Retreat Classes

Friday classes:


Reverse Image Applique Design - Create a table runner or larger project using the fast fun fusible method. Margaret Boothby's class will use beautiful batik fabrics to make stunning snowflake or leaf designs. For even more fun, make both designs and have a reversible table runner. Patterns will be provided for this class. Take a look!


Christmas Wreath - This class taught by Deirdre Campbell will provide a fast, easy project finish for the holidays. We'll paper piece an 18 1/2'' square Christmas wreath or—for those who like to work way ahead—use a spring flower motif. Intermediate level quilters can play with color placement, while beginners master basic paper piecing. Both groups receive tips learned from ten years experience with this technique. Here's a beautiful example of the project.


Confident beginners and intermediate quilters alike will conjure some Diamond Magic. Participants will make twenty diamond blocks, cut them into fourths and then reassemble them into magic diamonds, for a truly striking quilt. Kris Cook will show you how to make and use large plastic templates for construction of this easy quilt. Additional how-tos are using simple tools such as cell phone cameras, reducing glasses etc., to help with value and color placement of the quilt blocks. A bonus results from this class in that there are enough leftover blocks to create a table runner! Click here to see an example. NOTICE: This class has been cancelled.


Heavenly Hexies is for adventurous beginners and anyone else who wants to learn Peggy Daigle's template-free way of making hexagons and incorporating them into a fun and easy-to-accomplish wall hanging. Background foundations will be made before class, so this is a no-sewing-machine-required hand sewing class. We will make flowers with the hexagons and applique them in class. This is a good chance to try out some of the modern fabrics out there, or use up some of your scraps.


Saturday classes:


Polymer Clay 101 will introduce you to the clay used to make the buttons, beads and pins for embellishment of quilts, purses and wearables. These great enhancements for projects and art quilts will be completed in this class with Sandra Bruce, who suggests you bring a project you want to embellish. There will be a $35 materials charge in addition to the registration fee, to cover the cost of a pound of polymer clay and a blade. Check out these examples to get you excited!


The day will be all play and no work since playing with Jinny Beyer's Portable Palette swatches will provide a new sense of confidence in choosing colors for your next quilt. In the Color Play class Betsy Cammack will explain the four requisites that must be inclded to create the ideal palettes that serve to make quilts that are not merely nice, but exciting. This class will cover color shading, textural effects and the importance of value, as well.


In one day, a small Christmas wall hanging can be created, using only scraps of six fabrics. Measuring 12 1/2" by 14 1/2", it can be made with Christmas fabrics or by combining red, green and gold fabrics from your stash. In the Oh Christmas Tree class, beginners learn basic paper piecing, while intermediates pick up tips Dierdre Campbell has learned over the last ten years. Here's a look!


For the fun fall leaf project, students in Heidi Emmet's 3-D Table Runner / Centerpiece / Tote class will be shown how to make the 3-D leaves. These will be sewn by machine to a piece that will be quilted in class with discussion of appropriate fabrics, battings and what works for this kind of machine quilting. Everyone will leave with a finished item. For the "Terrific Tote Bag": if time allows, we will start the tote bag with all the techniques being shown and complete directions to take home to help finish the bag. Check out these examples.

Contact Us:

Mountain Star Quilters

Box 647

Downieville, CA 95936

E-mail: dvlmsq@gmail.com

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