Jukebox Quilts
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Lectures and Classes

Kelly Gallagher-Abbott from Jukebox Quilts wants to share her enthusiasm with quilters of all skill levels through our specially designed lectures and classes. Please contact us if you would like to schedule Kelly for any of these services at your location or event. (970) 224-9975.

About Kelly



















 


Although I was educated in the science and art of nursing and worked as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, I have always been very interested in textiles and art.  I began quilting in 1988, and shortly after that began both my family and Jukebox.

Jukebox / Galloping Rabbit, Inc. publishes books, cards, and patterns for the quilt market, as well as carries other supplies for quilters.  We specialize in humorous and whimsical designs and represent many other fiber artists.  We also film and produce a series of How-To Videos/DVDs featuring many of the top award winning quilt artists and their techniques.

I’ve designed a fabric line, many patterns for quilts, digitize quilting and embroidery motifs, and have written several books.  I was a hand model and “stunt quilter” in the movie How To Make An American Quilt and have been on Home and Garden Network’s Simply Quilts three times and Alene’s Creative Living.  I’ve created quilts used in television advertisements, books and many magazines.  I travel to lecture, judge, and teach internationally on crazy quilting, painting on quilts and use of other pigments, quilting, and several other fiber art topics.  In 2003, I took over as the curator of the Hoffman Challenge, a job I loved, as it provided me with a wonderful opportunity to use the many skills I’d acquired over the last several years, as well as the chance to interact with the approximately 600 competitors and hundreds of exhibitors, guilds, and shops who display this impressive and creative collection of quilts, garments, dolls, and accessories.

Shortly after retiring as the curator for Hoffman Challenge at the end of 2009, I was asked to curate a challenge and traveling display for the US Naval Aviation Foundation to celebrate 100 years of Naval Aviation.  This display was shown at air shows, military and aviation museums and other events throughout 2011.  Currently, I am a co-curator (with Patt Blair) of an exhibit of Route 66 quilts that is traveling for three years.  Information about all of these exhibits can be found on www.jukeboxquilts.com.

In 2010, my husband and I became the Gammill dealers for a five state area.  We have a large shop in Northern Colorado, and enjoy every aspect of this job.

I have two great passions (besides that for my family):  I can’t wait to quilt every day, and I absolute adore teaching others about quilting.  I promise that your group will find my enthusiasm contagious, and that quilters of any skill level will be inspired and enjoy my programs and classes.




 

Classes & Workshops

 

Crazy Quilting Workshops

The Crazy Quilt workshops briefly discuss the history of the crazy quilt and show all techniques from design, to piecing and finishing using methods designed by Christine Dabbs. A trunk show of Christine’s award winning crazy quilts (when possible, otherwise Power Point images will be used) will provide endless additional ideas. These workshops are packed with tips that are easily applied to other projects.  Seam covering is extensively reviewed, and a foolproof super simple method for perfect stitches is taught.

One Day Crazy Quilt Workshop

Attendees can choose to work on stitch sampler or a project of their own.  Fabric selection, foundation piecing, seam coverings, beading and finishing are all presented. Kits can be provided if pre-arranged for an additional fee.

Two Day Crazy Quilt Workshop

Choose a mini crazy quilted postcard, or work on a project of your choice.  All techniques used in the construction of a crazy quilt are covered in greater depth, especially perfecting seam coverings.


Victorian Garden Sampler

Make this wonderful small sampler while learning the basics of  hand embroidery.  These “Critters” can be added to any project.  We’ll cover stem stitch, couching, silk ribbon embroidery, beading, hand appliqué, and other methods and techniques, and you’ll nearly finish this small piece .

Time: 6 Hour Workshop. Kits available for an additional fee.


Just the Basics: Creating Perfect Seam Coverings the Easy Way!

This process-based class teaches the basics of perfect crazy quilt stitches using nifty tools Kelly designed.  The stitches can be used as seam coverings, borders and bindings, or in pictorial embroidery.  Students will work on a sampler.

Time: 3.5 Hour Workshop. Kits can be provided if prearranged for an additional fee.


Longarm Quilting

Kelly has owned, operated, and taught longarm quilting for ten years, and can provide one on one or group instruction on everything from Pantographs, to free motion feathers, wholecloth, and now computerized quilting and design using a Statler Stitcher on a Gammill machine. AutoSketch, ArtnStitch and Creative Studio classes are also available – AutoSketch and Art andStitch can be taught remotely using WebEx.  We also teach maintenance.  Class is available at our studio in Fort Collins, CO, or Kelly can teach on other longarms at conferences or your own location.

Time customized to your requirements.  Call for pricing.


Studio Visit

Would you like to bring a group of friends over for a trunk show and afternoon at Kelly’s studio?  We can handle groups up to 20 and can customize a lecture, class, let everyone play on the longarm machine, or work on your own projects!  Call for more information, pricing, and scheduling.  Other groups have really enjoyed this little get-away, and we love having you visit!


Jukebox Rose

Kelly made this quilt for a Simply Quilts challenge using 103 provided fabrics.  It’s stunning in any colors, and you’ll learn the simplest method of curved piecing ever!  We’ll also go over machine and hand appliqué techniques, and about a zillion other hints and secrets (the block used has 16 seams intersecting in the center, and Kelly guarantees all seams will meet perfectly!

Time: One day workshop.


Jig Swatches Puzzle

Looking for a fast and easy quilt?  Whip out this adorable puzzle quilt.  This is a great way to use up fat quarters or other large scraps, and incorporating fun conversation prints makes it even more special.  Pre-cutting will enable you to make major progress on this quilt during the class, possibly finishing the top!

Time: One day workshop.


Quilters’ Companions: Our Pets in Fiber

This workshop will guide you in creating a fabric version of a pet portrait.  Bring photos of your pet(s), and we’ll design a small wall hanging showing your critter’s personality.  We’ll begin drafting your pattern, and will demonstrate inks that will help shade and add details to your portrait.  Kelly will discuss fast techniques for adding thread and quilting details, and for finishing these quilts.

Time: Can be a one or two day workshop, materials fee required if student chooses to use Kelly’s inks.


Funky Checkers

Tired of all that tedious measuring, templates, and precision? Cut loose on this really fun, spontaneous and free form quilt.   This quilt was made for a television commercial, and what started as a small quilt top only quickly turned into a twin sized finished quilt (due to the fickle director’s changing ideas) that was made in four days (thanks to the production schedule).  The deal is, though, that it’s super fast and easy, and enjoyable to boot!  With some minimal preparation prior to class, most students will leave with a finished wall hanging top.

Time: One day workshop


Dye It With Friends

In this fun hands-on class you will learn gradation dyeing of one fabric color in six shades.  This process uses a series of 5 gallon buckets.  You will also learn the low immersion dyeing process as described in the book Dye It By Accident.  Three yards of fabric will be provided along with dyes and other materials needed for the class.  Wear old clothes and bring kitchen type rubber gloves, a dust mask (available from building supply stores), 8 plastic grocery bags, and a five gallon bucket.

Time: 3.5 hours. Additional materials fee required.


Appliqué for the Attention Impaired

Kelly creates a huge number of quilts yearly, and so has refined techniques for appliqué that look great, but are done quickly.  This class will cover many different appliqué techniques, supplies, and tools.  Secrets for making hand appliqué easy and enjoyable are provided, as well as demonstrations of Kelly’s machine appliqué tricks.  Students have loved this class!  Bring your own project, or choose from any of our patterns.

Time: One day workshop.


Machine Quilting

Terrified of learning how to machine quilt?  Have you tried it and ended up with a mess and a painful neck?  We’ll get you going in no time, and soon you’ll be whipping out beautiful quilts!  The materials list will go over machine requirements, and the class is packed with methods that will help you achieve the ability to successfully machine quilt – and enjoy the process!

Time: One day workshop.


The New Dye Paints:  Tsukineko All Purpose Ink

Choose one of our whimsical patterns, or bring in your children’s artwork or any image (not copyrighted by others) that you want to transfer to fabric.  You’ll learn to use the wonderful new Tsukineko Textile Inks and Fantastix coloring tools.  These inks work like a fabric dye, yet are as controllable as a paint, and leave the fabric completely soft.  There is a large selection of brilliant, blendable colors, and this technique can be applied to any quilt you make.  Check out the samples on our website!   Leave the class with a whole new set of skills providing you with endless possibilities.  Students of any age are welcome (as long as accompanied by a paying adult, and as guild policy permits).  This technique is perfect for kids, and is a great way to transfer drawings into heirloom quilts everyone will love.  It’s also a great technique for teachers to share with their young students for classroom or auction quilts.  Pigments can be provided for a minimal materials fee.

Time: 3.5 hours, or 6 hours, additional individual materials fee may be required.


Oodles of Doodles

This can be a class using machines to quilt, can be a drawing class, or a combination of both!  Simple drawing exercises and basic explanations of how to travel around for continuous line quilting will provide you with free motion potions for interesting and effective quilting.  These concepts work for domestic, mid, or longarm quilting.  You’ll develop a notebook with great step by step illustrations that you can combine for endless varieties of quilt designs.  Forget the boring stipple!

We’ll also review battings, marking tools, threads, etc.

Time: One or two day workshop. With or without machines.


Terribly Terrific Techniques

Learn some very fun techniques in this class.  We’ll create machine pieced circles and curves that couldn’t be easier, faster, or more precise (without pins!), prepare appliqué that is done by machine-but has turned edges and is indistinguishable from hand needle-turned appliqué and review methods for perfect miters and bindings that will impress any judge that are so simple, your jaw will drop in amazement and your mind will spin with the possibilities!

You will receive a number of patterns to choose from or can purchase any of our appropriate patterns (like the Heartstrings pattern below) to practice these techniques.  Some samples are shown here.

Time: One or two day workshop.


Freemotion Potions: How to Create Fabulous Quilted Textures and Backgrounds.

Do you ever wonder how great machine quilters figure out how to fill spaces on their quilts?  An important part of their success is having a resource library of patterns and developing the skills to execute them on quilts.  This is easier than you might think!  In this information packed class, you’ll learn 50 quilting patterns that will complement your every quilt.  You’ll master the easy steps to mark and draw these patterns on paper, then you’ll get the opportunity to quilt them on your domestic machine or a Gammill if this is held in our shop.  By the end of the class, you’ll have a great booklet of step-by-step instructions for these patterns, and a sample quilt to hang that will trigger inspiration in your sewing room.

The class will also include information about appropriate stabilization, batting, fabrics, fusibles, threads, and other supplies that will assist you in mastering quilting, whether using a domestic or mid/long arm machine.

$25 class fee covers thread, practice fabric/batting and a small basted sample quilt.  Additional basted and divided prepared quilts will be available for purchase if you complete the first.  You’ll also receive a notebook of step-by-step instructions and practice pages for 50 different designs.  A handy template will also be provided for marking the fabric.

Additional supplies:  Fine tipped markers (Crayola) or colored pencils, regular or mechanical pencil with eraser for drawing exercises and notes.  Appropriate fabric marking tools will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own (instructor will review positives and negatives of different tools).

Time: Two day workshop.