On the Road: Woodland Ridge Retreat 2017

On the Road: Woodland Ridge Retreat 2017

April 15, 2017

I break my teaching into two seasons, Winter/Spring and Fall. Between those seasons lie the Holidays (November-December) and the Summer (July-August) when I either don’t teach at all or only teach occasionally. I’m about half-way through my Winter/Spring teaching engagements, having just returned from two weeks in Wisconsin. While in the Land of All Things Cheese, I was … Read More

The Finish Line: The Belgian Connection

The Finish Line: The Belgian Connection

April 8, 2017

In 2012 I received an email from a quilter named Ria Mille who was interested in attending my Maine summer quilt retreat. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence. What caught my eye, besides her charming command of the English language, was the fact that she was from Belgium. She asked lots of questions about the class, including what … Read More

Quilt Stories: (Re)Introducing “Crocodylus Smylus”

Quilt Stories: (Re)Introducing “Crocodylus Smylus”

April 1, 2017

I figured it was about time to introduce “Stevie”, my my 20 foot saltwater crocodile, to those who might not have seen her the first time around. And reintroduce her to those for whom it’s been a long time since they saw her. Here’s a brand new video I created especially for this purpose: A year … Read More

Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage (Updated with Video)

Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage (Updated with Video)

March 25, 2017

I received the following comment on my Facebook page the other day:

“Question: Do you use Batiks exclusively or regular cotton fabric as well? Many of these pieces have so much detail in the fabric that I’m guessing you would have to be shopping for fabric all the time in order to find the best fit for your piece.”

This along with my recent experience in my classes, convinced me that I hadn’t given enough guidance on how to choose fabric for fabric collage. It’s doesn’t happen all the time, but too often my students arrive in class without the right fabric for their subject, despite having read my original blog post “Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage” (see below). Choosing fabric to bring to class continues to be a challenge.

Susan Carlson 2018 Teaching Schedule, Part 1

March 24, 2017

Many people have contacted me to ask when I was going to announce my 2018 teaching schedule. Well, here it is, in part. I say in part because I am not quite ready to announce my 2018 Maine Quilt Retreats. Another post will follow announcing when I will be ready to accept registration for those. Here are … Read More

On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 2

March 18, 2017

I arrived back home to Maine from this teaching trip just in time for a good old Nor’Easter (that’s a blizzard for you non-New England folks). A foot or more—hard to tell with all that gale force wind—of snow fell. The following video shows why I enjoy spending time in Pacific Grove, California teaching for Empty Spools Seminars … Read More

On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 1

On the Road: Empty Spools 2017, Session 1

March 11, 2017

UPDATE Here’s a walkaround video of my first classroom at Empty Spools 2017. When making my teaching schedule each year, I make sure a keep two weeks open in the winter or early spring for Empty Spools Seminars. It’s a great time to leave the cold weather of Maine for the more temperate climes of … Read More

Marilyn and Joel Davidson: Collaborators in Life and Art

Marilyn and Joel Davidson: Collaborators in Life and Art

March 4, 2017

Over the course of a year I teach many students. Some of them return for follow up classes. And there are those I could count on a hand or two that have become perennial attendees. At that point they have probably become friends as well. Marilyn Davidson is one of those people, along with her husband … Read More

Sign Up to Fill Openings for May Retreat! CLASS FULL

February 25, 2017

Sign Up Now for Last Minute Openings at My Spring Maine Retreat SORRY CLASS IS NOW FULL! Susan Carlson Spring Quilt Retreat Dates: May 15-19, 2017 Place: Hyatt Old Port-Portland, Portland, Maine I’ve had a flurry of openings for my upcoming class in Portland in a couple of months, so I am now looking to … Read More

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 5

The Finish Line: Completed Student Work Volume 5

February 25, 2017

This edition of “The Finish Line”—completed versions of student work along with in-progress shots from class—has a little more rhyme and reason to it than usual. Recently I received finished photos from a class I’d taught just a few weeks ago, so I’ll begin with those and work backward with some from last year, ending with quilts … Read More