BOOKING US

If you are part of a guild or organization and would like to book us, please review our Booking FAQ page.
Once you've read through the explanation of how to book us, please contact us. We are fully booked for 2016-17 and are currently booking for 2018 and beyond.

LECTURES

An out-of-town lecture by Weeks or Bill is $700 plus travel expenses. Lectures within 50 miles of our studio are $400 plus travel expenses. These lectures are combined with a trunk show of our work for no additional fee or they can be delivered alone. Facility equipment needed: Digital projector, slide screen and tables for displaying quilts. We will bring our own computer. If you do not have a digital projector please let us know in advance and we can bring ours. The duration of a lecture/trunk show is generally between 60–90 minutes depending on your needs.

Transforming Traditions: Modernism and Quilts
Early American quilts were born of necessity but have been transformed into a vibrant contemporary art form. We trace this transformation as it parallels changes in art, architecture, design and society. We will show how our quilts are expressive of the era in which we live.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes


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Color in a Supporting Role 
Using examples of our own work as well as images of art, sculpture, architecture, garden design, and product and package design, we will explain the role of color in design. We will show how great quilts, ranging from traditional to contemporary, use color to support a "Big Idea" or design intention.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes


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Quilts Made Modern
What makes a quilt modern? Using examples from our book Quilts Made Modern as well as other quilts, learn what makes a quilt modern and how you might include modern techniques and design approaches in your next project.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 


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Details Matter
Bindings, thread selection, batting loft, block size-such details can make or break a piece. Learn how designers in a wide variety of disciplines, from product design to landscape architecture to quilting, refine details to make compelling work.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 

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Creativity & Quilts: The Power of Cross Pollination
Learn how to be more creative by looking at the honeybee. In this lecture you'll get inspiration for your quilts from a variety of unexpected sources. Lessons learned from outside the quilting world can help you with color, design and composition.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 


 
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Improvisational Quilts
Improvisational quilts at times have been showcases for treasured fabrics or ways to use up scraps. In modern times they often reflect a desire for individual expression. This lecture will show how quilters might incorporate improvisational piecing and appliequé into their next projects.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 


 

Our Quilting Journey and Yours
In this lecture about the importance of surrounding yourself with inspiration from a variety of sources, listeners learn how they can harness their unique talents to broaden the quilting art form.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 


 

The Luminous Quilt
Creating quilts with luminosity is a challenge to even the most experienced quiltmaker. This lecture will explore the concepts of contrast, value and color relationships.

Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring our own computer and digital projector)
Duration: 60–90 minutes 


 
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WORKSHOPS
Workshops are $800 a day for one 6-hour or two 3-hour classes by either Weeks or Bill. A single 3-hour workshop is $400. Travel and lodging expenses are additional.


   
THREE-HOUR WORKSHOPS
 

The Role of Color in Your Quilts 
Develop analytical methods for using color with confidence
through individual and group color explorations. You will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of the role of color in your quilts and with a renewed excitement about quilting.

  • Student supplies: rotary cutting equipment, a wide assortment of cotton quilting fabric (bring fabrics you love to work with as well as others that have proved challenging to work with–we'll be working with small pieces, so scraps are useful), notebook or journal, and a glue stick.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
Note: This class is also available as a six-hour class in which students will sew. In that case students will also need sewing machines, extension cords and any additional machine sewing supplies they like to have on hand.


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How Should I Quilt This?
Regardless of whether you do your own quilting or hire someone to do it for you, deciding how to quilt a quilt perplexes many quilters. Learn how different approaches to quilting can bring out the best in your work. Students will leave with a variety of quilted samples that will be useful for quilting future quilts.

  • Student supplies: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, assorted fabric or leftover blocks for sample quilting, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
 
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Quilting the Modern Quilt
Modern quilts present unique challenges for quilting. Whether it's figuring out how to quilt a large expanse of negative space or how to choose the best thread for quilting a quilt made entirely of solids, learn how to choose the best quilting pattern and thread for your modern quilt. Students will leave with a variety of quilted samples that will be useful for quilting future quilts.

  • Student supplies: sewing machine, free-motion foot if you have one, rotary cutting equipment, two unquilted quilt blocks prepared as quilt "sandwiches" with batting and backing for in-class quilting explorations, extension cord, light, medium and dark threads (at least 6 different options), seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students

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Piecing Curves
Learn to design and draft templates, cut precisely, and sew inset curves. You will conquer curves using our original Eclipse design (the pattern will be provided) to make either a wall hanging or a napping quilt. Using your own fabrics, you can learn about value and create a unique variation of our Eclipse quilt.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, cardstock or template plastic, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well. Avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
  • You can download the free pattern here

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Fabric Smackdown
You'll learn to analyze and understand fabrics then apply what you've learned to create palettes for future projects. Learn how a variety of illustration styles, scales and patterns in fabric make for a more interesting quilt while expanding the range of fabrics you can use with confidence.

  • Student supplies needed: Rotary cutting equipment, journal or sketchbook, glue stick, a wide assortment of cotton quilting fabrics from tone-on-tones, solids, plaids, batiks and hand-dyes to large-scale prints. Also bring fabrics that you love but have perplexed you.
  • Facility equipment needed: Tables and chairs
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
  • Note: This class is a no-sew workshop. It is about the process of understanding and selecting fabrics. Students can document palettes they create by gluing swatches in journals.

 
SIX-HOUR WORKSHOPS  

The Role of Color in Your Quilts
We will look at a variety of quilts and analyze art, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and images of daily life to better understand the role of color in design. Through individual and group color explorations, you will develop analytical methods for using color with confidence. You will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the role of color in your quilts and with a renewed excitement about making quilts. Participants will sew a small, abstract color "portrait" during the second half of the class.

  • Student supplies: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, a wide assortment of cotton quilting fabric (bring fabrics you love to work with as well as others that have proved challenging to work with), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: Slide screen (we will bring a computer and digital projector), tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
  • Note: This class is also available as a three-hour class and can be tailored as a no-sew workshop

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Composition in Modern Quilts
Composition is one of the most powerful tools in design. Students with or without design backgrounds alike are welcome in this class. We will explore elements of composition including proportion, static and dynamic forms and negative space through a series of explorations using solids. Each student will then develop one or more original "Tea House Quilts" drawing on concepts learned in class. Tea House Quilts are what we call small, (18"x24" or so), quilts that can work as focal points in in your home, much as decorative scrolls do in Japanese tea houses and dwellings.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of solids in a range of values and hues, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students

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Understanding Value and Piecing Curves
Learn to design and draft templates, cut precisely, and sew inset curves. You will conquer curves using our original Eclipse design (the pattern will be provided) to make either a wall hanging or a napping quilt. Using your own fabrics, you will learn about value and create a unique variation of our Eclipse quilt.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, cardstock or template plastic, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well. Avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
  • You can download the free pattern here

Improvisational Piecing
Learn different techniques for improvisational piecing and choose one to develop a new project. We'll guide you through a strategy that will have you making design decisions as you go. Students can begin making our Call Me Crazy or Just Passing Through quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well. Avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • If students wish to make the Call Me Crazy quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 3/4 yards white or other field fabric, 2 1/2 yards total assorted blue (or other color) fabrics and 3/4 yards binding fabric. The pattern will be available for $10 in class.
  • If students wish to make the Just Passing Through quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 3 3/4 yards solid field fabric and 1 1/2 yards contrasting solid fabric for the splicing and binding fabric. The pattern is in issue #4 of Modern Quilts Illustrated and will be available for $14 in class.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
 
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Solids Revolution
Piecing with solids offers new design opportunities for quilters and allows them to develop custom palettes. However, quilting becomes more obvious with solids than with prints so this class is unique in that it discusses both various methods for piecing with solids and also how to develop the best strategies for quilting with them.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, a wide assortment of solid cotton quilting fabrics, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
 
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Transparency Quilts
Based on our Transparency Quilts book, this workshop will guide you through explorations to help you develop color confidence in achieving transparency in your quilts. In the first half of the class, we will explain how to use color to create effective transparencies followed by explorations that bring those concepts to life. In the second half of the class, students will begin work on any project from our Transparency Quilts book. If you're not sure which quilt you'd like to make, our Share and Share Alike quilt (pictured) is a great place to start. It requires just four fabrics: three values of one color and a background fabric.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, a variety of small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • For the morning explorations, we’ll be working on small pieces so bring a wide assortment of solid or tone-on-tone cotton quilting fabrics. For the afternoon, bring with a variety of fabrics you think might work well for the quilt you've chosen to make. We find that after the morning workshop, students often think differently about their fabric choices, so it helps to bring a variety of fabric options for your project. If you want to experiment with a small version of the Share and Share Alike quilt, you'll need 3/4 yard each of three fabrics for the blocks and 1 1/2 yards of the field fabric.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students

Working with Large-Scale Prints
Many quilters love large-scale prints but find it challenging to combine them effectively with other prints. Students will learn the design concepts behind using large-scale prints and how to show them off to their best advantage. Students will begin making our Follow the Leader quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of large-scale cotton quilting prints as well as a variety of small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • If students wish to make the Follow the Leader quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 1/2 yards off-white or other field fabric, 1 yard tan or other fabric for links & binding and a 1/4 yard cut or one Fat Quarter each of 10 prints. The pattern is in Modern Quilts Illustrated #3 which will be available for $14 in class.
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
 
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Rediscovering Your Stash
Gain color confidence and plan creative ways to use your stash in one day! Mix a big dose of color theory with an in-depth discussion of combining patterns and a pinch of working with large-scale fabrics and you'll end up with a plan for projects that you want to make from the fabrics you already have. In addition, you'll have consultations about how to freshen up your stash while learning how to use fabrics that you love but find perplexing. You'll see new possibilities for working with your stash and leave the workshop with beautiful palettes and plans for your next few projects. Bring patterns you love and fabrics you'd like to use or are unsure how to use and you'll be amazed at how you'll be able to pull it all together. Our Fabric Fusion quilt, shown on the right, is just one example of a quilt that students have made using their stashes and what they have learned in this workshop.

  • Student supplies needed: An open mind and as large an assortment of cotton quilting fabric as you can haul! Try to include different values and hues, small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints, solids, stripes, batiks, large-scale fabrics and especially fabrics you love but find challenging to use. Small quantities are fine. You'll also need a sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting. (Note: this class can also be taught as a no-sew class that revolves around discussion of fabric, color, patterns etc. In that case no sewing supplies are needed. Students simply need to bring an assortment of cotton quilting fabrics.)
  • Facility equipment needed: tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • This class is best held at a fabric store or location where students can work with additional fabrics from the shop
  • Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced
  • Size limit: 25 students
 
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MULTI-DAY WORKSHOPS  

From Idea to Quilt
You have an idea for an original quilt but you need to figure out the details. What size are the pieces? Does the palette need some work? How are you going to quilt it? How would different binding fabrics change the look of the final quilt? This class is designed to coach you through the process of making an original quilt. Come with the desire to try new colors, techniques and perspectives. Bring a sketchbook and ideas.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues including small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints, solids, batiks, large-scale fabrics and whatever you love or find challenging, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring a computer and digital projector), tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Size limit: 20 students
  • Recommended duration: 2–5 days
 
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Design Bootcamp
Learn the basics of color, composition, proportion and scale in this two-day class that can be taken as a prelude to our Idea to Quilt class (above) or as an independent class. You'll see color in a new way, how fabrics interact and how the various components of design can contribute to a well-executed finished quilt. The class will focus on mastering the concepts of design through a variety of explorations as opposed to making a finished piece. Student are also welcome to bring unfinished work for feedback.

  • Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues including small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints, solids, batiks, large-scale fabrics and whatever you love or find challenging (scraps are fine too), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.
  • Facility equipment needed: Slide screen and extension cord (we will bring a computer and digital projector), tables and chairs for cutting and sewing
  • Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Size limit: 20 students
  • Recommended duration: 2 days
 
   
Weeks also has two ONLINE classes!  
If you can't make it to one of our classes in person, you can take Weeks' Designing the Modern Quilt course on Craftsy.com!

Designing Modern Quilts

Weeks' other class Solids Revolution is a project-based class on iquilt.com. In it you'll learn how to use solid fabrics to make the graphic Fun House quilt

 Solids Revolution

   
INSTRUCTORS
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts). Weeks and Bill wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. Their book A Kid's Guide to Sewing, written with their daughter, will be released in August 2013.

In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter's Companion, Dwell, O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living.

Bill and Weeks design several lines a year for Andover Fabrics. Weeks teaches the Craftsy course, Designing Modern Quilts and writes the blogs Craft Nectar and Yes. It's my real name. Bill is also head of the Department of Art, Art History and Graphic Design at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
 
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