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


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Jenny Bowker
Shimmering Triangles

This class is fun, easy and very productive. If you would like to take a finished top home from a week away, this is a good class for you. Learn to make quick sets of triangles and try different ways to use them. Quilts made in this class often create the feeling of water rippling over pebbles in a creek. This is also the perfect time to use favorite collections of fabrics – cats, Japanese fabrics, big florals or Kaffe Fassets, for example. Make one quilt top, some students will have time to make two or three.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Susan Brubaker Knapp
Paint and Stitch

Learn the basics of painting on fabric to make whole cloth painted quilts. Work from your original photographs, and use acrylic textile paints and thread sketching to bring it to life. Do not worry if you’ve never painted anything before…this may look complicated, but it isn’t once you learn a bit.
KIT FEE: $45.00
LEVEL: Intermediate   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Melinda Bula
Fabulous Fusible Flowers

Turn a favorite flower photo into a Fabulous Fusible Flower art quilt. Learn how to use fabric and thread like an artist uses paint and pencils to create a beautiful flower quilt. You will start with your own flower photo. Learn to annualize and break your photo down into simple shapes, while training your eye to look closely at colors and values. You will learn techniques for using fusible web (there is a difference in fusibles) and build confidence in seeing color and value - key for building these flower quilts.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Lenore Crawford
Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create Realistic Art Quilts

In this workshop the designing of a fused project from the student's own photo will be undertaken. We will create a pattern on freezer paper from the photo which is then drawn onto muslin on which the design will be created. Students will learn Lenore's simple fusing technique using and design aspects such as value and balance. Once the designs are fused students will learn how Lenore uses fabric paints to add detail and depth to the design. Finishing techniques will be discussed. Top-stitching may or may not be done during this class.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Rosalie Dace  
Pattern, Rhythm and Repetition

Our use of pattern, rhythm and repetition affects our lives every day, helping us understand and interpret the structure of the world around us. In this class you will discover and experiment with different kinds of pattern, learning how to use them effectively in making several small studies before making a stunning one-of-a- kind quilt. Make symmetry, asymmetry, abstract, or figurative designs in a variety of repeats that will give you a new appreciation of pattern and the numerous ways it can be repeated. You will fuse exercises and piece your quilt top emphasizing pattern, repetition and visual rhythm.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Victoria Findlay Wolfe  
Double Wedding Ring Improv

Explore new patterns within a traditional double wedding ring quilt. Begin by manipulating fabric using several techniques from 15 Minutes of Play. Next, work on the layout to build a unique version of a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Workshop topics include design, construction and improvisation, piecing curves, using negative space and looking at how fabrics can help build movement. From Victoria’s book, Ideas based on Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Gyleen X. Fitzgerald
Color Me Beautiful, Modern Polygon Sampler

Diamonds, pyramids, hexagons, half-hexagons, kites and houses are playmates in this polygon sampler. No math! Students will learn to use Gyleen’s three Polygon Tools to create modern hexagon blocks using the Butterfly seam technique. Let loose your design talent using twelve polygon shapes and colored pencils. Come play with polygons, it’s so easy you’ll fall in love. .
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Meri Henriques Vahl
Layered Fabric Collage

The sky’s literally the limit with this playful, easy and enjoyable technique. Just bring your favorite photograph or idea for inspiration (landscapes work great!), lots of straight or safety pins, fine tulle (black definitely, other colors as desired), a sewing machine that can do free-motion quilting, and the fabric you’ll need to make your artistic vision come true. You’ll also need backing fabric and batting – then pick up your scissors and you’re all set to go! If you’d like to add people to your quilt, I’ll teach you a simple, fool-proof method of doing so. In addition, once you’ve free-motion quilted this part of your Art Quilt, I’ll show you an easy way to add borders – or more sections to create a work of any size. Come play with me!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Katie Pasquini Masopust
Fractured Landscapes

Create a beautiful landscape using a photo of a “special place.” Find your personal, stylized version of reality. Fracture the finished drawing to create different shapes for color choices and add a surrealistic quality. Work with a stabilizer or foundation, blind machine applique, machine satin/straight quilting in a quilt-as-you-go format. Easy techniques that create a complex looking landscape.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Denise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan
Landscape Impressions with a Twist

Capture the feeling of a landscape in fabric the way the impressionists did with paint. This class will provide easy-to-learn techniques for creating an original landscape quilt based on your own photos and vision. Learn how to interpret a landscape to create depth, form, and interest, enhancing nature’s colors and values. Join Denise and Nancy for a fun workshop and create your own special landscape and to improve your design and quilting skills.
LEVEL:Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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David M. Taylor
Independent Study - Pictorial Appliqué

Continue working on an animal portrait from Empty Spools Session 1, or bring along a work in progress from a previous retreat workshop with David. His understanding of appliqué techniques combined with his background in art direction will get you back on track or introduce you to something completely new. Students are encouraged to email David in advance of the workshop for guidance. prerequisite: Students must have completed a previous retreat workshop with David.
LEVEL:Intermediate to Advanced   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 amoung 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 in other countries as “illuminating.”
LEVEL:All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Carole Olsen
Artist in Residence