Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012

I attended a 2-day intensive machine embroidery workshop at the Quilting Bee in Spokane, WA on November 14, 15, 2012 - taught by Claudia Dinnell. Claudia proved to be an extraordinary teacher with a knack for simplifying instructions and teaching a very diversified group of skill levels at one time.  Our class had 22 students, and she handled this group beautifully with patience and skill every moment of the two days.   I also found that she is an excellent designer and digitizer of machine embroidery work.  Her designs are extremely well planned with logical starts and stops, very minimal jumps, and well organized and choreographed placement guides...making multiple hoopings easier than I had every before imagined. I would recommend any machine embroiderer attend one of her workshops - even the most experienced will come away with many new tips an tricks!

So, here are a few pictures to show you this workshop:

Here is our instructor, Claudia Dinnell  (a very warm, friendly, easy to listen to speaker):


I attended the workshop with a friend, Lisa C from Tonasket, WA.  Here is Lisa:

The Quilting Bee in Spokane had the largest Classroom setting I have ever seen.  Take a look:



Here is the front of my beautiful Bernina 830 LE:

(known around my house as "Princess B")

The following Pictures are of Claudia's quilts on display (made from her embroidery/quilting designs):

This is "Over the meadow and through the woods...":

This is (I believe) called "Pledge of Allegiance":

This quilt was my favorite!  I just loved the snowmen sayings on this quilt!!! (zoom in for a laugh)

 An for you Halloween lovers, one of the cutest Pumpkins I have ever seen:

 Claudia also teaches a digitizing class using Bernina V6 Software.  This is the quilt she uses in that class:

(Everyone designs one for their own family.)


This combination applique/machine embroidery quilt was absolutely stunning.  I loved it! 


And this, was stupendous!!!  The quilt is called "Claudia's Baltimore" :


Next is the Quilt we were working on for this workshop, called "Twas the Night..." - and wouldn't you know, I didn't get a good full shot of the finished quilt (its the one laying on the table)!

I may have neglected to get a full picture of the quilt, but I did get lots of pictures of the FMQ detail:



Claudia does not profess to be an expert FM quilter, but I liked many of the designs she used for different areas of this quilt.

Next, a few quilts from some of Claudia's students (who had been in previous classes with her):

And last but certainly not least, are my QCA friends who joined me for lunch in Spokane:

(From L to R:  Donna B, Gini, Jacey, & Patti)


Published Fri, Nov 16 2012 8:24 PM by Donna B


# re: Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012@ Saturday, November 17, 2012 4:42 AM

What a great time you must have had and some beautiful quilts .Looks like this was a great workshop . Thank you so much for sharing it with us .

by Barbara

# re: Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012@ Saturday, November 17, 2012 10:39 AM

Donna, thank you for sharing the quilts, they are beautiful!  It looks like it was a wonderful workshop and I agree about the classroom, it is amazing.

# re: Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012@ Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:17 PM

Thanks for sharing Donna. The quilts are all beautiful. It's good to see Jacy, Gini and Patti were able to join you for lunch.

by Kris

# re: Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012@ Monday, November 19, 2012 3:22 AM

Hi Donna, Princess B is certainly a wonderful gal to have in your sewing room. I have to say that your choice for the snowman quilt being a fav is right up my alley. I love the sayings. Now then I do not have the big boy machine my hoop is just a 5x7, but I am going to look into her web site to see if she does designs for my Janome 10001. I would love to get a hang of the continuous quilting with my embroidery machine. I am hoping the snowman is available. I need another snow buddy. Thanks for the wonderful photos, and Hello to your buddies, Gini, Pattie and Jacy. Some day I will meet some of the gals on QCA.

# re: Claudia Dinnell Embroidery Workshop Nov 2012@ Monday, November 19, 2012 9:46 AM

what beautiful quilts,  thanks for sharing

by gini