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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!

September 3, 2015 – Sharon Wilhelm


Lecture: "Crazy About Stitches" (aka A Is For Appliqué)"

Sharon is a well-known local teacher and quilt pattern designer. Among other things, she is known for her applique patterns and techniques.

Sharon says about this lecture, "For all of those out there that are Not too crazy about the 'A' word 'appliqué' and for those of you who are veterans of appliqué, we hope to expose you to many different types and methods. This will be especially helpful if you have searched for some method of appliqué that you could possibly like. I have found 22 ways to appliqué so far but not to worry, I won't be able to get them all in one hour. Let's also consider if you will be stationary working in only one space or if you will be traveling with your project. We will demonstrate 2 kinds of hand stitches but lots of shapes. There will be real quilts with embellishments to examine that you can see up close and touch. We hope this program will get you excited about appliqué, if not it is a great picture show." QuiltIdeas.artfire.com

This will be no workshops this month.

October 1, 2015 – Kathy Schmidt

Lecture: "From Tradition to Rule Breaker"


A visual journey from my beginnings as a traditional quilter to the way my work is currently created. The steps along that path are available to any quilter and I will show you how to get there. How to begin breaking the rules, why you might want to, and what you should expect when you get there—even what doesn't work–are all covered in this lecture. (This trunk show uses actual quilts, not a digital presentation!)

Friday, October 2 Workshop – Rule Breakers---Build a Scrappy Village

Your unique improv blocks will be used to create a scrappy little village. Learn straight line improv piecing, while trying to put a dent in your personal scrap pile. Design, color choices and construction methods, including quilt-asyou-go, will be a big part of this class. Your village will NOT look like the sample, but will be completely and uniquely YOU.

Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Click HERE for the supply list for the Friday Workshop.

Saturday, October 3 Workshop - Rule Breakers - Improv with a Modern Slant

No need to be dependent on patterns–learn how to do free-form piecing to create your own unique designs. Think 'modern' with lots of solid colors, low volume prints and asymmetrical gridwork. Your quilt will NOT look like the sample. We'll discuss contrast and color value and learn how to construct a quilt with different sized blocks. Once you learn the basics, your quilts can always be pattern free and any size you'd like.

Student Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Click HERE for the supply list for the Saturday workshop.

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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