Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember
Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember

Improv Quilting: Faces We Remember

APRIL 13 & 14

Regular price $230.00

Course Fee: $230
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

10:00AM - 3:00PM PDT
 Beginner to Advanced/Professional
Adult (ages 18+)
Building 324C, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. (COVID protocol will be observed, read our policies here)

Hey adventurous quilters! Come learn with Maggie Grate how to make quilted wall hangings that bring to life a face from your imagination. This fiber arts class is based on an improvisational technique developed by Freddy Moran (a well-known and much-loved quilter from the Bay area who has given Maggie her blessing to teach her technique).

There is no pattern and no set way to create a "face.” You’ll learn the basics of cutting head and torso, and from there you will dive into creating your “person” (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair and outfit). Once you have created your face, we’ll cover steps to quilt, outline, and bind your creation. You will leave with the understanding of how to create a one of a kind portrait.


  • Please bring the following fabric for face and torso: about a ¼ yard or a fat quarter is enough. Solids or small prints work well. Keep in mind that what you use for the face should be something that does not distract from the eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, etc.
  • Background fabric: A fat quarter to half yard is plenty. Bring a variety of fabrics in different scale and prints. You can also use several different fabrics for the background.
  • Backing and batting: You will need a piece of fabric slightly larger than your face for the backing. Anything will do. Maggie will have a few fat quarters/remnants you can consider. You will also need a piece of batting, again slightly larger than your face. Cotton, low-loft batting is best. Please do not bring high loft, polyester batting.
  • Bring a variety of fabric for hair, clothing, background and backing. Batiks can be used to make “curly” hair. Think in terms of a variety in scale and design.
  • Elmer’s glue stick (several will be available in class, but you will want one for creating at home).
  • Water soluble marking pen or pencil.
  • Sewing machine in good working order.
  • White/off white and black thread (50 weight).
  • Black thread (40 weight) for outlining face.
  • Basic sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutter, mat, etc.).

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

Maggie Torell Grate has been working with fiber since middle school. Beginning with clothing construction in 4-H, she gravitated to other forms of fiber art including quilting, crochet, knitting, embroidery and collage. Enamored by everything textile, she earned a BS in Home Economics from the University of Idaho. During the 1980's quilting underwent a resurgence and Maggie started to enroll in various classes to better understand quilt construction and technique. Classes took her to Sisters, OR and the week-long Quilter's Affair where she took numerous classes from Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran. Liberated from the traditional "rules" of quilting, she currently works primarily with improv, creating small quilts and collage "faces" that represent memories of people who have influenced her life. She is currently working on a series of faces that represent each of her grade school teachers, who all taught her life lessons, one way or another! Maggie lives with her husband, Phil, and Labrador, CoCo, in Port Townsend, WA.

Artist website: @SewStirSpin 

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