Raintree Woods Studio Workshops in Urbana, Illinois

Raintree Woods Studio Workshops are held in Deborah Fell’s Urbana, Illinois studio.  With 33 years of teaching experience in public high school, Deborah now offers low enrollment art quilt workshops in a beautiful retreat setting in the woods.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to quilt, to dye fabric or increase your design skills, then these workshops might be for you. Most supplies are included in the workshop fee.  Along with that, machines are provided for workshops that require machines so you don’t have to haul them in.  Workshops range from a few hours in length to all day workshops. Workshops range from hands on dyeing & quilting, to design & construction.


When I retired from my high school teaching position in 2011, the following fall I started teaching in the University of Illinois OLLI program.  I taught for a few years but quickly realized that I needed freedom from the academic calendar to teach workshops around the country.  That was when I started teaching workshops through my studio—Raintree Woods Studio Workshops.

Teaching out of my studio was extremely rewarding and I want to thank all of you who have taken a workshop in my studio over the past few years.  Just when we think that things get settled and all seems in order, change comes knocking on our door.  The more I teach around the country, the more in demand I become.  This is not a bad problem, but again I have to adjust things to be able to meet the demands.  In that respect, I have decided to no longer teach out of my studio for the time being.  There are a few exceptions to that.

I will still teach if a small group (up to 4 people) wants to take a workshop.  The procedure is the same as before.  We will negotiate on a date and length of the workshop, and get the ball rolling that way.  My daily studio fee is $125 for six hours of instruction.  (In reviewing costs elsewhere, this is the average cost of an art quilt workshop tuition).   Topics will be as follows with emphasis on what the group wants to learn.  Here are the general categories:

  • How to dye fabric.
  • Learning to machine quilt.
  • Learning how to free motion quilt.
  • Design & composition.
  • How to make a patchwork quilt (Great workshop to make special quilts for those grandchildren!!!!!).
  • Surface design.
  • Collage.
  • Using fusible web as a design tool.

This will give you an idea of my teaching schedule for the next few months.  In a few weeks I will be doing a lecture for a quilt guild in Wisconsin.  An art conference in Ohio is next with a week of teaching at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum.  I am proud to share that I will be a part of Visions Art Museum quilt exhibition & will be attending the opening in San Diego this fall.  After that is a trip to Nevada to teach at Art Quilt Tahoe.  This past year has been filled with adventures teaching in California, near the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey, and Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio.  Filling in the gaps was an art installation trip to NYC.   I have been trying to do one artist residency a year & so far have done residencies in northern Vermont, Nantucket Island, and Mendocino, California.  No wonder I am exhausted!!!!!!

So let me know if you have a small group that wants to learn a specific art quilt related skill.

  • Get a group of friends together, decide on which workshop you want to take and then shoot me a few dates that can work for your group.
  • Email me & let me know you want me to offer a specific workshop–even suggest a date!
  • Email me & set up a one-on-one retreat studio for as many days as you like.  Workshop content can be your choice.

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