January 16 - Frieda Anderson
I made my first quilt when I was in high school. I have always made things, and I love the process of creating. In college I majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but I returned to fiber because it was more satisfying. I can’t remember when I didn’t sew. For years my focus was designing and making clothing. All that changed in 1992, however, when I was in fashion design and realized that all I wanted to do was make quilts. I have been designing and making original art quilts ever since.
I find each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. It is hard to say what part I like best. I love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love to piece and I love to fuse. I have found that by fusing smaller pieces, I can work out design issues. Then I like to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Most of my work is machine quilted and nature inspired.
I discovered hand dyeing fabric 30 years ago, and I now work almost exclusively with my own hand dyed cottons and silks. I love the dye process, and I particularly enjoy seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric.
Learn more about Frieda here.
February 20 – Susan Corbett
How to Quilt it
For Susan, custom machine quilting is the focus. Custom quilting, not patchwork. Why custom? Beauty and craftsmanship. She loves the way excellent machine quilting can take your breath away. Edge-to-edge quilting doesn't do that. Quilting is supposed to enhance a quilt, not just hold it together. Machine quilting is an art form.
Susan discovered quilt making in 1995 with the publication of the fourth edition of Harriett Hargrave's Heirloom Machine Quilting book, with which she became obsessed. Then she laid eyes on a longarm and the obsession grew. She bought her Gammill Classic longarm machine in 1999, when computerized machines were still in development. She trained with Linda Taylor, of Linda's Electric Quilters, and with machine quilting pattern designer Hari Walner. Before she was really ready, she started quilting professionally. She gradually phased out of my newspaper editing career to quilt full time.
Susan is an award winning long-arm quilter and domestic machine quilter.
March 19 – Melissa Simross
Honeybee Fabrics was founded in 2006 by Melissa Simross, a lady who has quilted for 23 years and applique´ing for 15. Applique´, embroidery & teaching are Melissa’s true passions in life as well as the love of Baltimore Album quilts which she learned during the 9 years she attended The Applique´ Academy in Williamsburg, VA. She loves all of the symbolism and beauty that these old quilts have and loves to design her own patterns as well.
Melissa currently teaches classes at the Kathy Dunigan Academy of Applique in Dallas, Texas held each year in February. Her work has been published in Elly Sienkiewicz’s book, Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts and also hung at the 2010 Houston Quilt Convention, in the Netherlands and other exhibitions. Melissa’s work was also published in Elly Sienkiewiczs’ Spoken Without A Word – 30th Anniversary Revised Edition. Before this, she has also designed and done work for Jan Vaine for her book, The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment and Applique´.
Learn more about Honeybee Fabrics here.
April 16 - Comfort Quilt Sew-in 2:00 pm
The Guild will be provide batting, ironing stations, a cutting station, table, etc. You will need to bring your comfort quilt project(s), sewing machine, sewing supplies and your long electrical cord. There will be food and water provided. This is an opportunity to participate in making
comfort quilts for the community.
May 21 - J. Michelle Watts
Michelle Watts is a quilt artist that loves living in the Southwest region of the U.S.. Michelle has been quilting for over 30 years. She has spent the last 28 years creating wearable clothing and quilts and that express her love of the Southwest. Michelle designs southwestern quilt and wearable art patterns, southwest fabrics, teaches classes and lectures throughout the U.S. She is also the author of 3 quilting books. Most of Michelle's quilts are machine pieced, machine appliquéd and machine quilted.
Michelle has designed 3 different collections of southwestern fabrics for Moda Fabrics.
As a quilt designer, she is continuously inspired by the beauty of her surroundings. She draws inspirations from Native American weavings, pottery, woven baskets, jewelry, and beadwork, Spanish tinwork, ironwork, wood carvings, tile architecture, churches, missions, and the landscape are also used for inspiration. Through her use of rich color, strong design and texture, Michelle creates objects of beauty to the eye and comfort to the soul.
Learn more about Michelle here.
June 18 - Guild Presents
Details to come.
July 16 - Joyce Coney
Care and Repair of Antique Quilts
August 20 - School House
The Guild will fill the evening with a variety of quilting techniques. Members will rotate to various stations throughout the evening. This event is always a treat. If you have a special technique or pattern you would like to demonstrate please contact our program chair.
September - QUILT SHOW - Dates TBD
October 15 - JoLynn O'Neil
How to be a Thrifty Quilter
November 19 - Carol Morrissey
Carol is no stranger to our Guild. She is always a treat and her quilts are delightful. Join us for another great program about portrait quilts with Carol's new circle technique.
Learn more about Carol here.
December 17 - Guild Christmas Party