If you’ve never designed your own quilts, or if you have and want to improve your skills, this is a great class for you.
You’ll get a crash course in design principles and color theory, then you’ll be challenged to put that knowledge to use by choosing one of three traditional blocks and making it your own. Emphasis is on visualizing and using traditional blocks creatively. “Making it your own” includes modifying the block, planning the full quilt top and constructing the quilt. Lisa will introduce design and production concepts, tools, and theory, using:
- Written materials
- Trunk show of inspirational quilts
- Hands-on examples
- Electronic media
Lisa will get you going on the design and production of your quilt, and will be there every step of the way to encourage the creative and manufacturing processes.
Participants will be use one of three basic, traditional blocks: Log Cabin, Nine-Patch and Square in a Square. The class is appropriate for any quilter with a receptive mind and skill level of advanced beginner and above.
- Be introduced to the principles of design that are the elements artists use in works of art.
- Be educated on color theory and how to apply it to the quilt-making process.
- Be oriented to tools and resources that aid in the creative process.
- Be provided skills to turn designs into well-made quilts.
- Be inspired to make every quilt their own unique quilt and to make it well.
- Historical background of our three blocks
- Design principles
- Color theory
- Tools and resources
- Fabric selection and placement
- Finding inspiration
- (Re) Designing your block
- Deciding on the layout of your quilt
- Border Design
- Efficient construction plan and execution
Day 1: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day 2: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day 3: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Note: Workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m. on the first day of class, until 3:00 p.m. on the last day of class. Lisa will be staying on-site and will be available for individual consultation outside of class times.
Summit fee of $325 is due with registration
Included with registration is:
- Limited class size (maximum of 10 participants)
- 19 hours of organized instruction
- Handicapped accessible access to well-equipped workroom for the duration of the class.
- Ample off-street parking
- Generous individual workspace, adjustable chairs, good lighting, design walls, cutting tables and irons.
- Written materials for class
- Hands-on use of house tools, quilt in trunk show and electronic media examples
- Free Wi-Fi, and public use laptop and printer
- Continental breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinking water for all three days
- Games and surprises
Material and supply list will be provided 6 weeks before class. The supply list will itemize the design-related tools that will be provided. Supplies you will need to bring are limited to materials for your quilt. A small selection of solid, hand-dyed and tone-on-tone fabrics will be available on-site for purchase to aid in constructing the quilt you design in class. Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies are required. We believe your best sewing will be done on the machine you are familiar with, so we recommend you bring your sewing machine and manual. If you are unable to do so, please note this in your registration and we will provide information on machine rental. Please note: we are unable to take class time to troubleshoot problems you may have with your machine.
On-site dormitory style lodging is included for two nights of the class (Night 1 and Night 2.) A reservation is required, so please add lodging to your shopping cart.
Twin beds are provided with pressed bed linens, 2 pillows per bed, towels and cloths, soap, shampoo and hair dryers. The site has three walk-in showers and four recently remodeled bathrooms.
The rooms available are: (1) double room, (2) triple rooms, and (1) quad. If you would like a single room, you can buy out an entire room. That is, in the shopping cart, choose (2) beds in the double room, (3) beds in a triple room, or (4) beds in the quad room.
If you prefer to stay off-site, there are many lodging options within a mile or two of our classroom. If you search “Hotels near 1125 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI,” you won’t have any trouble finding your desired accommodations.
Our meeting site is 53 minutes (53 miles) from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, 71 minutes (70 miles) from O’Hare International Airport, and 90 minutes (75 miles) from Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport.
Our classroom is a quick walk from beautiful Big Foot Beach State Park whose winding and tranquil forest trails lead you down to majestic Lake Geneva.
While at Boot Camp, you’ll be just a short drive from historic downtown Lake Geneva where you can explore fine boutique shops, first-rate restaurants and the quaint culture this unique Southern Wisconsin community. You can find more information at:
Sawdust & Stitches
13 W Wisconsin St. * Elkhorn, WI 53121 * 262.723.1213
2482 County Road O * Delavan, WI 53115 * 262.728.6318
8005 North Milton Road * Milton, WI 53563 * 608.868.7912
109 Lake Street * Mukwonago, WI 53149 * 262.363.3066
13330 Watertown Plank Road * Elm Grove, WI 53122 * 262.786.1523
1083 Summit Avenue * Oconomowoc, WI 53066 * 262.567.0271
Blue Bar Quilts
6333 University Ave. * Middleton, WI 53562 * 608-284-9299
The Quilting Connection
21 Adams St. * Elkhorn, WI 53121 * 262-723-6775
319 State St. * Beloit, WI 53511 * 608-364-4037