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 and are held at:
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2010 S. Carrier Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
January 14 – SHEILA PARRY – What Was I Thinking?!
What was I thinking?!” sums up the first two quilt projects Sheila started in 1989 and hoped to finish before the end of that year. She began sewing in the 9th grade, fell in love with candlewicking in the 1980s, and from there naturally fell into quilting. Her primary love is making unique, one of a kind, memory/heirloom quilts. She has made over 100 quilts, two of which have been blue ribbon winners! She has an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design and worked as a decorator for Sherwin-Williams in the early 1980s.
February 11 – MARIA HALL – One Block, 12 Quilts
Maria Hall is an award winning freehand longarm quilter, who graduated from the Naval Academy. Don’t you love finding out what interesting backgrounds the stars of the quilting community have? Maria is also a fun, dynamic speaker. About her presentation, One Block, 12 Quilts, she says, “I challenged myself over the past year to take just one block and each month use that block to create a different quilt. Same block, completely unique quilts, from just changing color schemes, block settings, size or borders. I have quilted them differently with different batting to show even more variation.” Her lecture encourages quilters to look differently at patterns and blocks they did not immediately fall in love with to see the potential in ANY pattern. The program will ignite your sewing fire and stir your creative juices!
March 10 – BARBARA EIKMEIER – It’s All in the Sashings
Barbara learned to sew in 4-H, made her first quilt while in high school, started quilting seriously in 1984, and began teaching quilting in 1990. Quilting became her portable career as she and her husband moved around the country and to South Korea for his military assignments. Her lecture will spotlight a series of quilts and tops that feature blocks set with sashings and cornerstones. “It’s All in the Sashings” is her most requested lecture and is now a Bluprint class!
April 14 – SUSAN CLEVELAND – My Eclectic Quilt Pageant
Join one of the world’s most enthusiastic personalities for ooh’s, aah’s, and laughter to learn a plethora of tips to increase accuracy and add fresh, interesting details with piping, prairie points, heavy threads, and embellishments. See how to take showpieces to new levels and add charming surprises to simple pieces. Susan will share real live quilts with close ups through the projector so you’re sure to see oodles of detail. You may recognize many quilts as winners in AQS Paducah shows and International Quilt Festivals in Houston! Don’t miss out on this good time!
April 15 – WORKSHOP – Bodacious Big Stitch Applique, Quilting & More
Learn to stitch with heavy decorative threads through the machine’s needle for appliqueing and quilting, to stuff applique, make prairie points with stitching and embellishments, use freezer paper for quilting designs and for designing an interestingly-shaped quilt…while creating a precious little piece! Your choice of three patterns. (Happy Daisy 9″x 11″, Joy In My Heart 9″x1 1″, Hippie Daisies 11″x 20″)
May 12 – DIANE HARRIS – Make Extraordinary Scrap Quilts
Diane is a quilter who loves everything about the process and enjoys sharing it with others. She has been sewing for almost 50 years and quilting for three decades and can’t imagine ever running out of ideas. Her lecture will help you discover ways to pull your scraps together, find strategies for using your stash and even what does not work. You may never make an ordinary quilt again!
June 9 – RONALD McDONALD CHALLENGE & POTLUCK
Come and vote on your favorite quilts entered in the Ronald McDonald Challenge. Ribbons will be awarded to winners in each category. There will also be a potluck dinner and an update on the Guild’s participation in community service.
July 14 – M. J. KINMAN – Divas & 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 15 – WORKSHOP – Bite-size Gems – Create a Small Faceted Quilt
Using MJ’s design and paper piecing techniques, 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.
Supply list coming soon.
August 11 – TERRY MOSHER – Men in Quilting/English Paper Piecing
Terry will present a trunk show of his quilts and speak about the history of men in quilting.
September 8 – 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!
September 9 – 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.
October 13 – 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 14 – WORKSHOP
Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild and Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild are both hosting workshops with Rebecca Bryan, and are inviting our members to register for her workshop with either of their guilds. Go to either of their websites to register
FWMQG (Workshop is October 17.)
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.
December 8 – KIM OLMEDO and DEBBIE PANTON – Trunk Show
There will be a trunk show given by two of the Guild’s own members, Kim Olmedo and Debbie Panton. Come and check out their beautiful quilts! There will also be a potluck dinner. Happy Holidays!