Below you can find a selection of informational and entertaining lectures about creativity, beneficial not only for art quilters but any creative person. These lectures are designed for quilt guilds, art leagues, and public libraries and are presented either in person or live online.

In addition, I offer a variety of in-person classes with a focus on quilters – traditional, modern, and art quilters alike. These workshops are popular at quilt stores and quilt guilds.

You can find my class schedule for the local North Carolina quilt store where I teach, but I’m happy to visit your store or guild as a guest instructor. Just email me to discuss options.

In-Person and Virtual Live Lectures

A woman with brown hair and glasses smiles at the camera. Behind her is an uplifting piece of fiber art created in narrow vertical lines of gray, yellow, and orange.

The mission for all of my lectures is to educate, entertain, and inspire.

I share my experiences, skills and knowledge, but also provide ideas for the audience to implement to move forward in their creative journey. Lots of images of my art quilts add color to my presentations.

Watch a brief video about my lectures.

My lectures are 1 hour long, with 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A. If you prefer a different length for your event, please let me know ahead of time. I present my virtual lectures on Zoom, which is easy and convenient to use.

I’m scheduling presentations for 2024 and 2025 but availability is limited; currently, the fee for my lectures is $400 USD. You can find detailed information and fees for virtual lectures 2024/2025 here.

If you have any questions about these lectures or my availability for a specific date, please email me.

My Journey as an Art Quilter

I moved to the US in pursuit of my career as a scientist in HIV research. Until then, I had not been exposed to quilting. Here in the States, I saw quilts, lots of them, and I was fascinated.

Of course, it didn’t take long until I was making my first quilt. I was in for a surprise as I learned how much quilting contributed to my happiness, my personal well-being, and developing resilience.

In my presentation, I tell my journey of becoming a full-time art quilter (yes, I did quit my job as scientist), from my first attempts to having my work in international art collections and commissions in large US hospitals. I share the lessons I have learned while following my passion and purpose, and I show lots of images of my art quilts.

A fiber art piece shows a vibrant yellow and orange colored sunset and its reflection in water
©Christine Hager-Braun, Illumination #2, Fiber mounted on stretched canvas, 36 x 48 x 1 in

Create with Confidence

This uplifting and simultaneously calming  fiber art piece depicts an abstracted sunset with vibrant colors of yellow, orange, red, and red-purple
©Christine Hager-Braun, Awakening, Fiber, 43 x 33.25 in

Have you ever made “bad art” like a painting with the colors all wrong, a drawing with a poor composition, or a quilt with the seams not lining up? I have, more than just once!

In this lecture we discuss the influence of talent and dedication on creativity and how creativity applies to different forms of expression, including (but not limited to) painting, fiber art, and quilting.

While we all know that creative expression helps us to balance our lives, we often lack confidence in our pursuit of creativity. Together we explore the obstacles we face and how we can overcome them, individually, in one-on-one settings, or as a member of a group.

This presentation is a mixture of practical steps, plenty of inspiration for a positive mindset, and some not so serious stories about my own creative journey. Of course, lots of images of my fiber art accompany this lecture.

You will walk away with a clear understanding how you can develop more confidence in your creative process.

Finding Your Artistic Voice

I truly believe that any creative person – a painter, a quilter, or a chef – has an artistic voice and that our work will be stronger once we identify it.

In this presentation we will explore the meaning of ‘artistic voice’. I will share how my own personal growth influenced my creative process, how it led to authenticity in my life and became the foundation for my own artistic voice. In addition, you will see lots of images of my art quilts.

But this lecture is not really about me. I will present ideas for you to create an indispensable foundation in your creative life, propose a series of practical actions for you to take, and offer encouragement for a new mindset to inspire you.

As a result, you will leave with a greater clarity for your steps to move forward and develop YOUR artistic voice.

©Christine Hager-Braun, Awareness, Fiber mounted on stretched canvas, 36 x 24 x 1.75 in

Working with Galleries

©Christine Hager-Braun, There and Then, Here and Now, Fiber, 18 x 18 in

Are you ready to have your art displayed in galleries but are unsure about what the process entails?  

“Working with Galleries” encompasses both exhibiting artwork in group or solo exhibitions as well as securing representation by galleries.

In this presentation, I draw from my personal experiences working with galleries, as well as insights gathered from workshops, books, articles, and stories shared by my artist friends. In addition, I provide a visual journey, featuring a variety of my art pieces.

Together we delve into essential aspects such as the quality of your artwork, elements of your art business like pricing your work or tracking inventory, analyzing calls for submission, and preparing exhibition proposals and portfolios. We discuss various business models for galleries and critical nuances of contracts.

With this comprehensive information you will be well-prepared to plan your next steps to select, approach, and ultimately, exhibit your art in galleries.

Testimonial

“Christine visited the Southern Wake Quilters Guild to share her knowledge on Art Quilts. Her information was clearly presented and the information flowed smoothly from topic to topic. She supported her talk with marvelous slides and had many quilts on hand for us to examine closely. Of major interest were the dimensional pieces, and her use of color to create an emotion or sense of presence. Several members of our guild were inspired to branch out from traditional patchwork into more expressive quilting, thanks to Christine’s sharing.”
– Carol R., Program Chair Southern Wake Quilters

In-Person Classes

If you would like me to teach one of the following classes for your quilt guild or fabric store, please email me directly for details.

Quilting with a Walking Foot – Beyond Stitch-in-the-Ditch

  • 3-hour class
  • This class is for beginning quilters and for quilters of all other levels who want to expand their knowledge of quilting with a walking foot. I will show you a variety of patterns based on straight lines. In addition, you will learn to create gentle curves, accentuate the cornerstones of your quilt with simple flowers and practice stencil patterns to finish the borders of your quilt.
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room to set up their sewing machine (with extension table if available) and have a place to put their supplies. We will need one ironing board with iron per 6 students.

Testimonial

“Christine,
I really did enjoy your class.  It is the best class that I have taken.  I love how you went into detail for understanding how things work.  I left class with the confidence that I could complete small quilting projects myself. 
Thank again for your awesome class.”
– Leigh A.

Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners

  • 3-hour class
  • This class is geared towards quilters who are new to free-motion quilting or who have some experience but don’t feel confident about free-motion quilting. I will also talk about different types of threads and sewing machine needles that are best for free-motion quilting.
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room to set up their sewing machine (with extension table if available) and have a place to put their supplies.

Testimonial

“Christine,
I absolutely had fun and learned a lot yesterday in your FMQ quilting.
The FMQ class was a great balance of education about a way of quilting and the”learning by doing” technique. The PowerPoint videos and handouts gave us great references as we attempted the techniques. You interacted with every student at their machine to provide instruction as we practiced. FMQ can seem daunting to learn at first. I appreciated how you walked us through each aspect step by step. You have a great sense of humor and are very encouraging with students. I learned to appreciate the importance of thread and needle choices. That was very enlightening to this novice quilter. Thank you for all the little tips, resources, and giving us opportunities to try the different “gadgets” (gloves, sliders, etc) to see what worked for us.
I heard a staff describe your teaching perfectly; she said you teach “the why’s” and not just “the how’s”. That fits my experience of class exactly.
I will be at the advanced class for sure! Thanks again.
– Catherine B.

Creating Journal Covers with Improvisational Piecing

Two journals with colorful fabric covers made by Christine Hager-Braun
  • 6-hour class
  • This class is for quilters who feel confident about using a rotary cutter and piecing with a consistent seam allowance. I will teach you to cut your fabrics free form with gentle curves and sew the strips together so they lay flat. We will create a fabric cover for a journal and I will explain to you how to create covers for journals/sketchbooks of different sizes or for a cover for your tablet/digital reader.
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room for their sewing machine (with extension table if available), a medium-sized cutting mat (which they may share with their neighbor student) and a place to put their supplies. We will need one ironing board with iron per 4 students.
  • In this class the students will need to get up frequently to press their seams! Alternatively, students can bring their own small ironing surface and mini-iron to set up at their table.

Testimonials

It is a great class with a great teacher!!!!!  I use my finished notebook cover everyday and am making more for some friends!  Highly recommend it!”
– Nancy K.
“I took this class, too, and learned so much!  It’s a great technique to use with scraps to make quick gifts.  You’ll love working with Christine!
– Cindy M.

Fabric Collage Postcards and Mini Art Quilts for Birthdays

  • 3-hour class
  • skill level: all levels
  • Birthdays are special days. You can make the celebration even more distinctive with a hand-made fabric collage postcard! When framed, these little postcards are mini art quilts and make truly unique gifts!
    In this class you will receive the templates for four different designs, learn how to layer various elements in a collage-like approach using fused applique, and you’ll only sew just a little for finishing touches.
    A fun class to inspire creativity!
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room for their sewing machine (with extension table if available), a medium-sized cutting mat (which they may share with their neighbor student) and a place to put their supplies. We will need one ironing board with iron per 4 students.

Testimonial

Christine –
Thank you so much for such an enjoyable class and the postcards will certainly be so useful for family and friends birthdays and other occasions. I have to complement you on being such an organized, proficient and knowledgeable instructor. Your supplies list was detailed and complete and all instructions were clear and precise. This is the third class I have taken with you and I look forward to more in the future. Your calm and reassuring teaching style makes class enjoyable and stress free from worrying about making mistakes. Your instructions prepare us for any possible mishaps or for troubleshooting situations that might occur when sewing. Thank you again for all your assistance with me as well!
– Susan S.

Fabric Collage Postcards and Mini Art Quilts for Winter and Christmas

Two postcards made from fabrics showing winter themes
  • 3-hour class
  • skill level: all levels
  • Winter is a special season. This year send out your Holiday greetings on a distinctive, one-of-a-kind fabric collage postcard! When framed, these little postcards are mini art quilts and make truly unique gifts!
    In this class students will receive the templates for four different designs, learn how to layer various elements in a collage-like approach using fused applique, and only need to sew a little to embellish and finish the postcard or mini quilt. 
    A fun class to inspire creativity!
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room for their sewing machine (with extension table if available), a medium-sized cutting mat (which they may share with their neighbor student) and a place to put their supplies. We will need one ironing board with iron per 4 students.

Strictly Striped Tablerunners

Two striped table runners created with colorful fabrics
  • 3-hour class
  • In this class you will learn a technique called “quilt-as-you-go”. It is super easy, perfect for beginning quilters to add to their skill set as well as for more advanced quilters who like to learn a way to create gifts really fast!
  • Space requirements: each student needs enough room for their sewing machine, a medium-sized cutting mat (which they may share with their neighbor student) and a place to put their supplies. We will need one ironing board with iron per 4 students.
  • In this class the students will need to get up frequently to press their seams!

Class Schedule

Currently I teach my classes at the quilt store Quilts Like Crazy and Embroidery located at 1241 S Main St #8, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

To register, please call the store directly at (984) 237-0071. You will receive the class supply list upon registration.

To provide ample attention and support to each individual student, I limit my classes to 6 participants. Registration is first-come-first-serve and hence, I encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Upcoming classes: Classes will resume in late summer when folks are back from their summer vacations. ☀️🌴

Quilting with a Walking Foot – Beyond Stitch-in-the-Ditch and Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners will return due to popular demand. In addition, I will offer a Postcard and Mini-Collage Class with winter and Holiday-themed designs.

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If you have any questions feel free to send me an email or contact Carrie Merchant at Quilts Like Crazy and Embroidery. Thank you!