Hello everyone! I’m excited to be starting a new series on the Mill House Quilts’ blog – meet your teachers! Mill House Quilts offers a plethora of great classes throughout the year. Let’s get to know the teachers behind these classes and find out a little bit more on why you want to sign up for them.

I’m really excited to be starting this series with Lorraine Torrence. Let’s hear what she has to say!

Class you’re teaching at Mill House Quilts: Design Essentials I

Summary of Class:

A 7 month long exploration of Design Principles and Elements and their use in quiltmaking in any style. Exercises, not finished quilts, will be done monthly and will encourage exploration, experimentation and learning. Critique sessions in each class will be the most valuable part of the class.

Date/Time of Class: Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm, Sept.20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, 2015, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, 2016.

Why should folks be excited about taking your class?

You will look and quilts, art and the world differently when you can start identifying design principles and elements and how they function – or don’t function – in improving your understanding of what you see. Your quilts are bound to improve!

When did you start quilting? 1971

What would you consider your quilting style? Innovative

What is your favorite thing about teaching? I love to see students get excited, improve and become enlightened!

Karen Millard with her final design project quilt from the Design Essentials I class in 2014 at the 2015 Quilt Expo.

Do you have a favorite fabric section at Mill House Quilts?

H-m-m-m… I guess it would have to be… the whole place!

Do you have a favorite club you like to attend at Mill House Quilts?

So far, since moving to Wisconsin, my business and teaching has kept me too busy to allow time for joining a club, Would like to in the future.

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself or teaching at Mill House Quilts?

I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity to teach Design at Mill House Quilts! Not too many places have the foresight and willingness to offer a long term class that is not oriented to making products but to helping people really get better at design.

One word answers:

  • Favorite Quilting Tool: RotaryCutter (Does that count as one word?)
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Fabric Designer: Kaffe Fassett
  • Apples or Oranges? Both! (Oops! I guess apples was the correct answer.)

Thank you Lorraine for taking the time to answer my questions! I’m looking forward to being a part of your Design Essentials I class myself!