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Workshops ar on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and are by pre-registration only.
Programs are on the 4th Tuesday of the month and are open to all members of WVQG. There is a $5 fee for non-members.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
"15 Minutes of Play"
About the Artist
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, fabric & thread designer, Author of 15 Minutes of Play (C&T publishing), "Modern Contributor" to The Quilt Life Magazine with Ricky & Alex, Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of both, the International Quilt Association & the Quilt Alliance, and runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS. This June, Victoria will have an exhibit of 12 Double Wedding Ring Quilts at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum, a full circle moment she says, as she was born and raised on a farm in Minnesota. She credits her quilting influences to her grandmother’s double knit crazy quilts that kept her warm, growing up which will also be exhibited with her work.Her biggest supporters are her husband and daughter.
About the Lecture
My lecture is a walk through of quilts showing how I got my start in quilting at a very young age. I talk about my inspiration, and how I found my "15 minutes" journey and how it works, why it works and what it does for me and my quilts. I show a lot of quilts, to keep the inspiration flowing, and gets everyone excited about PLAY!
Ellen Highsmith Silver
About the Artist
Ever since my fingers were able to weave stretchy cotton loops into potholders, textiles have been my design medium of choice. Sometimes on cool summer evening in my North Carolina hometown, I would go down to one of the local textile mills to watch as cotton threads, perhaps from nearby fields, were being woven into cloth. I developed a respect for my grandmothers' fine handwork and an affinity for the southern textile tradition.
The broad field of textiles has provided a rich vocabulary for me as a designer in industries such as giftware, toys, home accessories, fashion, crafts and especially needlework.
I suspect that my bent for problem solving also has roots in the small town childhood that forced kids to create their own entertainment.
Spending the second part of my life in New York has provided me with access to countless resources to support my craft, as well as proximity to clients and mentors in publishing and manufacturing. At the Fashion Institute of Technology I honed my artistic and technical skills, business acumen and my focus on design.
Surrounded by these supportive elements, I cannot imagine a better circumstance for practicing the career I love.
You can visit Ellen's web site http://www.ellenhighsmithsilver.com
Ellen Van Howling
"Trunk Show ~ Mini Quilts"
"Black and White Quilt"
or any two colors
About the Artist
Edward M. Bostick was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He is a self-taught quiltmaker who comes from a long line of family quiltmakers, including his grandmother, great aunt, and two aunts. Intrigued by the brilliant colors and the geometrical applications of quilting, his interest in quilting was rekindled after 9/11. He has exhibited widely, and is a member of the Quilters of Color Network of New York. His replica of Gee’s Bend Housetop Half-Log Cabin received an Honorable Mention for Innovation in the 2003 World Quilt and Textile Competition. Mr. Bostick teaches in the Developmental Skills Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from the Greenwall Foundation.
You can visit Edward's web site http://africanamericanquilts-bostick.com
About the Artist
Approximately eighteen years ago, Michele decided to take up a little hobby of quilting to pass the time. Like every other self-respecting “quilt-a-holic”, it quickly became a passion. Machine quilting was of particular interest to her, as it was just becoming a popular and acceptable way of quilting your quilt. Michele was fascinated with the freedom of free motion quilting - especially creating designs that need no marking. Embellishing quilts with a variety of decorative threads was thrilling to her, and she was determined to incorporate as many of them in my quilts as she could! Working with these threads could sometimes be frustrating, so she spent countless hours developing strategies to work with them more effectively.
Her main goal as an educator is to conduct positive upbeat classes that teach solid techniques and give all levels of quilters new confidence. For the past 10 years, she has taught at many quilt guilds and shows across the United States and Canada. In addition, she is on the faculty of The Academy of Quilting. The Academy of Quilting provides the quilting community with a variety of classes for quilters online.
At the same time that Michele began lecturing and teaching, she began working with McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts magazines. Over the past 10 years, she’s had over 60 quilts published in their magazines. With several articles in Quilter’s Home Magazine, she’s begun designing for Fons and Porter and writing for Quilter’s Home magazine and Quilter’s Choice Network (QCN), a new online quilting community. In addition to being published in an assortment of magazines, she released the 2 hour instructional DVD, Bobbinpalooza and Machine Quilting Fun!
Michele’s newest passion is designing fabric for Northcott Silk. Her sixth line entitled Flirty BIrdies was recently shipped to stores all over the world, and she just finished up her seventh! Yet another great kids' line, Flamingo Fling will be available next year! Graphic design is a just another way to express her creativity, and it’s so wonderful for her to use the textiles created in quilts!
Her book, Bobbin’ Quiltin’ and Fusin’ Fun was debuted by AQS at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Fall 2011. Additionally, Michele paired up with Aurifil Threads to create her own line of machine quilting threads called Prism. Prism threads are a heavyweight (12 wt) variegated thread that span the colors of the rainbow!
About the Lecture
Many quilters have ideas floating around in our head - quilts we would like to make. This lecture will help you to take your ideas from your head and put them on paper. Whether it's a new block design, small wallhanging, or full bed quilt, I will give you tips and tricks to creating your own designs - the do's and don'ts of designing and how to incorporate a certain fabric into your quilts. We will also discuss where to find color inspiration as well as how to break down the color and value process. I will introduce the concept of line and form in quilts. Lecture includes a show of my original designs, published and non-published - more than 50 quilts in all!
Michele will have books, patterns and "other cool stuff pertaining to the lecture, cash checks and credit cards are accepted.
You can visit Michelle's web site http://piecefulquilter.com
Leni Levenson Wiener
About the Artist
My work can best be described as representational fabric collage. Although I am moved by the beauty of nature, I am most inspired by the people around me.
A former photographer, my work begins with photographs I take of strangers, unaware of the camera, caught in those unremarkable and familiar moments that pass without notice or reflection. Backgrounds and environments are less important than the expressive body language that tells us so much about these people we have never met. Viewers are invited to bring their own life experience to the story in each art quilt.
I use only commercially available cotton fabric, building the complexity of the image with a layering of unexpected patterns. I pay as much attention to the “value” of the fabrics I choose as their color. The pieces are constructed in raw edge machine appliqué, freeing me from tedious piecing and allowing the fraying and puckering that is the inherent characteristic of fabric.
About the Workshop
Leni’s art quilt “The Explorers” is chosen as the project for this workshop as it allows beginners explore all the possibilities in raw edge machine applique from a photo. Students will learn how to do figures from a pattern and how to do trees and other organic elements in a more intuitive manner--and then set them all into a background. Class includes discussion on making a pattern from your photo without having to purchase a computer program; color, value and print scale and how each impacts the finished art quilt; how to choose fabrics by value using a gray scale card; and takes the students through the process so they can complete this art quilt on their own.
Leni will have copies of her new book, Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook on hand, or they can be purchased ahead of time by going to New Book
You can visit Leni's web site: http://www.leniwiener.com
Pat and Arlen Christ
"Part 3 - PA Quilts"
using stamps, stencils, monoprinting and more
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