Guest Speaker

At this time, we do not have guest speakers scheduled. The following speakers presented at the Red Barn.

What is Ruler Work? And How Do I Get Started?

Ruler Work is originally a longarm technique to make uniform shapes while quilting, and now it can be done on a home sewing machine. Using the rulers enable you to easily achieve incredibly smooth lines, curves and motifs to complement your quilts.

Join expert instructor Lisa Driscoll for a lecture demonstration as she presents an overview of the essential tools, tips and techniques for undertaking ruler work on a home sewing machine. As Lisa demonstrates with some of the basic rulers you will see how easy it is to do.

After taking this introduction to Ruler Work lecture you will be better prepared to join us for a hands-on Ruler Work class or even try it on your own.

All sewing machines are different. Whether you plan to sign up for a class or do it on your own, you will need the correct Ruler Foot as well as the correct Rulers. Bring information on the sewing machine you will be using for ruler work, so we will be able to guide you as to what you will need.


“The SewBatik road crew, Diane and Bruce Magidson, will be traveling to the Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center on June 26th to put on a great presentation about the tradition and history of Indonesian batik-making. There will be slides and video to create an in-depth explanation of the two basic methods of batik production, i.e. hand drawn batik and hand stamped batik.  Attendees will get an entertaining and intimate view of the nuts and bolts of the various processes that result in amazing fabric. You can examine batik-making tools and samples from Bruce’s stash that he has collected during his many visits to Indonesia.

Exciting SewBatik products will be offered for sale before and after the presentations.

  • 100% cotton batiks
  • Gradation batiks
  • 100% rayon batiks
  • 110″ wide back batiks


Toni’s Timeless Travels

Join Toni Steere, a National Educator for Timeless Treasures, for her lecture/trunk show, “From Concept to Quilt”. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes lecture on how a fabric collection is created. She will share the steps leading from artwork to the finished fabric collection and quilt projects. Toni will show projects from the current Timeless Treasures collections as well as an early preview of the 2018 collection “Tranquility”.

Toni began traveling the country this summer, sharing her quilting expertise, with Timeless Treasures in the spotlight. As a pattern designer, sales representative and former shop owner, Toni has 30 years of quilting and teaching experience. She is known for her pattern design company, Wing and a Prayer Design – the name behind Timeless Treasures’ popular Block of the Month programs and fabric collections.

We are thrilled to be among one of the first shops in the country selected to have Toni Steere present this new program! Toni will be teaching workshops during the two days following the lecture.

Aurifil Threads

Join us for a lecture with Alex Veronelli, who describes himself as Product Manager & Brand Jedi for Aurifil, the Italian thread manufacturer. He is a known showman and we are sure he will not disappoint. We love Aurifil threads, so we are anxious to hear Alex talk about the planned innovations at Aurifil. He will talk technical too – so come prepared to learn a lot.

“Inside Aurifil and Aurifil Inside” Lecture:

  • Exclusive information on what will be new in the innovative production and promotion of Aurifil
  • Introduction to Aurifil thread weights, tips on best uses for each weight and care instructions
  • Enjoy inspirational collection of artworks made by popular designers using Aurifil threads
  • Gifts & Giveaways