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Decorative Machine Stitches
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 01:00pm - 03:30pm
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sheridan decorative machine stitchingEvent:  Decorative Machine Stitches
Instructor:  Swan Sheridan
Dates: September 15 and 17, 2021
Time: 1:00-3:30 MDT (two afternoons)
Location: Zoom format on your home computer
Local Guild Member Cost*: $30 + supply list items
    *+ $10 if you are not a local guild member, CLASS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE 

Class size limited to 30 students

Event Description
Make your beautiful wall hanging using basic fusing techniques and some of the fun decorative stitches on your machine!  Join Swan to learn the ins and outs of basic fusing techniques and decorative stitches to make your project a masterpiece.   Personalize your project by choosing from several options to make a special creation all your own.  You’ll learn to enjoy all that your machine has to offer and see just how pretty your threads can be when you use all of your stitches on your fused projects.

There are two choices of patterns for this class:  Western Flax and Cactus.  Please specify when you register which pattern you would prefer.

Western Flax Supply List Link or Cactus Specimen Supply List Link

Swan Sheridan was born in Bend, Oregon in little house on Colorado Street. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her super hero husband and turbo charged daughter.

sheridan swanSwan’s interest in all things textile related began when she was very young. She tried everything from spinning wool, to cross-stitch and finally landed in the world of quilting during grad school as she awaited the birth of her first nephew. She dabbled in appliqué with that first quilt in the interests of covering a mistake and thus did necessity become the mother of invention.

Appliqué truly took over Swan’s quilting life in 2004 while she was pregnant with her daughter. Swan had a dream during that time that repeated a magical image of dragonflies rising out of a brass urn and flying toward the moon. Unable to shake the idea that this image needed to become a quilt for her baby-to-be, Swan set out to make this quilt come alive and as a result produced her first large appliquéd scene.

In 2009, with her daughter in preschool, Swan began to refine her appliqué skills always with unique designs. Soon after she took a job with Bella Quiltworks in Tucson, Arizona, which offered her the opportunity to be immersed in the quilting world in a whole new way.

Swan began producing patterns for sale in early 2013 and regularly exhibits her work in local and national shows. She teaches in Tucson and around the country, offering classes in appliqué, color, free motion, hand quilting, and decorative stitches.

On any given day, you can find this quilt artist half buried in fabric, brandishing her needle and thread, and otherwise surrounded by implements of creativity.

Visit Swan Sheridan’s website at to learn more about her.

Swan is offering the Black Canyon Quilt Show, Inc. on-line Zoom classes. We recommend you complete the following steps prior to registering for a class to ensure you are ready and able to participate.

Using a Windows or Apple computer complete with speakers, a microphone and webcam:

  1. Install Zoom. Visit for specific hardware requirements and installation instructions.
  2. Run a speed test on your computer. Visit Zoom generally requires a minimum bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps/1.5 Mbps (uploading/downloading).

When you are Zoom Ready...

  1. Register below and pay with BCQS using the appropriate link.
  2. On September 13, 6:00 MDT, Swan will hold a Zoom tutorial session with the students to help all be comfortable with the class format. It is strongly recommended that you attend this tutorial.
  3. You will receive a zoom link for your class prior to the first day of class.

Please contact the Education Chairman, Paula Straw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-249-1224 if you have any additional questions.

Choose on your preferred registration link below:

Location Zoom Class
Classes held afternoons of Sept. 15 and Sept. 17
Guild member? If yes, provide name of guild. If no, choose non-guild member fee..