Just a Taste 

of where I spend my time and talents ...


We Are $ew Worth It

This lively hour-long program has lots of examples to help you understand the value of quilts and also your worth as a quilter. I discuss the fantastic tools Sam Hunter has developed with her We Are $ew Worth It campaign, but also what to expect when getting a quilt appraised professionally, and the importance of documenting your quilts to leave a legacy.

Modern? or Not?

This is an interactive discussion that addresses the difference between modern, contemporary, and traditional. We'll talk about art categories, quilting movements, labels, characterizations, and why it matters. Bring your quilts to review and discuss - this event usually replaces show and tell too and fills 90 minutes or longer. 

  • May 2019 featured spring luncheon lecture at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Classes, Workshops, and Demonstrations

I have many years of experience teaching quilters. I've taught a number of the patterns from Hunter's Design Studio, a popular 2-day class on Victoria Findlay Wolfe's big and small versions of Star Storm, and the Accordion Sewn HSTtm technique from Beth Helfter. Guilds love the hands-on trials in Tons of Triangles with Trish. I created a series of two-hour "skills seminars" where I give all the tips and tricks I know about a topic: cutting, rows & borders, piecing, and binding. And I have given numerous 10-minute tutorials on machine bindings, especially the faux piped binding technique of Trisha Chubbs at TLC Stitches. Have an idea for a class? Run it by me - I'm always open to new ideas!

Quilt turning emcee

In addition to reading the stories of antique and new quilts provided by the community for our viewing, I provide background information on quilting terms and techniques as they appear in the stories and quilts. I work hard to make the show enjoyable for quilters and non-quilters alike.

  • Lodi Valley Quilters Guild presentation at the Lodi Agricultural Fair, 2009-2019
  • Staver Methodist Church (Monroe WI) Mother's Day program, May 2013

Pattern Writing:

Most of my quilts are original designs; sometimes, I even write them down.

  • 2011 Mystery Quilt for the Lodi Valley Quilters Guild
  • All Ways Wisconsin - it started as a wall hanging shop hop exclusive pattern for Blue Bar Quilts and grew up to be an extended lap size quilt pattern too!

"Stunt" sewing:

I've helped professional designers to proofread and fact check 

patterns by acting as a sample sewist. 

  • "Confetti Cake" by Patti Hellenbrand for Creek Side Stitches
  • "Let It Go" for Sam Hunter from her book Quilt Talk


  • "Quilting Isn't Funny" by Megan Dougherty, The Bitchy Stitcher
  • "Have Your Cake and Make Some More" by Patricia Hellenbrand, Creek Side Stitches
  • "Charming Table Tops Two" by Patricia Hellenbrand, Creek Side Stitches
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2014: WICKED" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2017: Van Gogh" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2018: Prince" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2019: Bob Ross" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • "The Cherrywood Challenge 2020: Diana" by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics

Guest Blogging:

making connections :

I've become adept at recommending segment subjects to Nancy Zieman for her "Sewing With Nancy"
television show for PBS.

Event coordination:

Project quilting 4me retreat - January 2015

This luxury retreat weekend is the first ever face-to-face Project Quilting event.

Kim Lapacek and I are working in partnership to produce this event.

Make Some Noise for a Quiet Cancer - May 2011

In celebration of my 5-year cancer-free milestone, I coordinated this ovarian cancer awareness event and fundraiser for the University of Wisconsin Hospital's Carbone Cancer Center, where I was treated. The event included two bands, beer tent, food, raffle, doorprizes, bake sale, live auction, t-shirts, and tons of fun with a final donation of $6,000. A legion of volunteers helped make the event a success.


American Quilters Society - member 2014-2018

Lodi Valley Quilters Guild - founding member 2006-2020

  • president 2010-2011; vice president 2006 and 2012-2013; public relations chair 2007-2009, events coordinator 2016-2020

Madison Modern Quilt Guild - member since 2013

Young Chicks Quilters - founding member 2005

Lodi Optimist Club - member 2009-2018

Lodi Woman's Club - Omniana department member 2004-2018

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Trisha Frankland quiltchicken

PQ4Me Luxury Quilt Retreat Weekend