For me, attending a quilting class or workshop is as much about the location as it is about the quality of the quilting instruction – it has to have both. Over the years, I have amassed a wish list of quilting classes, quilting workshops, quilting retreats and quilting holidays that combine both great instruction and inspiring destinations.
It’s important with any craft to continue to hone your skills. Whether its blogging, photography or quilting, I like to try classes that offer a different perspective. Not long ago, I took one of the quilting classes offered by Empty Spools Seminars at the Asilomar Conference Center situated on the beautiful ocean coast in Pacific Grove, California.
If the quilting world has a crown prince, it has to be Kaffe Fasset. Known for his exuberant use of color, Kaffee has built a design empire that extends to fabric, knitting, needlepoint, mosaics and patchwork. Whether it’s a sweater, a needlepoint pillow or quilting fabric, his uniquely colorful style is instantly recognizable. He has published many books, including over 20 beautifully photographed quilt pattern volumes which make it easy to produce one of his trademark designs. But making a Kaffe Fasset quilt in a class taught by the master of “Glorious Color” brings you up close and personal to his creative genius.
I enjoy taking quilting classes and learning new techniques. Not long ago, I had the opportunity to learn paper piecing in one of the Judy Niemeyer classes at the Quiltworx retreat center on Flathead Lake, Montana, near Kalispell. It was a relaxing week with lots of instruction, lots of food and lots of sewing.