Quiltaway 2016 afterwards

Quiltaway 2016
Thursday February 25 through Sunday February 28

Quiltaway 2016 brings together quilters and four wonderful instructors for a combination of one- and two-day workshops, Open Studio space, a quiltlet exchange, Community Outreach activities, a Mystery quilt, Show & Tell and a host of other activities.


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 Jean Wells class  Denise Oyama Miller class  Karla Alexander Roundabout class  Karla Alexander Wedgewise class
 Laura Nownes class  Mystery Quilts revealed  Open Studio


We’re pleased to have Jean Wells—a pioneer in improvisational quilting and founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the annual Quilter’s Affair workshops—as one of our instructors. She will be teaching a two-day Intuitive Color and Design workshop. There is a $5 lab fee for this class. Download specifics here.



Another of our instructors is Laura Nownes, co-author with Diana McClun of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!, better known as the Quilt Bible. A major contributor to the See How We Sew blog, Laura teaches locally, at Empty Spools in Asilomar and on Craftsy. She’ll be teaching two one-day classes. Day 1 is Wedge Play. Day 2 participants can continue their  Wedge Play quilt or opt for Student’s Choice, using one of four patterns. Wedge Play students must purchase a special ruler, and Student’s Choice participants must purchase a pattern. Download specifics about Wedge Play here. Click here for specifics on Student’s Choice.


Our third instructor is Denise Oyama Miller. A popular East Bay teacher, Denise is also a regular  instructor at Empty Spools and is co-chair of the NorCal regional group of the Studio Art Quilts Associates. She will be teaching a two-day Landscape Impressions class in which students learn her techniques for transforming a photograph into a 18” x 24” quilt. Download specifics here.

Also joining us at Quiltaway is Karla Alexander, a popular instructor at quilting retreats, author of eight books, and a designer of rulers and more than 50 patterns.  She’s known for her inventive design and for putting an improvisational spin on the stack-cut-and-shuffle approach. She’ll be teaching two one-day classes. Day 1 is Roundabout; download specifics here. Day 2 is Wedgewise; download specifics here. Participants in both classes must purchase a pattern in advance and prepare fabrics; details are in the downloads above.

   Roundabout  Wedgewise  


Mercy Center

Quiltaway takes place at Mercy Center, a beautiful conference and retreat venue just 15 miles from San Francisco. It features private bedrooms and meals provided. Its 40-acre grounds offer participants a serene counterpoint to the indoor activity. The things we can't live without—lots of coffee and tea plus wireless Internet access—are available for free. And the quilting camaraderie it fosters is priceless.