Workshops & Lectures

Given by Emma Jane Powell


I have a Master’s degree in Education and spent 10 years in the public school classroom with community college teaching sprinkled in. You can be assured a lively and interactive classroom experience. I present workshops and lectures online or in person. Lectures are PowerPoint presentations with question and answer following, lasting 45 minutes. Virtual workshops are live via Zoom with demos and personalized assistance. Workshops are 3-6 hours depending on the class. Contact me for more information. Sign up for my Monthly Message below to be the first to know when new workshops and lectures are added.

Upcycled T-Shirt Tote

Half Day Workshop

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!   

Amarillo Garden

Full Day Workshop

This is a great beginner skill-building pattern. Fussy cutting, strip piecing and chain stitching, nesting seams, and intentional pressing is all covered in this workshop. Novice and veteran quilters will love the variety of colorways that give this quilt a powerful display.   

Jungle Gym

Full Day Workshop

Learn to improv fussy cut and intricately piece this complicated looking block, which is actually quite simple! Make 6, 10, or 14 inch blocks out of this technique. This is a great quilt for a novelty fabric.

Quilting It


  • 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.


Lecture &/Or Full Day Workshop

Arpilleras were a form of craft art resistence born during the Chilean dictatorship of the 1970-90s. Learn how women communicated what was happening with the outside world with these 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 informative lecture.

Works In Progress... No More!


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!