2025 registration opens 8:00 a.m. (PST) on Monday, May 13, 2024.

2024 Quiltmaking Workshops

Join us in one of the world's most inspirational environments along the California coast, where our international, visiting artist-faculty of professional instructors conducts a variety of workshops encompassing the quilting arts.

Names in red indicate closed class.

Updated Wednesday, April 10, 2024; 8:05 p.m. Pacific Time.

February 25–March 1
Sunday to Friday

Sue Benner
Betty Busby
Jan Krentz
Ellen Lindner
Gloria Loughman
Jenny K. Lyon
Linda Neal
Laura Nownes
Nancy Roelfsema
Madeleine Vail

JoAnne Lincoln

March 1–6
Friday to Wednesday

Mel Beach
Sue Benner
Barbara Black
Melinda Bula
Deborah Fell
Gloria Loughman
RaNae Merrill
Irene Roderick
Maria Shell
Libby Williamson

Betsy Habich

March 17–22
Sunday to Friday

Patricia Belyea
Andrea M. Brokenshire
Becky Goldsmith
David Owen Hastings
Meri Henriques Vahl
Sandra L. Mollon
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Jennifer Sampou
Jane Sassaman
Jeanette Walton

Penni Barger

April 14–19
Sunday to Friday

Priscilla Bianchi
Sandra Bruce
Vicky Conley
Josephine de la Cruz Keasler
Kathy Doughty
Michelle Jackson
MJ Kinman
Robin Long
Pearl P. Pereira
Julia Scheffelin Graves

Del Thomas

April 19–24
Friday to Wednesday

Priscilla Bianchi
Kathy Doughty
Pati Fried
Diane Kirkhart
Sally Manke
Wendy Mathson
Jane Sassaman
Sujata Shah
Timna Tarr
David M. Taylor

Larry Tinsley

Click here to view 2024 Workshop Information

Click here to view 2025 Workshop Information

2025 registration opens 8:00 a.m. (PST) on Monday, May 13, 2024.

2024 Rates

• $2,024.00 - two or more students sharing a room, each
• $2,564.00 - single room
• $1,224.00 - non-workshop companion, sharing a room
• $1,424.00 - reside off grounds
All rates include all meals at Crocker Dining Hall. If you know you snore or smoke, please request a single room or come with a willing roommate. Asilomar is a non-smoking facility.
Check-in time is 3 p.m. in Merrill Hall.
Accommodations are not guaranteed until 4 p.m.


Click here to download the 2024 Registration Form

Registration is open! Mail, fax or email the completed registration form and send the required deposit to hold your spot.

Getting here


Monterey (MRY) is the closest airport. Taxi service is available to Asilomar Conference Grounds for approximately $30-35. For travel information please contact Suzanne Cox, (707) 864-1385, or fax (707) 864-1345. We strongly encourage the purchase of Cancellation and Travel Insurance, whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile-usually purchased through your travel agent within 14 days of sending in your registration and deposit.

Sewing machine rentals
A limited number of Bernina sewing machines will be available for those who cannot fly with their own machines. Rental fee is $125.00 per session. Reservations and payments are made through Empty Spools Registration Form. Sewing machines are provided by The Cotton Patch. The Cotton Patch also operates a campus store, stocked with an abundance of fabric, notions and other supplies.

Cancellation policy
All canceled reservations will have the following charges: Now to 120 days prior to session - $50.00; 119 to 91 days pior to session - $150.00; 90 to 61 days prior to session - $300.00; 60 days or less prior to session - no refunds given.
Cancellations cannot be made within 60 days prior to session. You may transfer your reservation to another person if unable to attend. All cancellations or replacement information must be in writing or e-mail. All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee. There will be a $50 fee if you request a class change after registering.

Payment is accepted by check or international money order. You may fax or email your registration form and a hold will be put on your class choice until your $300.00 deposit check is received by mail. Payment must be made in full 120 days prior to session. If you prefer, a balance due may be paid in two installments. ESS cannot be responsible for any injury, loss or damage sustained by attendees. All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee.

2025 Class Catalog

Download PDF version of Empty Spools Seminars 2025 Class Catalog

Asilomar Conference Grounds


Asilomar's rich history dates back to its origins as a YWCA Leadership Camp built in 1913. Known as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea," the state park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928.  visitasilomar.com