Monday, February 18, 2013

Quilt Week at Sorrento Centre: April 19-25

It is just two months until Quilt Week at Sorrento Centre . . . one of my favourite weeks of the year!!  Come and join me, Dianne Jansson and Lynn Knox as we engage in a creative and energizing week at Sorrento Centre in April.  Three workshops occur simultaneously in two different conference rooms and the art studio . . . but the fun spills over into each workspace and the dining room where we share our meals.

You get to choose the workshop that most appeals to you and spend five days with the instructor, learning techniques and creating your quilt . . . but you also have the opportunity of seeing what the others are doing and creating.

Dianne Jansson will be leading a Salute to Scrap Quilts . . . as she says, every quilter knows that fabric scraps multiply in the dark at night. No matter how many you use, there are always more, more, more.  It is also a fact that scrap quilts are part of the quilting heritage, and have a richness that cannot be duplicated with 4 or 5 well matched fabric selections.
Bring your bags, or suitcases, of scraps to Sorrento and spend a week creating exciting quilts designed using value, rather than colour. The selection of patterns suitable for scrap quilts is extensive, ranging from ultra simple to challenging, allowing you to work within your comfort zone, or step right out of your box.

Lynn Knox will be leading Trail to Sorrento, a beautiful quilt that can be made in single size or queen size. Light background or dark background - your choice.  The outcome is a stunning quilt and it is easy to make. You will love it!!  This workshop is suitable for all skill levels from beginner on up.

I will be leading an art quilt workshop Botanical Art Quilt: Surface Design during which participants will create a unique art quilt using locally gathered leaves as inspiration. The art quilt that you create in this workshop will be based on a variety of surface design techniques that will include texture rubbings, sheer overlay, Shiva Paintstiks, painting over quilting,  free motion quilting filler stitches, 3-D organza leaves, accent hand stitching and a touch of beading.  We will try out the techniques and then you will decide which ones you want to include in your art quilt. I recommend soft hand-dyed fabric or batiks for this 18-20" art quilt that you will be delighted to hang in your home. This workshop is suitable for those wanting to dip their toes in the fibre art pool as well as those who already have some experience.

This is a wonderful retreat-style workshop with five days of classes, bonus sewing time in evenings or early mornings and delightful company in this relaxing venue. The meals are great, the lodge rooms comfortable and the setting in heavenly. Participants in all three workshops meet at mealtimes and for evening activities.

There is more information about registration, accommodation and meal packages on the Sorrento Centre website here and if you have any questions you are welcome to email me at kwk4141(at!) (you know how to fix that up so the email reaches me but the robots don't)