Design Camp: Improv Piecing for Abstract Quilts • April 17 – 21 • Pat Pauly

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Pat Pauly, Guest Teaching Artist

5 days • Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 21, 2023

9:30 am – 4:30 pm, daily

Nonmembers: $922, Members: $830
($184.40/day for nonmembers, and $166/day for members!)


For scholarship inquiries, contact Cristin McKnight Sethi,

Join artist Pat Pauly for this five-day intensive workshop with improvisational piecing (sewing) as the base for composing contemporary works. Start with building a set—complete with insets, windows, thin lines, breaks, shifts and curves—all the tools of improvisational quilting. Then break apart this set to focus on design and composition, rearranging (with a few added tricks) the parts to become an entirely new piece. Explore creating works in a series, abstract forms in compositions, and allowing the fabric to do the work. Use your unique hand dyed or printed fabric, or commercial prints, as a jumping off point in a design. Perfect for anyone who wants to learn in depth the techniques of improvisational design piecing and strategies for making compelling works of fiber art.  Instructor will bring a select number of her printed fabrics for any student who wishes to purchase additional fabric for their projects.

**See supply list of items to bring to class**

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We also invite you to join Pat’s public lecture on Thursday, April 20 at 5 pm, to accompany the workshop!
Register for Art Speaks: One, Two, Many with Pat Pauly online here.

For our out of town guests, nearby accommodations are available with our partner hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, University Ave. in Minneapolis.  For the special Textile Center rate and more info, visit our website here:

Instructor Bio:

A sought-after lecturer and teacher in contemporary fiber arts, Pat Pauly (she/her) shares her wealth of knowledge from decades of working in design. Recognized nationally and internationally, her work evokes natural forms that are bold and graphic. Her award-winning art quilts have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Her workshops focus on design and technique, as well as when to apply the rules, and when to toss them out. Pat Pauly’s studio is in Rochester, New York.

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Withdrawal Policy

If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 2 weeks before the start of this special workshop, you will receive a 50% refund of your workshop fee. Less than 2 weeks, there is no refund, due to the paid commitment we make to the instructor and the cost of bringing them to Textile Center. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your donation to Textile Center for any forfeited tuition. Please make this request in writing to

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Pricing options

Member, Nonmember, Early Bird