The variety of classes and lectures I teach in decorative fabric and thread processes lend to many assorted end uses. Embellished clothing, quilts, personal accessories and home dec accents are but a few of the possibilities developed with custom stitches and individual creative approaches.

I strive to create a comfortable, informal teaching atmosphere and focus strongly on learning and exploring as an end result of classroom time, as opposed to the same goal granted only to finishing. Every class is flexible from a time span of 1 - 4 days, to all levels of experience, to varied end products and to a variety of sewing techniques and machines. All class topics are available as lectures. Obviously, shorter classes achieve less "project" and more "process."

NOTE: In addition to the supply list under each class heading, there is a GENERAL SUPPLY LIST that applies to ALL CLASSES, called "FOR ALL CLASSES" that can be found here.

Please contact Alice at alicekolb2@gmail.com for her calendar information.


Take a modern sewing machine down the traditional crazy path, but with INNOVATIVE uses of machine stitches, borders, bold patterns, etc. Stitch threads and fabrics with a difference, starting with simple foundation piecing to develop a personalized, custom piece. Remember, it’s all about crazy.

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Five crazy blocks or five by five… you decide. Focus on crazy blocks with endless machine threads and stitches. then combine with assorted favorite blocks, buttons and trims. Think of your best memories, best treasures and best stitches… all in Crazy X’s 5.

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Adapt Japanese quilting to machine techniques. The simple running stitch, sewn with topstitching thread is magical used in traditional methods or translated to a different imagery, for example, folk art. Explore threads, drawing and stitching pattern designs, all using simple marking and continuous machine quilting methods. This technique is easy, fun and addictive!

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Focus on color and embellishment in a small patched square of simple piecing. Class emphasis is based on experimental uses of color relationships and combinations of hand and machine embellishment. Ideal turned into a small needle/thread case for take-as-you-go stitching.

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Take the age-old imagery of string quilting into a FUN, DITZY scrappy string combo, suitable for a cozy quilt or jacket. Focus on accents of one string to another, accented with thread embellishment.—great for all stitch levels.—the fun? Work from a center applique of your choice…suited to personality of your quilt. (maybe an “old crow” or “here a chicken, there a chicken”)

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Stitch appliqué in a new way! Take a strong approach to thread and machine techniques, translating your favorite of mother earth’s flora into a quilt piece. Emphasis is placed on folk-art styling of your favorite flowers, experimenting with color-play, stitch style and over-all imagery.

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Piece a classic basket block, then add appliqués of machine embellished folk-art style posies. Explore an endless variety of thread and design ideas. Add hand-beading, buttons, trims as desired. Each design makes a 10” block—for a single unit or multiples for a full size quilt.

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Join three favorites--crazy patch, four patch and folk-art like flowers for a modern twist on "days gone by." Class will focus on blocks composed of these three elements, stitched and embellished in imagery designed to stretch our skills in exploring the potential of sewing machine threads and stitches.

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Ever wish you had some “real clothes” with your personalized touch? First, design and stitch a personalized yardage, ready to turn into a simple garment. Learn easy techniques using trims, needle accents, altered classic stitches and decorative thread techniques… choices, with endless results.


Develop your yardage into today’s fashion demands. Design and stitch a simple jacket with beginnings of fitting and style. Focus on tricks of the trade (interfacing, simple closures, accent trims of buttons and beads)—all that polish a project. Don’t worry if you haven’t sewn wearables in awhile. Personal strengths and potential will be emphasized.


Take the most practical of garments and personalize it. We’ll connect favorite stitch techniques to the vest and personalize for you. Let threads and squiggled stitches speak for you…and themselves.

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"Red Buttons"
"Sun Rays"
"Scrappy Strings - Chickens"
 
 
 
 
"Buttons and Old Lace"
"Traditional Crazy"
"This, That and the Other"
 
 
 
 
jacket
"Crazy Caddies"
"Baskets, Posies & More"
 
   
   
   
"Star Crazy"