Questions? Contact Nancy Green, Programs Chairperson.
Karen is an artist—who has chosen fabric for her medium.
Her art is happy and upbeat, concentrating on the positive and whimsical side of life.
Is it straight-stitch appliqué or raw-edge collage? No matter what you call it, the edges of the fabric are bound to fray, but that's OK! From early hand appliqué pieces, up to her current straight-stitch appliqué series, Karen’s presentation will definitely give you some ideas on where to find inspiration and how to deal with those scary edges encountered along the way. Her PowerPoint presentation includes a mini trunk show of 10 to 12 quilts.
Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views
Create a surprisingly simple quilted scene using Karen’s layered topstitching technique. Gentle rolling hills of green fabric strips combine with distant peaks to create peaceful vistas. Include a lake or a field of wildflowers. The variations are endless! (Book highly recommended: Accidental Landscapes $21.95 - see pages 8-13 and 50-51 for class)
Pam Weeks is the Curator of the New England Quilt Museum—where she gets to work with a variety of quilts both old and new. She began making quilts in 1976—making traditional quilts with the limited calicos available. Buy the 1980s she was experimenting with art quilts based in tradition but with an emphasis on non-traditional color.
Friday, July 14
Guild Presentation: Civil War Soldiers' Quilts
Quilts made for use by soldiers during the Civil War are very rare—only seventeen are known (so far) to exist, and Pam has studied most of them in person. She'll outline the origins of the U. S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the War, the roles women played on the home front and the battlefield, and feature the stories of fourteen actual Civil War soldiers’ quilts.
Thursday Class, July 13
Quilt As You Go
If you are struggling to quilt large quilts on your home sewing machine—learn some tricks from Mary. Making quilts in small sections and joining those sections to make a larger quilt is a method that has been used by quilters for more than 150 years. Using examples from her collection, Pam will lead students through the various methods and techniques. Students will leave with a sample notebook of techniques and pattern sources. Learn how to choose what method works for what project.
Homework assignment is detailed in the supply list using the button, above left. Be sure to complete this part of the project before class.
Join us for a fashion show of wearable
made and modeled by our talented members.
Coordinated by Anna Kelly.
Rob is a man who loves to sew and is proud of it. You may have seen some of his video tutorials online—we saw one of his videos here last January. Rob worked in his mother’s quilt shop in Morrow Bay, California, where he developed a fondness for Hawaiian shirt making. And now, 20 years later he is designing fabrics, writing books and creating patterns and loving to teach.
Friday, September 8
For his guild presentation, Rob will do a trunk show highlighting what he has learned in his 20 year career and sharing some of his design secrets and masculine perspective on quilt making.
Make this dramatic quilt with pre-cuts with 2.5” and 1.5” strips.
Strip the piece sets, then make blocks, then make new blocks and soon the whole quilt top will be dancing before your eyes.
Try other color combinations for a variety of effects.
Layer fabrics, mark the design, sew and cut away the top fabric to create freeform appliqué. Rob will show you how to create your own designs with this simple technique.
Make this dramatic quilt with pre-cut 10” squares. Cutting is even easier with Rob’s wedge template. You'll have so many design possibilities for bold, colorful quilts!
Honoring Women in Military Service