CLASSES and LECTURES

 

 

Announcing Virtual Lectures and Classes!

 

Yes, I’m doing the “pivot,” and taking my lectures and some of my classes online.

 

Individual classes: 

Link to Ornament Challenge 2020 here.

Link to Quick and Easy Flying Geese here.

Link to RickRack here.

 

For Guilds:

 

My three lectures:

 

– Easy Color for Quilters

– Secrets from the Judge’s Chambers

– Studio 180 Design Lecture and Trunk Show

 

are available as online lectures.  My virtual classes are:

 

– Quick and Easy Flying Geese

and

– RickRack

 

 

Demos are also available.

Rates and more information are below.

**I’d love to come and visit you virtually!**

 

I am excited to present my own Companion Patterns for the Studio 180 Design tools, as well as all of Deb Tucker’s patterns and tools, in a classroom or demonstration setting. 

Here are just a few samples of classes offered.
If there is a design that you’re looking for that is not listed here, please Contact Me.

 

What My Students Are Saying:

“[Kathie] encouraged all of us to go at our own speed, to relax and enjoy the class.  She was available throughout the class to help individually as each student became ready for the next step, but she also engaged us as a group. . . . Her easy, friendly personality is a true asset as a teacher, as is her extensive knowledge and “bag of tricks.”  A thoroughly enjoyable class!”     Judy C.,  Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild

“As always, thank you for a wonderful class.  You explain the process so clearly.”

“This is my second class with Kathie – I always learn something new.  She is very patient with me.”

“Kathie’s encouragement and enthusiasm is refreshing.”

“[Kathie has a] great way of saying ‘you’ve done it wrong’ and still makes you feel good!”

 

 

Sewing-Needle-icon-sm  LECTURES

 

View my “Calendar” to see my current lecture and teaching schedule.

My lecture fee is $350.00.  In addition, expenses to be paid by the Sponsor include:

  • Local travel at the current IRS rate per mile
  • Round-trip airfare (including baggage fees) with transportation to and from the airport
  • Private, non-smoking accommodations
  • Meals

Secrets From the Judge’s Chambers

Gavel-IconHave you ever attended a quilt show, and been mystified why one quilt won a ribbon, while an equally wonderful quilt did not?  What are the qualifications for first, second, and third place?  What are the special awards?  What is the process of evaluating and judging quilts?  These questions, and more, will be answered when I reveal the secrets from the judging room.  (Actually, there are no secrets.  You probably already know the answers!)

Studio 180 Design Lecture and Trunk Show

studio180Learn all about the tools and techniques from Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker’s design company.  With 21 different tools and over 100 patterns, the design possibilities are endless.  Each tool is based on a fundamental quilt block unit, and when you mix and match the blocks, creativity flows!  Tools, patterns, and technique sheets are available, with lots of quilt samples.

Easy Color for Quilters

colorwheeliconConfused by the color wheel?  Do you know how to use the color wheel to choose colors for your quilts??  This lecture breaks down all the technical color terms into easy, everyday English so that any quilter can understand them.  Then those terms are related directly to quilts during the trunk show.  Once you understand the basics, you can apply them to your quilts and watch them sparkle!

 

 

Sewing-Needle-icon-sm  CLASSES

 

Click on the “Calendar” link to see my current lecture and teaching schedule.

My class fee is $475.00. Ask me about my special rates for quilt shops!

In addition, expenses to be paid by the Sponsor include:

  • Local travel at the current IRS rate per mile
  • Round-trip airfare (including baggage fees) with transportation to and from the airport
  • Private, non-smoking accommodations
  • Meals

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Classes with patterns from Kathie Beltz Quilt Designs

Around the Pond

 Watch those geese come in to land around the pond!  The quilt consists of strips of two different sizes of Migrating Geese.  Once you have created the left hand and right hand units of geese, piecing the units into strips goes quickly, and your geese will be flying around the quilt in no time.  Size:  30 1/2″ x 30″

The Quilter’s Magic Wand is recommended for this class. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  Intermediate to Advanced

 

 

Cosmo

Do you have a fabric panel with a lot of squares, or a large-print fabric that would look great fussy cut? Then Cosmo is the project for you.  The three sizes of Cosmo are based on 4″ or 6″ panel squares, and they come together in a snap.  What a great use for those panels!  Sizes:  Lap (60″ x 84″), Crib (40″ x 56″), or Baby (40″ x 40″)

The Tucker Trimmer I is required for this class. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Beginner

Diamond Sparkle

 With only 12 Corner Beam blocks made in two different sizes, this easy Diamond Sparkle pattern only looks complicated.  Three bonus layouts are included to give you four great quilts!  Size:  21″ x 29″

The Corner Beam tool is required for this class.  This tool is available from the instructor during class, or at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill Level:  Beginner

 

 

Quilting Fundamentals

If you are a beginner quilter, or an experienced quilter who would like to brush up on the basics, this class if for you! This class covers all the essentials to make a quilt using a sewing machine: Use of basic quilting tools, accurate cutting of fabric using a rotary cutter and mat, sewing an accurate ¼ inch seam on your sewing machine, matching seams, ironing vs. pressing, adding borders and binding, etc. You will then use your new skills to make a small, simple wallhanging.

The Tucker Trimmer I and Quilter’s Magic Wand are highly recommended for this class. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  All

Gemma

Gemma is made with only one block – the Shaded 4-Patch block, which is also known as Birds in the Air, Hidden Square, and Mary’s Triangles.  With 32 blocks in one colorway, 32 in the reverse, you can create this interesting design.

No need to cut triangles!  No need to piece triangles!  The Shaded 4-Patch blocks can be easily made oversized using strip piecing methods, and then trimmed down using the Tucker Trimmer 1.  Size:  40″ x 40″

The Tucker Trimmer I is required for this class. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Luscious Lemoynes

 Finally! An easier way to make the Lemoyne Star block! The block units are strip pieced, then assembled without using any “Y” seams.  The blocks finish slightly oversized so that they can be trimmed to an exact measurement. Learn to make 3 different Lemoyne Star blocks in one class!  Size:  13 1/2″ x 41″

The Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star is required for this class.  This tool is available from the instructor during class, or at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Photo by Jeffrey Lomicka

 

Making Magic Blocks with the Quilter’s Magic Wand

Make a variety of blocks and patterns with the Quilter’s Magic Wand. You can create easy half-square triangle blocks, hourglass blocks, and combination blocks with perfect intersections. No need to cut triangles! No need to piece triangles! Mix and match the blocks for even more variety in your quilts.  Size:  29″ x 29″

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this class. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

Quick and Easy Flying Geese

Making traditional Flying Geese units takes time, wastes fabric, and the units almost always come out wonky. Using the Wing Clipper tool makes creating flying geese units fast and easy, with no fabric waste. No need to cut triangles! No need to piece triangles! With 1 large square and 4 small squares, you will make a set of 4 complete Flying Geese. Use these units in your quilts as Flying Geese, star points, chevrons, and all kinds of designs.  Size:  28″ x 28″

The Wing Clipper Tool is required for this class. The Quilter’s Magic Wand is highly recommended.  These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  All

RickRack

Add a dash of modern flair with RickRack!  RickRack is made with the traditional Shaded 4-Patch block, which can be described as a traditional 4-Patch block cut in half diagonally. But to create this block, there is no cutting of triangles and there is no piecing of triangles.  All  the piecing is done with strips and rectangles, creating oversized blocks which are then trimmed down with the Tucker Trimmer 1 to make them perfect.  One light fabric, one medium fabric, and one dark fabric are all you need to create this interesting design. Size:  40″ x 40″

The Tucker Trimmer I is required for this class. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Spring Sparkle

 Choose three fabrics, add several great tools, and you’ll have this runner done in a snap! As intricate as they look, the sparkling stars are much easier to construct than you might think. Size:  18″ x 53″

The V Block Tool and the Tucker Trimmer I Tool are required for this pattern. The Quilter’s Magic Wand is highly recommended. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

Photo by Jeffrey Lomicka

 

Stella

If you have made the Shaded 4-Patch block, you know how much fun and how versatile  that block is.  Just imagine the design possibilities with a Shaded 9-Patch unit!

The Shaded 9-Patch can be described as a 9-Patch block cut in half diagonally. But to  create this block, there is no cutting of triangles and there is no piecing of triangles.  All  the piecing is done with strips and rectangles, creating oversized blocks which are then trimmed down to make them perfect.  Six Fat Quarters and a Background fabric will create all kinds of scrappiness for this easy star design.  Size:  34″ x 34″

The Tucker Trimmer 1 Tool is required for this pattern.  This tool is available from the instructor during class or at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

 

Stepping Stones

Do you have a fabric panel with a lot of squares, or a large-print fabric that would look great fussy cut? Then Stepping Stones is the project for you.  The two sizes of Stepping Stones are based on 5″ or 7″ panel squares, with lots of scrappiness to add interest.  Sizes:  Lap (57″ x 75″) or Twin (65″ x 81″)

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Beginner

 

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Classes with patterns from Studio 180 Design

Here are just a few of the over 100 classes available from Studio 180 Design.  If you are looking for a particular class and you don’t see it here, contact me and we’ll set it up!

 

 

Cyclone

Cyclone is one of those blocks that looks complicated but actually is simple to make.  It truly is easy enough for beginners, yet interesting enough for more experienced quilters.  By combining strip piecing and the Tucker Trimmer, you’ll be cranking out blocks in no time.  Come give Cyclone a spin!  Finished Size:  20” x 20”

The Tucker Trimmer I Tool is required for this pattern.  This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Fanfare

This quilt is a super scrap project. Each fan requires two rectangles and two squares – one each of a particular color and one each of the background. Using the Split Rects and Tucker Trimmer I tools ensures that you will have perfectly sized building blocks every time. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to sew your pieces together when you use these methods and tools.  Size:  52″ x 73″

The Split Rects Tool is required for this pattern. The Tucker Trimmer I and Quilter’s Magic Wand are highly recommended. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

Hunter’s Star

The Hunter’s Star pattern traditionally has been tedious and cumbersome, using templates, half square triangles, foundation piecing, etc. Now, using the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star tool, you will “speed piece” and then trim down blocks to fit a specific size so that each student’s project will go together quickly and accurately.  Size:  32″ x 32″

The Petite Hunter’s Star Tool is required for this pattern. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Intermediate

Lucky Lemoynes

This exciting quilt design created by Deb Tucker is made using a layout of Lemoyne stars interspersed with groups of Shaded 4 Patches. Using Deb’s Lemoyne Star and Tucker Trimmer III tools you won’t have to gamble on this design coming out exactly how you want it to.  Quilt size  – 56” x 70”

The Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool is required for this class.  The Tucker Trimmer 3 is highly recommended.  These tools are available from the instructor during class, or at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Intermediate

Migrating Geese and Cobblestones

Migrating Geese are offset from the center and look as if they are flying in a migration pattern. As you make the geese, half will fly on the left and the other half will fly on the right. The geese are then sewn together as a continuous line, flying across or around your quilt.  Cobblestones are used in the alternate bars to create this interesting quilt.  Size:  71″ x 89″

The Magic Wand Tool is required for this pattern. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  Intermediate

3 hour class:  instruction on Migrating Geese only

6 hour class:  instruction on both Migrating Geese and Cobblestones

Rangeley Star Wall Quilt

This project received its name because the streamlined construction of the star points was conceived while Deb Tucker was working at a quilt retreat in Rangeley, Maine.  The wall quilt features a pieced 17″ central star block surrounded by a cluster of 14 smaller stars in the borders.  Using Deb’s techniques and tools, it becomes a simple design to construct, but it looks so much more difficult.  Size:  32″ x 42″

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this pattern. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

Rangeley Runner

This table runner received its name because of the block that is featured. While Deb Tucker was working at a quilt retreat in Rangeley, Maine, she was hit with the inspiration for the simple construction of this particular block design.  Using Deb’s techniques and tools, it becomes a simple design to construct, but it looks so much more difficult.  Size:  18″ x 50″

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this pattern. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

 

Refraction

A rainbow of colors bouncing off diamonds! Using 2½” strips this table runner is fun and quick to make. Refraction is a mixture of the Diamond Rectangle units and squares, making the simple look tricky. The Diamond Rects® tool allows you to make the diamonds easily and precisely. You’ll have fun making this beautiful table runner and in no time it’ll be ready to use on your table. Size: 16″ x 51″

The Diamond Rects tool is required for this workshop.   It is available from the instructor during class, or at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Sea Glass

We usually associate a Diamond Rectangle unit with a traditional Storm at Sea design, but think again! This Sea Glass project is a great example of what else you can do with this simple unit. Choose a focus print, pull some coordinating fabrics from your stash, mix everything together with a light and a dark, and you’re headed for a great looking quilt. As always, your primary units will be made oversized and then trimmed to perfection with the Diamond Rects tool.  Size:  54″ x 63″

The Diamond Rects Tool is required for this pattern. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Intermediate

Shaded 4-Patch

The Shaded 4-Patch block is also known as Birds in the Air, Hidden Square, and Mary’s Triangles. This block is a basic unit that is used in many quilt patterns and can add lots of interest to your quilt designs. No need to cut triangles! No need to piece triangles! The Shaded 4-Patch can be easily made oversized using strip piecing methods, and then trimmed down using the Tucker Trimmer.  Size:  38″ x 38″

The Tucker Trimmer I Tool is required for this pattern. This tool is available from the instructor during class, or is available at your local quilt shop.

3 or 6 hour class – Skill level:  Beginner

Solitaire

Four fabrics plus one background = one great quilt!  Use the Tucker Trimmer tool to quickly and easily trim all the pieced squares to precise measurements with seams going exactly into the corners.  The border units are made at the same time as the blocks, speeding up the construction of the quilt.  What a great update to an old Card Trick design!  Project size:  66” x 78”

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and the Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this class.  These tools are available from the instructor in class.

6 hour class – Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Spinning Pinwheels

Spinning Pinwheels is a charming project that can be made with 13 fat quarters and a background fabric.  While you are making mirror images of the combination blocks with the Tucker Trimmer 1, you actually create two blocks at the same time. The pieced border allows you to use up lots of additional fabric bits and pieces.   Project size: 61” x 75”

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this pattern. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Star Shadows

Create the illusion of stars floating over the surface of a quilt and casting shadows below. This quilt with various star sizes creates a unique design that makes a spectacular wallhanging.  The Fast Flying Geese Technique and Wing Clipper Tool make quick work of this project.   Project size: 38” x 40”

The Wing Clipper 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this pattern. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Wish Upon

This interlocking stars quilt can be a super scrap project, or you can use a structured color scheme with 6 coordinating fabrics for a different look. A multi-colored or strong accent color will be used in every block and will act as a unifying element in the design. A high-contrast background completes the design. Using the Split Rects, Tucker Trimmer I and Wing Clipper tools ensures that you will have perfectly sized building blocks every time. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to sew your pieces together when you use these methods and tools.  Size:  68″ x 80″

The Split Rects Tool is required for this pattern. The Tucker Trimmer I, Quilter’s Magic Wand and Wing Clipper I are highly recommended. These tools are available from the instructor during class, or are available at your local quilt shop.

6 hour class – Skill level:  Intermediate/Advanced

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