Scarlett's Workshops & Lectures

Revised October 6, 2017

Please choose from the table below. Click on the links to go to the section of this page for pictures and descriptions of the workshops and lectures that Scarlett offers.  There are three new workshops and two new lectures.
More Celtic + Applique Celtic+Applique+Patchwork Celtic Design + Applique Celtic + Applique with Asian Style
Classic Celtic Applique Paperpiecing Other Applique Designs Lectures

Please e-mail Scarlett if you think your guild, shop or conference would be interested in any of these or if you would like a brochure mailed to you.

Get Scarlett's Workshops & Lectures Brochure for immediate download or to open online. See her resume for a complete listing of Scarlett's accomplishments and for testimonials.
Please check Scarlett's teaching schedule for available dates.

New!Introducing a brand new series of workshops! Workshops are for all skill levels (beginners and up). Lectures are digital presentations, with quilts (amount depending on travel method and situation).

Celtic Plus Workshops

New!Celtic + Raw Edge Applique

Spirit of Earth, block #2 of the Elemental Spirits BOM

Learn how to do raw edge applique with a decorative machine blanket stitch! This technique for raw edge applique can also be hand stitched. The sample shown is the Spirit of Earth, block #2 of the digital Elemental Spirits BOM. This exciting block of the month series has 9 patterns! Please visit the Elemental Spirits Gallery for quilt layouts.

Celtic + Freezer Paper Applique

Merlin's Keystone block from 100 Blocks magazine.

Want to try Celtic applique? Learn a method of freezer paper applique combined with bias applique with the Merlin's Keystone block, featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #6.

New!Celtic + Embroidery

True Soul background block with Multicolor bright pearl thread. Twilling block made into a 14" pillow

Learn the embroidery stitch that is taking the quilting world by storm! The twilling stitch creates a dimensional braid that is stitched directly into the background fabric. Made especially for embroidery, Scarlett has custom preprinted background blocks that feature Celtic designs from her Legend of Merlin series. In this workshop, you'll learn the twilling stitch, which is what Scarlett used with hand dyed pearl cotton thread to create the wonderful textured braid that you see in this colorful sample. If you've only done a little bit of embroidery or just admired the embroidery that you've seen in quilts and want to learn more, then this class will teach you  how to embroider quilt blocks and introduce you to an exciting new style of quilting. Scarlett offers detailed instructions for both right and left handed stitchers. Preprinted blocks, kits and specialty pearl threads will be offered for workshops. Sample shown on the right is a 14" pillow with a sham back.

Please visit the Embroidery Gallery to see more examples like the block shown below. Many other embroidery stitches suitable for these preprinted blocks can be taught as part of the workshop or demonstrated, depending on class length (1/2 day, 1 day), project desired and/or the experience level of the students.

Twilling and sashiko in one block.

New!Celtic + Sashiko

Sashiko stitched block. Sashiko stitched Danu design set with indigo batik

Learn how to do sashiko stitching with a custom preprinted block. This workshop is for beginners who have admired sashiko and want to learn about it. Choose from a traditional Japanese blue and white theme to an International multicolor theme, with an option of adding other embroidery stitching and fabrics to create a truly multicultural design! Please visit the Sashiko Gallery to see more examples.

New!Celtic + Crayon + Ink + Markers

Claddagh Rings design in crayon and ink. Fire Medallion Wall Quilt Fire Knot in Stained Glass style

Choose from three different Celtic designs by Scarlett. Each is a combination of techniques, drawn on fabric with crayons, inks and/or markers, plus stenciling with Full Line Stencils.

1. Why not try some indelible pen inking with crayoning for color and see what results! This workshop is for those who haven't done any crayoning or inking on fabric and who want to learn this fun new simple style. Featuring a brand new Celtic style design based on a cherished traditional Irish symbol, the Claddagh Rings incorporates the old with the new, blending craft with quilting in an exciting way to show off your appreciation of Irish culture and/or heritage.

2. Choose the Fire Medallion, a stenciled Celtic knot colored with fabric markers and machine quilted. Created from four Fire Knots placed together.

3.The Fire Knot block is stenciled with fabric ink, then colored in with fabric markers to give it the stained glass look.

San Kamon workshop

San Kamon quilt

Learn how to make your own bias, for hand or machine applique, by making one of these 3 lovely designs. A smaller project that can be used as a tablerunner as well as a wallhanging. They can also be done as Celtic + embroidery, Celtic + Sashiko or Celtic + Crayon + Embroidery workshop, if preferred. Also learn about the Inklingo technique for using your inkjet printer to mark your backgrounds! Please visit the San Kamon Gallery to see students' work from workshops.

The samples shown above are for Celtic + Applique on the left and Celtic + Embroidery (Stem stitch) on the right. The samples shown below are for Celtic + Sashiko stitching on the left and Celtic + Crayon + Embroidery (back stitch) on the right.

Sashiko stitched Star Flower blockSix Rings block in crayon and backstitch embroidery

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More Celtic + Applique Workshops

Nucleus workshop

Quilt setting for Nucleus block.

From Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #2, learn how to make Scarlett's Celtic block design! Shown here in a nine block quilt setting. Other variations are in the Nucleus Gallery.

My Heart's Desire workshop

Flowers of the Orient wallhanging.

Here's the finished 27" square wallhanging, Flowers of the Orient, made with the medium sized Celtic heart from the My Heart's Desire pattern. This wallhanging is Scarlett's new class sample. Visit the Gallery to see another quilt, Fairy Tale Knights, made with all 3 sizes of this Celtic heart design.

A bonus handout with the extra applique patch templates, yardages and the feather quilting design will be given only to students who take this class.

New Circuitry Workshop

Color picture of the New Circuitry quilt. Machine applique sample block.

Using only two of the five borders and the center block from her pattern Celtic Circuits, Scarlett made this 29" square quilt (on the left) to show you what can be creatively done with these highly adaptable Celtic knotwork designs. On the right is a machine appliqued version of the center block. Please visit the Celtic Circuits Gallery.

Besides learning how to make your own bias, where to place contrasting insets and how to make this quilt, see how you could mix and match any of the five borders from the pattern to make your own personal variation!

A bonus handout for New Circuitry will only be given to students who take this class.

Crystallized Celtic Workshop

Crystallized Celtic block    Crystallized Celtic quilt.

This innovative Celtic design, if set on point, makes a 32" medallion block. It can also be set on square for a 22" block. The large loops allow for the use of fussy cut large print fabrics or your own inkjet printed fabric. This workshop can be for either hand or machine applique. This block is from the Crystallized Celtic pattern, or as an e-pattern. Have a look at the Crystallized Celtic Gallery to see students' blocks made from this pattern.

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Celtic + Applique + Patchwork Workshops

Patience Puzzle workshop

Patience Puzzle tablerunner

This sample tablerunner or small wallhanging features Scarlett's Patience Puzzle block. Featuring a combination of patchwork and applique, this innovative Celtic design is easy to set together and can be made in all kinds of fabrics. Please visit the Gallery to see more samples. The Patience Puzzle block is included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine #3.

Lucky Four Patch workshop

Lucky Four Patch quilt pattern

This charming quilt pattern mixes Celtic applique with scrappy patchwork for an Irish flair! Please visit the Lucky Four Patch Gallery for more pictures.

Knotwork Nine Patch Workshop

Picture of the Knotwork Nine Patch quilt.

This new Celtic quilt design features easy machine piecing with either hand or machine applique. Based on a classic patchwork pattern, the background is made up of pieced nine patch blocks, with insets and bias tape finishing the design and giving it the look of patchwork with a Celtic flair! Please visit the Knotwork Nine Patch Gallery for more pictures. This sample quilt was made with black, white & blue fabrics from Scarlett's stash, using 29 different prints in all. Buy the Knotwork Nine Patch design as a printed pattern or as an e-pattern.

A bonus handout for Scottish Scraps, a quilt made from the leftovers from the Knotwork Nine Patch quilt, will be only given to students taking this class.

Amanda's Celtic Circles

Amanda's Celtic Circles quilt.

Featuring a four patch variation with pieced insets, this patchwork and applique pattern is very stash friendly. Please visit the Amanda's Celtic Circles Gallery for more pictures.

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Celtic Design + Applique Workshops

The Magic Key Workshop

Infinity     Picture of Could It Be Magic? quilt.     Picture of Oriental Interlace, an intermediate Celtic design sample quilt.

Are you interested in designing your own Celtic knots but aren’t sure how to go about it? Try this new technique, which offers endless possibilities! Learn how create Celtic knotwork with Scarlett’s new designing template, the Magic Key. There are 3 Magic Keys, ranging from Basic to Intermediate and Advanced. Explore variations limited only by your imagination! See students' work in the Magic Key Gallery. The quilt shown in the middle is Could It Be Magic? and it was designed using the Magic Key and is available as a printed pattern or as an e-pattern. Full Line Stencils are now available for the Fire, Earth, Wind & Water blocks from Could It Be Magic? On the left is Infinity, which is the sample quilt for the Basic Celtic Design workshop and on the right is Oriental Interlace, which is the sample quilt for the Intermediate Celtic Design workshop.

This is a Design Workshop with demos of different methods of how to make bias tape.
1 day - 12” to 18” block design only (similar to the blocks in Could It Be Magic?)
2 day - design a small wallhanging (sample on the left - Infinity)
3 to 5 days - design a quilt with elaborate blocks, lattice and border (optional - sample on the right is Oriental Interlace)

Longer workshops would include making your own bias tape in the workshop as well as machine or hand appliqué instructions for your project.

Interlacing Lattice Workshop

Interlacing lattice from Could It Be Magic.    Interlacing Lattice from Crystallized Celtic.

Do you have pieced or appliquéd blocks that need something special? Perhaps a Celtic lattice or border would be the perfect thing! How to design and fit a Celtic border or sashing for that next quilt using Scarlett’s new technique. Two of Scarlett's quilts, Could It Be Magic? and Crystallized Celtic, are shown above as samples of how Interlacing Lattices look without any block designs in the way. Imagine your own blocks there!
This is a Design Workshop with demos of different methods of how to make bias tape.

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Celtic + Applique Workshops with Asian inspired designs


Exotic Peacock Workshop

Picture of the Exotic Peacock

The newest of Scarlett's Asian inspired bias applique designs, this Exotic Peacock is shown on a 36" square background block. The workshop can be for either hand or machine applique. This stunning design is available as a printed pattern or as an e-pattern.

Interlace Phoenix Workshop

Machine appliqued phoenix

This design is for an 18" block and uses 3/8" bias, so that the edges can be buttonhole stitched. This workshop can be for either hand or machine applique. This sample block is made with silk dupioni and is machine buttonhole stitched with gold metallic thread. This design is available as the Phoenix 1 printed pattern or e-pattern.

Interlaced Crane Workshop

Hand appliqued crane made with homemade fusible bias.    Small crane sample block

This 12" block design and can be made using two colors of bias strips. Insets are optional. This workshop can be for either hand or machine applique. The sample block on the left is hand appliqued with 3/8" fusible bias made from two different fabrics and the sample block on the right is hand appliqued with gold and silver metallic readymade bias. To see students' blocks, click on the Interlaced Crane Gallery.

This crane design is one of three from the At the Water's Edge printed pattern or e-pattern.

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Classic Celtic Applique Workshops

Celtic Star Workshops

From a series of 12" Celtic designs by Scarlett Rose!

Learn an exciting new method of making your own fusible bias using a fusible bias tape maker and fusible web tape. Other new methods covered in this workshop: complete bias strip layout before sewing, another way to transfer designs to background fabric and an easy method to make multiple tracings of the same block design. Several designs are shown below:

Camellian Star - A Celtic knot with a six point star and fussy cut insets. This workshop can be for either hand or machine applique, with several levels of difficulty, from beginner to Intermediate. Please visit the Celtic Star Gallery to see students' blocks.

Basic Celtic Star block    

Camellian Star with five loops, rounded or pointed

The hand applique sample block on the left is made of cottons with an inset patch in the center and rounded loops. The hand applique sample in the middle is made with 3/8" and 1/2" bias, and pointed loops. The machine applique sample on the right is made of silk dupioni, wider widths of bias and is machine buttonhole stitched. This workshop can be for either hand or machine applique.

To see students's blocks, please click on the Celtic Star Gallery. The block on the right is from A Celtic Star is Born, which is available as a printed pattern or an e-pattern.

Two Day Celtic Rose Workshops

Celtic Rose block [Celtic Rose with pieced background] [Celtic Rose applique workshop]

Celtic Rose for Machine Applique, Hand Appliqued Celtic Rose with pieced background, Hand Appliqued Celtic Rose with dimensional flowers

This is an 18" applique block, used in these Celtic quilt patterns A Celtic Rose Garden, A Celtic Rainbow of Flowers and A Celtic Spring.  There are several variations of this block, each depending on the pattern and technique Scarlett used for the sample. The flowers can be dimensional and Scarlett will discuss other embellishments.   Variations in background fabrics and insets would greatly alter the appearance of this block. This is a complicated pattern and works best as a two day workshop. Students will be able to complete more of the block and have assistance for all the details if it is spread over the course of two days. Workshops for either of these two patterns: A Celtic Rainbow of Flowers or A Celtic Spring, are available as two or three day workshops. A Celtic Rose Garden is also available as an e-pattern.

Baskets: Celtic Style Workshops

Machine appliqued Celtic Basket block [Baskets: Celtic Style] Celtic Baskets block

Baskets: Celtic Style for Machine Applique, Hand Appliqued Baskets: Celtic Style, Baskets: Celtic Style for Machine Applique

On the left is Basket #11, with Block #13 and Flower #6 variation from Baskets: Celtic Style. The insets are machine pieced onto the background. In the center is a hand appliqued Celtic basket with insets. On the right is Basket #6, with Block #13 and Flower #6 variation. The fussy cut insets were machine pieced onto the background. Click on the Baskets Gallery to see pictures of students' blocks. There are lots of color choices shown!

This workshop uses patterns from Scarlett's second book, Baskets: Celtic Style.  How to make bias strips with several methods as well as more intricate interlacing is covered and design variations are discussed.

Picture of Block #3 from Celtic Style Floral Applique

Celtic Style Floral Applique

How to make bias strips and freezer paper applique for the flowers are covered. Discussion of possible variations. This Celtic block design is in the pattern Maryanne's Bouquet, which has a Celtic border adapted from the block design. Maryanne's Bouquet is available as a printed pattern or as an e-pattern. The original block design is from Scarlett's out of print book, Celtic Style Floral Applique.

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Paperpiecing Workshops

Courthouse Steps, foundation pieced blocks for a hot pad, mug rug and coasters.

Courthouse Steps - Learn how to piece these 3" foundation pieced blocks using preprinted Fun-Dation, a lightweight and see through nonwoven product, which is left inside the project. From the class kit of 5 sheets, make a hotpad, mug rug and 4 coasters.

Follow The Wind, a flying geese foundation pieced pattern for 3" blocks.

Follow The Wind - Learn how to piece this 3" foundation piecing pattern using scrap triangles to make small projects.

[Double Wedding Ring paper piecing workshop]

Scarlett's Double Wedding Ring

This one of Scarlett's vintage quilt workshops.  It's a pattern that Scarlett designed so that the Double Wedding Ring can be paperpieced, using only straight seams and NO inset patches!  There are three different templates used in making a 12" block, which set together, creates the rings.  Very easy to figure different size quilts from this pattern- just multiples of 12" blocks, plus a 9" border.  Edges can be scalloped just by leaving off background fabric along the edge. Check out Scarlett's Double Wedding Ring Gallery to see students' blocks and quilts made from this pattern.

[Autumn Splendor paperpiecing workshop]

Autumn Splendor

This is a paperpieced, tessellating leaf design.  One leaf template works for all the leaves, it's the placement of fabrics that changes each leaf!  Easy to paper piece.  There are pictures of variations on Scarlett's Patterns page.

[An Ocean of Fishes paperpiecing workshop]

An Ocean of Fishes

In this workshop, students learn how to paper piece three sizes of fish: 3", 6" & 9".  Each fish is a different species as well!  Good basic templates, with variations - quick to learn how to piece.

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Other Applique Workshops

Silky Flowers Workshop

[Silky Flowers]

Hand Appliqued Silky Flowers

This workshop uses polyester fabrics to create three dimensional flowers with a very soft look. The background, fan and parts of the flower are made of cotton, with bead embellishments added.

Reverse Applique Workshop

[new applique cats block]  [Reverse Applique Cats]

Reverse Applique Cats

This workshop is learning reverse applique using a pattern for stylized cats.  The fabric chosen for the cat's body can really affect the look of the block.  Their tails are always on the move! In this sample, the cats are Siamese, but Scarlett has seen students use tiger stripes, leopard spots or batiks to create really wonderful cats.

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Scarlett's Lectures

New!Quilts + Genealogy = Family Stories

Quilts + Genealogy = Family Stories starts with some special quilts that represent connections between family and friends. Then Scarlett provides an intro to Genealogy with DNA testing, another of her interests. The lecture finishes by showing how these two subjects have linked themselves in her life and provided her with a wonderful stories of discovery that she'll share with you. Visit the Mementos Gallery.

New!Remember the 40s

Scarlett has some vintage quilts that her grandmother made in the 1930s and 1940s. She's also designed several quilt patterns that are her unique interpretations of traditional patchwork of that era. Along with family pictures and memorabilia, Scarlett tells the story of her family during the WWII era. Learn about the WWII Homefront National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. Visit the Mementos Gallery.

Celtic Quilts from around the World - Celtic quilt lecture series #1

Enjoy seeing Celtic quilts made by talented international quilters from Facebook, the Celtic Applique Quilters, and other quilting sites and groups.

A History of Modern Celtic Quilting - Celtic quilt lecture series #2

From 1980 to present, learn about authors & designers of Celtic quilts and see quilts made from their designs.

Round Robin Quilts

What's a round robin? A row robin? A random robin? A renegade robin? See what these kinds of friendship quilts can look like and learn about this fun group project!

Quilters on the Internet

What's out there? Groups, sharing, trading, shopping and adventure!

Quiltmaking from a Green Viewpoint

Quiltmaking has a long history of adapting to the needs, skills and income of those who want to make quilts.
Showing amazing variety of scrap quilts, this lecture will also cover ideas for finding fabric, books and tools.

[Voila Viola!, a Friendship Quilt]

Friendship Quilts - My Way

Voila Viola! is a sample of the many friendship quilts that Scarlett talks about in her lecture Friendship Quilts - My Way. Powerpoint presentation, with quilts if requested, so that you can see for yourself how Scarlett puts collections of friendship blocks together.  The quilt shown is also available as a pattern.  There's a picture of all the friends who made blocks for this quilt on Scarlett's Friends page.

[Indian Summer - Changes]

Celtic Style Applique

Indian Summer - Changes is one of the quilts that Scarlett talks about in her lecture on Celtic Style Applique. How Scarlett creates her celtic designs and sources for celtic artwork are covered.  Powerpoint presentation, plus can include quilts if requested. 

[My Life as a Quilt Artist lecture]

My Life as a Quilt Artist

Scarlett has been quilting since 1976 and is interested in a variety of quilting styles - Celtic, scrap, friendship, paperpieced, Amish, wearable art & more.  This lecture gives you a taste what quilts she's been creating and sewing during her long and ongoing career.

A View From Both Sides - Quilt Competition and Judging

Have you ever considered entering your quilt in a county fair or quilt contest? Wonder what it's all about? What do judges look for? All these questions and more are answered in this informative lecture of the world of quilt judging. Scarlett has judged quilts at county fairs for about 20 years and has competed with her quilts in national and international contests for over 25 years. Hear what she has to say about judging from both sides of the fence.

Please e-mail Scarlett if you think your guild, quilt shop or quilt conference might be interested in any of her workshops or lectures. Scarlett will gladly mail a brochure to your guild's workshop chairman or to you, if requested.  In case your browser doesn't like the e-mail link, her e-mail address is:

Scarlett@scarlettrose.com

Her snail mail address is:

Scarlett Rose's Celtic & More
P.O.Box 212
Anderson, CA 96007-0212

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