All workshops are one day long but may be as long as five days. You'll get the basics in a one-day workshop and students will go home with a well-started project and the knowledge of how to finish it. If your group has time, a multi-day workshop allows for more time to expand the concept--adding paper-pieced borders to Bob and Weave, for example, or experimenting with multiple frames and boxes in Boxes and Beyond, or having the time to sew settings and borders rather than just doing basic discharge with ShadowPlay--all with the guidance of this experienced teacher.

Full-day classes are 6 hours long. Allow one hour for lunch (7 hours total).

Full-day classes are $500 per day, and allow for up to twenty students per class. Additional students can be accommodated at $25 each.

All travel, accommodation, and meal costs to be paid by sponsor.

Emerald City

Minimum skill level: advanced beginner / intermediate

Colleen Wise - Emerald City

These blocks not only look like three-dimensional pyramids, they also appear to float above the surface of the quilt! Emerald City blocks are strip pieced and simple to construct. Careful attention to value will make the illusion appear. We'll also talk about shadows and how to choose fabrics to enhance that sense of three dimensions. So elegant and so easy--and so exciting to see the results!

Boxes and Beyond

Minimum skill level: advanced beginner / intermediate

Colleen Wise - Boxes and Beyond

Boxes, both solid and hollow, appear to float in space. This optical illusion quilt is an expansion of the familiar Baby Blocks pattern. If you think Baby Blocks requires hours of tedious hand piecing, try this clever variation! This quilt is strip-pieced and easy to assemble. No set-in corners! Learn the tricks of value that make this 3-D illusion work.

Bob and Weave

Minimum skill level: beginner

Colleen Wise - Bob and Weave

Play with 3-D illusion on a quilt! By choosing your colors with careful attention to value (relative lightness/darkness), bands of color appear to weave under and over against a background of your choice. An easy project suitable for beginners, fun for experts. In the one-day version of this workshop, we will create the body of the quilt as shown at right. Additional days allow time to add shadows to “lift” the grid from the background, or to paper-piece arcs to connect the bands for a stunning border.

Shadow Play

Minimum skill level: beginner

Colleen Wise - Botanically Correct

Leaves seem to hover above the surface of this quilt. This is a levitation class: learn how to float leaves! Surface design techniques combined with appliqué or fusing create a powerful three-dimensional illusion. It’s incredible!

This class has specific site requirements:
•Must be able to work outside
•Access to a washer and dryer a big plus.

Wild Sky

Minimum skill level: beginner

Colleen Wise - Wild Sky

Planets and satellites seem to dance and swirl against a daytime sky. Appliqué these circles by hand or machine, or fuse them if you prefer. Just be sure to add the secret touch that makes them look three-dimensional. Colleen will share her secrets for easy and perfect circles…and for that magical 3-D excitement. Blocks are set with her perspective setting to enhance the depth and dimension of this quilt.