z - Block Printing Design & Mixed Media Retreat by Valori Wells Designs

Picture the view out your window of an airplane at the land below.... Patterns emerge with line, color, and texture!  Let this information inform the design of an original composition. 

In this mixed media workshop you will learn to translate the image using improvisational piecing, block printing, applique, embroidery, and hand and machine quilting to capture the essence of the inspiration.

Valori is a professional quilter, author, fabric & pattern designer, painter & photographer.

Lunch is provided each day

Supply List

In this three-day workshop we will explore design, color and mixing techniques and media to create your unique quilt.

~ Bring printed pictures – it is much easier to work off the paper than your phone or device. Your images should be aerial views that are inspiring to you in terms of composition, it can also inspire your palette or bring other images of color inspiration. You will work on a sketch combining ideas from your photos and proceed to create a design for your quilt.

~To help with your fabric choices try working from a photo – it can be from a magazine, printed off Pinterest – that is interesting to you (It is easier to work with a palette different that the earth itself or to push an “earthy” palette to make it more interesting.) Objectively look at the color families and values within the photo. This will help you in your selection of fabric. It is always good to throw in those zingers that you are not sure about. For a wall hanging ¼ to ½ yard cuts. (better to bring more variety than less) Solids, solid like textures, hand dyes, batiks, and prints will work for this project.

~ Neutral thread for piecing, embroidery thread or pearl cotton for adding accents to your piece.

~Sewing machine in good working order.

~Medium or large cutting mat, medium or small rotary cutter with new blade, 6” x 12” ruler or similar size, scissors, pins, embroidery needles, small hoop, paper and pencil for sketching your quilt design and your blocks, 1 yard or more of flannel or quilt batting for a design wall, old shirt or apron for when we are printing.

The Quilter's Lodge has 10 private and shared bedrooms and can accommodate up to 26 guests.  We hope you will choose to stay with us for this retreat!  Lodging guests will be served a continental breakfast and have 24 hour access to the classroom to work on projects of their choice outside of class time.  Please email info@quilterslodge for rates and availability.


Valori Wells embodies the true meaning of the word innovator in her field. Born into, and surrounded by fabric from birth she was conditioned daily in unspoken ways, living and breathing art, color and textiles into the fiber of her being. Supported by a loving, powerful and creative mother she has had the perfect platform to blossom into the successful woman she is today.

Her artistic journey has included many chapters of creative experience allvisually focused ultimately honing her into to the unique fabric designer she has become now. Currently printing onto fabric with her uniquely hand carved blocks added an element to the textile market that is ornate, exotic and a style all her own. She is edgy and her work speaks to those who desire an artist hand in their choice of fabrics. 

As a artist she has honored her gift and nurtured her passion with a life long study beginning as a child immersed in the thriving Stitchin’ Post adventure founded by her mother Jean Wells in 1975. After high school shewent on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts majoring in photograpy. Photography is the perfect vehicle to train the eye to see the beauty and details of nature and life. From this gathering of inspiration Val translates what she sees into art, fabric, patterns and designs. This is the area of mastery that she shines. 

Obvious to so many who are in turn inspired by her creativity they too see a mentor paving the way, igniting possibilities and assisting them to expand creatively. Her sense of color and pattern are intuitive to the core and is totally amazing! As Val steps forward acting from her creative genius others are touched. The fabrics she has designed for almost twenty years can be found all over the world. She has co-authored nine books with her Mom and is the sole author of three books. She is co-owner of the Stitchin’ Post. She is the Manager of the Quilter’s Affair Conference in Sisters each year. There is no doubt that in her young age already she has made her mark.

Skill Level: Intermediate Beginner
Instructor: Valori Wells of Valori Wells Designs

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.