Classes

Classes & Lectures

I welcome teaching and speaking opportunities with all kinds of groups!

From traditional to contemporary to modern, the Strips 'n Curves method has something to offer everyone.

Please contact me to discuss the size, skill level and interests of students in your guild or bee or at your quilt shop or retreat.

Debby Walters

281-610-2543

debby[at]stripsandcurves[dot]com

LECTURE

FINDING FOCUS

I am a workshop junkie.  I love to explore new ways to put fabric together to make a quilt. Just a few of those techniques include hand piecing and quilting, machine piecing and quilting, numerous applique techniques, paper piecing, quilting on vintage linens, and mixed media. In this trunk show chronicling my 30 years of quilting, I share 45 quilts that demonstrate these techniques and more.  Some are small and some large, a few simple and some complex, some winners, some not, but all made with enthusiasm as I went head first into different ways to use fabric, paint, thread, beads and my love of quilting.

 

I like to work with one and two-patch designs, and one of my most successful experiments started when I married my favorite two-patch pattern -- Drunkard's Path -- with my love of strip piecing. I was mesmerized by the combination of linear and circular patterns that emerged ... I was enchanted by these unexpected successes, but what hooked me on their usefulness in quilting was the fact that my students had such great success with them. 

~ Louisa L. Smith

LINES AND CURVES: BASIC WORKSHOP
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Basic Set Templates
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves Basic Set templates
Design Without Strip Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves Basic Set templates
Design With Strip Set

One or Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginners and Up

Kit Fee: $39.95 for the Basic Set templates (no kit fee if student already owns the template set)

This workshop introduces quilters to the Basic Set cutting templates and the Drunkard's Path block with its many (MANY!) variations. The Basic Set includes the "L-Shape" and "Quarter Circle" of the traditional Drunkard's Path block, plus two additional pieces -- the "Wave" and "Half-Moon" -- which modify the quarter circle to offer even more design possibilities.

Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making the Drunkard's Path block, so pieced and turned edge applique construction methods will be demonstrated. The class will also explore construction and use of simple strip sets and how they can push your designs to the next level.

 
LINES & CURVES: BASIC II WORKSHOP
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves Basic Set II template
Basic II Template Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves Basic Set II templates
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves Basic Set II templates
Both quilts above were made with Basic and Basic II templates and strip sets

One or Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $70 +tax for Basic Set and Basic II templates (10% discount from retail)

              Basic $39.95+tax or Basic II $37.95+tax

              No kit fee if student already owns both template sets

This workshop introduces quilters to the Basic II set of cutting templates and the additional variations it adds to the Basic Set. These four pieces build on the "L-shape" from the Basic Set, and modify the the quarter circle of the Drunkard's Path block to offer endless design possibilities. 

Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making the Drunkard's Path block, so pieced and turned edge applique construction methods will be demonstrated. The class will also explore construction and use of simple strip sets and how they can push your designs to the next level. A demonstration of double cuts and overlapping circles will be given. When offered as a two-day class, we will do a little paper piecing to add a big surprise to student's blocks.

 
LEARN TO LOVE YOUR CURVES: THE SWIRL WORKSHOP
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves The Swirl template set
The Swirl Template Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves The Swirl template set
Design with strip set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves The Swirl template set
Design without strip set

One or Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $36.95 +tax for The Swirl template set

              No kit fee if student already owns the template set

This workshop introduces quilters to the The Swirl set of cutting templates. Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making The Swirl block, so pieced and prepared edge applique construction methods will be demonstrated. We will also explore using simple strip sets as a design element. There is so much movement in this design created by the 4 apostrophe shapes in each 18" block and experimenting with fabric placement, pattern and value can create many different secondary designs. 

 
DOUBLE VISION: CURVES AND CIRCLES THAT MAKE WONDERFUL ILLUSIONS
Over The Rainbow
Songbird
Double Vision

Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginners and Up

Kit Fee: None

This class will give you an entirely new way to look at fabrics! These quilts use an elegantly simple and easy to execute technique of layering which create primary and secondary designs that trick the eye. Add three easy construction techniques to your repertoire for no-stress circles and ovals -- and there's NO CURVED PIECING!

LEARN TO LOVE YOUR CURVES: 9" ON THE EDGE WORKSHOP
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
On The Edge 9" Template Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
Sample Quilts

One or Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $36.95 +tax for the 9" On The Edge template set

              No kit fee if student already owns the template set

This workshop introduces quilters to the 9" On The Edge set of cutting templates. Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making the On The Edge block, so pieced and prepared edge applique construction methods will be demonstrated. There is so much movement in this design created by the apostrophe shapes in each 9" block and experimenting with fabric placement, pattern and value can create many different secondary designs. 

 
FLOWERS ON THE WALL
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Mini Beg or Borrow Template Set
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Quilt Layout
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Sample Quilt

 

One Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $28.95 +tax for Mini Beg & Borrow template sets

              No kit fee for students who already own the template set

This workshop introduces quilters to the The Mini Beg and Borrow  set of cutting templates. This set is a 6” Drunkard’s Path block with additional pieces to increase design possibilities. Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making this block.  A simple two pin method will be demonstrated along with alternatives. Make your version an individual design by creating all four flowers the same colors or four different colors.

 
RAMBLIN' ROSE
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
3"+ 6" On The Edge Template Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
Ramblin' Rose

Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $29.95 +tax for 3"+ 6" On The Edge template set

              No kit fee if student already owns the template set

This workshop introduces quilters to the 3”+ 6” On The Edge set of cutting templates.  Although at first glance the template pieces appear to be the same as the Basic Set, there are small differences which create an entirely different design – most notably the tapered edges of the “L-Shape” (see photos on page 2 of the class description) – that allows the shape to disappear into the seam. 

 

Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making the On The Edge  block, so pieced and prepared edge appliqué construction methods will be demonstrated. Then construction of 6” and 3” quilt blocks and creation of a 36” x 36” wallhanging (pictured above) will be the emphasis of the class. Students have the option of making a 24” x 60” or 24” x 72” table runner utilizing only the 6” template from the set (large teal flower above) in lieu of the wallhanging.

 
 
LET'S IMPROVISE!
New Sale
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves templates

One or Two Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $99.95 +tax for Basic, Basic II and Mini Beg & Borrow template sets

              Kit fee will be adjusted for students who already own one or more of the template sets

In this workshop quilters will utilize 3 sets of templates - Basic, Basic II & Mini Beg and Borrow - to design their own original quilt.  Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making these blocks, so pieced and prepared edge appliqué construction methods will be demonstrated. The class will begin with making a few basic blocks using a few of the fabrics brought to class.  From there students will begin adding more blocks, moving them around, using additional fabrics, and continue building until the desired size is reached.

DOUBLE VISION
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
3"+6" On The Edge Template Set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
Ombre wholecloth background
Pieced background of hand-dyed

One or Two Day Workshop (two days highly recommended)

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $29.95 +tax for the 3"+6" On The Edge template set

              No kit fee if student already owns the template set

This class will leave you with an entirely new way to look at fabrics. The Double Vision quilt uses many layers in the quilt top which create tricks to fool the eye – and there’s NO CURVED PIECING! This construction method is very versitile and can be used to make many different designs, so it's a fantastic technique to have in your bag of tricks!

 
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?
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Louisa Smith Strips 'n Curves template set
3"+6" On The Edge Template Set
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Quilt Layout
Sample Quilt

One Day Workshop

Skill Level: Confident beginner and up

Kit Fee: $29.95 +tax for the 3"+ 6" On The Edge template set

              No kit fee if student already owns the template set

 

This workshop introduces quilters to the 3”+ 6” On The Edge set of cutting templates which contain two complete sets of cutting templates -- one for a 3” finished block and 6” finished block.

 

Taking the fear out of curved seams is the first step in making this block.  A simple two pin method will be demonstrated along with alternatives. Make your version an individual design by creating all four flowers the same colors or four different colors and make a solid border or pieced border.