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


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Susan Brubaker Knapp
Wholecloth Painting and Thread Sketching

Start with white fabric and paint, and work from your original photographs. You’ll learn how to trace elements from your photo and transfer your lines to fabric, then how to mix acrylic textile paint colors and create shades and tints for highlights and shadows. After painting your design on fabric, you’’ learn how to add details, texture and more color to enhance your piece with thread sketching (thread work done on the surface, before quilting). These techniques will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities for your art quilting.
KIT FEE: $45.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Melinda Bula
Fabulous Fusible Flowers — Independent Study

Have you taken a class from Melinda before and want to finally finish that flower or beachscape quilt? This is an independent class study time to get you back on track. Melinda will share her art background and color sense to inspire you to reach the next level. With 15 years of teaching experience she will share with you some new tricks and techniques she has learned over the years.
PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed a previous retreat workshop with Melinda.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Pepper Cory
Meteor Showers

What happens when you blow apart a Drunkard’s Path block and use its curves as bridges to different patchwork patterns? No more predictable repeated block quilt! The overall design now flows from block-to-block all through the quilt. Magic!
While my Meteor Showers quilt serves as inspiration, you are urged to make this pattern your own. The Drunkard’s Path units are cut/sewn with the aid of custom-cut acrylic templates in a generous 8” size. Other blocks are cut with rotary formulas. Large-scale prints finally get to shine in this class so feel free to bring your tie-dyes, Kaffes, and African prints.
CLASS FEE: $18.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Donna Greenwald
Techniques in Landscape Design

If you have a photograph or picture of a favorite landscape image that you have always wanted to recreate in fiber art but didn’t quite know how to do it, then you will enjoy this class. We will be using a fusing technique along with many texturizing and embellishment techniques to make your vision come alive. I have several mini lessons, with kits, to demonstrate the techniques that may be applicable to your project. All levels of talent and experience can be successful!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sandra Leichner
“Pardalot’s confusion” – Block 10 of Naturalist’s Notebook

Through demonstrations and practice learn Sandra’s unique needleturn applique and embroidery techniques to make applique designs come alive with depth and detail. Increase your applique skill level and project options through a better understanding of the mechanics of needleturn and how to work with intricate layered applique. Incorporate basic hand embroidery to create detail, introduce texture, enhance color and value with an illustrator’s approach to using fabric and thread as paint. Note: Students may also bring a project from one on Sandra’s previous workshops if they prefer to continue on that creative journey for their free stitching time.
LAB FEE: $35.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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RaNae Merrill
Free-Motion Mastery in a Week

RaNae’s unique teaching method takes you through a graduated series of tracing, sketching and quilting exercises, building skill upon skill and pattern upon pattern, quilting one block at a time as you embed muscle memory and eyehand coordination. The focused, five-day format of this workshop will supercharge your learning and get you quilting comfortably and confidently. You’ll work at an accelerated pace through techniques, exercises and skills, quilting as many blocks as possible. You’ll go home saying “I can DO this!”.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Katie Pasquini Masopust
Artful Log Cabins

The very versatile log cabin block will be used as the basis for creating linear abstract art quilts. Students will start with a painting or photograph, then crop the image for a strong, personal composition. A linear grid (even, uneven, curved or random) will be laid over the image and become a map for the project. Log cabin blocks are then constructed with the colors found in each grid unit, and stitched together. Emphasis is on composition, variety, color, value and visual pathways.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Melissa Sobotka
PhotoReal Fiber Art

Photorealism encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic media, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. Melissa will share her award-winning techniques for transforming a photograph into fiber art. Learn to see as an artist does and build a pictorial quilt from an image of your own choosing using a raw-edge applique method and adding depth, dimension and detail with inks.
LEVEL: Intermediate  VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jeanette Walton
A JUDY NIEMEYER CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
A Passion for Paper Piecing

Learn to paper piece the Judy Niemeyer way! Whether you’re a devoted Judy Groupie or a newbie wanting to try your hand at paper piecing, here’s your chance to create a visually stunning quilt while you master Judy’s cutting and organizational techniques. Design your own or choose from one of the five Technique of the Month quilts, including the 2018 dazzler which has created a lot of buzz, Dinner Plate Dahlia. Prior paper piecing experience not required. Yes, you can do that! Let me show you how!
LEVEL: Confident Beginner   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Mary Lou Weidman
Out of the Box – Creating Story Quilts

This workshop is a wonderful chance to say something special about someone or something you love. This 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.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Kellie Willey  
Quilting in Miniature

This class will teach you the fun of creating a sweet miniature quilt. Learn the secrets of fabric selection, scaling down large blocks, chaining and strip-piecing methods. Making a little quilt takes less time and you could leave with a finished masterpiece. Once you get hooked on making a tiny treasure, you may never make a large quilt again! Class includes a display of several miniature quilts, ideas on designing your own blocks and patterns, and a lot of tips to take the mystery and fear out of making a miniature quilt.
LAB FEE: $10.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Cathie Opela and Sue Carroll
Artists in Residence