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Virtual Workshop


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Saturday February 19 - Saturday March 19, 2022
Five Saturdays

Taking good care of antique and vintage quilts is taking good care of family, textile, and social history. It’s a wonderful journey!

My background in anthropology and archeology has led me to understand how much history and meaning everyday items like quilts can hold. And yet, quilts, like other fiber items, are relatively fragile.

In our time together, I will share my 40+ years of learning and experience with quilt restoration and conservation. I offer information useful for quilters, appraisers, collectors, and quilt inheritors.

Workshop Description:

-- Slide lectures.
    (1) philosophies, techniques, and supplies used in restoration and conservation
    (2) fabric history and quilt dating
    (3) supplies and tecniuqes used in safe storage, display, and cleaning - by guest lecturer Martha Spark
    (4) tips on how to run a quilt repair business
-- Videos of sewing techniques will be posted permanently on YouTube.
-- A packet of samples of fabrics, pins, needles, etc. used in the sewing, plus a block from an old quilt for practice sewing.
-- Triage sessions, in which each student can present one quilt for discussion of how and when and why to use the various supplies and techniques. All eras and styles are welcome.
-- A hand and shoulder yoga session - by guest teacher Katrina Atkin.
-- One half-hour long, one-on-one session with me. This can be triage of a second quilt, help with sewing techniques, or whatever you feel you need.

-- Some hand sewing experience will be helpful, especially appliqué and running stitches, but not required.
-- The workshop will be presented via Zoom. You are invited to a pre-workshop meeting on Saturday October 2, at 2:00-4:00PM Central, so you can practice logging in, and drop by to say hello.
-- Sessions will be recorded and posted temporarily for repeat viewing.

-- Maximum class size: 15. We can get to know each other and have time for questions and discussions.

-- My book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy: Giving antique quilts the special care they deserve, will illustrate and remind you of the basics that this workshop both teaches and builds upon. You may order a copy via the AnnQuilts Shop at Square.

Alá Carte Offereings:
-- Some of the lectures are available as alá carte selections.
-- You can schedule a one-on-one session with me. This can be a stitching lesson or a quilt triage discussion.
-- Alá carte registrations do not include any of the other class sessions or supplies or online material.

Meet the instructors:

Ann photo -- Ann Wasserman has nearly 40 years experience with quilt restoration and conservation. She is the author of the book Preserving Our Quilt Legacy: Giving antique quilts the special care they deserve. Full resumé.
Martha phoot -- Guest lecturer Martha Spark has over 30 years experience working with historic textiles in the museum environment. She was Collections Manager at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. She has been a professional quilt restorer for almost 20 years. Full resumé.

• Five Saturdays
• February 19 - March 19, 2022
• Two sessions per day
• North American time zones:
    10:00-11:45am and 12:30-2:00pm (Pacific)
    11:00am-12:45pm and 1:30-3:00pm (Mountain)
    Noon-1:45pm and 2:30-4:00pm (Central)
    1:00-2:45pm and 3:30-5:00pm (Eastern)

• Full workshop
    • 16 class hours of lectures, demonstrations, and quilt repair triage sessions
    • YouTube stitching lessons, access to recorded sessions, sample supplies packet, informative downloads, one half-hour private session, etc.

• Alá carte lectures
    • One lecture - $30.
    • Two lectures - $55.
    • All three lectures - $80.
    Each lecture is one hour + short break + Q&A, 1 3/4 hours total

Lecture topics:
1. “Quilt Repair Tales” - 2/19/2022
Stories, philosophies, and techniques gathered over 30 years of repairing quilts.
2. “How Old Is It?” - 2/26/2022
Clues to dating vintage and antique quilts.
3. “Quilt Care and Preservation” - by Martha Spark - 3/19/2022
Storage, display, and cleaning.

All lectures are at: 10:00am Pacific – 11:00am Mountain - Noon Central - 1:00pm Eastern

• Alá carte one-on-one sessions:
    • Content: stitching lesson (techniques, supplies, etc.) -or- quilt triage session (pattern identification, date of quilt, choices for restoration or conservation of the quilt, guidelines for cleaning, storage, etc.)
    • $50 per one-hour lesson with Ann Wasserman - date and time TBA

• Registration and payment is via the AnnQuilts Shop at Square

Contact for further information:
-- Ann Wasserman - annquilts@comcast.net

PDF of Quilt Restoration Workshop flyer, for your reference, or to share with your friends. Download.

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