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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Lectures and Workshops

Informal and engaging lectures feature lots of show-and-tell quilt illustrations. An hour long lecture is $350. Add the related half-day hands-on workshop for an additional $500.

Visual Medicine – Quilts in the Healing and Healthcare Environment – Lecture & Workshop or Lecture ONLY – Based on years of experience as a visiting artist, Lauren shares her insight into how quilts can be tools for healing. Includes images and show-and-tell of her “Healing Journey” project. Workshop teaches a variety of small projects suitable for use in a healthcare setting. All experience levels.

Quilted Mementos Project – Lecture ONLY. – Hear the story of a 6 quilt project documenting the sources of inspiration for the many aspects of Lauren’s quilt artwork, supported by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.

Souvenir of India – Lecture ONLY. The travel story of how the kolam design tradition came to be the souvenir Lauren brought back from India and then became part of her art quilts and affected her life. Illustrated with images of Lauren’s time in India and show and tell kolam quilts.

Design Your Day: The Kolam Quilt – Lecture & Workshop – Be inspired by this South Indian contemplative design tradition traditionally drawn on the ground each morning in rice flour. Extensive show & tell of Lauren’s quilts based on these designs is the creative starting point. Workshop goes on to teach how to create your own kolam quilt wallhanging and how to use it as a centering tool for creating a successful day.

Color that Cooks- Lecture & Workshop – We approach cooking and color selection in similar ways. Following an entertaining lecture exploring those strategies, the workshop between 2 and 6 “color recipes” to explore various properties of color in combination.

On Balance – Symmetry in Quiltmaking – Lecture & Workshop – A look at kaleidoscope design, the kolam, Celtic knots, and examples of symmetry in modern quilts. In the workshop we will explore design and construction techniques for achieving symmetry as students create their own wallhanging.

The Extraordinary T-shirt Quilt The Scrapbook You Can Sleep Under  – Lecture & Workshop or Lecture ONLY.  Based on Lauren’s book of this title, the lecture demonstrates how to turn laundry into legacy. Learn to design a quilt of varying sized blocks that showcases the T-shirts. The workshop allows participants to try the special sewing tricks that make construction with stretchy fabrics easy.

Log Cabin Improvisation Workshop – Full day Workshop ONLY – No separate lecture. We just jump right in to this liberating workshop about playing at the sewing machine while exploring color principles. Everyone is a success in this fun and relaxing class.  All skill levels. Full day $600


Multi-session classes offered in partnership with various teaching venues provide Lauren’s experienced and supportive guidance to beginners and intermediate students as they learn basic techniques of quiltmaking. See the calendar for upcoming registration opportunities and prices. Ask about scheduling these courses at your venue.

Beginning Hand Piecing – Learn to cut, sew and assemble blocks into a top, add borders, prepare to quilt, stitch the layers together and finish edges. 12-15 hours

Appliqué and Edges – A survey of appliqué techniques and ways to bind the edges of the quilt, designed for intermediate quilters. 8-12 hours

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. 12 hours

T-shirt and Repurposed Fabric Quilts – Explore strategies for using repurposed materials, including designing, stabilizing, and sewing a variety of woven and knit fabrics.  8-12 hours

Lauren is also available by appointment for private lessons in her studio at $65/hour.