Introduction - I have
conducted quilting and creativity workshops and lectures for more than
25 years. I love teaching my techniques, inspiring budding artists and
meeting quilters from all over the world. My goal is to inform and
entertain so people come away with new knowledge and a memorable
Where I have taught -Some
of the venues where I have taught in the past include: Mancuso quilt
shows in California (Pacific International Quilt Festival), Colorado,
Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, and
; Quilt Festival Houston;
The Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, Australia; Empty Spools
Seminars in Asilomar, CA; quilting retreats at Lake Tahoe; quilters
guilds across the US, Australia and New Zealand; Quilt Seminars at Sea
Types of groups -I enjoy
interacting with small groups as well as engaging groups of up to 300.
Many of my hands-on workshops are focused on groups of 20-25 where
students sometimes are dyeing fabric, creating art quilts and always
learning and having fun.
Below is a listing of some of my classes. For more
information please contact me.
- 3 or 6 hours
Learn how to make three-dimensional quilted fabric sculptures. In this
class you will make a quilted vase, bowl, or flower, but with the
techniques taught, you can create many different quilted 3D shapes.
Your imagination is the limit...
DYED FABRICS: THEY’RE IR-RESIST-ABLE
- 6 hours
Learn to create your own beautiful hand-dyed fabrics! You will become
familiar with the principles of color theory, fabric dyeing using
Procion fiber reactive dyes, and many surface design techniques such as
immersion dyeing to create color progressions or value gradations; dye
painting; bleach discharge; resist techniques; shibori; stamping and
SILK SCARVES – 3 hours
Dye your own silk and rayon scarves in your favorite colors. This class
is a shorter version of my fabric dyeing class (above).
BIRCHES, PAINTED TREES - 6 hours
In this class you will learn to paint realistic looking birch trees,
which will be used to create a beautiful landscape wall quilt. My class
kit will take the worry out of fabric selection.
PAINTING WORKSHOP - 6 hours
Paint your own beautiful sunsets or water fabric and overlay them with
a silhouette of trees (free pattern provided) or other shapes or
embellish with threads (bobbin drawing and thread painting) to create
an original landscape wall quilt.
IN (FREE) MOTION - 6 hours
Create a beautiful Butterfly wall quilt by fusing the butterflies to a
background and adding movement and texture with free motion
A kit (hand dyed fabric and pattern) takes the worry out of fabric
selection. In class we will conduct a series of fun exercises
which you will create free form quilting designs without marking or
templates. Each exercise leads you step by step in developing
your own style and expertise to free motion quilting with confidence.
– 6 hours
“Plantasy” is the name I use for my fantasy flowers and plants. Learn
how to create an original wall quilt with beautiful flowers using the
following techniques: designing and creating a fabric collage using
fused or regular appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery, thread
painting, embellishing with Angelina fiber and beads, couching and
bobbin drawing. Patterns are available for those who are not confident
to make their own designs.
SEASCAPES – 6 hours
Create your own original seascape wall quilt. Learn about essential
design principles. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced
quilters with patterns available for those who are not confident to
make their own designs. We’ll be creating a fabric collage using fused
or traditional appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery and thread
painting, stamping and stenciling with fabric paints, foiling,
embellishing with Angelina and beads, yarn (couching) and
LAND AND CITY SCAPES – 6 hours
Learn about essential design principles to make a beautiful fantasy
view or bring that inspiring photograph that you have wanted to
translate into a beautiful wall quilt. This workshop is suitable for
new and experienced quilters. We’ll be creating a fabric collage using
fused or traditional appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery and
thread painting. Bobbin drawing and couching will provide extra
texture. Learn how to sew from back to front, following your own
drawing or my pattern.
MINIATURE LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP – 6 hours
In this class you will learn to create a small landscape wall quilt
(suitable for framing) using the following techniques: free motion
machine embroidery, thread painting, bobbin drawing, couching, use of
Sulky Solvy to make trees and shrubs, foiling, embellishing with
Angelina fibers and Tyvek. Emphasis is on learning the techniques.
Small landscape patterns will be provided to practice on.
SPARKLING DRAGONFLIES – 6 hours
Create a beautiful dragonfly wall quilt and learn how to add sparkle
with iridescent Angelina fibers, foiling and machine embroidery
threads. This is a fast and fun technique suitable for new and
experienced quilters. Learn about the many exciting ways you can use
this unusual fiber. A kit with several colors of Angelina fiber is
available for $5.
BOBBIN DRAWING, THREAD PAINTING & FREE-MOTION MACHINE
EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP - 3 hours
Many of us have a large collection of gorgeous threads, ribbons and
yarn that are too thick to thread through a sewing machine needle or
too fragile to withstand the machine’s tension disks and thread guides.
With bobbin drawing you will be able to use these wonderful threads.
Learn the basics of this exciting technique and free-motion machine
embroidery, thread painting and couching in this 3 hour workshop.
AN ART QUILTER AND FABRIC DYER
This is an educational slide lecture and trunk show with a big dose of
humor woven in. Marjan grew up in the Netherlands. You will hear about
her untraditional approach to quilting and how she creates her hand
dyed fabrics. She explains where her ideas and inspiration come from,
how her work has evolved over the years and why she does what she does.
Learn from Marjan’s mistakes so you won’t make them yourself!
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Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton VA;
Feb. 21-25, 2018
Ocean Wave Quilters, Fort Bragg, CA, April 8-9
Antelope Quilters Guild, Citrus Heights, CA, May
Oroville Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Oroville, CA, June 21
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 12-15
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Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA;
Feb. 26 - March 3,
MQX Quilt Festival, Manchester, NH; April
Spring AQS show, Paducah, KY; April 24 -
Spring AQS Show, Paducah, KY, April 24-27,
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza,
Oaks, PA; September
Ridge Quilters' Guild, Paradise, CA;
September 17-18, 2019