Programs & Workshops

Quilters Guild of Plano Upcoming Programs

September 2017 - Becky Goldsmith Lecture, Brenda Perry Workshop
September 14 Lecture - Becky Goldsmith - A Practical Approach to Color
September 16 Workshop - Brenda Perry - Those Amazing Stripes

October 2017 - Deborah Boschert
October 12 Lecture - All About Art Quilts
October 13 Workshop - Captivating Composition
October 14 Workshop - Techniques with Paint and Ink

November 2017 - Allison Bayer
November 9 Lecture - My Scrappy World
November 11 Workshop - Scrap User's System

December 2017 - Holiday Party
December 14 Meeting - Holiday Party, plus a "Christmas Boutique"
plus Trash to Treasure Sale
No workshops this month

January 2018 - Rose-Clair Fletcher
January 11 Lecture - Portraits in Thread and Pencils
January 13 Workshop - Portraits in Thread and Pencils

If you have questions about a particular speaker, or to suggest future speakers, please email

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The fee for Quilters Guild of Plano workshops has been reduced to $35. The fee is the same for members or non-members and remains the same even if you sign up the day of the workshop. We still encourage you to sign up early to reserve your spot and to allow the workshop presenter to prepare an appropriate number of kits or materials for the workshop. Please take advantage of this price reduction to sign up for some of the upcoming workshops and learn something new, have some fun, and enjoy a day with your quilting friends or to make new quilting friends.

You can sign up for upcoming workshops at any guild meeting, or print out and mail this Workshop Registration Form with your payment.

Click on the month below for details on that month's speaker/workshops.

September 2017

The previously announced program and workshop by Martha Lindberg have been cancelled due to illness in the family. We will instead have a Thursday night lecture by Becky Goldsmith and a Saturday workshop by Brenda Perry.

Thursday, September 14, Lecture - Becky Goldsmith, A Practical Approach to Color


Becky is an award-winning quilter who travels to teach quilting both nationally and internationally. Her classes are always interesting and informative, with an emphasis on teaching techniques that will help you improve your sewing skills - while keeping it fun.

Making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging - for all of us! Being a member of the greater quilting community is a bonus that adds to all of our lives. Becky never imagined that being a quilter would become her life's work, but she's so happy that it did!

Becky Goldsmith is best known as being half of the Piece O' Cake Designs team. She met Linda Jenkins, her business partner in Piece O' Cake Designs, at a meeting of the Green Country Quilters' Guild in Tulsa, OK, in 1986. They started Piece O' Cake in 1994 and, since then, have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including 7 Blocks of the Month. They continue to work together on books and patterns. Becky is the sole author of The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color.

Saturday, September 16 - Workshop by Brenda Perry - Those Amazing Stripes


Brenda Perry is a professional quilt maker, lecturer and teacher, and a self-proclaimed "Quiltaholic." She lives in Sanger, Texas, with her husband of 47 years, Don; they have a married daughter and two grown grandsons. They are her biggest fans.

Brenda learned early on she loved working with her hands and has tried everything from macramé, tole painting, fabric crafts and cross stitch. Once she discovered quilting all else went by the wayside. She is a self-taught traditional quilter. She dabbled in art quilts enough to know her niche is elsewhere.

She currently belongs to two guilds and has taught many classes through each of them. She is currently teaching at a local quilt shop and travels to teach at guilds and other ladies clubs. After making quilts for over 30 years she developed many shortcuts and helpful tips. She has submitted tips to Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and had two accepted for publication in their magazine and used on their television program. Her first tip is on their current Tip CD. Brenda also has an in-home business making memory quilts using t-shirts and other items of clothing. She has had customers all across the United States, once making a memory quilt for a woman who worked for Donald Trump and the Miss America Pageant. Her memory items included many pageant t-shirts and patches.

Brenda's charity of choice is Royal Family Kids' Camp, an international organization providing a safe environment for abused and neglected children to experience a fun camp that is taken for granted by others but rarely experienced by them. She provides 15 twin size quilts each year as graduation gifts for the children who will no longer be able to come to the yearly camp because they age out.

Since she makes so many quilts each year, she needs tools to help speed up the process. Her husband Don comes to her rescue, designing a few small tools that do a big job. Some of these are available when she lectures and hold workshops.

Brenda states, "Quilting has taken over my life, but I'm not complaining. I am blessed."

"You'll be amazed at the beautiful quilt you can make from 4 yards of a single border stripe fabric."

Example 1:

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Example 2:

fabric 2 quilt 2

Tips for choosing a border print fabric are included in the Supply List.