Marsha McCloskey's Workshops and Lectures








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RADIANT FEATHERED STAR,
2 days, 6 hour sessions / Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students

DESCRIPTION: The Feathered Star is an all-time quilter’s favorite and Marsha McCloskey has been collecting these intricate designs for many years. She has two block collections now in print (Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I and II), and has designed a new Feathered Star Ruler. (The ruler measures 8ths and 16ths without having to “eyeball” between the ruler lines.)


TEXT: Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I by Marsha McCloskey. (Some copies will be available in class. It is not necessary to have the book to complete the workshop.)


In this workshop, you will:
• learn to draft the Radiant Feathered Star on graph paper
• learn bias-strip piecing to make the 2-triangle Feather Squares
• explore color choices and value placement
• focus on the precise cutting and piecing


As Feathered Stars go, the Radiant Feathered Star is pretty easy to cut and piece. It just has a lot of pieces and takes some time. The results are well worth the effort. Most participants in Marsha’s one-day workshop can complete part of the block during class. There is a lot to learn and quilters often prefer to finish the piecing at home. However you choose to use your time in the workshop, Marsha is committed to teaching you skills and techniques that will help you in your work as a quilter.





SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers.
BRING THE RULERS YOU HAVE. Recommended rulers are the Feathered Star Ruler* and the Precision Trimmer 3* designed by Marsha McCloskey, 8” Bias Square™* cutting ruler from Martingale, the Omnigrid 6”x 24” ruler, 3”x 18” ruler and a 12" or 15” square. Some cutting rulers will be available for purchase in class.
• Fabric: at least 1/2 yard each of a light, a medium and a dark -- prints or solids -- bring a wider selection if you like.
• 18" C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, sharp pencil, eraser, colored pencils, compass. Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper will be available in class for 25¢- each student will need one sheet.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Travel iron and ironing mat.


OPTIONAL:
• Small zip-lock bags.
• Portable Design Board for organizing sewing. See instructions on website: http://www.marshamccloskey.com/miniatures.html
• Sewing Machine needles: Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needle 70/10*
• Clover 4 mm pins (1-1/2”long) Art No. 2507 Extra fine pins*


* These items will be available for purchase in class but quantities will be limited. If you want to order ahead of time on the website, please mention in the COMMENTS space that you will be in the class.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space for displaying quilts and samples, blackboard, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.


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STAR OF CHAMBLIE SAMPLER
2 days, 6 hour sessions / Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students

TEXT: Star of Chamblie Sampler Pattern by Marsha McCloskey. (Some copies will be available in class. It is not necessary to have the book to complete the workshop.)

DESCRIPTION: The Feathered Star is an all-time quilter’s favorite and Marsha McCloskey has been collecting these intricate designs for many years. In addition to the Star of Chamblie Pattern, she has two block collections now in print (Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I and II), and has designed a new Feathered Star Ruler. (The ruler measures 8ths and 16ths without having to “eyeball” between the ruler lines.)


Marsha’s two-day Star of Chamblie Sampler workshop gives ample time to:
• learn to draft the Star of Chamblie on graph paper
• explore different center options
• learn bias-strip piecing to make the 2-triangle Feather Squares
• focus on the precise cutting and piecing


Each person will make a Star of Chamblie block(s) and choose which center they want to make. Feathered Stars aren’t particularly difficult, they just have a lot of pieces and take some time. The results are well worth the effort. Most participants in Marsha’s two-day workshop can complete a block during class. There is a lot to learn and some quilters prefer to finish the piecing at home. However you choose to use your time in the workshop, Marsha is committed to teaching you skills and techniques that will help you in your work as a quilter.


SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers.
BRING THE RULERS YOU HAVE. Recommended rulers are the Feathered Star Ruler* and the Precision Trimmer 3*, 8-1/2” Bias Square-Plus*, the Omnigrid 6”x 24” ruler, 3”x18” ruler and a 12" or 15” square.
• Fabric: Marsha's sampler is a 2-color quilt done in scraps, so bring at least 1/2 yard each of a light and a dark -- prints or solids -- bring a wider selection if you like (you'll be happier if you bring more).
• 18" C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, sharp pencil, eraser, colored pencils. Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper will be available in class for 25¢ - each student will need one sheet.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Travel iron and ironing mat.


OPTIONAL:
• Small zip-lock bags.
• Portable Design Board for organizing sewing. See instructions on website: http://www.marshamccloskey.com/miniatures.html
• Sewing Machine needles: Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needle 70/10*
• Clover 4 mm pins (1-1/2”long) Art No. 2507 Extra fine pins*


* These items will be available for purchase in class but quantities will be limited. If you want to order ahead of time on the website, please mention in the COMMENTS space that you will be in the class.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space for displaying quilts and samples, black or white board, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.




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ENGLISH IVY
6 hours / Beginning to Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students

You may know Marsha McCloskey from her work with Feathered Star designs and the fact that she has published 30 quilting books during her career. For the English Ivy workshop, she brings with her a deep knowledge of quilt design and precision piecing. Marsha's English Ivy quilt pattern appeared in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine in February 2010. It was designed to feature the red and white prints from her Companions collection (now out of print) with Clothworks.


The English Ivy workshop gives ample time to:


• do a little drafting on graph paper to learn the parts of the block and quilt design and how to change it (How about making a miniature version while you're at it?)
• learn bias-strip piecing to make the 2-triangle squares
• use a sew-it-larger, trim-it-down technique for the stems
• learn about cutting setting squares and triangles and how to make the Birds in the Air pieced border
• focus on the careful cutting (the Feathered Star ruler makes it easy!) and precise piecing


Most participants in Marsha’s workshop can complete a block or two during class. There is a lot to learn and quilters will be finishing the major piecing at home. However you choose to use your time in the workshop, Marsha is committed to teaching you skills and techniques that will help you in your work as a quilter.


SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• 18" C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, sharp pencil, eraser, colored pencils, compass
• Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper will be available in class for 25¢- each student will need one sheet.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies • Travel iron and ironing mat
• Rotary cutter with new blade and cutting mat
• Feathered Star Ruler* and Precision Trimmer 3* ruler (both available for purchase in class)
• Other rulers for general cutting (bring what you already have): 6”x 24” ruler, 3”x 18” ruler and a 12" square
• Travel iron and small pressing surface
• Fabric: 5-7 fat quarters of assorted light prints, 5-7 fat quarters of assorted dark prints


OPTIONAL:
• Portable Design Board for organizing sewing. See instructions on website: http://www.marshamccloskey.com/miniatures.html
• Sewing Machine needles: Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needle 70/10*
• Clover 4 mm pins (1-1/2”long) Art No. 2507 Extra fine pins*


* These items will be available for purchase in class but quantities will be limited. If you want to order ahead of time on the website, please mention in the COMMENTS space that you will be in the class.


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MINIATURE PIECING
6 hours / Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students


DESCRIPTION: Marsha teaches her machine piecing techniques for triangles to make small-scale piecing accessible to the average quilter. You will learn several “cut it larger, true it down” sewing techniques to make ½” scale triangles in 2” and 3” finished blocks. The Feathered Star ruler makes it all possible! The class project is a 3-block wall hanging made with 3" finished blocks.



SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• 18" C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, sharp pencil, eraser, colored pencils. Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper will be available in class for 25¢- each student will need one sheet.
• Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers (bring what you have)
• Feathered Star Ruler* (available in class for $15.00, regularly $16.95)
• Fabric: Bits and pieces - scraps or yardage. Finely woven, preshrunk 100% cotton, tiny prints or solids. The largest square to be cut is 5-1/2", and border strips around 20" long.
• Sewing machine in good working order and normal sewing supplies
• 50 wt or 60 wt 100% cotton sewing thread*
• Travel iron and small pressing surface


OPTIONAL:
• Omnigrid 4” x 6” ruler*
• X-acto knife for cutting through cardstock
• Mary Ellen’s best Press or Spray sizing
• Portable Design Board for organizing sewing. See instructions on website: http://www.marshamccloskey.com/miniatures.html
• Sewing Machine needles: Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needle 70/10*
• Clover 4 mm pins (1-1/2”long) Art No. 2507 Extra fine pins*


* These items will be available for purchase in class but quantities will be limited. If you want to order ahead of time on the website, please mention in the COMMENTS space that you will be in the class.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space for displaying quilts and samples, black or white board, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.


These 2" finished blocks are set on point and finished as ornaments.


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WINTER STAR
6 hours / Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students


TEXT: Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II by Marsha McCloskey. (Some copies will be available in class. It is not necessary to have the book to complete the workshop.)


DESCRIPTION: Make a simplified Feathered Star with a miniature Ohio Star Center. The triangle squares finish at 1". We will draft; learn 2-triangle units with Bias-strip Piecing, 4 triangle units using the Precision Trimmer 6 ruler. (Special in-class ruler price just $11.00, regular $12.95).


SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers. Bring what you have, plus the Precision Trimmer 6* ruler (available in class).
• Fabric: Bring light, medium, and dark fat quarters. The class sample is very scrappy (the largest square to cut is 6-1/4”) 100% cotton, ironed and ready to use.
• 18” C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, sharp pencil, eraser, 2-3 colored pencils. Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper available in class for 25¢- each student will need one sheet.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Travel iron and ironing mat.


OPTIONAL:
• Small zip-lock bags.
• Portable Design Board for organizing sewing. See instructions on website: http://www.marshamccloskey.com/miniatures.html
• Sewing Machine needles: Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needle 70/10*
• Clover 4 mm pins (1-1/2”long) Art No. 2507 Extra fine pins*
* These items will be available for purchase in class but quantities will be limited. If you want to order ahead of time on the website, please mention in the COMMENTS space that you will be in the class.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space for displaying quilts and samples, blackboard, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.
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BLENDED QUILTS
6 hours / Beginning to Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students
(this class can be extended to 2 days)


DESCRIPTION: This workshop is about learning to think about and use large scale prints in new ways. We’ll be pushing ourselves to "unlearn” what we know about contrast and learn to choose fabrics that will work to make simple pieced designs look gloriously complex. Inspiration is taken from quilts of the early 1800s. The project is a quilt top called Simple Gifts designed by Cathy Mathis for the first Blended Quilts book. Precision Trimmer rulers (designed by Marsha McCloskey) will be used to make the Ohio Star border easily and accurately.

TEXT: The Best of Blended Quilts by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Yenter (In the Beginning). Some copies will be available in class for $14.00. It is not necessary to have the book to complete the workshop.

SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS:
• Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers. BRING THE RULERS YOU HAVE. Recommended rulers are the Precision Trimmer 3 ($7.00 in class) or Precision Trimmer 6 ($11.00 in class) , 8” Bias Square™ cutting ruler from Martingale, the Omnigrid 6”x 24” ruler, 3”x 18” ruler and a 15” square.
• Fabric: Look for a variety of floral reproduction prints. The ones that work best have a lot of colors in them, but not very high contrast between the colors. Bring at least a fat quarter each of several different coordinating prints: large scale “Spaced” florals (think “reproduction”, “romantic”, “cabbage roses”, “vintage” etc.) scenic toiles, foral stripes and other coordinating medium scale prints.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Travel iron and ironing mat.
• Design wall: a 1-1/2 yard piece of flannel or dense batting.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Digital slide projector (I can bring my own) with remote control and automatic focus, spare bulb, screen; wall space or quilt standards for hanging quilts and samples. Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, black or white board, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.
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PIECED BORDERS
6 hours / Beginning Level/Class Limit: 25 students

DESCRIPTION: Learn to solve the mysteries of designing and sewing pieced borders that fit your quilt top perfectly.

TEXT: Pieced Borders: the Complete Resource by Judy Martin and Marsha McCloskey (Crosley-Griffith, Inc.) This book is now out of print, but can often be found on Amazon.com.


SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS: 18“ C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85)*, short drawing ruler, sharp pencil (mechanical), eraser, colored pencils, large sheets of 17” x 22” 1/8” graph paper (available in class for 25¢), tracing or typing paper. Calculator. If you have one, bring an in-progress quilt top that needs a border.

CLASSROOM NEEDS: Two tables for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space or quilt stands for displaying quilts and samples, black or white board.
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MASSACHUSETTS CROSS & CROWN
6 hours /Beginning to Intermediate Level/Class Limit: 20 students


DESCRIPTION: Get a great start on making this striking and versatile quilt design. The Massachusetts Cross & Crown quilt finishes at 65” x76" and features 30 pieced blocks, set straight with 2" wide lattices and 2-triangle-square cornerstones. A simple outer border completes the design. The half-dark and half-light character of the block creates endless possibilities for sets and arrangements much like those of Log Cabin blocks. We will draft the star and learn making 2-triangle and 4-triangle units using the Precision Trimmer 6 ruler. (Special in-class ruler price just $11.00, regular $12.95).


SUPPLY LIST FOR STUDENTS: •Rotary cutter with new blade, cutting mat, and rulers. Bring the rulers you have, plus the Precision Trimmer 6 ruler (available in class).
• MATERIALS: For the whole quilt, you will need*:
• Fabric A: 3-1/2 yards total assorted dark prints
• Fabric B: 3-1/2 yards total assorted light prints
• Fabric C: 2 yards dark print for border, binding and some piecing
• Backing: 4-1/4 yards
• Batting and thread to finish
*To simply make some blocks in class, bring assorted light and dark prints.
• 18” C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85), sharp pencil, eraser, 2-3 colored pencils. Large sheets of 1/8” graph paper available in class for 25¢.Each student will need one sheet.
• Sewing machine and normal sewing supplies. Travel iron and ironing mat.


CLASSROOM NEEDS: Table for instructor, 1/2 table for each student, wall space for displaying quilts and samples, blackboard, electrical outlets, extension cords, irons and boards.
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LECTURES


BLENDED QUILTS
Lecture and slide presentation / approx. 1 hour


DESCRIPTION: Based on the book by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Yenter, the Blended Quilts lecture is about learning to think about and use large scale prints in new ways. We’ll be pushing ourselves to “unlearn” what we know about contrast in quilt designs. Inspiration is taken from quilts of the early 1800s. We will be learning to choose fabrics that will work hard for us to make simple pieced designs look gloriously complex.


FEATHERED STAR QUILTS
Lecture and slide presentation with quilts to show / approx. 1 hour


DESCRIPTION: The Feathered Star is among the best loved and most prized designs in American patchwork. This lecture is a collection of slides and historical information collected by Marsha McCloskey, who has made the design her specialty. Her books on the subject include Feathered Star Quilts, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I: Ten Favorite Le Moyne-Based Stars, and Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II: The Best of the Grid-Based Stars.


BLOCK PARTY
Lecture and slide presentation / approx. 1 hour


DESCRIPTION: Quilt Design 101. Marsha McCloskey has about 40 years of quilting experience to share with you, so come ready to learn and be inspired. See a lot of her quilts as she shares the “whys and wherefores” of her color and design choices.


Presentation needs for Lectures: Digital slide projector with remote control and automatic focus (I can bring my own projector, if your facility does not provide one. A table and extension cord will be needed), spare bulb, screen; wall space or quilt standards for hanging quilts and samples; microphone. A table to display and sell books.
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FEES
TEACHING FEES 2013
Workshops:
Full-day (6 hours) ............................. $675
Two to five-day (6 hours per day- same class)............ $625 per day


Lecture (1 hour 15 minutes)...............................................$450


Contact Marsha for available dates: mccloskey1@aol.com
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CONDITIONS


A total of $1500 in fees must be met for trips requiring airplane travel or more than 1-1/2 hours driving one way (this can include presentations made to more than one group.) Presentations are limited to 2 each day. A 25% deposit and signed contract are required to hold dates


Extra Students: There will be an additional fee of $15 for each student enrolled above the stated limit for each class. I will take 1 or 2 extra students, but only if there is sufficient space for them to work and for me to move about the room.


Non-Teaching days: If I have a free day, I would rather spend it at home. If your guild meeting/workshop schedule requires that I stay a day(s) in between without working, you will be responsible for my lodging and meals and there will be a $150.00 daily charge. Sometimes scheduling can be arranged to prevent this from happening. This fee does not apply to travel days or days that I schedule for personal excursions.

Payment for workshops, lectures and expenses is due upon completion.


TRAVEL EXPENSES: Your group is responsible for my traveling expenses, including transportation, housing and food, mileage to the airport and return shipping of workshop materials if needed and agreed upon.

Transportation: I normally make my own airline reservations (coach) 6-8 weeks ahead of time and send a bill for reimbursement at that time. Parking and mileage to the airport will be billed as an expense payable at the end of my time with you. I will contact the program chair before purchasing travel tickets to reconfirm airport, dates and that classes are sufficiently full. Reimbursement of airline tickets is required within 30 days after purchase. In those cases when more than one guild is sharing travel/lodging expenses, should one of those bookings fall through, the remaining groups would be responsible for 100% of these costs. This may also include airline penalties for re-scheduling flights. Please note that some airlines are now charging fees for checking suitcases. If this happens, the hiring party will be responsible for the extra charge.

If I drive, I will charge the current allowable federal mileage reimbursement rate at time of presentation from my home to teaching site and back.


ACCOMMODATIONS: I require a private (single, not shared), non-smoking room in a hotel with access to my room from an interior corridor. If there is no elevator I need to be on the ground floor. I would rather stay in one central location, close to workshop/lecture sites, rather than be moved around, unless an "airport" hotel would be more convenient for you on the last night. Please confirm the housing arrangements you have made with me before I come.

CARTING ME AROUND Please note that I have 2-large 50 lb. suitcases plus 2 smaller carry-on bags and sometimes a few boxes. I appreciate help lifting these bags into the vehicle, which should have a large trunk or cargo space like a van or SUV. If the car is small and/or loaded with boxes, gear and other passengers, there might not be room for me and my stuff.


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS Workshop descriptions, supply lists, and teaching needs are on my web page: www.MarshaMcCloskey.com. You may copy images on the website for publicity for my visit with you. Rarely, am I able to send sample quilts for publicity. I have written 30 books and usually copies of some of these books generate interest in my work among those who might not have heard of me.
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SUPPLIES
Large sheets of Graph paper needed for specific workshops will be provided in class for 25¢ per sheet.


Some books and rulers related to the workshop may be purchased in class. (No percentage of these sales will be given to the hiring group.) I generally don’t ship enough for everyone, so students are encouraged to shop locally for books and tools before hand. I also encourage quilters to bring in books to be autographed. My books, rulers and fabric can be purchased online at www.MarshaMcCloskey.com.


*NOTE about the 18” C-THRU drawing ruler (B-85): This is a thinner ruler than a rotary cutting ruler. It is 18” long and 2” wide, and has a 1/8” grid printed in red. C-THRU is the brand name. B-85 is the product number. This ruler is generally available in stationery stores. Quilt stores generally sell a similar “Quilt and Sew Ruler” for a slightly higher price -- this ruler is also appropriate.