Lauren Kingsland
Tying Up Loose Ends | Lauren Kingsland | Quilts for LIfe

Lauren is available to speak and conduct workshops on a number of quilt-related topics. Please contact her at about booking and contract arrangements.

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Classes, Lectures and Workshops –

Due to Covid-19 concerns, my availability for in-person presentations is limited. Contact me for virtual options. Multi-session on-line classes are offered in partnership with these organizations. Register through the following links –

Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program -

Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts program -

My classes offer experienced and supportive guidance to beginners and intermediate students as they learn basic techniques of quiltmaking by hand or machine. Class topics include –

The Memory Quilt Block – An 8 week course to look at ways quilts have historically been used to commemorate people, places, events, causes by individuals and by groups. Techniques employed in memory quilts will be examined including the use of words, images, repurposed materials plus a full range of embroidery, piecing and appliqué.

Beginning Hand Piecing/Part 1 & 2 – Learn to design, cut, sew and assemble blocks into a top, add borders, prepare to quilt, stitch the layers together and finish edges. Part 2 covers curved piecing, non-square units, and aspects of the modern quilt movement.

Appliqué and Edges – A survey of appliqué techniques, historical and modern. An overview of the many ways to bind the edges of the quilt for various uses.

Confidence with Color for Quilters – Learn the vocabulary of color and how to analyze and create color schemes to make your quilts sizzle. Students assemble a notebook of many exercise pages for their own future reference.

T-shirt and Repurposed Fabric Quilts – Explore strategies for using re-purposed materials, including design, stabilizing, and construction techniques for a variety of woven and knit fabrics.

Landscapes and Images/ The Virtual Vacation – Begin with a reference photo to create an original appliqué of a place.

Log Cabin Improvisation – Log cabin quilts begin with a simple strategy of concentric rounds of strips and are a dizzyingly versatile way to create something new. A playful exercise in improvization.

Lectures Due to public health concerns, my availability for in-person presentations is limited. Ask.

These informal and engaging lectures feature quilt illustrations, their backstories, and the techniques used to create them.

Visual Medicine – Quilts in the Healing and Healthcare Environment – Based on years of experience as a hospital visiting artist, Lauren shares her insight into how quilts can be tools for healing.

Quilted Mementos Project – The story of a 6 quilt project documenting the sources of inspiration for Lauren’s quilt artwork. Supported by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.

Design Your Day: The Kolam Quilt – Be inspired by this South Indian contemplative design tradition traditionally drawn on the ground each morning in rice flour. Lauren’s extensive series of kolam quilts illustrate their use as mindfulness tools.

Color that Cooks – A tongue-in-cheek comparison of the variety of strategic approaches to cooking and color selection.

On Balance – Symmetry in Quiltmaking Explore symmetry and sacred geometry in modern quilts through kaleidoscopes, kolam, labyrinths, mandalas and Celtic knots.

The Extraordinary T-shirt Quilt – The Scrapbook You Can Sleep Under Based on Lauren’s ground-breaking book for turning laundry into legacy. A generation of T-shirt quilt makers have followed her lead to make the T-shirt quilt a beloved legacy project throughout the country.