QBL

THE SCHWEINFURTH
ART CENTER

Quilting by the Lake 2020 Classes & Workshops

QBL offers more than twenty 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.

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.
  • All classrooms are air-conditioned.

Session I

1. Line Dance (Int)
    Rosalie Dace
    Monday- Friday, July 20-24, 2020
2. Finding the Flow: Working Toward a Series (All)
    Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer
    Monday-Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
3. Studio: Create at Your Own Pace (Adv)
    Valerie Goodwin
    Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
4. Matisse as Muse (All)
    Kerr Grabowski
    Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
5. Unexpected Inspiration, Extraordinary Surfaces (All)
    Leisa Rich
    Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
6. Shape Shifting (Int)
    Jane Sassaman
    Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
7. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday-Tuesday, July 20 & 21, 2020
8. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Wednesday-Friday, July 22 - 24, 2020

Session II

9. Looking In and Looking Out (Int)
    Rosalie Dace
    Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
10. Two Colors Mostly (All)
    Joe Cunningham
    Monday - Tuesday July 27-28, 2020
11. My Three Favorite Techniques (All)
    Joe Cunningham
    Wednesday-Friday, July 29 - 31, 2020
12. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-motion Quilting (All)
    Paula Kovarik
    Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
13. Art Quilt Design Intensive (All)
    Denise Labadie
    Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
14. Wrappings with Blessings I (All)
    Wonju Seo
    Monday-Tuesday, July 27 - 28, 2020
15. Wrapping with Blessing II (Int)
    Wonju Seo
    Wednesday-Friday, July 29 - 31, 2020
16. Dyeing to Stitch (All)
    Carol Soderlund
    Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
17. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday - Tuesday, July 27 - 28, 2020
18. Independent Studio ()
    No Instructor
    Wednesday- Friday July 29 - 31, 2020

1. Line Dance 

Instructor: Rosalie Dace

 Have fun playing with line and learn how to make it work for your quilts. Add movement, texture, and vitality as you discover a variety of lines from smooth and graceful to sharp and crisp, and a whole lot in between. This is a hands-on class where we will learn the secrets of embroidery, trapunto, piping, couching, and quilting in numerous ways, both by hand and machine to give your quilts that extra dimension. Class participants will make a wall quilt incorporating exciting ways in which they can use line. Slides and numerous inspirational examples shown in class will see you line dancing forever!

Dates: Monday- Friday, July 20-24, 2020
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Line Dance supplies and descriptions.pdf


2. Finding the Flow: Working Toward a Series  

Instructor: Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer

Whether you are a traditional quilter or a contemporary quilter who has never employed a historic quilt pattern in your fiber work, there is a joyful flow that happens when you allow one visual idea to seed another and grow into a series of related images. We'll begin with a no-sew guided series of small-scale pieces that will reveal how composition, color choices, and quilting lines can intensify, clarify, or abstract an image. By paying attention to how we work and what we are drawn to, we'll use the information, ideas, and inspiration from this assigned series to begin your next, more personal one. You'll leave with a small quilt top in your new series and confidence in how one idea leads to another.

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Finding the Flow QBL supply list.pdf


3. Studio: Create at Your Own Pace 

Instructor: Valerie Goodwin

 If you have projects or UFOs to complete or want to do a deeper dive into your work, this workshop will be the perfect place for you! Those who feel the urge to try something new or just have a fun and relaxing time will feel at home with this Studio workshop. The instructor will provide individual attention when you hit a roadblock or just want feedback on your design. Students have the option of contacting me ahead of time to discuss what they will be working on so I can be prepared to help during class. Each day, I will offer quick fire design exercises, critique sessions, or short Power Point talks; participation is optional. Most importantly, we can share knowledge and ideas with each other, and provide support and suggestions. We will fellowship, make, and create!

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
Levels: Advanced
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List:


4. Matisse as Muse 

Instructor: Kerr Grabowski

Matisse is our muse and starting off point in this intense workshop. After deconstructing Matisse, use your imagery to explore deconstructed screen-printing, charcoal, pastels, water-soluble media, and textile paint. Learn how to make fugitive materials, such as charcoal and pastels, permanent  even washable  on fabric and how to combine them with dye printed fabrics. We will cover so much in our five days that students should plan to be completely but happily exhausted and full of new ideas at the end. Students will also have time to work on their own designs!

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Kerr_Matisse2020_Materials.pdf


5. Unexpected Inspiration, Extraordinary Surfaces 

Instructor: Leisa Rich

 Leisa Rich pushes the boundaries of art and craft. She uses typical materials and techniques in unusual ways, and new materials and techniques in ways for which they were not intended. This 5-day workshop will kick off with a Creative Impetus exercise developed by Leisa that asks, what is your artistic genealogy, and how can you use it to develop a more personal story that can be reflected in your creative work? Interesting exercises -- on your own and in small groups -- will get you thinking and creative juices flowing! During days 2-5, students will explore several substrates that they will incorporate with works in progress that they will bring to the workshop: nail polish, non-toxic paintable dyes, and recycled elements. Materials including Fosshape® (instructor will provide), plastics, netting, vintage materials, etc., will provide bases on which to employ techniques such as free motion machine embroidery, heat transfers, heat embossing, and more. The goal is for students to build up texture, surface, and color in ways not tried before, and transform them into surfaces that draw viewers in for a closer look. Whether you have creative block, have been too scattered, or know exactly what you are doing but are ready for more, this will be a super dynamic, fun and informative class. Be fearless! $20 supply fee.

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Supply list Unexpected Surfaces.pdf


6. Shape Shifting 

Instructor: Jane Sassaman

We all have innate preferences for certain colors, shapes, and proportions, as well as natural attractions to certain symbols, images, and icons. In this class, we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. For example, you may be drawn to Buddhist mandalas or Mexican milagros. You may be attracted to the design of an Inuit mask, the pattern from an Art Nouveau vase, or the shape of an Egyptian chair. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes, and images that they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. By lifting an image from one time and place to another, the student will begin to exercise the power to recognize their personal touch stones to imagination. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills. Students should have a desire to develop their own design language and unique visual symbols, plus an interest in the history of decorative design.

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 2020
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Shape Shifting supply list.pdf


7. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, July 20 & 21, 2020
Levels: All
Tuition: $160
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time5.pdf


8. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Wednesday-Friday, July 22 - 24, 2020
Levels: All
Tuition: $240
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time6.pdf


9. Looking In and Looking Out 

Instructor: Rosalie Dace

Explore the exciting possibilities of windows and doors as you design and let the light into your quilt! Do what other artists have done over the centuries and use windows and doors to open your eyes to another view. Using these shapes and the spaces they define, discover the vitality of positive and negative design and simple geometric forms to create your own unique quilt based on the openings and closings in the buildings and structures around us. Demonstrations and examples will include ways to refine construction techniques. Discussions and visual information will enrich our potential for understanding the fascination we have with looking in and looking out.

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: LOOKING IN LOOKING OUT supplies.pdf


10. Two Colors Mostly 

Instructor: Joe Cunningham

 Sometimes the simplest way to work is the most powerful. Joe has made many quilts with a two-color approach, sometimes by being strict about it and sometimes by using mostly two colors with a few accents here and there. This class will be organized around an exercise that he has developed to create large scale and powerful designs. Solid black and white are recommended but any strongly contrasting pair of fabrics will work. Students should leave the class with a mostly complete quilt top.

Dates: Monday - Tuesday July 27-28, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $290
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Two Colors Mostly supply list.pdf


11. My Three Favorite Techniques  

Instructor: Joe Cunningham

 Three techniques I use all the time to make work that is wildly original and different each quilt are: free piecing, triangular units, and appliquéing bias tape. In this three-day class, we will work on one of these each day and explore how you can use these techniques to make wholly original quilts of your own. Using the arc of the class to demonstrate my own approach to designing and making quilts, I will make sure you leave the class with a new way of thinking and a new tool set for your work.

Dates: Wednesday-Friday, July 29 - 31, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $410
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: My Three Favorite Techniques.pdf


12. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free-motion Quilting 

Instructor: Paula Kovarik

Loosen up and explore new territory with line and stitch in this free-motion quilting workshop. Students will learn to focus on the character of line and personal symbols through simple drawing and observation exercises. You will translate line to thread, develop techniques to accept the imperfect, accelerate ideas, and stitch from the imagination. Student exercises provide new tools for seeing, interpreting, and completing concept-driven work. With a focus on generating ideas through research and observation, you will build your stitching vocabulary and trust the thread to tell your story. Open to all skill levels; free-motion quilting experience a plus.
 
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Paul Kovarik Follow the thread supply list.pdf


13. Art Quilt Design Intensive 

Instructor: Denise Labadie

 Denise's Art Quilt Design Intensive workshop focuses on quilt composition, fabric painting, quilt top texturing, working from photos, and the comparative effects, benefits, and use basically, the what, why, when, and how of alternative quilt top construction and finishing techniques. The first two days are dedicated to fabric painting: how best to mix, use, and layer paint; how to create and use various resists; how to cause and control layer-by-layer differential paint absorption, diffusion, blending, patterning and mottling; and the effects of alternative fabrics. The following three days will focus on quilt top construction techniques and best practices re: turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, reverse appliqué, insetting, free-form strip piecing, couching, thread shadowing (similar to thread painting), and quilt finishing.

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: ArtQuiltDesignIntensiveSupplyList.pdf


14. Wrappings with Blessings I 

Instructor: Wonju Seo

 Pojagi is a centuries-old traditional Korean wrapping cloth typically square in shape, and made out of Korean natural fabrics, such as silk, hemp, cotton, and ramie. They were created for wrapping, carrying, and storing objects, from prestigious items to objects of everyday life. There are many different names of pojagi depending on their functions, design, and materials. One of the most popular pojagis is patchwork wrapping cloth called Chogakbo, which shows beautiful tiny stitches that connect all-natural fabric scraps in various colors. During this two-day workshop, students will create two Gub-bos (double layer Pojagi) which can either be a wrapping cloth for items or displayed as a wall hanging textile art. Students will learn basic hand sewing and bat knot techniques to create their own pojagi pieces using various colors of Korean silk and colored silk thread.

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, July 27 - 28, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $290
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Wonju Seo-Wrapping with Blessings I .pdf


15. Wrapping with Blessing II 

Instructor: Wonju Seo

 Pojagi is a centuries-old traditional Korean wrapping cloth typically square in shape, and made out of Korean natural fabrics, such as silk, hemp, cotton, and ramie. They were created for wrapping, carrying, and storing objects, from prestigious items to objects of everyday life. There are many different names of pojagi depending on their functions, design, and materials. One of the most popular pojagis is patchwork wrapping cloth called Chogakbo, which shows beautiful tiny stitches that connect all-natural fabric scraps in various colors. During this three-day workshop, students will learn two hand sewing techniques, Gamchijil (whip stitches) and Ssam-sol (filet stitches), to create a Hot-bo (single layer Pojagi) that can be displayed as art or used as a decorative accent item, such as a window screen or table runner. Students will make their own patterns after observing images of the antique pojagi and explore Korean summer fabrics to create their unique textile art.

Dates: Wednesday-Friday, July 29 - 31, 2020
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $410
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Wonju Seo-Wrapping with Blessings II .pdf


16. Dyeing to Stitch 

Instructor: Carol Soderlund

 Inspired by Japanese Boro traditions, we will layer white cottons, silks, and linens, either new or thrifted. Then the patched textile collage will be colored watercolor-style with dyes as a blending device, becoming the base for improvisational stitching using a variety of threads, including some we have dyed ourselves. We will explore other simple mark-making techniques to add complex visual interactions, including the use of opaque paints and markers. Come enjoy spontaneity with stitch and dye!

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2020
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $630
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Soderlund-DyeingToStitchSupplies.pdf


17. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 27 - 28, 2020
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $160
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List:


18. Independent Studio 

Instructor:

 A shared classroom space is provided for the independent studio. Participants work on individual quilting projects. Tables, design walls, ironing boards and irons are provided. Not suitable for dyeing.

Dates: Wednesday- Friday July 29 - 31, 2020
Levels:
Tuition: $240
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: