Independent Study

five Day retreat


I will be offering an Independent Study class in New Braunfels, TX, February 10 - 14, 2020. This is a fun class where students work on any creative project they would like, share knowledge and ideas with everyone, and totally immerse themselves in art and creativity for five glorious days!

This Independent Study Retreat is a great opportunity to stretch, try something new, finish up UFO's, and have support and suggestions.

Each student works on their own project. You get individual attention from me when you get "stuck" or just want feedback. This workshop is not a "how to" class with formal instruction, but I am available to do demonstrations corresponding to each person's needs. Everyone is invited to participate in those demos if they are interested. This allows for further learning and broadening of each person's knowledge.

We have critiques each day which are open to all of the students if they would like to participate.

I contact each student ahead of time to discuss what they will be working on so I can be prepared to help during class.

Here are some examples of what students have worked on in Independent retreats:

Designing a quilt - coming with an idea and designing and making the quilt in class
Dye-painting - painting a large quilt with dyes (for dye-painting, you need to have tried the technique before the class, either by following my DVD or having taken a class from me previously, because I don't actually teach the technique in the Independent Study Retreat).
Designing quilting - figuring out and creating the design for the quilting
Quilting - quilting a quilt with help on color choices on threads
Drawing - going further in drawing to understand more about shading, perspective, portraiture, or color in your pencil drawings
Color - figuring out how to choose fabrics for your quilt with color guidance
Finishing UFOs that were started but you just didn't know how to finish them

Pricing:  $975 double occupancy / $1,100 single occupancy

The pricing package includes your room and board inclusive of all meals (15), beginning at dinner when you arrive the evening of Feb 11, as well as conference service, coffee breaks and general use of the recreational facilities. Pricing also covers all of Hollis’ expenses but it does not cover your personal travel to the retreat, kit fees and materials needed for your individual work project. 

For more information, click here to contact Tomasita Louviere-Ligons who is the organizer for this class.

Read below about what one of the students said about the Independent Study class she took this year.I hope you can join us!  



If you are thinking about taking one of Hollis’ Independent Study Retreats, I want to encourage you to do so, whether you are a beginner or an advanced quilter. Having taken one year of Hollis’ drawing workshops and a few classes in Houston, I jumped into an Independent Study course with a group of seven-year veterans—all better quilters and better artists than I am. I was afraid I would be lost. I was so wrong. 

The retreat was awesome. Because it is an independentstudy, you work on projects you bring to the class and Hollis works with you on what you want or need to learn. The atmosphere is totally non-competitive and supportive. We shared joy in seeing everyone’s growth and progress on their projects. We often worked in companionable silence into the night knowing we could get help and support any time we needed it. Suggestions from Hollis and my classmates were incredibly valuable. Both of the quilts I worked on at the Retreat were accepted in Houston—a first for me. 

This is not a class for folks who go to lectures to be entertained or to workshops to be given a project selected by the instructor that everyone in the class completes regardless of skill level. It is for folks who want to improve their creativity, quilt making, and knowledge of design principles and how these principles apply to quilts. Hollis sets an environment that fosters creativity. It is safe, you have time to work when and how you want, and you can choose the extent to which you participate in class discussions and demonstrations. I learned a ton from Hollis and my classmates. Most important to me was that I learned to design and quilt from my heart.