Workshops      Now is the time to sign up!  NEW - now you can pay for your workshops using your credit card.

Workshops are a favorite perk of EBHQ. You will meet a world-class fabrics/design teacher in a small group setting (no more than 24 people). The workshop space at 980 Stannage is airy and bright. Exposure to new techniques will inspire you and you will go home energized from the creative and social workout.

Need to do some shopping for supplies for a class? Check with one of our retail affiliates to see if they have what you need. The yearly membership dues our affiliates pay help to support our guild and the good work we do. 

Workshops are from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The workshop space opens at 8:00am if you want to arrive early.

February, 2019:  Sue Fox/Julia McLeod

Saturday, February 23Improvisational Piecing & Crazy Patchwork Recipes

We all have favorite recipes that we use over and over again, varying them depending on what’s in the cupboard… Our cupboards just happen to be full of silk, linen, wool and other unusual quilting materials. In this one-day class, we’ll share some of our favorite Piecing Recipes, inspired by traditional block styles that have morphed into modern variations, and that seem to work particularly well for our "Not Cotton" fabrics.

Just as substituting food ingredients can change the taste or texture of a dinner recipe, you’ll learn how silk, linen, wool and other fibers are handled differently from cotton in our quilting recipes. This class is a great opportunity to step outside of the world of cotton and make components for a scrappy Improv, Row-by-row or Medallion-style quilt— And we’ll send you home with several menu plan options for finishing up!


 Monday, February 25Basics for Working with Silks in Quilts

 Do you like the look of silk in quilts but feel nervous about using it? We know that EBHQ-ers have all kinds of silks in   their stashes— from neckties to imported yardage to Mulberry sample packs to hand painted scarves & garments of all  sorts… vintage, new or recycled— bring it on!

 We’ll share all our secrets for successfully working silks into our own quilts. We tackle the troublesome stuff— slippery,   stretchy, fraying, flimsy— you name it. Bring your dreamiest & your scariest fabric, we’ll have strategies for it. The day   will be full of tips, tricks and techniques along with practical examples and exercises. You’ll take home solutions and the beginnings of a silk project you can finish. (Class kit fee: $20.)

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March, 2019:  Mel Beach

Saturday, March 23- Making Quilts Using Unconventional Materials

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Expand your palette as you discover how fun and easy it is to incorporate unconventional materials into your Art quilts. Raid your home for unexpected stashes of fibers and material that can be stitched into and onto your quilts by machine or hand using piecing, applique, cutwork, couching, and embellishment. Get ready to innovate, captivate, and create using unconventional materials!! 

Monday, March 25- Free-Motion Fillers & Fun Workshop

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Do you love the look of negative space but don’t know how to quilt it? In this workshop, Mel will share her favorite mark-free, quilting motifs. Whether your style is modern, traditional, art, or other, you’ll explore how simple changes to each of the designs will yield all new filler designs! This is a low-stress and super fun workshop that is perfect for quilters who are new to free-motion quilting, as well as those looking to add new designs to their quilting repertoire. You’ll leave new design ideas, tips and tricks for free-motion quilting success, and the confidence to add beautiful, quilted texture to your quilt tops!

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April, 2019:  Yoshiko Wada

Saturday & Monday, April 27 & 29 (two day workshop) - Transformative Surfaces: Quilting on Wool with Cotton, Silk and Polyester

For millennia, people have created practical warm garments using the process of felting (raw fleece) or fulling (woven cloth), agitating wool fibers until their microscopic scales “catch” each other, matting and shrinking into a denser material. In this workshop we will apply quilting techniques to this ancient method, exploring wool’s shrinking characteristics by layering fleece, yarns, and special fine gauze fabric with cotton, silk, and other non-shrinking materials through hand stitching or machine sewing. We will learn how to effectively dye with indigo on delicate wool, silk, and plant fibers by controlling pH and temperature to achieve varying intensities of blue. Through simple and selective washing and dyeing of the layered cloth, we will transform its surface, creating added dimension and texture mimicking the aesthetics of Japanese boro cloth or intense naive pieces by Nui Project.

$35 per person supply fee paid to instructor includes Natural indigo - Henna/fructose/fruit for dye vat; Pickling lime for dye vat; Japanese fulling wool (2m X 60cm per person); Cotton, linen, polyester squares (approx. 28"x 28"; 4 per person); Needles and thread.