Quilt Retreats with Marilyn Doheny

Be Inspired

Spend an entire week and be dynamically creative and wildly productive. Marilyn Doheny has been a long time professional quilter, author, lecturer and judge for over 40 years. She is internationally famous and her reputation for a one-day class is that they are “Over the Top!” Just imagine what a full week with her will be like!  You will be playing with fabric in new ways, learning diverse, innovative techniques.

All seminars feature the use of her 9 Degree Circle Wedge Rulers. Rulers (all five sizes) are available to borrow during class. Each day will be filled with learning, joy, fun. Her class motto is, “If you are not having fun, then you are not doing it right.”  Productivity, creative challenges, and riotous learning will be the signatures of every day together.  Evenings are not about quilting, the provide interactive events that will “touch, move, and inspire.” The evening programs will enrich and reward your personal life for years to come.

Students will make all of the fan designs listed below. It is the use of the 9 Degree fans that changes the thrust of each class. Marilyn will assist all students to make their individual fans into any type of quilt desired – a collage of fans, flowers, and critters as desired!

Fan-tastic Fans

Learn to use Marilyn Doheny’s amazing 9 Degree Circle Wedge Rulers, all 5 sizes. We will be exploring over 20 different diverse techniques. Each student will make oodles of fans (oodles = over 20)! Each fan will be one of a kind. Numerous options for using the fans will be shown. Most likely the fans created will actually contribute to making over nine different quilt projects!

Making the fans and deciding how to best use and show them off will be the seminar focus, with 8 –12 students producing at least 20 fans each. There will be an amazing, mind-boggling array of fans and “sets” to inspire and photograph. Be sure to bring your cameras. This class is beyond fabulous! Perfect for quilting teachers (and want-to-be quilting teachers) and shop owners. Teachers and shop owners will go home with all their sample fans made and be completely familiar with each technique. You will have photos of additional possibilities – from the other students – and enough class material to teach over 15 different class topics per year, for years to come!

Critters – Every Garden Needs Them!

This seminar is just plain fun! We will be using the Miniature Trio of 9 Degree Circle Wedge Rulers to make assorted fans using eight vastly different techniques. These fans become the elements for our Garden Critters. We will each make snails, moths, caterpillars, dragonflies, bumblebees, butterflies, birds, worms and Ladybugs. Perhaps several of each – with different fabric combinations and different fan wedge designs. Just selecting the fabrics for a caterpillar puts a smile on your face. It is impossible to make caterpillars and not feel lighthearted, silly, and happy…just as it is always exquisitely magical to make a Dragonfly. Most students make several Dragonflies; it is soothing and addicting. How about a very hungry caterpillar quilt?  By the way, snails do not mate!

Instant Garden – Just Add Fabric!

Each student will make up to 6 – 8 different unique fans, then turn the fans into Dragon Flies, Flowers, and Butterflies. That productive frenzy of activity covers days 1-4. Day 5 is devoted to designing a unique garden setting using your garden elements. Days 6 and 7 are about making different foliage – simple to exotic, to show off the flowers: enhance and commingle all of the garden elements. This is when the magic happens! Each student goes home with their own Private Garden Of Delight!

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