2019 Programs and Workshops

Program and Workshop Information


Ren Trapino, Center Point, TX

January 21 – Program:  Trunk Show

Our very own Ren Trapino, an artist and quilter, will treat us to a trunk show of her fiber art quilts.

January 22 – Workshop:  No Workshop Scheduled


Our February speaker/teacher, Ann Shaw, lives in Oregon and has just advised us that she is snowed in and must cancel.

February 18 – Program

I’m asking for members to bring the first quilt you ever made.  It would be helpful if you’d let me know if you are, so I’ll get an idea of how many to expect.

Click here to send an email to Jo:  jal3305@outlook.com

This will be fun – we’ll get to see how some of us started and how we have (hopefully) progressed.

February 19 – Workshop – cancelled

For those of you who signed up for her class, your funds may be applied to any other 2019 workshop.

Jo Locke
HCQG Program Chair


Suzi Parron, Travels by RV


March 18 – Program:  Barn Quilt Trails

Suzi Parron Suzi travels around the country speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations–whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! Her talk will take us on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother’s quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. We will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.

March 19:  Workshop:  Barn Quilts Block Painting


Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block.  You will begin with a pre-primed board and go through each step—drafting, taping, and painting, with careful attention to detail.  You will leave with a finished quilt block or with one last color (which will be provided) to add at home. Ready for show and tell at your next meeting!  The finished product will be two-by-two feet and is the perfect size for mounting on smaller buildings.  Please note this workshop is $45.00.  This cost includes a kit containing a pre-primed board, paints, and brushes.

Please sign up by the end of February.  Suzi needs a count of the number of participants so she can send the correct number of pre-primed boards.  Thank you.

Click here to see your choice of Barn Quilt patterns:   Barn Quilt Patterns

Click here for a supply list:  Barn Quilts Supply List


Peggy Martin, San Diego, CA


April 15 – Program:  Beyond Tradition

Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin began quilting in 1981 and began teaching in 1985.  Using traditional quilts as a springboard for design inspiration, Peggy will show us how one idea leads to another, making one small change at a time to come up with totally new ideas and looks.  Traditional quilts and the more contemporary ones that result from going one step beyond will be shown and discussed.

April 16 – Workshop:  Serendipity

Serendipity sample 3

Serendipity sample 2Serendipity sample 1The Serendipity block is one of the easiest patterns to paper piece using Peggy’s Quick-Strip Method. Even beginners are able to make this pattern quickly and easily. Use it alone as a wall hanging or use it as a setting block with other 12” blocks.  It also makes a great border.  It also offers many design possibilities, many of which can be viewed on Peggy’s website (link above); just click on workshops, then scroll down to the Serendipity workshop and click on See more photos to view many different setting options.

To see more photos on Peggy’s website click here:  Peggy Martin Quilts

Then select Traditional Pieced Workshops in left column, then scroll down the workshop descriptions until you see Serendipity, then click on See More Photos.

Click here for  Workshop Supply List:  Serendipity Supply List


Sandy Gard, Edmund, OK

May 20 – Program:  Becoming a Quilt Judge

sandy gardSandy is a self taught seamstress and quilter.  At the age of six, she was cutting and sewing clothes for her dolls by hand.  At the age of eight she had her first experience at hand quilting.  At her grandmother’s farm house in Sulphur Springs, Texas, all the neighbors gathered and they lowered the quilting frame from the living room ceiling. They all sat around the quilt, Hand  quilting and chatting.  The love of quilting began.  It has been a lifelong love affair.

Sandy has had a home-based sewing business for 21 years.  In 2007, Sandy purchased a Gammill long arm quilting machine. Her wonderful husband had a room addition added on to their home and she has been successfully quilting for customers since then. Sandy has quilted over 800 customer quilts.

In 2014, Sandy entered the National Quilt Association Judging program. She has spent four years working with certified judges and judging quilt shows. She will receive her certification in 2019.  She has judged in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma. She holds positions on four quilt guild boards and is judging coordinator for two.

Her personal statement: Quilting is a time honored tradition. I love the history and future of quilting and I love promoting the tradition to new quilters of any age.

May 21 – Workshop:  No Workshop Scheduled


J. Michelle Watts, Roswell, NM


June 17 – Program:  How Does It Get from an Idea to a Quilt

michelle watts

This lecture and trunk show features some of Michelle’s vest work. With a power point presentation, she will take us through her design process. Michelle will discuss where her ideas come from, how she draws, calculates yardage, and assembles the quilt.

June 18 – Workshop:  New Mexico Beauty

Southwest Beauty

This is a wonderful scrap project inspired by the New York Beauty pattern, a modern twist on a more traditional pattern. This piece is created with the 9° Wedge Ruler. It is jelly roll friendly and easy to piece, a good stash buster project. Students will work on the several blocks during class.

Click here for supply list: Class supply list for NM Beauty


Cheryl Lynch, Broomall, PA


July 15 – Program:  A Unique Personality

cheryl lynchEvery choice you make when designing a quilt makes it unique.  A computer can be a powerful tool in helping to bring your personalized designs to fruition.  This lecture will cover the specifics about how to print on fabric and how to transform your words, photos, drawings and memories into patterns for applique.  Many ways will be demonstrated to include photos in your quilts and how to make each of your quilts unique and individual, adding just the right amount of embellishment, from beads to buttons to bits & pieces from your travels. Leave this lecture with the tools to go home and start working on your own personalized quilt.

July 16 – Workshop: Mini Mosaics

mini mosaic 2This is a fun no sew workshop that imitates the ancient art of mosaics.  Learn how to create a mosaic picture from small pre-cut pieces of lots of colored fabric, using a technique that was developed to simplify the process.  Pick one of the 6 available patterns in class that will finish at 9″x12″, and then can be bordered and quilted to your preference at home.  A $20 kit is required. The kit includes 6 patterns, instructions, sticky stabilizer, netting, and precut fabric.  One photo shows the 6 patterns included in the kit, and the other is a close up of one of these patterns.   Sewing machine is NOT required.

mini mosaic pic

Check out Cheryl’s mini mosaics patterns.  Click here and scroll down the page for patterns: http://www.cheryllynchquilts.com/mini-mosaic-quilts.html


Cynthia England, Dickinson, TX


August 19 – Program:  Making the Most of Your Stash

cynthia englandThis lecture explores ways to increase the potential of what we already have in our fabric collections. Cynthia will offer new insights on what to look for in fabrics to get the most out of it; a topic that is near and dear to all of quilters! Organizing and storage of fabrics will also be addressed.

August 20 – Workshop:  Small Landscape

This is Cynthia’s most popular class.  Choose from two small landscapes:  Smoky Mountains (new pattern) or Southwest Splendor. Or you may choose the Santa Pooch pattern, also a new pattern.  No tracing involved; templates are preprinted onto freezer paper. Fabric selection, organizational skills and construction methods will be addressed in class. Sewing machines and irons required. A $37 kit is required.

Click here to view and print the Landscape Supply List:  Landscape Supply List

Click here to view and print the Santa Pooch Supply List:  Santa Pooch Supply List

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Gail Garber, Albuquerque, NM


September 16 – Program:  Free Form Art Quilts

gail garberNever one to adhere to rules, Gail began breaking the quilting edicts soon after she learned the basics necessary to create an original design. Problems with bindings on corners? Just leave the corners off! It’s fun and easy to be your own designer, and to break away from the tedium of repetitive block design. Gail will lead us on a journey of exploration, from the valley of tradition, along the rocky road of great ideas gone wrong, to the rainbow peaks of increased creativity in quilts!

September 17 and 18 – Workshop:  The Goose is Loose

land of the midnight sun

galactic migration

This is Holly’s quilt!

Gail’s most popular class introduces the student to original design in free-form shapes. Learn the drafting and piecing techniques for flying geese in the round, loose curves, or swirls. It is sew easy to do; students are often surprised at the simplicity of the technique, taught with no scary math words! These designs can be simply designed and easily stitched using freezer paper piecing techniques.

This is a 2-day class – cost of workshop is $70.  There is also a $10 workbook fee.

Click here for the supply list:  Goose is Loose Supply List


   Lyric Kinard, Cary, NC


October 21 – Program:  Elements of the Art Quilt

lyric kinardKick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements and principles of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. This lecture will help you learn few simple tools from the artist’s kit that will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level.  Lyric translates the language of ART into delightful and simple to understand concepts and presents them in such an entertaining and practical way.

October 22 – Workshop:   Picture It Framed

picture it framedYour small-scale textile art will never be mistaken for a potholder again! Come create a small fabric collage, learn some basic design, a few stitching and beading techniques, and make a small art-quilt. While you prepare a canvas on which to mount your artwork, Lyric will demonstrate a number of different framing and mounting possibilities suitable for any textile treasure you create. There is a $25 optional kit fee.

Click here for supply list:  Picture It Framed Supply List


November 18 – Holiday Luncheon


No Program or Workshop Scheduled – Happy Holidays