Wild and Spectacular Flowers

purple flower on grey background surrounded by purple thread flowers

Embrace your wild side with free motion zigzag!

In this class we will explore the world of fun fabrics, interesting backgrounds and border with texture, thread and last but not least free motion zigzag. 

Working with intersting and funky fabrics of all colours and textures you will create a flower that becomes the focal point of your quilt. Explore background and borders that add dimension, texture and interest to the piece but not over powering the focal point.

Learn how to finish off the flower and add detail to each petal by using the technique of free motion zigzag. It’s as easy as colouring outside of the lines. 

Not a flower fan that’s okay pick another object as your focal point – tree, animal, bird – anything goes. 

The goal of this workshop is to create a stress free and relaxed environment to have fun, learn new techniques and create a gorgeous quilt whether it be a wall hanging, pillow or table runner. The project may look difficult but it is in fact uncomplicated and easy to create.  

This workshop is suitable for all levels of quilters.

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Workshop Features

  • How to choose fabrics for the focal point.
  • How to make the flower or other focal point as one unit using fusible web.
  • Choosing fabrics for the background.
  • How to create an interesting border or background.
  • Discussion of background quilting motifs.
  • How to finish off the raw edges of the focal point with a free motion zigzag stitch.

Bonus Materials

  • Discussion about threads that can be used for this project.
  • Adding thread play to the background to create texture and another design element.

Embrace your wild side with free motion zigzag!

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3 Sessions 

  • Session 1: one hour focusing on the supply list, talking about focal points, fabric selection for the focal point and background or border plus any pre-class work for session 2
  • Session 2: 2.5 hours focusing on creating the focal point as well as exploring background and border options
  • Session 3: 2.5 hours focusing on quilting the background, thread play, adding the focal point and  free-motion zigzag

Sessions include theory with slideshows, live demos and lots of time to work on the project and receive feedback from Jen


1 Session

Pre-class work is required to pick fabrics and assemble supplies


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Contact Jen today to choose the perfect trunk show or workshop for your guild

Jen is available to present trunk shows, seminars and workshops from an evening to multiple days for your group, club, guild, shop or festival wherever you may be.

For a list of Jen’s current engagements and workshops check out her workshop schedule.

Call Jen now at +1-705-835-3064 (or use the form below) to discuss your needs and book her in for your next get-together.

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Have you heard of the Global Quilt Connection? Its a website for quilting instructors and guilds to connect. It promotes instructors and the virtual speaking and teaching engagements they have to offer. Each instructor has a video promoting themselves and what they have to offer the quilting world. You can see my video here on the home page of my website, Quilts by Jen.

GQC also have teacher spotlights each month where they highlight 3 different instructors each month. They also have this wonderful even 3 times a year called the All Star Sampler Platters which is a huge success for all involved – the instructors, GQC and the guilds looking for speakers and teachers.

What is this Sampler Platter you ask? It is where 18 instructors each give a live 15 minute demo on a technique to promote their virtual teaching skills to guilds and individual quilters around the world.

I am very happy to say that I am a part of this month’s All Star Sampler Platter. I’ll be presenting a demo about appliqué and free motion zigzag called Wild & Spectacular flowers. It’s a bit daunting since it is live but also very exciting to be able to give a taste of my teaching skills and some of my favourite techniques to guilds around the world.

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Check out the Global Quilt Connection to see how you can view this event on July 30 & 31, 2022 from 3 – 6 pm each day. I will be presenting on July 31st around 3:30.

Hope to see you there.

Coming Soon: Fall 2022 – Wild & Spectacular Flowers – 6 hour workshop.

purple flower on grey background surrounded by purple thread flowers
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Until next time…

Happy Quilting