Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts Workshop
with RaNae Merrill

July 13-15, 2017
Cost: Public $385/Friend of the Museum $345

In this workshop, we’ll explore the swirling, spinning world of spiral mandala quilts. Quilters of all skills levels are welcome -- beginning quilters will be amazed to discover how easy it is to design and sew these glorious kaleidoscopic quilts, while advanced quilters will still enjoy a challenge. (The designs are based on a variation of the very simple Twisted Log Cabin block.) We’ll explore color and value, fabric choices, symmetry, flow forms, positive/negative space and more. As we get down to sewing spirals, you’ll learn a few simple techniques that make paper-piecing easier and more fun than you ever imagined. By class end, you’ll be able to see how the finished mandala will look, even if you have only part of it sewn; depending on your design and the length of the class, you may finish your entire quilt top.

Quilt size:
This will depend upon your design: the pieced mandala can range from 20” to 40” in diameter; the finished quilt with borders can range from 30” to 60” square.

Class Supply List

About RaNae:

RaNae Merrill is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher. Her unique "spiral" quilts have appeared in national shows and magazines, and her books Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts and Sideways Spiral Quilts have already become quilting classics. She is a popular instructor at guilds, and frequently teaches at major quilt shows around the world.

RaNae found her calling as a professional quilter after previous careers as a pianist, a photographer and a travel writer. (She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from University of Southern California and UCLA respectively.)

She began quilting in 1989, beginning with a half-finished, king-sized quilt her grandmother had been making for her when she died in 1976. When she found a batch of nine-patch squares in a trunk that had belonged to that grandmother, she started making baby quilts for her nieces and nephews, incorporating Grandma’s blocks into each one. (These are the Grandma's Nine-Patch quilts in her Gallery.) When people began praising her designs and suggesting that she quilt professionally, she brushed off the idea as impractical.

Several years later, she began to experiment with making some of her travel photographs into fabric designs. When she went to ask advice, the head designer at Blank Quilting bought one of the lines, and suggested that she attend Quilt Market, where she was astonished to discover that being a professional quilter could, indeed, be a rewarding career!

Today RaNae designs quilts and patterns, writes quilting books and teaches workshops in the USA and abroad -- in both English and Spanish. She still loves to travel!

"One of my students wrote to me at the end of a project and said 'I never thought I could do anything like this. You’ve changed my life.' Moments like that are when I get the greatest joy from quilting."

For more information and registration information, contact Becky Glasby, Director of Education at 270-442-8856.


Tuition is $385 for for Non Friends and $345 for Friends of the Museum.

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