PROGRAMS FOR 2017
February 16 - Susan Mayer - Tips for a Perfect Quilt
Susan has been quilting for 24 years and teaching for 18 of those. She has studied with Ann Fahl, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Carol Taylor, Nancy Elliot McDonald, Jean Wells, Freddy Moran, and Gwen Marston and adapted ideas from them that work for her to form her own works of art. Susan has discovered a technique of putting a quilt on point without cutting any side setting triangles. Known as the Straight to the Point Series, she now has published 29 patterns using this technique plus another 42 patterns with traditional layouts. Susan's patterns have been featured in Quilter's World, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, and American Quilter magazines and Leisure Arts' book Quilting in Black and White.
Her trunk show will feature a large variety of quilts and she will share the many methods she has learned to make a successful quilt - from color to design. You can see many of her quilts at www.quiltingdiscoveries.com.
March 16 - Ted Hoffman, Clothworks - American-Made Fabric
Having trouble finding fabric that is truly Made in USA? Look no further. In 2013 Clothworks established its American Made Brand (AMB) fabric line. 100% cotton shirting, grown in America, woven in America, dyed in America, and at a price point you can afford.
Ted Hoffman is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a past Microsoft employee, and now the owner of Clothworks. (P.S. Last year's speaker Barb Tourtillotte is one of their designers.) See more about this company at www.clothworks.com.
April 20 - Susan Isaacson - Creating Bags that Reflect Your Style
Creative Threadplay is a way to have fun with quilting as well as explore thread techniques ... and there are so many threads!
May 18 - Helene Knott - Color
This program covers color theory and basic concepts such as value, saturation proportional color, and how they can contribute to a quilt you absolutely love or make for a major disappointment. Methods of selecting color schemes from a color wheel along with a few other novel approaches round out the presentation as does a trunk show of quilts illustrating color formulas in action. Discover more about Helene at www.heleneknott.com.
June 19 - Tess Herlan - My Traditional Story
July 20 – Annual Picnic
August 17 - Robin Long - Strip-Pieced Mariner's Compass
What started as a quest to make a mariner's compass quilt for her submarine officer husband, Robin Long took an idea she had in 1992 and launched Robin Ruth Design in 2015. She has developed a technique for making strip-pieced mariner's compass blocks in 16 sizes with NO paper piecing. This revolutionary strip-piecing method enables you to make the once tedious and unapproachable mariner's compass block quickly and accurately. Robin will show you how to easily incorporate these blocks into your own creative quilt project! See Robin's rulers, books, and patterns at robinruthdesign.com.
September 14 - Tea Party
See pictures in Members Area.
October 19 - Judy Irish - Star Struck
Judy graduated from Michigan State in 1964 with a degree in art and taught in California. Her interest in quilting began in the 1960s and in the early 1990s, when her sister introduced her to rotary cutters and mats, she knew she had found a great way to create art with fabric and thread. She loves wildly colorful quilts and using humor whenever possible. Getting students to see that quilting should be fun and creative, freeing them from obsessive perfection, and just encouraging them to play gives most quilters a view of this art form that many have been afraid to see. That is why her classes are supportive and a stress-free, creative environment.
After starting her long-arm business in 1997, Judy also began to teach quilting, which she loves. She has taught from one end of the US to the other. Her self-published book Dazzling Doodle Designs has been well received and teaching machine quilting workshops for long-arm quilters and home machine quilters has been very rewarding. Judy quilts for Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, Sarah Nephew, Joan Shay, Karen Combs, Linda Poole, Terry Martin, Marilyn Doheney, and Freddy Moran.
Judy still takes classes to learn new techniques. After all, we learn from each other -- student and teacher alike.
November 16 - Quilt College
There are always new techniques evolving from the old with quilting. Whether you are new to quilting or have been quilting for many years, you will gather knowledge from our quilt college. We are fortunate to have members of our own group teaching us something new or giving us a refresher. Come with pad and pencil and take notes as you wander from station to station. Five in all! We will have a fun and informative morning learning together. Also, each instructor will have a hand out available for take away.
December 21 – Holiday Potluck