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Association of Pacific West Quilters July 31 - August 3, 2014 UPS Campus - Tacoma, WA Three days of fiber, friends, and fun - that’s what’s on the menu for the 2014 APWQ Symposium! • Sharpen your skills with workshops from an outstanding roster of national and international instructors. • Two and a half days of workshops are scheduled with nine classes offered each day. For each day choose one from the list. • The 97-acre landscaped campus of the University of Puget Sound is located in the residential North End Tacoma neighborhood. • Stay on campus in multi-person dorm suites with single bedrooms or attend as a daily Commuter Student. • Enjoy delicious meals in The Diner with daily choices from several menu stations and a fresh fruit and salad bar.

Fees (USD)

Full-time Boarding Student - $525 Dorm lodging for Thurs, Fri, Sat; 2½ days of workshops; all meals Thurs dinner through Sun lunch; admission to Thur, Fri & Sat Evening Events. Single-Day Boarding Student - Fri or Sat $195 per day (6 hr. workshop); Sun $155 (3 hr. workshop). One night (Thurs or Fri or Sat) dorm lodging , one workshop, three meals; admission to Evening Events. Full-Time Commuter Student - $285 No lodging. 2½ days of workshops; Fri, Sat, Sun lunch; admission to Evening Events. (Additional meals can be purchased separately.) Single-day Commuter Student - Fri or Sat $115 per day (6 hr. workshop); Sun $75 (3 hr. workshop). No lodging. One workshop, lunch; admission to Evening Events. (Additional meals can be purchased separately.)

Symposium Schedule Thursday, July 31: Registration 2-5 pm, Dinner, Meet the Teachers Friday, August 1: Full-day workshops (6 hrs.), Creative Collage Saturday, August 2: Full-day workshops (6 hrs.), Wearables Challenge Sunday, August 3: Half-day workshops (3 hrs.) Check-out 2 pm

March 1: Online Registration Opens

Friday & Saturday Breakfast: 7-9 am Workshops: 9 am-5 pm Lunch: 12-1:30 pm Dinner: 5-6:30 pm Evening Event: 7-8:30 pm

Sunday Breakfast: 7-9 am Workshops: 9 am-12 pm Lunch: 12-1:30 pm APWQ Annual Meeting: 2 pm

Supply Lists are available at

Register Online Here - Our registration cart will allow you to see workshop availability in real time and will immediately guarantee your workshop selections. Sold out workshops will be indicated. Online registrants may pay with a major credit card using our secure payment system. For online registration help e-mail Please include your phone number and the best time to call.

Workshop Selection For each day select one workshop. Read the descriptions carefully noting the type of class and if sewing machines are needed. Some classes have a required Kit, Material and/or Pattern fee that is payable to the Instructor at the beginning of class by cash or check (USD).

Supply Lists View and download complete SUPPLY LISTS from We recommend bringing Basic Sewing Supplies with you too.

Basic Sewing Supplies - notebook, pen, pencil, eraser & sharpener, 18" ruler, paper scissors, fabric scissors, straight pins, sewing needle, thread to match fabric, fabric markers (for light & dark fabrics) and thimble. Some classes will need a rotary cutter & mat.

Cancellation Policy There are no refunds for cancelled registrations. Refunds (less the $15 non-refundable registration fee) will be made if there is a wait list and your spot is filled. Unfilled wait list spots are not refundable. You may transfer your registration to another person if you are unable to attend.

Friday 6 hr. Workshops ▪ August 1, 2014 Friday Evening Event - Creative Collaborative Collage with Lyric Kinard

Ready for some fast and frenetic fun with fabric? During this free flowing event participants will be taught a variety of design basics such as color schemes, focal point, proportion, formulas for making a face, etc. while collaboratively creating several 4" x 6" art cards. Expect lots of learning and laughter, a little creative chaos, and the opportunity to make new friends! We'll supply the stabilizer and glue. You bring one quart sized zip-loc bag filled with fabric scraps and a few embellishments to share, one plain/solid(ish) fat quarter to share, scissors, glue stick, hand-sewing needle, all-purpose thread, and a Sharpie. Please preregister for this event!

Animal Totems Helene Knott

Required materials fee: $5 includes embroidery stabilizer, Golden Threads™ tracing paper, fusible web, and animal pattern of choice (Salmon, Bear, Jaguar, Thunderbird, Wolf, Seal or Bird). A totem is a symbol, usually an animal, which serves as an emblem of an individual or group of people to remind them of their ancestry (or mythic past). The process of making this project is similar to making a Mola (Central American reverse appliqué) and incorporates Seminole strip piecing for the body of the image. The appliqué will be fused and by machine. Skill Level: All, Sewing machine needed

Bead-Dazzling Embroidery Interpretations Nancy Eha

Required materials fee: $13 includes all beads, thread, needles, and patterns. Learn how to replicate embroidery stitches with beads. As beads and thread have different physical properties, you will learn the finer points of the conversion process. Fear not, Nancy has developed a foolproof method so that even an absolute beginning beader can be successful! You'll learn beaded variations of the chain stitch, buttonhole, fly, cretan, and how to create beaded berries on fabric. Skill level: All, Hand Class

Beginning Machine Quilting Cindy Needham

This is a fun, no stress workshop where you will be provided with a very solid foundation of good information and instruction on free-motion quilting. Learn how to set up your work space; choosing the correct threads, batting and needles, and how to properly baste your quilt. Spend quality time at your machine obtaining your perfect rhythm and stitch length, learn some great tips on executing different quilting designs, how to safely change your bobbin tension and learn basic guidelines for freeform feathers. Extensive handouts are provided on a CD. Skill Level: Beginner, Sewing machine needed

Elements Of Art For Quilters Lyric Kinard

Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements of good design through a series of short, hands-on exercises. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artists kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level. Skill Level: All, Design Class

Foil And Paint Sampler Bouquet - Kathy McNeil

Required Materials Fee: $15 includes pattern, a 16" x 6" foil sheet, glue for foiling, 1 neocolor paint crayon, 1 brush, 1 inktense pencil, and fabric medium for inktense pencils. This playful sampler will introduce you to the joys of using several different art mediums to enhance your quilting projects. Fuse your flowers to your pre-made background fabric and then watch the artist in you emerge! In the afternoon we will Foil around with gold embellishments to add sparkle. Kathy will also demonstrate Tsukineko inks, and discharging color from fabrics too. We will finish with a discussion of quilting designs, thread and needle choices. Skill level: All, Surface Design Class

Fun With One Block Cheryl malkowski

Learn how one easy-to-make quilt block can be used to reap unlimited design possibilities. A WOW for both beginners and experienced quilters alike. Students can expect to leave with a thorough understanding of Y-Block construction with a significant portion of their quilt top finished. Skill level: All, Sewing machine needed

Inking Your Fabric - Lura Schwarz Smith

Required Materials fee: $10 includes sample Fantastix applicators, muslin sample, transparencies, handouts and use of class inks and supplies. Please check Supply List for the "dot test info sheet". Textile inks have a wonderful range of applications in quiltmaking. For both traditional and innovative uses, from the simplest shading of an appliquéd leaf or petal to detailed color work on human faces, inks can enhance your work and add new, beautiful dimension to your quilts. Learn easy, effective shading and blending techniques in this workshop working from your own photos or drawings, any subject matter, which will allow you to produce images of your choice. No prior art experience required - just come with an "I can do it!" attitude. Simple, fun exercises on paper and fabric. Skill level: All, Design class

Jump Start Your Creativity Barbara Olson

Required Lab Fee: $4 for pattern. This technique is for the quilter that is ready to break out of the box and experience a playful way of creating. Too much thinking or fear often stops quilters from trying new designs and fabrics. A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient, a wide array of wild, powerful and playful novelty fabrics (polka dots, geometrics, florals, etc.) and few solid fabrics is the second ingredient and a willing spirit is the third ingredient. Skill level: All, Sewing machine needed

No-Sew Fabric Flowers Michele Byrum

Required Material Fee: $5 includes fabric, and patterns. Discover the process of making appliquéd flowers from a single piece of fabric, all without threading a needle! The focus of this class will be on learning the method of using a "window" to select specific portions of the fabric to create a realistic flower image. Raw-edge appliqué will be used to create your flower. Skill level: All, Hand Class

Saturday 6 hr. Workshops ▪ August 2, 2014 Saturday Evening Event - Wearable Wonders Challenge

Create something new by reducing, reusing and recycling an item already in your possession. Complete your Wearable Wonders Challenge piece (Hats, Garments, Purses, Jewelry, Accessories) before you come to Symposium. Any construction method is acceptable – gluing, tearing, stitched by hand or machine, hammered, stapled, pinned, etc. And spend no more than ONE hour putting your creation together. Model it on Saturday night during an evening of friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded! View the guidelines at

Abstract-A-Licious Lyric Kinard

If you’ve looked with hidden longing over an imaginary wall to the world of art quilts but don’t know where to start, this is the class for you. Lyric will gently guide you through simple and concrete design exercises designed to help you create ideas for original abstract quilts. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, fun will be had. You will learn the basics of fused collage as you assemble your quilt top. Even students who have never created their own designs before will end the day with at least one small and uniquely original art quilt top. Skill Level: All, Design Class

Faces In Fabric - Lura Schwarz Smith

Required Materials Fee: $10 includes sample Fantastix applicators, muslin sample, transparencies, handouts and use of class inks and supplies. Please check Supply List for the "dot test info sheet". This workshop is for those who are interested in a more specific look at rendering the human face convincingly in fabric, no matter what your drawing skills may be. Not an art student? Not to worry – we learn successful tracing and basic shading, and using lightboxes, we can all make people that look like real people in our quilts. Some drawing on paper, and some work on fabric. In class time, experience textile inks and markers and produce simple, effective faces on fabric. This workshop provides the tools you need to later customize and use your own photos or drawings of people in your quilts. All skill levels welcome – just bring an "I can do it!" attitude. Skill Level: All, Design class

Linen Ladies - Cindy Needham Join Cindy as she shares her passion in quilting, which is turning ordinary vintage linen tablecloths into fabulous wholecloth linen quilts. The morning is spent learning how to deal with stains and holes, special binding and edging techniques, discussing threads & battings and learning basic designing for wholecloth quilts. The afternoon is spent designing and marking your piece. She will have quilts for fondling and lots of samples. Sewing machines are NOT needed for this class! Extensive handbooks are provided on a CD as well as handouts to be used in class. Skill Level: Confident Hand or machine Quilter, Design class

Organic Beading For Art Quilters Nancy Eha

Required Materials Fee: $25 includes all beads, coil, cabochon, thread, and needles. Especially designed for art quilters who want to learn dimensional, textural fabric beading techniques. Learn sticky lollipops, beaded coils, attach cabochons with beads, and much more! Start a unique abstract creation while learning and applying a myriad of textural beading techniques on your small art quilt. Skill level: All, Hand Class

Painterly Flowers - Barbara Olson

Required Lab Fee: $4 for pattern. Fabric is an up close and tactile way of expressing the creative impulse. Create an imaginary flower by using fabric like a paint brush stroke. The brush stroke can be linier, to direct the eye, or textural, to add shading and depth. A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient. A pleasing combination of fabrics with directional lines and textural effects to create shading is next. A range of lights, mediums, and darks helps add depth to the petals. A few accent fabrics that add highlights and interest completes the design. This flower is only the beginning. This technique can be used in all types of quilt design. Skill level: All, Design class, Sewing Machine needed

Reversible Machine Appliqué: Rock Stars Helene Knott

This is a very simple yet fun and rewarding method of creating double-sided machine appliqué. You will end up with a reversible mini quilt with two identical (though mirror image) sides. For a first time project, starting with a small quilt will allow you to make real progress in class. The project is a tide pool theme and the class handout includes templates of starfish, seaweed and seashells. Skill Level: All, Design class, Sewing machine needed

Single Fabric Flowers - Michele Byrum Required materials fee: $5 includes fabric, patterns, and stabilizer. Michelle will show you how to make beautiful floral appliqué from one piece of fabric. Using a commercial print she will guide you through the process of selecting portions of the fabric to create dimension and color variations in your appliqué motifs. Learn the "window" technique along with needle-turn appliqué to create flowers out of a single piece of fabric. A stabilizer will be used as the foundation for the flower. Skill level: All, Hand class

Slice And Insert Improvisation Katie Pedersen

Join author Katie Pedersen for a full day workshop focusing on the improvisational Slice and Insert piecing technique from her book Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Learn the basic technique, a foolproof strategy for matching inserts, simple techniques for adding complexity to a design as well as how to work with even width and wedge shaped inserts. Combine simple sewing with a new skill and create your own linear design. Katie will share quilts from the book as well as new designs to inspire you. Skill level: All, Design class, Sewing machine needed

The Wonderful World Of Landscape Quilting Kathy McNeil

Required material fee: $10 for your choice of landscape pattern. Let’s get you started on the joys of landscape quilting. Discover the secrets that will bring your landscapes alive. Learn to choose fabrics that will create depth and dimension in your composition. Play with fabric paints, discharge and over dyeing to create realistic highlights and shadows. Kathy will demonstrate a mix of appliqué techniques! Begin working on your choice of landscape pattern. See Supply List for pattern selection. Skill Level: All, Design class, Sewing machines are optional.

Sunday 3 hr. Workshops ▪ August 3, 2014 APWQ Annual Meeting - Sunday 2 pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to catch up on all of the plans and news, cast your ballot for the new board, and voice your interests. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Beaded Text Messages Nancy Eha

Required materials fee: $15 includes all beads, needles, thread, and patterns. Add a layer of meaning to your fabric-based creations. Learn the finer points of creating several script and print font styles with continuous secure lines of beads on fabric. Write poetry, quotations, attention-grabbers, titles, and even sign your work of art! Start your own personalized Create beaded text message piece in class. Skill level: All, Hand Class

Design Dynamics For Every Quilt Style Kathy McNeil

Deepen your understanding of layout, design and fabric choices. Make the most of your contemporary or traditional quilts, by paying attention to color, value, shape, line and contrast. Learn the secrets award winning quilters use to add movement, depth and balance to their compositions. The "Visual Impact" is the most important part of your quilt. Learn to use the language of design to help you analyze what works for you and others. You do not need to be an artist to take this class. Bring traditional blocks or patterns that you want to work with, fabrics you are considering or a picture that inspires a quilt design. You' ll have a new sense of confidence as we work together in this totally supportive environment to plan or enhance your new quilt. Skill Level: All, Design class

Doodle Your Way To Better Quilting Cheryl Malkowski

We take out paper and pencils and doodle without any inhibitions. Deciding where to go next is the hardest part of machine quilting. We will explore options for continuous line quilting for backgrounds, all-over patterns, borders and more. Once you have these patterns stored in your muscle memory, they will easily transfer to your quilting! Skill Level: All, Design class

Folk Art Embroidery - Helene Knott Required materials fee: $10 includes a master pattern, a preprinted rinse-away working pattern, felt, embroidery floss, beads and sequins, beading thread, and a beading and embroidery needle. Hand embroidery is relaxing and pleasurable; the appeal of decorative hand stitchery is universal the world over. There are many forms of the craft and this project is rooted in the needlecrafts of India and Pakistan. In this class you will learn a variety of stitches that will be used to render a Folk Art motif – either a cat or a peacock. The finished embroidery can be applied to another project – a quilt or wearable art or completed and stuffed to make a charming ornament. Skill Level: All, Hand class

Heirloom Feathers And Backgrounds Cindy Needham

Required material fee: $15 This is a fun 3-hour lecture where Cindy will teach you how to create beautiful heirloom style freeform feathers and backgrounds. This is the lecture only part of her very popular Feathers & Backgrounds workshop. Extensive handbooks are provided on a CD as well as handouts to be used in class. Lots of samples will be brought for fondling. Skill Level: All, Lecture

Modern Triangles: Improvisational Stitch & Flip Triangle Katie Pedersen

Take triangles to a whole new level with this modern, improvisational version of triangles from the To the Point chapter in Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Katie's free-flowing take on this technique will leave you inspired to design an endless amount of quilts! Katie will share multiple projects to spark your creativity and set you on the path to your own stitchand-flip triangle design. Skill level: All, Design class, Sewing Machine needed

Thread Creates The Design Barbara Olson

Most often the quilting plays a supporting role in a quilt. With freehand quilting designs and an array of beautiful threads the quilting takes top billing. This class will give students the opportunity to develop quilt designs and experience stitching the designs with different types and weights of threads. This small example piece from a small project will increase machine quilting and freehand quilting design skills. Skill Level: Confident machine quilter, Sewing machine needed

Traditionally Wonky Lura Schwarz Smith

Required materials fee: $3 Give an old favorite a new twist, and break out of the box – take a traditional block and tweak it. Learn to easily draft and piece customized distorted traditional quilt blocks using both curved and straight distortions, and why and how to use this in your work for added dimension, perspective, and depth. Class time will be mostly spent on learning to distort traditional quilt blocks, both curved and straight distortions, and why and how to use this in your work. We will piece one "wonky warpo" block from The Barn Quilt pattern. Skill Level: All, Design class, Sewing Machine needed

Veined Leaves With Needle-Turn Appliqué Michele Byrum Required Materials Fee: $3 includes template, patterns, and stabilizer. Learn a needle-turn appliqué technique for adding recessed veins to leaves without using reverse appliqué! Skill Level: Intermediate appliqué skills, Hand class

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2014 APWQ Symposium

July 31-August 3

2014 APWQ Symposium Brochure  

The brochure for the 2014 Association of Pacific West Quilters Symposium. Symposium is July 31-August 3, 2014 at the University of Puget Sou...

2014 APWQ Symposium Brochure  

The brochure for the 2014 Association of Pacific West Quilters Symposium. Symposium is July 31-August 3, 2014 at the University of Puget Sou...