SewDown Portland: Lee Heinrich

Lee Heinrich is a quilt designer, author, and blogger. Her book “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks“—co-authored with Faith Jones and Katie Clark Blakesley—out now. She also has a line of patterns now available, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and Quiltmaker. Lee loves the burgeoning area of “modern traditionalism” and wants to help quilters think outside the grid when it comes to traditional blocks. Stay up to date with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

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A bit from Lee about her class:

In this class, we’ll learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts. The “Shooting Star” mini quilt design is easy to piece and features a block that has been around for more than a century. But we’ll give a modern twist to the traditional by incorporating negative space, asymmetry, and other design tweaks. Students will also have the option to make their mini wonky or incorporate a scrappy patchwork background. The possibilities are endless!

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What you can expect from Lee as a teacher:

I like for my classes to be laid back and fun, but still informative. I always try to teach my students at least a little something about design, even if it’s a class where we’re just following a pattern or learning a technical skill. More than anything, I want them to come away from the class feeling inspired, motivated to create more, and feeling like there are more creative possibilities open to them now than before they took my class.

SewDown Portland is bound to be amazing! We are sold out but do still have space in our lecture series. Sign up for those here.

SewDown Portland: Julie Herman

Julie Herman lives in the San Diego and started sewing in 2002 and blogging in 2009. The goal when she started her blog was to share her quilts & have a journal of them. Since starting her blog she has been published in many magazines, started her own pattern company, and developed the Hex N More Ruler. Her book “Skip the Borders” was released in August of 2012. To read more about Julie, check out her blog


A bit about Julie’s class:

In the Sidekick Sampler Workshop students will learn to use the Sidekick Ruler.This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes! As a result it gives you limitless possibilities. All of the pieces can be rotary cut from strips. In addition to developing the ruler I also have designed many patterns to go with it. The class is divided into two parts. In the first part of class you will learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles, and Half Triangles. In the second part of class you will use the fabric provided with the class kit to create a small project using the Sidekick. Students can expect to create a small project or blocks during the class. 



SewDown Portland is bound to be amazing with all our fantastic teachers! We are sold out but do still have space in our lecture series. Sign up for those here.

The Amazing Lecturers-SewDown Philadelphia

Well, SewDown Philadelphia is over and most of us are home. It was sad to leave our new friends but I know that a few of them will be coming to Portland! My intention while at the SewDown was to blog each day. But really what was I thinking? It was just too much fun! Trying to sit down and edit photos and recap the day just took a back seat to having fun. I wanted to sew and talk to people! We did post quite a few photos on Instagram.

We were so lucky to be able to have had three talented people speak to us during lunches and dinners at the SewDown in Philadelphia.

Michelle Engel Bencsko shared with the group her journey in Growing A Creative Business. It was great to hear how her and her partner Gina Pantastico were able to successfully create a thriving sustainable business-Cloud 9 Fabrics! Michelle gave the group fantastic insights to their business and shared a bit of what is to come for Cloud 9 Fabrics!  Learn more about Michelle’s work, life and musings on her personal blog Cicada Daydream.
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Victoria Findlay Wolfe a prolific quilter, author and mother shared her quilt making process with us. Her story was truly amazing. Hearing about hear design process really inspired the group to try something new. To go outside our comfort zones and “make the quilt you said you’d never make!” As well as “give you quilts some guts-make your quilts your own, you never know where it’s going to take you.” You can read more about Victoria on her blog.
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Jay McCarroll was entertaining as ever! Hearing about his beginnings, travels, experiences and where he is headed (super exciting things on the horizon for him) was fantastic. Jay is as charismatic as he seems. The conversation took an interesting turn into the cost of handmade products and products in the US and where we as consumers and makers can help change where consumerism is headed. Thank you Jay for your insights and sharing your story with us. Stay up to date with Jay on his website.
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