Quilt Restoration

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I estimate there are over 5 million quilts in need of restoration and only about three dozen people restoring them professionally.

We are planning another workshop for November 2016.  Below is the schedule of a typical workshop.

Quilt Restoration Workshops

The Beginning Workshop starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  We work through the morning, then a long lunch until 2:30 — time to eat at nearby restaurants.  Then our triage session will go until 5:30 where we make a plan for each person’s quilt.  We’ll end with a session on The Business of Restoration.

On Sunday we will start with a Dating Fabrics session in the morning and in the afternoon we’ll discuss cleaning storage and display. Depending on the students, we will set a starting time that allows anyone who wants to attend Sunday services to do so.  If you have other religious concerns — attendance at Shabbat services or special dietary requirements for example, please let me know.

The hotel serves breakfast.  There is a Perkins restaurant next door and other restaurants within a few blocks.

Quilt Restoration

The hotel van will take participants to local restaurants and shops with some advance planning.  They also provide free shuttle services from the airport and return. The hotel has given us a special rate  for a single or double room or  for a business suite (separate living room, fridge) with two double beds or a king.  Mention the Kirk Collection Quilt Restoration Workshop when you register.

Some of the participants plan to take a side trip to the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln on Friday.  I won’t be going with you this year — an extruded disk means I have to be really careful to save my energy for the workshop.  If you want to join the trip to Lincoln, send me an email and I will link you with the others who are going.

The Advanced Workshop is on Monday and Tuesday if we have a minimum of 5 students.  We will run long on Monday in order to end by 3 p.m. Tuesday so people can easily make evening flights.


Beginning Workshop $200.

Advanced Workshop $200.

We offer a discount of $25 per workshop for those who have purchased the same workshop on DVD.

Supply List: You will need a basic sewing kit — scissors, thimble, applique and quilting needles, silk pins.  Bring a quilt  that you are planning to restore.  This can be a quilt you own, a client quilt, or a borrowed quilt.  In addition you will need a pencil and some paper or a notebook to take notes.  Pens are not allowed in the workshop room. I would encourage you to bring an Ott light — hotel meeting rooms tend to be low light. You may also want to bring a camera to take visual notes.

If you have any other questions, feel free to call Nancy at (800) 398-2542. My mailing address is 1010 North 49th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68132.