Java House Workshops

Uncommon designs for inspired quilters

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

Lectures available via Zoom or in-person.

Workshops are now available in-person only.

Please click here to download PDFs of pricing, descriptions, and bio information for your guild to review.


Workshops are now available in-person only.

All workshops are six-hour sessions.

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Fancy Feathers/Frogs Table Toppers!

Using the Middle to Middle Piecing Method

This is not paper piecing! Create either of these colorful, four-block table runners (approx. 12″ x 36″) using our Middle to Middle Piecing Method. (Think piecing a log cabin block but with shapes instead of strips.)

In this workshop we’ll cover:

  • cutting pieces in multiples using the templates
  • piecing the blocks by “matching middles” and trimming
  • creating appliqué feathers
  • using simple hand embellishment stitches

These can be created using any holiday colors and the finished lengths can be increased by simply adding more blocks.

Note: The pattern is included in the class fee and this same technique is used to create our Infrognito or Elephant Walk lap quilts.

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Moonlight Rhapsody

21″ x 24 Appiqué Wall hanging

A fox, raccoon, moon and owl all sing together in the night! Inspired by our Oh Howly Night pattern, this wall quilt is a smaller workshop project which uses all the same techniques and a few new ones.

In this workshop we’ll cover:

  • expert tips for small pieces (including how to use fewer!)
  • “stuffed appliqué” (not trapunto)
  • finishing off-the-edge pieces
  • simple hand embellishment stitches
  • creating life-like eyes

Note: Students may opt to fuse the appliqués, but some of the techniques above will not apply.

The pattern is included in the workshop fee and limited kits for purchase may be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Photo above shows optional pieced background.

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Shell Shelters Turtle Pouches

Turtle cases with zipper belly openings

Our creature cases are in a league of their own! Your workshop will focus on the Shell Shelters Turtle pouch to make in class.

Sew a self-lining zipper! And we’ll work with fusible foam and cover alternate methods for feet and eyes, as well different stuffing and turning techniques.

These make wonderful gifts or great donations for your guild’s next fundraiser. Pattern included in workshop.


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.

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Infrognito and Elephant Walk Quilts

(Both projects are taught in class.)

Learn our Middle To Middle Piecing Method! (Think log cabin construction but with shapes instead of strips.)

This method enables the cutting of multiple pieces at once and the hassle-free sewing of angled shapes with
accuracy: No paper piecing, no tiny pieces, no matching of tricky points!

Choose bright pastel prints, stripes & textures for the frogs and elephants or employ your own color palate. (Blocks are layer-cake friendly!) Multiple soft background fabrics will create even more movement and visual texture in these lively, lovable quilts.

(Pattern included in workshop fee. See each pattern back for supplies.)



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