Java House Workshops

Uncommon designs for inspired quilters

Book a hands-on workshop with Karen for your guild or event.

NOTE: Workshops are available virtually in 2021.

All workshops can be presented in a three or four-hour Zoom format.

In-person six-hour workshops will resume when social restrictions are lifted.

Please go to the contacts page to inquire about pricing and availability.


You’ve Made Your Case

And you’ll want to make even more….

Cases are all the rage for sewers and quilters and patterns and methods abound, but our creature cases are in a league of their own. Your workshop will focus on one case to make in class from Winging Kit, Shell Shelters, or the Remote Toad patterns, BUT you’ll also learn some of the different techniques for the other two patterns as a bonus part of the day. Sewing zippers, fusible foam, and linings are snap once you do them “the right way,” and we’ll cover alternate methods for feet and eyes, as well as different stuffing and turning techniques. These make wonderful gifts or great donations for your guild’s next fundraiser.


Newly Hatched

Pieced and appliquéd wall hanging

A workshop favorite, this mamma and baby turtle duo is both elegant and heart-warming. Students can fuse appliqués or turn edges and we’ll cover techniques for both. Learn my methods for enchanting eyes and those tiny appliqué pieces. We’ll cover how to balance warm and cool colors as well as small and larger scales of prints. The asymmetrical border adds a modern touch and the button embellishments bring a bit of sparkle. A perfect accent piece for any room in the house.



Frogs come in crazy colors, so go wild with your stash!

It’s true-frogs come in fantastic colors and patterns so just about anything goes. We’ll create these frogs and learn a great trick for saving time on smaller and methods for the contrasting appliqué fellow. Choose a soft yellow/mango palate for the backgrounds and a variety of colorful prints for the frogs (it’s stash-friendly!) and you’ll be amazed how quickly this comes to life. Eyes can be fused or traditionally appliquéd and we’ll create them with fabric and textile markers. pencils (provided in class for use) and different appliqué techniques.


The Eyes Have It

Learn to create beautiful eyes, faces and hands!

These are among the most difficult details to get right in a quilt and yet if we don’t, the whole piece suffers. We will create sample projects during class involving all three of the above and learn great tips and techniques for shape, color, highlights, and shadows to create life-like eyes and hands. Students will practice with pens, textile markers, and embroidery floss.



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