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Have you wondered how EBHQ's virtual workshops compare to our in-person ones?

This year's participants have given them a thumbs up! Read on.....

Audrey Esarey, Saturday, September 25: Abstract Arcs

I really appreciate Audrey’s tips about inserting 1/8in strips. It makes it so easy. Audrey’s

instructions are detailed and easy to follow. Thank you.

I really enjoyed this class - who knew that I'd find so many curves to be enjoyable! Audrey had

great tips and techniques that will help me with a lot of my piecing. A very enjoyable day

piecing on line.

My first taste of curved piecing. A new technique to add to my list. Great tips on piecing and

quilting. take away: Remember to always check your pattern print out is at 100%.

Great combination of getting to play around with improv and learning some new precision

techniques. I had a lot of fun, thanks so much Audrey!

Audrey Esarey, Sunday September 29: Indigo Radial

Curves made easy! Learned how to pin a curve so it sews smoothly, even with narrow strips.

I never thought I'd be able to say that I am comfortable with curved piecing, but after two

classes this weekend with Audrey, I am a convert. Still not perfect, but a confident piecer of

curves! Audrey paced the class well, provided tips for all aspects of the Indigo Radial pattern

and has lots of good suggestions for adjusting the pattern to make other variations. Loved the


Audrey is an excellent teacher, very prepared and organized with lots of clear explanations and

patience. This class included challenging techniques, but were easy to accomplish.

I learned a lot and gained confidence with cutting and piecing precision curves.

A lot of information, and enough time to complete a couple blocks...perfect! Thanks, Audrey!

I learned a few tricks, like taping the template pieces to the fabric and some tips on pinning.

Everything made sense. The effective use of finger pressing was a surprising treat. The organization and

details repeated in different ways really aided my learning. Audrey was excellent about

describing why she does things the way she does.

Malka Dubrawsky Saturday, August 28: Dye Workshop

What fun this was! I'll now be looking at things from veggies to things in the garage in a whole new way, as I figure out how to use them to create new fabric! I really enjoyed this class and would encourage anyone to experiment with this.

Good workshop - I learned a lot even though I didn't do anything!

I learned many ways of transferring colors to fabrics. Thank you, Malka.

Excellent class ! Clear instructions and humor! I will continue to practice.

I’ve learned to love and appreciate the lowly potato!

Malka Dubrawsky Sunday, August 29: Resist Workshop

Thank you so much, Malka. What a lovely workshop. I learned so much, and can’t wait to continue with this process.

Never thought I'd be able to do wax resist dyeing at home, but this was great. Malka made it easy to follow and I'm confident that I'll be able to do some on my own.

Thanks, Malka! It’s fascinating to work with dyes rather than paints on fabric. Deep and clear colors, sometimes the dye has a mind of its own.

I was surprised at how not messy it was! I didn't get any dye on my workspace

Marge Tucker Saturday, May 22: Going in Circles

One thing I loved about the class is that we started sewing almost immediately. Thank you for that!!!

Great pacing...really appreciated breaks, makes 6 hours less tiring. Really learned a lot.

Fun class! A ton of ideas offered from one technique.

Lots of really fun ideas to do.  And, lots of sewing time to try out new techniques.  Thanks for a great workshop Marge

Extremely enjoyable workshop with creative ideas, concise instruction and non-intimidating help from Marge, an excellent instructor.  Thank you, Marge

Marge Tucker Sunday, May 23: Eel Grass and Eddies

Marge is an excellent teacher and well-prepared.  She encouraged confidence in putting a sharp blade through 21 inches of material right off the bat.  Her teaching involved color, shape, size, placement, and contrast.  A lot to take with us to next projects.  Thank you.

A key phrase for me was gentle curves”.  Anything too curvy was harder to sew.

It was so helpful to have the handout in advance.  The handout was very clear.

Marge Tucker taught us a curved piecing technique with many ways to make variations.  Great use of zoom to demo and make it clear how to organize and sew together the curved blocks. Helpful to have the handout to review as we learned.

Wow...I can now sew curves...and baby step out of my traditional mode and dip my toes into improv.  Thanks so much, Marge, for helping me break out.

Great class...another skill in my toolbox.  I can now sew curves, no pins...no register marks.

Fern Royce Saturday, April 24: Parts and Pieces

Today I learned how to sew a curved row of flying geese! It's my new favorite technique. Thank you Fern for sharing your skills.

It’s a really fun workshop, I learnt to sew spikes and dancing squares and curved flying geese. Many fun techniques. Fern is a great teacher. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Fern, for the new techniques, which you demonstrated so patiently today. I have new ideas for elements, which I'll include in my circles quilt. It's always nice to meet others who don't like to throw away their scraps!

I didn’t do anything that I intended to do, but I sure did have fun! I really liked making the flying geese units and the dancing squares. I am looking forward to trying the curved piecing & the spikes.

Class with Fern was great. Learned a lot of creative ways to finish quilts. Several techniques that will be handy. I practiced the ones that seemed trickier so I would be able to make them again. Enjoyed seeing other people’s ideas and appreciated how Fern was able to suggest different ideas.

I love Fern’s calm easy style, good pace, and her grace dealing with some technical issues.

Fern Royce Sunday, April 25: Working Small

This is a great class and I learned a lot about details and tricks! Getting a bit more confident! Thanks Fern. You are a wonderful and very kind teacher. 

Very fun workshop. I had a great time sewing small log cabins and house tops. 

Class was awesome! It was super productive and so much fun. I am a dancer so I love the dancing squares and wiggles! :)

We learned so many techniques—especially enjoyed the dancing squares. It’s great to have our stash available to dip into.

You covered quite a variety of techniques with great demonstrations and explanations. Was very glad to try out so many ways of working small.

A fantastic class with lots of good techniques. The scraps I save have gotten much smaller, not sure if that is good or bad! Thank you Fern it was a wonderful day!

Rachel Derstine Saturday, March 27: Artful Couching

Fantastic class. She focused on this one technique and I feel now that I can incorporate it into my quilting.  Thank you Rachel

I really enjoyed the class - nice to learn a new technique and use a presser foot I’ve had for a long time and never used!

This was a really fun and informative class.  I’ve done couching before, but Rachel provided me with a lot of good tips that made it so much easier.  I’m definitely going to incorporate more couching into my art quilts.  Many thanks to Rachel!!

I was a bit nervous taking this class because I have never done couching before. I had so much fun and I learnt a lot today. Thanks so much.

Thanks for the great class.  Being able to see the videos over and over again was really helpful.  It also allowed us to see very close up, better than in an in-person class.

Such a fun technique to have in my “tool kit”!  I loved how you had the individual videos of different steps which we could see over and over again as needed! Thank you, Rachel, for a great class! 

Rachel Derstine Sunday, March 28: Strata Quilt

Thanks again for a lovely day, and creative ideas. There was a lot of variety in this class: piecing curves, free motion quilting, couching, and the bonus video about screen printing on a quilt .  Fun class.

I enjoyed this class! Rachel was terrific (and I’m looking forward to her lecture). I thought the coordination by EBHQ was terrific. Thank you so much for the work.

It was a lovely and wonderful workshop with Rachel. I learned new techniques and played with many possibilities. 

Videos are great! Thanks for your effort to make them all.

Thank you very much for a fun class and for sharing the videos. I learnt a lot today.

Jenny Lyon Saturday, February 20: Start with a Square

Jenny - This has been a great class. thank you for such great information.

Great class, gives me confidence to try more designs. I also learned from seeing others’ work. So much fun!

Great class - I really had fun getting to try out my free-motion muscles!!

I was there on Saturday and it was fantastic!!! Jenny describes herself as Teacher, Author, Encourager and Artist and she could not be more on point. She is an outstanding teacher -- patient, clear and knowledgeable. She points out mistakes she has made which makes her human and an even more effective teacher. She is coach, champion and encourager and keeps you going. I had never done any free motion quilting before Saturday and with Jenny’s teaching and encouragement, I am ready to give it a try. I cannot recommend her highly enough. if you have a chance to take a workshop with Jenny, do it.

Jenny Lyon Sunday, February 21: Fearless Free Motion Quilting—Cutwork Scarf or Table Topper

This was a fun technique to try out and Jenny is an excellent teacher! very productive class. lots of hints for making sure your marks disappear, your scissors are correct for the job.

Great class for understanding the values of negative space. Jenny is patient and entertaining.

This was a fun technique to play around with. It was a good way to practice being consistent with my free motion sewing. Jenny is a great teacher.

Jenny’s class was a lot of fun! She is an excellent teacher. She provided a lot of useful tips and recommendations. We came away with understanding negative space, along with a new technique to incorporate into our toolkits.

Thank you for including me in your fun workshop! A great group. Jenny--thanks for your instruction, helpful tips, and sense of humor :)

I enjoyed every minute in the class designing practicing free motion quilting and all the tips about thread needles and scissors. Thank you very much.

Pati Fried Saturday, January 23: Design Journal

The class opened my eyes to see images in a new way. Now when I look through a magazine I see more than I saw before.  Pati showed how our pages can translate into designing a quilt. The best part is I now have a home for images I have been saving for years and can put somewhere where they inspire. me. I'm looking forward to making more pages in my design journal. Thank you Pati!

Pati, this was really good for me; gave me a new way of thinking about how to use my idea” pictures.  I think it will change my artwork and help keep me from getting so stuck.  Thanks.

This is a great class. Pati is an awesome teacher. I learned a lot about designs and new ideas. I think that one of the best thing about this class is no unfinished pieces. 

Taking a Zoom quilt class is the best experience during Covid.  Pati s class was very inspiring for making future quilts and we now all have a notebook of ideas.  We were able to share our photos and Pati gave us each feedback.  It is great to know that classmates were able to join from different states and areas in California.

Thank you for a most enjoyable class, Pati. I found your instruction inspiring and my creativity stoked! I learned new techniques, a new way to begin looking and thinking about design, and resources that I am excited to investigate. The Zoom experience was actually a great venue.

Patis class was a great way to re-set for the new year!  The notebook and cut images allowed a lot of exploration and reflection that was easily applied to my art and quilts. The notebook will be a great place to meditate and collect inspirations and a resource for years to come.

Pati Fried Sunday, January 24: Home Sweet Home

It was fabulous to just be given inspiration and ideas and go for it, with you there for techniques if needed. I am so glad that I took the Home Sweet Home class after Design Journal because the design class gave me the confidence to listen to how I reacted to my fabric and and try something. Normally I would just follow the rules and this allowed me to color outside the lines and feel good about it.

Great class. I do a lot of scrappy quilting so this is really helpful.

Such fun fun fun...the more I make, the better they get. Thanks Pati...learned a few new skills.

Sarah Bond Saturday, October 24, 2020: Coming Full Circle

Sarah Bond taught a great circle class. In one day we learned three different techniques to create graphic circles. Not only was she a wonderful teacher but she gave us beautiful illustrated instructions so we ll be able to do them in the future. Many thanks for a really nice day.

I learned a lot in this class with Sarah. She provided complete instructions and plenty of written documentation to go with the audio visuals.  The complicated looking blocks seem a lot easier now! 

What a rich and fun set of colors, ideas, and people. We learned three varieties of circles, each completely different effects and methods. Thanks very much to Sarah.

Just what I was hoping for.  Pace was fast, but that was ok.  The zoom class worked better than I expected, although I do miss meeting everyone in person.

What a wonderful class! Jam-packed full of useful information and very inspiring samples to share. Thanks to everyone at EBHQ for providing this wonderful opportunity!

Sarah Bond Sunday, October 25, 2020: Scrappy String Diamonds

Great class, Sarah!  Made for a fun and relaxing Sunday morning, 3-hour length was perfect.

Fun, easy, fast moving workshop. The attitude of the instructor and participants (i.e. play, challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone, using scraps in a useful way) really made the class. Sarah was very encouraging to everyone and gave us fun options and decision points to think about.

Thank you so much, Sarah! I have a whole new area of quilting to explore now.

Great class that gives us new possibilities and ideas for scrap quilting. I was surprised that we could use pieced scraps in a string quilt.  Fun class with lots of tips on using scraps.

Lifted my spirits today!


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