The July Guild meeting featured Meg Cox, speaking on "Quilt Journalist Tells All...A Reporter Inside the Quilt World."Ohio native Meg Cox has been earning her living as a writer since graduating from Northwestern University. Her lecture was entertaining and informative. Her two specialties are family traditions and quilting, two wildly misunderstood topics. Meg shared a behind the scenes look into the quilting industry, putting her journalistic skills into action! She also shared photos of some of her quilts which illustrated her creativity and word art! She engaged the audience with questions related to her lecture and the correct answers were rewarded with a fat quarter! If you have a chance to listen to her lectures, you’re sure to learn something new. In the meantime you can subscribe to her newsletter.
May 2023 (Susy Nash)
Guild members were treated to an entertaining and visually appealing lecture/trunk show by Susy Nash at the May meeting. Admitedly frightened of public speaking, Susy has definitely overcome that obstacle and had us all laughing, oohing, and ahhing, while listening to her recount her journey into quilting, starting with an interest in all things crafty. There were more than of few of us in the audience that could relate to the desire to make things and then end up buying supplies that remain unused. Fortunately, though, Susy's interest in quilting bloomed into something more passionate when she discovered collage quilting. She brought suitcases of quilts she's made from Laura Heine (collage) patterns, as well as some of her own design, each with a delightful amount of color, detail, depth, and appeal. Interest in this type of quilting was so high that during the break in the meeting, there was a run on her items for sale. Those of us who had signed up for the workshop were even more excited after her talk, especially because the class was sold out. If you have a chance to listen to Susy talk, you won't be disappointed!
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April 2023 (Krista Moser)
Guild members thoroughly enjoyed Krista Moser's presentation "Diamonds are a Quilter's Best Friend". It was fascinating and at times very entertaining to learn about how Krista got started with quilting, an endeavor that sprang from her love of garment construction and sewing in general, and at such an incredibly young age! Who teaches quilting classes while a teenager? Krista did. After years of teaching in person, she teamed up with a couple of friends (a graphic designer and technical writer) to bring her patterns to the public at large, a resounding success from the get go, not to mention her collaboration with Creative Grids, which produced her 60 degree diamond ruler and the mini version. Her designs are colorful and fun, and her patterns are a breeze to read and follow, with clear written instructions and graphics. Members were so inspired by her talk and enticed by the visuals, that there was a run on her shop the next morning! If you haven't made one of her patterns, you are in for a treat.
February 2023 (Jenny Kae)
January 2023 (Tina Craig)
Tina Craig's lecture was: "EPP (English Paper Piecing) vs. FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing): The Showdown." She presented the required tools and basic techniques of each method, as well as a comparison of them to one another. She engaged the audience by showing fifteen side-by-side quilt project examples of an EPP project alongside a FPP project. As she talked through the story, nuances, and highlights of each piece, she paused in between each set of examples so the audience could vote whether they preferred the EPP or the FPP example. In the end, across the audience there was a preference for FPP projects, though EPP enjoyed an impressive number of votes. Her parting words of encouragement were to leave ourselves open to both techniques because there will be occasions that require each.
Some interesting tidbits throughout the lecture:
November 2022 (Carole Lyles Shaw )
Carole Lyles Shaw lectured on "What Makes a Modern Quilt" via Zoom at our November 2022 Guild Meeting. She introduced current and emerging design principles of modern quilting. Her lecture included her personal story of how she was introduced to quilting and matured into an award winning and prolific contemporary quilter. It was accentuated by various photos of quilts she has made over the years, along with her objectives and philosophy in creating each one. She also debunked some of the myths about modern quilting. Her joy for what she does was contagious! She offers a variety of patterns for sale on her website: https://carolelylesshaw.com/.
October 2022 (Sandy Corbin)
Sandy Corbin spoke at our October 2022 Guild Meeting. Her lecture focused around how borders are as important to a quilt as the central portion. She provided ample illustrations from photos taken at various quilt shows to contrast what they looked like cropped (without borders) and how they were significantly enhanced with borders (uncropped). In addition, she showcased a trunk show of her own quilts to show her evolving skill and border techniques. We enjoyed hearing her own personal story about how she learned to sew, then quilt, and then master the art of quilting! Her motto is "Fun and Done"! Pay particular attention to her quilt photographed next to the American flag. The corner borders not only are a creative allocation of border space but they utilize the four techniques she subsequently taught in the following Saturday's workshop!
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September 2022 (Lauretta Crites)
Lauretta Crites spoke at our September 2022 Guild Meeting. Her program was titled, "CREATE! Keys to Unlocking Your Creative Power" and featured a very large trunk show of her beautifully made quilts, some of which are patterns for sale. She employs a fascinating technique in many of her art quilts - painting Tyvek! A slideshow of photos from the meeting is below.
"Why do I quilt? I think for 2 reasons... I quilt because I got sick of setting in sleeves! I came from garment making then costume design and construction arena. Garments needed to fit (alterations, yuck) and costume design is a collaboration that is sometimes disheartening. In quilting all the choices and decisions are mine and mine alone and the only person I need to please is myself. Also I needed an artistic outlet but didn’t believe I could draw or paint well. Appliqué wall hangings eventually led to finding I, in fact, could draw and paint. That, actually, I could do many things."
- Lauretta Crites, Instagram page, March 12, 2021
YouTube channel: Lauretta Crites Designs
YouTube channel: Lauretta Crites Designs