Free Cut Piecing/ Drawing with Your Rotary Cutter

A simple idea with countless possibilities: stack up pieces of fabric, slash/draw shapes through the stack, rearrange the pieces and sew them back together into units that can be combined to make traditional, abstract or pictorial designs with curves, (or not). Think of this as drawing with your rotary cutter, but you don't have to know how to draw. To learn the techniques, we'll sew circular blocks, leaves, hearts and maybe more. It's liberating!

Supply list

Sewing machine

Basic sewing supplies

Rotary cutter with a good blade

Cutting mat

Square rulers 6+" if you have them. I'll bring some to share.

Hera marker, chalk pencil or chalk for marking hatch marks


6 coordinating fat quarters for leaves

4 fabrics at least 13" square for quarter circle blocks

If all your fabrics go together, you will have lots of design options.

Other fabrics for exploration; more fabric gives you more options! Just pack extra fabric that you like. Fabrics that read as solids are good choices.

experience level: Intermediate

6 hour class

Note: Class handouts can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. There are two handouts for this class: Design Ideas and Free Cut Piecing. There is also a pattern for a bird you can try.

Free Style Foundation Piecing

Explore the many ways one can use the foundation or string piecing technique to make intricate, beautiful quilt blocks easily. Using a square as a foundation, we will make 3-5 types of blocks that can be used to make anything from a classic Amish quilt to a design uniquely your own. This is a cut, sew and flip technique so bring even your smallest scraps as well as larger pieces from your stash. This technique is "quilt therapy" for me!

Supply List

Sewing machine

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler

Basic sewing supplies

Tracing paper, Quillon cooky sheet liner from Gordon Food Service, deli wrap or other transparent paper. Transparent paper is really good for this technique!

Bring an assortment of fabrics including small scraps. Bring 1/2 yard of black or other solid so that something will repeat in all the blocks. Cotton is best. Think about half a grocery sack. I'll bring scraps too.

Experience level: All

3 or 6 hour workshop

Note: The class handouts are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Fun with Four and Nine Patches

Four and nine patch blocks are basic elements in quilt making, but they can go beyond basic when you stack the blocks up, cut through stack, mix and match the pieces and insert new fabrics. In class, we'll cover the three basic ways to make the patches and then play!

Supply List

Sewing machine

Basic sewing supplies: thread, scissors, pins etc.,

Rotary cutter with a good blade, cutting mat and acrylic rulers. I'll bring my rulers to share.

Fabrics: Bring an assortment of fat quarters and larger and smaller scraps. More is better! Bring orphaned patches that you are willing to cut if you have them.

Experience level: Intermediate and up

3 or 6 hour workshop

Note: The class handouts are available for download below.

Talk and Trunk Show

I enjoy speaking to quilt and fiber groups about one of my favorite subjects: Serendipity. It's a wonderfully interesting subject with positive implications for enriching our lives, both personal and artistic. The talk is accompanied by a trunk show.

Notes concerning the bird patterns you can download below:

I've drawn these to print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper so they are a bit small for easy piecing. Important! Pin the pattern on top of a larger stack of fabric perhaps 17" x 19" to allow for sky/ background. Extend your cuts for lines 1,2,4 and 6 to the edges of your fabric.

Remember to pay attention to the order of your cuts and piece your block back together in reverse order. Contact me if you have questions.