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Contemporary Art Quilt 1S20 CANCELED

Design and make a small contemporary art quilt using fabric scraps and larger pieces. Learn basic quilting techniques and then expand into areas where the quilt becomes art, exploring what makes good design, shape and color composition, and finally touching on surface elements and dimensionality. Finish with new ideas, techniques and inspiration to continue your own work. All levels; new and returning students welcome.

Limit 6 students


Beverly Arsem

Beverly Arsem

Beverly Arsem creates both functional and decorative textile art and quilts.

After more than 30 years working in architectural design and construction management, she now focuses on fiber art work. 

Her work has been shown at Boston Public Library's Hyde Park Branch and at Uforge Gallery. She has taught courses for several years at the Eliot School in Contemporary Art Quilting and Surface Design, and looks forward to being able to share her knowledge and excitement with even more students.

Beverly holds a BS in Architecture from Washington University. She has taken courses at the DeCordova Museum School, Danforth Museum, Fuller Craft Museum and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in the Fiber Arts Department at University of Massachusetts South Dartmouth.

Fiber Arts

Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones designs and sews unique quilts and wall art using fabrics, embroidery, beads and other materials that enhance her themes. She has made crafts most of her life, focusing on fiber art for the past decade. Her work has been shown at the Lowell Quilt Festival, Dei Centre (Accra, Ghana), City Gallery at Waterfront Park (North Charleston SC) and elsewhere. She is retired as a principal in the Boston Public Schools.

“My quilts usually include organic elements, jewel tone fabrics and a touch of my African American heritage.” 

Fiber Arts
Materials & Tools:

Please bring to class:

  • Sketch book and colored pencils or other drawing materials
  • Fabric scraps, at least 3 inches in either direction
  • Some larger pieces of fabric, fat quarters (18” x 22”) or similar size
  • Rotary cutter with good, sharp blade
  • Several #66 bobbins
  • Basic sewing kit including thread, scissors, pincushion, pins, needles, seam ripper, thimble

We supply sewing machines, but you may bring your own machine if you prefer.

Storage is very limited, so students must prepare to bring their materials and supplies to class each week.