Please join us for 5 days of fun on the beautiful American
Riviera, with this amazing mother daughter duo, and both amazing
quilters. Jean was named to The Quilters Hall of Fame in 2010,
and well deserved honor! They are both from Sisters, Oregon. Jean
is the founder of the Quilters
Affaire Outdoor Quilt Show, and the co-owner of the Stichin'
Post along with her daughter Valori who is a professional quilter,
author, fabric and pattern designer. Val came to quilting through
osmosis with a mother like Jean who shared her love of quilting
with Val and she had the opportunity to watch the development
of the fabulous Stitchin'
Post which Jean started 33 years ago. Love of photography
lead Valori to a bachelor's degree in fine arts focusing on black
and white photos. Photography and printmaking brought her to her
present career as a fabric designer. For over ten years she has
been presenting a new look to the quilting world and beyond, her
fabrics portray larger than life images inspired by nature in
is a prolific author and has written many quilting books over
the years some which she has collaborated with Val. Jean has experimented
with many different piecing and quilting techniques and worked
in series that became books and lectures sharing her ideas with
thousands of people. The latest “series” to become
a book the summer of '09 is Intuitive Color and Design --adventures
in art quilting. Her quilts have been juried into many of the
International Quilt Festivals in Houston, the Pacific Northwest
Quilt Fest, and the Mancuso shows in San Francisco.
years ago she started exploring quilt design more abstractly.
She signed up for workshops with Nancy Crow and Gabrielle Swain.
Both instructors are innovative designers in their own right.
From these workshops she started experimenting with new techniques,
mostly working with strips of fabric and cutting free hand--no
rulers-- and detail piecing. She finds this very freeing, and
likes stepping out of the box. Recurring themes in her quilts
have to do with natural configurations --rocks, trees, grasses,
flowers, and the landscape. You can see her commissioned quilts
at the Five Pine Conference Center, Sisters City Hall, Shibui
Spa, and Black Butte Ranch, all located in Sisters.
hope that you will join us by registering for this great experience
in at the Crowne Plaza in Ventura will begin at 4pm for your sleeping
room. Classroom check in will take place at 6pm with a light snack
being served in the classroom, at that time you will be able to
claim your table and get set up, this includes commuters. Class
will start on Monday morning at 9am. You will get a voucher for
Breakfast each morning if you are a guest staying in the hotel
and you may redeem that in the dining room. Lunch will be served
in the classroom each day and you will have about a 1 1/2 hour
break for lunch and maybe time to take a nice walk on the beach.
Class begins again at 1:30pm and will adjourn each day at 4pm.
Dinner will be on your own, except for one night yet to be determined,
however most night’s folks love to go somewhere together
and the classroom will be open for sewing after dinner to sew
as late as you wish, this late night sewing is not supervised
and there is no instruction during the evening hours. Also we
will offer visits to quilt shops in the area each evening for
those who choose to participate. Our Wine, Cheese and shopping
evening will be held at Roxanne’s a Wish
and A Dream in Carpinteria followed by dinner in our favorite
Mexican restaurant. Thursday class will begin at 8:30am and it
will be a closing event with breakfast, show & tell and picture
time the retreat will close at 10:30am.
person is provided with their own table space to sew and cut and
we will provide ironing stations for your fabric pressing needs.