Spirit Portraits Cohort 1

Small Group Intensive

Spirit Portraits

Over the years, I have created a series of nontraditional portrait quilts that are meant to convey the spirit of the subject.  

I love making these types of quilts, and decided to create this special learning experience to share my process, techniques and tools.  

This is an independent study.   So, we will not be making ‘patterns’ or replicating my quilts.  

Instead, I will guide, encourage,  challenge and support you in creating a Spirit Portrait Quilt  in your unique style.  Prior to the live session, you will have access to prerecorded technique tutorials.

Maximum enrollment: 15 individuals  

NO drawing skills are required for this approach to portraiture.

Workshop Schedule 

TWO GROUP  SESSIONS:  Sessions will be recorded
****March 23, 2023  --7 to 9 p.m.  Eastern
****April 8, 2023-- 12 noon to 4 p.m. Eastern  

PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS:   1 hour session scheduled at a mutually convenient date & time

Workshop Topics 

  • How to find color palette and mood for a portrait quilt based on the Spirit of your subject
  •   Inspiration from sources (documents, photos, etc.) 
  •   Developing the background for the figure or figures
  • Using memorabilia and vintage fabrics 
  •   Explore use of nontraditional fabrics, including repurposed clothing, upholstery fabric, embellishments  and more.     
  • Using quilting to complement the design

Carole Lyles Shaw

Carole Lyles Shaw is an award winning modern quilt designer, author and workshop teacher.  Her virtual workshops are lively and engaging for modern and traditional quilters of all levels.  Her students say that Carole inspires them to be more creative and successful quilters.  Carole started quilting over 20 years ago when she decided to make quilts for her nieces and nephews.  She was mentored by the heirloom quilters of the African American Quilters of Baltimore.

Carole was featured as one of five designers in the Makers Issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine (August 2021 issue). 

She co-founded the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild and served on the Board of  Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild from 2015-2017.  Carole is the author of Madly Modern Quilts and Patriotic Modern Quilts and modern quilt patterns. 

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