Upcoming Classes

I teach at Montavilla Sewing‘s new Lake Oswego location, former home of the Pine Needle Quilt Shop. My winter term 2019 classes are listed below and you can register for them by clicking here. (Click on the filter bar “All Instructors” and click on my name.)

From 2010 until its closing in March 2018 I taught at the Pine Needle Quilt Shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I teach at Pine Needle quilt retreats and also also teach and do trunk shows for quilt guilds. If you are interested in having me teach or do a trunk show, please email me at dawn(at)firstlightdesigns(dot)com.

Upcoming Classes at Montavilla Sewing Center’s Lake Oswego location

Winter 2019: Sew with Dawn, Monday evenings, 6 – 9 pm: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1
Winter 2019: Sew with Dawn, Mondays, 11 am – 2 pm: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15
Winter 2019: Sew with Dawn, Wednesdays, 11 am – 2 pm: Feb. 13, Jan. 9, March 13, April 10
Winter 2019: Sew with Dawn, Sundays, 1 – 4 pm: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14

Winter 2019: Going in Circles, Sunday, Jan 13, 1 – 4 pm

First I’ll show you an amazing freezer paper method of making beautiful inset circles – no special ruler needed and no pinning of concave and convex seams! This is the method I use in my wall hanging/table runner patterns, Full Moon Rising and Full Moon Rising II.

I’ll also show you an easy technique for finished-edge appliqué circles using fusible interfacing and a quick way to make raw-edge appliqué circles using Steam-a-Seam-2, a double-stick fusible web.

Handouts are provided for all three techniques.

Skill level: confident beginner



Winter 2019: Junior Billie Bag workshop (Sundays: Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, 2019, 12 – 4 pm)

Back by popular demand! I’m delighted to be teaching the junior-sized version of the Billie Bag, Billie Mahorney’s original design. The Junior Billie Bag is 14” wide, 17” high, and 7½” deep – large enough for all your quilting essentials. Your bag is unique for two reasons: you choose the blocks that go on the front and back panels and you customize the inside and outside pockets to hold the tools u use most often.

There is no pattern for the Junior Billie Bag. You’ll receive a handout before the first class with directions for making the front and back panels. You’ll receive the full set of instructions at the first class.

This is a challenging bag to make but so worth the effort! Dawn will guide you every step of the way.

Skill level: intermediate to advanced


Current Classes at Montavilla Lake Oswego

Fall 2018: Sew with Dawn (First Mondays)
Fall 2018: Sew with Dawn (Third Mondays)
Fall 2018: Sew with Dawn (Wednesdays)
Fall 2018: Sew with Dawn (Sundays)


Recently Completed Classes Elsewhere

Feb. 3, 2018:  Going in Circles workshop for the Crook County Quilt Guild, Prineville OR

June 17-20 and 21-25, 2018: Pine Needle quilt retreats on Hood Canal WA

July 28, 2018: Secrets of the Quick Curve Ruler workshop for the Metropolitan Patchwork Society, Beaverton OR

Aug 4, 2018: Going in Circles workshop for the High Desert Quilt Guild, Redmond OR

Oct. 20 and Nov. 9, 2018:  Junior Billie Bag workshop for the Oregon Coastal Quilt Guild, Newport OR

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