2016 Summertime Retreat/2017 Retreat Registration Open

I’ve got a couple of goals to achieve in the blog this week. First of all I have to give my students in my recent Summertime Quilt Retreat a chance to shine. Last week my husband guest-wrote an in-depth piece about one student, Jerri Stroud. This week I want to share the work and experiences of the other eleven students who attended.

The other thing I need to do is announce that my 2017 Maine retreats are now ready for sign ups. If you have ever considered taking a class with me, in 2017 I will be offering five retreats in two Maine “Vacationland” venues. Online registration is now open and I expect spots to fill fast. Links provided below.

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Summertime Quilt Retreat participants: (back row, l to r) Jerri Stroud, Marilyn Davidson, Gail Wilcox, Sharon Waggy. (middle row) Susan Marchette, Karol Strang, Nancy Robins, me. (front row) Jacky Walters, Becky Shippy, Darlene Determan, Joanne Hannon Shaw, Marilyn Wright.

Harpswell, Maine Summertime Quilt Retreat 2016

The banquet room at the Harpswell Inn was full of color last week. Just take a look at some the fabric stashes!

Twelve students—some new, some returning—gathered from around the country to attend. They each chose their own subjects, which included portraits, butterflies, large animals, birds, amphibians, and more.

Here are their quilts:

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We didn’t spend all four days cooped up in the classroom, however. Besides a visit to my studio, we also had a group dinner at a local seafood restaurant, visited Land’s End, and took short lunchtime strolls down the hill to the shore of Middle Bay.

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Stevie the croc was on hand to greet visitors to my studio.
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I answer questions while we have a buffet style dinner in the studio.

Here’s a slideshow of our other outings:

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Returning student Marilyn Davidson finished a lot of quilts in the past year and brought them to share at show and tell. I have to say she is one of my star pupils. She’s got a great eye for the subtle value in her subjects. Honestly, I’m not sure why she keeps returning, but I love her energy in class, so it’s always my pleasure. Marilyn bases her quilts on photos that her husband, Joel Davidson, has taken from all over the world. What a photo library she has to choose from!

Nancy, Gail, and Karol showed off a group project they completed with quilting friends in North Carolina. The fish is based on my lionfish pattern. One of the women enlarged the pattern, then cut it into pieces and distributed the pieces among the eight participants. The twist is, the other participants didn’t know that they were creating part of a fish. When the pieces were assembled, there were a few gaps to fill in, but otherwise they used the sections as is. Wow! It turned out great! They then placed the pieced fish on a whole-cloth background and quilted it.

Hover over the images below to see captions, click on them to see enlargements.

 


2017 Susan Carlson Maine Quilt Retreats: Registration Is Now Open

I’m excited to announce that registration for my 2017 quilt retreats in Maine has begun! Learn how to create a unique fabric collage quilt using my innovative process based on your own subject matter. Individual design, fabric selection, construction, quilting, and finishing techniques will all be discussed.

To decide which retreat to take, please take two things into consideration: venue and level of experience.

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Choose from two venues: a modern hotel in the heart of Portland, Maine’s largest, most-vibrant city, or an iconic Maine B&B, footsteps away from Casco Bay.
Venue: Harpswell, Maine or Portland, Maine

Two retreats will be held at the Harpswell Inn, footsteps away from Casco Bay and half a mile from my studio. The Harpswell Inn, established in 1761, is a favorite for those who really like to experience the whole Maine “thing.” A classic white New Englander with plenty of character overlooking the islands of Middle Bay, and a local lobster pound. Harpswell classes are four days long.

The other three retreats will take place in Portland, Maine, the state’s largest city (though small by most “city” standards) and a mere free shuttle ride away from the Portland International Jetport. Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port is a modern hotel nestled in the heart of the city’s arts, food, and shopping district. It also offers panoramic views (from suites with balconies) of the working waterfront, Casco Bay and its islands. Special lodging prices vary seasonally. Portland classes are five days long.

These are two very different locations with different energies–city lights vs. starlight.

Level of Experience: Novice or Advanced
If you haven’t taken a class with me before or if you need a refresher, the May, June, or September classes are for you, though any level may sign up. I start each morning with about an hour-long demonstration that will lay out the basics of fabric collage and will give you the information you need to start your work day. I will then visit each student in turn to address individual needs and your project’s unique challenges.

If you are taking the advanced class you’ve attended at least two classes with me previously. You know the basics and want to get right down to work on a challenging new project or continue a project already started. I skip the introductory fabric collage demos and focus instead on techniques that can take a project beyond the basics. These advanced classes are in February and October.

Regardless of venue or level of experience, all retreats are limited to a maximum enrollment of twelve to ensure each student receives ample attention. Retreat price includes on-site lunches, as well as one group dinner. Both venues serve breakfast as part of their overnight package, which requires separate booking. Lodging and additional meals are extra. Sharing of rooms can be accommodated.


February 6-10, 2017, Portland, Maine

Level: Advanced. Five days. Price: $675
Click here to register via EventBee.
Special Price Lodging at Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port: $109/night. Add $50 for balcony room. You will receive a link for booking your room with your confirmation email. Lodging runs Sunday-Thursday nights. Extended stays can be requested.


May 15-19, 2017, Portland, Maine

Level: Any. Five days. Price: $675
Click here to register via EventBee.
Special Price Lodging at Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port: $129/night. Add $50 for balcony room. You will receive a link for booking your room with your confirmation email. Lodging runs Sunday-Thursday nights. Extended stays can be requested.


June 13-16, 2017, Harpswell, Maine

Level: Any. Four days. Price: $540
Click here to register via EventBee.
Click here for information about the Harpswell Inn. Room prices vary.


September 26-29, 2017, Harpswell, Maine

Level: Any. Four days. Price: $540
Click here to register via EventBee.
Click here for information about the Harpswell Inn. Room prices vary.


October 2-6, 2017, Portland, Maine

Level: Advanced. Five days. Price: $675
Click here to register via EventBee.
Special Price Lodging at Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port: $149/night. Add $50 for balcony room. You will receive a link for booking your room with your confirmation email. Lodging runs Sunday-Thursday nights. Extended stays can be requested.

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