Paula Nadelstern

Sun, April 19 to Sat, April 25 2020

Kaleidoscope and Quilts with Paula Nadelstern

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: 8 Spots Left

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This five-day workshop will cover unique machine-piecing techniques as well as color and fabric guidelines for creating the complex and mobile reflection of a kaleidoscope. While gaining insight into the nature of symmetry and intricately printed fabrics, students will learn to create a design that sews together successfully and renders a kaleidoscopic image filled with luminosity and dramatic impact.

On Day 1, students learn all the unique machine piecing, drafting and template techniques I use to create complex images by sewing a pattern called SunStars. The next days include exploration of more advanced themes (ie: piecing curves, innovative use of fabrics, learning to identify and join divergent angles).

Analysis of creative layouts and background will be a focus. Students will begin to work independently, designing and sewing at their own pace with the instructor providing individual attention. Most will finish more than one kaleidoscope depending on project size and scope; although the workshop is more process than product oriented and each student works at their own pace.

In a longer format, the instructor doesn’t need to oversimplify. Time is provided for both process and product and for setbacks — which often turn out to be the take-aways, the lessons that occur when a misstep needs to be fixed. Skills get cemented and integrated, making the processes richer and layered. Consider time and space to create among like-minded peers a gift to be much appreciated. In the classroom context, seeing what others make is almost as good as making it yourself.

NOTE: Returning students may contact me and inquire about working independently with coaching on a snowflake block. In this case, bringing appropriately colored fabrics is completely up to the student.


Student Feedback

“I had no idea that we were getting a world renown instructor. Paula was warm, friendly, and very modest. She made individual time available to each student and managed to spend unstructured time with everyone. She worked to foster group cohesion. Her PowerPoint and sharing her own quilts was truly motivating.”


About Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern make quilts on the same block in the Bronx where she grew up. Being a New Yorker wrapped up in the fabric of city life creates an inherent paradox contrasting the traditional image of quiltmaking as part of a simple, make-do, rural way of life with her own complex urban-shaped space. Her quilts have achieved international recognition for the innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. Honored by inclusion in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts, her designs have inspired products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, TX and were showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009).

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $720.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,722.00-$1,890.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*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 your options to enroll here.