Workshops & Lectures

Given by Emma Jane Powell


I present workshops and lectures online or in person. Lectures are PowerPoint presentations with question and answer following, lasting about an hour. Virtual workshops are live via Zoom with demos and personalized assistance. Workshops are 3-6 hours depending on the class.

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Lecture: $250 · Full Day Workshop: $600

Lecture/Workshop Combo: $800

Arpilleras were a form of craft art resistance born during the Chilean dictatorship of the 1970-90s. Learn how women communicated what was happening with the outside world with these appliqué textiles resembling quilts. We will explore various arpilleras from that time period and what they reflect. We will also look at arpilleras today and how this craft art is being recognized. Learn a little about history, politics, and art of South America during this very captivating lecture.


Full Day Workshop: $600

Improvisationally curious? Improv is a great way to break free of traditional piecing rules and challenge your creativity. Skills taught will include: color & fabric combinations, straight lines, triangles, curves, and putting together segments. Bring your scraps and create a small sample for each skill, or build up to a larger final project. You will finish this class with a toolbox full of techniques to create more expressive, spontaneous work in the future.

Upcycled T-Shirt Tote

Full Day Workshop: $600

Do you have a beloved, seldom worn T-shirt taking up space in your drawer? Breathe new life into an old favorite T-shirt by repurposing it into a functional tote you can use every day. This is a great “in-between quilts” project, and will expand your sewing skills to now include bag making. You will be surprised how quick and easy this bag is to put together. Warning: T-shirt tote bag making addiction is a plausible result of this workshop. You won’t be able to make just one!   

Quilting It

Workshop: $350 half day · $600 full day

  • Big Stitch Quilting & Binding (Half Day)
  • Free Motion Quilting (Full or Half Day)
  • Ruler Work Quilting (Full or Half Day)

Hire me to teach a workshop focusing on just one of the above quilting techniques, or hire me for a series of classes for your shop or guild. Accomplished in all three methods, I will help build your confidence and sharpen your skills with the quilting phase of quilt making.

Managing Unfinished Projects

Lecture $250

Let’s get real about those unfinished projects. This fun, self-deprecating, and interactive workshop will kick start your drive to change the pending status of ongoing sewing projects. We will dive deep into why these projects are stagnant, and take an honest approach for how to proceed with quilts we may have lost our enthusiasm for, or would love to finish up already!

This program can be delivered as a one time lecture as a motivational jump start, or I can work with your guild or group in a six month series to help you stay on track.

ON Demand

Upcycled T-shirt Tote

My original Upcycled T-shirt Tote pattern is offered here as an on-demand workshop. I go through every step of the pattern with demonstrations and dialog all along the way. Broken into short videos, watch only the segments of your choosing, or watch the entire class as you make one of your own.

Once purchased, you have access to this workshop for as long as it exists. For $35, you get the PDF printable pattern + the recorded workshop.