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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supply list coming soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 coming soon.
Workshop details and supply list coming soon.
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.
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.