piecing with a block that has been a cornerstone in quilt design for decades.  This wonderfully 
            versatile block with so many possibilities is the half-square triangle, of course!  Even though  
            we'll be sewing with HST's, in this class, I'll show you how easy it is to freshen up ANY quilt 
            pattern by using improvisation.  

            We'll begin by learning how to use your scraps to learn my own method for improv 
            piecing, which allows you to incorporate plenty of larger pieces (even though all of the pieces 
            in the finished quilt appear tiny!). Then, you'll incorporate those happy, scrappy blocks into a  
            fun quilt in the layout of your choice.  When deciding how to arrange HST's, the sky's the 
            limit!  By using your own treasured scraps and background fabric, as well as your favorite 
            layout, you're sure to love your finished quilt.  All Skill Levels

*these are just a few of the most popular layout options for HST's

I can't wait to talk with you about the unique needs of your group, and I look forward to getting creative, and having fun with you!


  1. I've been wondering when you might jump to the next level with your quilting expertise. If I lived near you I'd be the first one to sign up. I can't wait for your books. :) Hopefully sometime in the future. You have a gift of both quilting and photography, so why not?
    I would really love some instruction on your meandering technique. I've been practicing but still feel I'm missing something. Will you ever consider some video tutorials of your techniques? Maybe a Craftsy class? Regardless, congratulations on your new endeavors. Wishing much luch and success.

    1. thanks so much, Tracy! Actually, distance isn't really a problem. I will fly anywhere in the continental US!

      :) Kelly

  2. Do you have a calendar that says when and where you will be teaching? Or what dates you still have open? And a fee scale for you 3 hour and 6 hour classes? I am trying to gather information and did not see it listed any where.

    1. Hello, Heather! I am happy to share my fee schedule, as well as check my calendar for you. Please send me an email with the "Email Me" button on my right sidebar and we can discuss specifics. I am responding to you here instead of in a direct email because you are showing up as a "no-reply blogger." I look forward to hearing from you via email soon!

      :) Kelly


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