SPRING Christian Women's Quilters' Retreat

Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern – GUEST TEACHER

Kaleidoscope the very word promises surprise and magic, change and chance. Exploding with visual excitement, a kaleidoscopic design organizes an abundance of light and color, form and motion into a complex and coherent image. My goal is to harmoniously integrate the idea of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking. I try to free myself from a conventional sense of fabric orderliness, seeking a random quality in order to imitate the succession of chance interlinkings and endless possibilities synonymous with kaleidoscopes.

I make quilts on the same block in the Bronx where I grew up. Being a New Yorker wrapped up in the fabric of city life creates an inherent paradox contrasting the traditional image of quiltmaking as part of a simple, make-do, rural way of life with my own complex urban-shaped space.

Until I met quilts, I thought I was creative but not talented. To find something you love to do is a gift. To achieve recognition for it is a miracle. When I get overwhelmed by a longing for functional space, complete with an office and enough storage space so I don’t have to constantly reinvent the room, I try to remember this.

My quilts have achieved international recognition for the innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. Honored by inclusion in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts, my designs have inspired products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, TX and were showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009). In addition to numerous awards, I was a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts. I’m the author of Kaleidoscopes & Quilts, Snowflakes & Quilts, Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric, Paula Nadelstern’s Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist’s Journey Continues and Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook. I design textile prints exclusively for Benartex, Inc. and live in New York City with my husband, Eric. My daughter, Ariel, lives a block away. I am very grateful.

SPRING Christian Women’s Quilters’ Retreat

DATE: MARCH 24 – 26
PRICE: $175 (plus $40 private housing “2-4 people per room”)
CHECK-IN: 10am, Friday
CHECK-OUT: 3pm, Sunday

Call: 989-883-2501

Special Information…
** You will get your exercise when you need to use an ironing station – so please do not bring individual irons.
** Any questions about the quilting projects or your supply list please call The Backstreet Quilt Shop at 989-375-4620 and ask for Barbie or Beckie. All other retreat questions please call the camp office at 989-883-2501.



BY: Erica Plank
(*Fees to be paid at class time)

“Crossroads of my life” is an embroidery class with a *$10 kit fee (Friday ONLY)

“Cathedral Window is a machine quilting class with a *$15 pattern fee (Saturday ONLY)



Students learn all of the unique machine piecing and template techniques I use to create complex kaleidoscopic images while simultaneously exploring the virtues of bilaterally symmetrical fabric. You’ll learn to draft perfect angles and to identify and join different angles together. This product and process class culminates in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.

"Cathedral Window" [BY: ERICA PLANK]

Cathedral Window

Cathedral Window is a machine quilting class with a *$15 pattern fee (Saturday ONLY)



“Crossroads of my life” is an embroidery class with a *$10 kit fee (Friday ONLY)