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Quilt Study Workshops---from the Liberated School of Design

The quilt study workshop is about process and creativity. I facilitate the classroom atmosphere to promote independence and discovery.  Learning is enhanced when we are engaged and enjoying the task at hand. The workshop format includes a lecture and "trunk show" sample of quilts to introduce the focus of the session. Technical demonstrations are conducted individually and in small groups. A student "show and tell" will often close the class to allow student's to consider doing more of what works for them. Questions are happily answered before you schedule a workshop, or before you register for one.

"Crayons" in process

Note to Students: Adventurous quilters from beginners to advanced students will be comfortable in these workshops. Students work at their own pace. Our aim is to relax, explore, have fun and indulge our love of quilting. The quilts in the photos are samples to illustrate the theme, not a project you will sew.  No patterns are used. You will generate your own ideas and make original quilts. You will learn how to: work without a pattern; develop improvisation--meaning you will start from the familiar, experiment with making parts and arranging the parts in a design that pleases you; consider sources of inspiration and next steps in your growth as a quiltmaker. I have studied and taught with Gwen Marston, and I borrow from her Liberated approach to quilt making. I like to say I am from the Liberated School of Design! 


Madeline Island School of the Arts October 1-5 STUDIO HAND QUILTING
***Woodland Ridge Retreat June 5-9 Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact            registration is limited to 12 students---five days with lots of individual attention and groove from a small group...just imagine what you will create! 

2019--There may be a GRAND announcement, and it is a go!  Join me at the Needle Art Seminar at the GRAND HOTEL, Mackinac Island, May 5-10, 2019 



Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. *please use the above link for details of the Madeline Island School of the Arts workshop


Mark making quilts are my idea of a style of abstract quilts. Think of improvisational piecing and appliqu√© as invitation to add marks to your quilt creating visual interest and movement. Consider lines, squares, triangles and circles as the vocabulary of mark making. Little pieces and parts coming out of nowhere, seemingly going nowhere. The very curiosity of it interests the maker and the viewer. 

optional resource:  Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS Publishing 2014



Small Study Series---An immersion in design. Explore color, line and technique through a series of small quilt studies. Grow as a quiltmaker and artist. Small studies offer a good challenge, allow ideas to develop and improvisation to flourish.

Abstract Design in Quilts---Improvise from tradition and consider the trusted square, medallion, log cabin, strings and on and on. We have a long and rich tradition across culture and the globe.   


Explore enough. Create your interpretation of minimalism in quiltmaking. Spare, crisp, clean, spacious design. Restful and exciting, spare yet expansive, complete. There is good challenge in the process of designing simplicity, completeness. *please use the above link for details of the Woodland Ridge Retreat workshop---only a few spaces remain!

"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication." ____attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

optional resource: Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS Publishing 2014


overheard = comments from students about my workshops....... "I've taken classes with many nationally known teachers and I have really enjoyed this class."... "I thought this would be my last quilting class, but you have opened my eyes to another way of making a quilt and I'm excited again."..."This class was so much fun!"..."I was way out of my box and loved it."..."You and Gwen were seamless"..."My quilt took on a life of it's own"..."It's exciting to have the ability to innovate--truly a liberation"

*previous engagements---Madeline Island School of the Arts; Teamed with Gwen Marston; American Quilter's Society; Bonifas Arts Center

Workshop Fees
 plus travel/lodging expenses
Details to be determined when we talk
limited engagements by design

Pam Beal

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