Programs & Workshops

Quilters Guild of Plano Upcoming Programs

February 2018 - Judy Steward
February 8 Lecture - Quilt as Desired, What Do I Desire?
No workshops this month

March 2018 - Maria Hall
March 9 Lecture - One Block, 12 Quilts
No workshops this month

April 2018 - Kathy Dunigan
April 12 Lecture - To Be Announced
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 - Intro 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 - Higher Success, Less Stress
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. In addition, you can now sign up online. Each workshop will have a "Sign Up" link - using the link, you can sign up for the workshop and your spot in the workshop will be reserved right away.

Payment of workshop fees must be received within 10 days of signing up to avoid being dropped from the registration list. So if you sign up online, you must mail a check or pay in person within 10 days.

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

February - Judy Steward


Judy is a quilt artist who also loves to teach others about quilting and making their dream a reality. It is exciting to see their eyes light up in that moment when they realize they too can make their creation come alive under her guidance. Fabric, color, and texture inspire her as a quilt artist.

Art first captured Judy's heart at a young age. Her childhood included wonderful opportunities to make cornhusk dolls, decorate cakes, sew garments, refinish furniture and many other creative pastimes. It was fun to dream up ideas to create something unique and beautiful.

When she started quilting there were no quilt shops in the area nor rotary cutters, rulers or cutting mats. Judy made quilts in the footsteps of her ancestors by hand piecing, hand appliquéing, and hand quilting. To make squares for a quilt, she traced around a piece of cardboard and then cut it out with scissors. It was time consuming and inaccurate, but she found joy in working with fabric and putting colors and textures together to create art. Each traditional quilt that she made has helped her learn skills and techniques to use to make her art quilts.

Today, Judy also draws and creates designs with machine quilting that goes far beyond what her grandmother could imagine. Thread, designs, texture and color all mix in to bring her art to life. Her students experience the joy and "Aha" moment of understanding a quilting technique that makes the whole process of making a quilt fun. Both traditional and art quilt techniques are presented in her classes.

Guild Meeting - Thursday, February 8th - Judy Steward, Quilt As Desired, What Do I Desire?

Sometimes a quilt stumps us or we don't have enough experience to know what a design will look like in an area of our quilts. Judy's trunk show displays her quilts that show the choices she made and how they do or don't work as well as other options.

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Guild Meeting - Thursday, March 8th - Maria Hall, One Block, 12 Quilts

This presentation is a show and tell of 12 quilts made from one single block, that each look entirely different. The moral of the story is to show guild members how taking one pattern or block and changing the color choices, setting, sashing, etc., can result in completely different quilts.

As a bonus item for this presentation, Maria has quilted the quilts with different batting types, and will pass the quilts around so the weight and drape of the various battings used can be felt.

There will be no workshops this month.

Maria's statement:

I grew up in Minnesota, graduated from the US Naval Academy, and spent the next 5 years in the US Navy. After that I joined the corporate world in distribution management with Target and then Home Depot, with subsequent increases in responsibility and position, cumulating in the management of about 2 million square feet of warehouse space and a ginormous budget. Quilting had been my hobby for about 10 years at that point, and when I lost my job in November 2009 I decided to spend time catching up on it. Through a bunch of coincidences (too many to be sheer coincidence, I would call it divine intervention, really), I found that I could make my hobby my business and support my family that way.

I signed up for classes to increase my skills and took any and every difficult job I could to grow my experience. I challenged myself to quilt new designs on charity quilts, which paid off in more ways than one. I quilt for the Texas Department of Agriculture for the bi-annual State Fair Quilt and have won awards for my quilting and have given several guild programs over the past two years. I currently serve as the Programs Director at the Land O' Lakes Quilt Guild of Lewisville.

In my spare time I grow female children, herd cats and travel with the man of my dreams.

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Guild Meeting - Thursday, April 12th - Kathy Dunigan - Topic to be announced

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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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Details and supply list coming soon

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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

Supply list coming soon.

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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 - Thursday, 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.

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Workshop - Friday, 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.

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