My Online Feathered Star Workshop at Craft University

CraftUpromoMy Craft University course on Feathered Stars starts September 29!
I’m so excited! I went to Golden, Colorado, in June to do the taping. There’s even a video to promote it. Here’s the link:

Feathered Star Quilting Techniques with Marsha McCloskey

In the meantime, I’m working on the last post on the Winter Star — the one about sewing the block together. We had a few setbacks in August (a funeral to go to and my husband was in the hospital for a week) and it has thrown my schedule off somewhat. Thankfully, things have settled some and I’m back to my studio and getting ready to teach for the Utah Quilt Guild’s Quilt Fest 2015 in mid September. This is the last conference I have scheduled that I have to fly to. I had already agreed to do it last year when I decided to limit my travel to just the Northwest. I’ve been to this event before and they put on a really fun show:

If you are interested in taking a class IN PERSON, I have scheduled some classes locally in the Eugene area and a retreat in Washington State next year.


ENGLISH IVY QUILT,  Saturday, October 3, 2015 

At “Our Sewing Room” in Springfield, OR

I’ll be teaching my English Ivy quilt, which can be made in a miniature 3” block, or in a standard 6” block. You will learn some “cut it larger, true it down” sewing techniques and bias-strip piecing to make ½” scale triangles (for the miniature version). This is a very sweet two-color quilt. Cost is $55.

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2-DAY RADIANT FEATHERED STAR, Mon., Oct. 5 & Tues., Oct. 6, 2015

At “Our Sewing Room” in Springfield, OR

This 2-day class will include drafting instruction for the Radiant Feathered Star, color placement, and accurate rotary cutting and machine piecing. Lunch and snacks are included both days. Cost is $295 for the 2-Day workshop.

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Session I: June 3-7, 2016

Session II: June 8-12, 2016

If Feathered Stars are on your bucket list, this is your chance to learn from the quilting world’s Feathered Star expert! Enjoy 5 days of total Feathered Star immersion at The Wild Rose Quilt Shop and Retreat Center in Orting, Washington. The registration fee of $995 includes 4 nights double occupancy lodging, most meals, and daily classroom instruction with Marsha. The class agenda includes a trunk show, drafting and design, rotary cutting and machine piecing. You will have plenty of free sewing time and individual help from Marsha during this 5-day retreat!


Email:                 Phone: 541-554-9537



Getting on a Jet Plane


I leave tomorrow for Golden , CO, to film a series of online lessons of my Radiant Feathered Star Workshop. It’s been like preparing for a cooking show — you have to have all the steps ready to demonstrate. I’ve made the project multiple times, but stopped at a different point on each one — over and over. It’s pretty much done now and I’m packing the suitcases.

The online class will be available in September, and when I have information on how to sign up, I will let you know. I do know there will be a kit available for the 21″ x 21″ wall hanging I’ll be teaching in the video. (The fabrics are from my Everything Blue collection from Clothworks and are also available on my website by the yard.)


I won’t be posting here for a few weeks: the tiny Ohio Star will have to wait until I’m back and recovered from the trip:)

Block Party Lecture

Today, I’m getting ready for my Block Party Lecture at the Pioneer Quilt Show, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00-2:00, at the Lane County Historical Museum on the Lane County Fairgrounds property in Eugene, Oregon. I’ll be showing slides and quilts.

Block Party Cover

The subtitle for the talk is Quilt Design 101 and is based on my 1998 book from Rodale, Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party. The book is out of print now, but can usually be found on Amazon. It contains the blocks and quilt plan that we recently used for the Emerald Valley Quilter’s 2015 Raffle Quilt, Rhapsody in Blue. We used prints from my Everything Blue line of Fabric from Clothworks ( The quilt is quilted now, but not bound. I’m going to try to bring it to the lecture on Saturday. This is a picture of the quilt on the design wall in my studio before the final borders.


(My design wall is made of two 4′ x 8′  insulation boards mounted to the wall and covered with the same thin, dense batting that I use for the PORTABLE DESIGN BOARDS. I used a staple gun to attach the batting. I LOVE this design wall! )