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


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Sue Benner
Composition Quartet: Four Techniques for Fused Quilts

A quartet of quilts! Challenge yourself compositionally and learn four different ways to construct fused quilts: squares/rectangles, curvilinear design, cut-and-collage, and landscape. Using step-by-step directions with many creative options, you’ll make 4 quilts (about 16” x 20” or larger) using Sue’s fusible techniques. She will also cover fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting, blocking, and binding. Construction ideas will abound!
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Susan Carlson
Fabric Images

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: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Valerie S. Goodwin
Map Play - Using the Basic Principles of Design

Come play!! Create artful map studies through creative exercises that will help you understand the basic principles of design. An art quilter’s most valuable asset is his or her creativity — and it needs to be reinforced through an understanding of design thinking. Beginning with an exercise related to the seven principles of design – work instinctively with color – explore creativity through experimentation. All works are small, enabling you to develop ideas quickly and freely.
LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Pam Holland
Chalk and Cheesecloth - Creating portraits

Create portraits using plain white cheesecloth and thread. It looks difficult but its a method and you will follow one of my patterns and work step by step to achieve the finished product. Once you have learned the techniques you can go on and do your own portrait from there. I will have a few images for you to choose from. I will have the cheesecloth in class for a fee of $10 and if you wish to purchase the pens they are $5 each.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Josephine de la Cruz Keasler
A Certified Instructor for Quiltworx, a Judy Niemeyer Design

Students will learn a process that simplifies paper piecing. Josephine will teach you Judy Niemeyer’s approach to using templates to cut fabric to fit into the appropriate sections of her patterns. You will be provided with many organizational tips and techniques for speeding up the process. This workshop will feature: Vintage Rose, Mariner’s Compass and Paradise in Blooms. Contact Josephine at for a list of available designs for this workshop.
LEVEL: All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Sandra Leichner
Margarita Encore!

This design offers the opportunity to play with a fun and colorful applique project. Each sudent will be able to play with applique and embroidery techniques while learning how the effects of varying scales of thread can add depth and dimension to elevate a quilt’s design. Sandra’s unique approach to hand embroidery with the technique of an illustrator is broken down and made understandable to incorporate into your own future projects and improve your skills.
LAB FEE: $35.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Robin Long
Strip-Pieced Mariners Compass

Have you ever wanted to make a Mariner’s Compass block but were too intimidated? Not a fan of paper piecing or using tedious templates? You’ll love these new methods for making 16 and 32-point compass blocks in 16 different sizes using special rulers and a strip-piecing method! Join Robin and learn about these easy methods as you benefit from her knowledge of block construction. Her gorgeous examples and terrific tips will be the perfect inspiration for your modern or traditional Mariner’s Compass project!
LEVEL:Confident Beginner to Advanced   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. In this class, we will start by making a small quilt as a colour exercise. The pattern for this quilt will be provided and this will familiarize participants with the process involved. This is a class where everyone is challenged to produce their own design but is supported through each stage of the process.  
LEVEL:All   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Philippa Naylor
Twice as Nice

Use two complementary techniques to design and construct an exceptional quilt top. A technique AND design led course, students will learn a wide range of skills including: Philippa’s award winning curved piecing method; a variety of approaches to machine appliqué; composition, balance and ‘weighting’; use of color and tonal value. Put all of this, and more, together to create a technically and visually rewarding quilt which celebrates the makers individuality and artistry.
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Advanced   VIEW/DOWNLOAD Workshop Supply Sheet (PDF).



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Cindy Needham
Wholecloth Design

This workshop is geared toward creating your own whole cloth quilt whether it is from new yardage or a vintage linen. You will learn about design, how to create medallions, overall designs and how to use and choose threads for your quilting. Instruction will be provided on how to create beautiful heirloom feathers and backgrounds. Detailed guidance will be provided on how to use all four of the Ultimate Stencils to create your own unique designs - provided for use in class.
LAB FEE: $30
LEVEL:Confident Beginner to Advanced   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. After enlarging the design and tracing a freezer paper copy, we then 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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Julia Scheffelin Graves
Artist in Residence