Rossie Hutchinson



On this page, you will find write-ups of my current offerings. Most of these can be tweaked to fit your schedule or your students interests, so please let me know if you’re not seeing a class you wanted.

I’m happy to teach a class based on any of my tutorials or patterns, just ask! I absolutely love teaching and sharing my quilts and am honored that you’re considering me for your event!


Current Class Offerings


Workshop name: Improvisational Patchwork (Improv 101)
Skill level: all skill levels
Length: 3 hours or 6 hours

Workshop description: This workshop is geared to students who love the look of improvisational quilts, but find themselves unable to make one. Using a variation of the “paper bag” technique developed by Denyse Schmidt, students learn to let loose and stitch with abandon. Students learn to limit decision-making while continually piecing. They also learn to make decisions quickly, avoid falling in love with their answers, and accept change when it occurs. Students leave this class with perfectly imperfect quilt blocks and the confidence to stitch into the unknown.

intermediate-improv-with-rossieWorkshop name: Intermediate Improv: Crosses, Cabins, Colors, and Combinations
Skill level: Intermediate
Length: 3 hours or 6 hours

Workshop description: This class takes students who are already comfortable with piecing improvisationally, and teaches them three beautiful improv blocks: the improv cross, the log cabin, and the quartered log-cabin.

In addition to teaching these improv blocks, this class includes a module on color stories and color arrangements and a module on combining odd-sized and irregular improv blocks into a quilt top.

In the three-hour version of this class, students make one of each block. In the six-hour version of this class, after students have made one of each block, they are coached as they design their own quilt using one or more of those blocks and begin work on that quilt.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 6.10.40 PMAre you using your design wall to design? Or is it just a place you store blocks and scraps? I would rather be without my sewing machine than give up my design wall; come and learn how I think about and use my favorite tool. Participants in this class will learn to make blocks for an Arne quilt (pattern is provided in class); those blocks will be pooled and played with collectively as we explore the joy of the design wall.


circles-and-pebbles-class-with-rossieWorkshop name: Carefree Circles & Reverse Appliqué
Skill level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Length: 3 hours

Workshop Description:There are a lot of ways to make circles in a quilt. Come and learn my reverse appliqué method. Students tell me they find this method “fool proof” and have 100% success with it in class and at home!

My method can be used to make perfect circles or more irregular shapes (as in the picture). I developed this method when making my Painted Pebbles Quilt, which went on to win the ribbon for best appliqué at the American Quilter’s Society Modern Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa. In this class, I will also teach Dale Fleming’s 6-minute-circle technique and go over the pros-and-cons of this method vs. my reverse appliqué method.

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.50.22 AMLecture name: Steal, Deviate, Mutate: Making Quilts Like an Artist
Skill level: all skill levels
Length: 60 to 90 minutes depending on your schedule; includes Q&A and showing some quilts.

Lecture description: In this lecture, I talk about how to be creative as we create quilts.  I relate my own journey as an artist, stumbling blocks and all, as I spell out key lessons and action items for quilters looking to hone their voice and find their courage.

full-stops-hutchinsonAre you scared of the time, mess, or expense of fabric dye? Don’t be! Do you think hand-dyed fabric has to be mottled and jewel-toned? You’re wrong! It’s actually really cheap and easy to dye fabric for your next modern quilt. Come and see what Rossie (and you!) can do with 1 hour and 10 dollars of dye supplies.

Testimonials from Students

“Rossie Hutchinson has a very effective teaching style. She’s organized but laid back, gives attention to detail and instruction but encourages the students’ independence. She had all of the supplies we needed and helped those who needed it one-on-one.”

“Extremely fun and engaging instructor. Loved learning multiple techniques and the handouts are a really nice touch.”

“Great talk and nice easy speaker. She knew her stuff.”

“Rossie was so good. Her instruction was clear. She was so sweet and funny. She made the class so much fun”

“Rossie is knowledgeable, engaging and warm.”

“Rossie was well organized and very professional. The material was presented in such a way that she accomplished her goals early. Her enthusiasm was contagious.”

“Rossie was so much fun! Perfect teaching of a new technique without being too technical.”