The Quilters’ Guild of Arlington meets on the second Tuesday of each month at:
Bob Duncan Community Center in Vandergriff Park
2800 South Center Street, Arlington, TX 76014
Workshops begin at 9 am.
NEW! Online Registration
NOTICE: The Bob Duncan Center has reopened, so we have resumed meeting in person. The meeting room is large enough to accommodate the membership and still maintain physical distancing. Masks are still currently required. Please join us!
If you are unable to meet in person, meetings are also available on ZOOM.
November 10 – MARY CALLOWAY – Kooky, Quirky, Crazy, Quilts, Plus a Few Unusual Collectibles!
Learn about quirky quilt making from a 25+ year quilter! Mary has a collection of beautiful traditional quilts, but her real passion is for the strange and slightly odd quilts which will never be seen in a museum or a quilt show. She will show traditional and vintage quilts with several wild versions of the same design, including some that fall into the category of “What was I thinking?” or “When did she realize her quilt was in trouble?” She will also lead a group participation game of “Quilt Show Judge,” giving the Guild members a chance to determine if a quilt receives a Winning Blue Ribbon, or a Thanks for Participating Certificate.
Also, quilts donated for the 2020 Military Quilt Project will be displayed, so if you have made a military quilt you want to donate, please bring it to the meeting.
December 8 – KIM OLMEDO and DEBBIE PANTON – Trunk Show
A trunk show will be given by two Guild members, Kim Olmedo and Debbie Panton. Come and check out their beautiful quilts!
Kim began quilting 30 years ago when she decided to make a quilt for her first niece. She has since made quilts for all her nieces and nephews, as well as for many friends and family members. Mostly self taught, Kim particularly enjoys playing with color and fabric selection. She recently led a small group through a year-long color challenge project. She has taught color theory classes in a local quilt shop and has won top awards in our own quilt shows. Kim uses her sense of color and fabric selection to create stunningly beautiful creations.
Debbie Panton is a quilt designer who likes to travel through time and space. Her quilts are either based on a story in history or have historical stories of their own. During Debbie’s 31-year career as an Art and Art History teacher, in her lectures, she would often illustrate a historical event with a quilt. She combines reproduction fabrics with antique quilt blocks and her knowledge of historical period colors and design. Debbie will tell the stories of her original quilts in her presentation, An American Quilted Journey Through Time: From Abigail Adams to the Women’s Right to Vote Movement.
The drawing will be held for the 2020 Donation Quilt, and the presentation of the 2021 Donation Quilt will be made. Happy Holidays!
January 12 – LEO RANSOM – Silhouettes/Art Quilts
Leo took Home Ec in high school, found himself to be a natural with a sewing machine, and learned to piece quilts. In college, he couldn’t afford fabric, so he didn’t quilt again until 1998, when he made a quilt to auction at his family reunion. He started watching episodes of Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson to learn more, but became bored with traditional quilting. He attended a guild workshop that taught portraiture quilting, took a couple more classes, and the rest is history. He is now a Master Art Quilter and teaches at quilt shops around the Metroplex and surrounding areas. His lecture will include a trunk show of some of his award-winning portraiture quilts. You might have seen his work in our 2019 Festival of Quilts!
January 13 – WORKSHOP – Silhouettes
In the Silhouettes Workshop, students will learn Leo’s technique to create a silhouette portrait, choosing from 30 different patterns, including people, animals, flowers, and sea creatures.
February 9 – TERRY MOSHER – Men in Quilting/English Paper Piecing
Terry will present his program about the history of men in quilting, along with a trunk show of quilts he has made.
March 9 – BARBARA EIKMEIER – The Random Block Sampler
Barbara learned to sew in 4-H and made her first quilt while in high school but didn’t start quilting seriously until after she married in 1984. She’s been teaching quilting since 1990 and her favorite technique is applique. She has written four quilting books, designed fabrics and patterns, and presents programs and workshops to guilds around the country. Her lecture will include a trunk show of sampler quilts made with blocks of many sizes. Popular in the late 1800s, the random size block quilt has it’s own set of challenges. She will present examples and show how you can convert your own block collection into a stunning quilt.
March 10 – WORKSHOP
June 8 – Ronald McDonald Challenge and Potluck (tentatively planned)
July 13 – MJ KINMAN – Diamond Divas and Drama Queens – Colored Gemstones as Design Inspiration
When people ask MJ what she does, she tells them she make the biggest diamonds in the world. But instead of working with the hardest substances on earth, she works with the softest…cloth. The idea to create giant gem portraits emerged 20 years ago and has grown into a passion that has enriched her life. Her lecture will feature her diamond quilts and how she selects gems that qualify as “divas and drama queens,” and what they teach us about how to add sparkle to any art quilt. She will also talk about about the techniques she uses to create and assemble her exquisite quilts.
July 14 – WORKSHOP – Bite-Size Gem Quilts: Creating a Small Faceted Quilt
Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced
Subject: Pattern-Making using Freezer Paper Piecing Techniques
Using the design and piecing techniques MJ relies on to create the diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light. After choosing from one of several pre-selected images based on their skill level, students will learn how to code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto hand-painted fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Students will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home.
October 12 – REBECCA BRYAN – Modern Triangle Quilts
Rebecca Bryan is known for creating colorful and geometric quilts. As a fourth generation quilter, Rebecca grew up in a family of makers. Her mother taught her everything she knew about sewing and helped her make her first official quilt for her first apartment. Rebecca has been quilting passionately ever since. A quilt designer, blogger, and author, she currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, four children, and one dog. Her lecture and trunk show will feature how you can use ideas from graphic design in your quilts. You’ll leave the trunk show with fresh ideas to apply to your own quilts! Be sure to check out her website and social media. She posts weekly tutorials on YouTube!
October 13 – WORKSHOP
June 14 – CHRISTINA CAMELI – Machine Quilting
Christina began sewing as a child, and fell in love with quilting in 2003. Since then, she has authored four quilting books, traveled the country teaching, filmed multiple online classes, and designed quilt patterns and fabric.