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


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Melinda Bula
Renegade Thread Play

This is a technique class! Melinda takes the fear out of free motion quilting while learning how to shade and highlight with thread. Learn to add dimensions to your flower or landscape quilts. You will learn how to master your machine with Melinda’s amazing tips and tricks. You will make a quilt sandwich and practice a verity of stitches appropriate for flowers and landscapes quilts. You will have a chance to practice your just learned stitches by either working on a Sunflower pattern or if you have taken one of my flower or landscape classes, you can work on your quilt.
LAB FEE: $25.00 kit for this class.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Victoria Findlay Wolfe
The Happy Wanderer

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt that makes your friends ask, "How did you do that?" Based on Victoria's newest book, Modern Quilt Magic (available August 2017), the students will tackle this uncommon Coarse Woven construction (not a log cabin!), creating their own versions of The Happy Wanderer. We will look at the horizontal and vertical lines in the quilt and "weave" colors together to create depth and movement within a repetitive pattern. Create a quilt that looks more complicated than it is. Skill-building with partial seams for a result that boggles the viewer's mind – but not the maker's!
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. Bring a favorite photograph or idea for inspiration. To add people to your project, Meri will teach a simple, fool-proof method of doing so. Once this part of the quilt has been free-motion quilted, she will demonstrate an easy way to add borders – or more sections. When the borders have been completed, machine quilt the outside edges, add binding, stand back and admire! LAB FEE: $5.00
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Bonnie Hunter  
Wanderlust

Fulfill your own Wanderlust in this striking design created in easy strip widths using specialty rulers for half square, quarter square and flying geese units from your scrap stash. Learn to create from the whole crayon box stitching stars in whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples, reds, greens and blues with all shades in harmony. For even more fun and variety, students can swap strips in class.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Impey
Spider Webs…Old Traditions in a Fresh, Creative Way

Enjoy discovering your passion and original style while creating a Spider Web Project. You will learn to “weave” your imaginative concept from the dozens of spider web design styles using timesaving and accurate techniques. Jean’s teaching method will guide your through successful skill-building techniques in a relaxing atmosphere. See how other styles and techniques come together to make you a “master” of the Web.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Wendy Mathson
Independent Study or Storm at Sea/Snails Trail

“Independent Study” means that you decide what project or projects you want to work on for the five days. My job is to serve as a resource, problem-solver and quilting coach. I can provide as much or as little assistance as you wish. Your job is to envision what you want to accomplish and establish your goals for the week. You can concentrate on design, develop a particular skill or perhaps finish something you have already started. I’ll be teaching my TRIMplate© piecing technique for making units quickly and easily, without sacrificing accuracy. See the class description from Session I.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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RaNae Merrill
Vintage Linens Modern Quilts

We all have them -- tablecloths, dresser scarves, doilies and more, vintage linens from another time that just don’t fit today’s style. We can’t let go of them because they belonged to our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, or we fell in love with them at an antique shop, and yet they sit in a chest or a drawer unused. It has become popular recently to quilt them, and yet they still look, well, vintage. So let’s take a different approach: we’ll use them in a way that fits today’s styles, which means they actually WILL get used, enjoyed and loved. Bring your vintage linens and we will turn them into modern quilts. (Modern can mean in the Modern Quilt style, or simply made now in a traditional style.) We'll explore what the "modern" aesthetic involves and how it can be applied to vintage linens.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jane Sassaman
Abstracting from Nature

Nature is an endless source of Inspiration. In this class students will examine a wide variety of artists’ interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms. Through a series of exercises, each student will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects. These ideas will then be translated into fabric.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Ann P. Shaw
Designing from Nature

This process-oriented pictorial quilt workshop is a piecing class based on the techniques and design approach developed by Ruth Mc Dowell. Each student will work on their own pieced design, created at the start of the workshop, based on a student-provided image. The piecing pattern forms the framework for the quilt, while unusual fabric choices bring these quilts to life. 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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Sue Spargo  
Indigo Vases

The small wall quilt features a soft neutral, hand-dyed wool background with nine small vases filled with flowers. Finished size is approximately 16” X 25”. 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 9 different techniques. $50 hand-dyed wool kits for background layering and vases plus journal can be ordered by calling 330 899-9454.
LEVEL:Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Jean Wells Keenan
Exploring Your Own Personal Theme - an art quilting adventure

By experiencing mini composition exercises and beginning a more complex project you will explore your own personal theme in this five-day workshop. Learning to embrace the “critique process” will help you develop your own personal voice. Discover innovative ways to design and construct which will further you along in the process of this creative journey you are on. The experience will allow you to develop as a designer and discover new directions for your future work. A previous workshop from Jean is recommended.
RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Intuitive Color and Design and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting.
LEVEL:Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Nora L. Deans
Artist in Residence