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Programs & Workshops

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!

June 4, 2015 – Jan Krentz

Lecture: Trunk Show

Jan Krentz is an internationally recognized quilt instructor, author and designer. Winner of the 1998 Teacher of the Year award, Jan's motivating workshops are packed with practical tips, techniques and methods to insure success. Jan's most popular workshops are technique-rich piecing and design-focused. She is often called the "queen of Lone Star designs". Jan's newer diamond techniques are available in an online workshop: Diamond Quilt Designs with Craftsy.com, and available with 24-7 access.

Author of Lone Star Quilts & Beyond, Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond, Diamond Quilts and Beyond, Quick Star Quilts andQuick Diamond Quilts, Jan lives with her husband near San Diego in Poway, California.

Friday, June 5, 2015 Workshop: Diamond Landscapes Quilt

This class is a fabric study using 45° diamonds. You will be using a large number of fabrics (in small quantities) to create your own composition.

You will create an impressionist type scene or background using fabric diamonds. Enjoy working with luscious fabrics, creating a gorgeous field of color as you arrange fabric shapes in an impressionistic composition. Inspiring photos or fabrics can lead to interesting color compositions.

Study the beautiful landscapes seen in calendars, Impressionist paintings, flower gardens, rolling hillsides, the seashore at sunset, stormy skies, etc. The goal is to find an overall color theme that will inspire your fabric selection. In class, we will work with color movement, cutting the diamonds for a stable grain line, and construction techniques. You will bring a gridded piece of felt or flannel with you to class (prepared in advance).

quilt with water lilies quilt with landscape
quilt with autumn leaves

For information about supplies, fabric selection and preparation for class, click here: http://www.jankrentz.com/workshops-supply.php?ID=4.

For a pdf of the supply sheet for the Friday workshop, click HERE.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 Workshop: Love That Lone Star

Learn to sew a basic, traditional Lone Star quilt with Jan's foolproof techniques! Be adventurous with brilliant color or use this design as a "stash reducer" to incorporate those favorite fabrics on the shelf at home.

Jan's class will cover design tips and offer suggestions for fabric placement. Select fabrics in colors similar to the ones Jan has used, or feel free to create your own dazzling color palette! Glue fabrics in the design paste-up, and pre-cut strips for the central star before class.

This class will feature strip piecing, cutting, pressing and discuss Y-seam techniques. Advance preparation for class. The supplies are necessary for class. Intermediate level quilting skills required for this class.

lone star quilt lone star quilt 2

For information about supplies, fabric selection and preparation for class, click here: http://www.jankrentz.com/workshops-supply.php?ID=9.

For a pdf of the supply sheet for the Saturday workshop, click HERE.

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

Lecture: "GET out of the Box"

October 1, 2015 – Kathy Schmidt

Lecture: "From Tradition to Rule Breaker"

November 5, 2015 – Becky Goldsmith

Lecture: A Practical Approach to Color

You walk around with your eyes open - but how much do you really see? It's amazing what you can learn about color just by paying attention! I'll share with you what I've figured out about color over the years and how you can use this knowledge in your own quilts.

Becky Goldsmith Is best known as being half of the Piece O' Cake Designs team. She met Linda Jenkins, her business partner in Piece O' Cake Designs, at a meeting of the Green Country Quilters' Guild in Tulsa, OK, in 1986. They started Piece O' Cake in 1994 and, since then, have published more than 30 books and hundreds of patterns, including 7 Blocks of the Month. They continue to work together on books and patterns. Becky has recently finished writing a book on her own, The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color.

Becky is an award-winning quilter who travels to teach quilting both nationally and internationally. Her classes are always interesting and informative, with an emphasis on teaching techniques that help will you to improve your sewing skills—while keeping it fun.

Friday, November 6, 2015 Workshop: "Texas Tulips"
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Workshop: "Blowin' in the Wind"

For both workshops, no sewing machine needed and pattern provided.

"Texas Tulips" - Becky will teach you the basics of needleturn hand applique in this class: the invisible stitch, outer points, inner points, and curves. Once you have mastered these techniques, you can applique anything!

Click HERE for the Supply List. The pattern is provided.

"Blowin' in the Wind" - This class focuses on a variety of techniques including the invisible stitch, 2-part leaves, and outer points.

From the book, The Best-Ever Applique Sampler.

Click HERE for the Supply List. The block pattern is provided.

December 3, 2015 – Sandra Archer

Lecture: Holiday Quilt Show
Sandra Archer treats us to a visual story about vintage quilts

January 7, 2016 – Terry Mosher

Lecture: Trunk Show

February 4, 2016 – Weeks Ringle

Lecture: Modern Quilts

March 3, 2016 – Brenda Perry

Lecture: Brenda Perry agrees to re-visit and share her story about her collection

April 7, 2016 – Mickey Depre

Lecture: Micky Depre lectures and teaches from her patterns " Peiced Hexies"

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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