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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!


May 7, 2015 – Barb Gardner
www.gardnersdelights.com

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
www.jankrentz.com

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
www.DeborahsStudio.com

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
www.marylouquiltdesigns.com



October 1, 2015 – Kathy Schmidt
www.quirksltd.wordpress.com



November 5, 2015 – Becky Goldsmith
www.pieceocake.com



December 3, 2015 – Sandra Archer

Lecture: Holiday Quilt Show



April 8, 2015 – Mickey Depre
www.mdquilts.com



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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