Revised October 23, 2023
To make it easier to find what you're looking for, please choose from the table below. Click on the links to go to the section of this page for pictures and descriptions of the workshops and lectures that Scarlett offers. All workshops and lectures can be done by Zoom or in person.
|More Celtic + Applique||Celtic+Applique+Patchwork||Celtic Design + Applique||Celtic + Applique with Asian Style|
|Classic Celtic Applique||Paperpiecing||Other Applique Designs||Hand Embroidery|
Please e-mail Scarlett if your guild, shop, event or conference would be interested in booking Scarlett for a virtual lecture or workshop, or for in person. Scarlett is very flexible about the topics of her lectures, especially for a virtual presentation. If your group has a specific focus, she can tailor her presentation to fit, such as providing more detail pics, giving greater depth of info on particular kinds of quilts and mixing different lectures together into a new lecture.
Workshops can be adjusted to focus on your group's interest. Ask Scarlett about any of her techniques and options for different patterns.
Get Scarlett's Workshops & Lectures Brochure for immediate download or to open online.
See her resume for a complete listing of Scarlett's accomplishments and for testimonials.
Please check Scarlett's teaching schedule for available dates.
Modern Celtic: Bias and Beyond - Celtic quilt lecture series #3
What's been happening with bias applique? See some amazing bias tape quilt designs made by modern quilters, art quilters and Celtic quilters. The example shown is Phoenix Flight by Scarlett Rose.
Apr 16, 2022 - "Her lecture on “Modern Celtic” quilting was a fantastic presentation in showing how bias tape could be used in a multitude of ways through traditional, modern, and Celtic quilting." Kathy Wasilewski, VP Programs 2022, Arapahoe County Quilters of Denver, Colorado.
What is Modern? - My Viewpoint
A trunk show, or Powerpoint for zoom, explaining the roots of Modern quilting, what Modern means for new and experienced quilters, and the differences that come up. See how Scarlett has interpreted this journey with her quilts. Learn how your viewpoint may differ because of the wide range of experience and learn how to bridge that gap, bringing all quilters together with our common interest.
2022 - Presented for the Oroville Piecemakers Moonlighters of Oroville, CA
Quilts + Genealogy = Family Quilt Stories features some special quilts that represent the connections between family and friends. Scarlett provides a short intro to Genealogy with DNA testing, another of her interests. The lecture finishes by showing how these two subjects have linked themselves in her life and provided her with wonderful stories of discovery through quilts that she'll share with you. Visit the Mementos Gallery.
Nov 18, 2020 - "What a fantastic lecture! Who knew so much family history can be found in a quilt!" Vickie Wassell, Programs Coordinator, Pieces ‘n Patches Quilt Guild of Steger, Illinois
Quilts & Memories of My Grandmother from 30s, 40s & 50s
Scarlett has inherited beautiful vintage quilts that her grandmother made in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Several of these quilts are Mid-Century Modern style. Scarlett has designed several quilt patterns that are her unique interpretations of traditional patchwork of that era. By sharing family pictures, memorabilia and her grandmother's needlework, Scarlett tells the story of her grandmother during the Depression, WWII and Cold War eras. The wool quilt on the right is pieced from coats, possibly uniforms. The center has four patch blocks set together with lattice. The rest is pieced together from whatever was left over from coats. It is hand quilted in the baptist fan pattern and has mens' shirting for backing, no batting.
Scarlett is proud to have four family members who are Congressional Gold Medal awardees! Her grandmother and aunt are documented Rosie the Riveters. Her father and uncle are Merchant Marine of WWII. Learn about the Rosie the Riveter WWII Homefront National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. Please visit the Mementos Gallery.
Sept 19, 2023 - Presented as in person lecture for the River City Quilter's Guild of Sacramento, CA
Celtic Quilts from around the World - Celtic quilt lecture series #1
Enjoy seeing Celtic quilts made by talented international quilters from Facebook, Pinterest, the Celtic Applique Quilters online group and other quilting sites and groups Scarlett has discovered. The example shown is a Da Vinci knot quilt by Ilyeana of Russia. She was a member of the Celtic Applique Quilters in 2011.
2021 - Presented as a Zoom lecture for the Mount Vernon Chapter of Quilters Unlimited of Virginia.
A History of Celtic Quilting - Celtic quilt lecture series #2
From 1980 to present, learn about all th authors & designers of Celtic quilts and see quilts made from their designs. These Celtic quilts range from the traditional to contemporary, art to modern. The example shown is Oriental Interlace by Scarlett. See the newest directions of Scarlett's Celtic quilts!
Aug 9, 2023 - Presented as Zoom lecture for the Glendale Quilt Guild of Glendale, CA.
Round Robin Quilts
What's a round robin? A row robin? A random robin? A renegade robin? See what these kinds of friendship quilts can look like, what the possibilities are and learn how to plan this fun group project!
Feb 23, 2022 - "She had so many wonderful, creative and diverse examples of Round Robins she has participated in over the years." Debbie Horton, Program Chair, Gold Bug Quilters of Placerville, CA.
Quiltmaking has always adapted to the needs, skills and income of those who want to make quilts. See what all the excitement is about with upcycling, recycling and repurposing fabrics from clothing, home dec and other sources to make an amazing variety of quilts! This lecture covers ideas for finding and choosing non-cotton fabrics, embellishments, books and tools, including vintage sewing machines. Get into this exciting trend of upcycling, recycling and repurposing fabrics/garments/found items for traditional, contemporary, modern and art quilts..
Friendship Quilts - My Way & Any Way
Voila Viola! is a sample of the many friendship quilts that Scarlett talks about in her lecture Friendship Quilts - My Way. Scarlett has been in friendship circles for many years and collected photos of fabulous friendship quilts! This is a Powerpoint presentation or a trunk show if in person, so that you can see for yourself how Scarlett puts collections of friendship blocks together. The quilt, Voila Viola, shown is also available as a pattern. There's a picture of all the friends who made blocks for this quilt on Scarlett's Friends page.
Scarlett's Celtic Quilt Journey
Indian Summer - Changes is one of the quilts that Scarlett talks about in her lecture about her Celtic Style Applique. She has been drawing her own Celtic knotwork since the 1980s. Learn how Scarlett creates her Celtic designs and how they have evolved. Scarlett will talk about sources, resources and inspiration for Celtic artwork. This is a Powerpoint presentation for Zoom or in person. Scarlett can share quilts for in person presentations.
Aug 14, 2023 - "The program was well received by our members, many who were not familiar with Celtic Quilting. It was so nice to see such a variety of different Celtic quilts." Diane Morrow, VP of the Chester Piecemakers of Chester, CA.
A Quilt Artist's Life!
Scarlett has been quilting since 1976 and she is interested in a variety of quilting styles - Celtic, scrap, friendship, paperpieced, Amish, wearable art, art quilts & more. This lecture gives you a taste what she's been creating and sewing during her long and ongoing adventurous career.
A View From Both Sides - Quilt Competition and Judging
Have you ever considered entering your quilt in a county fair or quilt contest? Wonder what it's all about? What do judges look for? All these questions and more are answered in this informative lecture of the world of quilt judging. Scarlett has judged quilts at county fairs for many decades. She has competed with her quilts in national and international contests for over 35 years. Hear what she has to say about judging from both sides of the fence.
2019 - "Fifty-two members came to hear her talk, and they were not disappointed! Scarlett had their undivided attention from the start, and she held it for over an hour." Jane Alameda, Program Chairman, Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild of Lakeport, California
Workshops are for all skill levels (beginners and up). Lectures are digital presentations in Powerpoint, with quilts if in person (amount depending on travel method and situation).
Hearts Entwined - Bold Line Hand Embroidery
Learn the chain stitch, an ancient embroidery stitch. Exploring its history will be of interest to experienced embroiderers, and it is a perfect stitch for beginners who want to learn how to embroider. The Hearts Entwined design features hearts and spirals, ancient symbols used and interpreted over centuries as common motifs. The spiral is a familar design for many cultures, including the Celts and the Ainu, who call spirals "Morew" in their language. Depending the experience level of prospective students and the length of the workshop, other embroidery stitches can be taught. Instruction on basic symmetry of simple motifs is an option. This workshop is suitable for both half day (3 hour) and full day workshops. The level can be set by the guild or group who schedule the booking of the class.
Scarlett will teach the chain stitch for right and left handed stitching. Learn how to turn corners, starting and stopping, directional stitching and stitch embellishing.
Scarlett will share her exploration of her indigenous
Japanese ancestry, which includes a distinctive style of embroidery by the Ainu
of Hokkaido, Japan. She has discovered that some of the stitches that the Ainu
use are common
to cultures worldwide, but they have their own unique look. The Ainu call the
chain stitch, the Oho Stitch. Their beautiful hand
embroidered and hand appliqued coats have stunning decorative patterns that are
easily recognizable. There are design patterns distinctive to different kotan
(villages or tribes) of Ainu.
There are design patterns distinctive to different kotan (villages or tribes) of Ainu.
Bias and Beyond
Learn how to make your own bias tape using a variety of methods, ranging from traditional to modern! This is a technique workshop where you will make samples of bias tape that can be used for a wide range of designs, from Celtic knots to flower stems, vines, to Modern applique and improv applique. Learn which types of bias tape are best for machine applique (sample on the left - Sunflower in the Garden) or hand applique (sample on the right - The Fourth Knot). Samples will be shown for all these possibilities. This workshop can be half day (3 hrs.) or full day (one day in person or Zoom, or split in two half days for Zoom).
Celtic + Raw Edge Applique
Learn how to do raw edge applique with a decorative machine blanket stitch! This technique for raw edge applique can also be hand stitched. The sample shown is the Spirit of Earth, block #2 of the digital Elemental Spirits BOM. This exciting block of the month series has 9 patterns! Please visit the Elemental Spirits Gallery for quilt layouts.
Celtic + Freezer Paper Applique
Want to try Celtic hand applique? Learn a method of freezer paper applique combined with bias tape applique with the Merlin's Keystone block, featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #6. Merlin's Keystone is also sold as a Celtic knot printed fabric through Scarlett's Shop on Spoonflower.
Celtic + Dimensional Embroidery
Learn the embroidery stitch that is taking the quilting world by storm! The twilling stitch creates a dimensional braid that is stitched directly into the background fabric. Made especially for embroidery, Scarlett has custom preprinted background blocks that feature Celtic designs from her Legend of Merlin series. In this workshop, you'll learn the twilling stitch, which is what Scarlett used with hand dyed pearl cotton thread to create the wonderful textured braid that you see in this colorful sample. If you've only done a little bit of embroidery or just admired the embroidery that you've seen in quilts and want to learn more, then this class will teach youÂ how to embroider quilt blocks and introduce you to an exciting new style of quilting. Scarlett offers detailed instructions for both right and left handed stitchers. Preprinted blocks, kits and specialty pearl threads will be offered for workshops. Sample shown on the right is a 14" pillow with a sham back.
Please visit the Embroidery Gallery to see more examples like the block shown below. Many other embroidery stitches suitable for these preprinted blocks can be taught as part of the workshop or demonstrated, depending on class length (1/2 day, 1 day), project desired and/or the experience level of the students.
Celtic + Sashiko
Learn how to do sashiko stitching with your own fabric or a custom preprinted block. This workshop is for beginners who have admired sashiko and want to learn about it. Choose from a traditional Japanese blue and white theme to an International multicolor theme, with an option of adding other embroidery stitching and fabrics to create a truly multicultural design! Please visit the Sashiko Gallery to see more examples. Buy a preprinted Sashiko block in Scarlett's Etsy shop
Celtic + Crayon + Ink + Markers
Choose from three different Celtic designs by Scarlett. Each is a combination of techniques, drawn on fabric with crayons, inks and/or markers, plus stenciling with Full Line Stencils.
1. Why not try some indelible pen inking with crayoning for color and see what results! This workshop is for those who haven't done any crayoning or inking on fabric and who want to learn this fun new simple style. Featuring a brand new Celtic style design based on a cherished traditional Irish symbol, the Claddagh Rings incorporates the old with the new, blending craft with quilting in an exciting way to show off your appreciation of Irish culture and/or heritage.
2. Choose the Fire Medallion, a stenciled Celtic knot colored with fabric markers and machine quilted. Created from four Fire Knots placed together.
3.The Fire Knot block is stenciled with fabric ink, then colored in with fabric markers to give it the stained glass look.
San Kamon workshop
Learn how to make your own bias tape, Choosing either hand or machine applique techniques for making one of these 3 lovely designs. A smaller project that can be used as a tablerunner as well as a wallhanging. They can also be done as Celtic + embroidery, Celtic + Sashiko or Celtic + Crayon + Embroidery workshop, if preferred. Also learn about the Inklingo technique for using your inkjet printer to mark your backgrounds! Please visit the San Kamon Gallery to see students' work from workshops.
The samples shown above are for Celtic + Hand Applique on the left and Celtic + Embroidery (Stem stitch) on the right. The samples shown below are for Celtic + Sashiko stitching on the left and Celtic + Crayon + Embroidery (back stitch) on the right.
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More Celtic + Applique Workshops
From Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #2, learn how to make Scarlett's Celtic block design! Shown here in a nine block quilt setting. Other variations are in the Nucleus Gallery. You can buy Nucleus as a custom printed fabric, choosing from many very stunning colorways as a six inch Celtic knot printed on your choice of fabrics ranging from cottons (Kona, denim), linen, knits, minky, fleece to upholstery velvet.
My Heart's Desire workshop
Here's the finished 27" square wallhanging, Flowers of the Orient, made with the medium sized Celtic heart from the My Heart's Desire pattern. This wallhanging is Scarlett's hand applique class sample. Visit the Gallery to see another quilt, Fairy Tale Knights, made with all 3 sizes of this Celtic heart design.
A bonus handout with the extra applique patch templates, yardages and the feather quilting design will be given only to students who take this class.
New Circuitry Workshop
Using only two of the five borders and the center block from her pattern Celtic Circuits, Scarlett hand appliqued her own sewn bias tape for this 29" square quilt (on the left) to show you what can be creatively done with these highly adaptable Celtic knotwork designs. On the right is a machine appliqued version of the center block, which Scarlett made with her own fusible bias tape. Please visit the Celtic Circuits Gallery.
Besides learning how to make your own bias, where to place contrasting insets and how to make this quilt, see how you could mix and match any of the five borders from the pattern to make your own personal variation!
A bonus handout for New Circuitry will only be given to students who take this class.
Crystallized Celtic Workshop
This block is from the Crystallized Celtic pattern. Have a look at the Crystallized Celtic Gallery to see students' blocks made from this pattern.
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Celtic + Applique + Patchwork Workshops
Patience Puzzle workshop
This Patience Puzzle tablerunner or small wallhanging features Scarlett's Patience Puzzle block. Featuring a combination of machine piecing and bias tape applique, this innovative Celtic design is easy to set together and can be made in all kinds of fabrics. Please visit the Gallery to see more samples. The Patience Puzzle block is included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #3.
Lucky Four Patch workshop
This charming quilt pattern mixes Celtic bias tape applique with machine piecing for an Irish flair! Please visit the Lucky Four Patch Gallery for more pictures.
Knotwork Nine Patch Workshop
This new Celtic quilt design features easy machine piecing with either hand or machine applique. Based on a classic patchwork pattern, the background is made up of pieced nine patch blocks, with insets and bias tape finishing the design and giving it the look of patchwork with a Celtic flair! Please visit the Knotwork Nine Patch Gallery for more pictures. This sample quilt was made with black, white & blue fabrics from Scarlett's stash, using 29 different prints in all. Buy the Knotwork Nine Patch design as a digital pattern.
A bonus handout for Scottish Scraps, a quilt made from the leftovers from the Knotwork Nine Patch quilt, will be only given to students taking this class.
Amanda's Celtic Circles
Featuring a four patch variation with pieced insets, this machine piecing and bias tape applique workshop is for a pattern that is very stash friendly. Please visit the Amanda's Celtic Circles Gallery for more pictures.
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Celtic Design + Applique Workshops
The Magic Key Workshop
Are you interested in designing your own Celtic
knots but aren’t sure how to go about it? Try this new technique, which
offers endless possibilities! Learn how create Celtic knotwork with
Scarlett’s new designing template, the Magic Key. There are 3 Magic
Keys, ranging from Basic to Intermediate and Advanced. Explore
variations limited only by your imagination! See students' work in the Magic Key Gallery. The quilt shown in the middle is Could It Be Magic? and it was designed using the Magic Key and is available as a
digital pattern. Full Line Stencils are now available for the Fire, Earth, Wind & Water blocks from Could It Be Magic?
On the left is Infinity, which is the sample quilt for the Basic Celtic
Design workshop and on the right is Oriental Interlace, which is the
sample quilt for the Intermediate Celtic Design workshop.
This is a Design Workshop with demos of different methods of how to make bias tape.
1 day - 12” to 18” block design only (similar to the blocks in Could It Be Magic?)
2 day - design a small wallhanging (sample on the left - Infinity)
3 to 5 days - design a quilt with elaborate blocks, lattice and border (optional - sample on the right is Oriental Interlace)
Longer workshops would include making your own bias tape in the workshop as well as machine or hand appliqué instructions for your project.
Interlacing Lattice Workshop
Do you have pieced or appliquéd blocks that need
something special? Perhaps a Celtic lattice or border would be the
perfect thing! How to design and fit a Celtic border or sashing for
that next quilt using Scarlett’s new technique. Two of Scarlett's
quilts, Could It Be Magic? and Crystallized Celtic,
are shown above as samples of how Interlacing Lattices look without any
block designs in the way. Imagine your own blocks there!
This is a Design Workshop with demos of different methods of how to make bias tape.
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Celtic + Applique Workshops with Asian inspired designs
Exotic Peacock Workshop
Scarlett's Asian inspired bias tape applique design has a wonderful modern look. This Exotic Peacock is shown on a 36" square background block. The workshop can be taught for either hand applique or machine applique. Each style of applique has a different technique for making the bias tape. This stunning design is available as a digital pattern.
Interlace Phoenix Workshop
This design is for an 18" block and uses 3/8" bias, so that the edges can be buttonhole stitched by hand or machine. This workshop can be taught for either hand or machine applique. Please choose your style of applique. This sample block is made with silk dupioni and is machine buttonhole stitched with gold metallic thread. This design is available as the Phoenix 1 digital pattern.
Interlaced Crane Workshop
This 12" block design and can be made using two colors of bias strips. Insets are optional. This workshop can be taught for either hand applique or machine applique, each with the appropriate method for making your own bias tape. The sample block on the left is hand appliqued with 3/8" fusible bias made from two different fabrics and the sample block on the right is hand appliqued with gold and silver metallic readymade bias. To see students' blocks, click on the Interlaced Crane Gallery.
This crane design is one of three from the At the Water's Edge digital pattern.
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Classic Celtic Applique Workshops
Celtic Star Workshops
From a series of 12" Celtic designs by Scarlett Rose!
Learn Scarlett's method of making your own fusible bias using a fusible bias tape maker and fusible web tape. All the steps are covered in this workshop: complete bias strip layout before sewing, another way to transfer designs to background fabric and an easy method to make multiple tracings of the same block design. Several designs are shown below:
Camellian Star - A Celtic knot with a six point star and fussy cut insets. This workshop can be taught for either hand applique or machine applique, with several levels of difficulty, from beginner to Intermediate. Please visit the Celtic Star Gallery to see students' blocks.
Camellian Star with five loops, rounded or pointed
The hand applique sample block on the left is made of cottons with an inset patch in the center and rounded loops. The hand applique sample in the middle is made with 3/8" and 1/2" bias, and pointed loops. The machine applique sample on the right is made of silk dupioni, wider widths of bias and is machine buttonhole stitched. This workshop can be taught for either hand applique or machine applique. Please choose the method of applique and it will include how to make your own bias tape with Scarlett's preferred technique.
To see students's blocks, please click on the Celtic Star Gallery. The block on the right is from A Celtic Star is Born, which is available as a digital pattern.
Two Day Celtic Rose Workshops
Celtic Rose for Machine Applique, Hand Appliqued Celtic Rose with pieced background, Hand Appliqued Celtic Rose with dimensional flowers
This is an 18" applique block, used in these Celtic quilt patterns A Celtic Rose Garden, A Celtic Rainbow of Flowers and A Celtic Spring. There are several variations of this block, each depending on the pattern and technique Scarlett used for the sample. The flowers can be dimensional and Scarlett will discuss other embellishments. Variations in background fabrics and insets would greatly alter the appearance of this block. This is a complicated pattern and works best as a two day workshop. Students will be able to complete more of the block and have assistance for all the details if it is spread over the course of two days. Workshops for either of these two patterns: A Celtic Rainbow of Flowers or A Celtic Spring, are available as two or three day workshops. A Celtic Rose Garden is also available as an e-pattern.
Baskets: Celtic Style Workshops
Baskets: Celtic Style for Machine Applique, Hand Appliqued Baskets: Celtic Style, Baskets: Celtic Style for Machine Applique
On the left is Basket #11, with Block #13 and Flower #6 variation from Baskets: Celtic Style. The insets are machine pieced onto the background. In the center is a hand appliqued Celtic basket with insets. On the right is Basket #6, with Block #13 and Flower #6 variation. The fussy cut insets were machine pieced onto the background. Click on the Baskets Gallery to see pictures of students' blocks. There are lots of color choices shown!
This workshop uses patterns from Scarlett's second book, Baskets: Celtic Style. How to make bias strips with several methods as well as more intricate interlacing is covered and design variations are discussed.
Celtic Style Floral Applique
How to make bias strips and freezer paper applique for the flowers are covered. Discussion of possible variations. This Celtic block design is in the pattern Maryanne's Bouquet, which has a Celtic border adapted from the block design. Maryanne's Bouquet is available as a digital pattern. The original block design is from Scarlett's out of print book, Celtic Style Floral Applique.
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Choose from any of Scarlett's Celtic & More patterns for a class!
Learn Scarlett's Modular Foundation Paper Piecing technique! Her Hearts series of Homes, Trees and Yards block patterns are very versatile and allow for creativity in making a unique village, forest or fantasy home quilt.
Courthouse Steps - Learn how to piece these 3" foundation pieced blocks using preprinted Fun-Dation, a lightweight and see through nonwoven product, which is left inside the project. From the class kit of 5 sheets, make a hotpad, mug rug and 4 coasters.
Follow The Wind - Learn how to piece this 3" foundation piecing pattern using scrap triangles to make small projects.
Scarlett's Double Wedding Ring
This one of Scarlett's vintage quilt workshops. It's a pattern that Scarlett designed so that the Double Wedding Ring can be paperpieced, using only straight seams and NO inset patches! There are three different templates used in making a 12" block, which set together, creates the rings. Very easy to figure different size quilts from this pattern- just multiples of 12" blocks, plus a 9" border. Edges can be scalloped just by leaving off background fabric along the edge. Check out Scarlett's Double Wedding Ring Gallery to see students' blocks and quilts made from this pattern.
This is a paperpieced, tessellating leaf design. One leaf template works for all the leaves, it's the placement of fabrics that changes each leaf! Easy to paper piece. There are pictures of variations in the Autumn Splendor Gallery.
An Ocean of Fishes
In this workshop, students learn how to paper piece three sizes of fish: 3", 6" & 9". Each fish is a different species as well! Good basic templates, with variations - quick to learn how to piece. Please visit the Ocean Gallery.
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Other Applique Workshops
Silky Flowers Workshop
Hand Appliqued Silky Flowers
This workshop uses silky polyester fabrics to create three dimensional flowers with a very soft look. The background, fan and parts of the flower are made of cotton, with bead embellishments added.
Reverse Applique Workshop
Reverse Applique Cats
This workshop is learning reverse applique using a pattern for stylized cats. The fabric chosen for the cat's body can really affect the look of the block. Their tails are always on the move! In this sample, the cats are Siamese, but Scarlett has seen students use tiger stripes, leopard spots or batiks to create really wonderful cats.
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Please e-mail Scarlett if you think your guild, quilt shop or quilt conference might be interested in any of her workshops or lectures. Scarlett will gladly mail a brochure to your guild's workshop chairman or to you, if requested.
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