Denise Roberts quilt making workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops

Denise Roberts

Denise L Roberts has been making quilts since 1989 and started to approach quilting as an art form in 2005. She lives on a 38 acre farm in the mountains of West Virginia with her husband Rick. Wanting to further her development, she has attended more than 47 workshops. Studying with leaders in the fields of contemporary quilt-making, fabric dying, composition, color, design, machine-piecing, collage, shibori, screen printing, mark-making and surface design on fabric. Denise hand dyes fabric for her stitched compositions during the summer months. Her work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile exhibits in Europe and the United States.

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New classes created for the Crow Barn Timber Frame Barn!
Denise has developed two NEW exciting classes for the Crow Barn Art Retreats. This will be an outstanding opportunity for an immersive experience into quilt making for the machine piecer. These two weeks will give the receptive student all the solid mechanical foundations needed to proceed on to studying composition with Nancy Crow.

Are you an advanced student who has a strong interest in becoming more expert in machine piecing techniques and construction?
Independent Study Opportunities are now available Spring 2019 in both of Denise Roberts’ 5-day workshops. Denise will help guide any intermediate/advanced student through more intricate machine piecing techniques in order to get any composition, no matter how difficult, off the wall. Construction can be hard to manage in a composition as it becomes more complex. So Denise will cover steps you must take to machine piece a composition once it is cut out and pinned to the work wall in the classroom. In addition, she will also guide students through all the very important finishing steps needed to professionally present a quilted composition in any exhibition.
  • • May 19-24, 2019 | Machine Piecing: Building a Strong Foundation or Independent Study

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    Machine Piecing: Building a Strong Foundation
    • Level: Beginning
    • Zig zag sewing machine: Yes
    • Materials fee:
    $15

    Independent Study
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: Yes


    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Regular: $975 | paid in full by Feb. 1, 2019 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)
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    DESCRIPTION
    This workshop will cover everything first time quilters need to succeed. This class will introduce the fundamental basics of machine-piecing & building a strong foundation for excellent craftsmanship.

    Sewing exercises with rotary-cut quilt making (as opposed to using templates) will be used to practice and learn new techniques. Several small quilt tops will be constructed during the week.

    A wide range of subjects will be covered, including fabric, needles, threads, tools, sewing machine trouble shooting, craftsmanship, use of journals, making a design wall and how to store and ship your quilts.

    If you are considering studying with Nancy, or if you are currently a student and want to sharpen your craftsmanship, this workshop is for you.


    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)
    • Sewing machine (bring your owner’s manual)
    • Needles - 80 Universal and/or 80 Microtex if working with hand-dyed fabric
    • Scissors
    • Thread - 50wt cotton (I use Aurifil)
    • Rulers - 12” x 12” and 6” x 24”
    • 24” x 36” cutting mat
    • Extra large rotary cutter (If purchasing get the straight handle one) and blades
    • Swing arm lamp
    • 5’ x 5’ batting or flannel (white) on which to pin work to wall (optional)
    • Ball head pins (very fine, i.e., Clover silk pins boxed and regular size)
    • Iron / iron cleaner (If traveling by car)
    • Small water spray bottle for ironing
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other supplies you want
    • Multiple outlet power strip/Heavy duty extension cord
    • Packing tape if shipping boxes (plus return shipping labels)
    • 6 light cotton fabrics - 1 yard each
    • 6 dark cotton fabrics - 1 yard each
    • Red fabric - 1/2 yard

    Denise used solid colors for the class samples. You can bring solids or prints. Please wash all of your fabrics.

    Materials fee:
    The materials fee i
    ncludes a book, hard to find ruler, and handouts.


    For Independent Study participants
    Please bring any supplies that you will need to work independently.


    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Denise
  • • May 26-31, 2019 | Finishing Techniques: Finish Strong or Independent Study

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    Finishing Techniques: Finish Strong
    • Level: Beginning to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: Yes
    • Materials fee: No

    Independent Study
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: Yes


    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $975 | paid in full by Feb. 1, 2019 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)
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    DESCRIPTION
    Machine quilting and finishing techniques will be the focus of this workshop. Preparation for machine quilting will be covered on the first day. Topics to be covered include: quilting options, batting, backing fabric, quilting thread and the “quilt sandwich”. We will be machine quilting straight lines using a walking foot.

    For those of you who attended the first week we will be quilting your quilt tops you created in class. If you did not attend week one bring a quilt top to quilt in this class. Please bring a quilt top that is approximately 36” x 36”, not much bigger so we can move on after quilting to the finishing techniques.

    Finishing techniques will include: squaring up your quilt after the quilting is finished, making and attaching facings, hanging sleeve construction and labels (we will cover the information that should go on your labels).

    So much time and effort go into our quilts. This class will help you learn how to have them hang beautifully flat so as to present them professionally.


    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)
    • Sewing machine (bring your owner’s manual)
    • Walking foot
    • Size 75 and 90 quilting needles
    • Rulers - 12” x 12” and 20.5” x 20.5” (optional)
    • Extra large rotary cutter (if purchasing get the straight handle one) and blades
    • 24” x 36” cutting mat
    • Scissors
    • Thread - 40 wt and/or 50 wt cotton (I use 50wt Aurifil)
    • Quilters Dream cotton request (low-loft) batting - Crib size
    • Iron and iron cleaner (If traveling by car)
    • Small water spray bottle for ironing
    • Ball head pins (very fine, i.e., Clover silk pins boxed - and regular)
    • Curved basting pins (comes in 3 sizes, I like the smallest)
    • White Chaco liner pen style (I will have some available for sale)
    • Blue painters tape
    • Swing arm lamp
    • Multiple outlet power strip/Heavy duty extension cord
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other supplies you want
    • Packing tape if shipping boxes (plus return shipping labels)
    • Cotton fabric for backing, bindings/facings, and hanging sleeve - 2 1/2 yards.
    • Please wash your fabrics.


    For Independent Study participants
    Please bring any supplies that you will need to work independently.


    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Denise
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  • • 2019 Spring class tuition and Meal plan
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Denise Roberts or Carol Soderlund:
    • $975 | paid in full by February 1, 2019 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)

    Tuition & Meal plan for special 2-week classes with Nancy Crow:
    • Both weeks (10-day class) of these special workshops are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $975 x 2 weeks | paid in full by February 1, 2019 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250) per week

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    Roommate
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of Denise Roberts, her work & studio.