Sue Benner – Composition Quartet

Initial Deposit: $250.00



Composition Quartet

August 19-23, 2025

Each day of this workshop is devoted to a different composition challenge. Day one explores squares and rectangles, day two experiments with curvilinear shapes, day three works with collage-and-cut process, and day four deals with landscape. Using step-by-step directions with lots of creative options, each student makes four quilts (each about 16” x 20”) using Benner’s fusible collage techniques. She also covers fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics and briefly quilting, blocking and binding. By the end of this workshop experience, construction ideas will abound! 

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While pursuing a degree in molecular biology and a master’s in biomedical illustration, Sue Benner created her vision of the microscopic universe in painted and quilted textile constructions. Her early work propelled her to become a studio artist in 1980, working primarily in the medium that later became known as the Art Quilt.

An innovator in her field, Benner creates complex dyed and painted textiles combined with recycled fabrics to form collaged fields of pattern, color, and beauty. Her work is shown world-wide in galleries, US embassies and museums including the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, National Quilt Museum, and the Neville Public Museum.

Her quilts have been juried into Quilt National eight times, recently winning the Most Innovative Use of the Medium award. She served as a juror in 2009.

A respected educator, she lectures and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction and artistic inspiration. She is well known for her communications skills and her ability to bring her knowledge of design and technique to the classroom experience.

Living in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, J. Craig Jett, Benner works in her studio custom-built in the backyard of their family home. They have two grown sons, Kellan and Calder Jett, who were the muses for many of her early series.

Although she has lived in Texas for over 40 years, part of her heart resides still in her home state of Wisconsin.

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Adventurous to Advanced Quilter

Class Size

Class size is limited to 12 students.


Deposit due with registration: $250

Total Workshop Fee

Workshop cost $1295 (includes lunch Tuesday-Saturday): $1170 Workshop + 5 Meals $125


Workshop starts at 9am Tuesday August 19th and ends at 2pm Saturday August 23, 2025

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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:

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    • Includes lodging Monday-Saturday morning.
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