Imaginary landscapes

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Immerse yourself in a transformative four-day retreat entitled “Imaginary Landscapes: Exploring Color Theory and Complex Piecing Techniques to Design Your Own Quilts.”

Participants will dive into color theory, transparency effects, and master a range of piecing techniques. Armed with new skills, they embark on designing exclusive quilt landscapes, carefully selecting colors and shapes to encapsulate their creative expression. Through the art of sewing, they bring these visions to life, witnessing the gradual emergence of their distinctive and personalized quilt landscapes.

This immersive, hands-on workshop serves as a platform for participants to explore, experiment, and ultimately realize their creative potential, empowering them to craft breathtaking quilts that serve as a tangible reflection of their individual style and artistic sensibilities.

The retreat not only equips participants with technical expertise but also invites them to tap into their unique creative voices, utilizing their skills to transform imagination into stunning visual representations by the workshop’s conclusion.

  • Pack 1: Accommodation in a private double room with full board
    900 €
  • Pack 2: Accommodation in double room (shared with another participant) and full board
    800 €
  • Pack 3: No accommodation, only lunch included
    640 €

NEW: Payment methods: would you like to pay in instalments? Payment by credit card or bank transfer is possible in up to 3 instalments. Please contact us directly by e-mail at, specifying “Seminar booking”. A first payment of 400€ will constitute the deposit. The final payment must be made before 31.08.2024. Any ticket not paid in full will be cancelled after this date, with no right of recourse.

No options includes drinks at the hotel or restaurant, nor transportation to the hotel.

For any allergies or intolerances, please contact us by email.

Sewing machines for this class are kindly provided by our partner company

Bring the following material:
  • Masking tape (painter’s tape)
  • Color pencils, notebook and pencil for taking notes and drawing
  • Set of 10 graphite pencils 14B> 2H , for instance Faber-Castell.
  • Washable glue with a fine point applicator (could be a Helmer’s glue or Roxane glue for basting). Dont bring glue stick, because it doesn’t work.
  • Ruler
  • Paper scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker (erasable like chalk or water erasable)
  • Rotary cutter, with a new blade and cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler (2 1/2″ x 18 is Carolina’s favorite)
  • Freezer paper: Carolina recommends that you buy a roll and bring to the class a piece that measure 18” or 15” x 80” (30 cm x 2 m)

If you are unable to bring freezer paper, the teacher will have some for sale. Please send us an email to let us know.

Note: If you own an iPad and you have the possibility to download the app PROCREATE, bring it to the seminar, it is a fantastical tool to draw and design your quilts.

Optional material

Kit offered by the teacher (15€, optional, pay on-site):

  • Various assortments of paper for collages
  • Handouts cards (each subject has its own handout)
  • Glue stick
  • 1m of a dark fabric or a light fabric, that one will work as your sky in your landscape
  • 10 different colors that you like, 1/2 m of each. Pay attention to value, from those 10 colors, try to bring 3 light values, 3 dark values and 4 medium values. From those 10 fabrics, bring one color in 3 different values (light, medium and dark value)
  • 6 fat quarters, 4 of them analogous colors and the other 2 the same color but different values.
  • Thread for sewing in a neutral color

The teacher

Carolina Oneto is an Industrial Engineer with a Master's degree in Business Engineering. She worked in the industry and was a university professor for more than 10 years. In 2010 she left Santiago (Chile) to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she discovered patchwork. She studied patchwork and quilting with Cecilia Koppman and Teresita Leal and since then she has been traveling to the USA every year to specialize with experienced quilters from that country.

In 2016 she studied "Interaction of Color" at the art school of the Catholic University of Chile. This has marked the development of her work, where color and its interaction are a relevant part of each of her quilts.
Her quilts have been exhibited at many Quilt Festivals around the world, such as Quilt Week (Paducah, Lancaster, Des Moines, Daytona Beach, Grand Rapids, Virginia Beach), Quiltcon, Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, the European Patchwork Meeting of course, Fiberart International, Festival do Patchwork Gramado, Quilt Brazil and Floripa Quilt Festival (all in Brazil). Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries in Europe, USA and Chile.

Since 2020 she has been teaching online quilting and design classes, and she also creates many on demand classes for those who need to learn at their own pace and time. Online classes allow her to connect with students from many different countries, which is a very enriching experience. She has taught many quilters and quilt guilds all around the world.
Carolina currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where she has her own studio, from where she continuous creating and developing her art and teaching that WE ARE ALL CREATIVE.

Currently Carolina is a Janome Maker for Janome America and a Wonderfil thread specialist for Wonderfil Specialty Threads.

Seminar progress

Day 1

Participants will engage in an in-depth exploration of using value to create mood in landscape designs, as well as how to work with inset shapes in their work, learning the complete process.

Day 2

The focus will be on understanding how to utilize color transparencies in quilt designs. Additionally, they will delve into complex piecing techniques, including mastering curves and learning about the innovative freezer paper method for construction. By the end of day two, participants will have the opportunity to create their own unique quilt design, drawing on the knowledge and skills gained during these two days of workshop.

Day 3

Participants will transfer their quilt design idea to a larger scale, selecting colors and fabrics that align with their creative vision. They will begin the process of cutting and piecing, bringing their designs to life on a tangible level.

Day 4

The final day will be dedicated to the last steps required to finish the quilt tops. The final day will be dedicated to the last steps required to finish the quilt tops. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their creations, engaging in a “show and tell” to share their quilt landscapes with fellow workshop attendees. During this last activity Carolina will give ideas and examples for each student on how they can quilt the final piece in their homes.

Accommodation and classroom

The Hôtel de La Poste*** is a friendly guest house situated in the center of the charming mountain village Le Bonhomme in the Vosges mountains.

  • It has an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness room, a large shaded terrace, an Alsatian bar and a warm and bright restaurant honoring the traditions of the region.
  • Wi-Fi is free and accessible in all rooms, and dogs are welcome.
  • The class will take place in the village’s party hall, a 50-meter-walk from the hotel.
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