Workshop & Instructor Information

Paula Nadelstern art quilt

Paula Nadelstern

Kaleidoscope Quilts

April 8 - 14, 2018

Intermediate to Advanced





This workshop covers unique machine-piecing techniques that are basic and intuitive, as well as both color and fabric guidelines for creating the complex and mobile reflection of a kaleidoscope. While gaining insight into the nature of symmetry and intricately printed fabrics, students will learn to create a design that sews together successfully and renders a kaleidoscopic image filled with luminosity and dramatic impact.

During the first day of the workshop, students will learn all of the unique machine piecing, drafting and template techniques used to create complex images by sewing a pattern called Needlestars. Over the course of the week, time will allow for exploration of more advanced themes (ie: piecing curves, innovative use of fabrics, learning to identify and join divergent angles, exploring a range of angles) and allows students to reach the point where they can work independently. Most students will finish at least one kaleidoscope, although class is more process then product oriented.

NOTE: Returning students may contact me and inquire about working independently with coaching on a snowflake block. In this case, bringing appropriately colored fabrics is completely up to the student.

Paula Nadelstern has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. In order to conjure the kaleidoscope persona on the flat surface of a quilt, Paula has learned to trust in symmetry, rely on detail, and revel in process that takes as much time as it needs. Instead of a traditional sense of fabric orderliness, she seeks a random quality imitating the succession of chance interlinkings and endless possibilities synonymous with a kaleidoscope.

The Art of Paula Nadelstern was the American Folk Art Museum’s first one person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist. In addition to other numerous awards, Paula has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts. Honored by inclusion in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts, her quilts have inspired many products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, TX.

In keeping with American quiltmaking tradition, much of Paula’s time is spent teaching her design strategies and construction techniques worldwide. With C&T Publishing, she has written five books showcasing her quilt aesthetic and a coloring book with selections from her fabric collections designed exclusively for Benartex, Inc.

Paula Nadelstern art quilt

Read our interview with Paula Nadelstern on our workshops blog

The new view offered in a good workshop is a creative springboard, leading not to imitation but to experimentation. Taking a class from someone who has a strong personal aesthetic is a short cut to new skills. - Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern fiber art  
Paula Nadelstern fiber art