Program and Workshop Information
The guild meets at 9:30 am on the third Monday of the month at Zion Lutheran Church, 624 Barnett St., Kerrville, TX.
Visitors are welcome.
Workshops, when scheduled, begin at 9:00 am on the third Tuesday of the month at Zion Lutheran Church.
Workshops are open to guild members and to non-members, if they pay for membership plus the workshop fee.
For additional information about a program or workshop, complete the Contact Form at the bottom of this page.
Programs and Workshops 2020
Deborah Lockwood and Cathie Heilemann – English Paper Piecing
Holly Nelson – Needle Turn Applique
Michelle Barkley – “Hold it, Fold It, Clip It” Trays
Linda Heatherley – Quick Curve Ruler
David Ciambrone, Georgetown, TX
February 17 – Program: Writing Quilting Mysteries
Dr. David Ciambrone is a retired scientist, professor, and a forensics consultant and is now a best selling award-winning author living in Georgetown, Texas. He has published 20 books, four non-fiction and fourteen fiction, and has a new mystery in work. David has written 9 books in the Virginia Davies Quilting Mystery series.
Jaime Davis, Tigard, OR
March 16 – Program: History and Mystery of Baltimore Quilts
Jaimie Davis comes to us from Oregon and loves to make quilts. She has taught and lectured for the American Quilters Society, the Northwest Quilting Expo and Quilt Connect USA. The history of Baltimore Album quilts is a fascinating journey into an America headed for the Civil War. Discover how the industrial revolution, the struggle over slavery, and the social and moral climate of the time contributed to this beautiful art form. Through stories Jaimie will explore how the demise of Baltimore Album quilts leads us into the hearts and minds of the women who made them, and how this delightful mystery connects us with our sisters of long ago.
March 17 – Workshop: Illuminated Letters w/ Tsukineko Inks
Learn to paint and color beautiful illuminated letters in this creative hands-on class. Using Tsukineko Inks and Fabrico Markers, you will explore techniques that will add stunning detail and sparkle to your projects. No prior painting experience is required; just a desire to color, create and play. Each student will choose one letter to paint. A $25 kit fee is required.
Linda Heatherley, Boerne, TX
April 21 – Program: Trunk Show
Our own Linda Heatherley will be presenting a trunk show representing her 25 years of quilting growth, moving from the more traditional type quilts to art quilts, collage and fiber arts. She is president of the Cibolo Quilt Guild in Boerne, and provides the sample quilts which hang on the walls of a quilt shop in San Antonio.
April 21 – Workshop: Fiber Art with Paper Fabric
Linda’s workshop will be about dying paper fabric. The end results look like hand-dyed fabric. We will use craft paint and the durable “paper fabric towels” from the paint store that are wonderful to cut and sew into art projects. No fraying! They are a good way to audition fiber art ideas before cutting into fabric. We will begin the class by dying the towels, and while they dry, use prepared towels from available kits to cut and sew into a small fiber art piece. This is a wonderful project to share with children.
Debbie Jones, Albuquerque, NM
May 18 – Program: Silk Fusion
Learn how to use loose silk fibers, and other fibers made from bamboo and even bananas, fusing them together to make your own unique “fabric”. This lustrous Silk Fusion fabric can be used in quilts, fabric collage, wearables, bags and all kinds of crafts including 3-D vessels. Silk Fusion can be fused, stitched or quilted by hand or machine, though stitching isn’t required. There is nothing quite like the intricate texture created by fusing fibers together in layers. The results are stunning! Debbie will have lots of samples to inspire and show you how to make this fun technique your own. She will also share resources for the fibers and textile medium/varnish, so you can try it at home.
May 19 – Workshop: Silk Fusion Vessels
Learn to make exquisite vessels by choosing a vase then bonding silk and other fibers to it using a special varnish. Once dry, remove it from the vase and you have a beautiful Silk Fusion Vessel. You’ll have fun playing with dozens of fibers and choosing your favorites to make a one-of-a-kind vessel! These fibers are incredibly soft yet so strong when bonded together. A detailed color handout is included, so you can easily make more vessels at home. They make great gifts! See more examples of this class on the Silk Fusion Vessels pages on Debbie’s website:
Students bring a few old towels, a box and maybe a glass vase. A $27 kit fee covers everything else, including their choice of an electronic candle or fairy lights. Each student goes home with a finished vessel, which will dry within a few days.
Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, IL
June 15 – Program: Chicago School of Fusing Guided Tour
Take a campus tour of the famous Chicago School of Fusing. This mythological university is devoted to the promotion of the fine art of fusing, a non-traditional method of assembling quilts with fusible web. Laura Wasilowski, Dean of Corrections at the School, guides you around the campus buildings, introduces you to the fascinating fusing curriculum, and shows you the exciting campus life of the student fuser. Included in the presentation is a review of the fusing processes, a display of actual fused art quilts, and Laura’s own rendition of the Chicago School of Fusing fight song. Press on! (A trunk show of hand dyed fabrics and threads from the Artfabrik dyers is included.)
June 16 – Workshop: Zen Doodle Quilts
Your colorful quilt begins with a small sketch or doodle made in class. Using that sketch, you’ll create a pattern for your design. After learning an easy pattern transfer process for fused fabric, you’ll be free to use your pattern to invent your own original fused art quilt. Improvisation is encouraged and new fusing tips and tricks are presented to enhance your Zen doodle design. Drawing paper and a kit of colorful hand-dyed fabrics and threads are provided to give you the freedom to play. A required $25 Kit Fee includes hand out, drawing paper, and hand-dyed fabrics and threads. No sewing machine needed.
Click here for workshop supply list: Zen Doodles Supply List
Cindy Grisdela, Reston, VA
July 20 – Program: Free Motion Quilting – Combining Patterns
Are you curious about using different stitch motifs in your free motion quilting? Cindy Grisdela shows you how in this fun lecture. Put different motifs in different areas of your quilt or mix it up all in the same space! Cindy uses her quilts as examples to give you ideas you can put to use in your next quilt. Improv is a great way to give yourself permission to play with no rules and no patterns. Cindy will talk about color, about simple design principles to keep in mind as you create, explore improvisational techniques she uses, and discuss ideas for quilting and finishing.
July 21 – Workshop: Focus on the Improv Block
Make an Improv Block the center of your composition and add your own borders–maybe curved strips or asymmetrical open space–it’s completely up to you to make your quilt your own. This process can be adapted to any size quilt–use your imagination! We will discuss the improv block technique using scraps and different ways to set the block into an interesting design with border options.
Julia Graves, Leesburg, VA
August 17 – Program: Machine Quilting
Julia Graves is a long-arm quilter. This informative lecture covers the basics of machine quilting whether the quilter is doing the quilting, or hiring a long-armer. Learn to speak the language and know what your options are. Outline includes: Design categories, design considerations, selecting the thread, stabilizing the quilt, quilting the quilt, and tips for preparing your quilt for a long-armer. Includes a detailed handout and trunk show to illustrate the concepts.
August 18 – Workshop: Fantastic Feathers and Modern Quilting
We will have 2 half-day workshops. (1) Fantastic Feathers: See how versatile (and easy!) feathers can be and how much elegance they can add to your quilt. Expand your tool box with several feather variations and learn to fill any space with lovely flowing feathers. Lecture/ demo class; handout provided. (2) Modern Quilting: Learn to quilt the fresh clean lines of modern quilts! Learn how to deal with large areas of negative space, improvisational piecing and graphic designs with different kinds of lines, geometrics, and fills. You will leave class with lots of ideas and confidence that you can apply to any quilt. Lecture/demo class; handout provided.
Catherine Redford, Napierville, IL
September 21 – Program: Trip Around the World in Folk Art Stitches
A humorous, educational and interactive lecture including a game with prizes! Catherine will take you on a trip around the globe with the quilts from her exhibit that debuted in April 2017 at International Quilt Festival in Chicago and was at Houston in October that year. Learn how Catherine found inspiration, the stitches she uses, and the finishing techniques she employs.
September 22 – Workshop: Dimensional Hand Embroidery
Add some more advanced dimensional stitches to your embroidery vocabulary as you work on your choice from a selection of pre-printed fabric samplers. Learn crested chain stitch, double cast-on, drizzle, trellis and lots more!
Amy Hurst, Combine, TX
More information will be added when it is available.
October 19 – Program: Trunk Show
October 20 – Workshop: Wool Applique
November 16 – Holiday Luncheon
No Program or Workshop Scheduled
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Enrollment in the workshop is complete only after payment is received at a Guild meeting.