Two-Parts: Part 1, May 15, 2021 and Part 2, May 22, 2021; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm each day

Haiku + Quilt = Haikuilt:  What is a haikuilt? It is a small art quilt that accompanies and expresses a haiku — the ancient Japanese form of poetry best known for its 3-line, 17-syllable structure.  Taking inspiration from a Japanese haiku or one of your own, you’ll make a haikuilt to accompany and interpret it.  Fee: $95.00 for both parts. Class size will be limited to 15, so mark your calendar for March 15, 10:00 am which is when registration will open.

Fee: $95 for both days

Workshop with RaNae Merrill https://ranaemerrillquilts.com/

About this workshopWhat is a haikuilt? It is a small art quilt that accompanies and expresses a haiku — the ancient Japanese form of poetry best known for its 3-line, 17-syllable structure. But there is far more to haiku than just counting words: haiku express a subtle fusion between nature and human experience.  In this workshop you will begin with learning about haiku from old Japanese masters and some of the best contemporary English-language poets. Then, taking inspiration from one of their haiku or one of your own, you’ll make a haikuilt to accompany and interpret it. The quilt can use piecing, fusing, applique, machine quilting, handwork, embroidery, embellishments, found objects, etc. Rather than exploring a specific technique or design, this class is an opportunity to relax and let your creativity flow. And since the quilt is small, you’re likely to finish it in class.

Artist Statement re Haikuilts:  “I have been a member of the Haiku Society of America for several years. My haiku have appeared in journals in the USA and Canada, and my haikuilts have been exhibited at several international haiku conferences. I’m excited to share my love of this beautiful ancient poetry form and how it has blended with my love of quilting.” — RaNae Merrill

Here are some examples of Haikuilts:








RaNae Merrill’s Story:

“I began quilting in 1989 (my first year of graduate school) by finishing a quilt my grandmother had been making for me when she died in 1976. (It turned out to be king-size and I hand quilted the whole thing!) Later I found a batch of nine-patch squares in a trunk that had belonged to her, and I started using those to make baby quilts for my nieces and nephews. 

I published my first book, Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, in 2008, inspired by a doodle of a spiral I drew while on a temp job. That book was followed by two more books about spiral quilts: Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts and Sideways Spiral Quilts.  Free-Motion Mastery in a Month,my fourth book, is a shift from quilt design to free-motion quilting. It’s based on my experience as a pianist and piano teacher. It has been really fun to see  people  get excited about this unique approach to learning FMQ!

The day I got my first box of books back in October 2008 I walked out the door to my first teaching engagement and I’ve been teaching ever since.  I’ve taught throughout the USA, and also in South America (where I teach in Spanish).

Before I was a professional quilter I was a pianist (I have a Master’s degree in Piano Performance), a photographer and a travel writer. I still love to travel, though lately it seems like more of a treat to stay home in New York City and quilt!”  –RaNae Merrill


  • Part I:  May 15, 2021 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Part II:  May 22, 2021 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Cost:  $95 for both days.

Location: Zoom, the link will be sent to participants in the week prior to May 15, 2021

Registration:  Registration will open at 10:00 am on March 15, 2021.

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