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.
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.
Click on the month below for details on that month's speaker/workshops.
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.
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 for Ruler Work
Patsy says of the Free Motion Quilting workshop, "This class is geared to creating a good foundation of free motion skills that will serve you well as you continue practicing and move on toward more challenging designs. Let me help take the fear out of free motion quilting so you can discover the fun of it."Supply List for Free Motion Quilting
There will be no workshops this month.
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.
If you wish to take a workshop with Deb, please find her local classes at www.taqg.org under Quilters Rally Day.
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.
More information coming soon.
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.
More info coming soon.
Martha says, "I love to make quilts! I have been a passionate quilter for more than 30 years but have been sewing something just about all my life. During all those years I have made so many quilts, I can’t even count them."
Before her retirement in 2008, Martha was the leader of a quilt group at her office. They made a quilt every year and raised over $5000 a year for Toys for Tots. She has taught many informal groups of quilters at her home and has lead many block swaps. For the last several years she has taught at many local quilt shops in the Dallas area.
Martha has won a number of awards for her quilts. "Mrs. Lindberg's Neighborhood" was selected as part of the special exhibit "Text on Textiles" at the International Quilt Festivel and traveled to all the IQA shows in 2011-2012. In 2014-2015, her quilt "Ruby Irish Chain" traveled with the IQA "Ruby Jubilee 40th Anniversary" special exhibit.
For more about Martha, see her page on the TAQG Teachers website.
Martha says,"[This] trunk show highlights 30-40 quilts that I have made over the years. You will see my first quilt and what I am currently working on. I’m one of those quilters who is always looking for something new, a different technique or a quilt that I have never made before. You will see the different styles and phases I have gone through over the past 30 years. If you ever come to my house, you will see quilts hanging on every available wall, draped over chairs and couches. I love modern quilts as much as traditional but my "latest" love is any quilt with houses on it. My quilt collection includes over 30 house quilts with many more on the UFO list. My collection includes redwork, swap block quilts, paper-pieced, appliqué, both hand and machine, and One Block Wonders. You name it, I have probably made it."
This fun quilt is a twist on the traditional Dresden Plate block. Each blade is turned into a wonky house, making this Dresden Neighborhood come to life. Every quilt will be a little different because your creativity will come into play designing each house with a special roof, door and windows. It will be your own unique creation! This is Martha's most popular class!
For more photos of this fun block and a list of everything you will need, see the Supply List.