Sue Rasmussen

Class Descriptions

Quilting 101 A - What you need to know!


A MUST for all quilters! This 1/2 day class is a lecture only, explaining in detail the relationships, as well as the differences, between sewing machine needles, threads, fabrics, battings, detergents, colorfastness, lightfastness, crocking, shrinkage, marking tools, and other quilt-related products. Sue has a degree in Textile Sciences from UC Davis and shares her extensive knowledge in a user-friendly explanation of basic principles and products which all quilters use. This class will affect every quilt you make from this point on! Great lecture for guild shows, conferences and retreats. Class size unlimited.

Half day workshop/lecture - all levels

Landscapes/Pictorial Quilts - Curved Machine Pieced


This class is an introduction to the curved machine piecing technique for landscape and pictorial quilts. In this class, students will cover design techniques, fabric choices, marking, sewing and pattern development working directly with fabric. To simplify and allow more time for learning these techniques, Sue has designed a simple landscape pattern (22" X 28") of a Single Tree Landscape, available to students in this class. By utilizing this pattern, students will immediately begin learning the process of working on landscape quilts without taking hours to design an individual piece.

In the two-day workshop, the morning will be spent completing fabric choices (if not completed on day one), and sewing techniques for curved piecework. In the afternoon, Sue will discuss border options and quilting designs to enhance the Single Tree small quilt, and discuss student's personal pictorial designs, introducing how to translate photos or pictures into a pattern.

Landscape sample
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Two Tulips
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One or two-day workshop - all levels

Landscapes/Pictorial Quilts - Machine Pieced

In this extended workshop, students begin work immediately on their own design. Taking their photograph or design, students will learn how to create a pattern and divide it into 'piece-able' sections, simplifying the design lines to allow for easy piecing. Sue assists each student with pattern development, guides students through auditioning fabrics, teaches curved and straight piecing techniques, border treatments, quilting designs, and finishing techniques. This class takes you beyond raw edge or fused appliqué to a beautifully finished quilt.

Grand Tetons
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Three to five days workshop

Introduction to Paper Foundation Piecing

Piecing using a paper foundation eliminates time and error. Piecing on a foundation will ensure that points are always perfect and will save time of making templates and precutting fabric. Learn this quick and easy technique working on patterns such as half- square triangles, flying geese, square in a square, trees, houses, churn dash, stars and more.

Paper Foundation Piecing sample
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One-day workshop - Beginners in paper piecing

Curved Paper Pieced Flying Geese


Level: Beg/Intermediate to advanced: confident in paper piecing.
Students immediately move beyond the basic paper pieced geese by adding a dramatic twist to them and design a small quilt (18" x 24") with curved flying geese. Students will learn how to design, draw, measure, and sew the pattern in class. Sue will discuss in detail many of the options available for using curved flying geese as borders or central design elements. Sue shares many secret tricks to paper piecing. This class is fun! It will open up new horizons to curved paper foundation piecing. Book coming soon!

Curved sample
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One-day class - Knowledge in basic paper foundation piecing required
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Machine Quilting On Your Home Sewing Machine


This workshop teaches students, while working through several exercises, the basics of free motion machine quilting on a home sewing machine. Beginning with simple shapes, students work through many quilt designs such as echo quilting, stippling and other "filler" designs, and simple curves to more complex designs. Class includes discussions of basting techniques, differences in batting, marking quilt tops, comparisons of threads and needles, and quilt binding.

One or two days - all levels

Machine Quilting On Your Home Sewing Machine -- In Depth

Basics and Beyond  - In this multi-day class, Sue takes students far beyond the basics. Sue
discusses needles, threads, batting, basting, marking, washing, colorfastness,
lightfastness, shrinkage, borders, bindings and how these play into the end product -
Your Quilt. Students learn and practice an assortment of free motion background
designs, dozens of quilting patterns from leaves, flowers, repetitive patterns to freeform,
unmarked beautiful feathers. Sue patiently works with each student, addressing
individual challenges and needs with encouragement and humor. Students bring quilt
tops, and all participate in an open discussion about options for quilting designs.

Multi-day class