Trunk Show, Lecture and Workshops

TRUNK SHOW ONLY

 Michelle Renee will present and describe her quilts created over the years, some of them award winning and/or appearing in Quilt Magazines. She will demonstrate her progression and development as a quilter and designer over the last 20 years. 

TRUNK SHOW & MINI-LECTURE

WHEN LIFE GIVE YOU FAT QUARTERS, MAKE A QUILT

Michelle reflects on how she fell in love with quilting and how it has been there through life’s peaks and valleys, providing her peace and therapy when she has needed it most. 

Additionally, Michelle describes how she got into designing quilts and how you can go about changing fabric and color placement to make quilts your own. Michelle shows numerous alternate versions of quilts. She explains how she went about changing color placement and values, to change the feel of a quilt, and how you can do it too!

ADDITIONAL LECTURE OPTIONS:

NEW –“Modern Traditionalism” 

What is Modern Traditionalism?  How Michelle became to realize her style and what makes it different from Traditional Quilting or Modern Quilting. Michelle presents her Modern Traditional Quilts


Organizing Your Ps, Qs, and Sewing Time - Helping you get the most out of your sewing time available by organizing your piecing and quilting time.



FOUR HOUR WORKSHOP

With some basic preparation and rotary cutting in advance as outlined in the supply list, students will learn one technique and be able to construct at least one or two blocks in class and leave with the confidence and expertise necessary to complete the quilt at home. 

SIX HOUR WORKSHOP

With some basic preparation and rotary cutting in advance as outlined in the supply list, students will learn the two-three techniques and be able to construct at least one or two blocks in class and leave with the confidence and expertise necessary to complete the quilt at home 

MULTI-DAY WORKSHOP

With some preparation as outlined in the supply list before class, students will learn the technique and have ample time to construct blocks and piece a major portion or possibly the entire quilt top during the workshop. 

Workshop Options

Moonlight Garden

Moonlight Garden

Length: Full Day Class (ideally 2 days recommended- 10 hours instruction minimum)

Quilt Size: Four sizes (Throw, Twin, Double or Queen)

Description:  

Moonlight Garden is an eye-catching display of Lemoyne Star and Straw Flowers set on a split two-toned background. The Lemoyne Star Flowers, made with Jelly Roll strips (2 ½” Strips) or yardage, come together easily using the Rapid Fire strip-piece method. The split two-toned background amongst the Straw Flowers creates a magnificent moonlight cascade throughout the quilt. 


Moonlight Garden looks great on any color background fabric, the split-two toned background works best with high contrast between the two shades. 

Moonlight Garden requires Studio 180 Design’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star™, Tucker Trimmer III™, and Corner Pop™

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Periwinkle Swirl

Length: Full Day Class 

Quilt Size: Four Sizes (Wall, Throw, Double, King

Description:

  Periwinkle Swirl is inspired by Michelle’s spring gardens, where Periwinkle blooms can be found here and there, swirling around in the early April winds. The Swirl blocks create wonderful movement around the Periwinkle Blocks, generating a light and lively vibe, mimicking that fresh feeling of spring! 


Whether you go with pastel or bright fabric, this quilt will look fabulous! Feel free to alternate the colors to make your own personal version, however be mindful of the suggested values to insure you obtain the fabulous movement. Periwinkle pattern offers four great quilt sizes and settings!


Periwinkle Swirl requires Studio 180 Design’s Diamond Rects™ and Corner Beam™

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Majesty Lemoyne

Length: Full Day Class 

Quilt Size: Four Sizes (Wall, Throw, Twin, Queen

  Description:

  Featuring Michelle’s newly created Majesty Lemoyne Star! Michelle alternated this fabulous Majesty Lemoyne with the first block she remembers her Grandmother teaching her to make, the Log Cabin Block. The combination radiates stateliness, especially with the Empire Border! 


The Bright fabrics in the Majesty Lemoyne Stars and Log Cabin blocks are created with strips from various vibrant Fat Eights or Fat Quarters. This quilt could as easily be made with yardage, half yards or strips of scraps! The Background can be made with yardage or you may elect to go scrappy, selecting assorted Scraps, Fat Quarters, or Half Yards, that are in a similar colorway (white on white, cream on ivory, black on black, etc.). 

This quilt is extremely versatile, since the entire quilt is made with strips and is strip pieced! No Y Seams! 


Studio 180 Design’s Rapid-Fire Lemoyne Star™ and Tucker Trimmer III™.


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Sparkle

Length: Full Day Class (ideally 2 days recommended- 10 hours instruction minimum)

Quilt Size: Three sizes (Throw, Twin, or Queen)

Description:

Michelle designed this quilt combining two of her favorite quilt blocks, the Rambler and V Star (also known as the Peaky and Spike/50-40 or Fight Block).  This quilt literately sparkles!  This pattern is made using Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer™ I, V Block™ and the Corner Pop™ tools.   


If you collect or love Fat Quarters, this is the quilt to make. You will make fabulous usage of Fat Quarters and it is perfect for any color background. The class will include step-by-step use for three tools as well as tips on piecing and proper pressing techniques to make this quilt perfect!  Additionally, we will talk through the color selection and placement, plus ways to improve your general machine piecing. For the most sparkle, go with a high contrast between your background fabric and Fat Quarters.  Michelle used a green accent fabric throughout her chain, you could elect any color but try to use your accent color minimally within the Fat Quarters, so that it pops! 

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Bloom

Length: Full Day Class 

Quilt Size: Throw, Double, Queen

Description:

Michelle was inspired by those wisps of colors here and there as blooms start to come alive after a winter’s sleep. Bloom has a whimsical layout of Spinning V Stars and Ohio Stars the two blocks come together on point, to create that blooms and greenery popping here and there. 

Whether you go with pastels or bright batiks, light or dark background, this quilt will look fabulous! Bloom comes together easily with the Studio 180 Design’s V Block™ and Square²™ (Or Large Square Squared)

The class will include step-by-step use for two tools, as well as tips on piecing and proper pressing techniques to make this quilt perfect! Additionally, we will talk through the color selection and placement, plus ways to improve your general machine piecing.

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Be Dazzled

Length: Full Day Class 

Quilt Size: Throw, Twin, Queen

     

Description:

A modern merging of Ohio Stars and Shaded Nine-Patch comes together to dazzle!  Michelle designed this great stash buster to utilize those fat quarter, half yards and yard cuts you have been collecting. 

Whether you go with a solid background to keep this cool and modern, or you go with a small print to make this more traditional, you will have tons of fun putting this quilt together!  Be Dazzled comes together easily with the Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer™ and Tucker Trimmer II²™.

The class will include step-by-step use for two tools, as well as this exciting shaded 9-patch technique.  As always, tips on piecing and proper pressing techniques to make this quilt perfect!  Additionally, we will talk through the color selection and placement, plus ways to improve your general machine piecing.


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Jenn's Journey

Length: Full Day Class

Quilt Size: Three Sizes (Throw, Twin or Queen)

Description:

Snail’s Trail quilts are amongst those bucket list quilts, but wait no longer, this quilt uses Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design’s latest tool the large Square Squared and the Diamond Rects.   No paper piecing! 

 

Michelle design this modern play on Snail’s Trail quilt layout in honor of a longtime friendship, both Michelle and Jenn love the positive and negative aspects of this design.  Michelle’s twin size design makes excellent use of those 1-yard fabric cuts you have been collecting.  


 It comes together with ease using Studio 180 Design’s Diamond Rects and Large Square Squared. The class will include step-by-step use for both tools, as well as tips on piecing and proper pressing techniques to make this quilt perfect!  Additionally, we will talk through the appropriate border prep and application and ways to improve your general machine piecing.  You will complete this journey with ease..

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Calm Seas

Length: Full Day Class

Quilt Size: Three sizes (Throw, Double, or King)

Description:

Storm at Sea quilts are amongst those bucket list quilts, but wait no longer, this quilt uses Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design’s latest tool the large Square Squared, Diamond Rects, and V Block.   No paper piecing!


Michelle’s design puts a modern spin on the typical Storm at Seas quilt layout.  Michelle used 12 graduating colors which gives it that calm smooth feeling.  This quilt works great with Solid, Tone on Tone or Batiks fabric.  Pattern includes 3 size options (Throw, Twin, King) and you will be amazed how easily this quilt comes together with the right tools.


Learn how to use Deb Tucker's latest Large Square Squared™, Diamond Rects™, and  V Block™ as you make this fabulous quilt. The class will include step-by-step use for both tools, as well as tips on piecing and proper pressing techniques to make this quilt perfect!  Additionally, we will talk through the appropriate border prep and application and ways to improve your general machine piecing.  The possibilities are endless.

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Lightning

Length: Full Day

Quilt Size: Three Sizes (Wall, Throw, and Full)

Description:

Michelle designed Lightning, it was featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, July 2016.  Michelle’s design puts a fun spin on Lemoyne Stars by creating electrifying Lightning design.

 

This quilt pattern is now available as a standalone pattern and offered in 3 Quilt Sizes (Wall, Throw, and Double).  Each size is made with the same number of units, just in 3 different size units (6in, 9in, or 12in)

 

You will learn to master 2 different types of Lemoyne Stars; Lemoynes as Triangles and Banded Lemoynes Star. This quilt would be fabulous with a dark background, or even a fabulous print in place of the Turquoise Triangles. You’ll master two techniques using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star!  It's Electrifying!

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In Flight

Length: 4 hours or Full Day

Quilt Size: Four sizes (Baby, Throw, Double, or King)


Description:

Michelle designed this fun, quick and easy quilt that can be made with scraps, fat quarters, yardage, etc… you pick! The pattern offers 4 sizes and 4 settingoptions. All sizes are made with the same number of blocks and units, the size of the flying geese units determines the size of the quilt. Michelle chose a largefloral print for her stars and tone on tone for her Flight block, however you can use the same fabrics, different fabrics, or scraps! In Flight comes together easily with the Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I™ tool.

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Amusement

Length: Multi Day (2 days recommended- 10 hours instruction minimum)

Quilt Size: Three Sizes; Twin, Throw and Large Twin

Description:

Michelle designed this quilt for Modern 180, Studio 180 Design’s Modern Pattern line.  Amusement is a fun and quirky quilt inspired by the Ferris Wheels found on the Amusement Piers, in New Jersey, where Michelle grew up. This pattern is made using Studio 180 Design's Tucker Trimmer® I, Wing Clipper® I and the Corner Pop® tools.  Make this fabulous design without paper piecing!


You will use yardage for the background and accent (green), and for each Ferris Wheel you will use 3 values of one color. So, for example, if you decide to use red for one block, you’ll need a light red, a medium red, and a dark red. It’s up to you to decide how many different color Ferris Wheels you have in your quilt.  Pattern offers Wall (4 Blocks), Throw (9 Blocks) and Twin (12 Blocks) sizes.


The class will include step-by-step use for all three tools, as well as additional examples of how to use the Studio 180 Tools to make your quilting life easier.  Plus, tons of tips on matching points, squaring up your blocks and general machine piecing tips and tricks.

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Diamonds in the Sky

Length: (1) Full Day Class

Quilt Size: 58" x 70" 

Description:

Michelle designed this dazzling quilt for Modern 180 Designs.  In Diamonds in the Sky, you'll create brilliant 4 piece Diamonds that really radiate, plus a beautiful alternating block which gives this quilt dimension and allows it to shine!  Diamonds in the Sky uses Fat Quarters, but you could also use 6” strips or scraps and this quilt would be dynamite.  If you want that high contrast look, use assorted bright fabrics for your Diamonds and a dark or light


Learn how to use Deb Tucker’s Corner Beam™ as you make this fun quilt. The class will include step-by-step use of the Corner Beam, as well as tips on matching points, piecing on-point quilts, strip piecing techniques, and general machine piecing hints and tips.  It shimmers!


It shimmers!

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Finley's Fence

Length: Full Day Class

Quilt Size: Multiple Sizes – Baby 54”x54”, Throw 66”x78”, or Twin 78”x102” 

Description:

Michelle designed this interlocking quilt for Modern 180 Designs.  Finley’s Fence features playful rings of interwoven colors, made up of Fat Quarters, to create this modern play on an Irish Links quilt.   This playful quilt comes together easily with the help of Studio 180 Design’s Corner Pop™.  Michelle’s inventive use of the Corner Pop™ makes this otherwise difficult angled/bias unit actually tons of fun to make.


The pattern list suggestions for the number of fat quarters, however the more fabric the better, 6 ½” strips of scrappy would work too! 


The class will include step-by-step use of the Corner Pop™, as well as additional examples of how to use the Corner Pop™ to make your quilting life easier.  Plus, tons of tips on matching points, squaring up your blocks and general machine piecing tips and tricks.

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Hunter Star

Length: Full Day

Quilt Size: 58" x 72"

Description: Learn how to use Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star Ruler and make one of over 40 different Hunter Star layouts by just playing with tone, color and placement.  This class will push your creative side.  You can use Deb Tucker’s new book for inspiration or just play.  Michelle will cover some basics in color theory; learn methods for using color with confidence through audition, color wheel and other group color adventures. You will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of the role of color in your quilts and with a renewed excitement about quilting.  For this class, you will only need 8 Dark and 8 Light Fabrics.  Feel free to bring more, to play and audition.  Additionally, you will get tips on the best way to measure and piece your borders.

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Lemoyne Star

Length: 4 Hours - Full Day

Quilt Size: 37” x 37”

Description:

Get ready for a great new method for constructing traditional Lemoyne Star blocks. You'll be using strip piecing techniques, over-sizing units for easy trim down and no "Y" seams. Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool is designed to give you the choice of 10 different size blocks that range from 3" finished to 12"finished. Our class project is a sampler of all the available size options so you'll get a chance to try them all and end up with a marvelous wall quilt.

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Rates

Contact Michelle for Lecture and Workshop Rates.  Travel Expenses will apply from Michelle's home in Huntington, CT.  

Sew On the Go

Huntington, CT 06484, US

(484)818-1869