Heidi Parkes – Diary Quilts

Initial Deposit: $250.00



Diary Quilts: Documenting, Storytelling and Intuiting with Stitch

August 22-26, 2023

Have you ever tried to keep a paper diary? Sometimes it’s easier with cloth! Heidi will lead students in creating a diary quilt in this 5-day class. Students will receive a wealth of information in advance, with videos on handwork techniques, and a welcome video to spark creativity and offer guidance in collecting and packing fabrics. Quilt top construction will focus on hand piecing, but Heidi will also do a few sewing machine demos in class. Construction choices like this add to the diary effect by chronicling color preferences, found fabrics, trades, and daily whims around stitching with a machine, or by hand in the workroom, on the sofa, or even outside if we’re inspired by the natural beauty of a late August day in Wisconsin.

Heidi will insert strategies for efficient stitching, ways to balance abstraction and precision, and will guide students in riding the line between personal and public in our quilts.

Heidi’s clear, yet gentle teaching style allows students to follow their own pace, reflect, intuit, and ultimately: create their own unique quilt top. On the morning of our final class together, we will make plans for quilting and discuss strategy around quilting style, thread color, and overall layout.

Heidi’s Bio:

Before Heidi Parkes was born in Chicago, IL in 1982, her grandmother organized a collaborative family quilt to commemorate her birth. This set the tone for a life centered on the handmade- raised in a home where sewing, mending, cooking, canning, woodworking, photography, ceramics, painting, and plasterwork were the norm.

Now based in Milwaukee, her quilting and mending celebrate the hand, and her works tug at memories and shared experience. Often using specific textiles, like an heirloom tablecloth, bed sheet, or cloth teabag, Heidi adds subtle meaning and material memory from the start. Ever curious, she works with a variety of quilting techniques including visible hand piecing and knots, improvisation, patchwork, and applique. Heidi pursues her passion for teaching by lecturing and leading workshops across the country and shares her creative process with thousands on Instagram. Heidi has exhibited in art and textile museums across the country and was an Artist in Residence at Milwaukee’s Lake Park through the ARTservancy with Gallery 224 in fall 2020-21. Additionally, Heidi lives a handmade lifestyle, sewing her own clothes, fermenting, eating from pottery she made a decade ago, and practicing hand yoga, which she shares with other creatives on her YouTube channel.

Visit Heidi’s Website


All Levels of Experience

Class Size

Class size is limited to 12 students.


Deposit due with registration: $250

Total Workshop Fee

Workshop cost $1225 (add tax for meal portion = $6.88) (includes lunch Tuesday-Saturday, excludes lodging)


Workshop starts at 9am Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023 and ends Saturday afternoon August 26

Workshop Payment Terms and Policies:

Workshop Deposits:

Deposits can be paid online or via check within one week of registering. Please return the registration form with your payment to hold your space. Deposits are non-refundable.

Workshop Regular Tuition and Lodging:

Regular Tuitions and Lodging Fees for each workshop are listed in the workshop description. Full payment for the workshop is due no later than four months prior to the start of the workshop. A 10% charge will be added for late payments. Check payments are preferred for balances. Credit cards are accepted but the fees assessed by the credit card company will be passed along to the student.

Five months prior to the workshop additional information about the workshop, supplies needed, and accommodations will be mailed along with an invoice for the balance due.

Workshop Refunds:

Students will receive a full tuition refund only in the event that Woodland Ridge Retreat cancels a workshop.

Workshop Cancellations:

When we accept your deposit or payment of workshop fees, we understand that circumstances may arise causing cancellation of your plans to attend that workshop. While we sympathize when such a situation occurs, we must adhere to our business policy. All cancellations must be in writing. For cancellations made 120 days or more prior to the start of a workshop, Woodland Ridge Retreat will retain the nonrefundable deposit. If notice of cancellation is received 119 days or less before the start of a workshop, full tuition is forfeited. Full tuition will also be forfeited for no-shows or withdrawals after a workshop has begun.

Please Note:

Woodland Ridge Retreat is not responsible for providing make-up classes or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for sessions missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. We strongly urge all students to buy refundable airline tickets in case of workshop cancellations or other unforeseen events and/or purchase trip insurance. All information provided Woodland Ridge Retreat is kept confidential and is NOT shared, sold, or otherwise used by any entity.

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Woodland Ridge Retreat

P.O. Box 27

Downsville, WI 54735

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Chris & Mark Daly


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