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.
Here is how Rhonda describes herself and her work:
As a 3rd generation quilter, I like to create! I enjoy the process of embellishing vintage embroidered pieces, longarm quilting, hand dying felted wool, needlework, ink dyes and occasionally crocheting and knitting. I enjoy searching through antique shops, flea markets and junk stores looking for vintage trims, buttons, needlework and linens, and of course I love talking about my work!
As well as being a Guest Speaker and Workshop instructor at many guilds and quilt shops, I've been a featured artist in On Track Magazine, Inspirations Magazine-Facebook, Embroiders' Guild of Victoria (Canada) Facebook, Hexie Love Magazine and with artist Cindy Needham in the Special Exhibit For the Love of Linens at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston 2016. Additionally my hexagon piece "Second Chances" won 3rd Place in the Embellished Category, was on display at the Texas Quilt Museum, toured with Quilts Inc. and, on loan to the New England Quilt Museum, displayed mid Sept. through Dec. 31, 2017 as part of the Special Exhibit titled Gilding the Lily.
My vintage crochet flower piece titled "Basket of Flowers" was accepted by the IQA as a juried piece at the 2017 Houston IQF. This piece was also a featured work on Alex Anderson's The Quilt Show blog page. My piece titled "My Vintage Linens Quilt" won First Place in Category, Best of Division, Judges Choice and Best of Show at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, 2018. Most recently my "Vintage Handkerchiefs" quilt took a 3rd place ribbon at the MQX (Machine Quilters Showcase) New England in the New Traditions in Textiles category. Additionally, I have begun creating pattern designs to incorporate vintage pieces into quilts. Effective June 1, 2017, I am a member of the WonderFil Specialty Threads Teacher Program.
I believe we all have a wealth of information among us and we learn so much by sharing! I am thrilled to share what I know with you! Until then, blessings to you and happy quilting!
See more about Rhonda's work at rhondadort.com.
This workshop on vintage linens will feature the techniques used while making Rhonda's pink and green quilt. This workshop was originally scheduled to be a theory workshop. It has now been converted to include sewing if you desire. You may still take the class and not sew if you are only interested in designing.
Join us as we walk through creating a personalized pattern using vintage linens/doilies/garments/trims, etc. The class will be generally lecture with time to practice/create. You can participate in three ways: 1. Bring your sewing machine, vintage linens, etc. and create during the class, 2. Bring your vintage pieces with the intent of developing a layout to execute at home or 3. Attend armed with note taking supplies and the means to take pictures.
We will spend time talking about layout, visual balance, color choices and block creation. You will leave with the tools to create your individual pattern/layout to make a vintage linens project whether it be a wall hanging, a throw or a large bed quilt.
Unless you are planning to observe and take notes, please reference the Workshop Supply List for suggested class necessities.
For a list of what you will need for the workshop AND instructions on
how to prepare your vintage linens before class, see the Vintage Linens Supply List.
This is a project workshop (you will be sewing) based on Rhonda's outstanding embellished hexagon-based quilt "Second Chances." This is your chance to bring those family linens out of the closet and enjoy them again. If you don't have a stash of vintage linens, Rhonda will be bringing items for sale.
For a list of what you will need for the workshop AND instructions on
how to prepare your vintage linens before class, see the Second Chances Supply List.
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.
Kit fee (required): $15
Member - $30, $5 discount if paid 30 days early, both classes $45
Non-Member - $40
Join Dani Ives for this fun and super informative needle felting workshop! We’ll explore the art of "Painting with Wool" and learn lots of two-dimensional needle felting techniques that you'll be able to apply to your own tastes and style. Kits ($15 per student, paid to Dani day of) will include everything you need to finish multiple projects: felting foam pad, felting needles in two sizes, various fabric for backgrounds, a 6" embroidery hoop and lots of wool.
After an introduction to basics, we'll dive into more specific methods to build up your felting skills. Topics I'll discuss and demonstrate include getting an image onto your fabric, different techniques for blending colors, and how to achieve fine details and various textures.
You can work at your own pace, and I'll be able to provide everyone with one-on-one assistance as desired. I encourage you to come with an idea or two of something you’d like to create! Bring your reference photos on your phone, or printed (about 5" x 7" size) on paper if you'd like to transfer it directly rather than just sketching it. (I'm happy to answer any questions about or help you choose the project you'd like work on: email@example.com.)
Lastly, you'll get free access to my online felting course, Felt with Me (a $65 value). This course will provide you with additional projects, lessons and help you refresh what you learned in the workshop.
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.