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 the 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. Fee: Small ‘paperwork fee’.
Level: Advanced beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Susan Brubaker Knapp
Paint and Stitch

Learn the basics of painting on fabric to make whole cloth painted quilts. Work from your original photographs, and use acrylic textile paints and thread sketching to bring it to life. Do not worry if you’ve never painted anything before… this may look complicated, but it isn’t once you learn a bit. Kit fee: $45.00
Level: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Melinda Bula
Fabulous Fusible Flowers

Turn a favorite flower photo into a Fabulous Fusible Flower art quilt. Learn how to use fabric and thread like an artist uses paint and pencils. You will start with your own flower photo then learn how to break it down into simple shapes to make a pattern while training your eye to look closely at colors, values, and shapes. Color is everything in building these flower masterpieces and Melinda will share her color and design secrets to making an award-winning quilt. Next, you will learn how to finish your flower by using Melinda’s Renegade Thread Play technique, which is a simple method of free motion quilting.
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Rosalie Dace  
Dancing on the Tightrope

Are you ready for a totally new start to your work but are not sure how and where to begin? Then this class is for you. After looking closely at work at a variety of contemporary art, from street artists to new fabric designers, we will start on exciting new approaches to design that reflect the changing world aesthetic. Discussions and practice will include keeping a balance in the excitement of the new as you try novel ways and materials to bring new life and vitality into your work. You will make several small experimental studies before embarking on a larger piece.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jacquie Gering  
Composing with Lines

Explore the beauty, simplicity and complexity of line as you create modern linear quilts. Jacquie will teach multiple techniques that will support you as you explore the myriad of possibilities of composing with lines. Be inspired by lines in architecture, nature, or embrace abstraction. She will lead you through both technique and design exercises to prepare you to create an original linear composition. In addition Jacquie will teach techniques to create unique pieced backgrounds for your projects.
Level: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Patty Hawkins  
Take a Concept! Matisse It!

Opening our eyes to shapes found everywhere (your visual journals and magazine pages), we will abstract these images, into unique fused fabric collage quilts. Matisse said his cutting process is like "drawing with scissors!” Simple drawing exercises will get your creative juices flowing. Small paper collage projects, will throw angst out the window, having fun while experimenting! These small studies offer a road map to test design ideas: tearing, altering, layering, being curious with colors, values, shapes and visual textures; which lead us to exciting fabric quilts. Artistic tools include enlarging and simplifying, bold “zinger” color play, and create interesting backgrounds, to feature our stunning bold motifs. You will be elated to ‘turn on” your creativity.
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Meri Henriques Vahl
Layered Fabric Collage

Open up a whole new world of artistic possibilities with this playful and enjoyable technique. Just bring your favorite photograph or idea for inspiration (landscapes work great!) If you’d like to add people to your quilt, Meri will teach you a simple, fool-proof method of doing so. In addition, once you’ve free-motion quilted this part of your art Quilt, she will show you an easy way to add borders – or more sections to create a work of any size. Then, when you’ve completed your borders, you will only have to machine quilt the outside edges, add binding, and stand back and admire! Lab Fee: $5.00
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Pam Holland  
Geraldine and Friends

Geraldine and her friends was crated after I spent time in Africa and I witnessed an amazing event featuring Geraldine. So this is a story quilt. In this class I will share with you how I take a photo and create an illusionary pattern from a realistic photo. You will have the opportunity to create your own Geraldine in the first two days. This creates a familiarity with the techniques as well as you having a fantastic quilt. Then you create your own pattern from your photo or you can choose to use one of my photos. Think Zebra, Rhino, Giraffe, Dog, Cat, etc. We will use photographic technology to learn how to create your own pattern. This is a design, color and thread illustration class.
Level: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sandra Leichner
Needleturn Appliqué-Independent Study

Using any of Sandra’s available pattern designs to start a new project or continuing on with a project from one of Sandra’s previous workshops. You will be able to enjoy a more relaxed stitching experience at your own pace while gaining more confidence with intricate layered appliqué technique and the use of Sandra’s unique style of painterly hand embroidery. Questions in this workshop experience can be as varied as the students and often lead to demonstrations and informative discussions on a variety of techniques, design and may possibly lead to an “aha” moment or two. There will be no comprehensive beginner instruction so the student must have at least some experience with needleturn appliqué.
Level: Experienced Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Cindy Needham  
Machine Quilting

Join me for a fun and inspirational week where you will be treated to four completely different classes! Your week will begin with my Beginning Machine Quilting class where you will gain a solid foundation of information and techniques on becoming a successful free motion quilter. Next become your “bartender” at the Open Thread Bar where you will learn all the secrets and techniques of using any and all types of threads in your machine. Then you will be treated to a full day of design and learn how to make great choices in your quilting designs. Wholecloth quilting will also be taught. I will also invite you into my world of Linen Wholecloth quilting…you will never look at an antique tablecloth the same way again! Lab fee $30.00
Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Denise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan
Landscape Impressions with a Twist

Have you ever wanted to capture the feeling of a landscape in fabric the way the impressionists did with paint? This class will provide easy-to-learn techniques for creating an original landscape quilt based on your own photos and vision. You will learn how to interpret a landscape to create depth, form, and interest in your piece, enhancing Nature’s colors and values to achieve your goals. Come join us for a fun workshop to create your own special landscape and to improve your design and quilting skills.
Level: Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Diana Roberts
Artist in Residence