Programs & Workshops

Quilters Guild of Plano Upcoming Programs

May 2017 - Quilt Show Roll-Out and Skill Builder Demos
May 11 Meeting - Quilt Show Roll-Out and Demos, plus "Bones" Table
May 12 Workshop - MJ Fielek - Bindings
May 13 Workshop - Sherry Worley - Dyeing Cotton Socks and Fabric

June 2017 - Alice Kolb
June 8 Program - Trunk Show with Emphasis on Wearables
June 9 Workshop - Stitch a Connection - Sashiko
June 10 Workshop - Tiny Treasures - A Small Art Piece

July 2017 - MJ Fielek
July 13 Lecture - Making Beautiful Quilts Out of Simple Shapes,
plus "Trash to Treasures" Event
No workshops this month

August 2017 - Quilt Show Preview Night
August 10
No workshops this month

September 2017 - Martha Lindberg
September 14 Lecture - My Quilt Journey Trunk Show
September 16 Workshop - Wonky Dresden Neighborhood

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"
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.

Please note this change: Due to scheduling conflicts, the May workshop days have been swapped. MJ Fielek will do the Bindings workshop on Friday, May 12, and Sherry Worley will do the Dyeing workshop on Saturday, May 13th.

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

May Guild Meeting - Thursday, May 11th
Quilt Show Roll-Out

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Quilt Plano 2017 is Friday and Saturday, August 11th and 12th at the Plano Centre. Our May Guild meeting will be the official kick-off of Show preparations. Starting at 6:15 you will all have an opportunity to sign-up to work during the show. After a short business meeting, members of the Show Committee will share with you an overview of what it takes to pull a Quilt Show together along with some helpful hints on the presentation of your entries.

Next you will have a sneak preview of a few of the demos that will be presented in the Quilt Plano 2017 Demo Room. We will have (3) different demos as well as a "Bones" Table.

Demo presenters:

Jacque Wenzel
Owner, Best of Bernina
Subject: Shortcut Binding Tool

Lori Hutyra
Guild Member
Subject: Set-in Squares

Sherry Worley
Guild Member
Subject: Dyed Fabrics

"Bones" Table

If you have items in your sewing room that you want to trade, bring them to the May meeting and add them to the Bones Table. In exchange feel free to take something you might want. At the end of the evening anything left over will be donated to charity.

Quilt Entries

Don't forget what makes it a quilt show - THE QUILTS! We need your entries! This is the way we can show our community what the guild is about - our love of quilting, with all different styles, techniques, and skill levels. Don't be shy - your quilt will be someone's inspiration! For the entry form and all the information about rules, categories, etc., see our Entries page. If you need help getting a photo, bring your quilt (or quilt top) to a meeting and we will take the photo for you.

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May 2017 - MJ Fielek


MJ Fielek has been sewing since she was quite young. She taught sewing and tailoring at Eastfield College and "Sewing with Knits" at Richardson High School. Her love turned to quilting in 1979 when she drafted and made her first quilt. Over the years MJ has made hundreds of quilts. She entered and was accepted in the Houston IQA show and won 2nd place in the 2-person category. She has even traveled to Europe to the International Quilt Expo and taken classes from many European teachers. Her whole house is one big quilting studio!

MJ teaches beginners' classes, a tips and techniques class, binding, and advanced classes such as Double Wedding Ring, Feathered Star, and Lone Star. Her binding class has become the class to take. She teaches 2-color binding, binding with tuck, stuffed binding, and how to make perfect corners on all your quilts.

Workshop - Friday, May 12th
Best Little Retreat Center in Texas, 7989 Beltline Rd. #168 (at Coit), Dallas, TX 75248
Setup at 8:30am, workshop at 9:00am
MJ Fielek - Bindings

In the Binding Class we will discuss how to trim your quilt, picking the right color binding, and what type of binding to use on your quilt. The types of bindings that are covered in class:

We will discuss how to bind scallops, bias binding, and piping on the edge of the quilt. We will also talk about binding miniature quilts and the best way to bind them.

Bindings Supply List

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May 2017 - Sherry Worley

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My business card says it all...Sherry Worley quiltmaker, hand dyer, craftsman. I have been making quilts for most of my life. I even still have some of the polyester double knit quilts I made in the 1970's. I prefer traditional patterns, but find myself drawn to bright multicolored fabrics.

Which brings us to hand dyed fabrics! I have been hand dyeing quilting cottons for about 20 years. There is something very satisfying about creating color on white fabric. I also really enjoy the surprises of hand dyed fabric. You never know exactly what you are going to have at the end. I recently add ice dyeing to the techniques I use, and the results are truly exciting. Ice dyed patterns are unlike anything I have done before. The action of melting ice drawing dye powder into folded and pleated fabric creates soft edged floral form designs. If you are someone who sees pictures in clouds, you will love these fabrics. Each is truly a one of a kind piece of art.

My definition of craftsman is someone who has studied their craft and through knowledge and practice always strives to create the best work of which they are capable. I exhibit my finished quilts at shows in the area and have been fortunate enough to have advanced to the Master categories. However my true calling is making quilts for Community Service. Each quilt has a destiny to spread love and warmth and I enjoy sending them out to fulfil their purpose.

Workshop - Saturday, May 13th
Best Little Retreat Center in Texas, 7989 Beltline Rd. #168 (at Coit), Dallas, TX 75248
Setup at 8:30am, workshop at 9:00am
Sherry Worley - Dyeing Cotton Fabric and Bamboo Socks

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This exciting class will include Ice Dying fat quarters in the morning. We will cover preparing the fabric, several different patterns for folding-pleating-tying, and dye safety and application. The afternoon will include mixing dye into solution concentrate, low water immersion dying of fat quarters and tray dying bamboo socks. You will leave with at least 4 ice dyed fat quarters, at least 6 low water immersion dyed fat quarters, at least 1 pair of tray dyed bamboo socks, and full instructions for rinsing out excess dye.

Supply List and Kit info - Kit Required

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June 2017 - Alice Kolb - Trunk Show with Emphasis on Wearables


What fun I find in sharing what I enjoy the most - designing and stitching. Little did I realize that my grandmothers, mom and an 8th grade home economics teacher were challenging me toward a path that would engage a life-long career in all aspects of sewing!

I've always been most at home with a needle and thread in my hands, joining various fabrics and threads to find their endless possibilities. I learned to sew as a teen, eagerly sewing one garment after another, gradually being seduced by the influence of fabulous instructors to stretch just a bit further. From age 14 through two degrees in Home Economics, I knew I wanted a creative teaching career. My first teaching job in clothing and textile subjects began in a junior college. After discovering the community enthusiasm over a local quilt show, the college department started an adult education quilting class that became so popular that it grew from one weekly night to four. I was in the middle of that community of needle energy and knew immediately I had found my place.

In the following years I left college teaching and joined a major sewing machine company. That endeavor pushed and stretched my skills to many experimental levels of garment and quilt sewing. I wrote a book on Sashiko techniques by machine in the early 90's, then one on the Crazy Quilt by machine imagery ten years later. Each time, book writing led me down a research path that seemed inexhaustible - a happy journey with no end. It has been a wonderful stretch - one that pushed my humble beginnings to a passion of creative endeavors - to teaching travels across the US, Switzerland and Japan. From the discovery of quilt making in the 1970's to my current activities of sharing the needle, I've never looked back.


Workshop - Friday, June 9th
Best Little Retreat Center in Texas, 7989 Beltline Rd. #168 (at Coit), Dallas, TX 75248
Setup at 8:30am, workshop at 9:00am
Alice Kolb - Stitch a Connection - Sashiko


Adapt Japanese quilting to machine techniques. The simple running stitch, sewn with topstitching thread is magical used in traditional methods or translated to a different imagery, for example, folk art. Explore threads, drawing and stitching pattern designs, all using simple marking and continuous machine quilting methods. This technique is easy, fun and addictive!

Sashiko Supply List

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Workshop - Saturday, June 10th
Best Little Retreat Center in Texas, 7989 Beltline Rd. #168 (at Coit), Dallas, TX 75248
Setup at 8:30am, workshop at 9:00am
Alice Kolb - Tiny Treasures - A Small Art Piece

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Focus on color and embellishment in a small patched square of simple piecing. Class emphasis is based on experimental uses of color relationships and combinations of hand and machine embellishment. Ideal turned into a small needle/thread case for take-as-you-go stitching.

Tiny treasures Supply List

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