QBL

THE SCHWEINFURTH
ART CENTER

Quilting by the Lake 2018 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. Origins (All)
    JOE CUNNINGHAM
    Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
2. Matisse Magic (All)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
3. Create Landscape Textures with Dye (All)
    ANN JOHNSTON
    Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 20, 2018
4. Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique (All)
    SUE NICKELS
    Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 27, 2018
5. Machine Quilting on the Home Machine (All)
    SUE NICKELS
    Wednesday - Friday, July 18 - 20, 2018
6. Abstracting from Nature (All)
    JANE SASSAMAN
    Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
7. Artistry through Applique: Animal Portraits (Int)
    DAVID TAYLOR
    Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
8. Get Your Curve On: Improv Intensive (All)
    SHERRI LYNN WOOD
    Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 20, 2018
9. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday-Tuesday, July 16 - 17, 2018
10. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Wednesday-Friday, July 18 - 20, 2018

Session II

11. Vive La Difference: Contrast in Composition (All)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Monday - Tuesday July 23- 24, 2018
12. Confident Color for Quilters (All)
    ROSALIE DACE
    Wednesday- Friday , July 25 - 27, 2018
13. Map Play (All)
    VALERIE GOODWIN
    Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
14. Paints on Fabric (All)
    MICKEY LAWLER
    Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
15. Whole Cloth Heaven (All)
    PHILIPPA NAYLOR
    Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2017
16. The Artful Log Cabin (All)
    KATIE PASQUINI MASOPUST
    Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
17. Sheer Play (All)
    JEANNETTE DENICOLIS MEYER
    Monday- Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
18. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Monday - Tuesday, July 23 - 24, 2018
19. Independent Studio (All)
    No Instructor
    Wednesday- Friday July 25 - 27, 2018

1. Origins 

Instructor: JOE CUNNINGHAM

Origins is a class that will explore one of my techniques for starting a quilt and giving it a theme. In the class students will learn some of my free-piecing techniques, my strategies for using bias tape, and my ways of starting and finishing quilts. The essence of the class will be in detailed explanations of my artistic approach and directions in finding/refining your own. In the class we will spend one day doing exercises to learn my techniques, one day to explore the ways to use vintage quilt ideas, and the rest of the time for each student to work on a single project with plenty of guidance and help from me. 
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: All
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Supply List for Origins.pdf


2. Matisse Magic 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

Bring the magic of French painter Henri Matisse into your quilts as you work with large areas of joyful color and sensuous line. After discovering the variety of this celebrated artist's work, students will make a few paper cut-outs before starting a large color-filled composition. Emphasis will be on the use of large areas of pure color, curvilinear line, pattern and clear shapes, all exciting ideas to piece, appliqué or fuse in fabric. This is an ideal approach to simplifying design as well as responding to color, line and shape.

 

"What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity, devoid of all troubling subject matter..."  Henri Matisse.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Matisse Magic.pdf


3. Create Landscape Textures with Dye 

Instructor: ANN JOHNSTON

After a brief overview of the essentials of using Procion dyes, Ann will focus on how to use them for painting and printing landscape related textures and color fields. She will address how to mix complex colors in subtle gradations, demonstrate approaches to color blending directly on the fabric, and encourage working in layers to take advantage of the transparency of dye. Examples may include sky, stone, wood, water, and other typical patterns we can see. Participants will be able to practice using techniques Ann demonstrates, using thin and thickened dyes with various tools to make their own unique patterns on fabric, based on their own interests. They will be encouraged to develop techniques of their own. Ann will demonstrate the use of corn and potato dextrin resists, and depending on the weather and classroom conditions, participants may use them for some of their own designs. The resulting fabric has the original hand of the cloth and is highly light- and wash-fast.
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: AnnJohnstonCreate LandscapeTextures INFO.pdf


4. Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique 

Instructor: SUE NICKELS

Learn stitched raw edge machine appliqué in this informative 2 day workshop. A small amount of fusible is used to seal the edge yet leaves the block soft. The machine blanket stitching makes this project secure for washing. Students will begin with a simple flower block to learn this great technique. Explore the details of inside and outside points, curves, circles and a great bias stem option. Next, students will choose to work on additional small appliqué blocks or a larger floral bouquet block. Sue’s original appliqué designs are perfect for any level student. Feel confidant to work on any appliqué pattern after taking this class! Pattern and fusible fee: $20.00
Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $270
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Class Description and supply list Applique 2 day.pdf


5. Machine Quilting on the Home Machine 

Instructor: SUE NICKELS

 

 

Learn to machine quilt successfully on the home sewing machine in this informative 3 day workshop. Learn the skills needed to have the confidence to quilt your quilt tops! Begin with an in depth discussion on the supplies used- including attachments, threads and notions. Working on practice pieces, start with straight lines using a walking foot or built in walking foot. Then move on to free motion quilting basics and then specifics of no mark designs (Fillers) as well as marked designs (which will include feathers). Next, learn Sue’s easy methods to draw your own quilting designs (cables, feathers, etc.)  Finish with work on a *small project. Learn how to mark, baste and work on the actual project. Ruler work will be demonstrated. Students will choose their project from their own original design, Sue’s whole cloth feather designs or a simple stencil design.

There is a required kit that will include pre-printed squares for practicing basics, feathers and one marking pencil. Kit Fee: $15.00   

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, July 18 - 20, 2018
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Description and Supply listMachine Quilting on the Home Machine- 3 day.pdf


6. Abstracting from Nature 

Instructor: JANE SASSAMAN

Nature is an endless source of inspiration. In this class we will examine a wide variety of artists interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms ourselves. Through a series of exercises we will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects. We will then translate these ideas into fabric in this 5 day workshop.

 

Drawing skills are not needed but participants should have a strong interest in developing their own design language and unique visual symbols.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Abstracting from Nature description and supply list.pdf


7. Artistry through Applique: Animal Portraits 

Instructor: DAVID TAYLOR

David Taylor’s quilts are often mistaken as paintings, and that makes him very happy. His works are adapted from photographs, and his technique evolved from his love of jigsaw puzzles. In this workshop, students will learn the secrets to his craft. Topics include his unique pattern drawing method and freezer paper appliqué technique. A strong emphasis is placed on fabric selection and using those fabrics wisely. Students are required to submit image options in advance of the workshop.

 

 

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: Intermediate
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: 5DaySupplyList2017.pdf


8. Get Your Curve On: Improv Intensive 

Instructor: SHERRI LYNN WOOD

Get your curve on in this 5-day improv curve intensive. Learn innovative ruler and template free patchwork techniques for creating and improvising with layered curves, wedged curves and bias-strip piecing on the curve. Learn to work toward the square, compose with natural fits and bleeds, and commit one step at a time as you incorporate the unpredictable nature of curves into one or more surprising compositions. Develop a personal/intuitive approach to color, line, and tricky piecing situations by celebrating your "mistakes" along the way.

Dates: Monday - Tuesday, July 16 - 20, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: GetYourCurveOn-5day supply list.pdf


9. 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 16 - 17, 2018
Levels: All
Tuition: $151
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time5.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: Wednesday-Friday, July 18 - 20, 2018
Levels: All
Tuition: $225
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: No supply list available at this time6.pdf


11. Vive La Difference: Contrast in Composition 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

 Add vitality, variety, and subtlety to your work by sharpening your understanding and use of the many forms of contrast, key to successful art and design. Discover how to give your compositions a more dynamic and sophisticated look. In a series of short manageable exercises we will explore contrast of value, color, line, shape, texture, size, scale, and mood. Working with dark and light, big and small, hard and soft, warm and cool, straight and curved, calm and busy, rough and smooth, organic and curvy, you will find ways of adding visual impact and spark to your work. The class is accompanied by exciting visual support with slides, books, and actual textile examples. A short discussion will give a daily focus. You will be guided in making your own individual small daily paste-ups in fabric/paper. Any of these can later be developed into a larger quilt top.

Dates: Monday - Tuesday July 23- 24, 2018
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $270
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Vive La Difference -Contrast in Composition.pdf


12. Confident Color for Quilters 

Instructor: ROSALIE DACE

COLOR is the most striking feature of any quilt, yet so many people are afraid of using it. In this hands-on workshop 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 quiltmakers. 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.
By the end of the class students should have:
A wider knowledge of color usage in successful quilts and other art works.
A wider understanding of the different emotive reactions to color
A series of small studies any of which can later be developed into a larger quilt top.
Dates: Wednesday- Friday , July 25 - 27, 2018
Levels: All Levels
Tuition: $270
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Confident Color.pdf


13. Map Play 

Instructor: VALERIE GOODWIN

Come play!! Create artful map studies through creative exercise that will help you understand the basic principles of design. An art quilter’s most valuable asset is his or her creativity — and it needs to be reinforced through an understanding of design thinking. In this workshop you’ll find creative thinking exercises. Beginning 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 map-like collage compositions through a series of quick "hands-on" exercises and subsequently make fabric constructions. The goal of this class is to allow you to create little spontaneous works that can become the basis for a final small quilted art map. You will develop these pieces using freehand scissor cutting, layering of varied fabrics, and other techniques to create an interesting work of art.

Dates: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: MAP+PLAY+BasicPrinciplesofDesign+DescriptionSupplies+Official+1.pdf


14. Paints on Fabric 

Instructor: MICKEY LAWLER

Students work and play in an atmosphere that transcends simply learning technique. In her fabric paintings and in her classes, Mickey emphasizes “collaboration with”, rather than “mastery over”, the medium. “The difference,” Mickey says, “is that students learn to ‘listen’ to the paints as they work and begin to welcome unexpected results not seen in the commercial fabric industry. They create a personal fabric.” In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, approximately two and a half days of the class involve a comprehensive approach to non-toxic, water-based transparent fabric paints with the emphasis on becoming familiar with the properties of the paints, applying paints to fabric using a variety of implements, color mixing, and creating the effects of nature for use in quilts. Landscape components (skies, water, earth, etc.) and actual individual landscape paintings will be created by the students. Beginning during the third day, students are introduced to other innovative techniques such as combining opaque and transparent paints, painting with air-brush inks, overlays, monoprinting from fabric, etc.  Students generally complete 10 -15 yards of fabric pieces especially if weather is good and they can dry fabric outdoors.  The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric. Materials fee: $50
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: SUPPLY 5 day class.pdf


15. Whole Cloth Heaven 

Instructor: PHILIPPA NAYLOR

This five day workshop covers a wide range of skills and techniques including free-motion machine quilting, trapunto, corded trapunto, embroidered embellishments and composition. This workshop provides the opportunity to create a quilt in which stitch and a single piece of fabric tell the entire story. We begin by discussing materials, looking particularly at suitable fabrics, waddings and how different types and thicknesses of 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. Exploring all the techniques outlined above will help to inform each individual design, enabling the students to move on to the next step - designing their wholecloth quilt.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2017
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: 5 day class Wholecloth Heaven PDF.pdf


16. The Artful Log Cabin 

Instructor: KATIE PASQUINI MASOPUST

The log cabin block is so very versatile, we will use that as the basis for creating linear abstract art quilts. Start with a painting or photograph, crop that to a strong personal composition, overlay a grid, this can be an even grid, an uneven grid, curved or random grid, this linear drawing is laid over the inspiration photo or painting to become the map. Then log cabins made up of the colors found in each unit of the grid will be constructed and then put together to make the quilt. Emphasis on composition, variety, color, value and visual pathways.
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: Artfull Log Cabins.pdf


17. Sheer Play 

Instructor: JEANNETTE DENICOLIS MEYER

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 bojagi, tucks, and other machine and hand-sewn seams to explore the design possibilities different finished and raw edges provide. Design options will expand with discussions of ways to incorporate surface stitchery, printed imagery, and opaque fabrics into your fabric compositions.
Dates: Monday- Friday, July 23 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $608
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: SHEER PLAY QBL 2018 supply list.pdf


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: Monday - Tuesday, July 23 - 24, 2018
Levels: All
Tuition: $151
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List:


19. 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 25 - 27, 2018
Levels: All levels
Tuition: $225
Housing: Please click here for housing information and rates
Supply List: