Create on Maui: A Quilter's Retreat  is the brainchild of Dee Conlon of Dee's Quilt Designs.  After years of encouragement by friends in the quilting and tourism industries, she decided that 2015 is the year to start this venture.  In addition to Dee, several Hawaii-based quilt designers and teachers will be lending a hand in making Create on Maui a success.  We hope you will join us!


Dee Conlon

Dee has been a quilter since the mid-1970's, and turned to teaching and designing quilts after leaving behind her life as a computer consultant and moving to Maui in 2001.  Along with her patterns, magazine articles and books, Dee is also known for her unique Maui Hand Dyes, many of which have been used by renowned quilters and fiber artists. 

As the technology for wearable electronics has evolved, Dee has begun to incorporate lights in her work.


Kathleen Kastles

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen Kastles' quilts pull together several life threads.  Her sewing career commenced when as a girl aged six, a women gave her a bag of fabric scraps, asking Kathleen if she'd like to make doll clothes from them.  Kathleen went on to make clothes for her family. Kathleen earned a B.A. from Colorado State University, majoring in painting.  A career in art photography was followed by a Psy.D. degree from the University of Denver and she became a psychologist.  Upon retirement, Kathleen and her husband moved to Maui to be near her son and his family.  

Kathleen's quilts today draw from her interest in people and nature, as well as color, line, and the tactile nature of fibers.