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


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Sue Benner  
Sewing the Land I and II:Fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes

Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will explore different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Susan Carlson  
Fabric Collage Menagerie

Create a fabric collage quilt of your favorite animal using Susan’s innovative layering/collage method. Pets, mammals of the world, birds, sea life such as turtles or fish—any animal is game—a fabric collage trophy! This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will daily introduce different aspects of the fabric collage process, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting, and finishing for display will be discussed.
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Victoria Findlay Wolfe  
Brights Lights, Big City Double Wedding Ring

Play with scale and shape to create drama, impact and a great story. Learn Paper Piecing and many helpful tips for curved piecing to make this “Big Mama” of a Double Wedding Ring quilt. We will explore techniques for design variations, including designs from quilts, Bright Lights, Big City (p.36) Strings of Florid Blooms (p.48), and Retro Poly Mod (p.44), found in the book – Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern, by Victoria Findlay Wolfe (C & T Publishing).
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Bonnie Hunter
Straits of Mackinac

The Straits of Mackinac are a series of narrow waterways in Michigan. The main star block in this quilt was featured under the same name in Volume 14 of Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks by 100 Designers after Bonnie's last visit to Mackinac Island. After making just one block she knew she had to keep sewing until there were enough blocks for a full quilt! Finished block size: 12 inches X 12 inches. Finished quilt: 94 inches x 94 inches.
NOTE: If you prefer to paper piece these units, please obtain a copy of the book (available on Bonnie's website: Quiltville.com) ahead of time to print your own foundations and bring them to class with you.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Gloria Loughman  
The Painted Landscape

Design and construct your own landscape quilt using a chosen image as your starting point. The key elements of design, including focal point, perspective and balance will be discussed and then you will design your own wall hanging working from your selected image. This project features strips of fabrics in the background sky and water contrasting with silhouette of land. After drawing your pattern, participants will paint areas of sky and water on white fabric. These strips are cut and rearranged on a cloth base and then quilted through the sandwich. You will learn many techniques for cliffs and foliage for the foreground which will be further enhanced with machine embroidery.
LAB FEE: $10.00.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Wendy Mathson
Independent Study

Picture yourself in a classroom with your own dedicated sewing space, creative quilters at every turn, surrounded by the serenity and beauty of nature, just steps from Asilomar State Beach. Your fabric awaits your attention, beckoning with possibilities. If you’d like to create using Wendy's unique TRIMplate® piecing technique for Storm at Sea and Snail’s Trail, this is your opportunity for in-depth study. She is available as an experienced teacher, problem-solver and quilting coach for whatever project you might bring, regardless of technique. Which project(s) will you choose to focus on for our 5-day session? (TRIMplates are provided for you to use; purchase not required.)
LEVEL: All, Confident rotary cutting   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Rasmussen
Curve Those Geese!

Make those Flying Geese bend and curve across or around your quilt! Add excitement and movement to any quilt with undulating, curved Flying Geese. Sue will take students beyond their basic Paper Piecing skills and will show you how to create and design either a spectacular new quilt top or fabulous borders for an existing quilt top with her Curved Paper Pieced Flying Geese technique. If you desire the “Wow!” comment about your quilts, this technique will certainly command it.
LEVEL: All, with basic paper foundation piecing skills   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sue Spargo  
Indigo Vases

This small wall quilt features a soft neutral, hand-dyed wool background with nine small vases filled with flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then embellishing the small vases incorporating hand-dyed indigo fabrics, threads and beads. We will then fill each vase with textural stems and leaves. Then using my newest techniques we will create dimensional flowers using nine different techniques.
LEVEL:Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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David M. Taylor
Animal Artistry through Appliqué

David Taylor’s quilts are often mistaken as paintings, and that makes him very happy. His works are adapted from photographs, and his technique evolved from his love of jigsaw puzzles. In this workshop, students will learn the secrets to his craft. Topics include his unique pattern drawing method and freezer paper appliqué technique. A strong emphasis is placed on fabric selection and using those fabrics wisely. Students are required to submit image options in advance of the workshop.
LEVEL:Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Rita Verroca
Magnificent Red Lattice Basket

Flowers can speak volumes yet never make a sound. Their rich history and unparalleled symbolism make flowers so much more than just nature’s beauty. Quilters in particular are called into their spell. Rita will instruct you with great enthusiasm and compassion on how to create this splendid lattice basket with coin dot handles using cotton and silk. Needle and thread are all you will need to needle turn this beautiful block. Rita will practice with you how to make small invisible stitches, smooth curves, sharp points, fray-less V’s and U’s to expand and enrich your own exquisite needlework and appliqué skills. To give your block an authentic Baltimore look, she will demonstrate the effect ombres and vermicular fabrics can have on appliqué work.
LEVEL:All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Wells Keenan
Pebbles – Rock – 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. You will work on some small studies before you begin a larger piece exploring technique as well as design. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to pebbles, rock, and stone. Jean's books Intuitive Design and Color (2nd edition) and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting are good reference.
LEVEL:Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Nancy Arseneault
Artist in Residence