“I have thoroughly enjoyed classes with Mary Louise.  She is organized, yet flexible; professional, yet down-to-earth.  She encourages you to explore your creative side and nudges you gently toward greater things.  As a teacher myself, I can state that Mary Louise Gerek is a master teacher!”  M.B.,  Brighton, NY.

To schedule any classes below for your shop or group, please contact me.  I will be back to you within 24 hours.

Patterns available at
Quilt Patterns from ML Designs


Playing with Blocks:  1 hour slide/trunk show.

Review of ML’s experience in designing quilts with and without EQ7™.    The show includes patterned and art quilts.  The emphasis is moving from your comfort zone into areas that are not so comfortable; gaining insight on developing your skills and pushing the envelope of creativity.


Basics of Design

All Skill Levels;   1 hour slide/trunk show.

ML discusses the Principles and Elements of design.  She will use her own photographs and quilts as illustration. Participants will have an opportunity to comment on her designs and discuss what makes a design successful.


Electric Quilt 7™: Master the Basics

No longer available for new students.



Quilt from photo
Montreal Rose

From Photo to Fabric:  Full Day;    Skill level:  Intermediate;  Requires students to provide an 8″ x 10″ photograph and sewing machine/supplies.

Learn different techniques for transforming your favorite snapshot into a quilt.



Folded Roses  New for 2016

Rose Trellis


Full Day; All Skill Levels.  Hands on class requires hand and machine sewing.

Learn how to turn fabric into a bouquet of lovely roses by folding and manipulating fabric. In this skill building class, students create six different styles of flowers from fabric, learn machine appliqué, machine quilt the background and couch on stems and leaves.  Much of this class is done by hand, but the quilting, trellis appliqué and couching are done by machine

Rose Trellis Detail




Polish your Piecing
One of the blocks designed for Polish Your Piecing
One of the blocks designed for Polish Your Piecing

One or two days; Skill Level: Intermediate; Hands on class requires sewing machine and fabric. Patterns will be available for purchase, but are not required.

Piecing a complex block does not have to be a complex process. Learn how to accurately piece acute angles and curves using ML’s unique blocks.

Fabric kit is available for one day class:  $20

Lecture/Workshop Pricing

Lectures:  1 hour including trunk show  $250

Full Day Workshop: $600 per day plus kit fee (if applicable).            Max people 20 people

1/2 day Workshop: $325 plus kit fee (if applicable).                               Max 20 people

Travel & Accommodations:

Organization is responsible for my travel and room expenses.

Traveling by car – mileage at the federal tax reimbursement rate roundtrip.

Accommodations – Private non-smoking room with own bathroom.

*  Please note:  Any materials/patterns sent ahead of time per sponsor’s request will include shipping charges.

Navigating New Paths to Creativity