Workshops Available to Groups, Guilds, etc.


The Three Sisters:  An Unconventional Approach to Foundation Piecing, Raw Edge Applique & Hand Stitching

Why a trilogy?  The magic of threes comes together with an unconventional approach to foundation piecing, raw edge applique and hand stitching.  Combining these techniques opens a door to the possibility of new approaches to design decisions.  Students will begin by making small compositions, using the combined elements of fabric and art paper. Guidance is provided on how to translate these small compositions into larger scale compositions.  Panel piecing, using muslin as a base, is explored as a manageable option of working with small fabric scraps to create an image.  Approaching hand stitching as a mark making design element, brings the final magic to the trilogy.  Students are provided with direct instruction through demos, presentations and handouts.  Content includes using these techniques with the collage method to create a more consistent design style.  Using this approach allows you to have greater choices when approaching the design and implementation of an art quilt.  Students will also learn the power of limiting your color palette for materials.  Along with celebrating the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes, this method opens up innovative avenues for construction options.   Imperfection is encouraged.  This workshop will provide more tools and options for you to use in your work.





Creating the Illusion of Depth in Art Quilts

This technique workshop uses mixed media materials along with fabric to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional plane; in our case, a quilt.  Through use of these materials along with principles of design, students will create small studies using these techniques.   Specifically, overlapping, placement, size, value, and focus, will be areas of concentration using the collage approach.  Students will walk away with a better sense of command over creating the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional plane.

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Sewing Machine
  • 5 days but workshop can be tailored to your needs

deborah fell image 1  


Supply List–click here


Fearless Quilt Piecing

As quilters and artists, having construction options to choose from to bring our designs to completion, allows us to solve problems outside of the box.  This workshop will present construction options while emphasizing the importance of your design voice.  Techniques will be taught so you can create whatever design you desire.  Students are encouraged to bring their design construction problems to class.  Each session opens with a discussion along with direct instruction for piecing techniques.  Sessions are dynamic and include presentations on design, inspiration and using technology as an art tool.  Students will walk away with a variety of skills that offer piecing options to meet diverse design challenges.

deborah fell fearless quilt piecing   deborah fell quilt for German family  hanging samples  flower block 2  green block 2  design wall  flower block 3  orange block

Mixed Media Techniques to Enhance Art Quilts

Using a limited color palette, 3—10 small design studies will be created using related materials.  Mixed media supplies such as paint, paper, found objects and gel medium will be used to create common elements in the design studies.  Techniques using layering, painting and collaging will be taught. Each day opens with a design presentation and demonstrations for mixed media materials.  Students will walk away with a documented sample of techniques in a book form. This mixed media play workshop will allow you to step gently out of your comfort zone in a collaborative and supportive environment!




2-3 Days

All levels

No machine

Student Supply List:   

  • Three colors transparent fluid acrylic paint
    • Small sizes—we don’t need much
    • Bring 3 or 4 related paint colors of what you have
    • If you buy paint, I recommend Golden Fluid Acrylics
  • One bottle Scribbles 3-D black paint (any craft store)
  • Paint brushes—a variety—bring what you have—cheap chip brushes work well
  • Acrylic gel medium—at least 8 oz.
  • Mixed media paper pad
    • Any other kind of paper you might have in your studio
      • Bristol
      • Watercolor paper
    • A large Ziploc bag of misc. such as:
      • Fabric scraps—edges from squared up quilts, small pieces you might not be able to use for anything else, A few fat quarters of fabric you love that coordinates with your chose 3 paint colors
      • Lightweight tissue type papers (old wrapping stuff, old sewing patterns….)
      • Old newspapers, magazine images….
      • Found objects such as rusty bottle tops, textured paper
    • Basic paint supplies such as containers, apron, and texture tools…
    • 2 yds. Natural color duck cloth
    • Small container for water at your table
    • A few rags or paper towels for clean up
    • Magic marker—fine point—black
    • Latex gloves—optional
    • Stencils/stamps if you have them
    • Painting tools—outside of the box stuff like toothpicks, old toothbrushes….anything you can create textures with
    • Glue gun (if you have one)
    • tacky white glue
    • any kind of chipboard book/pages that is already a book (to make our reference book regarding techniques)
    • Scissors
    • 1 canvas pad of paper (if you work fast, bring more)
    • Strathmore Artist Tiles Pad

Class Kit:

  • $25
  • Ephemera
  • Shared tools & chemicals
  • Shared supplies

Choosing the Slow Lane

Our world moves very fast.  This retreat-like workshop focuses on slowing down and relishing in process rather than product.  Supplies needed are minimal and no machine is necessary.  So grab a bag of fabric scraps and your favorite hand sewing tools, and jump on board.  This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch.  The focus is on using the stitch line as mark making on cloth.  Part of the workshop content will be studying the Gee’s Bend Quilters, along with Boro and Kantha stitching practices.  Students will explore personal mark making preferences along with the power of parallel play in groups.

3-5 days

All levels

Supply List:

  • Bag of scraps
    • Bring your own
    • Another option is to look online & buy a packet of like fabric pieces
    • Fabric stores often have small packages of like fabric
    • We do not need yardage
    • Bring a few fat quarters that read as a solid. Make sure to include light, dark & medium
  • 1 yd. of natural color 7 oz. unprimed canvas duck cloth & 1 yd. of black duck cloth
  • Sewing tools:
    • Scissors
    • Needles that fit your thread
    • Pearl cotton—size 8 or 12 works well (I don’t recommend embroidery floss.)
    • Needle threader
    • Needle grabber
    • Straight pins


Quilt Your Surroundings with Repurposed Materials

Do you embrace the surrounding environment?  Do you like to recycle materials and create a greener environment?  Do you have a giant stash of fabric that you would like to use up?  If so, then this workshop is for you!   This workshop uses scraps of fabric from other projects along with mixed media elements such as found objects, papers, lovely trash, interesting textures and repurposed clothing.  Students will be taught methods to make this kind of quilt image possible.  Compositional elements will be the focus and daily presentations will cover topics such as design inspiration, finding your voice as an artist and design elements.  Bring in a favorite surroundings photo for a starting point for design.   This fun, collaborative and liberating workshop will have you loving the environment in an entirely new way.  This method will allow your design voice to sing and give you design confidence!

April 2011 113 April 2011 125 April 2011 127 April 2011 153 art pics april 2011 017 art pics april 2011 018 art pics april 2011 019 deborah fell reclamation blues.jpg deborah fell big grove tavern triptych 2.jpg deborah fell reclaimation 1.jpg deborah fell big grove tavern triptych.jpg deborah fell reclamation green.jpg


Subscribe to our mailing list for workshop updates!

* indicates required

Email Format

Deborah Fell Workshop Requirements:

  • A contract is required
  • $700 per day for workshops
  • Travel expenses to be paid by venue
    • Airfare if over 150 miles, extra baggage fee,  lodging, food, transfers
    • I will need to fly out of Champaign, IL airport (CMI)
    • 56¢ per mile for driving
    • LCD projector, screen & PC platform computer
    • Please provide distilled water for instructor
    • Instructor requires 3 tables/2 design walls
    • For classes needing sewing machines, one table per student, extension cords & access to electrical plugs
    • If traveling by plane, Bernina sewing machine (with a walking foot) must be provided for teacher use


Lectures Available–$300 per lecture plus travel

Lectures include a power point presentation.

Thank You Edward Hopper

This one hour lecture concentrates on Deborah Fell’s art journey–from the beginning in New Hampshire to current day art quilts.  The focus is finding inspiration for your art through your own experiences.

History of Quilting

This one hour lecture focuses on the history of quilting in America.  This can be a longer presentation however the length impacts the price of the lecture.

Gee’s Bend

This is an in-depth journey into the significance of Gee’s Bend quilts and their place in the art quilt world.

Memorial Quilts

From the pioneer days to the AIDS quilt, this lecture gives a comprehensive view of the varied and moving memorial quilts from the Civil War to present day.

History of Art Quilts

This is an in-depth look at the art quilt movement and its roots.

The Impact of Technology in Quilting

From the Industrial Revolution to the invention of the Square, this lecture focuses on the impact of technology on quilting and the quilting industry.

Dancing on AIR

This lecture traces the steps of Deborah Fell’s Artist-in-Residence experience at the Mendocino Art Center.  The focus of the presentation is finding the courage to step outside of your comfort zone.

Renegade Quilts

This lecture takes a comprehensive look at the quilting world from an outsider art perspective.  Renegade quilts include the art quilt, art and healing, Gee’s Bend and memorial quilts.


 deborah fell artist 2 d fell artist photo artist at work2

Back to Top