2023 Quiltmaking Workshops

Join us in one of the world's most inspirational environments along the California coast, where our international, visiting artist-faculty of professional instructors conducts a variety of workshops encompassing the quilting arts.

Names in red indicate closed class.

Class availability updated Monday, February 20 at 2:40 p.m. (Pacific Time)

March 5 – 10
Sunday to Friday

Mel Beach
Andrea M. Brokenshire
Vicki Conley
Jacqueline de Jonge
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald
Sandra Mollon
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Diana Roberts
David M. Taylor
Jeanette Walton

Artist in Residence
Kim Kooyers

March 19 – 24
Sunday to Friday

Kelly Ashton
Sue Benner
Josephine de la Cruz Keasler
Kathy Doughty
Deborah Fell
Jan Krentz
Gloria Loughman
Pearl P. Pereira
Jane Sassaman
Barbara Yates Beasley

Artist in Residence
Yolanda Carmona

March 24 – 29
Friday to Wednesday

Sue Benner
Priscilla Bianchi
Kathy Doughty
Meri Henriques Vahl
Gloria Loughman
Laura Nownes
Suzanne Starjash
David M. Taylor
Marge Tucker
Barbara Yates Beasley

Artist in Residence
Cheryl Quesnell

April 21 – 26
Friday to Wednesday

Linda Beach
Heather Black
Judy Coates Perez
Sarah Goer
Becky Goldsmith
Jane Haworth
Jenny K. Lyon
Jane Sassaman
Julia Scheffelin Graves
Maria Shell

Artist in Residence
Cindy Thompson

May 5 – 10
Friday to Wednesday

Susan Brubaker Knapp
Sandra Bruce
Melinda Bula
Sue Heinz
Dorie Javier
Hilde Morin
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Jennifer Sampou
Melissa Sobotka
Veruschka Zarate

Artist in Residence
Lisa Colhoun

2023 Rates

• $1,994.00 - two or more students sharing a room, each
• $2,524.00 - single room
• $1,174.00 - non-workshop companion, sharing a room
• $1,294.00 - reside off grounds
All rates include all meals at Crocker Dining Hall. If you know you snore or smoke, please request a single room or come with a willing roommate. Asilomar is a non-smoking facility.
Check-in time is 3 p.m. in Merrill Hall.
Accommodations are not guaranteed until 4 p.m.


Click here to download the 2023 Registration Form

Getting here


Monterey (MRY) is the closest airport. Taxi service is available to Asilomar Conference Grounds for approximately $30-35. For travel information please contact Suzanne Cox, (707) 864-1385, or fax (707) 864-1345. We strongly encourage the purchase of Cancellation and Travel Insurance, whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile-usually purchased through your travel agent within 14 days of sending in your registration and deposit.

Sewing machine rentals
A limited number of Bernina sewing machines will be available for those who cannot fly with their own machines. Rental fee is $100.00 per session. Reservations and payments are made through Empty Spools Registration Form. Sewing machines are provided by The Cotton Patch. The Cotton Patch also operates a campus store, stocked with an abundance of fabric, notions and other supplies.

Cancellation policy
All canceled reservations will have the following charges: Now to 120 days prior to session - $50.00; 119 to 91 days pior to session - $150.00; 90 to 61 days prior to session - $300.00; 60 days or less prior to session - no refunds given.
Cancellations cannot be made within 60 days prior to session. You may transfer your reservation to another person if unable to attend. All cancellations or replacement information must be in writing or e-mail. All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee. There will be a $50 fee if you request a class change after registering.

Payment is accepted by check or international money order. You may fax or email your registration form and a hold will be put on your class choice until your $300.00 deposit check is received by mail. Payment must be made in full 120 days prior to session. If you prefer, a balance due may be paid in two installments. ESS cannot be responsible for any injury, loss or damage sustained by attendees. All returned checks are subject to a $25 fee.

2023 Class Catalog

Download PDF version of Empty Spools Seminars 2023 Class Catalog

Asilomar Conference Grounds


Asilomar's rich history dates back to its origins as a YWCA Leadership Camp built in 1913. Known as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea," the state park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928.  visitasilomar.com