QUILT North frequently sponsors workshops, which may be taught by visiting speakers, members of other guilds, or members of our own guild. Sign-up sheets are available at the monthly meetings and there is usually a limit to the number of participants at each workshop.

Sometimes there are cutoff dates for members to register; it is customary to invite members of nearby guilds to sign up if the quota of enrollees has not been met. You are asked to pay the workshop fee when you sign up in order to hold your place. There will be no refunds unless there is another participant to take your place.

Sign up early for the workshops you’d like to attend. You can do so at the workshops table during a meeting, by emailing QUILT North, or by emailing Jo Thomas.

Below are the exciting workshops kicking off the 2018-2019 guild year – sign up is currently open. Save your spot! Support guild activities! Details will be added as they are confirmed.

Unless otherwise indicated, workshops are held at the Elks Lodge, 695 Mac Elroy Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019; look at the Directions page for how to get there.

MARCH 2020

Two spots left – Contact Jo Thomas with questions or to be put on the wait list.


Two-day Workshop

Tues. & Wed., Mar. 3-5, 2020

“Sunstar:  A Two-Day Kaleidoscope Class with Angles” with Paula Nadelstern

$150 members / $175 non-members – Plus $22 kit fee paid directly to Paula

9 am to 3:30 pm with ½ hour lunch break

Students learn all of the unique machine piecing and template techniques Paula uses to create complex kaleidoscopic images while simultaneously exploring the virtues of bilaterally symmetrical fabric. You’ll learn to draft perfect angles and to identify and join different angles together. This product and process class culminates in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.

APRIL 2020

Just announced

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

“Narrative Quilts – Telling Your Story” – with Ellen Blalock

$60 members / $70 non members, plus $15 kit fee
9 am to 5 pm

We all have stories.  We all love sewing. So join us in a workshop to learn how to tell our stories in a small quilt. Ellen will help us explore methods of visual communication and how to brainstorm, sketch, and construct a small narrative quilt.

Where to begin.  A couple of weeks before the The Riverworkshop choose a person on whom to focus. Think about a childhood memory; a recurring dream; an important life event, lesson, or decision; a piece of your family’s history or your own identity; a child, a parent, a friend, a cultural figure; a significant activity or place. . .

Next step.  Jot down information about your person; for example, a description of his or her character or appearance, your thoughts or feelings about this person, the mood you’re in when you think about or remember this person, words or phrases associated with him or her, etc.  What about this person is important to you?  Anything goes because YOU are the author quilter.

To get the most out of this workshop you’ll want to share your idea with Ellen and get her feedback.

Condense the information to 50 words or less and e-mail the summary to Ellen at  If you think you’d like to use an image in your quilt, you may also e-mail Ellen up to two 8” x 10” photographs. Send your photographs by 23 March 2020.  Ellen will photocopy and transfer the image to fabric at her studio prior to class.  We will also have the capability to copy images in class.

Student Supply List

Basic hand-sewing supplies:  scissors, pins, needle, and thread; basic cutting supplies: mat, rotary cutter, and ruler; fabric marking tools for dark and light fabric; glue stick or Aleen’s fabric glue; painter’s tape; fabric: scraps, fat quarters, old clothing, lace, etc.; embellishments, such as buttons and beads or jewelry; any item, photo, document important to the story.

Quilt North will provide a kit for each workshop participant that includes drawing materials, Pellon 830 Easy Pattern, Pellon 950F ShirTailor, and Pellon 805 Wonder-Under.  The kit is $10 and paid at the workshop.

MAY 2020

Three-day Workshop, Tues.-Thurs. May 5-7, 2020

“Follow the Thread” with Paula Kovarik

JUNE 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

“Painted Whole Cloth Quilts” with Sue Beevers


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