Tenth Annual Grand Hotel Spring Needle Art Seminar – Get Inspired

G e T  I n S p I r E d

May 5 – 10, 2019

Grand Hotel is delighted to once again host its 10th Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar featuring textile artists from across the United States and Canada to bring you the latest and most innovative techniques. You will be working with color and design stretching traditional boundaries of your favorite textile craft.  You will find that creating quilts from scraps by string piecing, using wool and fabric with fusible applique, embroidery and embellishing, miniature punch needle embroidery along with new techniques for hand quilting and piecing will bring out the artist in you!  There are even some Mackinac-themed projects! A perfect souvenir for your stay at Grand Hotel!  Our uniquely talented textile artists are well-known instructors and authors who will bring you fabulous techniques you won’t want to miss!  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 – Mary Elizabeth Kinch, Melinda Bula, Pam Beal, Rebekah L. Smith, Michele Mueller, and Bonnie K. Hunter.  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 week at Grand Hotel!

Read below for information about the instructors and class descriptions.

Make sure to visit grandhotel.com/needleart for registration information. Registration begins Monday, December 3, 2018. 

Meet the 2019 Needle Art Seminar Instructors: 

Bonnie Hunter

Bonnie Hunter is a very passionate quilter and focuses mainly on scrap quilts. She is an experienced author of many quilt designs and articles on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential. She writes a regular column for “Quilt Maker Magazine” on this topic.  She lectures and teaches around the world.  Let Bonnie challenge you to break the rules, think outside the box and find what brings you joy. 

Bonnie Hunter’s Schedule:

1 1/2 Day Class  -Sunday- 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.  & Monday – 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Emerald City
Class Level: All Levels
Description: A great two-color quilt! When playing with numerous scraps and strings by color family the array of tones and shades is joyous! No two string blocks are the same, there is always something new to see when playing with color and value. Emerald City is done in greens, but you are free choose your own color family!

Emerald City

1-Day Class  – Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Punkin’ Patch
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Get ready for a cozy fall with this scrap friendly pumpkin quilt. String piecing on foundations makes these whimsical pumpkins a cinch. Surround your pumpkin patch with a series of borders and you’re sure to have a family heirloom.

Punkin’ Patch

2-Day Class  – Wednesday & Thursday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..
Project: Straits of Mackinac
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Named after Bonnie’s previous visit to Mackinac Island. This beautiful quilt boasts the cool, calming colors of Lake Michigan and it’s surrounding waterways. The blocks are traditional, yet complex and we are very excited to see this quilt in person!

Straits of Mackinac

Rebekah L. Smith

Rebeka L. Smith

Rebekah L. Smith is a folk artist working in the areas of painting and wool applique. Her style is inspired by American antiques and decorative arts. She is the author of two books and has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for several years.  Come to savor the richness and beauty of her wool applique designs. She will ignite your passion with her simple elegant designs.

Rebekah L. Smith’s Schedule:

1 1/2 Day Class – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project:  A Basket of Beauties 
Class Level: All Levels
Description: This project is a take on the beautiful geraniums of summer that invoke
feelings of a different era. The project includes a wicker hanging basket and luscious wools to adorn it. In this class, Rebekah will teach you how to transfer, cut out and stitch your project using traditional methods of wool applique. She will also instruct students in embellishment stitches and finishing of basket details. Kit Required, $50 (includes basket)

Basket of Beauties

2-Day Class –  Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Mackinac Medallion Table Rug 
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Architecture was the inspiration for this piece. Mackinac Island is filled with beautiful houses
and buildings featuring elements from the Victorian age. This project features some of these along with designs
found in the garden. In this class, she will teach you all of her basic fundamentals for wool applique and gives
you the freedom for alternate color choices. Kit Required, $95.

1 1/2- Day Class – Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Sewing Book
Class Level: Intermediate
Description: This project is great for anyone who loves to sew! The sewing book has a wool applique cover,
interior needle flap, pincushion, and pocket for keeping all your stitching tools close at hand. Students will be given
pre-work so previous stitching knowledge is required. Students will be instructed on how to construct their sewing
books and add finishing touches. Kit Required, $80

Large Sewing Book
Large Sewing Book Option

Melinda Bula

Creating and designing is an obsession with Melinda and whether it is fabric, wallpaper, or quilts, it is her passion.  Her Fabulous Fusible Flowers quilts are one of a kind. With the wonderful look of a painting, she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts. She is the author of two books and has been featured on “The Quilt Show” and teaches in the U.S. and internationally.  Her art is dynamic and modern. She will truly motivate you.  

Melinda Bula’s Schedule:

1- 1/2 Day Class: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Iris
Class Level: All Levels
Description:  Now, you too, can make this beautiful Iris Flower quilt that was featured in American Quilter and on the cover of the magazine. Learn how to create amazing fusible flowers, build your flower in layers, choose just the right values in your fabric, and make your flower look real. Melinda has put together hand-dyed fabric kits in a choice of Iris colors. Kit Required, $65.


1-Day Class: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Coneflower
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Make this fun and easy coneflower quilt that even a beginner can master. Learn how to create
these amazing fusible flowers that look like a painting without any paint. Melinda will show you how to build
your flower layers, how to choose just the right values in your fabric and how to make your flower look real. Kit Required $35


1-Day Class: Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Clematis
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Look through the eyes of an artist as Melinda shows how she builds her award-winning flower
quilts. See how color and values add depth and realism to your work. Learn how she layers her colors just like
paint to make her flowers pop. She has created a special fabric kit for this class in a choice of three clematis colors. Kit Required, $65.


1-Day Class: Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Renegade Thread Play
Class Level: All Levels
Description: This is a technique class! Learn how to shade and highlight your flowers with thread to add dimension to your quilts. Learn how to master your machine with Melinda’s amazing tips and tricks, and how to add a beautiful layer of thread painting to any quilt. You will be learning skill builders that will get you ready to finish your flowers with thread. Kit Required, $45.

Renegade Thread

Pam Beal

Pam Beal

Pam Beal is a professional instructor and improvisational quilt maker from the Liberated School of Design, she borrows from and builds on tradition.  She makes freestyle quilts through a process of adventurous discovery.  She contributes to the preservation of an ancient skill of hand quilting.  She is inspired by music, nature, study and life experiences.  Pam promotes independence and discovery in her classroom for students to create their own quilts.  Let her style stir your adventurous side.

Pam Beal’s Schedule:

1 ½ Day Class – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Project: Improv in Cloth- Small Studies
Class Level: All Levels

Description:  Improvise and enjoy an immersion in design. Explore color, line, and technique through a series of small quilt studies. Small Studies offer a good challenge, allow ideas to develop and improvisation to flourish.

Improv Small Studies

2- Day Class – Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Abstract Designing in Quilts
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Improvise on tradition and consider the trusted square, medallion, log cabin, strings, etc. Amish quilts were the first to enthrall the arts community followed by the quilts of Gee’s Bend. We have a long, rich tradition to inspire us!

Abstract Designing in Quilts

1 1/2-day Class –  Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Friday  9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Project: Studio Hand Quilting
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Discover free form hand quilting. Adapt the fundamentals and create expressive stitches by hand. Through random, playful lines you will stitch your original whole cloth quilt.

Studio Hand Quilting

Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Mary Elizabeth Kinch is a Canadian, quilt maker, fabric designer, teacher, speaker, and collector Mary is the co-author of two bestselling books and believes in stretching traditional boundaries and creating quilts with a subtle salute to the past.  Her recent work examines the interpretation of traditional quilt designs through “gestured appliqued lines” and the quilting stitch.  She creates quilts with small pieces and enticing designs.  Let her encourage and inspire you in her class. 

Mary Elizabeth’s Schedule:

2 Day Class: Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Project: Grand Feathers Quilt
Class Level: All Levels

Description: When I last taught at Grand Hotel, I saw in the hotel brochure a picture of an antique quilt displayed on the wall of one of the guest rooms. Once I saw it I wanted to create my own rendition of it. Join me for the big reveal of my quilt, done in bright, colorful Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and make your own version of this gorgeous vintage treasure. We will be using the Apliquick®™ technique for turned edge applique; if you love traditional needle turn applique, or if you have had trouble with it in the past, this innovative process, which is fast, easy and precise, is for you. And of course, we’ll take a field trip to see the original quilt!

Grand Feathers Quilt

1-Day Class: Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Level: All Levels
Project: Foothills Quilt
Description: This class is based on a late 1800’s Canadian antique quilt and is chock-a-block with
discoveries. Study the original quilt for all of its quirks and originality – details that you can consider using in your own version of this quilt. Discover important lessons: the role of value, impact of color and how sashing can be a game changer. We will also explore a novel construction approach. Join me as we investigate the spirited design of the original quilt and be inspired, as you make your own. Pattern Required.

Foot Hills Quilt

1-Day Class: Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Level: All Levels
Project: The Zen of Precision Hand Piecing 
Description: Experience a new, deeper quilting calm as you enjoy the relaxing satisfaction of the needle
drawing thread. Hand piecing is the epitome of the slow stitching movement and in this class, you will learn a
stitching technique that is easy on the fingers. As well, you will learn tips to working with templates, successful
curves and points, how to stay organized, and the bonus of how to easily make an applique wee circles. You will
have so much fun you won’t want to stop stitching. Pattern Required, $22

Hand Piecing

1/2-Day Class: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Level: All Levels
Project: My Favorite Antique Quilts
Description: Discover free form hand quilting. Adapt the fundamentals
and create expressive stitches by hand. Through random,
playful lines you will stitch your original whole cloth quilt.

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 Evening Class – Monday – 5:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Project: Framed Art
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Create your own 8” X 8” framed piece of artwork using the punch needle rug hooking technique. Kit Required, $35

Michele Mueller

1 Evening Class – Thursday – 5:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
Project: Miniature Punch Needle Embroidery
Class Level: All Levels
Description: Have you been tempted to try Miniature Punch Needle Embroidery? This workshop will help you get started. This needle art uses a pen like tool and embroidery floss to create miniature works of art. Once you get started you will not want to stop! Kit Required, $22. 

     Miniature Punch Needle

For questions regarding class registration or seminar information, please call Carmen Hartwig at 231-357-6999 or email:needleart@grandhotel.com.

You may also visit our website www.grandhotel.com/needleart .  For hotel information, please call reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

Grand Hotel in Spring

16 thoughts on “Tenth Annual Grand Hotel Spring Needle Art Seminar – Get Inspired

  1. When will class registration begin for Spring 2019?

    • Hi Susan, class registration will begin on Monday, Dec. 3rd.

      Thank you!

  2. Wow! Great Line Up! Can’t wait! Hoping to join my fellow Canadian, Mary Elizabeth in the Grand Feathers Quilt Class! Thank you everyone for putting in such a fabulous week!

  3. I noticed that Bonnie Hunter’s Emerald City starts on Sunday. I think the time is 1-4 pm although it states 1 a.m. My question is will hotel rooms be available for a Saturday arrival and are the dates and prices for rooms listed just for Monday-Friday. Thanks.

    • Bonnie’s class is at 1:00 p.m and the overnight rates are for Sunday, May 5 – Friday, May 10. The registration form with rate details should be available soon.

  4. See all the info on registration sent out yesterday, which references a registration form. Where is the actual form?

  5. i am trying to get info on what this package includes. we are trying to get this for my mother in law for christmas and we would like all the info, please.
    thank you,
    Tammy Patterson

  6. On our registration form, do we include the cost for just the first choices or do we add the second choice costs as well.


  7. For the Sunday afternoon class when should we arrive? Sunday morning?

    • Hi Lynn, we will contact you directly with information regarding the class. Thank you!

  8. Will there be another spring needle seminar for 2020? Do you have details of teachers and costs?

    Thank you

    • Yes there will be another seminar next spring. We will post all the information this fall on our social media channels. (:

  9. where do I sign up for updates and info for spring needle seminar for 2020 please?
    IE. what date and time, will be the first day I can go on-line and reserve please?

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