Workshops, Lectures and Classes

Ever since I was asked to teach my first class, I have been hooked. I love to see the light in my student’s eyes when they grasp a new technique.

Listed below are the workshops that I am currently offering. The workshops can be booked for group sizes from six to twenty. Contact me for date availability and current price list.

I reserve the privilege to display books, patterns, tools, and related items available for sale at Trunk Shows and Workshops. Class time will not be used for selling these products. No commissions or other percentages will be paid to the sponsor, as the Trunk Show and Workshop fees are based on an expectation of sales.

This informal presentation features quilts made from my own designs as well as Studio 180 Design patterns, for a combined total of at least 40 quilts! Hear about how I made the jump from a quilt teacher to designer and why I primarily use the Studio 180 Design range of tools. Presentation time averages approximately one hour, depending upon audience interaction and questions. A sturdy table (or even two) for quilt display, and two-to-four helpers for holding quilts is all that's needed for this fun presentation.

All required tools and patterns will be available at the beginning of the scheduled workshop. Materials lists and pre-cutting instructions will be given when the workshop is scheduled.

Scrappy Flag

18” X 24” 
All Skill Levels
Three-Hour Workshop

Get out those red, white and blue scraps to make this patriotic wall hanging. (Split Rect™ and pattern required, Tucker Trimmer™ I optional)

Ring Around the Four-Patch

16” Square Quilt
All Skill Levels
Three-Hour Workshop

1 ½” finished Shaded Four-Patch blocks are a snap when using this method. We will learn how to make the unit and set it into a “Barn Raising” setting. We will also cover how to change the size of the unit to make much bigger projects. (Tucker Trimmer™ I and pattern required)

Migrating Geese

Gutsy Beginner and Beyond
Three-Hour Workshop

I love Flying Geese whether in a block or in the border. This technique makes them even better. Learn a wonderful variation to flying geese that can be used as a border or for the entire quilt. (Technique sheet required)

Tiny Bindings for Tiny Masterpieces

All Skill Levels
Three-Hour Workshop

Don’t you think those tiny but intricate masterpieces deserve a binding that matches? Learn how to make those fine 1/8” bindings to perfectly finish off your miniatures using the Marci Baker Method. (Technique Sheet Required)

Stocking Class - One Pattern per Class

13 ½” X 19 ½”
Gutsy Beginner and beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Choose between any of one my stocking patterns; Peppermint Stocking, Here Comes Santa or Nordic Star for your class. Tools vary for each stocking. (Tools and pattern required)


Gutsy Beginner and beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Choose to make the more difficult split Lemoyne star or a regular Lemoyne star when making this patriotic wall hanging. (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star™, V-Block Trimmer™ and pattern required

Raspberry Beret

18”Mini – 3” block, 35” Wall- 6” block, 54” X 67” Lap- 9” block
Gutsy Beginner
Six-Hour Workshop

This quilt design allows you to create an intricate star block using only the Square2™ tool. An addition of a modified four-patch gives you a great secondary design. This pattern also gives you the option of choosing from three different block sizes so that you can tailor your project to your needs. (Square2™and pattern required, Tucker Trimmer™ I suggested)

Northern Lights

30” X 94”, 64” X 96” and 96” X 96”
Intermediate and beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Stars in two different sizes, made without “Y” seams, are much easier than you would think. Add a unique lattice design and you have a gorgeous quilt of your own. Learn how to make blazing lemoyne blocks the easy way. This quilt was published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine. (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star™, Corner Pop™ and pattern required)


14 ¾” or 38” square
Gutsy Beginner and beyond

Learn how to make this modified crossed canoe design without paper piecing in either the rainbow or 3 fabric version. Choose the mini size or the more moderate wall hanging size. (Corner Beam™, Corner Pop and pattern required)

Rolling Stars

59” X 77”, 70” X 97”, 92” X 101”
Gutsy Beginner and beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Scrappy Stars are rolling across this quilt that was featured in Fons and Porter Scrappy Quilts. Learn how to make V-Block stars with a 2-color background to create your own “Rolling Stars” (V-Block Trimmer™, Tucker Trimmer™ I and pattern required)

Waltzing Matilda

22” or 44” Square Quilt
Intermediate and Beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

I love to find new ways to make traditional patterns and if I can make them really small, even better. Learn how to make the Tennessee Waltz pattern, in your choice of size just by changing the size of the unit. (V-Block Trimmer™, Corner Pop™ tools and pattern required)

Mini Dutchman

18" Square Quilt
Intermediate and Beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

In this workshop you will learn how to use the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Wing Clipper™ tool in its smallest increment to make very accurate flying geese. We will assemble the blocks and set them on point in a staggered strippy set to create a zig-zag lattice. (Wing Clipper™ Tool and pattern required)

Pretty Pink Posies

58” X 72” Lap Quilt or 30” X 86” Bedrunner
All Skill Levels
Six-Hour Workshop

Baskets are one of my favorite types of blocks. Paired with another favorite, the Lemoyne Star, and we have a match made in heaven. In this workshop you will learn how to make a 3” Lemoyne Star half block without any “Y” seams. We will then add a perfectly sized basket base. (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star™ tool and pattern required.)

Moonlight Daisies

53" X 65” Quilt
Intermediate and Beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Create this pattern using Diamond Rects™ and Square2™ units. Learn how to get the perfect size diamonds and squares needed for the start of these units and then how to assemble and trim them to 100% accuracy. (Diamond Rect™, Square2™ tools and pattern required)

Hunter Star

58” X 72” Lap Quilt or 30” X 86” Bedrunner
All Skill Levels
Six-Hour Workshop

Using Deb Tucker’s patented method and ruler, learn an easy way to make this traditional block. You will leave the workshop with many design options to create different looks with the same block. (Hunter Star™ tool required)


37" Square Quilt

Gutsy Beginner and Beyond
Six-Hour Workshop

Learn how to quickly, easily and accurately piece Lemoyne Star blocks in 10 different sizes. The block units are strip pieced and assembled without using any “Y” seams. The blocks are slightly over-sized so that they can be trimmed to an exact size. (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star™ Tool required)

Studio 180 / Sew On The Go Pattern/ Quilting By The River

Varied Skill Levels
Six-Hour Workshop

Customize your workshop. Choose one Studio 180 Design, Sew on the Go by Michelle Hiatt, or Quilting by the River by Carla Alexiuk pattern that uses 1 or 2 tools and learn all of the techniques that go into making that pattern. Only one pattern allowed for each workshop. (Tool(s) and pattern required) see: ,  , or  for lots of choices in patterns.

These workshops require at least 12 hours of instruction. They are perfect for weekend retreats. 15 hours can be arranged to give your group a chance to master those designs requiring 4 or more tools.


3 project sizes: Lap, Twin and Queen
Intermediate and Beyond
12 – Hour Workshop minimum

A Tile Floor inspired this quilt design. Learn how to recreate it yourself. Star blocks are linked together with a pieced lattice to give you an intricate two block look. This pattern also gives you the option of choosing from three different project sizes so that you can tailor your project to your needs. (Square2™, V-Block Trimmer™, Wing Clipper™, Corner Pop™, and Tucker Trimmer™ I and pattern required).

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