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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Watch this short video to learn more about my workshops.

Managing Unfinished Projects $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 (additional fee).

Color Tools for Quilters $250

Learn about a variety of tools right at our fingertips to help plan pleasing palettes for future quilts. Emma will demonstrate how to use these tools to build confidence using color and fabrics starting from your stash for beautiful and unique color combinations. She will show quilts to illustrate points, and invite guild members to showcase their own quilts as well. (Also offered as a half day workshop.)

Arpilleras $250

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.

*Special pricing for booking the Arpilleras lecture + workshop together.

Reverse Appliqué Dresden

Full Day Workshop: $600

An engaging class for any level quilter who wants to learn to use the Picture Window Reverse Applique Method. A 22 inch Picture Window Dresden plate will be completed. Participants will bring supplies (fabric for blades, fabrics to fussy cut, and a background). Completion of their first full Picture Window will leave participants eager to create more beautiful and unique quilts with this method.

*Requires purchase of Picture Window Reverse Appliqué templates, $48.00.


Ripple Effect

Full Day Workshop: $600, in-person only

This lively workshop is packed full of techniques to enhance your quilting. Learn to make your own bias piping, apply it to a curved “ripple effect” and then adhere it to your quilt background in a quilt-as-you-go method. The best part? Absolutely no curves will be sewn in this project! Additionally, learn a variety of surface design techniques to include: dyeing your own lace appliques, add foiling, beading, lace, sequence, fun yarns, Angelina fibers, and more to stretch your inner creative genius in this class! You will come away from this workshop full of ideas for future projects.

*Kit fee $15.00, optional.

Quilting It

Half Day $350, Full Day $600

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

Build confidence in your quilting skills to have more control over quilting designs for different areas of your quilts. Hire me to teach a workshop focusing on just one of the above quilting techniques, or 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. Two half days of different techniques can be combined for a full day price, example, free motion morning + ruler work afternoon.

Color Tools for Quilters

Half Day Workshop $350

Emma will show you how to use tools available to everyone to build confidence in choosing pleasing color combinations for your quilts from fabrics already in your stash. Quilts will be shown for examples and inspirations for different color combinations. You will create color palettes with fabric swatches from your own scraps to display in a design journal. This will become an excellent reference for you as you begin new quilt projects long after this workshop.



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!

Lectures: : $250

Lectures are 45-60 minutes (longer upon request) and allow for questions and discussion.

Workshops: $350-600

Workshops are $350 for a half day (~3 hours), and $600 for a full day (~6 hours).

It is appreciated if the guild provides a volunteer helper to assist with popup shop setup/breakdown, and assisting workshop participants with sewing machine issues.

Workshops are capped at 20 participants, unless the guild can provide a volunteer helper to assist with the above described tasks. Please, discuss this with Emma before offering it to the guild.

Lecture/Workshop Combo:

Any combination of workshops and lectures can be booked a la carte. For example: Managing UFOs Lecture + Free Motion Quilting Workshop. This is often done when a guild requests in-person events more than 200 miles away from where I am (Apex, NC).

*The only discounted lecture/workshop combo is the Arpilleras programming. The lecture is $250, and the workshop is $600 separately. I offer a combined price of $800 to book both simultaneously, as opposed to just the lecture. This is due to both being of the same topic, and the workshop heavily based upon what is learned in the lecture.


Emma loves providing in-person or virtual retreat programming for guilds. A retreat is considered anything more than 1 lecture + 1 full workshop. For example: 2 lectures + 2 days of workshops, etc. I will work with your guild to customize programming. Any of the techniques in my workshops can be expanded over two or more days for a more complete project. Or I can plan two completely different workshops over multiple days. Initiate contact with me via email and we can start planning!

Upcycled T-shirt Tote

 My original Upcycled T-shirt Tote pattern is offered here as a recorded 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. Learn more by clicking here.


Tonight’s speaker was absolutely FANTASTIC. I was mesmerized by her presentation. – Nancy, Crystal Coast Quilt Guild (re Arpilleras lecture)

Emma, our group today loved your presentation on Managing UFOs. They continued to talk and speak about it during the rest of the day, talking and sharing ideas you had presented and how they planned to use your suggestions.

We loved how you made use of the breakout rooms – it’s a great teaching strategy to have participants listen for a while, then move into groups to process the ideas and share their experiences. Our members commented on how they appreciated this. You are the first speaker to use this strategy – and you used it so effectively. – Inge F., Waterloo Quilt Guild, Ontario, Canada (re Managing UFOs)

Thank you for opening our minds and bringing something different to our meeting. -Susan, Quilt Guild of the Villages, Florida (re Arpilleras)