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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!

March 5, 2015 – Brenda Perry

Lecture: "Waste Not, Want not"

Please note there will be a location change for this meeting. We are scheduled at Biblical Arts. Arrival no earlier than 6:30. 100 parking spaces plus parking across the street.

Biblical Arts Center
7500 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225

My name is Brenda Perry and I am a professional quilt maker, lecturer and teacher. A self proclaimed "Quiltaholic," I live in Sanger, Texas with my husband, Don, of over 50 years. We have a married daughter and 2 grown grandsons. They are my biggest fans.

I learned early on that I loved working with my hands and have tried everything from macramé, tole painting, and fabric crafts to cross-stitch. Once I discovered quilting all else went by the wayside. I am a self-taught traditional quilter. I have been blessed by the love of quilt making and have been given the opportunity to teach at quilt shops, through guilds such as yours and a number of small groups. Quilting has taken over my life, but I'm not complaining. I am truly blessed.

Program Waste Not Want Not:
My Grandma used to say that a lot. "Waste Not – Want Not" is based on a way of life passed down from my grandmother and mother applied to quilting in the form of using fabric scraps. My greatest passion is sharing my love of quilts in the form of a trunk show featuring my favorite quilts and the quilts made from the scraps of those quilts. I save, organize and use scraps of all sizes.

There will be no workshops this month.

April 2, 2015 – Lisa Erlandson (no workshops; Easter weekend)

Lecture: Thanks Eli, Isaac and Tom"

AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles, Lisa Erlandson lectures in North Texas, and earned her Masters of Arts in Public Communications at the University of North Texas.

As a compulsive quilt collector, teacher, restorer, Lisa also judges shows and operates LeRetreat in Gainsville,Texas. This Lecture features her extensive collection of antique quilts and stories.

May 7, 2015 – Barb Gardner

Lecture: "Evolution of a Quilt"
photo ofBarb Gardner EQ7 Book
Peppermint Pizzaz Quilt

Come into the computer age and use your computer screen as a virtual design wall. The "Electric Quilt Program" (EQ) allows you to play with color, design, layout and pattern ideas before even cutting the fabric. No more making up fabric squares, only to find they aren't "working."

Come to see a quilt evolve from an idea to a design, to patterns and a finished quilt, all with just a few key strokes. Most of the commands are very similar to standard word processing tools. Traditional, modern and art quilts will be discussed. For those not interested in computer design, Barb will show lots of quilts on the screen and in person to keep you entertained. She will also talk about creating a successful quilt design.

Visit www.ElectricQuilt.com for an overview of the program then join us to see it in action. A Mac version has just been released so everyone can join in the fun.

Quilt designed using EQ7: see "American Quilter" March, May, July, September 2014, a four part series : Peppermint Pizzazz. AQS Members can download this pattern from the AQS website.

Workshops: Four total classes are available, 9am - noon and 1pm - 4pm on both Friday and Saturday.

Beginners class starts on Friday morning and then the classes progress to Advanced Class on Saturday afternoon. Each class is a separate sign- up. One or more or all may be taken. Each class is not a prerequisite for another. That is, sign-up according to your level of expertise. EQ6 or 7 must have been purchased and downloaded prior to class. EQ1-5 will not be covered. Please read class descriptions.

$25 each. Open to the public
***Computer optional for all classes. However, if you already own EQ6 or 7, must be preloaded prior to class.
*** EQ6,7 must be preloaded
*** WiFi connection available.
*** Two sharing a computer is possible

Friday, May 8, 2015 Workshop: 9:00 am - noon

Take your quilting into the computer age. Play with color, design and pattern ideas. Rotate or mirror blocks, recolor, add sashing, figure yardage, generate accurate patterns and more with the click of a mouse. This introductory demonstration gives a student who owns the program the confidence to go home and play with it. It's also good for someone who just wants see to how it works before making the decision about purchasing it. The program is available for MAC and PC.

Friday, May 8, 2015 Workshop: 1:00 pm - 4 pm

EQ6 or 7. Computer optional.

For those who understand the basics of Electric Quilt 7 or attended the morning class and wish to continue, these three hours gives you more time to explore on your own and ask questions for individual assistance. It is not necessary to attend the morning friday class. Take a more in depth look at the designing blocks, appliques and quilts using Easy Draw & Patch Draw (chapter 8). Explore adding text, creating pallets, unique borders and Auto Borders, layout libraries, applique designs, quilt labels, art quilt designs, Serendipity, printing patterns, and more. This is an opportunity to get personal attention from the instructor with some demos throughout the afternoon as needed and requested.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 Workshop: 9:00 am - noon

For those who understand the basics of Electric Quilt, this is a chance to explore the more advanced areas of designing blocks, appliques, borders and labels. Explore creating pallets, unique borders and auto borders, layout libraries of block designs, applique designs, quilt labels and art quilt designs. The instructor will offer a few demos and then allow time for practice and individual attention. Both Saturday classes will complement each other and cover different topics, so consider taking both. Traditional, contemporary, art quilts and modern quilt designs will be explored. All quilting skill levels are welcome.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 Workshop: 1:00 pm - 4 pm

This class will teach more advanced design options for your quilts. The instructor will offer a few demos and then allow time for individual attention and questions from the class. Some of the topics covered will include several methods of drawing, Wreathmaker, paper piecing, quilting designs and stencils, incorporating photos into quilts (Image Editing, ch 9), Serendipity and more. Several levels of the same projects will be demonstrated.

Both Saturday classes will complement each other and cover different topics, so consider taking both. Traditional, contemporary, art quilts and modern quilt designs will be explored. All quilting skill levels are welcome.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Friday morning workshop supplies and information.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Friday afternoon workshop supplies and information.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Saturday morning workshop supplies and information.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Saturday afternoon workshop supplies and information.

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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