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


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Kelly Ashton
Painted Mountains

Painted Mountains is a visually interesting quilt with lots of color play. Made primarily of proportionately sized equilateral triangles, it has an unexpected strippy setting. Kelly, the author of Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork, loves playing with 60-degree shapes and sharing tips and techniques for 60-degree success. The patchwork pieces are easy to cut using her “Kellyquilter” acrylic templates. There are no Y-seams in Painted Mountains. However, Kelly loves to piece set-in seams (Y-seams). In addition to teaching tips and construction for the quilt, she will provide a demo and instruction on the characteristics of 60-degree patchwork (hexagons, diamonds, triangles, and more) and how to piece a Tumbling Block block - the simplest block constructed using Y-seams. REQUIRED KIT FEE: $25.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Linda Beach
Artfully Pieced Patterns

Starting with your original photo, Linda will share her approach to design utilizing a traditional piecing method and guide you through the process of creating your own original art quilt. Beginning with a discussion on composition and design, you will then learn how to draft your own pattern and create freezer paper templates. Tips for fabric choices will be shared and demonstrated. The primary focus of this workshop is on design; Linda will also talk about free-motion quilting and finishing your art quilt.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jenny Bowker
Portraits in Applique

It is much easier to make a quilted portrait than most people realise. This class will teach you how to work with one of your own photographs of a face or head. You will learn how to trace it to create a pattern, enlarge the traced image on a photocopier, and put the face together in fabric. We will talk about how to give the portrait a context and how we would use the image in a bigger piece. It is fun, very rewarding, and can be surprisingly emotional to watch someone you know and care about appearing on the fabric in front of you.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Becky Goldsmith
Declare Your Independence

Give yourself the gift of time to focus on the quilt you want to make. Your quilt can be an art or traditional quilt, hand or machine sewn, pieced or appliquéd. Draft a new quilt from scratch or work from a pattern. This is your time to work without interruption from the outside world. Tap into Becky’s extensive background in all areas of quilt-making as you design, color, and/or construct your own project. 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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Valerie S. Goodwin
Light and Lacey: Mixed Media Fiber Art Collage

Create lovely collages using shapes such as map elements, floral motifs, and/or geometric patterns and shapes using opaque and sheer fabrics. Explore the potential of intricately cut surfaces created with the Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter. This popular machine can provide precision cutting that leads to beautiful detail. Students will have the opportunity to work with elements that are pre-cut with a laser cutter.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Pam Holland
Thread painting portraits: Drawn to stitch

This is a technique Pam has adapted over the years. This quilt looks like a painting and she will teach you how to achieve this effect. Pam’s thread-painted quilt technique begins with a photo printed on fabric. She uses machine stitching to cover the image with thread which results in a quilt that looks as realistic as a photograph. It can also be made to look like a painting. You can create a portrait or an animal image.
LEVEL: All   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 eye-hand 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
Jumpstart Design and Creativity

Learn the basics of good design and explore exercises to unleash the creative process. Bring out your inner artist and learn to apply the principles to making of art quilts. Each day starts with a different exercise in color and composition. You will work in a 12-inch square format. These exercises can then be the inspiration for a larger piece. Composition with line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, etc. Critiques of work will be held each evening.
LEVEL: All  VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Geri Patterson-Kutras
Lines, Angles and Spaces

Architecture is both practical and expressive. Regardless if your concept of buildings is playful or provocative you’re the architect in this workshop. Using finished-edge machine appliqué and piecing methods we’ll explore the impact of color and the use of line to add appeal and energy to your designs. We’ll investigate work from a mixture of artists in various media and the iconic designs of architects to expand our own blue print of creative expression. No hard hat required!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Ann P. Shaw
Designing from Nature

Working from your own photograph, this workshop guides you through the process of creating an original pieced pictorial quilt. We start with a image and work on developing a sewable design based on traditional piecing methods, using freezer paper templates. We work on auditioning fabric selections to explore how differences in patterned fabrics (scale, density, color and texture) work to enhance the design. Individual help and occasional group demonstrations will focus on fabric options and piecing strategies.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Tentmakers of Cairo
Quilt Like an Egyptian

Known around the world as masters of intricate appliqué, this class will be taught by two men – one is among the best stitchers in The Street of the Tentmakers, the other is an experienced teacher who speaks excellent English. You will learn some of the traditional design systems and several different styles of work. You will learn their marvellously simple appliqué techniques. Best of all, you will enjoy a cultural experience which has been described by students from previous classes as “illuminating.”
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Suzanne Starjash
Artists in Residence