QUILT-MAKING WORKSHOPS
Asilomar Conference Grounds · Pacific Grove, California


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Jenny Bowker
Playing with Kaleidoscopes

This class teaches ways that a slightly different Kaleidoscope Block can produce elaborate and beautiful patterns. You will learn foundation piecing by machine for this block as it is easy and accurate. I use a slightly different system for the piecing which does not waste quite as much fabric as some methods and allows accurate placing of strips, checks and prints. This is not a 'quick quilt' class and the emphasis is on learning design skills, planning and using simple techniques to produce a sense of drama or movement.
LEVEL: Advanced beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Rosalie Dace
Branch Out

Nature has crafted trees to be the largest life forms that have ever existed on our planet. They have given shelter, shade, food and inspiration for centuries to artists, poets and storytellers. Celebrate their beauty and diversity by using them as a basis for composition and design. We will discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and using various techniques to make a beautiful quilt top. These will include foundation piecing, block making and appliqué (hand, machine and reverse.) There will be a feast of visual inspiration as well as discussions on embroidery, quilting and finishing. Branch out and try something new by making stunning, well-designed quilt top based on trees. You may choose to make representational tree images or branch out into something completely new.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Victoria Findlay Wolfe
To the Nines Improv

Focusing on your intuition and trusting it to make a great quilt, we will explore some clever, intuitive design. By working within a limited color palette and a few simple design perameters, no two quilts will look alike! We will learn tips for successful block construction based on my versatile acrylic template set. Using negative space and your improv elements, we will add design principles to complete an efficient and effective overall design.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Katie Fowler
Fearless Quilting: Paint, Layer, Stitch

This “playshop” is designed to reconnect you with your unique creative self. You will use Katie’s supplies to make several small whole cloth paintings, learning to use different materials for making marks on fabric, as well as several uncommon finishing techniques. Color theory and the principles of design will be used for a fearless quilting experience. Expect to take several finished projects home! Katie is a certified creativity coach and will discuss creative blocks and useful techniques to push closer to creative bliss. Just show up ready to play!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Impey
Collage Quilting

This collage quilt workshop is based on art and design techniques including mix media options. Each student will work on his or her own design, created at the start of the workshop. Bring special fabrics that you’ve been saving up and all your ideas. Experimenting with exotic and unusual fabric choices make your work one of a kind. Individual help and occasional group demonstrations will focus on fabric options and design strategies.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jan Krentz
Expanded Broken Star

Sew a beautiful Expanded Broken Star quilt with the ease of straight piecing, and no “Y” seams! Based upon the Quick Broken Star pattern in Jan’s book, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond. Fabric selection is key to the quilt’s striking appearance. Design options and fabric placement will be discussed, aiding in final selection and cutting. Basic assembly begins after cutting all the fabric. You may want to cut the borders and background at home, and cut the focus fabric in class.
LEVEL: Intermediate and above   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Wendy Mathson
Storm at Sea/Snail Trail

Don’t you just love the feeling of movement and the illusion of curves that can be achieved with straight line piecing? These two traditional blocks offer so much design potential – but they do not need to be pieced the old-fashioned way. Wendy’s unique TRIMplate® rulers allow you trim after you sew for fast, accurate blocks with no templates and no paper piecing. Wendy provides design consultation and planning before class and encourages pattern exploration during the seminar.
LEVEL: All (confident with rotary cutting)   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Laura Nownes
20 Degrees of Fabric Play

In this workshop you will use Laura’s 20-degree ruler to create your own unique quilt design. The possibilities are endless; simple or complex, solids or prints, small or large, pieced or appliqued . . . the choices are yours. The popular hexagon shape is just one of the easy options to make using this ruler. Enjoy the element of surprise that occurs when working on a new quilt and allowing the design to evolve. This is the experience you will have as you play with color and fabrics.

LEVEL: All  VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sylvia Pippen
Flowers & Foliage: Combining Sashiko with Wool and Cotton Appliqué

Discover how to combine sashiko, a traditional Japanese running stitch, with wool or cotton hand appliquéd flowers. Create realistic dimensional flowers from wool, embellished with simple embroidery stitches or 3 cotton appliqué techniques to easily pre-form turned edge shapes. Explore how to translate photos and drawings into effective sashiko designs and how to combine them with appliqué. Develop your own design or use one of Sylvia’s many floral designs.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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David M. Taylor
Animal Artistry through Applique

David Taylor’s quilts are often mistaken as paintings, and that makes him very happy. His works are adapted from photographs, and his technique evolved from his love of jigsaw puzzles. In this workshop, students will learn the secrets to his craft. Topics include his unique pattern drawing method and freezer paper appliqué technique. A strong emphasis is placed on fabric selection and using those fabrics wisely. Students are required to submit image options in advance of the workshop.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Tentmakers of Cairo  
Stitch Like an Egyptian

Known around the world as masters of intricate appliqué, this class will be taught by two men – one is amoung the best stitchers in The Street of the Tentmakers, the other is an experienced teacher who speaks excellent English. You will learn some of the traditional design systems and several different styles of work. You will learn their marvellously simple appliqué techniques. Best of all, you will enjoy a cultural experience which has been described by students in other countries as “illuminating.”
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Wells Keenan
Spontaneous Design from Nature

Treat nature as an open gallery awash with color, smells, light, texture, line, and shape. Just imagine what you can create as you immerse yourself in the process of learning to abstract nature and at the same time channeling what you see and feel. Learn to respond to light, water, sky, plant life. Stepping out of your comfort zone into new territory is a great way to expand your creativity. The key to the process is experimentation. You will work on several studies interpreting the details around you or from an adventure. My books Intuitive Design and Color (2nd edition) and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting are good reference.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Anna Mae Gazo
Artist in Residence