Category Archives: Workshops

August Charm Swap at the Stitch N Bitch Bee

Charm Swap

The Saturday “Stitch N Bitch” bee is hosting a Charm Swap,
mini-lesson, get together for CPQ Gals

Saturday, August 1st
At the Lyndon House Fiber Room, 10am to 4ish

Fee is $5 paid in advance

Are you interested in joining us?  Here’s the scoop:

We’re calling it a Charm Swap but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Moda 5” square charms.  In our case, the use of the term “charm: is referring to the old-time get together of quilters who  brought fabric to swap with their friends and everybody shared in the bounty to make happy, colorful scrap style quilts.  We will all be bringing fabric to swap with each other and get started on making a quilt from our new treasures.

In addition, we will be teaching a few things:  sewing a partial seam and cutting 60⁰ triangles, for those that are interested, as well as several little Deb & Terri tidbits.

You Must Bring 30 strips of fabric to be used at the swap.

30 strips of fabric cut 2.5” wide and WOF (width of fabric).

Use as many different fabrics as you can:

  • Use only print fabrics. Large or small or medium scale, tone-on-tones are good, but no solids
  • Do not use fabrics with a lot of white
  • Use good quality, cotton, quilter’s weight fabric
  • Variety is the key

You must also bring at least 1/2 yard of your own fabric to use for the triangle centers.   We recommend that this fabric be a solid or reads-as-a-solid but it doesn’t have to be.  We also recommend that it be very light or very dark – not a medium value fabric.  To save time, cut this fabric into strips that are 4.5” wide X WOF.  Cut at least 2 strips.

We highly recommend that – in addition to the strips you plan to share at the swap – that you also bring at least 5 to 10 more strips to use on your own quilt.

There is no set size or style for this quilt.  That will be totally up to you.  You can use this start to make a tablerunner or a small lap or anything your imagination can dream up.

The basic block we will make is a 10“ triangle.

You will need your sewing machine and all of your basic sewing supplies.

*** You will need to have a ruler for cutting 60⁰ triangles;

  • Most long rulers have a 60⁰ line on them – that will work or
  • Any 60⁰ triangle ruler as long as it is big enough to cut at least a 5” triangle
  • Or bring both!

It is recommended that you also bring your long ruler (aprox 8” X 24”) for cutting WOF, etc.

Bring your lunch and anything you wish to share and whatever you want to drink.

Project leaders:  Deb Henderson & Terri Jarrett

Download PDF Version of this information 

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April 2015 Workshop: Whole Cloth Painting

Instructor: Chris Eichner
Workshop title: Whole Cloth Painting
Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Costs: Class ($25) + Kit ($25)
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker

Available for the class:
15 kits  available at $25 each
10 Brush kits  available for $7 each.  They are acrylic white bristles for fabric dyes, short handle

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Whole cloth painting
Supply list
Thread Painting

Download Acrobat PDF Versio of Workshop Information

  • Artists paint tray, multiple compartments for mixing paints, preferably with lid cover—-craft store
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Mechanical pencil with soft lead #2
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape
  • Portable light (if you have one)
  • Disposable plastic cups 3 or bowls
  • 10 x 13 foam core board
  • clean up rags- 3
  • Large plastic bag for work surface or vinyl sheet
  • 3 brushes for acrylic paints( white bristles)for fabric dyes; Loew-Cornell. # 223  4-flat shader ,   #226 spotter- 5/10, # 228 round scrubber-1
  • roll of toilet paper
  • optional— container for water ,brushes, and surface to clean brushes, sold in craft stores

Required:       Kit fee: $25.00– includes:  Pimatex PFD fabric, pattern, photo, set of textile paints and extender

The beauty of these paints is that they are fast drying and do not bleed into one another. The mum photo maybe painted in your choice of colors therefore the threads you choose should complement your mum. Please bring an apron for old clothing as the acrylic paints stain.

The focus of this class will be blending primary paints to achieve a value of color which represents your mum.

Thread painting the mum to embellish veins and petals can be achieved with free- motion embroidery. I will demonstrate this technique, time may not allow for this to be accomplished during workshop; however you will know how to before you go home.

Finishing your flower at home:

Free motion embroidery

Darning foot (free motion) check your sewing machine manual
Microtex needle # 80/12 or jeans needle 80/12
Pellon 910 non fusible interfacing, – 2 layers cut 10 x 13 or 1)  10 x 13 piece of Sulky “Fuse n Stitch” stabilizer.
Optional: Sewing machine with ability to lower feed dog. Depending on finishing painting of mum.
Become familiar with stitch width and upper thread tension adjustments I used 2 to 3 values of color each for dark, medium, and light to highlight, also 2 greens for leaves and black or very dark green for crosshatching. Bobbin filled with 50 or 60 wt. thread or invisible thread of your choice Free- motion thread painting cannot be accomplished without the spring loaded free-motion foot.

Questions: please contact Chris Eichner

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November Workshop: Patti Hempen’s Free Form Symmetry

Instructor: Patti Hempen
Workshop title:  Free Form Symmetry
Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Costs: To Be Determined
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker

Download PDF version of the supply list here

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“BASKET OF BLOOMS”  50”x50” (127cm x 127cm) Supply list

Artist / Designer: Patti Hempen – 2011
IMPORTANT NOTES – Read carefully:

Take into consideration that my quilt was made with a large light gray polka dot background and bordered with a floral print.

My quilt is 42” long (106.68cm) and 38” wide; (96.52cm) however, being that we are all unique and do things differently, I think it is wise to buy too much than too little, so I am giving you generous calculations which are enough for a 50”x50” piece (127cm x 127cm).

Background fabric:

For a center that is approximately 40” square (101.6cm), 1-1/2 yards (137.16cm) of light or very mottled print to enhance your flowers, remembering that your flowers need to be the “STARS” of the show.

Focus fabric – for flowers: Read carefully – important.

For this project, I recommend a dense, bright and colorful print with a repeat of no less than 6-8” (15.24cm – 20.32cm) with minimal background showing through. Too much background will take away from your design and overwhelm your quilt. You can purchase any repeat size over 8” (20.32cm); however, any repeat size over 8” (20.32cm) will be wasted unless you plan to use it again. It is very important that when you purchase this fabric that you be certain that you have received no less than 8 repeats or your project will not work.

If it sounds confusing, to explain it another way, fabric usually comes folded in half lengthwise. Without unfolding, lay the entire length of the folded piece of fabric out in front of you. Starting at the left side with the selvage edge toward you, pick out a flower or motif and see if you can find the same one 9 times along that length that faces you. As an example:
__x_____x_____x_____x_____x_____x_____x_____x_____x, so you should have 9 of the same flower or motif along the selvage side that faces you and if you don’t, you don’t have enough.

Background fabric:

For a center that is approximately 40” square, (101.6cm) to 1-1/2 yards (137.16cm) of light or very mottled print to enhance your flowers, remembering that your flowers need to be the “STARS” of the show.

Other fabric using fat quarters (each fat quarter is 45.72cm x 55.88cm):

Petals for 8 flowers: 8 fat quarters (each at 45.72cm x 55.88cm) to
Co-ordinate with focus flower fabric)
Leaves and stems: 1 fat quarter (45.72cm x 55.88cm) for dark green print
1 fat quarter (45.72cm x 55.88cm) for light green print
Vase or basket: 1 fat quarter (45.72cm x 55.88cm) color of your choice
Heart: One 6” square (15.24cm x 15.24cm) – color of choice

“BASKET OF BLOOMS”  50”x50” – (127cm x 127cm) Supply List

Border fabric:
To make a 5” (12.7cm) finished border around a 40” (101.6cm) square piece, you will need 1 yard (91.44cm) – this will make at least six 5.5” (13.97cm) strips and will be plenty to go around.
Backing fabric:                58” x 58” (minimum) (147.32cm x 147.32cm)
Batting:                           58” x 58” (minimum) (147.32cm x 147.32cm)
Binding:                           3/4 yard (60.96cm) for 7 strips at 2.25” (5.715cm)
(This will give you more than you need.)

Other items:
Thread:  Matching or contrasting threads for blanket-stitching around all motifs.
Fusible: 5 yards of 12” wide Lite Steam-a-Seam-II (or comparable (457.2cm) x (30.48cm).
Embellishments: Your choice.
Templates:                        I will provide all the templates.

Sewing machine
Sewing machine needles and bobbins
Open toe foot and foot for zigzag|
Straight stitch foot and plate for seaming
Stabilizer for machine appliqué – I recommend Ricky Tims’ Stable Stuff, but you can choose what you like.
1 – 45-degree angle ruler or comparable (best to use is one with blunt tip)
24” (60.96cm) ruler
Rotary cutter with extra very sharp blades
Scissors – sharp
Seam ripper
Mechanical pencil for fine, accurate tracing
Flat head (flower type straight pins) are a must
Curved safety pins for basting quilt sandwich
Teflon sheet for pressing
Extension cord
Cutting board
CHOCOLATE:  All you can eat 🙂


Description: Experience the freedom, elegance, beauty, and simplicity of Free-Form Symmetry, a wonderful concept that lends itself to teaching students that they can actually design without knowing how to “draw.  Each student’s final product will be completely different from anyone else’s. I will take the “fear factor” out of designing!  The best part? Everyone will go home a WINNER and they’re like potato chips – “you can’t make just one!”

Cutting mat
Rotary cutter
Scissors: Small, sharp 4″ scissors for cutting paper and template plastic
24″ ruler
Mechanical pencil
Good eraser
2 large sheets of template plastic
10-12 sheets of copy paper
Scotch tape
Teflon sheet for fusing
3 yards of fusible (Lite Steam-a-Seam II preferred)
Contrasting threads
Sewing machine with open toe for zig-zag and open plate for zig-zag

Suggested fabrics

Background – 1-1/4 yards (this can be plain or mottled used with textured or printed fabric for the kaleidoscope pieces or vice versa….a textured or printed background with plain or mottled kaleidoscope pieces.

1/2 yard of 5-6 high contrast fabrics to enhance background

Appropriate length of fabric for border and binding (this will be determined by the size of the quilt you want to make.

And, last but not least……..don’t forget your chocolate :-0

Artist / Designer:             Patti Hempen – Copyright May 2011

Download PDF version of the supply list here


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September Workshop: Gyleen Fitzgerald’s Star Struck

Instructor: Gyleen X. Fitzgerald GyleenFitzgeraldWorkshop title: Star Struck
Date:  Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker

Gyleen was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Taiwan and Japan. Those formative years in the Far East developed her love for simplistic artistry. She began needlework at the very young age of four and has since pursued artistic expression in drawing and quilt making.

Her quilts blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts.  The workshop she will be leading for us is based on her new technique which she calls “Butterfly Seams” and is all about simplifying a visually complex quilt.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University and opened Colourful Stitches in 1999. Her first subsidiary, FPI Publishing, was launched in 2005 with the publication of her first two books. Her second subsidiary, Tools by Gyleen, launched in 2010 with the Pineapple Tool. In 2011, she obtained her first Trademark for the Butterfly Seam.

Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting finishing antique quilts and the new spirit of traditional quilting. Gyleen has an active social media presence on three Facebook group pages and in the Forum of The Quilt Show’s website.

Gyleen has an unusually fresh and very personable approach.  It will be a delight to have her with us at Cotton Patch Quilters.

Please visit her website for further information:

Star Struck Supply List 


One day is all it takes to make this 22” x 80” table or bed runner. You’ll love the butterfly seam technique that makes the piecing effortless.

Basic Sewing Supplies to include a seam ripper

Sewing machine in working order, etc.

Tools:  Deb recommends bringing your favorite “big” ruler: i.e., 6” X 24” or 8.5” X 24.5” or 12” X 12” or whatever.

From Gyleen:

  • Soloist:  This is the feature fabric and like a soloist will make your quilt sing.  However, too many causes disruption, be a wise and only select one.  22” x 18” is all you’ll need.
  • Harmonizer:  This is the voice that blends or goes between the soloist and the choir.  You know the voice that has range.  22” x 18” will work.
  • Choir:  This is where you have the variety.  These are the voices that are nice and even great but for sure they are not soloists.  You will need (12) 3” x 40” strips.
  • Background: Everybody needs a stage; a platform of sorts to showcase the act. One yard is perfect.
  • Special instruments: Polygon and Polygon2 Tools.

Gyleen’s pattern for “Star Struck” and/or the book “Polygon Affair” will be available at the workshop as well as the two Polygon Rulers/Templates.

The Polygon Ruler is $14 and the Polygon2 Ruler is $20.  The class pattern will be $8 or the Polygon Affair book is $25.

General Notes:  I (Gyleen) selected a bunch of stuff from a fairly narrow color palette.  One fabric (background) needs to be at least a yard or better; or you need several that can be substituted for each other.  Personally, I think this project lends itself to a variety of background fabrics.

Download Star Struck Workshop Supply List & Information


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August Workshop: Cheryl Almgren Taylor’s Wrapped Up in Ribbons

Instructor: Cheryl Almgren Taylor
Workshop title: Wrapped Up in Ribbons
Date:  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker


Download Acrobat PDF version

This is the supply list for the class or you can choose a pattern from her website:

Two Versions: Christmas & Birthday
Cheryl Almgren Taylor

Optional fabric kit available for both versions Contact Cheryl Almgren Taylor or for more information on kit. Kit cost is $30.00 for each. Kit includes fabric for top, appliqué and binding and contains similar, not identical, fabrics to photograph.

Supplies Required
Sewing machine in good working order with zig-zig or blanket stitch.
Open toe sewing foot
Sharpened pencils Scissors (paper)
Scissors (fabric) Rotary cutter
Cutting mat 6” x 24” cutting ruler
Matching threads Fine pins
75/11 Microtex needles or 75/11 Sharps

Christmas Version Fabric Required
Yardage is based on 42”-wide fabric.
7/8 yard of red-on-red polka-dot fabric for ribbon appliqués, flying geese units,
and bias binding
1/3 yard of holly print fabric for center blocks and border
1/3 yard of cream print fabric for sashing and border blocks
1/3 yard of green checked fabric for border blocks
1/4 yard of candy cane print fabric for center blocks
1/8 yard of red print for ribbon appliqués
1/8 yard of green print for ribbon appliqués
2/3 yard of backing fabric
20” x 38” piece of batting
1/2 yard of 17” wide lightweight paper-backed fusible web
Assorted matching threads
Teflon sheet recommended

Birthday Version Materials
Yardage is based on 42”-wide fabric.
1/2 yard of yellow texture print for appliqué, pieced block, and border
1/4 yard of lime green print for pieced blocks and borders
1/4 yard of pink print for appliqué, pieced block, and border
1/4 yard of purple print print for appliqué, pieced block, and border
1/4 yard of white-on-white print for sashing
1/8 yard of yellow novelty print for pieced block
1/8 yard of turquoise batik print for border
Small pieces of yellow, green, purple, pink, and turquoise for applique
2/3 yard of fabric for backing

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April Workshop: Fran Visicaro, Pretend Mariner’s Compass

Workshop title: Pretend Mariner’s Compass
Date:  Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room
How to Register: Contact Linda Zacker

General workshop information can be found in the Workshop Information area.
You can also download the Mariners Compass Supply List Acrobat Version

Pretend Mariner’s Compass 40” by 40”


Each block is made with two paper sections. This block will help you on your way to a mariners compass.

This quilt is made with 4 paper pieced blocks, and two paper pieced borders.


Fabric needed (Pre wash fabric)
Red: 7/8 of a yard. (Includes border 1)
White with little black   ¾ of a yard
Black with white   ¾ of a yard (includes border 3)
Black tone on tone ¾ of a yard (Includes border 2)
Gray black:  ¼ yard

Supplies needed
Pattern: Will be sold at class

Add a Quarter inch ruler
Sewing machine in working order
Post card or one envelope
Thread (A neutral or matching color for your fabric)
Flat flower head pins
Scotch removable tape
Open toe foot or clear foot
Rotary cutter
Iron (no steam)
Paper Scissor
Cutting mat
Small ironing mat
Sewline fabric glue stick
Flat plastic paper clips
Basic sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, rulers, chocolate)

The pattern will include both of these…




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March Workshop: Elizabeth Barton Art Quilt Design

Workshop title: Art Quilt Design
March 11th from 12 noon -5:15 pm (Community room)
March 12th  from 9:15 am  – 4:15 pm (Fiber room)

Where: Lyndon Arts House
How to Register:  Contact Linda Zacker
General workshop information can be found in the Workshop Information area.

Elizabeth Barton will be our guest speaker at our March meeting on Tuesday, March 11th. The topic will be From Inspiration to Quilt.    For more information on Elizabeth, please visit her website.

Workshop Supply List
Get a binder and fill it with protective sleeves and get ready to start collecting pictures now!!!

Please come to the workshop with different types of pictures as outlined below.
1. Pictures, paintings or photographs that you wish to base your quilt(s) on
2.  3-6 photocopies of paintings you admire of the same subject e.g. if you want to make a quilt about trees, bring your tree photo(s) plus 3-6 paintings of trees by excellent painters such as Constable or Kahn.
3. color inspiration pictures e.g. paintings or natural scenes whose colors are gorgeous!

Plain paper for  sketches and notes.
Tracing paper.
Sheet protectors (10-12) to preserve your designs.
Ruler, pen, pencil. Pencil sharpener.
A few colored pencils or felt pens.  A light grey, a medium or dark grey and a black felt tip pen is very helpful for value studies.

A piece of base fabric upon which to build your quilt – you can use a light weight interfacing too (non fusible is safer!)

¼ yard (or so) of  at least 25-50 fabrics that are either solid colors (hand dyes are fine) or have a nondescript  print…the colors should be similar to those of  the color inspiration picture you chose.  Be sure to have a good range of values – from very light to very dark.

If your main colors (for example) are to be yellow and purple, bring lots of different yellows and purples.

If you’re a Very Quick Worker: Batting or flannel (sufficient for your quilt(s)),  fabric for quilt back., and basting thread or safety pins. 

Construction tools
Rotary cutter, board, rotary ruler guides, spare blade – or scissors.
Marking pencil (white charcoal is good)  (or silver) for marking fabric for cutting.
Freezer paper (if you prefer to make templates, otherwise don’t bother).
Sewing machine in good working order ( if you are a fast worker and want to start machining, if you are happy with  pinning, basting or hand stitching you can do without a machine).

Usual sewing supplies: thread, needles, pins, scissors.

An acrobat PDF version of this supply list is available for download.

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