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 &/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 captivating lecture.

Ripple Effect

Full Day Workshop

This lively workshop is packed full of techniques to enhance your quilting. Begin by learning 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 to dye lace appliques; apply beading, ribbons, sequence and other embellishments; and learn foiling! You will come away from this workshop full of ideas for future projects.  

Upcycled T-Shirt Tote

Full 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.

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! 

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.