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Our programs are the highlight of every meeting! We feature both nationally known and local quilting personalities as guest speakers. The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to have hosted quilt artists including Pepper Cory, Laura Wasilowski, Diane Gaudynski, and Hollis Chatelaine.

Workshops are offered by guest speakers on Friday and/or Saturday following meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques and improve quilting skills with some of the top quilters in the world at a minimal fee.

For questions: email workshops@quiltersguildofdallas.org.
For workshop guidelines, click Here.
Workshop fees: Members, $40.00/day and Non-Members, $45.00/day.

NEW! - $5.00/day discount for workshops when reservation is made/paid for a minimum of 30 days in advance! An additional $5 discount if you take both workshops offered by a speaker!

Scroll down below to read about our great speaker lineup!

January 8, 2015 – Modern Quilt Studio

Lecture: "Quilts Made Modern"

photo of Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr founded Modern Quilt Studio with his wife, Weeks Ringle. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They recently co-authored A Kid's Guide to Sewing with their daughter Sophie.

In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter's Companion, Dwell, O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Country Living and dozens of other publications around the world.

Bill and Weeks design several lines of fabric each year for Andover Fabrics and license their designs to other manufacturers. Bill is also Chair of the Department of Art, Art History and Graphic Design at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

Friday, January 9, 2015 Workshop: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTING

Learn different techniques for improvisational piecing and choose one to develop a new project. I'll guide you through a strategy that will have you making design decisions as you go. Students can begin making our Call Me Crazy, Just Passing Through or Glyphs quilt. (See photos below.)

modern quilt with squares two quilts

Student supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, an assortment of cotton quilting fabric with different values and hues (small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints and solids work well. Avoid large-scale fabrics), extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting.

If students wish to make the Call Me Crazy quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 3/4 yards white or other field fabric, 2 1/2 yards total assorted blue (or other color) fabrics and 3/4 yards binding fabric. The pattern can be purchased online for $10.

If students wish to make the Just Passing Through quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 3 3/4 yards solid field fabric and 1 1/2 yards contrasting solid fabric for the splicing and binding fabric. The pattern is in issue #4 of Modern Quilts Illustrated and can be purchased online for $14.

If students wish to make the Glyphs quilt with their own fabrics, they will need 2 yards solid or tone-on-tone field fabric and 2 1/2 yards assorted fabrics for the blocks. The pattern is in issue #9 of Modern Quilts Illustrated and can be purchased online for $14.

Skill level: Adventurous beginner to advanced.

Click HERE for a pdf of Friday's workshop supplies and information.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 Workshop: FABRIC FUSION

fabric fusion quilt

Learn to work with an eclectic variety of fabrics in this workshop. You'll then begin making your own variation of our Fabric Fusion quilt.

Student supplies needed: An open mind and a large assortment of cotton quilting fabric! Try to include different values and hues, small-scale prints, tone-on-tone prints, solids, stripes, batiks, medium-scale fabrics and some fabrics you love but find challenging to use.

Small quantities are fine - 18 fat quarters or 36 fat eighths works. For the sashing & binding you'll need 3 yards. The finished quilt measures 57"x 78". You'll also need a sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment, extension cord, thread, seam ripper, notebook or journal, and any supplies you like to have handy when quilting. There is a $10 charge for the pattern if you need it.

Click HERE for a pdf of Saturday's workshop supplies and information.

February 5, 2015 – Pat Speth

Lecture: "Five Inch Is a Cinch"
Friday, February 6, 2015 Workshop: Small Wonders
Saturday, February 7, 2015 Workshop: Picket Fence

March 5, 2015 – Brenda Perry

Lecture: "Waste Not, Want not"
There will be no workshops this month.

April 2, 2015 – Guild Speaker TBD (no workshops; Easter weekend)

May 7, 2015 – Barb Gardner

photo ofBarb Gardner

Lecture: EQ7
Friday, May 8, 2015 Workshop: TBD
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Workshop: TBD

June 4, 2015 – Jan Krentz

Lecture and Workshops TBD

July 2, 2015 – No lecture nor workshops

August 6, 2015 – Deborah Boschert

Lecture: "Stitches, Symbols, Signature Style"

photo of quilt with woman photo of Deborah Boschert

Deborah shares her most recent art quilts and talks about developing her own personal style. Tons of examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. Deborah includes many symbolic shapes in her art quilts and she'll discuss how those came to be. She'll tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

September 3, 2015 – Mary Lou Weidman

October 1, 2015 – Kathy Schmidt

November 5, 2015 – Becky Goldsmith

December 3, 2015 – Sandra Archer

Lecture: Holiday Quilt Show

April 8, 2015 – Mickey Depre

How to sign up for a workshop:

Check with the workshop coordinator to find out whether space is available in a workshop you are interested in, and/or where a given workshop will be held. Space is always limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is always a good idea to register early! Although we cannot take your workshop registration by email, you can obtain information and send us registration materials by mail.

Workshop fees help to offset the costs that we incur when we host out-of-town guest speakers. They also offer our membership a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques and improve their quilting skills with some of the top quilters in the world. (And if you compare our fees with the fees for the similar classes at major quilt festivals, you'll see what a great deal you'll be getting!)

Some workshops will be "project" classes, where attendees will work on a specific project that the presenter has designed. Others will be "process" classes, where you learn techniques without necessarily having a project to complete.

Every time you attend a guild workshop, you can have your Quilter's Dozen card punched. After you attend 12 workshops, you'll get one one-day workshop free! What a deal! There is no expiration on these cards - just remember to bring it along or start a new one.

The guild has established guidelines for workshops, as well as some simple "rules of etiquette" to ensure that the workshop experience is enjoyable for everyone. Be sure to take a moment to review these items:

If you have questions about a given guest lecturer, or to suggest future guest speakers, you may email programs@quiltersguildofdallas.org


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