Workshops & Lectures

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California Quilting Workshops

Each One Teach One

 A workshop for mothers/ daughters, grandmothers/ granddaughters, sisters, co-workers, or friends. A great way to share your love of quilting. 

This fun workshop introduces sewing novices to quilting. With your support they will complete their first quilt top. The experienced quilter will provide the basic supplies, cut and press. The beginner will sew and choose their design lay out. 

This workshop will entice beginners and intrigue advanced quilters. (3 or 6 hours)
Each One Teach One Quilt

       Birds Of the Air

This workshop will cover 3 techniques, piecing, fusible appliqué, and bias appliqué.

Sharon's original appliqué patterns included (6 hours).


Birds in the Air Quilt

Orange Peel Ragtime

This workshop is based on the Orange Peel and Robbing Peter to Pay Paul blocks that date back to the early 1800’s. The pattern looks complicated with all of its interlocking circles, but it is actually quite easy using the frayed -circle technique.  

This quilt is fun for the beginning quilter and satisfying for experienced quilters (3 or 6 hours).


Orange Peel Ragtime Qiolt


Join me for an informative slide presentation and lecture about the history of quilting, as we know it today.

How did we get here? 

Egyptian Patchwork Quilt ca. 980 BC
Egyptian Patchwork Quilt about 980 BC

A brief 3,000 year history of quilting. 

The popular image of the quilt is of the modern, patchwork and American quilt.  

Quilting has a long history evolving from Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the present.  

It is impossible to get to the very beginning, as textiles are fragile things compared to stonework and pottery.   

But we do know of some fascinating examples of early patchwork.


See some historic “firsts” and rare examples of patchwork and quilting from Museum collections around the globe.

Did you know? 

·         Homespun was as much a political statement in Colonial America as it was a necessity. 

·         Abstract squiggly meandering isn’t a modern quilting design. “Vermicelli” quilting was very popular in the 1700’s and done by hand. 

·         A controversy over one American quilt started a protest march on the Smithsonian and birthed the first “National Quilting Day”.

Fee Schedule

Lecture (1-1½ hours) $300 - 3-hour Workshop $325 - 6-hour Workshop $450

Local presentations: auto mileage to and from at 51 cents per mile.

Out of local Northern California area:
Host shall pay or provide: Travel expenses; including any appropriate combination of personnel vehicle or commercial transportation fares, local transportation, housing and meals and round trip air fare from San Francisco International (SFO) to location of workshop/lecture.  Detail to be determined at time of contract agreement.

Each workshop includes samples of techniques to be taught or demonstrated sent for display purposes before the workshop.

Workshops may require some prior preparation by the participants, so that time spent in the workshop is productive.

To schedule write, call or e-mail:

Sharon Malachowski
9644 Bodega Hwy.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-9056

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