November 2016

2016-november-glamp_going large RGBNovember 10-13, 2016
The Kensington Court Hotel
610 Hilton Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI


In November 2016, we will welcomed 150 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be taught a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.





Luke Haynes


Subverting the traditional quilting form by integrating modern concepts, his art transforms the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative. Luke Haynes was born and raised across the American South. With a formal training in art and architecture at Cooper Union, New York, Haynes continues to experiment with quilting art while exploring art and architecture across the globe. A chance encounter with a box of fabric remnants sparked Mr. Haynes’ imagination. His first quilt, measuring 7′ x 10′, led him through years of experimentation and improvements over the years that he has been quilting.  Further honing his style, Mr. Haynes developed a system to piece manageable parts into a larger whole, applying a modern design sense to a familiar process. He uses reclaimed materials from the communities he works with in his projects to speak with the textile language of the area.

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Nicholas Ball


Nicholas Ball is a 30-going-on-12 fabric addict from Cardiff, South Wales. His love for quilts stems from their ubiquitous appearances on the American films and tv shows he watched as a child. His earliest memories of sewing come from the hand stitching his grandmother taught him, who he considers his first real teacher. After graduating from art school in 2003, it would be some 9 years before a marked down sewing machine purchase would ignite his passion for patchwork and quilting. A lover of all things wonky, Nicholas’ aesthetic is very much an organic one. He rarely sews with patterns or templates, preferring instead to follow a more sew-and-see approach to the craft. It was the creation of his first vegetable patch quilt that lead him to discover a passion for improv and build a repertoire of techniques  which he uses to this day. When he isn’t sewing, Nicholas can mostly be found with his nose in a good fantasy yarn or walking his pug through a rain-sodden field. You can keep up with Nicholas at his blog.



Nydia Kehnle


A member of The Modern Quilt Guild, Nydia Kehnle is a quilter, designer & photographer. Perhaps best known for her pattern collaborations with Alison Glass, she recently photographed Alison’s “Applique” book. A pattern designer in her own right, quilting began as a hobby for Nydia. Today she is happy to be able to make her living enjoying both of her creative talents. Her love of puzzles and problem solving combined with her keen eye for color and texture are evident in Nydia’s work. In 2015, Nydia placed first in the category of Improvisational quilts at QuiltCon. Nydia Kehnle lives in upstate New York where she lives with her husband, two kids and their best dog ever, Mabel.

Sherri Lynn Wood


Sherri is an artist working in Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been making and improvising quilts as a creative life practice for twenty-five years, and blogs about it at Her first book, The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – A Guide to Creating, Quilting and Living Courageously, was released by STC Craft/Abrams in May 2015 and has already sold more than 6000 copies.

Daniel Rouse


A mostly self-taught sewist and quilter, Dan was introduced to sewing by his mother as a child. After a long hiatus from sewing machines, a 2006 exhibit featuring Gee’s Bend quilts sparked his interest in quilting. Inspired by the confident use of color and playful improvisational technique, Dan invested in the art and began quilting in 2009 and has since been fully hooked. We were lucky enough to host Dan at a Camp Stitchalot event back in summer 2013 and we’re honored to have him return to Ann Arbor this fall!

latifah saafirLatifah Saafir


Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country. In addition to quilting and teaching from her patterns, Latifah is an official Janome ambassador and educator.


sewing-machine-315382_1280Tickets are on sale now!

Your Glamp Stitchalot ticket includes:

  • Welcome Mixer cocktail party (Thursday night)
  • Six classes (Friday & Saturday)
  • Breakfast (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)
  • Lunch (Friday & Saturday)
  • Plated dinner (Friday & Saturday)
  • Open sewing time
  • More surprises!


Your time at Glamp will be spent learning six unique techniques for improv piecing in quilts. Each teacher will have their own take on improv work and will lead their class through their process. Use your favorite technique, or a combination of a few, to piece together your blocks or sections after Glamp.


Glamp Stitchalot is held at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan, only about two miles from all the art and entertainment in downtown Ann Arbor.

Sleeping rooms are booked independently of ticketing. You’re more than welcome to book a room all to yourself or you can share with friends. If you are local, you are not required to stay on site overnight. We do encourage staying at the Kensington Court in order to take advantage of the evening and morning activities we have planned!Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater

$109 (plus tax) per night for standard rooms

Please call the Kensington Court to reserve your room. Be sure to state you’re with Pink Castle Fabrics and/or Glamp Stitchalot to get the group rate. The lowered group rate expires August 19, 2016 or when the hotel sells out.

Detroit Metro airport (DTW) is the closest airport to fly into. If you are flying in for the event, Kensington Court is located about 25 miles west of DTW. The hotel provides a shuttle service through Air Ride to and from the airport for approximately $12 each way. More info on Air Ride shuttles here.