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Totem of Life with Jane Sassamen - 5 Seats Available

Unleash your inner creativity with Jane Sassamen

Get ready, New Brunswick! The talented Internationally Award Winning Jane Sassamen is bringing her extraordinary applique technique to Kate’s Open Quilt Studio. Join us Monday, June 10th - Thursday, June 13th for her Totem of Life Immersive 4 Day Workshop, hosted at the Shediac Multipurpose Center and let your imagination soar

Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just starting out, this workshop is designed for all skill levels. Together, we'll transform your favorite characters from nature into a stunning interlacing fabric collage - your very own "Totem of Life".

Under Jane's expert guidance, you'll learn her incredible applique technique and discover how to bring your favorite characters in nature to life through interlacing fabric collages. You'll also have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that reflects your personal style. Let your imagination run wild as you bring vibrant colors and graphic designs to life!

Don't miss this chance to dive into the world of appliqué and unleash your inner artist. Secure your spot in Jane Sassmen's Totem of Life Workshop today!

From 9:30am to 4:30pm each day, immerse yourself in the world of art and discover new techniques and perspectives. With a maximum of 20 students, you'll receive personalized attention and guidance throughout the class.

But that's not all! We understand that commitment matters, which is why we're offering a limited-time promotion. 

Don't miss out on this chance to unlock your creative potential. Sign up now and let Jane Sassmen guide you towards artistic greatness!

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Must have some experience with quilting and applique
Requirements: ?Drawing materials: Lg. drawing paper tablet, pencils, lg. tablet or roll of tracing paper like Golden Threads, eraser ?Construction paper - inexpensive pack of many colors ?Sewing basics: scissors, pins, etc. ?Sewing machine in good working order and at least a few decorative stitches like satin stitch ?Open-toed embroidery foot - optional, but very useful) ?Aileen?s Tacky Glue ?Masking tape, craft knife with #11 blade (optional), paper scissor ?Fusible interfacing: white, medium weight, 4-6 yds. (Shir Tailor 950F by Pellon is best) ?Wonder Under or some kind of iron-on adhesive, 1 yard ?Rotary cutter, mat and ruler ?Fabrics: a good range of fabrics in solid, batik and simple prints to match your subject matter ?Threads: basic 50wt to 30wt to match fabrics. ?Flannel or some other method for pinning work to the wall (optional)
Instructor Bio: Jane Sassmen After a varied career in the design world, Jane began to quilt in 1980. She found that these ?soft paintings? satisfied the draftsman, the craftsman and the artist in her. Consequently, she is now a dedicated (some say ?obsessed?) quilt artist and fabric designer. Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005 and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt ?Willow? was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of ?The Quilted Garden?. The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts. Jane?s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Her designs are oversized and colorful and have been coined as ?William Morris on anti-depressants?. They are created for quilts, wearables and home decorating. Her latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, beautifully illustrates her fabric ?in action?.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.


How much does shipping cost?

All domestic orders receive free shipping with a minimum purchase of $300.00 before applicable taxes. All Packages are shipped via 
Canada Post Expedited, with insurance and Tracking.  

Region Rate
Canada West (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) $29.99*
Canada Central (Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador) $25.99*
Canada East (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia) $22.99*
Canada North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) $40.00*

*Applicable provincial  sales tax will be charged for the cost of shipping.

Do you ship to international locations?
Yes we do ship to the United States and the cost is $32.99 CDN.

We are happy to get a quote and arrange shipping to other countries. Please contact us directly to arrange this.

How are orders packaged for shipping?
We will package your order in the most suitable way to secure the best shipping price and expediency of delivery. This means that when you order a fabric bundle, it will not necessarily arrive looking as it did on the shop website. For example, a fat quarter bundle that is folded and tied with a ribbon, stacked as a bundle, might be dismantled to make your package flatter to in order to keep shipping costs down as the larger the width of the package, the higher the shipping cost.

What are my options for receiving my order?
  • Choose In-store pickup and visit the store Tuesday-Saturday between 9:30am and 4:30pm
  • Ship by Canada Post Expedited Tracking Service. Fees may apply. 
  • Email or phone us to request courier service for an additional fee.

Refund Policy

What is your refund/return policy for online orders?
The customer will be responsible for the cost of shipping any returned goods as well as the cost of shipping replacement orders. If orders are damaged through shipping, please photograph the items and send the photo and an explanation to our email address. We will file a claim with the shipper and send out a replacement order as soon as possible. Do not return the damaged good unless you are requested to do so.

Can I return fabric?
There are no refunds or exchanges of cut fabrics. There are no refunds or exchanges on custom kits. If you discover a damaged piece of fabric, please bring it back to the store for us to look at or send a close-up photograph to our email address.

Can I return notions, patterns or books?
Any notions in their original packing, unopened can be returned within 14 days of purchase with the original receipt and the credited amount will be issued to a gift certificate with no expiry date.

Defective products are exchange only and Kate's Open Quilt Studio. will determine if the product was defective at the time or sale.

Due to copyright issues, there will be no refund or exchange on patterns and books.

May I return an item purchases on sale?
All purchase of sale items are FINAL.

What if online inventory is inaccurate and you are unable to fulfill by order as intended?
We are human and computers are not, but errors happen there too! Sometimes, there could be an inaccuracy in our inventory levels and we might oversell an item. In that case, we will phone or email you to offer a substitution or the opportunity to wait until the item is restocked. 

If we are unable to fulfill the ordered item, a gift certificate will be issued to you for the cost of that product or the insufficient yardage. There are no expiry dates on gift certificates.

Cancellation of Classes/Retreat?
Classes and retreats will be cancelled if the minimum number of 4 required participants has not been reached two weeks prior to the class. In this this case, a refund will be issued to you within 14 days or you may apply the credit amount to a different class.

Should our local Covid Restrictions change and we are unable to run an in-person event, we will move to online classes and learning.

Should you decide to cancel your registration for an event, class or retreat, you will receive a full credit to a gift card as long as the cancellation is not made within 2 weeks prior to the class date. After that time, you will forfeit your full registration fee. 

If you are unable to attend, you do have the option of finding your own replacement participant but Kate's Open Quilt Studio will not assist with this or give any fee credit to the original participant. You would be required to email us the name and contact information of your replacement.

If Kate's Open Quilt Studiohas to cancel an event that you have paid for, you will receive a full refund.