A Four Day Workshop this September!

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m really excited to tell you about a four and half day workshop I will be teaching at the  beautiful, John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina!

Have any of YOU been to The Folk School?  It will be my first time and I can’t wait!

The School has been around for more than 90 years and offers more than 800 classes per year–everything from quilting (of course) to storytelling, weaving, photography.  They have a beautiful e-catalog  HERE.

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The class I’m offering is an “exploratory course”.  We’ll learn how to get the best possible stitch from our machines, explore battings, fabrics and threads and we’ll design a whole cloth quilt sampler.  We’ll doodle a lot, work hard –but not too hard!
John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The Folk School offers additional activities every day like morning walks, yoga, dancing, storytelling, music…

And of course, great food!

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Space is limited to twelve participants–and you don’t have to bring your own sewing machine–the sewing room has sewing machines and tables for everyone.

If you need to “jumpstart” your free motion quilting…please consider joining me in North Carolina–Labor Day!


PS…this quilt is one of my practice quilts that I filled in…”graffiti style”.  Stitched with Sulky Rayon thread on Kona cotton on my BERNINA 770QE with gorgeous stitch and easy tension!

PPS… All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!


43 thoughts on “A Four Day Workshop this September!

  1. Too exciting! How did I not know this place existed? I’ve sent for a catalogue, and am seriously considering driving down for your class. A leisurely drive means an overnight stop in/around Nashville, which I’d love….

  2. You’ll have a wonderful time! My mother used to be the “resident quilter” there; her job was to ensure all the sewing machines were in proper working order and to assist the quilting/sewing instructors. My sister taught Baltimore Album Quilting classes and my two brothers took a number Blacksmithing classes there (skills they continue to use today to make incredible knives, fireplace implements, etc). All continue to rave about the terrific time they spent at the Folk School. It’s a great facility with friendly, caring people in a beautiful setting…..Enjoy!

  3. John C Campbell is a wonderful place. I enjoyed the quilting class I took there several years ago.The rural campus is beautiful and as you noted, the food is great!

  4. Just great! I would love to take a class closer to Iowa, though. Congratulations, what a wonderful opportunity for you as well as the students taking the class.

  5. It’s a gorgeous place to sew Lori and I know you’ll have a great week. When I taught there 15 years ago, some of the sewing machines did not work very well. I’ve asked a fellow quilter who teaches there now to get in touch with you and give you an update. Dolly and I will try to stop by in September and welcome you to the neighborhood. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the area, just holler.

    • Thank you! I think the sewing machines have been updated. Also I recommend quilters bring their own machines do we can work on perfecting the stitch on their personal machines.

  6. I just registered for your class. I’m so excited! ! My husband is going and taking a wood turning class.

      • Because there are weekend classes the following weekend, Lori’s class begins Sunday night after dinner (be prepared to start working), then proceeds Monday through Friday about 11 a.m.
        Fabulous student exhibit at 11:30, final lunch and you’re done. Students can do additional work at night if they are not having too much fun dancing, listening to music, visiting other studios, etc!

        From the “horses mouth”. (i.e. the Resident Quilter)

    • It’s a four and a half day class but I will teach five days I will teach as long each day as anyone wants to sew.

  7. The folk school is my very favorite place to teach or take a class. I have been going up there for the last 25 years….the quilting studio is wonderful. they have Pfaff machines now that work well, but I always encourage students to bring their own machine if possible. Best to learn on the machine you use regularly. have fun1

  8. Hi…while looking at your FMQ samples how f2f o you get the thread to show so well?
    Thx Gloria

  9. I have always wanted to take a course there at the John C Campbell School. Our volunteer schedules have never meshed with the courses I wanted to take. Someday!!! Enjoy the experience.

    • I think almost everyone stays right on the folk school property. There are several accommodation choices.

  10. I signed up for this class as soon as it was offered — can’t wait to return to the school in September! The location is beautiful and peaceful, and the folks there are absolutely wonderful. This should be the perfect way to learn free motion quilting, with lots of time to practice and a great instructor to keep us on course.

  11. SO excited! I’ve been following your wonderful posts for a long time, and now am signed up, along with a quilting neighbor, for your class at John C. Campbell!

    • I think there is space! I can’t tell you how delighted I am that you will be joining me!!!

      • Lori — I am signed up. I have emailed a couple of times to the address provided by the folk School to ask you about a couple of details (sewing machines, wool batting, supply list) and have not received a reply, which makes me think that the School does not have a good address. Can you please email me at the address attached to my post?

  12. Hi Lori, I just signed up for your class. I’m so excited! I’ve been following your blog for a long time and I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. It looks like a wonderful school and I am looking forward to learning a lot. I love your Craftsy class too.

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  14. Oh, ‘twould be nice to attend something like this. Wish it were closer and less expensisve. I have drooled over the offerings of the John C. Campbell Folk School for decades.

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