Deborah Fell

Sun, June 1 to Sat, June 7 2025

Improvisational Quilt Piecing with Deborah Fell

Medium: Fiber

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Ever dream of making a patchwork quilt or using up your scraps?  Do you like to break traditional rules? Keep reading—this workshop is for you!

Allowing yourself to put aside the traditional rules, this workshop will teach you how to piece a quilt top without a pattern, matching no points and just following your heart. A variety of construction options will be presented encouraging students to approach any pieced composition with more tools and confidence to achieve the desired visual goal. Basic design elements are emphasized, and the method is taught in a supportive environment. Students are encouraged to discover their personal design inspiration and will begin to find their own design voice. Sessions are dynamic and include presentations on design, inspiration and using technology as an art tool. Students will walk away with a free form method of piecing a quilt top and the confidence to continue to a finished product.

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About Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Art Quilt Network.  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatments such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials.  Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Quilting by the Lake and Art Quilt Tahoe.  Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.  In 2003 Deborah was in Quilt National and in Visions in 2018.  In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California.  In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio featured Deborah’s work on the front cover.  In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.  Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Nantucket School of Design and the Arts in the summer of 2016, along with the Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2017.  Deborah was the featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany, which featured an architectural series focusing on German architectural elements.  Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France and Cape Town in 2017, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.  Deborah’s art quilt in Visions 2018 won the Quilts Japan Prize, along with teaching in Tokyo in 2019.  Deborah will teach in Australia in 2021 and plans on continuing to make art.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $960.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $2,677.85-$2,891.69

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.