Kitchen Sink Quilting Workshop

In my blog post LIVE! from Alaska, I mentioned that I was thinking about offering workshops directly from me to you.

Kitchen Sink Quilt by Claire Sherman

I wasn’t sure when this would happen as I am a Technology Resistor. Is that a term? It should be.

But sometimes the universe just makes it happen. Which means, I am offering my first (from me to you) VIRTUAL live workshop Kitchen Sink Quilting on Friday & Saturday, October 2 & 3 from 1PM – 4PM Alaska Time. What time is that for you? Click the link to find out.

Here is the synopsis on this story.

Back in 2019 (oh ye old world), a guild signed a contract for a workshop in May 2020. COVID happened. Guild reschedules for October 2020 because surely life will be back to normal by then. It is not. Guild makes an attempt to offer a virtual workshop. Members are leery of such thing. Guild program director and instructor despair. What do to?

Trudy Kozarek’s Kitchen Sink Fish Quilt

We decided that I would offer the workshop they had selected at the times they wanted, but I would hire a moderator and open the workshop up to worldwide enrollment.

Here are a few more details if you find yourself curious about this.

Orange Appeal Kitchen Sink Quilt by Priscilla Read

The Kitchen Sink Quilting Workshop is all about using up leftovers. Students are invited to bring left over fabric, quilt blocks, and strips sets–really anything that might work to create a quilt.

The 20 weird quilt blocks you won as a guild door prize will become the best thing ever! Does your design wall look like this? Well, then this is the class for you.

The workshop format features live lectures, group discussions, live demonstrations, and break out support and sewing rooms.

It is $80 US dollars for six hours of class instruction. Both sessions will be taped and available to participants for 30 days after the two live workshop sessions end.

Untitled Kitchen Sink Quilt by Rebecca Rohrkaste

Students will also have access to a newly formed Facebook Group for my virtual students to share work and learn from each other.

My moderator will make the online learning experience fuss free and fun.

Original Kitchen Sink Baby Quilt by Maria Shell and the members of Mighty Mites in Valdez, Alaska

If you are interested in joining me for a virtual quilt workshop experience, please email me at OR simply comment in the comment section below. I will contact you and send you a PayPal invoice. Once you pay, you will get your supply list, homework, and ZOOM details for joining the live workshop.

I know some of the components of how I am doing this are luddite-ish (Another new term?) and terribly old school. Next time, I might have a pay now button and a sleek page on my website. But not yet.

Solar Blue Kitchen Sink Quilt by Maria Shell

For now, let’s think of it more like a 90s rave where the only people who are in the know are the ones who need to know. RIGHT?

Let’s do it.

PS Have you taken my Kitchen Sink Quilting Workshop in person? I would LOVE to see your quilts!


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21 thoughts on “Kitchen Sink Quilting Workshop

  1. Laura Sheets on said:

    Hi Maria, Sign me up. Laura

  2. woohoo !! I’ve just sent an email – can’t wait to sign up 🙂

  3. Yes! Mew too! Sign me up please, Maria! It will be fun to see you! I love that it’s 32 hours two days in a row. And no transportation!!! Thanks for the offering. Lynn

  4. Elena Lujan-Alba on said:

    Please sign me up!

  5. Cathy Bertanzetti on said:

    Count me in please.

  6. gayle m coots on said:

    I took this workshop 2 years ago (this May) at the Genesee Valley Quilt Show. Loved it! Fabulous work created that day. I have 2 more sets of orphan blocks ready to create more. Take this workshop ladies you won’t be disappointed!

  7. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that I am unavailable for this workshop. Though I cannot attend, please know that this workshop is of great interest to me (and others, no doubt!), and I will watch with great anticipation for the next occasion you offer it. I have a pile of orphan blocks waiting for just such an opportunity. Thanks for continuing to share your knowledge and skills with us. Your work is simply enviable! Linda (who took your Linear Blocks workshop – I’m quilting that piece now – through Vermont Quilt Festival)

  8. Linda- Thank you for the positive comments. Looking forward to seeing your Linear Blocks quilt! I will be offering Kitchen Sink Quilting again. I am hoping to offer one two day workshop a month in this format. We will see how the first one works out.

  9. Lisa Bemis Hardy on said:

    Yes! How fun. I’ve been following you for awhile and love what you do. I’ve got lots of odd blocks out hanging around that need a place to go… So sign me up!

    • Lisa- You have the last spot! I will contact you via email. Sounds great!

      • Lisa Bemis Hardy on said:

        Wow! It was meant to be. Can’t wait!

      • It is going to be super fun!

      • Hi, Maria,

        I need to let you know I may be late signing in to our class but I will be signing in!

        I can’t believe how upside down everything became by 9 am yesterday when my husband’s doctor admitted him to the hospital. Thankfully, He will be discharged later today but it may affect when I get home and can sign into the class. I will be trying my best to be here on time but can’t really control hospital discharges.

        I had no idea this would be happening! Soooo sorry!


  10. Bonjour,

    Mon seul regret c’est de ne pas avoir de traducteur des cours. Lorsque mon club organise un séminaire avec une artiste de langue anglaise nous avons une traductrice pour le français.

    Si vous arrivez à créer avec des artistes parlant plusieurs langues, moi et beaucoup d’autresquilteuses seriont heureuses .

    Merci de m’avoir lu et mes meilleures pensées de Suisse (partie parlant français)

    Google traduction

    My only regret is not having a translator for the courses. When my club organizes a seminar with an English speaking artist we have a translator for French.

    If you can create with artists who speak multiple languages, I and many other quilters would be happy.

    Thanks for reading me and my best thoughts from Switzerland (French speaking part)

    • I know! In a perfect world we would have translators for everything and/or we would all be multi-lingual! Your point is a good one, and I would absolutely be interested in working with a European guild who provided a translator. I am also hoping to be in Switerland next fall if things go back to normal. Thank you!

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  13. Lorraine Hodgkinson on said:

    Hi Maria:
    I am interested in your workshop. Please sign me up

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