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Carol Marshall Not Your Grandmother's Quilt

Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt – G201028

Create an art quilt by using many pieces of fabric to create an image – a vision – your own concept. Instead of cutting out a particular object, like a bird or a boat, and sewing it on to your cloth as you would with applique, you will actually form the object itself by piecing and sewing together different colors and patterns of cloth. Imagine piecing together a dozen or so pieces to create a leaf, or using bright colors against patterns to create water or grass, layering fabric upon fabric to create depth and dimension. There are no patterns to follow. Just follow your imagination. It’s almost impossible to make a mistake. You do not have to be an expert sewer – you just need to know how to use a sewing machine and scizzors! You don’t even have to draw a straight line. And, remember, this is not your grandmother’s patterned quilt. You will be creating a piece of art work to hang on your wall that comes from your heart. You will learn how to work with color combinations and patterns to create objects in a way that you never imagined. We will begin by creating journal covers to give you time to experiment with this new technique. You will then be working on a larger piece (36×36 or larger) creating a representational piece – a landscape, still life, or people. Your third piece (also large) will be something you create that is abstract in nature. We will work in the mornings after breakfast and depending on the participants, decide if we want to work in the afternoon or after dinner. The schedule is flexible and we’ll be working together every step of the way.
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 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

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  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
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What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
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  • Carol Marshall
    Carol Marshall

    Having never sewn before and continuing to grow her art from mural painting, Carol began to create scenes with fabric – transforming her visions into art quilts. Using scraps of fabric samples from a local upholsterer, a $50 sewing machine, she began to create with cloth as she did with paint, blending and layering to fashion landscapes, abstracts and city scenes. Her work encourages one to reach out and touch the work and become part of it.
    Advancing to a more sophisticated machine and exploring ideas, she has created a collection of fabric art quilts. Her Night and Day series explores the juxtaposition of red, white, black and gold, against the shadows of the moon and the sun. Her Harbor Sights series depicts different scenes of boats and harbors. The Michigan Landscape series includes a summer sunflower field, a winter beach scene, a lakeside cabin in autumn, a snowy forest night, a pumpkin field in autumn, the grape vineyards, the Michigan rolling hills of the Grand Traverse Bay; and of course, the sunset. Her quilts “Red Sky at Night” and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” clearly demonstrate how different the skies change and are never the same. Her abstracts are simply delightful in their whimsical display of shapes and colors as seen in My Rescue, The Women Series, and Time and Tide Wait for No Man.
    “I call my technique painting with fabric. There’s nothing “set in stone” about my art style. It’s my perspective of textile art – not a quilt, not appliqué, not just a sewing project –but a form of painting. Being a painter and pastel artist, I just substitute my paintbrush for a sewing machine – and fabric for the paint. There are no solid, opaque colors in nature. There are no flat surfaces. There are only shadows, lines, color variations, shape and dimensions. The more bits of fabric I use, the more intense the blending of colors. The more layers I sew, the more depth and dimension. By using fabric as my tool, I can imitate nature’s texture, patterns, colors and shapes: the veritable layers of the natural beauty that surrounds us.”

    Her work has been exhibited at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids; Daybreak Gallery in Manistee, Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, the Manistee Art Institute, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, The Oliver Art Center, Pentwater, The Fiber Festival in the Old Art Building in Leland; The Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest; and on the online galleries – Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery and Light and Space Gallery, most recently was awarded third prize in the Abstractions: Theoretical, Conceptual, Intellectual. Her “Kaleidoscope” art quilt has been published in “1000 Quilts Inspirations” by Sandra Sider and in the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails print version of “Essays from the Midwest – The Quilt Maker’s Story”. She has taught classes in Manistee, the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico and the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan.

    Carol also paints murals in private and commercial establishments. Her most recent commission is the Children’s Room in the Manistee Public Library – a 140-foot mural surrounding the reading room depicting images of Manistee County and the joy of reading.


Oct 11 2020 - Oct 17 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Abiquiu Inn

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