Classes & Workshops Schedule

To book a class with Mary Lou, contact her at Lattegirl@aol.com

I have cut down on my classes for the coming year as I need some time to work in my studio for new ideas. I know there are several of you who are interested in having me come.

I request a hotel room in a “nice” well known hotel as in Holiday Inn, Embassy Suites, Hyatt, Hilton, Red Lion etc. Clean crisp sheets and comfort is a good thing at my age. My request is a room that opens to the INSIDE of the hotel. I do not feel safe in a hotel that opens to the outside. Thank you for being thoughtful on this. :0)

My charge for a lecture is $500. And for a workshop it is $750. Per day. I request a two day class or two one day classes. I usually come packed with a variety of quilts and it is well worth getting more. I like teaching others to stretch and enjoy their own creativity which we all have. Some people need to know how to find it. These classes are relaxed and fun. I have been teaching since 1988 and I know what to do to get people “out of the box” to do things they did not know they could do. Its all about discovery.

Workshops

Autumn Winds

Autumn Winds

ALL Things AUTUMN-Don’t You Love Fall?

Here is a workshop for anyone who loves Autumn as much as I do and wants to stretch and make something wonderful to show off your talents and love of the best time of year -AUTUMN.

The color and the fun that Autumn brings makes this a must do for anyone wanting to stretch and to try hoochy owls, pumpkins, witch hats, shoes etc. Color and fabric choices for your best work will be discussed. We will also be discussing witches, and characters like Frankenstein. Turkeys are a fun topic as well as pieced leaves, acorns and candies. Don't forget those black cats too! Come and enjoy each other as we create one of a kind quilts that are not only fun but beautiful.

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Christmas Wreath Workshop

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Christmas Wreath Workshop - Applique or Fused

Length: One or Two Days

This class provides you with everything you need for a one of a kind Christmas Wreath for your home or a lovely gift for someone special.
You may choose to do this out of cotton or perhaps wool. Both are effective and beautiful. Embellishing will be discussed and encouraged after it is quilted.


Christmas Tree Workshop- TWO Day

I now offer a workshop for a Christmas Tree, Pieced or plain and patterns for whimsical and fun ornaments that you will be able to embellish with all kinds of fun things once it is quilted. This is an awesome project if you love Christmas as is the wreath.

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Dogs and cats-Cats and Dogs (hoochy Style/Easy Piecing)

Mary Lou is now teaching a class from her new Book "Hoochy Twochy" for those that want to piece a dog or cat quilt. Funny dogs or cats that can be repeated into one great quilt or just one for a pillow or wallhanging. These are whimsical and fun and your friends will love them too! This class is probably not for a beginner. 

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Drawings from Children/artwork from loved ones

Drawings from Children/artwork from loved ones

This is probably one of my most favorite things to teach because I get to see young children's artwork and lovely notes and little cartoons from loved ones. 

Bring a piece or many to incorporate into one great quilt. I encourage people to take children's artwork or possibly a note to you with a cartoon or an aplphabet written by a child and turn it into a beautiful, free and out of the box quilt! There are a few secrets and once you start they are so fun to make.

My samples is a quilt by my 7 year old Granddaughter who drew a story in school about a Prince saving a Princess. Many mis-spelled words and such fun! Now that she is older she giggles and I know this quilt will be dear to her in the future and to her children. These are Legacy quilts for sure. Take something you have kept on paper and bring it to make that special quilt others will love too.

Two day workshop

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Embellishing Your Quilts

Length: 1 or more days

Bring a favorite quilt that has been quilted, your favorite buttons, beads, ric rack , trim, floss’s, and see what wonderful glorious things we can do to make a simple quilt, a piece of art and excitement. Mary Lou’s embellished quilts have won many awards and this class has been requested by many shops and guilds. Once you start embellishing quilts, you won’t be happy with keeping them plain. Come and learn the basics and some exciting new ideas that can make something ho hum, TERRIFIC art!

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Flower Power

Flower Power

Length: 1 day or 2 days

Class is based on Mary Lou’s new book “Flower Power.”

These blocks are pieced blocks done Hoochy style and made into great wall hangings and quilts. Then when they are done, you have the option of adding buttons for centers and eyes and other fun things in the garden. These quilts have a “WOW” factor and are loads of fun to do and to enjoy making. See what creativity, color and exploring design can do for a great quilt!

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Hoidy Toidy Houses

Hoidy Toidy Houses

Length: 2 days

HOIDY TOIDY HOUSES!

This is a creativity class that Mary Lou is exploring with piecing and appliqué.

Learn how Mary Lou pieces a large house, Tre House, Hut,boat, castle,garage and other buildings into her background. Then once the quilt is pieced, she adds people and things in the windows, on the roofs tops in the sky and on the ground. Animals, flowers, cars, and fun characters make this quilts prize winners at shows. Mary Lou can help you make your neighborhood one that will please those lucky enough to see them.

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Hoochy Twochy

Class centers around Mary Lou's new book that has all kind of things and animals and hats and cups and a variety of whimsical things. Its fun and it OUT OF THE BOX!

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Large Basket of Happiness and Joy

Come and piece a large basket to add things to like angels, animals, leaves, fish, antiques, words, flowers, vegetables, fruits etc. Two days. One to piece and one to start fusing or appliquing. I am working on this sample now. It is included in my Hoochy Twochy book as a pattern. Available the end of Feb 2017.

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Piecing stuff the FUN Way

Mary Lou is working on a new book that is all piecing. She has designed many “things” that are all pieced the hoochy way and they are fabulous and make terrific quilts with bright fabrics and a will to be creative and “out of the box.” Let her teach you how while you make  fish, flowers,faces, houses,toys,cats and loads of other fun things. This is a two day workshop.

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Plaid to Meet You

Plaid to Meet You

Plaid to Meet You - Two Days or More

Do you love plaids but think you have to match them? Join us in a new, fun piecing, slicing, dicing and making buildings, flowers, people, birds, leaves, boats, fish and loads of other things. We use plaids and graphics to create one of a kind quilts. This class is really so much fun and stretches your creativity quotient and your imagination. It's easy and it brings the artist out of everyone. Personalizing the pieces with embroidery doubles the fun as well as embellishing after it is quilted.

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Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Length: 2 days

This class has become very popular and in fact has taken many quilter’s self portraits to Museums for shows. Step out of the box and learn about yourself and how you can put ideas and things you had not though of before into a quilt to leave a lasting impression about who you are and what is important to you. These quilts become legacy pieces that can tell others imaginative, fun and creative things. It might even surprise you to see how wonderful a self portrait of YOU can be.

Lots of smiles, easy going fun and friendships made in class.

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Story Quilts

Story Quilts

Story Quilts - Diary Pieces that LAST

Length: 3 or more days

This is by far Mary Lou’s best and most popular workshop. Mary Lou is a process teacher and with this workshop we work with process, stretching, thought growth, design, colors and how they work with other colors around them, composition and imagination. This class is for the quilter who wants to do something a little more involved (not hard), to develop and stretch and go on the road “less traveled.”

These quilts tell about you, what and who you love and with sentiments and smiles make the viewer know something special about the artist that they didn’t know before. These quilts are crow pleasers and often are winners in quilting venues and shows. This class helps you ”think” of events in your past with a positive, happy outlook and offers up many ideas that tell of you and events you remember. This surprises the artist often and lets process take flight as you stretch and learn as you sew. It is both fun and satisfying too.

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Lectures

"Creative YOU"

Lecture covers all kinds of ways to become more creative. Mary Lou explains avenues of creativity, the personality of the creative person and how you can stretch and become more creative with you thoughts and your quilts. Prepare to be inspired and to go away thinking of things you want to do to be a new "creative YOU."

"Out of the Box"

This lecture discusses how to get out, stretch, and stay out of the box. How to learn new things, go new directions and take the road less traveled.
How to get "Out of the Box"!

"Quilted Memories and Celebrating YOUR life"

Lecture covers ideas of going back and considering how your life is different from other people's lives. What is important to say in a quilt and what will people know about you in years to come from your quilts? Lots of inspiration and lots of exciting colors and ideas.