Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spring Programs and Workshops


MARCH; Karen Kay Buckley
With over 300 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards; nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 Best of Show at the American Quitler's Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars. I have fourteen cover quilts, one was chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife to be placed on display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another was chosen for the same display in 1993; also appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show American Quilter.  
Cost of workshop to the members of the guild; 65.00, non-members 75.00.
Fee payable to Karen Kay Buckley for her pattern and supply kit; 24.00
March 21 – Karen Kay Buckley to Lecture on “To Border or not to Border” 730 pm
March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block” – First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.

Supply list here;
Fiesta Mexico Block Three with Border

April – Vikki Pignatelli
April 18– Vikki Pignatelli to lecture on “Lecture Interpretations of a Nature Lover”
April 19– Workshop -- Vikki Pignatelli – “Crazy About Curves” First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  10 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost to guild members; 37.50, non-members 42.50.
Supply list to follow shortly.
She is the author of two books featuring this technique, "Quilting Curves” (Quilt Digest Press, 2001) and “Quilting By Improvisation” (Dragon Threads, 2006). Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Newsletter, and AQS magazines.
Vikki also founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions in 1999. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief. The show is now held in Herndon, VA, outside Washington, D.C.
In this class students will quickly master the basic concepts of Vikki’s flexible, “no rules”, “no fear” Crazy About Curves technique using a small, simple teaching pattern (complimentary). With this method, a meld of piecing and machine appliqué, students learn to create even sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly without the hassle. There are NO measuring seam allowances, NO easing together unruly seams and NO matching points. All construction work, color choices and stitching are done on the quilt top surface. This is a very simple, anyone-can-do technique suitable for all skill levels. Workshop emphasis is on creativity, inspiration and self-confidence for the quilter. Students work at their own pace.
Class includes:
Basic construction technique concepts;
How to machine sew using this technique;
Painless mitering;
Splicing seams;
How to finish techniques and ideas;
Vikki’s whole-cloth finishing techniques.

May – Amy Winsor
May 16 – Amy Winsor to lecture “ Confessions of a Precision Impaired Quilter”
May 17 – Amy Winsor workshop custom designed for our guild, a combination of Playtime Neighborhood Houses for the Precision Impaired and Curved piecing and borders. First Baptist Church of Monroeville,  – 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Cost of workshop to guild members; 35.00, non-members 40.00.
Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her Etsy shop, .
She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.
You will learn to use fusible webbing, fabric, embroidery and numerous embellishment to make houses, and how to use them in whimsical quilts. You will see numerous examples from Amy’s quilts. Also, learn how to make Amy’s “Haphazard Piecing” for the background. You will create several fusible appliqué houses of your own design.
Create whimsical houses using no rulers or patterns while you learn to do curved piecing.  Each unique house, with several surrounding borders, will be cut freehand with gentle curves using your rotary cutter.
     Great embellishments (such as fusible windows, beading, couching, and yoyos) and creative machine quilting designs (such as bricks, grass, and sky) will be demonstrated.  Sewing machine required (Straight stitch is all you need for piecing.)
Amy Winsor Supply List
·         Sewing machine , extra machine needles
·         Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, pins, seam ripper
·         Rotary cutter, rotary mat (every person should bring these)
·         Chalk marker (preferred) or disappearing wash-out marker
·         Fabric (see instructions below)
·         (Classroom must have iron, ironing board)
Instructions for Choosing Fabrics
(Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons.  Other types fray too much.)This is the Life #4
All fabric measurements are approximations.  The bigger the pieces, the more  free you will feel because you won’t be worrying you will run out.   Bring an abundance of fabrics that appear “solid”, but also include several stripes, polka dots, or wild or busy prints.
When choosing your borders, remember that each border must have a high contrast in color with the borders on either side of it. For example, if your sky is light, the first border is dark, second border is light, outer background is dark.  The following is the bare minimum that you would need. (It is better to bring more.)
·         At least 8 inch square for house
·         At least 12 inch square for roof
·         1/3 yard or Fat quarter for sky
·         At least 14” x 6” for grass
·         1/4 to 1/2 yd. for first border (not a fat quarter- must be long)
·         1/4 to 1/2 yd. for second border (not a fat quarter-must be long)

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