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Sat, May 04


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IN PERSON: Cool as a Cactus Quilt with Karen Bolan

Does creating color transparency throw you for a loop? Are you intimidated by curves but love precision piecing? Karen will walk you through it all as you tackle the Cool as a Cactus Quilt. Class will be held at Bay Quilts

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IN PERSON: Cool as a Cactus Quilt with Karen Bolan
IN PERSON: Cool as a Cactus Quilt with Karen Bolan

Time & Location

May 04, 2024, 10:00 AM PDT – May 05, 2024, 2:00 PM PDT

Bay Quilts, 5327 Jacuzzi St Suite 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804, USA

About the Event

Saturday, May 4, 10AM - 1PM and

Sunday, May 5, 10AM - 2PM (2 day class)

Class is held at Bay Quilts

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Does creating color transparency throw you for a loop? Are you intimidated by curves but love precision piecing? The Cool as a Cactus quilt, featuring pieced curves, a unique border treatment, and color palette that features transparency is a great place to learn how to tackle these techniques. 

Class will begin with an exercise in creating transparency effects, and a guided shopping excursion. You will then plan a color palette for your quilt that includes a transparency effect.

We work from paper templates to accurately cut and piece large diameter curves. Learn to cut and precisely piece large-diameter curves from templates and assemble a quilt top with pieced borders. 

Leave class with at least one block and border complete.

Skill level: ✂️✂️

You have used a sewing machine and have a few quilting projects under your belt. You're ready to learn some more challenging piecing and quilting skills.

Supply List: 

The digital pattern and paper templates are included as part of the class.  We will send you the supply list with your class confirmation. 

Sewing Machines and Equipment: 

You will need to bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies to class. The specific tools you need will be included in the supply list.

About the instructor: 

Karen Bolan is a quilter in Santa Rosa, California. She is drawn to the layers of design and expression possible in quilting, and loves the learning that comes from experimenting. She endeavors to find efficiencies in process and material use. Her designs are out of the box, and integrate a love of geometry, experimentation, interconnection, depth, and texture. Her work has been featured in magazines including Curated Quilts, Modern Quilt Guild Journal, Make Modern, and Modish Quilter, and her quilts have been exhibited at local and international quilt shows including, de Young Museum, Pacific International Quilt Festival and QuiltCon. 


This class is being held at the Bay Quilts located at 5327 Jacuzzi St. 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804. Bay Quilts is run by Sally Davey and her daughter, Abbey-Shane  a team of lifelong artists and crafters who have been in the quilting industry for over 30 years. They opened Bay Quilts to share their passion and knowledge with the vision of creating a community where artists, crafters, quilters, and makers of all ability can learn, grow, and create together.  This unique fabric shop is so much more than a store - from consignments quilts and gifts, and cloth figures to monthly gallery exhibitions and artist receptions to workshops.  Bay Quilts is a sanctuary for creatives of all skill level. Bay Quilts is generously offering a 10% discount to students on the day of the class.

The classroom space is on the 2nd level so you will need to be able to climb a flight of stairs. There is a convenient caddy so you don't have to carry your equipment up the stairs.

Cancelation Policy:

Class fees are non-refundable. However you may transfer the class to a friend if you let us know in advance.

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