NAAQC Workshops

Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of African American quilting and textile arts with our workshops and classes, scheduled Thursday through Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm, with a break for lunch. We have sessions designed for attendees of all skill levels, offering a hands-on opportunity to learn from master quilters and textile artists.

Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or a curious beginner, these workshops will deepen your appreciation for the art form and enhance your skills, all while fostering a sense of community among fellow enthusiasts.

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Renée Fleuranges-Valdes

Mermaid at Sea
Create a fantasy underwater scene while playing with fabric dolls! Mermaids are everywhere so why not create one of your own to adorn your walls. Quilt pictures are samples, yours will be unique to you and your imagination! A free form class creating a mystical mermaid, complete in her own underwater playground. It will be like playing with ‘fabric dolls’. I will provide different mermaid shapes for you to choose from. You will then use fusible appliqué to create your freeform underwater scene, as simple or complex as you wish to make it.
Supplies provided:
  • Drawings for mermaid and clothes
  • Class handout
Supplies needed:
  • Scissors – both paper and fabric
  • Applique Pressing Sheet
  • Straight pins
  • Pencil and eraser
  • 1 yard of Wonder User fusible web (Pellon 805)
  • 1 fat quarter (FQ) of background water fabric. Your underwater scene will be appliqued to this fabric
  • 7-10 fat quarter pieces. You won’t use them all (or the entire FQ) but the more fabrics you have to play with the better
Life does not take us in a straight path, instead it winds us along a curvy path, sometimes even in circles. But don’t fret, those curves are meant to take you right where you belong. Celebrate those twists and turns in your life, and create your own pathway. In this class you will create the center portion of Pathways, without the use of a sewing machine! Yes, you will need one to finish your top, but that simple piecing can be done at home. Come learn my no sew technique for making this fun and eclectic quilt top. Use two primary colors or as many as you like. The fun is in making this piece represent your life. I will provide a line drawing as a guideline for the center of the quilt top and step you through pulling it all together.
Supplies provided:
  • Line drawing
  • Class handout
Supplies needed:
  • Freezer Paper

  • 1/2” bias tape maker

  • Roxanne Glue Baste It, 1-Ounce Temporary Basting Glue (squeezable bottle with applicator)

  • Large (34” x 36”) foam board to build your pathway on 

  • 30” x 36” ultra lightweight dressmakers fusible interfacing

  • Straight pins

  • Scissors – both paper and fabric

  • Pencil 

  • Rotary cutter

  • Cutting mat to cut bias strips

  • 36” long quilting ruler (can use a shorter one in class)

  • 2 yards of fabric to be used for your thin paths and side borders. I like small prints, dots or stripes as it adds interest.

  • 6-8 fat qtrs that read as solids

  • 1/2 yd fabric for the center pathway (more if you are using the same fabric in your border)

  • 1 fat qtr of very dark or very light fabric for ovals (I will have swirl patterns as an alternative)

  • Assorted fabrics for side blocks and border (you won’t need this in class, as borders are 

    added later) 

Warrior Woman!
Create your own version of a fierce Warrior Woman. We will make a wall hanging that can adorn any wall! I will supply the line drawing, you supply the colorful fabric and imagination. You will receive a full size line drawing to give you the basic framework, but we will discuss ways to make your Warrior Woman a reflection of you, using upper own fabric! Students will have a choice of a bald or warrior with hair. Come prepared for a day of fun, as you create a woman to be reckoned with! 
No sewing machine is required for this class. You will make the fused warrior woman in class. I will have photos of samples of completed student work online and will share a link so you can view them as inspiration on how you can personalize your warrior woman. We will discuss appliqué techniques and quilting ideas at the end of the day.
Supplies provided:
  • Line drawing
  • Class handout
Supplies needed:
  • TBD

Theresa Polley-Shellcroft

“Collaging, Storytelling with Fabric”
Using the Kawandi method of hand stitching, in this class we will explore the use of stitching, fabrics, beading to create one of a kind works of art.

Toya Thomas

Quilted Sweatshirt Cardigan

Quilted Sweatshirt Cardigan Class – 14 hours

Level: Confident Beginner-Intermediate

Overview:  This 2-session class will show you how to deconstruct a standard crewneck sweatshirt and repurpose it into an unlined, custom designed, quilted cardigan. You will learn techniques for layout and finishing.  Ambitious students will have the opportunity to lengthen, add a hood and/or pockets (additional $5 material cost payable to instructor). 

  • Materials needed:
    • 1 prewashed crewneck sweatshirt one to two sizes larger than you wear (coordinate color with jelly rolls as this will be your cardigan lining) see pics on next page.
    • 1-2 jelly rolls (80 @ 2.5” width of fabric strips)
    • 1 yard coordinating fabric to make bias binding, facing, and pockets
    • 1 – 1.5 yds of matching fleece if you want to lengthen the cardigan or add hood.
  • Sewing supplies
    • Scissors (sharp) 
    • Rotary cutter (45mm) and cutting mat
    • Rulers –
      • 6”x24” basic rectangular quilting ruler or 6.5” x 24.5” quilting ruler (many brands out there, I like Quilters Select or Creative Grids – you might have to go to a quilt shop to find those brands) 
    • Iron and ironing surface 
    • Sewing machine that you know how to thread and operate 
    • Sewing machine walking foot
    • Thread that matches/blends with the sweatshirt and pre-wound bobbins
    • Straight pins and pin cushion 
    • Blue painter’s tape 
    • Marking chalk or Frixion pen

First Class – Preparing your foundation 

  • Cutting oversized sweatshirt – front, back, and sleeves
  • Lengthening, adding optional hood
  • Starting the piecing on the foundation

Between classes – finish piecing the foundation, prepare binding

Second class – Putting it all together 

  • Creating facing
  • Adding pockets, and/or optional hood
  • Assembling
  • Finishing – binding collar or hood, sleeves, and bottom

Veronica Mays

Postcard Quilt Class (Beginner friendly)

Participants will learn how to design unique 4 X 6-inch quilted postcards that can be mailed or framed. Participants will use scraps to make unique designs, create designs of their own, and work with patterns provided by the instructor. 


Supplies Student Should Bring an iron, small pad to iron on, 1/4 yard of fusible Pellon brand peltex #72 F. Scissors, working sewing machine, thread, pins. etc. various small swatches of fabric, one yard of a light colored fabric, small cutting board, rotary cutter, and embellishments of their choice

Supplies that will be provided: Patterns, designs, and templates.

Easy applique class: (Beginners) “She’s Just Coolin’”

Students will create an easy fusible applique design mini quilt top. Supplies needed: variety of fabrics, background fabric, scissors, fusible bond. 

Supplies that will be provided: Patterns, designs, and templates.

Sunya W. Folayan

Blue Prints/Indigo

A deep dive into the color that intrigued and mesmerized the world.

For blues lovers we’ll be using natural indigo and working with a live indigo vat. The history and sigtnificance of indigo as plant and color will be discussed as it relates to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, current industry and culture, spirituality and artisanship.

Participants will learn shaped, textured resist patterns on natural fiber involving stitching, tying, wrapping, and clamping natural fiber into patterns on cloth.

Marla A. Jackson

African Tie Dye

Students will learn how to create tie dye on a T-shirt using traditional African dye methods. Student will also use wooden hot wax stamps. 

All supplies will be provided for this class. 

Portrait Collage

Students will learn how to collage using textiles to create a quilt-like portrait.

All supplies will be provided for this class. 

Deneen Marshall-Mike

Fast Piecing – Quilt Project

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Deneen Marshall-Mike

Capacity: 20 students maximum

Course Description:

Using pre-cut strips of fabric you will construct a quilt top using different fast piecing patterns.  The completed quilt will be unique and to your personal creative expertise.  Your completed project can be used as a table runner, lap quilt, wall hanging, pillow, or foundation for a larger quilt.  

Level:  Quilters from beginner to advanced levels are welcome.  Sewing machine required.

Student Supply List:

  • 1-2 Jelly Rolls or (pre-cut strips measuring at least 2” by 6”- can be wider and longer)  
  • Fabric Scissors  /  Rotary Cutter
  • Sewing Machine
  • Quilting thread  & pre-wound bobbins
  • Iron  / ironing mat
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins / pin cushion

Instructor will Supply:

  • Patterns

Jadi Davis

Silhouette of a Woman Portrait
In this workshop you will learn how to use the continuous strand method weaving to create a canvas for a needle felted portrait. These can be framed as wall art, sewn together as squares, and more. You will learn terms for weaving, felting, and explore ways to create natural hair textures with wool. 
Materials provided:
100% non superwashed wool yarn
100% wool felt sheet
100% wool roving in various colors
Felting needles
Finger protectors for felting
Materials needed:
6” square loom
Felting pad
Long crochet hook
Tapestry or darning needle
Painting with Wool
In this workshop we will be creating a multidimensional 8×8 framed portrait combining many different fiber techniques. You’ll learn needle felting skills and terminology that can be implemented on future projects, how to combine latch hooking to create 3d effects and natural hair textures, and how to transfer an image even if you aren’t a drawer. We’ll explore blending techniques for wool roving, work with wool to add lights and shadows, and definition. This is a beginner friendly course but basic hand sewing will be helpful.
Materials provided:
Bulky weight yarn
Felt sheets
Scrap fabric
Wool roving in various skin colors
Latch hook canvas
Latch hook
Felting needles- 36, 38, 40 gauge
Finger protectors for felting
Ink Pen
Small wooden frame
Sketch paper
Materials needed:
Needle felting pad small one needed
Small reference photo if wanted but not needed
Small hand sewing kit
Hot glue gun with glue stick

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