I love to teach, and have done so for over 15 years on various topics. I have taught children and adults about marine conservation and marine life, undergraduate students about Statistics and Biology,  to professionals in computer programming at varying skill levels. I am so excited about getting to teach people about something I love – Modern Quilting and Quilt Design.

I am thrilled to have an opportunity to share by teaching or speaking to your community. Please contact me for more information about rates and schedule.

2017 – 2018 Workshops

Modern Quilt Design: Every Day Inspiration (1 day, 6 hours)

This class will illustrate and step you through how to create a Modern quilt design using inspiration from everyday things around you. Once you have a design, skills to turn that design into reality will be shared. You will take home at least two designs and one block.

sunday-bestImprovisation: Shapes + Lines (1 day, 6 hours)

For such a seemingly free-spirited technique, improvisation can be difficult to get started. In this workshop, you make various lines and shapes that can be mixed to build your own improvisational composition. You will use various techniques to audition and edit your composition.


Improvisation Hand-stitched Curves (1/2 day, 3 hours)

Using needle and thread, to hand-stitch your own blocks, can be a nice change of pace. Hand-stitched blocks make a great travel project, if you are away from your sewing machine a lot. In this class, hand stitching and improvisation techniques are taught to make improv. drunken-path like blocks. These blocks can then be used to make your own unique composition for your quilt.



Phased Circles (1 day, 6 hours)

Looking for a project that lets you play with color, volume, prints and solids.  The Phased Circle quilt allows this exploration in fabric. The workshop uses both machine piecing and needle-turn applique techniques. As a group, we will look at design elements and the role they play in this quilt.


Trunk show (60-90 mins, Multi-media)
A Multimedia presentation of my journey as a quilt designer and quilter. I love the ability to combine my love of art and color with my science and math background. Quilting gives me that chance.

Using Every Day Inspiration for Modern Quilt Designs (60 mins, Multi-media)
My husband is always laughing at me, as every thing I seem to see could be a quilt or a quilt block.  This presentation shares with you some of those objects and the designs I create.


Michelle Wilkie has a love for modern quilting and design, which allows her to incorporate both her art and STEM backgrounds. She has taught classes of various topics for over 15 years to various audiences (kids, undergraduates and adults). She now teaches a variety of quilting workshops, covering techniques of Quilt designing, Improvisational Piecing, Hand piecing and more.

Michelle is a regular contributor to Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). Michelle has also won 3 recent design competitions: the Winning Entry : Designer’s Choice Award on Threadbias & Penguin+ Fish; Winner of Jungle Ave Quilt design Competition (Sara Lawson @ Sew Sweetness, Quilt Now) and February Block of the Month, Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids.






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  6. Ann Washut

    I’d love to be on your class schedule list! I am from Washington but one of my friends and I are searching for a class to travel too!

    Love your work!!


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