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Lecture and Workshop Information

Lecture/Trunk Shows

Five-Inch is a Cinch: How Nickel Quilts Are Created –This trunk show is sure to get quilters fired up about using 5" squares of fabric. I bring a great assortment of quilts from my collection and we focus on the blocks in the quilts and the simple components they are made from. I suggest this lecture for guilds that I am visiting for the first time.

Fabulous Nickel Borders: Turn a nice quilt into a WOW quilt by adding easy-to-piece Nickel Borders – A great follow up lecture to Five Inch Is a Cinch . In this lecture we focus on easy to piece borders that are made from 5" squares. I bring many of my quilts with pieced borders and I walk you through my method of “auditioning” borders.

Both lectures inclued a trunk show of at least 25 to 30 quilts. This is not a slide show; you will get to see and touch the actual quilts!

Workshops

I offer a wide variety of workshops, many of which are based on the quilts featured in the Nickel Quilts books. Seven of the workshops are designed so that construction techniques (or units) common to more than one quilt are taught and the student is able to choose from two or more quilts. All workshops are full day (6 hrs), however I am more than happy to discuss tailoring a workshop to fit your needs.

For information on fees please e-mail Pat Speth at Pat@PatSpeth.com.

Combined Workshops

Click on any of the quilts to see larger pictures.

Half Square Triangles and Four Patches
15 Quilts to Make
Featuring: Jewel Box, Northern Lights, Sunny Lanes, Mount Hood, Flying Home from Bali Bali, Beach Party, Shoo Fly, Jacob's Ladder, Path and Stiles, Idaho Beauty, Churn Dash, Heritage Trail, Market Square, Hickory Hills and Texas Two Step.

These units could be considered the cornerstones of quilting. Simple sewing and cutting techniques will turn your 5" squares into many great quilts. You can choose from 14 different quilts to make. Once you play with these units on a design wall you may come up with a new block of your own! You will also learn how to make 2 different sizes of nine patches from 5" squares and sew a mystery block! A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: All skill levels.

Jewel Box
Jewel Box

 

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

 

Flying Home from Bali Bali
Flying Home From Bali Bali

  Sunny Lanes
Sunny Lanes
 


Heritage Trail

Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood
  Mt. Hood
Beach Party
  Mt. Hood
Shoo Fly
  Mt. Hood
Jacob's Ladder
 
Market Square
Mt. Hood
Path and Stiles
  Mt. Hood
Idaho Beauty
  Mt. Hood
Churn Dash
 
Texas Two Step
 

Hickory Hills

 
Flying Geese Units
4 Quilts to Make
Featuring: Dutchman's Puzzle, Stars Over Mitford, King's Crown,and Delta Star.

We will construct this unit with the sew & flip method. No triangles to cut or bias to work with! Pat will show you several great borders using these units. A handout will be given for a second method for making flying geese from 5" squares. Another handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: All skill levels.

Tillie's Treasure
Dutchman's Puzzle

 

All That Glitters
King's Crown

 
Stars Over Mitford
 
Delta Star

 

 
Small Wonders
8 Quilts to Make
Featuring: Tillie's Treasure, All That Glitters, Butterfly Waltz, Star and Hourglass, Star and Crown, South Dakota Star, Flying X and Prairie Gems

Once you start with these units you won't want to stop. Simple sewing and cutting techniques will turn your 5" squares into these remarkable units without cutting any triangles or working with bias. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: easy to intermediate, not for a beginner.

Tillie's Treasure
Tillie's Treasure

 

All That Glitters
All That Glitters

  All That Glitters
Butterfly Waltz
  All That Glitters
Star and Crown
 


South Dakota Star

  All That Glitters
Star and Hourglass
 
Prairie Gems
 

Flying X

 
 
Picket Fence Units
  5 Quilts to Make
  Featuring: Millennium Star, Pinwheels on Parade, Woodland Clover, Chesapeake, and Dawn to Dusk

The picket fence unit is made with the sew & flip method. No triangles to cut or bias to work with. You will receive a handout that includes 39 design variations on the Millennium Star block that are created by rotating and substituting the block components. Pat will show you many great borders using these units. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: All skill levels.

Tillie's Treasure
Millennium Star

 

All That Glitters
Pinwheels on Parade

  All That Glitters
Woodland Clover
 
Chesapeake
 
Dawn to Dusk
Shaded Four Patch
4 Quilts to make. Featuring Shaded four Patch, Brave World, Rocky Road to Dublin and Steamboat Springs. Working with any fabric combination, we will turn 5" squares into this versatile unit. Before sewing these units together, you will want to play with them on a design wall to see what other fabulous quilts you can design. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: easy to intermediate, not for a beginner.

Tillie's Treasure
Shaded Four Patch

 

All That Glitters
Brave World

  All That Glitters
Rocky Road to Dublin
 

Steamboat Springs

 
 
 
Hourglass
4 Quilts to Make. Featuring Big Dipper, Texas Star, Mystery Flower Garden and Sea Breeze. In this workshop you will learn the easy and accurate sewing method for this very versatile unit. The hourglass unit has four triangles in it, but we will make it without cutting any! By sewing first and then cutting, we eliminate working with the bias. I will show you several great borders using these units. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: easy to intermediate, not for a beginner.
Big Dipper
Big Dipper
  Big Dipper
Texas Star
  Big Dipper
Mystery Flower Garden
 
Sea Breeze
Combination Units
7 Quilts to Make
Featuring: Labor Day Madness, Pinwheel, Labor Day Stars, Sugar Bowl, Minnesota Windmill, Liberty Star and Pinwheel Promenade.

In this workshop you will learn the easy and accurate sewing method for this very versatile unit. The combination unit has 3 triangles in it but we will make it without cutting any! By sewing first and then cutting we eliminate working with the bias. Pat will show you several great borders using these units. A handout will be given and discussed on how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top. Rated: easy to intermediate, not for a beginner.

Labor Day Madness
Labor Day Madness

 

Pinwheel
Pinwheel

 
Minnesota Windmill

 
Labor Day Stars
   

Pinwheel Promenade

 

Pinwheel
Sugar Bowl
 
Liberty Star
 

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Nickel Mania Workshop

Nickel Quilts are perfect for retreats or two day workshops, where the same students are in the class for two days. With a 2 workshop minimum fee, I teach what I call "Nickel Mania". In Nickel Mania I teach all the units offered in my separate workshops and the participants are able to make any of the quilts from my books and patterns. As of 2011 that is 79 quilts to choose from!

 

Individual Workshops

Arlington Square
Arlington Square

This quilt gives you practice with four patch units and picket fence units while using up many single 5" charm squares.


Autumn Stretched Star

Perfect for a beginning quilt class. A great quilt for an I Spy theme. Several layout designs are possible with this block.

Four Patch Plaid
Four Patch Plaid

Simple units can create the most amazing designs. Four patch and two patch units are used in this quilt.

Morning Star
Morning Star

A wonderful traditional block for showcasing today great fabrics. This would make a great I Spy Quilt.

 

Ozark Maple Leaf
Ozark Maple Leaf

Learn the methods that make this block a breeze. A great quilt for batiks, fall colored fabrics or reproduction prints.

Paducah Nine Patch
Paducah Nine Patch

A favorite a many quilters, this quilt joy to make in any color combination.

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