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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
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."
Teri Lucas is an award-winning quilter who quilts on a home sewing machine. Exploring the play of fabric, thread and batting to create beautiful quilts are her passion. One of her very favorite things to do is teach free motion machine quilting on a home sewing machine.
Teri is an Associate Editor – Online/Special Project with Generation Q Magazine. The first special project is Quilt as Desired in the September/October 2014 issue and she will have a feature in the March/April 2015 issue.
"It’s your quilt, it’s your rules" is the one rule of quilting she follows and work towards teaching.
Teri is a wife, married 22 years to the love of her life! She has been a quilter for 21 years and can hardly wait to see what comes next! She is a machine quilting teacher currently teaching at Hartsdale Fabrics in Hartsdale, NY
Teri can be found at: http://terificreations.wordpress.com
"SLOW CUTTING MOVEMENT"
Mark's blog is at marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com
PAT and ARLAN CHRIST
PA APPLIQUE QUILTS
"PAINTED LITTLE HELPERS"
Adding beads to your quilts can result in much more that just sparkel. Beads can be a design element as well as a surface embellishment. In this workshop. you will learn about the types of beads and where to source them, stitching basics. beading tips amd a variety of beading stitches (e.g. back stitch; long stitch; stop stitch; raised stitch. as well as some basic embroidery stitches with beads - blanket, chain, fly, feather, and more.)
VICTORIA FINDLAY WOLFE
VICTORIA FINDLAY WOLFEDOUBLE WEDDING RING
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