I now offer virtual lectures!
Members of your guild, group or quilt bee can log on their computer in the comfort of their home, see my slideshow presentation and ask questions afterwards.
Once it is safe to meet again as larger groups, I will extent my presentations to in-person lectures and classes. Therefore, I invite you to check back to this site in the future, subscribe to my newsletter for updated information, or email me with your questions.
Watch a brief video about my lectures here.
Virtual Live Lectures
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.
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 the virtual platform "Zoom", which is easy and convenient to use.
If you have any questions about these lectures, 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.
"Create with Confidence"
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.
"Connecting Passion and Purpose"
What is it that you love to do? It might be draw or paint, knit or quilt, cook or garden.
No matter the answer, we are excited to get out of bed in the morning and devote countless hours to this activity. After all, we follow our passion!
However, we often want to extend personal joy to our family, friends, and even strangers. Our core values become the foundation for a purpose.
In this lecture I share a selection of my art quilts and their stories to exemplify the deeper meaning and purpose behind my work. We discuss the importance of your core values and explore ways to dig deeper so you can align your creative passion with a purpose.
You will take home a newly found excitement to go to your studio or craft room, or to sit down at your computer. You are committed to your work wholeheartedly not only because you love it, but because your actions matter!
"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 Reightler, Program Chair Southern Wake Quilters Guild
After visiting the Burlington Carousel Quilt Guild, B. Taylor wrote a post for the guild's blog:
"For our August meeting, we welcomed Christine Hager-Braun, an art quilter who was born in Germany and moved to Durham, NC with her husband to continue their careers as research scientists. Twenty years later, she is still here and has transitioned to being a professional fiber artist."
Read the full-length blog post here
In-person classes are currently on hold until we have an effective vaccine or treatment against Covid-19
"Quilting with a Walking Foot"
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"
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.
"Advanced Free Motion Quilting"
"Creating Journal Covers with Improvisational Piecing"
"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 Postcards and Mini Quilts for Birthdays"
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 Postcards and Mini Art Quilts for Winter and Christmas"
"Strictly Striped Tablerunner"