Meeting Programs and Workshops

Unless otherwise noted, we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury, CT

If you are interested in learning more about our programs/workshops, please contact Kathi Maglia. 

Programs Fall Lineup:

 

September 21 & 22, 2022  -  Tina Craig- English Paper Piecing vs. Foundation Paper Piecing: The Showdown

 

Tina specializes in precision piecing (foundation paper piecing and English Paper Piecing) and domestic machine quilting. She will discuss the differences between foundation paper piecing and English Paper Piecing and show examples. Her quilts have won award in local and regional shows, including three local Best in Show winners.

 

English Paper Piecing Workshop with Tina Craig-September 22- 10:00-1:00 in Eno Hall Youth Room. The guild charge for this workshop is $25. 

 

This three-hour Improvisational English Paper Piecing workshop was a big hit during the Global Quilt Connection All Star Sampler Platter. Instruction will include designing your own block using straight lines or curves, basting options, invisible hand stitching and finishing. The workshop is technique-based, so students leave with knowledge that translates to many future projects. 

 

A kit with supplies can be purchased for $26 from Tina or purchased separately on your own from the supply list. No need to pack your sewing machine as this will be mainly hand sewing.  

 

Please email Kathi Maglia, Co-Program Committee Chair to sign up for the workshop at: kmmaglia@comcast.net

She will collect checks at the event and send you the supply list ahead of time. 

 


October 19, 2022  -  Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill- www.wholecirclestudio.com

 

Content, Concepts and Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer 

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, quilt pattern publisher, award-winning quilter, educator and creative entrepreneur. Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show, Sheri will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.

 

November 16, 2022  -  Lady Blue Quilt Studio - Sue Deshensky - ladybluequilts.com

 

Susan is the only Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Certified Instructor in the CT/NY/NY/PA Metropolitan area. She teaches at quilt shops (like Quilted Ewe, Sew Inspired, and Cotton Candy Fabrics), quilt guilds and retreats. She has a strong following in our local area. Susan is also a pattern designer. Several of her designs have been published in magazines such as Quiltmaker and McCall's Quilting to name a few. Her quilts have won several awards, including 3rd place at Paducah and 1st place at MQX New England. 

Where Color and Design Meet Amazing! Sue will present her Quiltworx journey and showcase over twenty quilts.

 

January 18, 2023  -  Member Learning from Members

Whether you are new to quilting or have been quilting for years, you will not want to miss January's program.  

Based on speed dating, (don't know what that is?; now you have to attend!). We will be learning and sharing strategies, vocabulary and knowledge as it relates to quilting. Come and see what Farmington Valley quilters have to offer each other. See you there. Guild.

 

 

March 15 & 16, 2023  - Elizabeth Sylvan - www.sylvanquilts.com

 

Trunk Show: Exploring Nature and Light through Quilting:

Elizabeth will showcase small to medium size art quilts inspired by her travels and love of the wilderness. This talk chronicles her history as a quilter and gives a summary of her design techniques.

 

Recycled Garden/Flower Quilt Workshop: March 16

Create a scrappy collage background with raw edge applique flowers on top. Iris pattern provided or Elizabeth will help you design a pattern for the flower of your choice.

 

April 19, 2023 - Vivian Lazich

Trends, Joys, Issues and Experiences of Quilt Shop Ownership

 

Viv, from the local Sew Inspired shop will share her insights and experience with owning and operating a quilt shop. Get a behind the scenes look at what is involved.

 

May 17 & 18, 2023 - Kathie Beltz - www.KathieBeltz.com

 

Easy Color for Quilters- Confused by the color wheel?  Do you know how to use the color wheel to choose colors for your quilts?  This lecture breaks down all the technical color terms into easy, everyday English so that any quilter can understand them.  Then those terms are related directly to quilts during the trunk show.  Once you understand the basics, you can apply them to your quilts and watch them sparkle!

 

Rangely Star Wall Quilt Workshop – May 18 - 6 hour class

This project received its name because the streamlined construction of the star points was conceived while Deb Tucker was working at a quilt retreat in Rangeley, Maine.  The wall quilt features a pieced 17″ central star block surrounded by a cluster of 14 smaller stars in the borders.  Using Deb’s techniques and tools, it becomes a simple design to construct, but it looks so much more difficult.  Size:  32″ x 42″

The Tucker Trimmer 1 and Quilter’s Magic Wand are required for this pattern. These tools are available from the instructor during class or are available at your local quilt shop.