A sewing experience set in the hills of Italy resplendent with mixed medium textiles and a focus on unique sewing and wool appliqué techniques. Class begins before arrival in Orvieto. Students will receive a core packet of fabrics with colors and textures inspired by the landscape of Italy. The color palette in cotton, batik, raw silk, Dupioni silk and home décor fabrics set the stage for a half-square triangle exchange. Each student will be asked to contribute fabrics to the palette mix. Individual interpretation of color will personalize each set of half-square triangles and add a touch of international friendship to everyone’s project. Half-square triangles in combination with beautifully rich background fabrics, provided by the teachers, is the structure on which you will build your design. The guidelines are simple – the possibilities are endless.

DATES: October 3-9, 2021

PRICE:  $3520 USD ( includes $25 Kit Fee)

THEME: Participants will be asked to contribute to the palette, and each will receive a core packet of fabrics. A bit of pre-trip sewing will jumpstart your design process. Once in Orvieto, Lynn and Renee will help you create your individual Postcards from Italy piece.

Meet Lynn and Renee


Lynn has worked in a design capacity for all of her professional life. She entered the design world as a Fine Arts student ultimately graduating with a BFA in Interior Design. She then continued as an interior designer specializing in commercial interiors for over 30 years and now colors outside the lines as the owner of A Different Box of Crayons. Lynn has worked with and designed quilts for over 12 years. A Different Box of Crayons was officially launched in 2010. Through A Different Box of Crayons, Lynn designs patterns and kits for the adventurous quilter using new techniques and an eclectic mix of cotton and alternative textiles.

Lynn’s work has been published repeatedly in American Patchwork and Quilting and Quilts and More. She has had several projects published in Need’l Love quilt books. Initially her most popular projects focused on whimsical approaches to graphic imagery in quilts. Lynn’s current focus is on secondary patterning, color, textures and Eclectic textiles enhanced with wool appliqué. With a little understanding of how to handle and sew with Eclectic textiles, quilters need not be limited to just cotton fabric in their projects. Eclectic Bundles afford quilters access to silk matka, raw silk and silk dupioni, both hand dyed and woven wools, linen, home decor and certainly all scales and themes of cotton. Lynn illustrates here how they can by beautifully brought together to dance in a single project. Truly a new “box of crayons” for quilters of all ages and experience to learn to color with!


Renée Nanneman entered the needlework industry in 1984, a young designer with original patterns for counted cross-stitch; Need’l Love was born. Always a step ahead of current trends, Renée’s creative vision inspired her to move her independent publishing company from needlework into the quilting industry. Woodland Threads was published in 1995, the first-of-its-kind book, offering a mix of wool appliqué penny rug designs, fabric wallhangings, dolls & wearables patterns. Although the self-published books now include many quilt designs as well as rug hooking, punchneedle, crochet, needle felting, home decorating and soft craft items, the primary goal has always been to publish fresh and innovative designs that would inspire others to appreciate and enjoy quilting and the needlearts that Renée loves.

The commitment Renée made in 1995 to the needlearts is the cornerstone of Need’l Love’s success, and that success continues for Renée as a fabric designer. Renée partnered with Andover Fabrics in 2005 & designed “Daylily Days”, her first cotton fabric collection for quilting, inspired by an antique fabric covered keepsake chest. Renée has designed close to 50 quilting fabric collections for Andover Fabrics and continues to publish books and patterns to support her fabric designs.

Renée is currently celebrating her 35th year in business, having built on an early art education at the Kansas City Art Institute and work experience at a major printing company in Kansas City!

Your time with Lynn and Renee includes:

Having personally explored Orvieto, your instructors, Lynn & Renée will guide each student one-on-one through the next step of the design process. Teachers will use models, Italian design motifs and the inspirational surroundings to help open doors to your own personal creativity. Your designs will develop into your POSTCARDS FROM ITALY, life-long souvenirs of a pleasurable week enjoyed in Orvieto.

Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including lunch
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are check, Visa and Mastercard.

* HOLD MY SPOT: A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange your additional payment schedule.

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