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


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Sue Benner  
Driven to Abstraction: developing abstract imagery

The exploration of abstraction in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop, both objective (abstracted from an actual subject) and non-objective. Through exercises, digital slide shows, and individual discussions, Sue will present several methods for developing abstract imagery. Each student will create a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique will be presented, but these concepts can later be applied to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work.
Level: Intermediate. WAIT LIST ONLY.   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Susan Carlson  
Fabric Images

Create a fabric collage quilt of your own chosen subject using Susan’s innovative layering/collage method. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will daily introduce different aspects of the quilt collage aspect, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting, and finishing for display will be discussed.
Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced. WAIT LIST ONLY.   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Valerie Goodwin
The Complex Composition

Cross-fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches our work. This workshop will focus on using basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex composition from this inventive perspective using the principles of scale, merging, layering / overlapping, ranking and framing. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sandra Leichner
Botanical Appliqué

Don’t sweat the small stuff with Sandra’s needleturn appliqué techniques. Using the Fairy Wrens as the workshop project, develop confidence in your needleturn skills using smaller pieces in layered applique. Discover how to create realistic and textural effects with hand embroidery that realistically mimic nature. Sandra’s illustrative appliqué and embroidery techniques using fabric and thread to render botanical design elements are demonstrated and discussed in this workshop. Note: Repeat students may also bring a project from one of my previous workshops if they prefer to continue on that creative journey for their free stitching time. Lab Fee: $30.00 (Includes: pattern, illustrated handout and freezer paper templates.)
Level: Experienced Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Gloria Loughman  
Light up your Landscape

Light is one of the most powerful tools that an artist can use in a composition. Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds of fabric, students can build up a landscape background that is full of light, contrast and drama. In this class, design principles, including perspective and focal point, will be outlined and a variety of color schemes will be displayed and discussed. Participants will work through a short series of color exercises and have the opportunity to paint fabric for some of their background and foreground elements. The first project will be a small scene and then moving on to create a larger scene designing a wall hanging from a photo, sketch or picture. Lab Fee: $10.00
Level: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Wendy Mathson  
Storm at Sea “The Wendy Way”

Quilters have loved this pattern for years, intrigued by how straight line piecing gives the illusion of curves. Storm at Sea may be an old favorite, but it doesn’t need to be pieced the old fashioned way! I’ll be teaching my innovative TRIMplate© piecing technique for making units quickly and easily, without sacrificing accuracy. This “trim-after-you-sew” method uses no templates, no paper piecing, and no bias on the outer edges. Students will work on one or more projects of their choice. We’ll explore the vast design potential of Storm at Sea: anything from traditional and scrappy to innovative and contemporary.
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD (Revised 9/1/16) Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Laura Nownes
Independent Study (with Benefits)

Looking for an inspirational setting to start a new project or complete one in progress? Come and spend five days of quilt-making camaraderie and collaboration working with other creative students. Laura’s expertise in a variety of areas of quilt making will be an in-valuable asset in guiding you with anything from color and fabric selection, piecing, applique (hand or machine), drafting and all the finishing touches needed for both traditional and art quilts. Give yourself this gift of time to create and renew while working on your desired project.
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Rasmussen
Landscapes: Designing and Piecing Pictorial Quilts

Join Sue for a fun adventure as you learn to design and piece a pictorial landscape. Taking your photograph or drawing, you will interpret your image, simplifying the design lines and divide it into ‘pieceable’ easy sections. You will learn how to translate a picture into a quilt pattern, how to audition fabrics, learn perspective and color choices in relationship to distance, light and shading, and how to easily piece your design. Tricks for marking, piecing options (curved, straight or a combination), fabric choices and other techniques are discussed in detail, as each student works on their project with individual help from Sue. You may choose to use this class to design and create several patterns, or focus and work on one design.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Spargo  
Creative Texture: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics

Join me for 5 wonderful days learning many techniques as we explore mono chromatic texture. Create 20” bird blocks layering the background with fabrics and ribbons then creating a unique layered appliqué. Finish exploring stitches and beading to create an embellished textural surface.
Level: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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David M. Taylor  
Independent Study - Pictorial Applique

Continue working on an animal portrait from Empty Spools Session I, or bring along a work in progress from a previous retreat workshop with David. His understanding of appliqué techniques combined with his background in art direction will get you back on track or introduce you to something completely new. Students are encouraged to email David in advance of the workshop for guidance. Prerequisite: Students must have completed a previous retreat workshop with David.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Wells Keenan  
Exploring Your Own Personal Theme - an art quilting adventure

By experiencing mini composition exercises and beginning a more complex project you will explore your own personal theme in this five-day workshop. Learning to embrace the “critique process” will help you develop your own personal voice. Discover innovative ways to design and construct which will further you along in the process of this creative journey you are on. The experience will allow you to develop as a designer and discover new directions for your future work. A previous workshop from Jean is recommended.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Kathy Del Baccaro
Carolyn Ticknor

Artists in Residence