Java House Workshops

Uncommon designs for inspired quilters

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

Lectures and workshops available via Zoom or in-person.

Six-hour workshops can be held in two 3-hour Zoom sessions.

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Zippit Collage 72

Zippit, Ribbit!

Sew it, zip it, carry it away!

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.

In this workshop, we’ll be making the new Zippit Ribbit zipper case. Sewing zippers, working with fusible foam, and linings are easier than you might think! We’ll cover those amazing hooded eyes, as well as different stuffing and turning techniques and a great way to attach an adjustable strap.These make wonderful gifts and can be used for holding thread collections, sewing tools or even as a child’s pajama bag or overnight case.

Class will be two separate 3-hour Zoom sessions.


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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