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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!

November 2014 – Linda Hahn

Lecture: New York Beauty State of Mind

photo of Linda Hahn

Linda's classes are fun and empowering! She has a way of taking a project that looks complex and breaking it down in such a way that's easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making it a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her classes. Linda is a high energy - low stress instructor.

Linda is the author of the AWARD WINNING AQS Best Seller "NEW YORK BEAUTY DIVERSIFIED". "Diversified" was the Gold Medal winner in the 2013 Independent Publishers Living Now Book Awards. Her first book with AQS was "NEW YORK BEAUTY SIMPLIFIED". "Simplified" was the bronze medal winner in the Independent Publishers Living Now Book Awards.

When not doing something "quilty", she likes to cruise the caribbean, or sit under a palm tree with her Kindle and an umbrella drink. Linda LOVES to shake her bootie by attending Zumba classes.

Friday Workshop: New York Beauty Simplified


This workshop from the AQS Best Seller book of the same name. Learn how to make spectacular NY Beauty blocks using just ONE PIN! Students will learn Linda's technique and be able to choose the layout they wish to use. She'll cover a really easy way to quickly paper piece the arcs ("crown"), as well as quilting options for the New York Beauty.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Friday Workshop Supply List.

Saturday Workshop: New York Beauty Diversified


This workshop is from Linda's new AWARD WINNING book - New York Beauty Diversified (AQS 2013) - the book is not a required purchase. You will not only learn Linda's ONE PIN technique for creating New York Beauty blocks - you'll also learn how easily they can be incorporated into other blocks which open up many new design possibilities.

Click HERE for a pdf of the Saturday Workshop Supply List.

December 4, 2014 – Donna Hall

Lecture: "Needles to Notions, Threads to Guessing: What Works Best"

photo of Dona Hall

There will be no workshops this month.

January 8, 2015 – Modern Quilt Studio

Lecture: "Quilts Made Modern"

photo of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Since 1999 Bill and Weeks have brought a modern twist to the great American quilting tradition with decades of quiltmaking experience and graduate design degrees.

Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker's Color Workshop. Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting and Country Living. They design multiple lines a year for Andover Fabrics and have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel.

Bill and Weeks lecture and teach design and quiltmaking throughout the US and internationally. When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he's not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Chairman of the Art Department.

Friday, January 9, 2015 Workshop: Improv Piecing

Friday's workshop will teach different techniques for improvisational piecing. You will choose one technique to develop a new project. Weeks and Bill will guide you through a strategy that will have you making design decisions as you go. Students can begin making Glyphs quilt, Call Me Crazy or Just Passing Through. (See photos below.)

modern quilt with squares two quilts

Saturday, January 10, 2015 Workshop: Kaleidoscopes Simplified

kaleidoscope quilt

On Saturday you will learn how to use bilaterally symmetrical fabrics to create simple, yet visually stunning quilts. Bil and Weeks will also show you how to inset circles into their Gamelan quilt and choose the appropriate field.

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 – TBD

May 7, 2015 – Barb 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: "Nine Tips for Dynamic Composition"

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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