2017 Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar – Get Inspired!

2017 Needle Art

G e T  I n S p I r E d!

May 5 – 10, 2017

Grand Hotel is delighted to once again host its 8th Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar featuring textile artists from across the United States to bring you the latest and most innovative techniques of your favorite textile craft from quilting to rug hooking and embroidery. You will find inspiration from five talented textile artists who will demonstrate various creations using fusible web techniques with fabric and wool to creating a fabric collage or a table mat, piecing techniques in quilting as well as the opportunity to make a lovely Grand Hotel souvenir keepsake of your special Needle Art week! Classes are for all skill levels with the most difficulty being which class to choose each day! The lectures and classes will be taught by these needle art enthusiast favorites – Lisa Bongean, Susan Carlson, Laura Heine, Michelle Mueller and Susan K. Cleveland. Learn a brand new technique or improve your skills in an area of needle art you love. We look forward to you attending this creative and fun Needle Art Seminar at Grand Hotel!

Meet the 2017 Needle Art Seminar Instructors: 

Lisa Bongean

Lisa Bongean

Lisa Bongean owns Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Menasha, WI and California. Lisa loves to quilt. Lisa and her husband, Nick, travel the U.S. going to the big quilting shows where she has the opportunity to teach and share her quilts across the country along with quilting guilds and other shops. Lisa will be teaching classes about working with wool using fusible web, thread varieties as well as various embroidery stitches. Project finishing techniques will be covered in this very exciting class working with beautiful wools.


Lisa Bongean’s Schedule:

2-Day Class  – Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Project: 22″ x 22″ Garden Blooms Table Mat
Class Level: All
Description: Learn the basics of working with wool using fusible web, thread choices and types as well as various embroidery stitches.

Garden Blooms Table Mat
Garden Blooms Table Mat

1-Day Class  – Monday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Project: Grand Hotel Stitching Essentials
Class Level: All
Description: Work with beautiful wools to fuse and hand stitch a lovely project developed for the Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar.

Stitching Essentials
Stitching Essentials

2-Day Class  – Tuesday and Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..

Project: Friendship Rose
Class Level: All
Description: This workshop will focus on: wool appliqué using fusible web, threads and embroidery techniques. The 2nd part will focus on aspects of making small quilts with small pieces.

Friendship Rose
Friendship Rose

Michele Mueller

Michele Mueller
Michele Mueller

As a Michigan featured artist, Michele Mueller will show class attendees how to make various designs using her punch needle rug hooking technique including “Race Day” a Mackinac Island- inspired creation and more! Michele has a design studio in Elk Rapids, MI, “The Wild Hare Rug Studio”, where she hand dyes wool to create designs you are sure to love. Wool rug yarn or wool fabric strips are worked through a base cloth by punch needle to create her beautiful and whimsical designs such as sheep against a country landscape. Michele describes the technique as “very calming” as you “paint and draw” using her rug hooking technique.   Michele became certified as a rug hooking teacher in Vermont which honed her skills for needle punch and her passion is contagious!


Michele Mueller’s Schedule:
1 -½ Day Class – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project:  Punch Needle Tote Bag
Class Level: All
Description: Learn to use an Oxford punch needle and fine yarn to create a keepsake of your choice.

Punch Needle Tote Bag
Punch Needle Tote Bag

2-Day Class –  Sunday and Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Project: Punch Needle Rug Hooking
Class Level: Intermediate
Description: Learn all the basics of punch needle rug hooking using hand dyed rug yarn and an Oxford punch needle to create this design (sheep in poppy field), Geometric design, or Grand Hotel Geraniums pictured below. 

Mueller Needle Punch Rug Hook

Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Project: Punch Needle Rug Hooking
Class Level: All levels
Description: Learn all the basics of punch needle rug hooking using hand dyed rug yarn and an Oxford punch needle to create one of 4 designs offered (1 shown below). 

Needle Punch Rug Hook
Needle Punch Rug Hook

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson from Susan Carlson Quilts in Harpswell, ME has been teaching for 20 years nationally and internationally. She has been a quilter for 25 years and developed her own technique of fabric collage quilting which she details in two of her books, “Freestyle Quilts” and “Serendipity Quilts”. Susan will be teaching a class on fabric collage demonstrating a looser approach to the piecing and assembly of a unique quilt.

~~SPECIAL EVENT~~ On Friday from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. join Susan Carlson for a special evening cocktail reception, lecture and trunk show followed by a book signing with all teachers. This reception is $25.00 per person or complimentary with hotel stay.

Susan Carlson’s Schedule:

2-Day Class: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Cutting Loose
Class Level: All
Description: This class combines aspects of my earlier wall quilt classes with my evolving techniques of fabric collage demonstrating a looser approach to the piecing and assembly of a unique quilt.

Cutting Loose

3-Day Class: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Serendipitous Sea Turtle
Class Level: All
Description: You will have the chance to work with Susan’s sea turtle design as she takes you through a step by step process from fabric selection through quilting and binding.

Serendipitous Sea Turtle

Laura Heine

Laura Heine
Laura Heine

Laura Heine from Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Billings, MT. Laura’s work has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards, among them being the $10,000.00 purchase award from American Quilters Society for her quilt, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. Her patterns and quilting techniques have been published and her fabric design collections are much sought after. She designed the Fusion Threads for YLI Corporation and she is an educator for them as well as travels all over the U.S. teaching and sharing her techniques. Laura will teach how to create a floral collage with fused and cut motifs arranged on a foundation within a drawn outline to create a one-of-a-kind quilt in several of her classes.

~~SPECIAL EVENT~~ On Saturday from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. join Laura Heine for a special evening cocktail reception, lecture and trunk show followed by a book signing with all teachers. This reception is $25.00 per person or complimentary with hotel stay.

Laura Heine’s Schedule:

1 -½ Day Class – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Floral Collage
Class Level: All
Description: Floral Collage is a technique where fused cut motifs are arranged on a  foundation within a silhouette to create a one-of-a-kind quilt.

Floral Collage - Emerson Puppy
Floral Collage – Emerson Puppy


2- Day Class – Sunday and Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Painterly Collage
Class Level: All
Description: Painterly Collage focuses on the use of stripes and a palette of solid appearing fabrics to create a collage quilt.

Painterly Collage - Best Friends
Painterly Collage – Best Friends

2-day Class – Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Floral and Painterly Collage
Class Level: All
Description: Floral Collage is a technique where fused cut motifs are arranged on a  foundation within a silhouette to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Painterly Collage focuses on the use of stripes and a palette of solid appearing fabrics to create a collage quilt. Combining the two techniques creates an interesting combination for any collage.


Susan K. Cleveland

Susan K. Cleveland
Susan K. Cleveland

Susan K. Cleveland, a quilter, a designer, and teacher from West Concord, MN. Her quilts have received many awards in international competitions since 1997 where judges comment on fine workmanship and original style. She invented the Groovin’ Piping trimming tool which is used to trim piping seam allowances and the Prairie Pointer pressing tool. In 2010 Susan was named Minnesota Quilter of the Year! Susan will be teaching her mitering technique and built-in sashing for the attic windows block to improve skills for future projects involving mitering corners and borders. Susan will also teach her technique for making tiny perfect piping and other various techniques to accomplish a finished and show quality quilt. She will also show us how to make tricky piecing easy with her Prairie Pointer and explain how she has developed assembling arcs, circles and background with a contemporary twist to a traditional Dresden Plate pattern.

Susan K. Cleveland’s Schedule:

1/2 Day Class: Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Shadow Box
Class Level: All
Description: Susan’s mitering technique and built-in sashing for attic windows will make this block much easier than traditional piecing, produce beautiful results, and take the fear out of mitered corners.

Shadow Box
Shadow Box

1-Day Class: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Piping Hot Binding
Description: Every detail of binding and tiny perfect piping will be covered in class with step-by-step demos and printed instructions. Students work on their practice piece to achieve making perfect piping, preparing the quilt, applying piping and binding, mitering corners, joining tails and finishing for a show quality back.

Piping Hot Binding
Piping Hot Binding

1-Day Class: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Piping Hot Curves – Macaroni
Description: Add piping to curves and avoid curved piecing! This technique is wonderful for traditional curved patterns and great for contemporary designs. Piping adds pizazz!

Piping Hot Curves
Piping Hot Curves

1-Day Class: Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Disappearing Dresdens
Description: Double points put a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and they eliminate the need of a traditional appliquéd circle in the center. Using quarter circles, half circles, and 3/4 circles adds another interesting bit of character.

Disappearing Dresdens
Disappearing Dresdens


REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES: Will be accepted BY MAIL, FAX or EMAIL on or after JANUARY 9, 2017.

Send to: Jackie Compton, 2019 N. West Torch Lake Drive, Kewadin, MI 49648, fax to: 231-264-8129 or email to: needleart@grandhotel.com. All class attendees are required to stay at Grand Hotel and a hotel registration form (mail in only) will be provided once you have registered for your classes. Your class reservation will not be held if you do not stay at the hotel. A hotel stay is not required to attend the Lecture and Reception Friday and Saturday nights. If classes are full there will be a waiting list.

For complete information about class registration and seminar information click here >>

You may also visit our website www.grandhotel.com/needleart OR Call reservations 1-800-334-7263 for hotel information only. All class information should be directed to Jackie Compton.

We hope to see you for this exciting event!

Grand Hotel Guest Blogger Giustina Miller – DomesticallyBlissful.com

This summer we were fortunate to host Giustina Miller and her husband for a few nights at Grand Hotel all the way from Tennessee! Giustina is the author of the lifestyle blog DomesticallyBlissful.com and wrote about her full experience on her blog. Below is a synopsis of the 10 Reasons she chose as reasons to stay at Grand Hotel. Thank you Giustina and Roger for visiting Grand Hotel!

Hello! My name is Giustina Miller & I am the blogger behind the lifestyle blog DomesticallyBlissful.com. For many years I had admired Grand Hotel from a distance & dreamed of staying there someday. This summer we turned this dream into a reality when we spent two nights at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel! For anyone who has never been to Mackinac Island or the Grand Hotel here are 10 Reasons to Stay at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.


1. The Accommodations
There are many accommodation options when staying at Grand Hotel. Depending on your needs & the size of your family you can find just the right accommodations, click here to see more room options.
A room at Grand Hotel
2. The View
The view from Grand Hotel is beautiful & there are many locations from which to take in the spectacular view of Lake Huron. My favorite way to enjoy the view is by sitting at the end of their long porch at sunset & dusk.
Giustina Miller
3. The Restaurants
There are many options available for dinner. On our first night we dined at the Main Dining Hall in Grand Hotel. It was fun dressing up for dinner & eating a 5 course meal next to their large porch windows. We also enjoyed both of our breakfasts at the Main Dining Hall. On the second night we decided to try The Jockey Club restaurant which has more options available to vegetarians. My favorite’s from this dinner was the Parmesan Truffle Fries, Burrata & Heirloom Tomato Salad, & Bittersweet Chocolate Torte. YUM!! There were also several other restaurants available that are connected to Grand Hotel. You can read about all of the restaurants & see their menus by clicking here.
Burrata and Heirloom Tomato
4. The Perks
Speaking of restaurants, one of the perks of staying at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is that breakfast & dinner are included in your stay at their hotel!
Plus you can freely explore Grand Hotel & have access to the grounds of the hotel, which costs $10.00 for those not staying at Grand Hotel.
5. The Grounds
When approaching Grand Hotel you will pass a beautifully lush yard lined with beautifully blooming flowers. We spent some time walking the perimeter of the gardens, enjoying the beautiful flowers, my favorites being these large white hydrangeas, & watching people play one of the several yard games in one corner of the yard.
Flowers at Grand Hotel
6. The Pool
Past the beautiful green gardens there is a large pool which is a great way to cool off during the hottest part of the day. We ran out of time to go swimming, but we enjoyed seeing it as we toured all that Grand Hotel had to offer.
7. The Atmosphere
When staying at Grand Hotel it is like stepping back in time, but with free wifi, phone charging stations in the lobby, & rain shower heads in the bathroom. The antique furniture, chairs, carpet, & chandeliers bring you back to a simpler time. I also greatly enjoyed the array of art that tastefully lined the walls throughout Grand Hotel.
Grand Hotel Entry
8. The History
Grand Hotel is filled with history, plus the hotel itself is historic! There are plaques & signs aplenty to describe the different historical features of the hotel & their significance. There is also a historian on site that you can speak with if you have any questions or inquiries about Grand Hotel.
9. The Location
One of the first things you see when arriving by ferry to Mackinac Island is Grand Hotel & boy does it’s large appearance look grand from the ferry boat. The view from the world’s largest porch at Grand Hotel is also beautiful, especially at sunset & dusk. Plus it’s only a short walk from the hotel to Mackinac Island’s little town.
10. The Activities
There are many activities available to those staying at Grand Hotel. Some activities are complimentary like swimming, as well as the lawn & porch games. There are also other activities with fees such as renting bikes or golfing on the Jewel Golf Course. Click here to see all of the activities available at Grand Hotel for your next stay.
 Patriotic Grand Hotel
All in all we greatly enjoyed our vacation on Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel you can see more from our trip in this post about 10 Things You Need to Know about Mackinac Island!
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