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Gualala Arts Workshop
Hot Quilts from Cold Scraps
Instructor: Alison Schwabe

Wednesday - Thursday
May 16 - 17, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   April 27, 2012
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $85
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $95
Non-members: $105
Materials list:   Hot Quilts from Cold Scraps materials

Hot Quilts from Cold Scraps - Bushfire Sew it, don't throw it! A scrap quilt workshop.

Guarantee your place in Quilters Paradise! Empty your scrap bags! Reach deep into your stash! Traditional and contemporary quilters are invited to rediscover the appeal of this early form of recycling as they learn how principles of design and color apply to scrap quilts. For no matter how you work, these principles are exactly the same, and you can sew a silk purse from a sow's ear!

You choose the way you will work in this workshop, so your preparation is to make sure you are fully familiar with either traditional, ruler/rotary cut geometric piecing (Straightliners) or the template-free rotary cut, a.k.a. 'Improvisational,' piecing. All levels welcome - good basic machine sewing skills essential in your chosen work method. So, if you can't throw it, come and sew it, your way.

Alison will be the featured speaker at PPQG's May 18, 2012 meeting.

About the Instructor

Alison Schwabe was born in Australia and learned early on sewing and embroidery skills that would serve her in her life long interest in textiles. Her works are inspired by the landscape sculptures and patterning of textures where ever she has lived. Married to a geologist in the '60s, she has found herself living in a vast variety of places on this planet. Each one offering her more and different inspirations. One period of time found her in Denver, Colorado, for several years. It was here that she learned the traditional American quilt making. Her personal designs became more non-traditional. Ancient Expressions was a one of her quilt series. Her travels have now taken her to Uruguay and she is looking for the designs and patterns that link her to her Australian background.

Hot Quilts from Cold Scraps - New Directions
New Directions
Hot Quilts from Cold Scraps - New Directions (detail)
New Directions - detail

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.