Quilting by the Lake 2020 classes rescheduled for October at the Schweinfurth Art Center

Dear QBL participants:

We have been reaching out to many of you and are encouraged to hear that our community is still adaptable, creative, and courageous in the face of our current challenges. We look forward to seeing each of you year after year, which is why it is very difficult to announce that we are canceling Quilting by the Lake this July. But based on feedback from many of you, we are going to reschedule many of the classes to be held at the Schweinfurth Art Center in October 2020.

We are calling it QBL Schweinfurth Edition (QBLS) and it will include classes and teachers originally scheduled in July, along with our previously scheduled Studio Schweinfurth workshops. Classes will be held at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. Participants will stay in local hotels or Airbnb’s many of which are a short distance from the Art Center. Classes will be held in our spacious Barbara Feinstein Sewing Studio, our wet studio with large sinks and two washers and dryers; and our Davis Family Gallery. Catered lunches will be available on site. There is parking and elevator access to all floors.

We will be taking precautions to make these classes safe.  Hand sanitizing stations will be in place and we will be following recommended cleaning protocols to disinfect commonly touched surfaces. One of the advantages we have is our large classrooms, and we will be setting up with social distancing in mind.  Everyone will have plenty of space. With fewer classes and participants overall, these sessions will be smaller gatherings. We ask that you do not attend class if you are sick or if you have been exposed to the virus.

While many of the faculty were able to transfer to the fall session several classes were canceled including Rosalie Dace, Carol Soderlund, Valerie Goodwin, and Wonju Seo. 


QBL Conversations

Donna Lamb and Davana Robedee reminisce about QBLs past and look forward to offering some workshops this fall.


Long-time Quilting by the Lake faculty member Carol Soderlund talks with Davana Robedee about how she began hand dyeing fabric and eventually teaching other students how to begin their own journey to finding "Living Color" for their quilt making.


Donna Lamb catches up with longtime Quilting by the Lake instructor Rosalie Dace to discuss her life under COVID-19, what projects she has been working on, and what QBL means to her.


Artist and architect Valerie Goodwin talks to Davana Robedee about how she began making art quilts, what inspires her work, and what she's working on now.


Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer talks to Davana Robedee about breaking the rules as a way to bring new ideas and influences into her work and her classroom.



The new schedule is as follows: 

Session I: Tuesday-Saturday, October 13th- 17th  


5-Day Classes Tuesday – Saturday Oct. 13-17

2-Day Tues-Wed Oct. 13-14

3-Day Thurs.-Sat Oct. 15-17

Paula Kovarik

1. Follow the Thread: A New Approach to Machine Quilting

Denise Labadie

4. Art Quilt Design Intensive







Session II: Sunday-Thursday, October 18th-22nd


5-Day Classes Sunday- Thursday Oct 18- 22   

Jane Sassaman

6. Shape Shifting


Session III: Friday-Saturday, October 23rd-25th

Studio Schweinfurth/ Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit opening weekend


3-Day Classes Friday- Sunday Oct 23- 25

AnaLisa Hedstrom

9. Shibori Forever


Session IV: Monday- Friday, October 26th-30th


5-Day Classes Monday – Friday   Oct.  26-30 

No Instructor

11. Independent Studio, 3 days or 5 days


About Quilting by the Lake

Quilting by the Lake (QBL) began in 1981 as a four-day quilting conference in Cazenovia, NY, and has grown into a two-week, internationally recognized quilting event attracting over 200 participants from around the country and overseas. From the beginning, QBL recruited some of the most innovative and legendary quilters to teach and that tradition continues today. Classes are offered in design, techniques and surface design. No matter what your style- traditional, art or modern- all quilters are welcome. 

Many of our participants have been attending QBL for 10, 15 and over 20  years.  One of the longest running quilt conferences in the country, QBL continues to be a special community treasured for its creative environment and camaraderie. In addition to classes, the sessions include lectures, a quilt show and other activities. A highlight of each session is the final Class Show & Tell program on Friday night. The evening is always punctuated with humor, and includes raffle drawings and a faculty apron auction to benefit the QBL Scholarship Fund. 

The atmosphere at QBL is friendly and casual, and participants enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.  Facilities are modern, accessible and air-conditioned.  Housing is in single or double rooms in suite style dorms with 4-5 people per suite. Meals are served in the campus cafeteria. 

QBL has provided me with the education and inspiration for my lifelong passion. I will forever be indebted to all the folks that have made it run so smoothly. Who would I have been with out QBL! Plus - all the friends and laughs we have had. Can't wait until I return this summer! 

- Randy Keenan