Improvisational Quilting
Improvisational Quilting
Improvisational Quilting
Improvisational Quilting

Improvisational Quilting

MAY 9 & 10

Regular price $250.00

Course Fee: $250
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

TIME: 9:00AM – 3:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate with basic sewing machine experience
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+), Youth (ages 15-17)
LOCATION: Building 324C, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. (COVID protocol will be observed, read our policies here)

Improvisational quilting is a way to explore quilting intuitively without using rulers, templates, pins, or a plan. Teaching artist Robin O'Neil will assist you in learning to make seven different fabric components which can then be used to create an original quilt. Through this process, you will be able to explore many color combinations and choose to combine them using a “medallion” or “column” style. In addition, a demonstration of the “quilt as you go” process will be included for students interested in learning the technique. This hands-on workshop will also be enriched with an in-depth presentation comparing traditional, modern, and improvisational styles of quilt making, including several examples of quilts made by Robin.


  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Rotary cutter with mat
  • Scissors and blue painters tape
  • Solid and/or patterned fabric: 8-10 choices, 1/2 or whole yards, darks-mediums-lights

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal. Learn more

Robin O'Neil is a retired special education teacher who began quilting in 1973. She has been teaching quilt workshops in fabric stores and guilds and offering private lessons in her studio for the past 15 years. Her guiding principle for everything she makes or teaches is to be “wide open.” The best ideas flood in when she opens her mind, her heart, her imagination, and her spirit. Life is too short to fret!

Artist website: Robin O'Neil

This course is eligible for a 10% member discount at the Supporter level and beyond. Get a membership today!

Quimper Mercantile and Don's Pharmacy offer Northwind Art School students a 10% discount on art supplies.

If Northwind Art has to cancel a course for any reason, all enrolled students will receive a 100% refund (including any materials fee).

Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee).

Students withdrawing fewer than seven days from the first day of class are not eligible for a refund except in the case of illness or injury, in which case they are eligible to receive a 40% refund (less any materials fee).

Please note that 10% of every course’s registration fee is considered to be a non-refundable deposit in cases of withdrawal to cover administrative overhead.All refunds will be applied to the same credit card that was used for enrollment. No credits or transfers will be granted. Please contact for more information.

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