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


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Patsy Carpenter
A Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting

Students will be taught Judy Niemeyer’s paper piecing and assembly techniques, including the use of templates to pre-cut fabrics. Patsy will teach speed cutting of foundation papers, chain piecing and curved piecing techniques. She’ll also provide organizational and shortcut tips for paper piecing. Students are strongly advised to contact Patsy in advance of the class by email for a full list of patterns and pre-workshop instructions.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Kathy Doughty
Taking Shape

Free yourself from following instructions and learn to practice following your own instincts! We will work with 60-degree shapes in a variety of scales and layouts to create individual contemporary quilt designs. Explore triangles, diamonds, hexagons and more using acrylic templates and your choice of fabric. Playing with shapes allows us to focus on fabric choices in regard to color, value, print and character. Several different patterns and ideas will be presented for you to choose from but the outcome is up to you.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Becky Goldsmith
A Colorful Independent Study

Gain confidence as you master the straightforward color strategies found in The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color. Spend the first day on exercises to better understand how colors work together. Then use what you’ve learned as you work on a quilt of your choice, with Becky on hand to offer help and guidance as needed. Your quilt project can be pieced or appliquéd, art or traditional in style. Whether your quilt is already in progress or it is one that you have only been dreaming about, this is the class for you!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sandra Leichner
Botanical Applique

A new botanical project with an Australian theme. This design can be made as a block, small wall hanging or table runner--it’s your choice! Have fun bringing the beautifully colored Kingfisher and the Gum Flowers of Australia to life. A pictorial style design that allows you to play with color and texture using Sandra’s needleturn applique and embroidery techniques to help you succeed and improve your skills. Whether you are new to Sandra’s applique and embroidery techniques or a repeat student, Sandra’s unique approach to using hand embroidery with the technique of an illustrator is broken down and made understand-able for you to incorporate into your own future projects in any style.
LAB FEE: $35.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Hilde Morin  
In and Around Town

Collect the essence of a favorite place based on your own impressions. Design and create your own vision of a town, neighborhood, village, cityscape or skyline… detect common visual elements, highlight details, create building blocks and put them all together using improvisational piecing techniques. Add character to your town by experimenting with different surface design techniques (add texture, discharge color, incorporate 3D elements). Consider creating an irregularly shaped piece and finish off your work with an elegant facing technique. Recommended size of work is 36” or less on each side.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Rasmussen
Designing Machine Pieced Pictorial and Landscape Quilts

In this workshop, we will design a pattern from your image that you bring to class, and using straight or curved seams piecing (or a combination), we will create your unique, pieced landscape. You will ‘audition’ your fabrics on your design, and progress to machine piecing. The techniques learned in this class with Sue will give you a solid foundation for future projects, whether landscape, pictorial or other quilts.
LEVEL: Intemediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jane Sassaman  
Abstracting from Nature

Nature is an endless source of inspiration. In this class we will examine a wide variety of artists interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms ourselves. Through a series of exercises we will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects. Participants should have a strong interest in developing their own design language and unique visual symbols.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Lousia L. Smith
Creating with Curves and Circles

This is a design class for the beginner and/or the advanced quilter. You will have the chance to design a Double Vision quilt by simply layering Shapes and Color for richly complex designs. Or if you prefer you can design a Fractured Curves quilt by fracturing quilts for easy, curvy and colorful results. Either design is available make one, make both your choice. At the start of the class we will discuss and show you the many designs available to you.
LEVEL:All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Spargo  
Tell Me a Story...

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of speciality threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
LEVEL:Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Mary Lou Weidman
Out of the Box - Creating Story Quilts

This class is a process class centered on a time-honored tradition of thoughts in handwork. We will be exploring ourselves and those we love. Legacy quilts are wonderful pieces that tell volumes about the women who produce them. You will be telling us about the people, places, or events that have touched you in some way. This is a class that touches the heart and the funny bone. Mary Lou has some additions to this class you will really like – hint – drawings ready made.
LEVEL:All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Wells Keenan
Pebbles – Rocks – Stone

Explore the infinite inspiration seen in stone from line to color, to shape, and texture. Tiny pebbles can be enchanting as well as well as an awesome monolith takes your breath away. The colors in a piece of petrified wood or exquisite gemstones all inspire us in some way. Let the magic of “Stone” be your beginning as you explore design possibilities in an abstract like process of simplifying what you see. recommended books: Intuitive Color and Design (2nd edition)and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting.
LEVEL:Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Heidi Lindsay
Artist in Residence