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Cindy Oravecz Sewing & Quilting Lectures

Quilter's Fancy owner and author Cindy Oravecz has been the featured speaker at quilt shows, quilts shops and guilds all over the US. and Europe for the last 28 years. Book Cindy to speak to your guild, group or quilt shop.



What’s Weird n Wacky In The Sewing World 

Stroll down a sewing lane filled with many different sewing techniques from the past and the present. This one-to 1 ½-hour lecture and trunk show touches on such techniques as ruching, 3D flowers from fabric and ribbon, unusual embroidery such as stumpwork and goldwork, Angelina fiber, knots, needlepunch, felting, kumihimo braiding and crazy quilting. This lecture will inspire stitchers to dream of the possibilities of needle, fiber & fabric. It includes the special story: “A Blanket for Ben”.


The Perfect Storm of Techniques:

A Look at What’s Happening With Quilting Around The World

In this one-hour lecture, take a look at how stitchers from around the world interpret color and sewing techniques compared to sewing styles in the United States. This lecture includes the special story: “How Not To Make A Bleeding Heart.”


Dimensional Embellishments on Quilts, Clothing & Embroideries

(General Audience & Beginning Level Interest)

See the quilts that are embellished with dimensional flowers, beads, trim, ribbon, fiber and other adventuresome and surprising objects. Learn how to apply dimension to quilts and how to finish embellished quilts. The wonder of crazy quilting will be touched upon in this talk. This lecture includes the special story: “The Hungry Neighbor”


“Of Fruit and Flowers” The Lost Album Blocks of Pauline Bryant

Remembering The Details That Make Baltimore Album Quilts Great

(This lecture makes an entertaining banquet presentation)

Pauline Bryant looked into the green buds of Foxglove drooping with color in her garden and saw loops of silk ribbon and cotton fabric rolled to make a flower on a Baltimore Album Quilt. She was born at the turn of the 20th century but embraced a Victorian style of living and sewing. Upon her death the Baltimore Album quilts she had been working on for the last 20 years disappeared. I invite you to see and hear the story of these remarkable blocks and how they made their way to me. In her work, you will see inventiveness, advanced embroidery, lavish ink inscriptions, sophisticated use of ombre fabric, dimension, complex appliques, romanticism and her great joy of creative sewing. By looking at one needlewoman’s passion for sewing, we can see what makes Baltimore Album Quilts great.

Just how far back in world history do we find the beautiful floral swags and festoons that crown our Baltimore Album Quilts? Explore the historic roots of festoons and swags that we see on Baltimore Album Quilts. This lecture includes the special story: “The Good Foundation.” View Pauline’s blocks and an important article of vintage clothing. Closing Handout & Reading: an excerpt from Endymion A Poetic Romance by John Keats.


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Victorian Crazy Quilting

Journey through the poetry, history, styles, technical sewing info and out-of-print references on this intriguing fancywork. Gain the how-to of piecing and stitching these quilts. Historic crazy quilts will be displayed including one with a crazy quilt on the front and another on the back. In this one-hour lecture, gain understanding on how ribbon, embroidery, painting, silk and velvet fabrics all interplayed on these remarkable quilts. This lecture includes the story: “Our Speaker Tonight.”

NEW! Stitched Antiquities See & Learn From Actual Sewn Items From The Past
See and hear stories about antique sewing items which include a Victorian wall pocket, a double sided Victorian crazy quilt, antique crazy quilt blocks, antique lace and tatting, a circa 1850 Baltimore Album Quilt with ruching, velvet book cover with Kensington chenille thread foliage and 3D velvet rose, Victorian period table runner, hats and purses from the ages as well as Delineator magazines.

For more information or to book a program:

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