Informal and entertaining lectures on a variety of subjects can be tailored to your group, include slide show, along with show and tell samples.  Approximately 45 to 50 minutes.  $150 speaking fee.  Travel expenses not included.  Venue must provide screen or have access to large blank wall for screening of slide show.

Available Lecture Topics:

I love to add embellishments to my quilts.  This lecture includes a slide show of the ways I’ve used beads, as well as some rather unusual items, in my finished quilts.  Includes information about the tips and tricks I’ve learned to add embellishments, as well as a show and tell of some of my favorite pieces.

I developed this technique as a way to create a pen and ink-style sketch using thread.  I’ve written about threadsketching for Quilting Arts Magazine, and also demonstrated the technique on an episode of Quilting Arts TV.  The lecture includes a slide show of step-by-step instructions for the technique, as well as samples of how I’ve incorporated it into my quilts.


Hands-on workshops based on lecture topic can be scheduled in conjunction with the lecture as a half-day event, or scheduled separately as a half or whole day workshop.  Workshops have a maximum of 15 participants and include materials for an additional fee.  $350 for a 3-hour workshop.  $475 for a 5 hour workshop.

Available Workshop Topics:

Wise Woman Pin

Create a whimsical fiber art brooch, learning hand beading skills in the process. $12 materials fee per participant includes beads, beading thread, beading needles, fiber for hair, charm, and brooch clasp.  Supply list.  Venue must supply 2 to 3 sewing machines for student use.  3 hour.

Beaded Embellishment Sampler

Add interest and excitement to your quilts.  Students prepare a 9-patch block in advance, then we fill each piece with a different beading technique as we learn them.  The sampler includes printed directions for re-creating each stitch, collated into booklet form with your beaded block as the cover.  $12 materials fee per participant includes beads, beading thread, beading needles, instruction pages for booklet, and metal ring to bind booklet.  The instructor has a limited number of prepared 9-patch blocks for purchase at $12 each.  Supply list.  5 hour.

“Queen Mother” by Karen Fricke, 2006

Color Block Fiber Art Portrait

Using a black and white portrait-style photograph and solid colored fabrics, create a fiber art portrait focusing on the saturated hues rather than values.  The workshop includes an introduction to color theory.  Supply list.  5 hour.

Threadsketching on a PhotographSewing Notions Bag

Learn an innovative technique to turn a black and white photograph into a thread-sketched image that resembles a pen and ink drawing—only with thread!  We’ll free-motion embroider onto a photograph of assorted sewing notions, then incorporate that into a great bag, perfect for toting supplies to workshops and class.  Finished bag is approximately 9” x 5” x  2.”  $2 materials fee per participant includes a photograph printed on stabilizer. Supply list. 3 hour.

Novelty Print Collage

Think novelty prints are just for baby quilts?  Think again!  This workshop uses assorted novelty prints and fusible web applique techniques to create a unique and meaningful art quilt.  Supply list.  3 or 5 hour, depending on quilt size.