soaring high with complex curves

soaring high with complex curves

NOTE: The August 2022 Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop at Woodland Ridge Retreat is open for registration. To learn more and register +click here

By Patricia Belyea

DOWNSVILLE WI  Twelve enthusiastic quilting gals joined me at Woodland Ridge Retreat for a week-long workshop focused on Creativity, Complex Curves & Compositions. The goal for students was to make flat, pieced curves of their own designs.                           

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It was good that I’d brought 50 bolts of yukata cotton as there was lots of interest in Japanese fabrics with this group.

Vintage Japanese yukata cottons from Okan Arts at Woodland Ridge Retreat WI

The first assignment was the Quadrant Quilt made up of four big 18" blocks filled with bold and robust curved piecing.

Student Work: Complex Curves Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Complex Curves Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Complex Curves Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WI

The second project challenged the newly coined Curve Masters to make compositions with Straights & Curves.

Student Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WI

Two students had already taken my Complex Curves Workshop so they delved into more involved assignments.

Student Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WIStudent Work at the Creativity, Complex Curves, and Compositions Workshop with Patricia Belyea at Woodland Ridge Retreat WI

Besides the delightful camaraderie, perfect facility, fabulous food, and sweet locale, there was an unexpected treat three doors down from Woodland Ridge Retreat.

There I met ceramic artist John Thomas of Dunn County Pottery. I learned that John had studied as an apprentice potter in Japan when he was 20 years old. Then John showed me his two-step climbing kiln—reminiscent of Kawai Kanjiro’s huge climbing kiln in Kyoto!

Dunn County Pottery by John Thomas in Downsville WIDunn County Pottery by John Thomas in Downsville WIDunn County Pottery by John Thomas in Downsville WIDunn County Pottery by John Thomas in Downsville WI

Next summer Patricia is teaching Creativity & Inserted Curves in-person at Woodland Ridge Retreat. To learn more and register +click here

What about bugs in Wisconsin in August?

I thought I was going to get eaten alive on this trip so I packed a highly potent bug repellant—which I never used. The only bugs I met were Monarchs and bees dancing amidst the Joe Pye Weed outside the retreat center.

Monarch butterfly at Woodland Ridge Retreat WI


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