Improv Patchwork Retreat with Maria Shell-

Art Retreat with Maria Shell, bit maker, colourist, author and all around fun gal.  September 16-19, 2018 on beautiful Denman Island BC.   Sign up on our mailing list to receive updates!


There are many choices for registration.

  1. email if you want to register and pay by e-transfer.
  2. There are three two Eventbrite pages set up for you to register. Use this one if you want to put down a deposit. The remainder of the workshop fee is due August 3. Use this one if you’ve paid the deposit and you want to pay the remaining fee. Use this one if you want to pay in full.

Maria will be facilitating 2 workshops in 1. This four day experience will be a mash-up of these two popular workshops;
Using solid colored quilters cottons, students will learn how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, tracks, dots, and grids. While learning these new techniques students will also be given information about selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.
Using the traditional quilt block or other set of compositional lines (bridge, building, etc…) as your starting point we will enlarge and magnify the lines of the structure and use them as our skeleton for building a pieced composition. From there we will explore a variety of ways to create texture, pattern, and repetition in that space.

Class times are from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, and the hall will be open before and after class times so you can stay at your machine much longer if you choose.

email if you have questions.

The workshop will take place in the Community Hall on Denman Island. Guest accommodations are available on Denman (google “where to stay on Denman Island”), and in nearby Comox Valley. There is a ten minute ferry ride to Denman Island from Buckley Bay. Buckley Bay is about an hour’s drive north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. It is advisable to use saturday as a travel day as we will be starting at 10 am on Sunday. The hall will be open at 8 am so participants can set up their stations before class begins.

Lunch will be included in the workshop fees. Participants can opt-in for arranged dinners at the time of the workshop. Denman Island has limited dining-out choices, but we’ll get you fed, and well!

A supply list will be sent to participants upon registration. Tables, chairs and irons will be provided, and participants are expected to bring all their own sewing supplies, sewing machines and fabrics.


06/19/2018 -There are two rooms available in a house booked by a workshop attendee. email to get connected. Taken.

06/19/2018 -There is a room available for someone who likes dogs. email taken, woof!