Available Workshops

Teaching is my passion and career; teaching sewing and quilting is a dream come true! 

I teach techniques that will add weight to your piecing and quilting tool belts. My version of improvisational piecing with a plan ("brick-by-brick improvisation") and free motion quilting on a domestic machine are my main focuses. I also specialize in teaching intermediate classes for modern quilters and free motion quilters.

In class, our focus is both learning AND having fun - because if you're not having fun, what's the point? Every quilt will come out differently, and that's the beauty of it all!
 
I'm happy to create a custom class just for your guild or group on any topic involving improvisation, free motion quilting with a domestic machine, basic quilting skills, or modern/modern traditional piecing. Just email me and we'll talk!

Email me at quiltyhabit(at)gmail(dot)com for scheduling, pricing, contract details, and any questions, or use the form on my Contact page. Thank you! 

Waterfall Quilt Workshop - Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild, August 2016 

2018 Available Workshops
Please note: All workshops require basic sewing machine knowledge and operation.

Piecing:
Brick-by-Brick Improvisation (3 hours, all levels)
Orange Peels and Improv (6 hours, confident beginner and up)
Improvisational Landscape Quilt (6 hours, all levels)

Quilting:
Beginner Free Motion Quilting (3 hours, beginner)
Intermediate Free Motion Quilting (3 hours, intermediate)
Spiral Quilting Boot Camp (6 hours, confident beginner and up)
*Cascade FMQ: Modern Alternatives to Feather Quilting (6 hours, intermediate)

*denotes new class for 2018

Class Descriptions

Brick-by-Brick Improvisational Piecing
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Learn a planned improvisation method to add to your tool belt: brick-by-brick improvisation, Jess's trademark technique using right and straight angles. We'll discuss varying up your piecing with neutrals, developing a color story, and piecing together your quilt in easy ways. Bring your scraps and get ready to sew!

To explore this concept in more depth and combined with other elements, consider either the Orange Peels and Improv or Landscape Quilt workshops.

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Orange Peels and Improv
Most popular class!
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Quilt designs and improvisation technique are originals by Jessica Skultety.  

Orange peels are beautiful and striking traditional blocks that can be manipulated in exciting ways. We'll pair them with "planned" improvisational piecing to make a scrap-friendly baby or wall quilt (44” x 55”) that you’ll be proud to show off! You’ll learn the “stitch and flip” method for making orange peels for machine applique. Then, you’ll use background fabric and my favorite improvisation technique, brick-by-brick, to stitch them into a modern quilt top uniquely your own.

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Improvisational Landscape Quilt


Gear up to make a quilt inspired by your favorite landscape or color scheme using brick-by-brick planned improvisation. Jessica will lead you through color gradation tricks and help you make distinct choices to sew your fabrics together in a color cascade. Come to class with a photo and ready to play with fabric!

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Beginner Free Motion Quilting
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Dive into FMQ on your domestic machine! We'll discuss work space setup and general techniques. Then, we'll jump right in by drawing and practicing stipples and lines. You'll leave inspired to keep practicing!

*Students must have working knowledge of their domestic machine and be able to change sewing feet with ease. Must have a darning/hopping/free motion foot for machine.

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Intermediate Free Motion QuiltingIMG_20160701_121629.jpg

In this class, you will learn and practice quilting loops, swirls, pebbles, and boxes on your domestic sewing machine. We’ll draw first, practice on quilt sandwiches, and discuss how these motifs can impact your quilts. Come join the fun and further your addiction to free motion quilting!
*Students should have already taken a beginner free motion class plus at home practice, OR have free motioned an entire quilt on their own. Must be comfortable with stippling and your own machine. Must have a darning/hopping/free motion foot for machine.

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Spiral Quilting Boot Camp
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We'll explore several techniques for creating spirals on a quilt, along with tips and tricks, uses in my own quilts, and various sizes and versions (starting small). Jess will demonstrate both walking foot and free motion/darning foot techniques, and you'll have time to practice both on your domestic machine.
*Students should have already taken a beginner free motion class plus at home practice, OR free motioned an entire quilt on their own. Must be comfortable with your own machine. Must have a darning/hopping/free motion foot for machine and a walking foot.

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 Cascade Free Motion: Modern Alternatives to Feather Quilting


 Pictured: Emergence and Pebble Cascade quilts (rainbow and pebble cascade motifs). These quilts and cascade technique are originals by Jessica Skultety.
Break out and try something new with your free motion quilting! With cascade motifs, you'll add movement, originality, and style to your quilt, whether it's just on the borders or all over the quilt. Jess will demonstrate several different options (some curvy, some geometric, some just plain cool) and you'll have time to draw and practice on your home machine with guidance. We'll also discuss usage in quilts (with a mini trunk show) and how to incorporate the rest of your quilting around the cascades.

*Students should have already taken a beginner free motion class plus at home practice, OR have free motioned an entire quilt on their own. Must be comfortable with stippling and your own machine. Must have a darning/hopping/free motion foot for machine.


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