Workshops

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You can take a class with me anytime on Craftsy. My class, Hand-Stitched Collage Quilts, can be viewed as many times as you want, whenever you want. Your access never expires.

Full Day or Half-day Workshops for Your Guild or Symposium

- The fee is $700 per day for full-day workshops and $350 per day for half-day workshops.
- Multiple day workshops are featured below.
- Please see Laura’s Contract for more information.

Fowl Play: Birds with No Egrets

Like a bird in flight, this class will lift your spirits and make you sing! You’ll create fun little birds dancing, nesting, and wading knee deep in personality. Our colorful fowl (indigenous only to the campus of the Chicago School of Fusing) are created with fused fabrics and hand embroidery. Your kit includes all the hand dyed fabrics and threads you’ll need for your little bird quilt top. (No sewing machine needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

 

Colorful Leaves

Create your own leaf design the easy way- with colorful fused fabrics. Learn a quick pattern transfer method and the basic principles of designing artwork (like repetition, variety, and contrast). Your kit includes all the fabric colors and values needed to make 4 small leaves for this design tutorial as well as a sampler of embroidery thread for stitching detail, texture, and pattern on the surface. (No sewing machine needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

Four Little Landscapes

Create 4 little landscapes and place them in fabulous fabric frames. Learn how free-cutting, pattern building, and improvisation can dress up a simple view of sky and ground. Your colorful kit of hand-dyed fabrics is designed to make 4 individual fused quilts. Show them separately or combine them for a larger art quilt. (No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($20 Kit fee)

Zen Doodle Quilts

Explore the mesmerizing world of Zen Doodling and design an original art quilt at the same time. You’ll soon discover how easy it is to doodle like a Zen master and learn how to convert that drawing into a pattern for your quilt. With an easy pattern transfer process for fused fabric, your drawing quickly becomes a fused art quilt. New fusing tips and tricks are presented to enhance your Zen doodle design. Drawing paper and a kit of colorful hand-dyed fabrics and threads are provided to give you the freedom to play.(No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

Stitch After Fusing

A well placed embroidery stitch on the surface of fabric brings a quilt to life. It lends the surface additional color, pattern, definition, and texture. In this class you will make a small flower quilt from a pre-fused fabric kit. Basic embroidery stitches are reviewed using brilliantly colored pearl cotton threads (also part of the kit). Learn to entice the viewer closer to your art with free form, unfettered embroidery. (No sewing machine needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)

 

Inside Stories

Are you a frustrated interior designer? Need at least one room in your home that is neat and inviting? Like a dollhouse in fabric, create a room of your own complete with wallpaper, flooring, furniture and accessories. Learn fusing techniques like free-cutting, collage building, bias fusing, fused weaving, and other textural devices to make your colorful interior setting. Furniture templates and a kit of hand-dyed fabrics are provided, just bring your imagination. (No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)

 

Garden of Eden

In this tempting class create a small art quilt teeming with every flower in creation. Build a blooming garden on a green base of lush leaves, curly ferns and wavy blades of grass. Add simple daisies, jolly tulips, and colorful chrysanthemums to the mix and you have a garden that Eve would envy. All from colorful fused fabrics. Directions for free cutting flowers, bias leaves and fused quilt assembly processes are covered. (No sewing machine needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($20 Kit fee)

 

Tiny Homes

Create a little house quilt and receive a degree in Architecture from the Chicago School of Fusing at the same time! In this workshop we explore the many techniques of fusing: free cutting, layering, collage building, improvisational design, and more. The result is a whimsical neighborhood placed in a colorful landscape setting and made from beautifully hand-dyed fabrics. (No sewing machine is needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($20 Kit fee)

Multiple Day Workshops

- The fee is $700 per day.
- Full day and half-day workshops are featured above.
- Please see Laura’s Contract for more information.

Couching Thread, Hidden Needle
(A 2 – 4 day workshop)

A well placed embroidery stitch brings a quilt to life. It lends the quilt surface color, pattern, definition, and texture.

You’ll create several small art quilts while learning an improvisational method of construction with fused fabrics. These fused quilts act as your canvas for hand stitchery and take your work from flat to fabulous!

With the emphasis on basic embroidery stitches like running, seed, French knots, and lazy daisy, students will also learn more complex hand stitches, stitch combinations, and stitch variations. Learn about embroidery stitch choices, placement, and inventing new stitch ideas.

Create new work with the ease of fusing and entice the viewer closer to your art with free form, unfettered embroidery. (No sewing machine needed!)
Multiple Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit Fee)

Translating Ideas into Fabric
(a 3 – 4 day workshop)

Like a journal or photo album, quilts illustrate the stories of our lives. Capture the essence of your story and transform it into an original fused art quilt.

Using your own sketch, photo, or even vague idea, you’ll make a custom pattern for your design using a digital camera, computer, and projector provided by Laura. You’ll learn fusing basics, how to create improvisational quilts, and a quick pattern transfer method that lets you freely translate your ideas into fabric.

It’s easy to create original designs and to tell your own story in cloth.
Multiple Day Workshop Supply List ($20 Kit fee)

 

Fusing Fun: Fast, Fearless Art Quilts
(This is a 4 – 5 Day Workshop or a 2-Day Workshop)

Toss the templates and trash the rulers! Fusing is free-form art making at its best. Working with fusible web on fabric, discover fusing techniques like free cutting, strip fusing, collage building, bias fusing, and improvisational assemblage. Fusing is fast and free so you quickly invent your own design language to explore. You’ll create several original art quilts and learn to get loose, really loose. As an added bonus, learn tunes from the Chicago School of Fusing Glee Club and graduate with an advanced degree in Fusology! (Sewing machine is optional.)
Supply List for 4 – 5 Day Workshop ($20 Kit fee)
Supply List for 2- Day Workshop ($20 Kit fee)