January 8, 2021
My journey in Quilting, choosing fabrics for quilts, prepping your complete quilt
In my lecture I will describe how I got into quilting, despite hating sewing. I am of Indian heritage and how this has contributed to my love of colour.
Over the years whilst preparing so many of my designs, I have found easy ways of choosing fabric as well as preparing your quilt so that it is then portable. Choosing fabric is described by many as "difficult". I have no qualifications regarding art, colour etc. I believe I have an innate sense of colour -and I will describe how I've arrived at that.
March 5, 2021
Reruns: Quilts Inspired by the Past
I have recreated many antique quilts, thankfully using modern technology and full lighting! The little quirks that I find in antique quilts are so charming. I couldn’t possibly bring home every antique that I fall in love with, so I am compelled to recreate my own. Being inspired by the quilters that have stitched before me, I know I will never run out of ideas. Reproducing these gems is the next best thing to owning the originals.
April 2, 2021
My Top Ten Art Quilt Techniques
With a slide show and Q&A discussion, grab a cuppa tea as I share my favourite techniques that I use to create my art quilts. I discuss painting with acrylic on fabric, my easy ways to painting with dye & salt, and my “secret squirrel” technique of painting with bleach.
I share free-motion yarn couching techniques and how I physically manage my current passion to quilt BIG! I probably share too much including my shoe size! We enjoy a chat for 45minutes – 1hour with Q & A.
May 7, 2021
Bojagi - From ancient traditions to contemporary interpretations
Bojagi have played an important role in traditional Korean culture and have been used in the everyday to wrap, carry and store objects. Until the 1950’s they were used to wrap or cover everything from bedding and clothes to food dishes and for religious rituals. I will introduce you to the historical significance and symbolism of this ancient craft and how contemporary textile artists are interpreting these ideas in their work.
I include plenty of examples in the power point and I will show actual examples of bojagi to the group after the talk using my overhead camera.
June 4, 2021
Appliqué Isn’t a Four Letter Word
Appliqué has unjustly earned a reputation as “the ‘A’ word, ” but there’s lots to love
about appliqué, and it really isn’t scary! This trunk show takes the intimidation out
of appliqué and shows the wonderful possibilities it adds to quilt making. You’ll find an appliqué method to suit your own quilting personality, along with tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls that give appliqué such a bad name.
July 2, 2021
Timna is known for making fun, colorful, award winning quilts. Join her for a trunk show of her quilting
journey. She talks about her design and color choices, as well as the personal stories behind the quilts.
August 6, 2021
Carole Lyles Shaw
What is a Modern Quilt? The Myths & the Magic!
This lecture and trunk show introduces quilters of all backgrounds to the modern quilt movement. Intimidated by modern quilts or just confused or curious about this emerging trend in quilting?
Carole dispels some of the myths and misunderstandings so you can understand and
appreciate this new style of creative quilt expression! There will be lots of time for questions and answers. In addition to the lecture (slides), I also show some of my quilts ‘in person’ on my design wall and table.
What makes a quilt modern? Modern quilt design principles explained
Myth busters: blowing away the myths about what is (and is not) a modern quilt
Trunk Show: My Modern Quilts influences and evolution
Minimalism to Maximalism trends in modern quilting
Resources list (handout provided)
September 3, 2021
Discover the world of Quilt Challenges and the many opportunities awaiting you (and your quilts!) Join me as I recount my adventures (including a few misadventures) while participating in Quilt Challenges at both the local and national/international level. I hope to inspire you by sharing my own quilts and their stories, along with tips/tricks that I hope will inspire and encourage you to enter your own quilts, regardless of style or level of experience/skill!
October 8, 2021
Eric Sulky Ambassador
Thread Jazz for Quilting & Embellishing, Plus Needle and Thread Know How
Sulky: how it all began!
Needle Know How: Why the right type/size needle is important
Stabilizers: Which stabilizers to use for quilting
Metallic Thread Magic: Tips and hints for success using Sulky Holoshimmer ™, Sulky Sliver ™, and Sulky Original Metallic Threads
When to use Polyester thread: Sulky 12 wt and 30 wt Blendables® Thread
Learn about Bobbin Thread: When and what type to use
Sulky’s Exciting Thread Options: Rayons, PolyDeco™, PolyLite ™, Petites ™, Cotton + Steel Thread by Sulky, and more!