Speaking Engagements

Quilt Guild and Shop Lectures

Behind the Seams with Laura

Clothing into quilts, is that possible? And if it is possible what’s the secret? Yes,it is possible, and the answers to those secrets are only a lecture away. Combined with humor, and her passion for quilting, Laura educates her audience on the process of producing an amazing memory quilt from start to finish. You’ll even get a peek at various projects that Laura has been given by clients who recognized that their quilts needed a some TLC. With illustrations of a “before” and “after” she will reveal that even quilts that are in need of repair, or TLC as Laura likes to say, can be transformed into something incredible. So wait no more, join Laura and witness just how “possible” it is to convert clothing into beautiful memory quilts.

Workshop Utilizing an “On Point” Technique

I Just Can’t Be “On Point”…Oh But What If You CAN!

I really want to make a memory or T-shirt quilt, but I don’t have the time”. Sound familiar? Or maybe this resonates with you, “They look amazing but there’s not a creative bone in my body”.  Ultimately lack of confidence and knowledge are holding you hostage from designing that precious quilt you desire. Well, its time to escape that negativity and allow Laura to mentally empower you with her positivity and insight during this eye opening workshop.  Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned quilter this session is extremely beneficial to all those in the quilting arena. Laura’s students will explore how the technique of utilizing an “On Point” fusible grid can easily and quickly construct a beautiful memory or T-shirt quilt. She will have the non-quilter smiling with pride at their newest accomplishment and the traditional quilter standing in awe with the discovery of the time they can save compared to that of producing a pieced quilt.  With her guidance and support Laura’s class will produce a table runner or an octagon shaped table topper; yes a finished piece upon the completion of this workshop! Take advantage of this hands on session that will have you believing you CAN be “On Point”. It is pretty incredible to think that the “thought” of designing your own memory quilt could be dismissed and actually become a reality!

Crooked Nickel Table Runner and Table Topper Workshop

Fabric & Supply List

Applique Pressing Sheet is a MUST!

3 Square Table runner (18” x27”)

  • ¾ yard Pellon Quilters Grid on Point #821 (You will be receiving 3 yards from the instructor)
  • Focus Fabric: 1/3 yard (3- 10”x10” squares) (precuts work great for this)
  • Focus or Sashing Fabric: 1/3 yard (2 – 10”x10” squares, for triangles) (precuts work great for this)
  • Sashing and Border: 1/3 yard
  • Cornerstones (optional) 4 – 17/8” x 17/8 squares
  • Binding: ¼ yard
  • Backing: ¾ yard
  • Batting: 22” x 51” (prewashed flannel works well) I use several different types and will discuss

the what’s and why’s during the lecture and workshop.

(for this class I do not expect to have time to quilt your table runner, but I gave you the

Yardage so when you do decide to quilt your table runner you will know what you need)

Octagon Tabletopper finished size approximately 25”x25”

  • 1 yard Pellon Quilters Grid on Point #821 (You will be receiving 3 yards by the instructor)
  • Focus Fabric: 16 – 5”x5” Fabric squares or 1/3 yard (precuts work great for this)

(optional: 4focus squares and 12 complimentary squares)

  • 3/8 yard for sashing strips
  • Binding : 1/3 yard fabric for traditional ½” straight binding
  • Backing: 7/8 yard fabric
  • Batting: 7/8 yard (prewashed flannel works well) I use several different types and will discuss the what’s and why’s during the lecture and workshop.


  • Basic supplies for every quilt class:
  • Sewing machine in good working order.
  • Rotary cutter with sharp blade Ruler to use with rotary cutter 
  • Mat for rotary cutter
  • Thread to match fabrics or a good neutral like tan or light grey
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins and extra bobbins
  • Pencil and paper to take notes

Other items that are helpful but not necessary for the first class are curved quilters safety pins for pin basting and a walking (even feed) foot to fit your machine for machine quilting. (You will need these items if you plan on quilting your project if you finish with the piecing of your project.

I expect every student to have all the supplies necessary for each class and be ready to start at the beginning of the class.  I am only familiar with my own machine so you need to bring a machine you have worked on and the manual.

If you have any questions concerning the classes or supplies, you can reach me at 254-681-8239  I look forward to seeing you in class.

Laura Winckel