2022 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.

All students and faculty must show proof of COVID vaccination
to attend Empty Spools Seminars in 2022.

Names in red indicate closed class. Updated 5:55 p.m. (Pacific Time), Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Feb. 27 – March 4
Sunday to Friday

Linda Beach
Heather Black
Kathy Doughty
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald
Meri Henriques Vahl
Pam Holland
Jenny K. Lyon
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Sue Spargo
Jeanette Walton

Artist in Residence
Janie McClenaghan

March 4 – 9
Friday to Wednesday

Jacqueline de Jonge
Kathy Doughty
Deborah Fell
Becky Goldsmith
Pam Holland
Robin Long
RaNae Merrill
Sandra L. Mollon
Pearl P. Pereira
Jane Sassaman

Artist in Residence
Sandra daRoza

March 20 – 25
Sunday to Friday

Patricia Belyea
Sue Benner
Priscilla Bianchi
Susan Carlson
Gloria Loughman
Sarah Maxwell
Krista Moser
Velda Newman
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Marianne R. Williamson

Artist in Residence
Suzanne Starjash

March 25 – 30
Friday to Wednesday

Sue Benner
Andrea M. Brokenshire
Sandra Bruce
Susan Carlson
Josephine de la Cruz Keasler
Sandra Leichner
Gloria Loughman
Sarah Maxwell
Ann P. Shaw
Maria Shell

Artist in Residence
Pati Fried

April 10 – 15
Sunday to Friday

Rebecca Bryan
Janet Fogg
MJ Kinman
Diane Kirkhart
Kathy McNeil
Hilde Morin
Jane Sassaman
Julia Scheffelin Graves
David M. Taylor
Carol Ann Waugh

Artist in Residence
Wendy Mathson

2022 Rates

• $1,958.00 - two or more students sharing a room, each
• $2,488.00 - single room
• $1,138.00 - non-workshop companion, sharing a room
• $1,258.00 - 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 to download 2022 ESS 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.

2022 Class Catalog

Download PDF version of Empty Spools Seminars 2022 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