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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!

February 5, 2015 – Pat Speth

Lecture: "Five Inch Is a Cinch"
photo of Pat Speth

Pat Speth began quilting in 1988 when she purchased a wool quilt batting from her Grandmother's auction. "I checked out a stack of quilt books from the library and fell in love with the patterns and designs, I knew I could not stop with just one quilt."

Pat started working with 5 inch squares as a basis for her quiltmaking in 1993 after attending her first retreat. She was asked to do a program for her guild in 1997 using the 5" squares, which gave her the push to explore new uses and techniques for working with the squares. Pat, while working a full time job, started on the book, Nickel Quilts, which was published in June 2001.

Pat loves teaching the methods for working with the 5" squares, and sharing her quilts with others. Her trunk show/lecture, Five Inch Is a Cinch, will provide insight into how nickel quilts are created. Pat will bring a great assortment of quilts from her collection, so program attendees can focus on the blocks in the quilts and the simple components from which they are made.

Friday, February 6, 2015 Workshop: Small Wonders

Learn the units that make eight different quilt designs including Tillie's Treasure, All That Glitters, Butterfly Waltz, Star and Hourglass, Star and Crown, South Dakota Star, Flying X and Prairie Gems. Once you start with these units you won't want to stop. Simple sewing and cutting techniques will turn your 5" squares into these remarkable units without cutting any triangles or working with bias. A handout and discussion will cover the process showing how to make your pieced border fit your quilt top.

Rated: easy to intermediate, not for a beginner.

Tillie's Treasure quilt Flying X quilt All That Glitters quilt

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

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Workshop: Picket Fences

These units comprise the Millennium Star, Pinwheels on Parade, Woodland Clover, Chesapeake, and Dawn to Dusk. The picket fence unit is made with the sew & flip method. (No triangles to cut or bias to work with.) You will receive a handout that includes 39 design variations on the Millennium Star block that are created by rotating and substituting the block components. Pat will show you many great borders using these units. A handout and discussion will cover the process of fitting a border to the basic top.

Dawn to Dusk quilt Chesapeake quilt Woodland Clover quilt

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

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

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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