Monday, January 7, 2019

Teacher Spotlight: Rosalie Dace

Rosalie, whose home is in Durban, South Africa, gets the prize for traveling the farthest to teach at QSDS. She is a “Jill of All Trades,” with a skill set that includes all methods of piecing, applique and embroidery, so you will often find her students approaching their designs using a variety of techniques. On the other hand, digital presentations can still confound Rosalie, who carries lots of flash drives just in case!
Windows and doors have always been an inspiration for artists. They are the starting point for her 5-day class, “Looking In, Looking Out.” Whether you choose to work somewhat realistically, or start with a structure then see where it leads you, this is sure to be a great class.
Kuba cloth, one of the traditional textiles woven in the Congo, is the inspiration for “Kuba Connections,” Rosalie’s weekend class. Last year, Rosalie found this wonderful example for sale from Becky Hancock, one of the QSDS vendors.
These very graphic woven textiles are the perfect starting point for a pieced design. Rosalie’s knowledge of African textiles and culture is vast.

During the first seven days of QSDS, Rosalie will be the mentor for Independent Study. Are you on a roll with a series of artworks, or ready to launch into a new quilt idea that has been in your head? Don’t need to learn any new techniques? Then Independent Study may be perfect for you. Rosalie will lead morning discussions, individual and group critiques. There is a reason why so many QSDS “alumni” continue to relish focusing on their own work, and enjoy the camaraderie that can come with it.
Read more about Rosalie and our other classes at:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Susan Lenz

Susan Lenz is an artist and teacher who cannot be pegged into just one style or technique. She first became known for her quilts that incorporated grave rubbings on fabric.
 Susan is an avid collector of anything with a history: fabric, linens, buttons, old keys, spools—eventually it all finds its way into her quilts, collages, and installations. Do found objects speak to you also? Then why not join Susan’s “Second Life’ class?
You’ll have fun creating a series of small collages and stitched artworks using items provided by Susan from her vast collection. Then you will be ready to recycle your own treasures into art.
 Susan is a colorful gal so don’t assume everything she creates is in white and beige! Her QSDS weekend workshop, “HOT” focuses on her technique for transforming colorful fabrics into lacy artworks that will remind you of stained glass.
Everyone had so much fun in these classes last year. Students found that it was a technique that is easily adaptable to your own style and colors. Best of all, Susan brings almost everything, including a sewing machine or two. Check it out here:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Jiyoung Chung

Do you love fiber? Do you enjoy collage? Are you ready to try something that is a bit “out of the box?” Well, meet Jiyoung Chung. She will introduce you to Joomchi, a traditional Korean art that transforms mulberry paper into a soft, stitch-ablefabric-like surface. Melding together the mulberry papers is sort of like felting, in that the “unwrapping” to see how it’s turning out can be pretty exciting.

Jiyoung will encourage you to try cutting, collaging or weaving the paper. You can add lines of yarn or lace or mold the joomchi into shapes. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Imagine any of this combined with fabric. Or imagine more stitching on these intriguing pieces. Nancy Karst collaged crochet and lace into the blue piece in the foreground, thus beginning an exciting, new series for her.

Some teachers are so delightful and enthusiastic, and some techniques are so intriguing that students end up signing up for all seven days. This often happens in Jiyoung’s classes. Check out Jiyoung’s classes, and some of her artwork here:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Sue Benner

Sue has always been a prolific quiltmaker and popular teacher. Here she is with her quilt that was juried into Quilt National 2017.

In 2019, she returns to QSDS to teach a guided class focusing on Composition. Each day, the class will work on a small composition, tackling forms such as angular shapes, curves and landscapes.

Students will be working in Sue's signature technique, which is first to iron fusible web on the back of the fabrics. This gives you the freedom to cut shapes and move them around, then simply fuse everything in place. Are you thinking about coming to QSDS for the first time? Well, this would be the perfect class for you! It is also a great choice for more experienced quilt artists who want to strengthen their composition skills. You won't need to bring your sewing machine, but be sure to pack lots and lots of fusible web!

Check out our other instructors and classes at:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

QSDS Historian Diane Herbort shares her memories of Father Larry Nolan

Last month we lost a good friend, Father Larry Nolan. Father Larry was a part of QSDS from the very beginning, when we were at the Pontifical College Josephinum. He was, by nature, a friendly but shy man. At first he would quietly set up his camera and tripod in the doorway or very back of a classroom and photograph the students and teachers as they sewed or scrutinized their designs pinned to the design boards. As he got to know us and became more comfortable, he became an integral part of the QSDS experience. Father Larry had a special knack for snapping interesting photos of the teachers. An entire class would actually pay attention and hold still for a nice group shot under Larry Nolan’s direction—I wish he was still there with me every time I try to accomplish the same task at QSDS each year
Father Larry was a man of many talents. His artistic pursuitss included glass blowing and quilt making as well as photography. He was always interested in learning new things. He did not share my fondness for capturing the quirky, funny or simply odd moments of life at QSDS—he left that part up to me. On the other hand, he was always a good sport. One year, when a friend sent me a birthday package containing “elderlythemed” temporary tattoos, Father Larry good-naturedly let Tracy apply one on his arm. It complimented the indoor scooter he was zipping around on at that time.

 I have been truly blessed to know such a kind and caring person, someone whose entire life was devoted to service and learning, someone who had found peace and joy in life. As I slip in and out of classrooms with my own little cameras, something of Father Larry Nolan will always be there with me.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: Pat Pauly

I am excited to have Pat Pauly returning to QSDS in 2019 to teach three classes! You’ve gotta love a teacher who tells jokes while taking selfies of herself with her class.
Pat's art quilts have a unique look, thanks to the fabrics she creates for them. If you love the look of those bold, bright handmade prints, come spend five days with Pat and experiment with stenciling, stamping and screen printing with thickened dyes. You will end up with your own stash of amazing, unique fabrics!
Pat designs all of her quilts improvisationally. Do you second guess your design decisions? Are you kind of afraid to cut into your favorite hand dyed fabrics? Pat is a great one for helping you get over those hurdles.
Pat will be teaching classes during Sessions 1, 2 and 3. 
Check it all out here!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

QSDS 2018: What We Did and What You Missed

Those two weeks of QSDS flew by! Whew!
Maria Shell was among the teachers who came to QSDS for the first time - all the way from Alaska!
She guided two different groups of students through the intricacies of improvisational strip piecing. Those sewing machines and rotary cutters really got a work-out!
Maria helped Beth Esmont work out a very complex design.

Seth Apter brought his vast mixed media knowledge to QSDS and encouraged everyone to create complex surfaces from papers, fabrics and embellishments. 
As Susan Haftel discovered, there was no such thing as too many layers of painting, stenciling, collaging and stitching.
Kristen Rodriguez created a lovely group of booklets destined to be wrapped inside painted and collaged covers.

QSDS was a little more of an adventure this year.  The college decided to completely resurface almost every street and sidewalk surrounding the campus. It made for some things, such as getting to the dining hall, quite an adventure!
Orange barrels and cones were everywhere. But, very soon, all of this will be completed. When we meet again at CCAD next May for QSDS's 30th anniversary, the campus will be beautiful.
So, check out the 2019 class listings and start planning!