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Karen Witt

Karen Witt

Karen Witt
Winchester, KY

www.reproductionquilts.com

Karen has been sewing all of her life and has been actively quilting for over thirty years. She has taught quilting classes for individual guilds and quilt shops across the country and in France for Quiltmania. Her quilts have been exhibited and have received numerous awards at national shows, including Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society (AQS) and National Quilting Association NQA). In addition, she has received recognition in numerous design competitions. For the past several years, she has chosen to specialize in the history of quilting, the use of reproduction fabrics and the creation of quilts with historic significance. She currently dates and appraises quilts, lectures, teaches and designs reproduction patterns. Her original designs and quilts are frequently featured as Free Projects on the Windham/Baum website and in The Quilter, Quiltmania, Fabric Trends, Easy Quilts (a Fon’s and Porter publication) and Love of Quilting.


Wednesday, July 24

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Civil War Sampler
Civil War Sampler

Civil War Sampler

Supply List
Supply List
Level: ALL

Pattern req: Civil War Sampler $18.00. Available in class.

Reduce your stash while making this Civil War commemorative quilt! Each of the over 40 blocks represent a person or event from the Civil War with the top half of this quilt featuring the Northern States and the bottom half featuring the Southern States. We’ll also discuss quilting in the border states and the myth of the Underground Railroad quilts. Quilters will learn techniques for improved accuracy and speed with machine piecing. Also learn options for hand and machine appliqué, hand piecing and procedures for printing inked images on fabric. Learn how-to-look at a block and decide which technique to use – a skill that is useful with all of your quilting. Select appropriate fabrics and make design decisions to create a sampler quilt with blocks from this period. This project is appropriate for all skill levels as the techniques can be easily adapted to suit your comfort level. For example, if you dread the “appliqué” word, you can utilize machine appliqué or even fusible appliqué instead of needle turn appliqué – all will produce a beautiful quilt! While stitching, quilters will listen to period music and hear interesting stories of women’s political involvement long before they were permitted to vote. We’ll discuss the history of the blocks and how women (and their quilting) were affected by the war – and how the quilters and quilts affected the war itself! Left behind on the home-front, women used their needlework skills to create beautiful artistic quilts, express their political and religious beliefs and supply their fighting men with essential bedding. This is a class you don’t want to miss and an heirloom quilt that you will love making!!!

Thursday, July 25

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Crazy Quilt
Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt – HW

Supply List
Supply List
Level: INT

If you’ve ever wanted to make a crazy quilt, this is the class for you! Make a 12” block and learn correct proportions for constructing any size crazy quilt block. Techniques for assembling blocks into a quilt will be discussed. Other finishing options will also be discussed. Information on fabric options and foundation construction will be emailed so that foundations can be completed before class. In class, learn embellishment stitches and explore the use of ribbons, laces, braids, jewelry, beads and more for decorating your block! This truly is a project where more is better! The finished project will be suitable for framing, finishing as a pillow or may become the first block in your glorious crazy quilt!

Friday, July 26

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Civil War Sampler
Civil War Sampler

Civil War Sampler FULL!

Supply List
Supply List
Level: ALL

Pattern req: Civil War Sampler $18.00. Available in class.

Reduce your stash while making this Civil War commemorative quilt! Each of the over 40 blocks represent a person or event from the Civil War with the top half of this quilt featuring the Northern States and the bottom half featuring the Southern States. We’ll also discuss quilting in the border states and the myth of the Underground Railroad quilts. Quilters will learn techniques for improved accuracy and speed with machine piecing. Also learn options for hand and machine appliqué, hand piecing and procedures for printing inked images on fabric. Learn how-to-look at a block and decide which technique to use – a skill that is useful with all of your quilting. Select appropriate fabrics and make design decisions to create a sampler quilt with blocks from this period. This project is appropriate for all skill levels as the techniques can be easily adapted to suit your comfort level. For example, if you dread the “appliqué” word, you can utilize machine appliqué or even fusible appliqué instead of needle turn appliqué – all will produce a beautiful quilt! While stitching, quilters will listen to period music and hear interesting stories of women’s political involvement long before they were permitted to vote. We’ll discuss the history of the blocks and how women (and their quilting) were affected by the war – and how the quilters and quilts affected the war itself! Left behind on the home-front, women used their needlework skills to create beautiful artistic quilts, express their political and religious beliefs and supply their fighting men with essential bedding. This is a class you don’t want to miss and an heirloom quilt that you will love making!!!

Saturday, July 26

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Wool Applique Sewing Kit
Wool Applique Sewing Kit 1

Wool Appliqué Sewing Kit – HW

Supply List
Supply List
Level: INT

Optional Kit $28.00

Stitchers will learn tips and techniques for wool appliqué while making this sewing kit that keeps all supplies (scissors, threads, needle threader and needles) at hand for on-the-go stitching! Learning the proper techniques for embroidery will improve their stitching pleasure and the quality of their workmanship. They will practice variations of buttonhole stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy, French knots, Colonial knots, satin stitch, thread loops and more.

Wool Applique Sewing Kit 2
Wool Applique Sewing Kit 2

Kit includes everything needed to make this project – pattern, all fabrics, threads, interfacing, and needles. Students will be able to complete most of the project in class and finish it quickly at home.