Upcoming Classes

From 2010 until its closing in March 2018 I taught at the Pine Needle Quilt Shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I also taught at Pine Needle quilt retreats in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Now I teach at Montavilla Sewing Center‘s new Lake Oswego location, former home of the Pine Needle Quilt Shop. My spring 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.)

I 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 Lake Oswego

Spring 2019: Fractured Image, Wednesday, June 5, 10 am – 3 pm, $45

It’s easier than you think to “fracture” an image, creating a ripples-in-a-pond effect using four repeats of fabric. The magic is in the cutting and arranging of squares, and I will guide you in the process.

Project size varies. You can make a small wall hanging or incorporate your fractured image into a larger quilt.

Skill Level: Confident Beginner



Spring 2019: Sew with Dawn, Monday evenings, 6 – 9 pm: May 6, June 3, July 1, $45
Spring 2019: Sew with Dawn, Mondays, 11 am – 2 pm: May 13, June 10, July 8, $45
Spring 2019: Sew with Dawn, Wednesdays, 11 am – 2 pm: May 15, June 12, July 24, $45
Spring 2019: Sew with Dawn, Sundays, 1 – 4 pm: May 19, June 9, July 28, $45

Need help starting or finishing a quilt? Stuck on an ongoing project? I’ll offer suggestions and advice while you work on any project you like in a relaxed and supportive setting. You’ll build skills and develop new friendships. All skill levels are welcome! Classes meet once a month for three hours.


Summer 2019: Junior Billie Bag Accessories, Saturday, August 31, 11 am – 4 pm, $40

You’ve made your Junior Billie Bag.* Now how about a suite of accessories to go with it? There’s a rotary cutter “coat,” a scissors case, a 4″ x 4″ fabric box, and a quilted tool caddy to hold your favorite small tools. I’ll provide free patterns and instructions for the rotary cutter coat, scissors case, and fabric box.

The pattern for the tool caddy is Travel Case by Pearl Pereira of P3Designs, available for purchase at Montavilla in Lake Oswego or on line from the designer. I’ll share my modifications to the design, including one that instantly boosts the number of tools your caddy can hold.

*This class is open only to students who have made a Junior Billie Bag in a previous class with me. If you haven’t made a JBB but would like to make these accessories, let the staff at Montavilla know. It’s very likely a class can be scheduled.


Upcoming Classes Elsewhere

Wonky Greek Key: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9 am – 4 pm, $45
workshop for Metropolitan Patchwork Society

The classic Greek key block takes a wonky turn in Rewind, a delightful design from Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street Quilts.

Pairs of blocks unwind in slightly different ways, thanks to a clever method of cutting strips free form. I’ll share my method of keeping track of those strips as well as tips for trimming and pressing.

Finished size: 52″ x 68″ or larger, depending on size of your trimmed blocks.

This workshop is open to non-members of the Metropolitan Patchwork Society! For more information and to register, click here.


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