Lectures & Workshops

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From a young age, Nanette was driven by the desire to create, but her life was also filled with plot twists and challenges. It wasn’t until she embraced her creative spirit that the magic happened and the artistic journey came full-circle. In this lecture, Nanette shares motivational techniques to feed your inner creative and find confidence to develop your own artistic style.


Nanette explains her inspiration for creating original art quilts using fusible applique and thread painting techniques. In this lecture, Nanette will share tips and techniques on how to use fusible applique and machine stitching to tell a quilted story.


In this open-discussion, Nanette explores a variety of opportunities organizations can use to promote their mission.  As a mixed-media textile artist and art quilter, Nanette has worked with several non-profit organizations who used art as a means to educate the public, foster awareness, and raise funds. In this presentation, Nanette will share her experiences with using art to advocate and raise financial support for a cause.


Thread Painting Basics
– 3 or 6 hours

Thread painting, frequently referred to as free‐motion embroidery, adds color and texture to an art quilt. This workshop teaches basic techniques needed to color with thread using a sewing machine. In a hands‐on process, Nanette will show students how to successfully use fabrics, stabilizers, threads in their thread painting projects. Students will learn techniques to layer and blend thread colors. Tips will be presented to help students develop their own style and use their newly found free-motion embroidery skills in their quilting projects. (note: more advanced techniques will be presented in the 6 hour version)

Thread Painted Appliqué Bee
– 6 hours

Take thread painting skills to a new level with thread painted appliqué. In this workshop, Nanette will show you how to use free motion stitches to add color and texture to a bumble bee image printed on fabric. Instruction will include techniques to make more realistic effects through blending thread colors.The finished thread painted design will be appliquéd to a background and ready for quilting. The workshop also includes bonus instruction on creating the wings of a bumble bee wings or other flying insect.  This technique was featured on Quilting Arts TV Season 2400

Fusible Appliqué Basics
– 3 or 6 hours

It can be confusing; so many great appliqué quilt patterns and each seems to have a different approach to their project. If you’ve ever wanted to make an appliqué quilt from a purchased pattern, this is a great place to start. In this hands‐on class, Nanette will show you the basics steps needed for raw edge fusible appliqué and how to interpret any fusible appliqué pattern. You’ll discover tips and tricks for making your next appliqué project a success. (Note: 3-hour session requires no sewing / 6-hour session includes instruction on finishing the applique with a sewing machine stitches)

Photo to Art Quilt
– 6 hours

This workshop demonstrates how to turn a photograph into an art quilt. In a hands-on process Nanette will show you how to to create a paper pattern for appliqué, then use the it to create fusible applique elements from fabric and assemble an art quilt. Nanette will share tips and tricks to successfully design patterns from your own photos to make original art quilts.

Create Your Own Mandala on Fabric
– 6 hours

In simplest terms, a mandala is a circular design with a concentric pattern. It is frequently used in
religious, spiritual or meditative practices. The design has grown in adoration with the recent
popularity of adult coloring books. They are really fun to color. In this class, you will embrace your
creative spirit and learn how to design your own fabric mandala. Then, taking a nod from adult coloring books you will explore ways to color your design to create a truly unique medallion to use in your quilting and sewing projects. No sewing machines required during this class.

Zinnia Pincushion– 6 hours

These cute flower topped pincushions are easy and fun to make.  Filling them with crushed walnut shells make them heavy and mold to fit whatever surface you place them on. The walnut shell filling is a great eco-friendly filling which also polishes your needles and pins. This is an updated version of a  pattern I had published in Quilts & More magazine (Spring 2011).