Jane Sassaman

Sun, December 7 to Sat, December 13 2025

Totem of Life with Jane Sassaman

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

Instructor's Website: https://www.janesassaman.com/

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In this workshop we will stylize some of your favorite characters in nature and arrange them into an interlacing appliquéd fabric collage, a colorful and graphic “Totem of Life”. Come to class with a chosen “theme” to help organize your ideas. For, example, you could pick “Autumn” as your theme. Your characters could be fall leaves, moths, chrysanthemums and a harvest moon. Or your theme could be Butterflies and Flowers, Ocean Life or even The Planets. Then you will collect photos and prints of the characters that are candidates for your composition. From these we will stylize (simplify and exaggerate) each object so they can be made as graphic fabric shapes for appliqué. Your composition will evolve as your shapes begin to “play off” one another. This is a perfect way to learn my appliqué and construction techniques, but also a chance to make a uniquely personal project.

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About Jane Sassaman

Jane A. Sassaman worked in many design mediums before discovering quilting…  window dresser, a sign maker, an illustrator and as a designer of decorative accessories.

All of these talents came into play when Jane began to quilt in 1980. Since then her exuberant quilts and fabric designs have attracted worldwide recognition. Under the influence of 19th century Arts and Crafts designers, her work is abstracted from nature, but her colorful graphic style is totally contemporary and always recognizable. In fact, her quilt “Willow” was named as one of the hundred best American quilts of the 20th century.

Today she is also translating her unique vision into exciting fabrics for FreeSpirit. Like her quilts, Jane’s fabrics are nature inspired, large scaled and colorfully enthusiastic. They have been lovingly referred to as “William Morris on anti-depressants”!

When she isn’t fondling and designing fabric in the studio, she is on the road teaching quilt classes, sketching in the garden or browsing through her wonderful library of  design books. She is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”,  which includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts. Her book “Patchwork Sassaman Style” is a primer for using personality prints for quilt making.


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.