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FRCQ offers several workshops each year addressing a broad range of skill levels and techniques. New Skills workshops are taught by regional artists and run 1-2 days. Major Workshops, including retreat workshops, are taught by national and international teachers and typically run 2 or more days. Instructor and venue expenses determine tuition for major workshops. Tuition is set with the intent that FRCQ neither makes nor loses money, offering members access to high-quality instructors at the lowest possible cost.

Only current FRCQ members may register for workshops. Registration forms must be completed and mailed with tuition and materials fees (if required) to the Workshop Director. If a workshop does not fill as needed to cover expenses, it may be cancelled 30 days prior to the start of the class. Full refunds will be issued to those registered. If a registered participant elects to withdraw from a workshop, a refund will be issued only if another member on the wait-list can fill the space. Registration is not transferable. For more information about how to register for our workshops or to be added to a waitlist, please contact our Workshops team.

Dorothy Caldwell – Human Marks

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_Workshop:  Human Marks

Dates: September 15-18, 2016, Thursday – Sunday

Location: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Cost: $265 + $40 supply fee

The marks we make record time and human energy. In this workshop, working with paper and cloth, we will examine different kinds of marks, including stitching, drawn and painted marks, and more unconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these techniques will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that, through time and repetition, evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms. Participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments by applying them to their own materials and imagery.

 Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.

Supply fee of $40 is paid directly to instructor on the first day of class.

Workshop has filled. Please email to be placed on the waiting list.





FRCQ will be hosting a play weekend retreat on Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Meals and Bedding included

Cost is $140.00

All rooms are bunk style

Door prizes and Demos will be given throughout the weekend

Bring any project and materials you need to use, bring your sewing machines, plenty of fabric to share, a piece you have wanted to finish or any other play art supplies for a fun-filled weekend. Please remember if your project requires paint to bring plenty of floor protection. NO Fabric Dying is permitted onsite.

Alcohol is not permitted.

If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know with a note on paypal when you enroll, using the add note for seller. If you have a specific roommate in mind, please note that as well using the add note for seller area.

Click here to sign up!

How to Get There

Bear Trap Ranch is located just 30 minutes outside of the center of downtown Colorado Springs, only six miles beyond the Broadmoor Resort on Old Stage Road. Although Bear Trap Ranch is the closest retreat center of its size to downtown Colorado Springs, once on the property there is a distinct sense of being truly remote–a place of wonder, beauty, peacefulness and adventure with a deep sense of home.

Bear Trap Ranch
8655 Old Stage Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906                               

When using GPS to plan your trip to Bear Trap Ranch, use coordinates:   

38.739662;   -104.915361







Rachel Clark – Clothing for Body and Soul

2 day workshop October 17th and 18th (Monday and Tuesday) 10 am – 4:30 pmclark

Location: Tomorrow’s Heirlooms 12031 Tejon Street., Suite #200 Westminster, CO 80234

Cost: $120



In this workshop, students will create a garment or small quilt that will “speak” for them.  Using a traditional or contemporary pattern, each student will be encouraged to create a one-of- a-kind work that will reflect individual personality or ethnicity, make a social or political statement, and/or express humor.  A variety of construction and embellishment techniques will be explored. Students may work with just one color, or many contrasting prints or solids, and/or experiment with textures. With the addition of buttons, beads, bells, baubles, braids, ribbons, and/or lace, each student’s work will make a unique and individual statement. In this multi-day class students will initially focus on design, fabric selection, layout, and techniques.  Rachel will work with students first to facilitate the design phase and then move on to construction.  Students will be encouraged to work at their own pace with one-on- one input from Rachel throughout the process.

Participants Should Bring:

12-20 print or solid fabrics (you are welcome to bring more) in 1/4 – 3/4 yard pieces NOTE: PRESHRINK ALL FABRICS

Embellishments to enhance your piece

Sewing Machine and Extension cord

Basic sewing kit and tape

Pens, pencils, note pad or writing paper

Pattern or tracing paper

Rotary cutter and mat

Sense of adventure and humor!

Garment makers also need: A basic garment pattern that fits you (Rachel’s patterns will also be available for $15).

Base fabric (muslin or flannel) 4 yards

Lining for garment

Jette Clover – Master Class: Finding Your Voice

jette cloverJETTE CLOVER


 On-Line: January-October 2017

Face-to-Face: October 17-19, 2017

About This Master Class:

FRCQ is offering an unusual and exciting opportunity for its members who are accomplished art quilters to turbocharge their art! Students will explore what they want to express, with which materials and techniques, and how to bring it all together into good compositions, guided by internationally renowned art quilter, Jette Clover.

Students will be given a theme to explore in their art over a period of nine months and will create at least three finished pieces. Students will receive  eight monthly lessons via email; each month the lesson will cover a topic such as line, color, texture, value, working in a series, etc., and suggest exercises, assignments, and tips for websites and videos to watch. Students will work independently in their own tempo, and take from the monthly lessons what they can use and what they have time for. The lessons are meant to establish good artistic work habits, spark creativity, and encourage the development of a body of work.

In the ninth month we will meet ‘live’ for a 3-day session. Students will be expected to bring finished work and a workbook with their research and ideas about their theme. The session focus will be on group discussions as well as one-on-one time with the teacher, who will work individually with each student to define goals, provide supportive and useful critique, and stimulate the development of a personal voice. We will deal with composition and how to achieve balance between form and content. The students will learn how to give as well as receive critiques in a positive way. We will further deal with how to present oneself as an artist and how to prepare for an exhibition.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist. She is also an art historian, and worked for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Jette has lived and worked in the US, the Netherlands, and, currently, in Belgium.


Dates: January-October, 2017, on-line

October 17-19, 2017  face-to-face (Tuesday-Thursday)

Face-to-Face Session Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $400

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on September 17, 2016; course begins January 2017



Jane Dunnewold – Fleeting Images: Impermanent Processes for Silk Screen Printing + Exploring Creativity Strength Training

Matisse's BirdfeederSpend two days exploring the versatility of  the traditional silkscreen.  These impermanent processes allow numerous printings of an image, but when the screen is washed at the end of the session, the image is removed.  Techniques will include flour paste, soy wax, Aquarelle crayon and Inktense blocks, and thickened dyes.  

Spend our third day together immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program.  This is lots of fun but is also instructive!  Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself.  Dismantle your Committee.  Play and work simultaneously!  No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!  

Two sessions will be offered:  May 12-14, 2017  (American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO) and May 16-18, 2017 (Altona Grange, Longmont, CO).

Details coming soon.


Jette Clover – Text and Textile


Text and Textile

Friday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

October 13-15, 2017

About This Workshop:

The primary focus of this workshop is to explore language as a means of visual communication. We will use text and handwriting as key elements of design and find new ways to combine words and images to add meaning to art work. We will work with non-traditional “tools” for writing and make use of drawing, painting, stamping, stenciling, rubbing, printing, and a variety of transfer techniques to apply text to cloth.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist whose work reflects her passion for text and lettering.  She started out as a journalist on a daily newspaper, cementing her relationship to text. She then was an art historian, working for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.


Workshop:  Text and Textile

Dates: October 13-15 (Friday-Sunday)

Location: American Mountaineering Center,  710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $195 + $5 materials fee

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on July 17, 2017)