QBL

THE SCHWEINFURTH
ART CENTER

Quilting by the Lake 2017 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. Reinventing (All)
    ELIZABETH BUSCH
    Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
2. Embroidery, Embellishment & Enrichment (All)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
3. Into the Woods (All)
    KATHY DOUGHTY
    Monday - Tuesday, July 17 - 18, 2017
4. Modern Wedge (All)
    KATHY DOUGHTY
    Wednesday - Friday, July 19 - 21, 2017
5. ABC's of Composition (Int)
    CYNTHIA CORBIN
    Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
6. Color: A Practical Approach (All)
    DAVID HORNUNG
    Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
7. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Free Motion Quilting (All)
    PAULA KOVARIK
    Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
8. Abstraction through Color, Pattern & Repetition (All)
    MARIA SHELL
    Monday - Tuesday, July 17 - 18, 2017
9. Making Prints Out of Solids (All)
    MARIA SHELL
    Wednesday - Friday, July 19 - 21, 2017
10. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday-Tuesday, July 17 - 18, 2017
11. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Wednesday-Friday, July 19 - 21, 2017

Session II

12. Surface Textures with Thread Work (Beg)
    NANCY BALES
    Monday-Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
13. Creative Machine Quilting: Enhancing the Surface (All)
    NANCY BALES
    Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
14. Studio with Teacher (All)
    CYNTHIA CORBIN
    Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
15. Positively Line & Shape (All)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
16. One Theme, Many Possibilities (All)
    KERR GRABOWSKI
    Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
17. Improvisational Strip Piecing (All)
    KATHLEEN LOOMIS
    Monday-Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
18. Fine Line Piecing (Int)
    KATHLEEN LOOMIS
    Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
19. Holographic Memories & Thermal Facts (All)
    WEN REDMOND
    Monday - Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
20. Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media (All)
    WEN REDMOND
    Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
21. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday - Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
22. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    July 26 - 28, 2017

1. Reinventing 

Instructor: ELIZABETH BUSCH

Are you a risk taker? Do you have a quilt top or whole quilt that is not ‘quite right’ but has a spark of hope within its surface? Are you ready to do some ‘major surgery’ to revive this piece with such potential? Then this is the workshop for you! Bring those tops or even finished quilts and get ready to boldly liberate them. Participants will cut up, paint and draw on, add to and transform these pieces into dazzling new work. We will experiment with chalk pastels and painting with textile paints to create “links” for the cut up work. You may add new batting to the “links,” finish off the backs and be well on the way to having one or several new pieces from one that didn’t work. It is VERY exciting to cut up that old work and see the transformation—in self as well as in the quilt. I will bring one of my own ‘needs help’ pieces on which to do some major ‘surgery,’ and walk you through the whole process!

Closed. 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
Levels: All
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Busch Reinventing Supply List.pdf


2. Embroidery, Embellishment & Enrichment 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

For hundreds of years people have felt compelled to decorate their bodies, clothing, homes and surroundings. In this class, you will explore this long-held tradition by beautifying your work with embroidery and embellishment. Students will embellish a small quilt top by hand and/or by machine with instruction provided in both hand and machine embroidery and embellishment. You will add personal touches in thread, beads, buttons, sequins and other exciting finishes as you learn how quilt makers and other textile artists have dealt with this almost-irresistible desire to decorate (and the difficulties in knowing when to stop).

 Only 2 spaces left! 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Dace Embroidery E & E Supply List1.pdf


3. Into the Woods 

Instructor: KATHY DOUGHTY

Mixing quilt elements is all about using different skills to make one project. Explore your own imagination! The fun of this quilt is the multi-layered technique process of liberated piecing as well as a quilt-as-you-go method, raw-edge appliqué and, well, just a bit of fun. We will spend some time making our characters. Funky hats and lively outfits are the required dress code for the day for this trip into the woods...they can be girls or boys, woodland fairies or business men…any idea can be explored here. Learn how to piece the sections of the quilt with a quilt-as-you-go method. Then…when the scene is set we will decorate the tree tops with leaves, birds and more with any method of appliqué you prefer from raw edge to needle turn. Gather scraps and fun fabrics for this excursion.

 

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 17 - 18, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $265
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Doughty Into the Woods Supply list1.pdf


4. Modern Wedge 

Instructor: KATHY DOUGHTY

The possibilities for fun with a wedge are endless! All you need is a wedge ruler, a stack of fabrics that inspire you to action and a desire to do your own thing! In this class we will consider color and fabric designs with a view to expand your comfort zone. And then we will start cutting! Our goal will be a simple shape and sewing technique to create interesting and dynamic combinations. You can use a pattern from any of my books: Mixing Quilt Elements, Adding Layers or Making Quilts or design your own quilt using techniques discussed in class. Traditional, contemporary, modern or art quilters…all intentions are welcome here as we relax into make mode. Come with an idea or find a new one—either way works!

 Class Full. Waitlist Only. 

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 19 - 21, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $380
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Doughty Modern Wedge Supply List1.pdf


5. ABC's of Composition 

Instructor: CYNTHIA CORBIN

Think about the letters of the alphabet as simple shapes. Whether strung together as words or viewed as a simple series of symbols, letters are fascinating abstract structures that also pull in another layer of meaning. This class is based on my own Text Series work. Utilizing the “black fabric sketch“ method of visualizing a composition, students will develop a series of pieces based on a single word or series of letters—sometimes readable, sometimes not. I provide a starting place, guidance, and encouragement, and each student takes it from there—giving voice to their own point of view.

Class Full WAITLIST ONLY! 

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
Levels: Intermediate-Advanced
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Corbin ABCs of Composition Supply List.pdf


6. Color: A Practical Approach 

Instructor: DAVID HORNUNG

Come explore color! Based on David Hornung’s book, Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers, this class is designed to help students explore fundamental color theory. You will apply what you learn to a series of small painted paper collages culminating in “free studies” where each student gets the opportunity to experiment in ways that relate to their personal art or design inclinations. This course accommodates students at all levels and requires no painting experience. Color: A Practical Approach is an intensive version of the curriculum David developed while teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design.

CLASS FULL, WAITLIST ONLY!

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Hornung Color Supply List1.pdf


7. 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 is a plus.

 Closed. 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Kovarik Follow the Thread Supply List1.pdf


8. Abstraction through Color, Pattern & Repetition 

Instructor: MARIA SHELL

Working from a personal source of inspiration found in nature or place, students will learn the basics of creating improvisation-ally pieced abstract work. Students will learn about palette building (color theory) as well as how to create abstract pieced images.

 

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 17 - 18, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $265
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Shell Abstraction of Place Supply List.pdf


9. Making Prints Out of Solids 

Instructor: MARIA SHELL

Using solid colored quilter’s cottons, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, chevrons, polka dots, circles, and curves. While learning these new techniques students will also be given information about picking color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts. You will also experiment with cutting without a ruler as well as exploring ways to use your ruler that give the illusion of free form cut fabric. While this is a technique-based workshop, we will also discuss how to take these techniques and create final compositions.

 

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 19 - 21, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $380
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Shell Making Prints out of Solids Supply List.pdf


10. 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 17 - 18, 2017
Levels: All
Tuition: $148
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time5.pdf


11. 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 19 - 21, 2017
Levels: All
Tuition: $221
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time6.pdf


12. Surface Textures with Thread Work 

Instructor: NANCY BALES

So many threads, so little time! In this class, students will explore the nearly endless possibilities of working with the many types of thread available in today’s market. You will learn how to both embellish the surface of your quilt or garment and how to create thread “works of art.” Instructor Nancy Bales will guide you through free motion thread painting and sketching, thread lace, cut work, open work, bobbin work, couching, as well as many specialty stitches.

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
Levels: Beginner-Intermediate
Tuition: $265
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Bales Thread Work Class Supply List.pdf


13. Creative Machine Quilting: Enhancing the Surface  

Instructor: NANCY BALES

Now that you have spent hours designing and sewing the surface of your quilt, it is time to actually quilt it! In this technique class, you will learn and practice new ways to complement and enhance the surface of your quilt as you add the next design elements with machine quilting. You will explore enhancing your pieced or appliqué design with the quilting line, working with negative space, quilting with regular and decorative threads, trapunto and marking your surface. We will be experimenting with various needles and learning how to control the thread and bobbin tensions to get the best results. Also included will be finishing techniques such as facings, bindings, pocket for hanging and pressing.

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $380
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Bales Machine Quilting Supply List.pdf


14. Studio with Teacher 

Instructor: CYNTHIA CORBIN

Whether you have the hint of an idea brewing or a full on series in progress, this is your time to focus on your own work. This class is designed for those students ready for challenging, independent and focused study, as well as problem solving critiques. The framework of the class provides time to work intensively, as well as time for in-depth and individual discussion about your work, your direction, and your creative process. I believe in exploration, experimentation, and practice, practice, practice. (You could also say process, process, process!) Sewing Machine: optional but recommended.

 Class Full! Waitlist Only

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Corbin Independent Studio Supply List.pdf


15. Positively Line & Shape 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

If your quilts need that extra lift to add sophistication and elegance, this is the class for you! Give your quilts new energy and strength by focusing on the shape and line that are so vital to the design of a successful quilt. In this class you will make a quilt top using pieced, appliquéd or fused shapes with added linear detail worked by machine, or hand, or both. You will have the opportunity to discover the huge variety of shapes and silhouettes from geometric to organic, and how to make a strong design by varying the scale and space around your shapes. You will also explore how to change your designs and see the magic that overlap, repetition and pattern can bring and how to then enrich your work with line. You can appliqué, fuse and stitch defined edges, subtle edges, fuzzy edges, flowing, or geometric lines, adding enormous sophistication, interest and excitement to your work. You will never be satisfied with boring quilts again!

Class FULL. Waitlist only. 

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Dace Positively Line and Shape Supply List.pdf


16. One Theme, Many Possibilities 

Instructor: KERR GRABOWSKI

Work with one motif/idea and discover a multitude of possibilities. Pare down images and reveal their bones. Simplify and think out of the box. Focus on personal expression and mark making; be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique-based forms of expression. Media will include (but is not limited to) charcoal, fiber reactive dyes, water-soluble media, pastel pencil and textile paint. Techniques covered will include basic screen printing using various removable and permanent stencils, deconstructed screen printing, monoprinting, stitching, fusing, collage and more!

Class Full. Waitlist Only. 

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 24 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $596
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Grabowski Supply List.pdf


17. Improvisational Strip Piecing  

Instructor: KATHLEEN LOOMIS

Students will first make several “striped” panels from different solid color fabrics, then slice and reassemble them to make a quilt. Learn the proper sewing and pressing techniques for perfectly flat pieced quilts and refine your color sense by choosing harmonious new fabrics to add to the ones you’ve brought. Student will practice improvisational composition and design—working with no sketches or patterns.

 

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $265
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Loomis Improvisational Strip Piecing Supply List.pdf


18. Fine Line Piecing 

Instructor: KATHLEEN LOOMIS

Come explore different kinds of very thin lines (straight, curved, swoopy, etc.) and learn how to sew them. Experiment with using lines to “draw” shapes and designs, using lines to fracture the surface, and juxtaposing different densities of lines. After you find your favorite style of line work, you’ll make an original composition. Studio sessions will also involve group discussion and critiques.

 

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
Levels: Intermediate-Advanced
Tuition: $380
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Loomis Fine Line Piecing Supply List.pdf


19. Holographic Memories & Thermal Facts 

Instructor: WEN REDMOND

Capture your loved ones or favorite subjects in life like imagery using Wen’s innovative digital fiber technique with Thermal Fax screen-printing highlights! Easy and so exciting! Create your own painted fabrics for the frame and highlight with your personal thermal fax silk screens. We will create a 5”x7” picture on 12”x14” bars and learn how to mount your new work of art. Some pre-workshop image preparation is required.

 

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $265
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: 2 day scheudle & supply Holo Mem & More list.pdf


20. Digital Explorations in Fiber & Mixed Media 

Instructor: WEN REDMOND

Expand your vision of a digital print with inkjet printing on fiber and mixed media substrates. The types of substrates that can be created are nearly limitless. Explore the possibilities! This workshop is based on Wen’s new book which due out in early 2017 from CT Publishing. A general knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or a similar editing program is advantageous but not necessary. Bringing a printer may be helpful. This workshop focuses on experimentation and construction.

 

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 26 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $380
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Redmond Digital Explorations Supply List2.pdf


21. 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 24 - 25, 2017
Levels: All
Tuition: $148
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List:


22. 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: July 26 - 28, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $221
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: