Nancy Bills Quilts

 
 
                                    Workshops & Lecture
I offer a number of workshops, most of which are listed below.  If you see something that you like, please contact me through this site for prices and dates.  I'm also happy to customize a workshop for your group, if possible.
Pineapple:

Six hour: In this full day class, students will learn the basic "Perfect Strips" technique as it relates to the Pineapple block and will work on a four block topper or table runner, similar to but not necessarily exactly like the top photo.  The technique uses just an accurately cut beginning square and 2" (approximate) strips to make the entire quilt.  Only the square needs to be accurately cut.  Strips can be the approximate size or scraps from the scrap basket.  No tedious pre-cutting is necessary.  Instead of a Pineapple-only ruler, this technique uses the Draft N Cut 2" x 18" ruler by Simplicity and the Easy Angle 6 1/2" ruler.  Both of these are very inexpensive and can be used for an endless number of projects.

In class I work with each student individually to discuss the many design possibilities for their particular blocks and explore simple changes that can make the project uniquely theirs. For instance, we look at ways to switch fabrics or add additional fabrics within the block and at varying the size of the finishing rows (without any complicated math) to create unique design opportunities.  Included in the workshop is a small trunk show of Pineapple quilts that focuses on various designs, border treatments and embellishment options.


Sunburst Star:


Six hour:  In this workshop, we make a four block Sunburst Star quilt using my "Perfect Strips" technique - just accurately cut 3" squares and 2" (approximate) strips are all you need to make this interesting star - no triangles or Y-seams.  The project makes a wonderful table topper or small wall hanging.  The piece offers a number of design options that will allow students to customize their project.  Shown is the basic four block quilt but with simple color substitutions within the block, the possibilities are endless.  The same quilt works well in many colors and different fabrics.  Try to imagine them in your favorites.  Included in the workshop is a small trunk show of Sunburst quilts that focuses on various designs, border treatments, and embellishment options.  Be sure to visit the gallery to see additional quilts made with this interesting block.

 

Geese in the Cabin:


This popular 6 hour workshop teaches my technique for making a Log Cabin with flying geese.  Simply pull scraps from your scrap basket, press and you're ready to sew.  Or, quickly cut strips from yardage - no edges to square up, that annoying bend that you sometimes get in strips doesn't matter, and the flying geese are made without triangles!  Students can make any size piece from a one block table topper to a full size quilt.  Shown are a throw, a table runner, and a four block topper. Also included in the class is instruction in my layered applique techniques that makes great three dimensional flowers and other shapes as well as a demonstration on adapting the technique to other Log Cabins such as Thick & Thin, Triangular, Diamond, and more.

Accuquilt GO! Isosceles and More:

6 Hour - two day:  The Isosceles triangle is a simple shape that's easily cut on the GO! cutter or with a Kaleidoscope ruler.  This class  uses these triangles cut on the GO! to make a scrappy quilt pattern that gives the illusion of curves - without any curved piecing.  The leftovers from cutting the triangles are then used to make a string star.  If that's not enough, what about using some of the leftovers to make a wacky wedge basket wall hanging?  Nothing goes to waste! 

This is a full day or multiple day workshop.  GO! cutters are supplied.  If students or a group owns one, they can bring their own to class for their personal use.  If you don't own a cutter, this is a great way to see what it's all about.  Also covered in the class are instructions for making the quilts without using the GO! cutter.   Check out the Gallery for more quilts made from this pattern.

Swirling Hexagons:



4 - 6 Hour:  Hexagons are so popular right now and this class makes dramatic hexies using either scraps or a planned group of fabrics.  The best part is that there are two choices for setting the quilts and no Y-seams to deal with when putting the quilt together!  What's more, you get a second quilt from the pieces left after cutting the first one.  In the photos above, the green table runner is made primarily from pieces left after making the blue scrappy throw.  In the 6 hour class, other options for these blocks are discussed as well as more possibilities for Equilateral Triangles.

Lemoyne Chisel Star:

 

4 - 6 Hour:  Make a Lemoyne star using chisels cut on the Accuquilt GO! supplied in class (or with one simple ruler) and put it together without Y-seams!  In class, students cut all the pieces for a nine block wall hanging using an Accuquilt GO! and learn the technique for assembling the star.  There is no waste.  Pieces left after cutting can be used for pieced stems and leaves, applique, or for other star variations.  Class includes pattern for the nine block quilt and some instruction in other block variations.  Great scrappy project!  Note:  Class can be taught without GO! cutters.

 

Wacky Wedges:  Baskets, Borders, Sashings and so much more!

Six hour:  Do you have scraps that you don't know what to do with, fabric that hasn't made it into a quilt and probably never will, or maybe even a beautiful collection that's never found a home?  Or do you just want to learn a fun new technique that doesn't require hours of tedious, accurate cutting and lets you sew just for the fun of it?  If so, this might be the class for you. 

Almost any type of fabric from batiks to traditional to reproduction to holiday will work.  In class we cut the scraps to an approximate size - accuracy isn't necessary - and then put them back together to make baskets, borders, sashings, flower pots, bird houses, etc.  You're only limited by your imagination.  Even the basket handles can be pieced and no bias necessary! 

The class includes written instructions and a few patterns to get you started, but everyone is encouraged to use their creativity and see what happens.

 


Trunk Show Lecture:
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Some of my quilts and things I've learned along the way.  In this presentation I talk about my quilting interests and how they have evolved. The trunk show consists of more than 35 quilts, both antique and my own, most of which are my own unique designs. The trunk show evolves as my interests change, but is primarily traditional.  In addition, I include tips for quilt construction, show many examples of how simple color substitutions can change a pattern, give tips on simple but effective border techniques, and discuss the design process that went into making many of my pieces. Please contact me for dates and fees.