There are a few spaces left in an exciting workshop at Madeline Island School of the Arts in September!

I’ll be co-teaching with Maria Shell and Sarah Bond for five days September 25-29, 2023 on magical Madeline Island in northern Wisconsin.

The workshop is called Piecing Perspectives: Creating with Units, and we’re going to take a deep dive into all the ways you can create design elements and combine them into an original quilt–like squares and rectangles, triangle shapes, curves and more.

This a is unique experience to learn with three Improv teachers, each with their own perspective on color, technique and design!

Classes will be a mix of short lectures from each instructor, demos on the techniques, and one-on- one help with design and puzzling the elements together into a cohesive whole.

Students can chose to use ideas from one, two, or all three instructors. There won’t be “shoulds” or “have-tos” involved–it will be a fun time playing with fabric and thread.

If you’d like to learn more, I will be hosting an Instagram Live event on this Tuesday, July 11 at 5 PM Eastern. Maria, Sarah and I will be on hand to discuss our favorite units and answer any questions you might have. To join, just visit my Instagram at 5 PM on Tuesday. We did an Instagram Live on Sarah’s feed a couple of weeks ago–you can listen to a recording of that at this link. 

If you have questions you’d like to hear us discuss about anything quilt or Improv-related, just let me know by responding to this post, or sending me an email at [email protected]

And if you’d like to learn more about Madeline Island and the class itself, visit

Madeline Island is the largest of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful setting to get away and focus entirely on quilting–good food, beautiful views, and nice accommodations. You can rent a sewing machine if you don’t want to bring your own, and if you don’t want to stay on the island, there are options for accommodations a short ferry ride away in Bayfield, WI.

Here are some examples of quilts we’ve made with the types of units we’ll be exploring in class;

Work by Maria Shell


Work by Sarah Bond


Picasso’s Chickens – Cindy Grisdela

It’s going to be a lot of fun – I hope you can join us!