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Time:  9:00AM – 3:00PM – Beading 1 

Instructor:  THOM AKINS - from Santa Cruz, CA

Class:  Beading 1 - Learn Beading and Embellishments for our quilts


Cost:  $50



Beading 1 - Thom teaches how to add stunning texture and lifelike embellishment details to your quilts with basic beading stitches. We will take a look at beads, their shapes, varieties of finishes, and their use on quilts to create texture and color changes in the surface. We will learn the basic stitches for applying beads, and what they do to the surface of the quilt, and how the application of beads quilts the surface. $25.00 Kit fee paid in class includes all supplies. Students need to bring their favorite pair of small, sharp sewing scissors, their reading glasses, (if needed), and a sense of adventure and fun!


Time:  9:30AM – 3:00PM

LOCATION:  VIRTUAL - Zoom – link will be available to students prior to the class. 

Class:  Watercolor Quilt Wall Hanging

Instructor:  Audrey Esarey of Cotton and Bourbon from Louisville, Kentucky


Cost:  $50



The Watercolor Quilt is a wall hanging which finishes 32 x 32 and is made from one large block that uses curved piecing to create the illusion of transparency from overlapping circles. The class will cover my

process for building a fabric gradation and tips and tricks for stress-free curved piecing. Take the guesswork out of color selection by using one of the published color gradations inside the pattern. Students need to purchase the pattern online. A discount code and supply list will be provided when you sign up for this skill building workshop.

THURSDAY, March 16, 2023

Time:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Class:  Round Rosie Runner

Instructors:  LISA NORTON & LORA ZMAK of Material Girlfriends from Discovery Bay, CA


Cost: $50


Round Rosie Runner or Quilt. Be entertained by twin sisters, Lora

Zmak and Lisa Norton of Material Girlfriends in this fun class, Round Rosie Runner or you can make it into a

quilt. They’ll share their personal Round Rosie projects to teach and illustrate the runner. Round Rosie Runner

is an improv round log-cabin block technique and very fun to put together. Great for those afraid of improv! It

is a new project out of their “Circle is the New Square” series. Work from your stash! Scraps work great for this

free-form piecing project. It can be seasonal depending on your color choice and can be embellished for wall

hanging. It is such an enjoyable block to make you will find you’ve made a bed of roses before you know it!

Digital Download pattern included.

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2023 


LOCATION: IN PERSON -  San Mateo Garden Center - San Mateo

Class:  Modern Madras Table Runner

Instructor:  Jennifer Sampou from Orinda, CA



Modern Madras Table Runner is the best project for new ombre enthusiasts because it just uses 3 Ombre SKY

fabrics per side. It's a reversible table runner that is easy to make due to simple piecing and comes together

quickly. Students get to focus more on the color and less on construction. Bonus learning golden nugget is that

Jennifer teaches in depth how to matchstick quilt which gives this textile fabulous texture. And it's great as a

piece on the back of a couch or bottom of the bed. Not just a table runner! Students consistently give this class

Five Star review.  You can use your own ombre fabrics or purchase Jennifer’s ombre fabrics or a class kit on her website.   It is suggested that you purchase her book that contains the pattern but it is not mandatory.  A discount code and supply list will be provided when you sign up for this fun workshop.  Jennifer will be at Asilomar in May 2023!

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