Programs & Workshops

Quilters Guild of Plano Upcoming Programs

April 2018 - Kathy Dunigan
April 12 Lecture - Midnight in the Garden of Applique
April 13 Workshop - Broderie Perse
April 14 Workshop - Baltimore Basket of Roses

May 2018 - Show Roll-Out, Skill Demos, and Michelle Dorsey
May 10 Meeting - Show Roll-Out and Skill Builder Demos
May 11 Workshop - Michelle Dorsey - Sassy Screen Tote Bag
May 12 Workshop - Michelle Dorsey - Happy Bag

June 2018 - Patsy Thompson
June 14 Lecture - Thread Power
June 15 Workshop - Introduction to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter
June 16 Workshop - Free Motion Quilting for the True Beginner

July 2018 - Deb Tucker
July 12 Meeting - Become a Pattern Detective
No workshops this month

August 2018 - Quilt Show Preview Night
August 9 Meeting - Preview Night
No workshops this month

September 2018 - Gayle Bong
September 13 Lecture - Tips, Tops, and Tales
September 14 Workshop - To Be Announced
September 15 Workshop - To Be Announced

October 2018 - Jen Eskridge
October 11 Lecture - Get Published
October 12 Workshop - Random Circles and Giant Flying Geese (two 3-hour workshops)
October 13 Workshop - Cube Purse Pattern

November 2018 - Dani Ives
November 8 Lecture - Felt with Me: Learn How to "Paint" with Wool
November 10 Workshop - Felt with Me: Learn How to "Paint" with Wool

December 2018 - Holiday Party
December 13 Meeting - Holiday Party
No workshops this month

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

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Workshop Pricing

Because of the rising costs associated with travel, lodging, and facility rental, the Guild has raised workshop prices effective January 2018. Anyone who has prepaid for a 2018 workshop will not be charged the difference in fee amount. The fees for workshops will be

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

Workshop Location

Unless otherwise noted in a workshop description, all workshops will be held at
Best Little Retreat Center in Texas
7989 Beltline Rd., #168, Dallas, TX
Setup at 8:30am, Workshop 9:00am-3:00pm.

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

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


Guild Meeting - Thursday, April 12th - Kathy Dunigan - Midnight in the Garden of Applique

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Kathy is a true southern belle, from Tallulah, Louisiana, who just happens to be "blooming where she has been planted" in Rockwall, Texas! Never one to stray from her roots, her appliqué work blends "all things Baltimore" with the lush and rich fauna of the Deep South. Kathy began quilting in 1987, but discovered appliqué in 1993, with her first appliqué project – a year and a half long Baltimore Album class, which featured a book by Elly Sienkiewicz. As Kathy has been quoted, "I truly discovered the joy that was missing in my quilting when I discovered the album quilts." She fell in love with Elly's methods and along the way, mapped out her own fun path. She never hesitates to "embellish, enliven and embolden" her appliqué. Beads, trims, ribbons and "findings" all find their way home into her work. "Anything goes, if it makes your heart beat faster!" she excitedly proclaims.

Kathy has been involved since 1987 with fabrics, designing, teaching and the retail end of things, owning a hand-designed clothing boutique and then for many years The Quilted Peach in Valdosta, Georgia. She has been teaching quilting and applique classes since 1995. She was honored to have taught for five glorious years at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy, an incredible gathering of appliquers that existed for 19 short years. Kathy and her mother, JoAnn Hudgins, have TQP Design Co. and are busy with a whole host of patterns and plans. Kathy is deep into designing a southern "Baltimore" which features a stately plantation home center medallion, called "Brokenburn –a Tribute to Kate Stone." Her recent quilt, designed in tandem with her mother, "Symphony of Blue Wreaths" is available in pattern form and features Kathy's trademark use of embroidery, beads and fabrics of many types. She has a sister quilt that is in progress that they designed together, called "Rhapsody of Red Vases." And of course, now Kathy and her mother JoAnn have begun the Kathy Dunigan Academy of Applique in Rockwall, Texas. She is thrilled that the legacy that Elly started can go on!

Kathy is a true "people person" who derives her satisfaction from teaching new to advanced students, and considers every student a friend. Her classes are packed with interesting, time-tested methods with a twist. She will show you some grand "shortcuts" such as "Kathy's skinny stem technique" and "no mark appliqué" to her clever way to weave those intricate Baltimore baskets, all while enjoying a festive atmosphere. "I love all things 'Appliqué' and I can’t wait to join you on your journey, as a beginning student or as an appliqué expert looking for something new. I can’t wait to meet every single attendee, old friends and new! Join me for a class and we will stitch a breathtaking pattern so you can introduce it to your block collection or feature it in a wall hanging.

Kathy and her husband Matt, both Louisiana Tech Alumni, celebrate 32 years married and three beautiful children, Dane, Madison Leigh and Dolan.

Workshop - Friday, April 13th - Kathy Dunigan - Broderie Perse

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Broderie perse, or Persian embroidery, is not actually embroidery at all, but appliqué. The motifs were carefully cut out and then stitched to the background fabric by either turning the edges under before stitching invisibly, or with a tiny, hand-worked blanket stitch – the forerunner of today's raw-edge appliqué.

Sometimes the motifs were appliquéd straight onto the background fabric, and at other times some form of paste was used to fuse the pieces to a stretched background, allowed to dry, then stitched.

Learn this traditional appliqué style using modern techniques from the appliqué master.

Broderie Perse Supply List

Workshop - Saturday, April 14th - Kathy Dunigan - Baltimore Basket of Roses


Spend a day with Kathy and let her guide you as you make the loveliest of blocks. This breathtaking block can take center stage in a wall hanging or set it into a Baltimore Album that you have started or are thinking of beginning. In this jam-packed technique class you will include padded and embroidered appliqué and you will be able to try different methods for your stems and basket. We will even use the prepared edge technique with a paper foundation that turns to fabric and is left inside! A bit of reverse appliqué; just the right amount to make this block fun and Kathy will show you how to ribbon weave the basket if you desire. The two birds flit overhead and just wait for a fabulous, fancy print to make them soar. Don’t miss this exciting class!

Skill level - confident beginner to advanced student, Optional kits available, $30

Baltimore Basket of Roses Supply List

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Guild Meeting - Thursday, May 10th - Quilt Show Roll-Out and Skill Builder Demos

The May meeting will bring an opportunity to choose your favorite volunteer job for Quilt Plano 2018. Sign-up sheets will be available for a variety of different activities. In addition, you can preview several of the demos that will be happening at the show.

Michelle Dorsey Workshops


Meet Michelle Dorsey:

I have been teaching sewing and embroidery classes in the Dallas, Texas, area for many years now. As you browse through my catalog of patterns, you will notice that I gravitate towards tote bags and purses. I have been called the Tote Bag Queen once or twice:>) While I love sewing these kinds of pretties, I do write patterns for other things too. My creative juices flow best when I work on quick and easy projects. I like to call them instant gratification projects. Most of my patterns can be created in a few hours and that allows you more time to add your own creative flair to the project.

I love to add embroidery to projects; my motto is "A little embroidery doesn't hurt anything," but I also understand that not everyone has an embroidery machine. I try to include different variations to my pattern samples to show you that you can achieve your own cuteness without using machine embroidery.

Workshop - Friday, May 11th - Michelle Dorsey - Sassy Screen Tote Bag

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It's almost summer (flip flop weather - yippee) and time for a new screen tote, don't you think? I wanted a little more girly feel to this one so I added multiple layers using a unique shape to give it that "Sassy" feel. Completed size is approximately 12 ½" wide x 11 ½"tall x 4" deep. This is a GREAT beginner pattern. No zippers or embroidery.

Supply list coming soon.

Workshop - Saturday, May 12th - Michelle Dorsey - Happy Bag

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Need a quick project that's easy, Fat Quarter Friendly and can be used for multiple things? This adorable bag is 7" wide x 9" long. Its unique front diagonal pocket is constructed with vinyl which allows for easy viewing and access.

Never put in a zipper before? Let this project be your first. I will guide you step by step (lots of pictures included for us visual learners) on installing both zippers. You'll be amazed at how easy it is.

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As an added BONUS......I've included a FREE alphabet of my favorite girly font. This is not an in-the-hoop project but does require an embroidery machine if you choose to personalize the bag.

Supply list coming soon.

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Guild Meeting - June 14, 2018: Patsy Thompson - Thread Power

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Patsy Thompson was raised in an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoyed many types of craft work from an early age. She first learned to sew in a six-week sewing course at the local Singer store, and she's been hooked ever since! Initially a self-taught quilter in the late 1970's, Patsy's early ignorance of many of the rules of quilting led her down some new paths of discovery, learning all the joy and exhilaration that comes with experimentation. Subsequent classes in numerous quilting techniques have fueled her fire, and she now delights in the challenge of placing a new "spin" on different techniques.

Patsy was a hand quilter for her first 25-plus years in quilting and struggled to learn the art of free motion machine quilting. It wasn’t easy! Once mastered, free motion machine quilting became a wonderful creative outlet, and Patsy now travels to teach and pass along her free motion mastery to others. The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from her students has prompted her to create a series of instructional DVD's on free motion machine quilting. Her work has been exhibited in quilt shows and juried exhibitions across the United States, including the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, Kentucky.

Workshop - Friday, June 15, 2018: Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter

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This hands-on class will teach you the basics of ruler-guided free motion quilting using your home sewing machine. We will cover straight line ruler work and curved ruler work, as well as some free motion quilting designs to "fill-in" the framework we create with our ruler work. We will also learn how to audition your ruler work designs on paper before taking them to fabric. This class will give you the skills to create block and border designs using ruler work. I will loan you rulers to use during class so you do not need to spend a lot of money to "try out" the technique of ruler work!

**NOTE: You must have a true ruler foot for your machine to participate in this class. If your machine manufacturer does not yet offer a ruler foot, please seek the assistance of your dealer ahead of class so a foot can be ordered for you.

Supply list coming soon.

Workshop - Saturday, June 16, 2018: Free Motion Quilting for the True Beginner

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Workshop details and supply list coming soon.

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Guild Meeting - July 12, 2018: Deb Tucker - Become a Pattern Detective

There will be no workshops this month.

Deb Tucker

The lecture will be an educational talk about learning how to identify block units and then determining the best approach for construction. Deb will show lots of quilts to support the discussion.

Deb is the creator of all the tools and techniques that form the basis for Studio 180 Design products. In addition to her decades of teaching, she has edited two international quilting magazines; taught and lectured about quilting nationally and internationally; presided over the Vermont State Quilt Guild for several years; and has held many traditional terms of office in a number of local quilt guilds. Her background in education and architecture perfectly suit her current role as designer and educator for Studio 180 Design. She is the inspiration that keeps the company coming up with new ideas and innovative tools and techniques.

It all started in 1981, when a young bride-to-be decided to make a quilt before her marriage. She certainly would never have imagined what that one decision would become. Deb Tucker went on to spend the next twenty years developing her quilting skills, learning about all different types of quilting techniques, and teaching new and experienced quilters how to make their quilt tops using the most accurate techniques to create the best quilts their skills would allow.

But, when asked to do a class on the Hunter's Star, something changed. She looked up all the techniques available and knew there had to be a better way. Suddenly, one night the answer came to her in a flash. Not fully formed, though, it took several years to get her method refined. The Rapid Fire Hunter's Star tool and technique was introduced. Strip piece it, make it oversized and trim it down to create a perfect Hunter's Star block. Her Rapid Fire line of tools was born.

Then, her frustration with trimming basic units easily and accurately led her to develop her first tool to trim down basic units. Her Tucker Trimmer has lots of diagonals and will trim any square unit with corner to corner diagonal seams – half square triangles, combination units, and hourglass units (among others). Now her line of tools to trim down basic units was born.

She continued teaching more and more classes near where she lived, and as knowledge of her new methods and tools grew, she began to get teaching engagements farther and farther away and shops began to call to stock her rulers.

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Guild Meeting - October 11, 2018: Jen Eskridge - Get Published

Jen Eskridge

Jen started sewing in 1993 on a tan Singer sewing machine. Her mother taught the basics. Jen made her first quilt in 1993. Fast forward a bit: Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design in 1998 from Louisiana State University. By 2003, she found herself quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. She invented, trademarked and produced the popular Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. The website and company were launched in 2007.

Jen currently has four sewing and quilting books available and is a national lecturer/teacher describing the easy machine applique techniques in her books. As longarm quilter, Jen has quilted by machine for years and in 2015 launched ReannaLily Quilts, a longarm quilting service for the public.

As a military spouse, Jen has traveled the world gathering inspiration and ideas for designs and patterns. From Korea, China, and Japan to North America, England, and France, she has found many cultural and historical elements to guide her interest and creativity.

ReannaLily Designs headquarters is currently located in Helotes, TX.

Workshop - Friday, October 12, 2018: Random Circles and Giant Flying Geese (two 3-hr. workshops)

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More info coming soon.

Workshop - Saturday, October 13, 2018: Cube Purse Pattern

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More info coming soon.

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Guild Meeting - November 8, 2018: Dani Ives - Journey into Painting with Wool: My Story and Process

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Dani Ives is a self-taught fiber artist and founder of Good Natured Art. Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and science, which has an enormous influence on her work. Her enthusiasm for animals from an early age took her on a university and career path based in biology and conservation education, after which Dani worked as an educator at a zoo for ten years. During her conservation education career, she sought out hobbies to fulfill a need for artistic endeavors and stumbled upon needle felting. Over the course of a few years, Dani developed her distinct style of needle felting that she calls "painting with wool." With this style, instead of using paint and a brush, she uses wool fibers and a felting needle to create the effects of layering color, creating texture and depth. She strives to push the boundaries of this fiber art by creating animal portraits and botanical pieces that are packed with details and realism.

Dani has taught hundreds of students in workshops across the United States and internationally, including a six-week course at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She really enjoys teaching others how to create their own needle felted "paintings" and loves to see students discover the endless possibilities of working in fiber arts. She is currently based in Northwest Arkansas.

See more of Dani's work at Dani Ives | Fiber Artist.

Workshop - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Felt with Me: Learn How to "Paint" with Wool

More info coming soon.

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