Schedule

2015

Lake Norman Quilters
Mooresville, NC
February 24
program TBA

Cabarrus Quilt Guild
Concord, NC
March 9
program TBA

Quintessential Quilters
Columbus, OH
March 12-14
program March 12: The Artist in You
workshop March 13: Thread Sketching: Snowflakes
workshop March 14: November Leaves

Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod
Cape Cod, MA
program April 21: Thread Sketch It!
program April 22: Point, Click, Quilt!
workshop April 22: Thread Sketching: Cripps Pink Apple (3 hours)
workshop April 23: Start With a Photo: Round Red Barn (6 hours)
workshop April 24: Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals (6 hours)

Empty Spools Seminar at Asilomar
Pacific Grove, CA
April 26-May 1
Five-day workshop: Fusible Appliqué, Wholecloth Painting and Threadsketching (original work from your photos)

North Carolina Quilt Symposium
Flat Rock, NC

May 28-31
Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals (6 hours)
Wholecloth Painting from photos (9 hours)
Lecture: Thread Sketch it!

Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
West Jefferson, NC
July 9
Thread Sketching: Snowflates (3 hours)
Lecture: Point, Click, Quilt!

Maine Quilts
Augusta, ME

July 22-26
workshops to be announced

Once in a Blue Moon Fiber Art Retreat
with me and Lyric Kinard
Black Mountain, NC
October 1-3

ProChemical & Dye
Fall River, MA
October 12-16
Paint & Stitch: Create Original Work from Your Photos

2016

Road to California
Ontario, CA
January 20-24
details TBA

Art Quilters Unlimited
Ft. Myers, FL
February 5-7
details TBA

Everybody’s Quilt Guild
Westminster, MD
April 6-7
details TBA

Rose City Quilters
Palmerston North, New Zealand
early May
details TBA

Block Party Quilters
Sammamish/Bellevue, WA
July 7-9
details TBA

Quilters Anonymous
Shoreline, WA
July 12-14
details TBA

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Greenville, NY
Five-day workshop
August 14-20

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)
Madeline Island, WI
Five-day workshop
October 3-7

Comments on guild presentations and classes

“Your workshop was sensational… Your artistic talent, as great as it is, is second only to your enthusiasm and your spirit. In your face, I can see the joy that is in your heart when you talk about what you do, and it is contagious. You are totally comfortable and pleased with what you do, and that makes you willing to share it with others … Today was a magnificent day; I feel like I found something that will be a part of me forever. I am smitten!” — Sandy Clark

“I was a high school teacher for almost 40 years and a college adjunct eight years. I've been an educator and student my whole life. I’ve been to Create, Art and Soul retreat, plus too many to list workshops and retreats over the years. I’ve had great teachers and perfectly awful ones. And I've taught numerous workshops as well. I think I have the experience to tell you that you rank as one of the truly truly BEST teachers I’ve ever had. Your easy style, simple approach to a well-defined and organized project, handouts, and your approachability all make your classes a truly memorable experience.”
— Marlyn Foell, FL

“You are a fantastic teacher, well prepared and armed with loads of patience. I was very impressed by the fact that you didn’t leave anyone brehind, but then didn’t impede the progress of those who were ahead.”
— Annick Harris

You are the perfect teacher; you share your successes, strategy, tips, mistakes, wisdom, artistic insights and encouragement to just try and see what happens.” — Carroll Grant

“This year, I finally decided I’d give appliqué another shot (after years of saying I can’t do needleturn, my hands don’t work that way). Well… THANKS TO YOU, I now have another obsession! I have spent every evening sitting and stitching! And it’s all your fault! Seriously though, the overlay method and changing the needle size, as well as ‘grabbing’ the fabric and not swishing it have made all the difference!
— Judy Whitehead, NC

“The guild gave you wonderful reviews for both the lecture and the class. I heard comments like, ‘That was the best class we ever had’ and “Wow, we need to have Susan back again.’ It certainly was the best response to a class that I ever heard!”
— Betsy Rutledge, Program Chair,
Quilters of Kershaw County, SC

“I and the rest of the MCQG members thank you for your terrific program. It was entertaining, educational, inspirational and, in general, a real knockout. All comments have been positive plus. Your whole talk was interesting in how it covered your beginnings and progress, and you were especially generous in showing how you actually make the various components of your quilts. I can’t think of anything to change about your talk, and I think the whole group could have listened to and questioned you for a longer time. It is too bad we had all that quilt show business to spend time on, for I would love to have been able to pick your brain some more. Thank you again, and I will spread the word to other guild program chairmen about one of our very best programs.”
— Amy Barnhardt, Program Chair,
Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters Guild, NC

“Thank you so much for the program you gave last night to the Forsyth Piecers & Quilters Guild. Even though I’m one of those who feels I don’t have ‘an artist within,’ I thoroughly enjoyed the program and yes — I’m inspired! Thanks for coming to Winston– Salem.”
— Carolyn Bailey, NC

“It seems that after every workshop, there is always a comment that if everyone just knew what they were missing, more would sign up! I believe that is true and especially in this case. So many people will be pea green with envy after they hear about the workshop. Thanks again.”
— Wynnell Shows, Program Chair,
York County Quilters, Rock Hll, SC

“Last night I attended a terrific guild meeting. Susan Brubaker Knapp showed slides of her work and lectured about art quilts. It was really an amazing presentation, and if you’re looking for someone in NC to come
and speak, she’s definitely worth having.
… this is what I loved about Susan’s lecture and slides - she does both [traditional quilts and art quilts]! … Susan Brubaker Knapp gave me a lot to think about. Thanks Susan!”
— Leah Day, Day Style Designs Quilting,
Foothills Quilters Guild, Shelby, NC

“Just wanted to thank you for coming to our guild. I’ve had lots of comments about the presentation and how great they thought it was. I also know the class members enjoyed your instructions and tips. I’m sure some of them will have their quilts done by the August meeting for show and tell! I’ll be talking to people about bringing you back for the surface design class. It really sounds like fun!”
— Sharon Clayton, Program Chair,
The Village Quilters, Loudon, TN

For details, please e-mail me at: susan@bluemoonriver.com


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PRESENTATIONS

Point, Click, Quilt!
A one-hour digital slide show and trunk show based on my book, Point, Click, Quilt! This lecture focuses on tips for taking better photographs, and then turning them into art quilts. This is an inspirational and detailed look at my process: tracing the photo; enlarging the line drawing; using it to trace the fused applique pieces for the quilt; creating a positioning overlay; and then cutting, positioning and fusing the pieces before thread sketching and quilting. A trunk show of pieces from the slideshow and additional work follows, and questions are welcome.

The Artist in You
A one-hour digital slide show and trunk show. I describe my personal journey from that of a traditional quilter to an artist who makes both traditional quilts and art quilts. I start with a digital slideshow, which shows my work and some of the techniques I use. Then I do a trunk show and a question-and-answer session. The focus is on ways for traditional quilters to become more creative by embracing their own “inner artist.” It is my goal to inspire and encourage quilters to try making an art quilt for several reasons: to challenge themselves, to unleash their innate creativity, to learn new techniques, to discover things about themselves through art, and to share their view of the world with others.

Thread Sketch it!
A one-hour digital slide show and trunk show. I cover what thread sketching is (and isn’t!), preparing your piece for thread sketching, stabilizers, types of threads and thread weights, sewing machine considerations, great tools, and how to add wonderful detail to your piece with thread, including color, line, pattern, texture, dimension and movement. I’ll also address getting over your fear of trying free-motion stitching. This presentation covers much of what I wrote about in my series of six articles for Quilting Arts magazine in 2010, and in the two Quilting Arts Workshop DVDs on the subject I produced in 2009 and 2010.

Yes, You Can do Needleturn Appliqué!
A one-hour digital slide show and trunk show. I walk you through my method of doing needleturn appliqué. I cover all the basics: fabric choice and preparation; several ways of making templates (or, better yet, working without templates at all!); creating positioning overlays; doing reverse applique; and stitching precise concave and convex points, curves, beautiful circles and bias vines. You’ll learn about the little details and tools that make all the difference: knots (starting and stopping), threads, needles, pins, sand boards, and marking devices. I finish with a trunk show and question-and-answer session. My love and enthusiasm for needleturn applique is infectious…Those in your group who admire needleturn appliqué but are terrified to try may just decide to jump in!

Presentations are $525

WORKSHOPS
In my workshops, I strive to provide professional instruction in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. I encourage students to push themselves beyond their comfort zones to learn new things and improve their skills, and to have fun doing it.

3-hour workshops are $525; 6-hour workshops are $775

For engagements requiring more than four hours of travel, I require a minimum booking of one lecture and two six-hour workshops. For details on additional fees (mileage, travel, acccommodations, etc.), please contact me, or click on the “Download my contract” blue box in the upper right corner of this page.

Need to accommodate more than 20 students? Depending on the class and venue, I am sometimes able to do this for an additional charge per student. Just ask!

Thread Sketching: Snowflakes

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Whip up your very own flurry in this class, using thread, fabric and a tiny bit of paint. $3 kit fee includes interfacing, pattern and paint. You’ll learn the basics of how to thread sketch, using my patterns for gorgeous, realistic looking snowflakes. We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours or 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Several ironing boards, several light boards/boxes, access to outlets for sewing machines, table space for each student.

Thread Sketching:
Still Life with Three Fruits

Learn how to add highlights and shadows, and blend colors using thread sketching to create a realistic still life. Students learn how to:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Table space for each student. Access to power outlets for sewing machines. Two ironing boards and irons.

Thread Sketching: Cripps Pink Apple

Learn how to add highlights and shadows, and blend colors using thread sketching to create a realistic apple. This is the most basic of my thread sketching classes. Using a simple apple pattern, students learn how to:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME: 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Table space for each student. Access to power outlets for sewing machines. Two ironing boards and irons.

Thread Sketching: Crayons

In this class, students will create thread-sketched crayons on white fabric. This is a good class for those seeking greater control in their free-motion stitching. $2 kit fee covers interfacing and pattern. Students learn how to:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME: 6 hours or 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Table space for each student. Access to power outlets for sewing machines. Two ironing boards and irons.

Thread Sketching: Dragonfly

A workshop for those who already have basic machine quilting experience who want to expand their skills to create color and texture with thread. Using a line drawing of a dragonfly, students learn how to:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Table space for each student. Access to power outlets. Several light boards/boxes. Two ironing boards and irons.

Paint and Stitch: Peacock Feather

Learn the basics of painting on fabric using my peacock feather design, then stitch the details with black thread. This design was featured on the cover of Quilting Arts magazine in 2010. $10 kit fee includes paint, PDF fabric and paintbrush.

We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours or 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to outlets for sewing machines, table space for each student. Access to water for paint cleanup. Floors that can get messy (and clean up with water).Two ironing boards. Table space for each student.

Wholecloth Painting: Botanicals

Students will learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted quilts based on photos. I will provide most of the materials for a $10 fee payable at the start of class (0r $25 for a paint kit). Students can choose from the four projects shown above, and will work from line drawings and my photos to recreate the image using acrylic textile paints. We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to water for paint cleanup. Table space for each student. Adequate lighting. Floors that can get messy, and can clean up with water.

Wholecloth Painting: Still Life

Students will learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted quilts based on photos. This project is featured in my 2011 Quilting Arts DVD “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch.” I will provide most of the materials for a $10 fee payable at the start of class. Students will work from a line drawing and my photo to recreate the image using acrylic textile paints. We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to water for paint cleanup. Table space for each student. Adequate lighting. Floors that can get messy, and can clean up with water.

Freestyle Embroidery

Turn a small piece of spectacular fabric – a special hand-dye, a batik, or a shibori piece from your stash – into an intricate freestyle embroidered masterpiece. You’ll learn how to transform the surface of the fabric with simple embroidery stitches, while letting the beauty of the fabric shine.

We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours or 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Good lighting (or individual table lights). Table space for each student.

Tyvek: Paint, Melt, Stitch

Learn how to create fascinating texture and pattern while you create a small art quilt with pieces of melted Tyvek and stitched designs. $10 kit fee includes paint, Tyvek and foam brush. We will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to outside space and power outlets when heating Tyvek. Extension cord for outside access. Access to water for paint cleanup. Floors that can get messy (and clean up with water).Two ironing boards. Table space for each student.

November Leaves

This class teaches the technique of stitching through Tyvek pieces, then heating the Tyvek so that it disintegrates in places to show the background fabric. $10 kit fee includes paint, Tyvek, and foam brush. Topics covered include

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 6 hours or 3 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to outside space and power outlets when heating Tyvek. Extension cord for outside access. Access to water for paint cleanup. Floors that can get messy (and clean up with water).Two ironing boards. Two or more light boxes. Table space for each student.

Start With a Photo: Round Red Barn

This workshop is designed to help you learn the skills you need to go home, take your favorite photo, and interpret it in fabric using fusible appliqué. In the workshop, we will all be working on the same photo, a close-up shot I took of a wonderful round barn at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. You’ll learn how to:

MAX CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Several ironing boards, several light boards/boxes, access to outlets for sewing machines, table space for each student.

Surface Design Madness

Come and experiment with some of the exciting new materials
you can use in (or on) your quilts to create texture and color. I provide all the materials for a $10 fee payable at the start of class. This is a fun, low stress way to try some new things. The only thing you need to bring is a quarter yard of white fabric, a quarter yard of black fabric, and a creative spirit! We will work with:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All
TIME: 3 hours or 6 hours (3-hour workshops may cover fewer materials than are listed above due to time constraints)
REQUIREMENTS: Access to outside space and power outlets when heating and burning materials. Access to water for paint cleanup.
Two ironing boards. Table space for each student.

Needleturn Appliqué

Learn the fine art of needleturn applique step by step. If you’ve never done needleturn applique and are intimidated and afraid to try, this workshop is for you. Using my “Spring Valentine” pattern, which has all the shapes and techniques beginner appliquers need to learn, we will cover:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner to intermediate
TIME: 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Good lighting or individual lights brought
by students. Table space for each student.

Machine Quilting 101

Many beginner quilters have a bunch of quilt tops sitting in their sewing room that they are afraid to quilt. In this class, students learn the basics and gain confidence to go home, practice, and take on those quilt tops. In this class, students learn about:

MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 20
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner to intermediate
TIME: 3 hours or 6 hours
REQUIREMENTS: Access to power outlets. One iron and one ironing board. Each student must bring a machine able to drop feed dogs, and with a free-motion foot.