QSDS 2018

I just finished teaching for seven days straight at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium also known as QSDS. QSDS is the place to meet, learn, and mingle with some of the best textile artists and students around. 

I took a redeye on Saturday evening to arrive Sunday morning. I spent the day feeling like I was walking around with a bucket on my head, but that is just the reality of red eye. If you have never taken a red eye and want to know what that feels like, you can by reading this blog post. It is a good one–almost lyrical.

The Symposium takes place on the campus of the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Studying art on at an art school is kind of perfect.

The week I was there—Monday June 4 through Sunday June 10—featured nine different workshops with five different instructors. I did a terrible job of documenting this gig, but I did manage to get a photo of all the instructors together. From left to right Deborah Griffing, Carla Murray Adams, me, Lori McCown,  and Rosalie Dace. I hope you will visit their websites and check out their amazing work.


I taught a five day version of Abstraction Through Color, Pattern, and Repetition. I know we all felt like we had jumped off a cliff at one point or other, but in the end we all managed to ground ourselves and enjoy a great final hour of sharing work.

I peddled my book and my wares at the mini-market on Tuesday.

This sweet little campus has lots of fun art.

I wish I had taken the time to photograph ART spelled correctly.

The support staff for QSDS is amazing. I am kind of trying to get Diane Muse’s job. She does the morning announcements, is the IT person (alright so I can’t do that part), and in general keeps it all moving forward.

She also makes amazing silk screen t-shirts.

And baby bottoms. Hazel and Evie are each getting a pair.

I ended the week with a two day version of the workshop Making Prints Out of Solids.

I had some great students! She is still smiling after seven straight days!

One of my students shared the art of James Philips with me. How did I not know his work? 

And then I discovered William L. Hawkins and I got to return the favor and give him a new artist to think about. Powerful patterning. 

I hope you will think about signing up for QSDS 2019. It will coincide with Quilt National 2019 and it will be the Symposium’s 30th anniversary. You can find out more here

And while I am at it, I might as well plug some future teaching gigs.

Denman Island, BC September 16 – 19
I will be teaching for Artleap for four days from September 16 -19.  This workshop is a mash up of Making Prints out of Solids + Riffing on Tradition. The setting will be fab!

East Bay Heritage Quilters, Berkeley, California
Workshop: Linear Blocks Saturday September 22
Workshop: Kitchen Sink Quilting—The Art of Making Do Monday September 24
Lecture: Traditional, Art, Modern—Notes from the Field Monday September 24
Registration is now open to non-members. Just follow the link

Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters, Anchorage, Alaska
Lecture: Traditional, Art, Modern—Notes from the Field Thursday September 27
Workshop: Kitchen Sink Quilting—The Art of Making Do Friday September 28
Workshop: Circle & Curve Sampler Saturday September 29
Non-members will be able to sign up for these workshops after September 16th. 

International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
Monday November 5 – Friday November 9
Online enrollment opens on Monday, July 16th. I will be teaching an assortment of workshops including professional development and a few fun make takes—aka Artful Oven Mitts. Check out the catalog here

Quilt Festival 2018

Craft Napa
In January, I will teaching at Craft Napa. Registration is now open! Check out the All Star Faculty.
Workshop: Making Prints Out of Solids- Friday, Jan. 11
Workshop: Linear Blocks- Saturday, Jan. 12
Workshop: Curve & Circle Sampler- Sunday Jan. 13

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I will also be at Road to California in Ontario, California at the end of January 2019. Exact workshops and dates will be decided here shortly.

And finally, I will be having a solo show at Visions Art Museum in San Diego. The opening is scheduled for Friday January 19th. We are taking the whole family to San Diego.

In the meantime, I am home—Anchorage & McCarthy, Alaska—for THREE months. I am very much looking forward to being with my family and my sewing machines. 

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6 thoughts on “QSDS 2018

  1. Linda Doss on said:

    Wanted to do the weekend class but was doing another class. Since I’m in Ohio it was the perfect opportunity to work with you. But…your book is great and right now will be my “guide on the side.”

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  2. Welcome home! Visions in 2019?! Way to go!

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  3. Carrie on said:

    Glad you had a good trip! Hooray for being home!! And congratulations on the solo show!

    Woo, I just heard that they received my registration for the Saturday EBHQ class. See you in September!

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