UPCOMING 2013 WORKSHOPS
am so excited about our lineup of instructors for 2013! Of the
nine speakers, only one, Susan Cleveland, has ever visited our
guild before (in 2004). If you missed her at the AQS
Show this year, June is your chance to see her. Debbie Caffrey,
another AQS instructor, will be here in January with an intriguing
Mystery Class. She tells me this is her most popular class.
tried to offer a variety of workshops this year. You will have the
opportunity to learn everything from basic cutting, piecing, and
quilting techniques, to appliqué, paper piecing, embellishing, and
thread painting. You'll find traditional quilts, contemporary
quilts, portrait quilts, and even a little home dec and
fashion -- as it relates to quilting, of course!
And for you
full-time workers, we are offering two half-day workshops in October.
We're hoping this will give you a chance to take one of the workshops
without missing an entire day of work.
Sign-up begins at the Holiday Tea on December 1! Registration forms will be available, or you can find the form online, fill it out, and bring it with you.
I'm looking for volunteers to help with workshop registration at Guild
meetings as well as assisting our lecturers at their sales tables and
providing transportation for our speakers. If interested, please send me
an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Deb York, 2013 Program Chair
any workshop, you may mail in your registration form along with your
registration fee to Deb York, 28187 Prospect Ave., Adel, IA 50003. We
will also be taking reservations at our meetings on the fourth Tuesday
of each month. If you have any questions you can email Deb at email@example.com or call her at 515-993-4539 (home), 515-240-7653 (cell).
workshops are scheduled to be held at West Des Moines Christian
Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. To get there
from Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway, exit 70. Turn east
onto Mills Civic Parkway and drive about 0.9 of a mile. The West Des
Moines Christian Church will be on the north side of Mills Civic
Parkway. We will meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie
Life Fitness. (If the July workshops are held elsewhere, you will be
Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hip to Be Square
Using the great Method #5 technique for making half-square triangle units from Debbie's book Power Cutting, Too,
learn how to make a variety of blocks including Split Nine Patch, a
scrappy simple Nine Patch Autumn Leaf, a scrappy Bear's Paw, Friendship
Stars, Delectable Mountains, etc. by making very simple, large (6" -
10") half-square triangle units.
Thursday, January 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
has designed over one hundred mystery quilt patterns, and most
conferences she attends offer a mystery as one of her classes.
Be prepared for a lot of sewing and a lot of fun! This class requires
basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills.
Wednesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pattern Design for Threadpainting
with repeating designs to create a patterned textile for use in
free-motion embroidery. Terry will guide you as you design your own
pattern, choose colors, and choose threads to create the design in
Thursday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
will explore a mix of embellishment techniques using trims, novelty
yarns, and decorative threads. Terry will share her artwork which
includes a great variety of techniques. This is a fun and creative
Wednesday, March 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fused Appliqué Portraits
for all skill levels including non-quilters, no artistic ability is
required! (You actually don't even need to be a quilter to take this
class. The finished portrait can be framed instead of quilted.) Focus
will be on manipulating a digital photograph to create a fused appliqué
Thursday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Perspective for Quilters
how to design two-dimensional quilts that look three-dimensional. This
workshop will teach how to use color and position to give art quilts and
even traditional quilts a feeling of depth. You'll learn to draw
convincing cubes, houses, architectural and landscape elements, as well
as many optical illusions and then turn your drawing into a flat quilt
with the appearance of depth and volume.
Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tidbits of Handwork
handwork class will show you different ways to approach relaxed
appliqué. Add a bit of wool to the project, big stitch it as she shows
you how 'thread matters,' and then end the project with a running stitch
Thursday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Easy Machine Appliqué
of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué! In class you will
create a sample to test your stitching. She walks you through each step
of the appliqué process, from cutting to getting a great size blanket
stitch on your machine.
Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Students will use Rachel's Monster Purse pattern to create a really
big purse, or a smaller one, or a quilt. The pattern contains
directions for all three, as well as directions for a portfolio sized
purse, and students can make the item that they prefer using a
paper-pieced feathered star template.
Thursday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
will create a small quilt or wall hanging using Nigerian figures and
design and the technique of Nigerian appliqué, which is a reverse
appliqué technique. Rachel will supply some fabrics and designs.
Students may alternatively choose to use Rachel's vest pattern and the
Nigerian appliqué designs included with that pattern.
Susan K. Cleveland
Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Piping Hot Curves - Macaroni
piping to curves and avoid curved piecing! This technique is wonderful
for traditional curved patterns and great for contemporary designs. In
class, students will learn to make perfect piping and add that piping to
the lively, curvy macaroni block.
Thursday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Prairie Point Pillow
to use heavy decorative thread through the needle to embellish prairie
points. Then make perfect prairie points, and use a variation of
foundation piecing to accurately piece many prairie points into a 14"
Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Art of Machine Quilting
this beginning level quilting workshop, students will learn proper
basting techniques, which machine needles to use with specific thread,
and the differences between the various quilting threads that are
currently on the market. We will then work on a practice sampler and
learn how to stitch over a dozen free-motion quilting stitches.
Thursday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
will practice the thread painting stitches Barbara uses all the time to
add depth and dimension to her fiber art pieces. Topics to be covered
include what thread to use and when, the order of quilting, using a
hoop, outlining, machine needles, and transferring images to fabric.
Wednesday, October 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Practice What I Preach
is a hands-on lesson of the techniques covered in Pam's lecture
"Secrets of Professional Quilters ~ Revealed!" The skills taught in this
class will be used each and every time you quilt! Each student can try
many new piecing techniques as well as perfect a variety of pressing
Thursday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. - noon
several techniques for sewing hexagons. We'll construct two simple
seven-hexagon flower blooms, covering the fundamentals of English paper
piecing, the basics of working with wool, and the finishing techniques
for this folky 12" x 17" wall hanging.
Thursday, October 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Star Strings Pincushion
how to paper piece a wonderful Star Strings Pin Cushion as you learn
the fundamentals of foundation paper piecing with Pam's helpful tips and
tricks. Knowing how to paper piece will give you a skill that will open
up new opportunities in your quilting adventures as wonderful, glorious
blocks can be mastered by paper piecing!