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Mickey Depre
Mickey Depre was introduced to fiber arts by her own personal “grand masters” at the age of four. Grandmothers, great aunts, aunts, and her mother filled her days with cloth, needles, yarn. Then in 1997, she discovered quilting.

As she made a name for herself as an art quilter—with a flair for the whimsical—she made traditional quilts for her family, Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Emily.

English Paper Piecing has become a slight obsession for Mickey and has lead to the publication of Pieced Hexies. Via English Paper Piecing and Beyond, she has put her own spin on this quilting tradition. 

And now she has traveled “a full circle in her quilting life” with her latest book, Half-Scrap Quilts. It features patterns for traditionally pieced bed quilts that show off her favorite half-scrap palette.

STITCHES Midwest 2017 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9020 Easy Hello Hexies Mug Rug Discover the magic of English Paper Piecing Hexagons by hand.
Yes, HEXIES by hand are the perfect go-anywhere project! This popular method of piecing allows you to be creative with fabric and have perfect results—the first time. Learn to build the most traditional of EPP designs—the hexie flower.
Mickey covers the basics of making and joining hexies, then shows you how to complete a 7.5” mug rug. Variations will be discussed so each student will truly make the project their own and go home with ideas for lots more hexies.
Note: Bring a thimble if you use one, but no previous hand-sewing experience is necessary.

Material fee: $7 for Hexagon Papers, thread sample, thimblepad, and fusible Pellon.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9007 Intermediate Sew on the go: Handpiecing Workshop Let’s tackle a block that could cause you to pause at your machine but when hand pieced will become your 'Go-To' choice for de-stressing!
Hand Piecing Rocks! Join me for a slow-stitch workshop covering the tips and tricks of hand piecing the Castle Wall Block. When sewn by hand, this versatile and complicated block becomes a joy to work. Perfect points happen almost automatically! 
We will use traditional templates to cut out the shapes with scissors. This entire workshop is about easy, peaceful quilting.
Note: Bring a thimble if you use one, but no previous hand-sewing experience is necessary.

Materials fee: $25 includes templates, thread, needles, pins, and markers
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9008 Easy Pieced Hexie Buffet Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with my Pieced Hexies Patterns.
Pieced Hexies magic is wrapping small quilt blocks around your papers to create a hexie that brings endless individual creativity to any English Paper Piecing project. The key is marking the alignment guides so that each Pieced Hexie lines up. Let me show you how.
Together we will create a WHEELIE, JAZZY, and COGS Pieced Hexies. Students will leave class with a new technique, 3 samples, and their imaginations running wild.
Pieced Hexies are a lot like potato chips…you can’t stop at just one. Making them keeps your hands busy and out of the chip bowl…so bonus-bonus!
Note: English Paper Piecing experience is helpful but not necessary. Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $10 for Hexie papers, hand needle sampler, thread, and thimble pad
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9051 Easy The Quilts of Half-Scrap Quilts: A Taste of Simply Midwest This complex-looking quilt is simply made using ONE quilt block for the entire quilt. The block, Village Square, is recolored to make a scrappy traditional checkerboard center setting and then recolored again to make the border.
Strips of fabric are sewn, cut, and sewn again for this fun block. Let me show you how the Easy Angle Ruler will become the tool you can't live without for accurate half-square triangles.
Quilters, from confident beginners to advance, will enjoy this workshop. Now gather up your 2" strips because we have some blocks to make! Whether you go on to make a table runner or the full quilt.
A bonus table runner design using the blocks of this quilt will be provided to each student. Spend time with small amounts of fabric learning all about the Village Square block, tips and tricks of contruction, and the Easy Angle before you tackle a runner or a full-size quilt. 
Note: Sewing machines provided for use in the classroom.

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