Seminars, Lectures and Workshops

Maribeth enjoys presenting lectures and workshops at  shows, guilds, conventions and a variety of other fiber art venues.  Below, find a listing of her current offerings. 
Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for?  Just contact her to tailor presentations to your group’s needs.


NACQJ Introduction to Quilt Judging Seminar
This 2-day seminar provides critical information for those interested in judging, improving quilt-making skills, or sponsoring/working behind the scene at any judged show. 
Participants will learn judging terms, identify quilt-making techniques and experience phrasing comments. Workmanship and design evaluation, judging systems, comment sheets and the roles of aides will also be discussed.  Get the inside scoop on what makes a quilt a winner!
Presented by a qualified NQA Certified Judge, the seminar will offer hands-on activities, demonstrations, worksheets, handouts and homework in a nurturing environment.  Handout fee required.
*** The seminar does not certify participants as judges.
SUPPLIES: notebook, pencils, resume with quilt-related teaching and judging experience, a large and small quilted piece for mock judging.  Less than perfect examples preferred. 


Entering Your Quilts in Shows:  What a Judge Sees
Ever wonder how quilts are judged in competitions?  Want to know what takes a quilt out of ribbon contention?  Learn about quilt judging standards and processes.  Hear about the common mistakes quilters make and how to avoid them. Become a savvy exhibitor and increase your chances of success at any show! (1-1 ¼ hours)  

Masterpiece Quilts from the DAR Museum Collection, Washington, DC
Through the DAR Correspondent Docent Program, I am able to offer this Power Point presentation featuring nearly 60 18th and 19th century quilts held in the Museum’s collection.  There’s exciting eye-candy and women’s history to be had here.  Features include medallion, appliqué and pieced quilts as well as the prized “Album Quilts” in the collection.  (1 hour)  

Apron Strings:  Our Ties to the Past
Featuring over 75 vintage and contemporary aprons, we will cover the history of the apron from a utilitarian necessity to a fashion accessory.  We’ll talk about who wore aprons (you’d be surprised), what they were made from and how they were embellished.  Bring your favorite apron and “apron stories” as we find our ties to the past. (1-1 ¼ hours)  

Signature and Album Quilts from the 1800s-Present
There’s captivating history behind Signature and Album quilts.  Learn about the early practice of initialing household linens, Civil War era fundraising quilts and 19th century inking on signature and album quilts.  We’ll wrap up discussing materials and techniques  for leaving our mark on today’s quilts.  Several vintage and contemporary show-and-tell Signature and Album quilts are featured. You are encouraged to bring your own treasures to share. (1-1 ¼ hours)

A Quarter Century of Quilts
This Trunk Show features nearly 40 quilts and quilt tops made over the years.  They exhibit a wide variety of techniques ranging from traditional, hand and/or machine appliqué to pieced and more contemporary art themes.  Here’s your opportunity to view many blue ribbon and Best of Show quilts at your convenient location. (1hour)


Fantastic Finishes
Learn to finish the edges of your quilt and achieve a professional appearance.  We’ll make take-home practice samples of various bindings and edge finishes such as: mitered corners (90 degree and obtuse angles), facings, French fold, rick rack, bias binding, reversible bindings, single and continuous prairie points, piped and faux piped edges, binding joins and more.  Learn what quilt judges look for in evaluating edge finishes and improving your techniques.  Full day. High beginners and up.  Fee for multi-page handout required. 

Mystery Quilt
This is a popular workshop. This quilt is loads of fun and a true scrap-buster!  Directions are available for 3 different sizes- throw, twin or full.  You’ll be given pre-cutting information for light, medium and dark fabrics to maximize your sewing time in class.  Pattern fee required. Full day, high beginners and up.    

Mystery Bed Runner
Want to jazz up your bedroom but don’t want to make a full size quilt?   In this Mystery Class you’ll create a fantastic bed runner to enhance your décor. This Queen or King sized runner is composed of pieced 18″ blocks on point using seven fabrics.  Since it’s a mystery we can’t show a photo but you should know that some pre class cutting is required. Register early and get a head start. Bed runners are not just handsome – they keep your feet warm.
SUPPLIES: Sewing Machine with foot, Basic Sewing Kit, rotary cutter, mat and rulers (6″x 24″, 8 ½” x 8 ½” or 12 ½” x 12 ½”, a 14″ x 14″ would be handy), six plastic quart size baggies, pencil to mark on background fabric, thread.
FABRIC: Seven fabrics in light to dark hues.  A fabric list with color suggestions and pre class cutting instructions will be sent to registrants.
PATTERN FEE payable in class.  Full day, high beginners and up.

Dimensional Appliqué
Add dimension, texture and realism to any quilting project.  Learn how to create delicate ruched flowers, folded flowers and buds, fancy leaves, fine stems and more.  See Maribeth’s album quilt in the gallery for examples.  Full day, familiarity with hand appliqué helpful. 

Folded Fabric Bag
Create this fabulously cute origami tote bag in one of two sizes.  The piecing is straightforward and the results are stunning.  There are lots of opportunities for embellishments, if desired.  Bet you can’t make just one!  Half day, all skill levels.

Holiday (Or Not) Table Runner
With just 4 fat quarters and an additional yard of fabric, you’ll have a runner in no time!  Choose holiday, floral or other focus fabrics for this project.  You’ll learns some slick piecing and cutting tricks.  In addition binding tips and quilting ideas will be shared.  Half day, all skill levels.

Pinwheels and Posies

Create this original design lap quilt featuring 4 patches, pinwheels and folky flowers.  You’ll learn a number of techniques to make half square triangles and smooth appliqué pieces with speed.  It’s scrappy.  It’s fun.  The simple appliqué flowers add a fun edge finish.  Pattern fee required.  Full day. High beginners and up.

Back-basting for Appliqué
Back-basting is a great way to prep appliqué for a totally portable project.  With this technique, you’ll end up with well-placed appliqué that won’t shift, will lie flatter and work with multi-layered designs.  This is a technique class on a small practice block.  Kit fee required.  High  beginner and up.  Half day.

English Piecing
English piecing is a centuries old technique of folding and basting fabrics over a template shape. These shapes are then hand stitched together to achieve intricate and precise piecing that also simplifies set-in corners.  This technique will make your projects totally portable. Students will be working with hexagons that may be used to embellish any project.  Kit fee required.  High beginners and up.   Half day
Supplies Needed: small sharp fabric scissors, pins, pen and paper

Pick-Up Sticks Pillow or Wall Quilt
Learn this technique which creates a dynamic, complex design. You’ll be amazed how easily this technique can be applied to other designs. Modern quilting design at its best! Works best with low-volume and solid fabrics. Stunning results. Half day for Pillow, Full day for Wall Quilt. See samples in Gallery section.

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