Empty Spools Seminar 2018 – Come & Learn a New Technique

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Are you interested in learning how to make an original impressionistic landscape art quilt in a supportive vacation-like atmosphere? We have a great workshop for you. Nancy Ryan and I will be teaching “Landscape Impressions with a Twist” at Empty Spools Seminars during Session V, Friday – Wednesday, April 13 – 18, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm. This fun 5-day residential workshop is at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California. For more information call 707-864-1170 or checkout their website at www.emptyspoolsseminars.com

Here is my quilt “Retired to the Country” made with the impressionist landscape approach. Hope you can join us.

Art Quilt Techniques Workshop in Reno

Nancy Ryan and I spent 4 days in Reno teaching an Art Quilt Techniques Workshop for the Sierra Sewing Center. We had 28 talented women who were willing to try everything we brought to teach them. The 4 individual techniques we taught (1 per day) were Mixed Media, Painting on Fabric, Striped Abstract, and Broken Color. Here is the amazing collection of work that they accomplished in the 4 days.

MIXED MEDIA

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Sandy Porter

Sandy Porter

Penny Woods

Penny Woods

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Lori Hourse

Lori Hourse

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

PAINTING ON FABRIC

Alice Ellis

Alice Ellis

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Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Norma Kryder

Norma Kryder

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Deborah Dietz

Deborah Dietz

Carolin Brock

Carolin Brock

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Brenda Storm

Brenda Storm

Bev Blankus

Bev Blankus

STRIPED ABSTRACT

Brenda Stone

Brenda Stone

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Sandy Porter

Sandy Porter

Norma Kryder

Norma Kryder

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Brisack

Nancy Brisack

Mary Spitzer

Mary Spitzer

Lori Nourse

Lori Nourse

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Kathy Fullenwider

Kathy Fullenwider

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Diane Boone

Diane Boone

Carole Avery

Carole Avery

BROKEN COLOR

Terry Ruppert

Terry Ruppert

Terrie Peets

Terrie Peets

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Lampson

Nancy Brisack

Nancy Brisack

Lynda Moyer

Lynda Moyer

Lyla Messinger

Lyla Messinger

Lorrie Bruce

Lorrie Bruce

Lori Nourse

Lori Nourse

Leslie Dahm

Leslie Dahm

LeRai Porter

LeRai Porter

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner

Eileen Searcy

Eileen Searcy

Penny Woods

Penny Woods

Carolin Brock

Carolin Brock

Carol Juillerat

Carol Juillerat

Brenda Stone

Brenda Stone

Quiltaway with the San Francisco Quilt Guild

Rialto TreeI am very excited about participating in the San Francisco Quilt Guild’s Quiltaway, which is a biannual event that combines 4 instructors teaching 1-day or 2-day workshops. The Quiltaway will be held from Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28. Here is the link that describes the Quiltaway and all of the workshops: https://strh.se/sFgJxavd0CQd?s=e

I will be teaching a 2-day workshop on creating landscapes in an impressionistic technique (similar to the pointillism in painting). This is an easy process that all levels can create stunning landscapes, starting from your own landscape photograph. I recommend that you work no bigger than 18” x 24” and focus on either a landscape without buildings or a portrait of a tree like the one on the left. This piece is called “Rialto Tree.”

This is the link to find out how to sign-up for the workshops:

http://www.sfquiltersguild.org/page.php?ID=34

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills in making quilts and enjoying the company of other quilters. This will be a fun weekend for everyone. I hope we get lots of students.

Broken Color Workshop at Cotton Patch, Lafayette, CA

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I do love teaching at the Cotton Patch in Lafayette, California. The classroom set up is perfect for all types of mixed media and fabric work. There is lots of space, good lighting and electrical hookups, a little kitchen, a bathroom, air conditioning, and the store is nearby in case you just can’t live without more fabric! The staff is always helpful and interested in what is going on in the classroom.

This time I will be teaching “Broken Color – Total Process,” which is a 2-day workshop using a raw-edge, appliqué technique. This class is perfect for all skill levels from the advanced beginner through the advance quilter looking for another technique to enhance their toolbox of skills. This technique adds a sparkle and crispness to your quilts and is perfect for wall quilts. Any appliqué can be done using this approach, whether it is traditional appliqué or art quilt. The workshop is Saturday – Sunday, September 12-13, 10:00am – 4:00pm. The fee is $115, and the supply list is available at the time of registration.

The Cotton Patch is located at 1025 Brown Avenue, Lafayette, California. You can call them to sign up by phone at 925-284-1177.

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Mixing It Up in Mt. Vernon, Washington

My husband and I have been spending a lot of time up in the Pacific Northwest this year. Dean is originally from Seattle, so we have lots of friends to visit up there. This last weekend, we made some new friends. We flew up to Seattle and drove north to Mt. Vernon, which is a town near La Conner and Anacortes. I taught a workshop on my mixed media techniques to an enthusiastic and talented group of women. Everyone of them finished their pieces in the two days. I hope you enjoy the “gallery” show of their work.

by Stephanie Davis

by Stephanie Davis

by Michele Murnane

by Michele Murnane

by Julie Jones

by Julie Jones

by Judy Irish

by Judy Irish

by Dorothy Moseley

by Dorothy Moseley

by Consuelo Alvarez

by Consuelo Alvarez

by Cindy Gilbrough

by Cindy Gilbrough

by Christine Errington

by Christine Errington

by Chris Rohloff

by Chris Rohloff

by Carolyn Vandenheuvel

by Carolyn Vandenheuvel

Mount Vernon Group Calico Creations Quilt Shop

Mount Vernon Group
Calico Creations Quilt Shop

Mixing It Up at the SJ Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Poppy Fields No 3Last time I tried to teach the “Mixing It Up” workshop at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, we didn’t have enough lead-time to let everyone know about the class. We are going to give it another try. I will be teaching this 2-day class, which focuses on mixed media in art quilting, in the Yvonne Porcella Room of the Museum.

We will make 12” square art quilts focusing on pattern design using fabric, papers and paint. This class provides a wonderful atmosphere for creativity and experimentation. If you are interested in expanding your quilting techniques, this is the class for you. A sewing machine that can do free-motion stitching is required.

The class is on Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The fees are $100 for Museum members and $120 for non-members, plus a $25 class supply fee due at registration. A student supply list is available at the time of registration. To register, go to the Museum website at

https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6b8222.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is located at 520 South First Street, San Jose, California. Hope you can join us.

Student Work from Empty Spools Seminars

Nancy Ryan and I just taught a 5-day workshop called “Impressionistic Landscape Wall Quilts” for Empty Spools Seminars at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. What a delight it was to teach at such a beautiful spot. We had 8 amazing students who created outstanding work. The last afternoon we were there, they had a walk-around, so the students can see what was happening in all the classrooms. I think our students’ work caused quite a buzz around the campus. We were thrilled to be asked to come back and teach in 2017.

Peggy Ross

Peggy Ross


Claudia Klingler

Claudia Klingler

Edalee Keehn

Edalee Keehn

Pam Smith

Pam Smith


Jan Carter

Jan Carter


Jan Smith

Jan Smith


Kathy Custer

Kathy Custer


Susan Riddoch

Susan Riddoch


Susan Riddoch - 2nd quilt pinned

Susan Riddoch – 2nd quilt pinned

All Mixed Up with the Diablo Valley Quilt Guild

In November 2014, I did a 1-day workshop with a group from the Diablo Vallley Quilt Guild. The workshop was called “All Mixed Up.” I was so impressed by the creativity of this group, especially given the short timeframe. These were all 12” squares. Enjoy!

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Impressions in Fabric at La Conner

It is now getting close to the start of our show, Impressions in Fabric, art quilts by Denise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan. This exhibit will be shown at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum from April 1 – June 28, 2015. The reception has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 1, 2015, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The show consists of 37 quilts inspired by the landscapes of the West from Antelope Valley in California to the Pacific Northwest.

We will also be teaching our technique for these impressionistic landscapes from April 1 – 3, from 10:00am – 3:00pm at a site close to the museum. Registration is handled through the museum’s website at www.laconnerquilts.com.

The museum is located in the Gaches Mansion, which is a 5,000 square foot Tudor-style Victorian located at 703 South 2nd Street, La Conner, Washington. It has been recently restored. Our show will be on the third floor. The hours for the museum are Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm. The phone number 360-466-4288.

I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the reception.

This is one of my quilts that will be in the show. It is called Sunset on the Sound (76″ x 24″).

Sunset on the Sound - Denise Oyama Miller

Landscape Impressions Workshop at Empty Spools Seminars

Retired to the CountryNancy Ryan and I are going to be teaching our fabric impressions technique for Empty Spools Seminars from Friday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The workshop will take place at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. We couldn’t be more honored and delighted. The date for this seminar is coming up soon, so I wanted to make sure that you know about it. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn this fun technique for making impressionistic landscape art quilts in a beautiful setting. To sign up for this workshop, go to www.emptyspoolsseminars.com.

Empty Spools Seminars is an outstanding organization providing excellent workshops at a beautiful ocean-side State Park. If you have never had the privilege of participating in one of these events, this would be a great opportunity for you to come and enjoy the amazing location and learn a new technique. You get instruction from 3-6 hours each day depending on the day, plus you can work later if you want. There are teacher presentations at the evening meetings with a participant show/share/tell to inspire everyone. One night each session, we have a walk-around to see what everyone is doing in the classes. It is so exciting and inspiring to see the quality of the work being done. To top it all off, you get 3 excellent, healthy meals a day, and you don’t have to make your bed!

Here is one of my quilts made in this technique called “Retired to the Country.” I hope you will be able to come and join us in this delightful setting.