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Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell

Deborah Fell


Instructor: Deborah Fell
A Magical Trilogy

July 23–27, 2018 (Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Deborah Fell will also be teaching:
Creating the Illusion of Depth in Art Quilts, July 20–22

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You may register online until two weeks prior to the class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Quilting is intertwined with our history. It is the common thread that connects people to one another, generation to generation and cultures to other cultures. By its very essence, quilting is a celebration of the human condition. The stitches are like our paths that bring us home after a long journey. This unique retreat like workshop focuses on how quilting relates to you as an artist. Content includes the following: finding inspiration in your work, celebrating your voice as an artist, the power of breaking the rules along with exercises which focus on foundation piecing, raw edge applique and hand stitching. This method celebrates the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes. Daily presentations and discussions focus on how your art relates specifically to these topics. You will walk away from this retreat workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as an artist along with a more refined artist vision.


DEBORAH FELL is a full time studio artist committed to the quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association and Art Quilt Network. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric, photography and reclaimed materials.

Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years. Besides teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums such as QSDS, Quilting by the Lake, Front Range Contemporary Quilters and community college, and continuing education.

Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University. In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house built in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art. In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio featured Deborah’s work on the front cover. In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Deborah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Nantucket School of Design and the Arts in the summer of 2016, and did an artist residency in Vermont in the fall of 2017. Deborah was a featured artist for the January 2017 Patchwork Professional in Germany featuring an architectural series focusing on German architectural elements. Art exhibit openings in South Africa in 2014, Holland in 2015, and France and Cape Town in 2016, continue to strengthen Deborah’s art visibility at the international level.

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Current MAC Members: $517
Non-members: $575 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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