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January 9 – Melissa Eubanks – Trunk Show
Melissa is a local quilter, teaching classes at Urban Spools in Dallas and Stitched With Love in McKinney. Melissa learned how to sew in middle school Home-Ec class, but did not get her first sewing machine until college. When she decided to quit her professional career and stay home with her family, quilting became her creative outlet. Melissa will be doing a trunk show for us, and we’ll hear more about her quilting journey.
February 13 – Carol Morrissey – Lecture
Carol is a local, and makes some fabulous art quilts. . She grew up in a home full of art supplies, and she is a fifth generation quilter. She produces her own patterns, and is a busy teacher. Her quilt of a Texas Horned Lizard was bought by Ricky Timms in 2012 at the IQA show in Houston, and is displayed with his Horned Toad collection.
March 13 – Maggie Ball – Innovative Quilts, Traditional Roots
Maggie comes to us from the Pacific Northwest, Bainbridge Island, to be specific. After receiving degrees in Biology and Geography from the University of Exeter in England, she found herself in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she discovered quilting. Maggie has written a book about Bargello quilts, and has numerous published quilt patterns. She will be talking to us about Innovative Quilts, Traditional Roots, which is a review of her years of quilting.
March 14 – Maggie Ball Workshop – The Bears Come Out at Night This is a crib quilt that features Sawtooth Stars and Bear’s Paws.
April 10 – David Taylor – Artistry Through Applique
David Taylor comes to us from New Hampshire. David began collecting fabric scraps out of his mother’s trashcan as a child, and by the age of 12 he was sewing on her old Kenmore sewing machine. Quilting is his profession now, and he makes amazing applique quilts. In his presentation, he will talk about Artistry through Applique.
April 11 – David Taylor Workshop – Pictoral Hand Applique
On Wednesday will teach a workshop on Pictorial Hand Applique. More information coming soon.
May 8 – Members Potluck – Ronald McDonald Recognition
Get those potluck recipes out, and make sure your Ronald McDonald challenge quilt is done, because we’ll have a fun evening eating and honoring the best of the challenge quilts.
June 12 – Donna Akins, Denny Cornett, & Debby Rake – Improv It!
Want to learn about improvisational piecing? If you do, be sure to join us at the June Guild Meeting. That night we will have QGOA members Donna Akins, Debby Rake and Denny Cornett tell us their take on the idea of improvisational piecing, and we will see samples of their work. We will learn about different ways to do improvisational piecing, such as rescuing orphan blocks, fun ways to spice up borders and sashing, and different types of blocks.
June 12 – Donna Akins Workshop – Learn to Improv
Donna will teach us how to make our own unique fabric. We’ll be cutting with NO ruler, and we’ll make strip sets, slice, dice, add something new, and sew it all back together. We will learn sewing free form curve seams, and how to assemble horizontal and vertical units, and short, fat units with long, skinny units.
• Sewing machine and basic supplies (thread, snips, rotary cutter, cutting surface, etc.)
• Fabric: Strips, scraps, orphan blocks, any size or shape, any color or pattern
• Iron and ironing surface
If you liked the 2017 donation quilt, these sessions will help you learn how to do something similar.
July 10 – Gyleen Fitzgerald – Make Mine with Scraps
You may have seen Gyleen on the Quilt Show, and we’re lucky enough to have her come to us in July! Gyleen has published numerous books, and she uses innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. In her lecture, Make Mine with Scraps, we’ll learn how to use or recycle fabric we already have to make stunning quilts.
July 11 – Gyleen Fitzgerald Workshop – Trash to Treasure Pineapples
We’ll learn how to use a Pineapple tool to make a beautiful pineapple quilt with all those scraps.
Supply List – Preparation Homework Required
August 14 – Demo Stations
This is our annual demo stations night. There will be a variety of stations set up, with different Guild members showing us how to tackle different techniques. Come on out and see the many talents your friends in the Guild have.
September 11 – Jolene Mershon – Trunk Show
Jolene is one of our own Guild members, and she is an amazing quilter. Jolene Mershon has lived in Mansfield, Texas for 30 years with her husband Jim to whom she’s been married for 57 years. She has 3 grown children who also live in the DFW metroplex. She has 4 all grown up grandchildren who she has made lots of quilts for. She lived her early life in Ft Worth.
Jolene started sewing at age 7 and has never stopped. She started quilting in 1991 but when she retired from AT&T in 2000 she was able to spend most of her free time learning all the different techniques of quilting. She quilts both by hand and machine.
She loves appliqué, both by hand and machine and foundation as well as regular piecing. She also works in wool as well as cotton. She’s won a number of blue ribbons as well as place ribbons, including a Best of Show and several Judges’ Choice ribbons. In 2016 one of her wool/cotton quilts was chosen to be part of the Primitive Quilts magazine special exhibit for the Houston Quilt show and the Chicago Quilt show.
October 9 – Becky Goldsmith – A Practical Approach to Color
Becky is an award-winning quilter, and she teaches techniques that help us improve sewing skills. Becky will share some of what she’s figured out about color with us in her lecture (I have her book, it’s great).
October 10 – Becky Goldsmith – Hexie Garden Wool Applique
November 13 – Jane Sassaman – Under the Influence
and has been featured on several different television shows. In her lecture, Under the Influence, Jane will share the visual and philosophical ideas that have influenced her work.
November 14 – Jane Sassaman Workshop – Simple Silhouettes
December 11 – Members Potluck and Brown Bag Auction
The December meeting is our Pot Luck and Brown Bag raffle. Be sure to bring name labels and money, so you can buy plenty of raffle tickets. We will also draw the lucky winner for our 2018 donation quilt that night.