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Quilting by the Lake 2014 Classes & Workshops

QBL offers over thirty 2, 3 and 5 day quilting classes & workshops taught by nationally and internationally recognized quilt artists and teachers.  All quilting classes are held on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.

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Important Class & Workshop Information

  • 2-day classes and workshops meet Monday & Tuesday
  • 3-day classes and workshops meet Wednesday - Friday
  • 5-day classes and workshops meet Monday - Friday
  • All classes and workshops meet from 8:30 - 11:30am & 1 - 4pm. 
  • Additional materials fees apply for some classes and workshops and are indicated on the supply list. Supply fee is paid directly to the teacher at QBL.
  • A QBL equipment fee of $5 per session will be included on your final invoice. This fee is applied to the increasing cost of supplying classroom equipment. The QBL equipment fee is in addition to any supply fee that the teacher may require, which is paid directly to the teacher at QBL.
  • All classrooms are air-conditioned.
QBL 2013 Class & Workshop Fees

Regular Classes, Studio w/Teacher
2 days (MT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $240
3 days (WThF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$345
5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $565

10 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1110

Independent Studio Fees
2 days (MT) . . . . . . . . . . . $132
3 days (WThF) .. . . . . . . . $200
5 days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325
10 days . . ... . . . . . . . . .     $625
Session I Classes & Workshops:  July 14-18 Session II Classes & Workshops:  July 21-25

1. Caldwell, D. Human Marks (5 day)

2. Dace, R. Confiedent Color (5 day)

3. Eckmeier, K. Scrappy Log Cabin (2 day)

4. Eckmeier, K. Let's Make Waves!(3 day)

5. Goodwin, V. Complex Composition (5 day)

6. Jarrard-Dimond, T. Line as Language (5 day)

7. Lawler, M. Painting Sky & Water (2 day)

8. Lawler, M. Paints on Fabrics (3 day)

9. Meyer, J. Layers of Lightness (5 day)
10.Naylor, P. Finishing School (2 day)

11. Naylor, P. Wholecloth Heaven (3 day)

12. No Instructor Independent Studio (2 day)

13. No Instructor Independent Studio (3 day)

 

14. Busch, E. Three Painted Quilts (5 day)

15. Caldwell, D. The Expressive Stitch(5 day)

16. Dace, R. Kandinsky (5 day)

17. Goodwin, V. Exploration in Color (5 day)

18. Johnston, A. Layers of Color (5 day)

19. Naylor, P. Studio w/ Teacher (2 day)

20. Naylor, P. Studio w/ Teacher (3 day)

21. Trager, J. Exploring the Surface (2 day)

22. Trager, J. Beyond Crazy (3 day)

23. Wolfe, V. Made Fabric and Template PLAY!(2 days)

24. Wolfe, V. Lamoyne Star through PLAY! (3 day)

25. No Instructor Independent Studio (2 day)

26. No Instructor Independent Studio (3 day)

Session l:  July 14 - 18, 2014

 

1. Human Marks    Wait list Only

    Dorothy Caldwell

    5 days (7/14 - 7/18) – All Levels

                               

The marks we make record time and human energy. Working with paper and cloth this workshop will examine different kinds of marks including stitching, resist and batik, discharge, drawn and painted marks and more nconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that through time and
repetition evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms and participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments applying them to their own materials and imagery.

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2. Confident Color   Rosalie Dace  Waitlist Only

   5 days (7/14 - 7/18) – All Levels

                         

Color is the most striking feature of any quilt, yet so many people are afraid of using it. Students will learn how to use color confidently and sensitively to bring added life back into their quilts. Initial interactive discussion will highlight the color used by selected artists and quilt makers. After looking at and enjoying different combinations, students will experiment with small abstract studies. Techniques will be demonstrated and discussed where needed. We will consider color
combinations, contrasts, moods, value, and intensity; limiting color, unusual juxtapositions and the role of neutrals. The series of small studies will give students ways of sharpening sensitivity.

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3. Scrappy Log Cabin   Karen Eckmeier  Waitlist Only

   2 days (7/14 - 7/15) – All Levels

                                   

This Log Cabin really has an attitude! Create a curvy, scrappy log cabin quilt using Karen’s methods for topstitched seams, curved edges, blocks of different sizes, no measuring, and raw-edge prairie points embellished with beads.

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4. Let's Make Waves!   Karen Eckmeier Waitlist Only

    3 days (7/16 - 7/18) – All Levels

                                         

Inspired by the textures, lines and colors found in nature, Karen shares her love of curved piecing and collage, and her layering and topstitching technique. Wild curves and dramatic angles may look difficult to do, but the process is really easy and relaxing.

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5. Complex Composition     Valerie Goodwin Limited Space

    5 days (7/14 - 7/18) – All Levels

                                           

Cross fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches our work. This workshop will focus on using basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex compositions from this inventive perspective using the principles of scale, merging, layering and overlapping, ranking, and framing. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place.

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6. Line as Language    Terry Jarrard-Dimond

    5 days (7/14 - 7/18) – Beginners-Intermediate 

                            

The focus of this workshop is on the study and application of one of the basic elements of design—LINE. Dramatic or understated, frantic or languid, LINE can be the focus of a composition or a solid supporting player. Learn how to incorporate line to tell your story using machine piecing and appliqué. Work directly with fabric as well as create studies in cut and painted paper to be finalized in fabric. Work in black & white as well as color. Group and individual discussion will be an important part of this class. Design is the foundation for great work. I embrace creativity and work from a base of encouragement for all students.

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7. Painting Sky & Water Fabrics   Mickey Lawler Wait List Only

    2 days (7/14 - 7/15) – All Levels  

                                              

In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, students will spend the day painting skies and waters: blue summer skies, sunsets, oceans, waterfalls etc. Become familiar with non-toxic transparent permanent textile paints, while mixing, and applying the paints to cotton fabric for use in quilts. Students generally complete about 3-5 yards of fabric. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric. Moderate physical activity (standing, walking) is involved.

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8. Paints on Fabrics    Mickey Lawler

3 days (7/16 - 7/18) – All Levels  

                                               

Students will spend approximately two and a half days becoming familiar with the properties of non-toxic, water-based transparent fabric paints and applying paints to fabric using a variety of implements, color mixing, and creating the effects of nature for use in quilts. Landscape components and individual landscape paintings will be created. On the third day, other innovative techniques such as combining opaque and transparent paints, painting with air-brush inks, overlays, monoprinting, etc. are introduced. Students generally complete 10 -15 yards of fabric depending on weather for drying. The designs are a combination of planning and serendipity and provide a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric. Moderate physical activity (standing, walking) is involved.

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9. Layers of Lightness: Painting, Designing, and Constructing with Translucent Fabric    Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer Limited Space

    5 days (7/14 - 7/18) – All Levels

                                          

Discover the design and color world which opens up while composing quilts or fabric collages with layers of luscious silk organza and crisp cotton organdy. We will begin by producing a gem-like palette of translucent fabric with water-based paints and then proceed to the design wall, where new colors and shapes will emerge as the translucent fabrics are layered. We will also produce a technique sampler notebook as we experiment with traditional Korean pojagi, tucks, and other machine and hand-sewn seams to explore the design possibilities different finished edges provide. Design options will expand with discussions of ways to incorporate surface stitchery, printed imagery, and opaque fabrics into your fabric compositions.

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10. Finishing Techniques    Philippa Naylor

      2 days (7/14 - 7/15) – All Levels

                                        

Learn award winning techniques to get the best possible finish to the edges of your quilts. In this practical workshop a variety of samples are made. These include beautiful mitered borders, contrasting fabric covered piping, the neatest double folded binding, how to make a hanging sleeve and so much more!

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11. Wholecloth Heaven   Philippa Naylor

      3 days (7/16 - 7/18) – All Levels

                                                 

An opportunity to begin a small wholecloth quilt in which stitch and a single piece of fabric tell the entire story. This story will be as individual as each student and will range from traditional to contemporary, and from controlled precision to free spirited and experimental. We begin by discussing materials, suitable fabrics, battings and how different threads might be employed. A range of samples (free-motion and with the feed dogs raised) will be stitched to build up a reference of ideas for the wholecloth work, to see how the threads perform and what effects
can be created. Trapunto (stuffed quilting) and corded trapunto will be investigated, both excellent methods of adding sculptural dimension to the work. After examining trapunto we will look at machine embroidery and see how free-motion and preprogrammed stitches might be added to the quilt top before layering it with the batting and backing fabric.

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12. Independent Studio    No Instructor

     2 days (7/14 - 7/15)– All levels

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Not suitable for dyeing.

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13. Independent Studio    No Instructor

     3 days (7/16 - 7/18) – All levels

A classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Not suitable for dyeing.

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Session lI:  July 21 - 25, 2014
 

14. Three Painted Quilts: All About You!   Elizabeth Busch

5 days (7/21 - 7/25) - All Levels

                                    

In this workshop, we will paint, play and sew, exploring how to create small works with big vision. We will discuss and do exercises with line, shape, and color that reveal universal feelings. We will learn how to use these elements to create 3 small (15”x15”or so ) quilt tops. Because I usually work quite large, making small pieces is a wonderful challenge, especially if I am “stuck” with what to do next. We will explore how we find inspiration, what triggers the need to make work, and how we get ‘unstuck.’ It is from this point that we will create the ‘fabric’ to use for your work.

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15. The Expressive Stitch    Dorothy Caldwell  Limited Space

      5 days (7/21 - 7/25) – All Levels

                                         

This workshop will examine “the stitch” and the different ways that it can become an expressive mark. Using the traditions of Indian Kantha Embroidery, participants will be lead through a series of exercises that will juxtapose the traditional and contemporary use of the stitch. Kantha Embroidered quilts utilize the running stitch to form patterns and narrative imagery reflecting the lives and experiences of the makers. Digital presentations and actual examples will be used to bring
this rich art form to life. Using the traditional as a starting point, participants will move towards more experimental stitching and building a personal vocabulary of mark making.

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16.  Kandinsky  Rosalie Dace Wait list Only

       5 days (7/21 - 7/25) – Intermediate/Advanced

                                         

If Kandinsky had made quilts they would have been singing magic! Discover that magic and feel the color and line in Kandinsky’s work as you heighten the sensitivity of your new quilts. In studying the work of this influential painter’s extraordinary lyrical abstract compositions, discover how you can learn from his use of abstract shapes, symbolic glowing color and expressive lines. Learn how
you can layer colors, vary your lines and make your backgrounds work in original meaningful compositions. You may piece, fuse, appliqué and stitch, but be warned: your quilts may never be the same again!

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17. Explorations in Color Using the Seven Principles of Design  

Valerie Goodwin

      5 days (7/21 - 7/25) – All levels

                    

Begin 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. You will create paper collage compositions through a series of quick “hand-on” exercises and subsequently make fabric constructions. The goal of this class is to allow you to
create small, spontaneous fabric collages that can become the basis for final small quilted pieces. You will develop collages using freehand scissor cutting, layering of varied fabrics, and other techniques to create an interesting work of art.

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18. Layers of Color with Procion MX Dyes     Ann Johnston Wait List Only

      5 days (7/21 - 7/25) – All levels

                       

                                                                                    photography credit to Bill Bachhuber

This class concentrates on the variables possible when fabric is dyed in layers, both wet and dry surfaces and thick and thin colors. Students will try all the possibilities and learn how to decide which approach to take and which recipe to use to get their desired results. Each piece of fabric will be dyed at least several times. As many surface application techniques as possible will be demonstrated, but participants will chose their own focus, design, and color combinations.

Class Supply Fee: $70

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19. Studio with Teacher   Philippa Naylor

      2 days (7/21-7/22) – All Levels  

                          

Philippa loves a creative challenge, whether of a design or technical nature, so come with a pile of fabric and an idea, a half completed quilt, a garment pattern you want to perfect or just about anything quilt, clothing or textile related. Work on your own project with a teacher on hand to assist. Each day there will be an optional, informal talk and demonstration on a variety of topics such as ‘making exhibition quilts’ and ‘free-motion machine quilting techniques.’ The amount of
guidance and social interaction is as much or as little as you wish. A wonderful opportunity to work in a productive but stress-free environment and to realize creative possibilities you had not imagined!

 

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20. Studio with Teacher   Philippa Naylor

      3 days (7/23-7/25) – All Levels  

See above description.

 

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21. Exploring the Surface: An Integrated Approach  -Closed   Judith Trager

      2 days (7/21- 7/22) – All Levels

                                 

This workshop will focus on simple but seemingly complex techniques--painting, free-motion machine embroidery, layering, and appliqué, and show you how to integrate these techniques with pieced work to create quilts and clothing which can be interesting and powerful.

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22. Beyond Crazy:
Contemporary Crazy Quilt Technique as Background
- Closed
 
Judith Trager

      3 days (7/23 - 7/25) – All Levels

                     

This workshop will focus on simple but seemingly complex techniques--painting, stamping, silk screening, mono printing, layering, and appliqué, and show you how to integrate these techniques with pieced work to create quilts and clothing which can be interesting and powerful. Works well with the 2 day Exploring the Surface class.

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23. Made Fabric & Template PLAY!    Victoria Findlay Wolfe

      2 days (7/21 - 7/22) – Beginners-Intermediate

                                     

Explore new improvisational ways to use your scraps 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques for playing with your scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when they’re
constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY! Bring LOADS of scraps, templates and extra fabrics for setting options. MORE is better!

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24. Lemoyne Star Through PLAY!    Victoria Findlay Wolfe

      3 days (7/23 - 7/25) – Beginners-Intermediate

                                           

Learn a clever, quick, and very easy way to piece a very difficult “looking” Lemoyne star by just using 6.5” squares. Cut, splice, adapt, and play until you’ve made your own exciting design! Learn those Y seams, build your decision making skills and have fun opening up a greater palette of techniques for your quilters tool box. Bring a wide range of fabrics for maximum design potential. Lights to darks, and contrast are very good options. As many setting options as you can bring, the better, rulers, templates and all your basic sewing supplies as well.

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25. Independent Studio    No Instructor

     2 days (7/21 - 7/22)– All levels

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Not suitable for dyeing.

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26. Independent Studio    No Instructor

     3 days (7/23 - 7/25)– All levels

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Not suitable for dyeing.

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