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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.
STAINED GLASS APPLIQUE
Stained glass applique is a technique in which bias tape is used to cover the raw edges of the fabric pieces, instead of turning them under as in traditional applique. In this workshop you will construct a panel that can be used as a wall hanging, a pillow cover, or as the center of a small medallion quilt. Several patterns will be available. All work will be done by hand, unless you are already comfortable doing machine appliqué, in which case you’ll need to bring a sewing machine for that. The goal will be to have a nearly completed panel by the end of the class.
Kathleen Davies is a quilter who lectures and teaches locally and regionally. She is known for her exceptional hand quilting and hand applique, having won many awards at quilt shows in NY and NJ. Her specialties are crazy quilts, stained glass quilting, T-shirt quilts, and finishing old quilts. Pictures of her quilts have appeared in "Quilters Newsletter"; A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited, by Mary Kerr; and Celebrate the Day by Shannon Shirley. She is a retired high school teacher, currently living in Hillburn, NY. To see more about Kathleen and her quilts go to KDotQuilting.com
"SLOW CUTTING MOVEMENT"
Mark's blog is at marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com
DIANE RODE SCHNECK
"ROCKY ROAD TO KANSAS" plus "BIG STITCH QUILTING"
I come from a long line of quilters, sewers and embroiderers. All of the women in my family were involved in some kind of craft or handwork. My father was an architect, so I inherited the drawing and drafting genes, and a fascination with design. I learned hand embroidery at a very early age, and taught myself the basics of machine piecing when I was in high school in 1974. The quilters of Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, taught me everything I know about hand quilting.
What I love about quilting is its infinite variety. This has made it hard for me to concentrate on just one thing over the years. I have done a little bit of everything, from folk art to Serious Art, but my favorite things are scrap quilts, (especially string quilts) crazy quilts, hand embroidery, and hand appliqué, especially the album quilts of the mid 19th century.
I want to try it all! The recent interest in surface design and mixed media have made this even better. There really are no limits to what you can do, and what techniques or materials you can use. I really try to pass this enthusiasm along to my students.
I have worked and taught in quilt stores since 1979, and have been teaching in New York since 1986. When I’m not at The City Quilter, I work part time for The Elder Craftsmen, coordinating crafts classes at senior centers around the city. I also teach at guilds and conferences all over the country, and I design and publish my own monthly appliqué block club called Heart And Hand, with subscribers all over the world.
SCHOOLHOUSE DEMO ~ School m'arm Marie Berneger
Eda is a founding member of the WVQG. She developed and introduced her Color 101 class to WVQG and has taught it several times here and at private venues.
QUILT ALLIANCE and the "Quilters Take Manhattan" weekend
Quilt Alliance: Digging into the Ultimate Resource for Quilters.
Meg Cox has been on the board of this national nonprofit for 10 years, and served as president for six. Who knows better all the various ways that this organization can make your life better? Whether you seek inspiration for your next quilt or a quilt challenge that could bring you fame and fortune (top prize in the annual Alliance contest is a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit-down quilting machine), she knows where the treasures lie. Learn about the Alliance's special conference on oral history this summer, get tips for making better labels for your quilts (what historians and curators want to know), and learn the best ways to search the 60,000 quilts on the Quilt Index.
Meg Cox is a journalist, author and expert on contemporary quilting who serves as president of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance. A former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, she still contributes to the Journal’s weekend section. Cox profiled Denyse Schmidt for the WSJ in 2011, and wrote about the Modern Quilt movement in 2013. She writes for many quilt publications and lectures often at guilds and museums.
Her book The Quilter’s Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide was a main selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club, and she writes a popular free monthly e-newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All! In her spare time, she hosts quilting retreats with Mark Lipinski.
Meg's web site and blog at megcox.com
VICTORIA FINDLAY WOLFE
FIFTEEN MINUTES TO PLAY
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, fabric & thread designer, author of 15 Minutes of Play & Double Wedding Rings: Traditons Made Modern (C&T publishing), Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of the International Quilt Association,International Quilt Study Center, and the Quilt Alliance. Victoria especially loves her community project , collecting finished quilts for BumbleBeansBASICS.
She is excited to share her series of 12 Double wedding ring quilts, including QuiltCon Best in Show, "Double Edged Love", starting June 2014 at the Wisconsin Quilt museum, then and on to Japan, the International Quilt Study Center (2015) and Australia in 2016.
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. Her biggest supporters are her husband and daughter.
Victoria's web site is at vfwquilts.com or her blog at http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
LISA SHEPHERD STEWART
Lisa Shepard Stewart is a writer and designer based in New Jersey. In her books, African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home and Global Expressions: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World, Lisa encourages others to express themselves creatively through culturally relevant techniques and materials. She published her third book, African Accents On The Go! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style in June 2007, and in 2011 began publishing FABRIGASM magazine, for Lovers of African Textiles.
Lisa teaches classes and events internationally, and travels to Ghana to source artists, fabrics and materials. She also organizes and hosts textile tours to Ghana, most recently taking 28 people on her SewJourn in October 2013.
Lisa's web site is at culturedexpressions.com
Gretchen uses her collection of quilts to give an overview of quilt making from the 1850’s to the present. There will be lots of examples from family heirlooms and my own quilt journey. I’ll finish with my recent quilt celebrations “Pennies from Heaven” and “My Enchanted Garden” – applique quilts with wool and cotton. She will conclude with a brief discussion on “working with wool”
Gretchen is an avid quilter who lives with her husband, Neil, in the early 1800's village of Hartsville, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). Her six children and six grandchildren are scattered across the country in California, Oregon, and throughout Pennsylvania. In 1988, after working on and off in the medical field and raising her children, Gretchen began taking quilting classes. The first Block of the Month she designed was called "Celebration of Life" and this became a basic theme that runs throughout all of her creations. When Gretchen searched for a meaningful identity for her start-up quilt pattern company, she adapted this comfortable name to "Celebration of Life Designs".
For the past 20 years Gretchen has worked as a sales associate, designer, and teacher at local quilt shops. Over this time period Gretchen has designed a number of Block of the Month projects for these shops. Her quilt creations have been photo, art, pieced, Round Robin, watercolor, reproduction, and her most favorite, applique.
Lately Gretchen’s interest has been combining wool and cotton in a new, fresh but traditional folksy sort of way. Embellishing the quilt with embroidery and beads has added to this new look. Nature is another theme that runs throughout Gretchen’s quilts and her life. The beauty of our natural surroundings has always brought her happiness and peace.
Gretchen's first book, "Pennies from Heaven", was published by Martingale in 2010. Her second book, "My Enchanted Garden", will be released on February 4th, 2014. Both books continue to demonstrate her love of appliqué designs combining cotton, wool and nature.
Some of her other interests are watercolor art, folk art, history, cooking, gardening, and flower arranging. When she’s not designing for her pattern company, teaching a class, quilting, or indulging in her other interests, Gretchen loves visiting with all her children, their spouses and her grandchildren and continuously celebrating life!
Gretchen's web site is www.gretchengibbons.com
"My main purpose in quiltmaking is to revive and maintain an interest in the art form. I wish to relate the important cultural and historical legacy of southern African American women. Traditional quilt themes included "Housetops," "Pig-Pens," "Half-Log Cabins," "Lazy Gal” and "Cattle Guard." The earliest forms were String/Diamond quilts made by slave women who used small pieces of strings and other remnants leftover from making the "master's" clothes and quilts to construct their own quilts. The diamond shapes represent birth, life, death and rebirth."
"The quilts also reflect the role of sympathetic white Americans in the pre-Civil war era. Hidden messages to slaves attempting to escape north to freedom were encoded in quilt symbols. “Log Cabin” quilts indicated a safe house for escaped slaves to hide in. “The Turn-Dash” symbolized a wagon available for transport to the next safe escape route. Additionally, my collection includes depictions of African and Native American mythological symbols and creatures."
PAT and ARLAN CHRIST
PA APPLIQUE QUILTS
"PAINTED LITTLE HELPERS"
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