Quilt Outside the Lines with Susan Leschke


Supply List:

Quilting fabric - small pieces of a variety that you’d like to work with but at least two pieces that are 8”-12” square

Package of needles (we will be working with 6 strands of embroidery floss so large eyes are good)

Needle threader if you like (Clover makes a great embroidery floss threader)

Beads, buttons and other embellishments you may wish to incorporate.

Beading needles or Quilters betweens needles



Fabric Scissors

Paper scissors

Magnifiers if needed



If you want a break from precise points, this class is for you! Using small pieces of quilting fabric learn how to make an art quilt sewn entirely by hand using embroidery floss. The sandwich is made, shapes and images are attached and finally embellishments make it special!  You will work with a small piece but also learn how to attach pieces together to create a larger work. Small pieces make great gifts! This class meets on Sun, Jul 15, 10am-5pm.

Susan Leschke’s artwork is influenced by process, material and design. When she begins a piece she often knows just a small bit about what is going to happen and then the ideas and images take shape over time while needle and thread intermingle and fabric gets manipulated. She enjoys the mystery of creating, trusting all will come together in the end. Her work has changed over time going from figurative textile sculpture and embroideries to more spare geometric wall pieces.

Susan teaches classes primarily in surface embroidery from the basics to more complex stumpwork projects. Meeting and forming relationships with students and watching their skills and ideas grow is one of the joys she finds in teaching.

Susan grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and worked as an elementary teacher but she always had some sort of sewing or needlework project going. A move to Virginia, a place filled with the influence of history and colonial craft, had an influence on her and lead her to weaving and spinning. She took a leap from teaching to learning, and returned to school and studied textiles at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Finding weaving too structured, she left it behind and worked primarily in embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows regionally and nationally, including Through The Needles Eye, a two year travelling show sponsored by the Embroidery Guild of America (EGA). She can be found online on Instagram, her website www.threadsofinspiration.neton Etsy and on Facebook as Threads of Inspiration.








Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992