Meeting, Lecture, and Workshop Schedule

January 2011 through February 2012

January  · February  ·  March  ·  April ·  May ·  June ·  July  · August
September  · October  ·  November  · December  · January 2012  · February 2012
workshops  ·  mini workshops


January 10, 2011-Speaker

Guild Lecture – Sue Spargo

Sue's folk-art imagery reflects her multi-cultural background and fascination with folk art from around the world. Her Inspiration comes from memories collected during her childhood living in African with its animals and grasslands, a sojourn in the green South of England and time spent in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio.

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February 14, 2011-Program

VALENTINES:  Pot Luck Appetizers & Valentine Desserts
Speaker of the Guild Carol Culbert

no workshop

March 14, 2011- Speaker

Peggy Gelbrich
Peggy loves all types of quilting but traditional quilts are her favorite. Her preferred stitching methods are machine piecing, hand quilting, needle-turn appliqué and crazy quilting. Because of her expertise and attention to detail, Peggy has made quilts that have won many awards and accepted for showing at the Association of Pacific Northwest Quilter’s show in Seattle.

Lecture -History of Signature Quilts
Friendship and camaraderie are a large part of quilt making. Learn how those relationships in the early years lead quilters to sign their names and document their signatures in history. This 45 minute lecture includes antique signature quilts to share. Audience is encouraged to share their signature quilts.

Quilt Folding Directions
For Peggy Gelbrich's directions on how to fold your quilt using diagonal folds, thus reducing crease lines; click here

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April 11, 2011-Speaker

Joy-Lily’s art falls into the category "surface design." She is a silk painter, dyer, quilt maker and fabric printer. Her choices of imagery come from her deep respect for, and fascination with the natural world. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Hannover Germany and Beijing. She believes that we are all born artists.

Lecture -Dyeing to Tell You
This lively and informative slide talk covers dyes and colors and Joy-Lily’s art career. Suitable for anybody who likes to work with fabric, it is accompanied by slides of her wearable art, silk paintings, batiks and quilt art, plus diagrams demystifying how dyes work and how colors blend. This talk has valuable information for painters, "dye-shy" stitchers and experienced dyers.

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May 9, 2011-Speaker

Lujean Seagal
Lujean Seagal is a full time teacher at Simi Valley Adult School, instructing over 100 students ranging in age from their 20's to 90's. She also teaches at various quilt shops. In the early 70's, she completed studies for her B.A. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Textile Design. Her early years were devoted to creative weaving and graphic design, and subsequently she migrated towards Quilting. She continues to design custom commissioned quilts for individuals and decorators across the country.
Lujean has completed over 250 quilt projects, been sponsored as "One Woman" shows at various locations, and been received into juried shows. A special honor was the acceptance of one of her quilts designed for President Clinton including his note of thanks.

Lecture - Beyond Boring Borders
The lecture will show us how to take an ordinary group of center blocks and transform them into an extraordinary quilt. Lujean will discuss the elements of different borders, how to make a border fit your quilt and how to pick a design for your project. Using simple techniques that quilters, of all abilities can employ. Examples of more then 30 quilts using different techniques are shown.

No workshop in May

June 13, 2011-Speaker

Maggie Ball

Maggie Ball has 20 years of experience in quilt making. She loves teaching, lecturing and traveling and has taught quilting to low-income Mongolian women as well as 850 children in Bainbridge Island schools. She is a Northern California Quilt Council certified show judge and is the author of four quilting books, Bargello Quilts with a Twist (2008), Creative Quilting with Kids (2001), Patchwork and Quilting with Kids (2003) and Traditional Quilts with a Twist (2006). She resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Lecture - Creative Quilting with Kids
This illustrated lecture should inspire you to pass on the quilting tradition to the next generation. Based on my books, Creative Quilting with Kids and Patchwork and Quilting with Kids (Krause Publications 2001, and 2003), this talk illustrates examples of projects made from a variety of techniques by children of all ages and skill levels. There are many appropriate for intergenerational groups with little quilting experience as well as some new ideas for seasoned quilters to enjoy.

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July 11, 2011-Special Event 

Sew-In/Potluck “Quilts of Valor” -

This meeting begins at 5:30 pm so we can enjoy our potluck dinner.

Instead of our regular meeting we will be making patriotic quilts to honor our soldiers. Fabric and kits will be provided. We will set up sewing stations, ironing stations, and cutting stations. If you don’t want to sew, you can help us put together kits. In addition, we will have a potluck to feed everyone participating.

The Nonprofit, “Quilts of Valor” got started in November 2003 with the goal of making quilts that would both heal and comfort our war wounded. This foundation is not about politics. It's about people.
These quilts are called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Wounds that qualify are those that are both seen and unseen.

No Workshop in July

August 8, 2011 -Speaker

Martha Nordstrand -
Martha has wandered through every type of appliqué style…English piecing, paper piecing, freezer paper, needle turn and many more conventional methods before she found her own style of designing and interpreting flowers into fabric.. Inspired by her late dear friend, Jessie Harrison, she finally developed a technique using glue sticks and label paper that was simple and precise to create the fine lines and delicate petals and leaves.
After much experimentation, she finally implemented a new way to prepare and apply appliqué pieces to background fabrics. She loves teaching and sharing this method with all levels of quilt makers. In some ways it is revolutionary and in others, it is very simple. Appliqué is still her favorite style of quilt making.
Lecture - Why You Really Like Quilts

Martha presents a captivating lecture on “Why you really like quilts” and includes lots of quilts in this delightful trunk show.

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September 12, 2011-Speaker

Karen Brow –

Known for her humorous, oversized animals, Karen Brow has a particular love for combining their gentle, appliqué curves with the strong lines of pieced blocks, creating a dramatic sense of movement against a block edge or border. In her quilts she will incorporate a two-dimensional trick, such as an animal stealing a block or peeking around a border.  This can capture an animal’s charming naiveté as they interact in our world.

In her life before quilting, she worked as a professional graphic designer, cartoon illustrator and Communications Specialist for the MSU College of Agriculture.  In 1966 she began pouring her energies into quilting and authoring quilt patterns under the name of “Java House Quilts.”
Most recently her work has appeared in the following magazines:

      • McCall's Quick Quilts,  June 2010 (quilt pattern)
      • Quilter's Home Magazine, June/July 2010 (designer feature article)  
      • Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks From Top Designers,"Spring 2010 (featured designer)
      • Quilts With Style (patterns)
      • American Quilt Retailer (patterns)
      • The Quilter Magazine (featured fabric line)
      • Her patterns also appear regularly in: Keepsake Quilting, Hancock's of Paducah and Nancy's Notions catalogues.

Lecture – Feature a Creature: Playful Animals & Highly Charming Techniques for Quilters

Designer and Teacher Karen Brow will explore with humor, enthusiasm and personal anecdotes, the techniques and appeal of adding animals and unique techniques to your quilts. Her lecture will include how creatures add personality and charm, where to place appliques for greatest effect, creating animals with movement, selecting colors that sing and how to have interesting pieced borders.

Also included is a trunk show with some 35 examples of projects featuring a creature.

Previously scheduled, but had to cancel was: Ruth Horteski's Lecture on Antique Quilts: Their Care and Restoration

no workshop in September

October 10, 2011-Speaker

MaryLou McDonald     -

Marylou has been making Baltimore Album Quilts (BAQ) since 1991 and uses Baltimore Album Quilt blocks as the medium for her teaching, lecturing and research. She has photographed and researched over fifty antique BAQs in museums and private collections. Some of her research is documented in the 2007 and 2008 Baltimore Album Quilt Engagement Calendars. She has taught BAQ history throughout the U.S.

Lecture - History of Baltimore Quilts

MaryLou’s lecture is a Show-and-Tell using her reproduction Baltimore Album Quilts. She discusses the history and makers of the Baltimore Album antique blocks.

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November 14, 2011-Speaker

Don Linn
Don’s adventure in quilting began about 15 years ago when his wife dragged him into a quilt show in Gold Beach, Oregon. He did not even want to go into the show much less look at a bunch of "blankets" that had been made by women that had cut up fabric and sewn it back together. His attitude changed when he discovered someone at the show demonstrating long-arm quilting. Don was intrigued and a month later purchased his first machine.
He taught himself to design and piece quilts, with most of his work tending to be curved piecing in the more contemporary area of design. Over the years he has taken the techniques that he developed on his long-arm machine and transferred them to domestic home machines.  He now teaches these heirloom techniques on home machines to other quilters.
He has written two books for C&T Publishing, "Sophisticated Stitches" (2009) and "Design Art Deco Quilts" (2010).  He is working on his third book which will be strictly on machine quilting and my approach to it.

Lecture – Mr. Quilt’s Quilt-a-matic

Mr. Quilt's Quilt-a-matic is a program unlike one you have ever seen before. This is a trunk show that is presented in the vein of an old time medicine show comedy. The Quilt-a-matic is billed as the world's first and only fully automatic quilt making machine.
The theme of the program is that Mr. Quilt has come to the guild to demonstrate and sell to unsuspecting guild members the Quilt-a-matic. A trunk show of Mr. Quilt's work is woven into the program.  With audience participation and a surprise ending, this program always generates lots of laughs. No one in the audience will fall asleep during this program.

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December 12, 2011-Special Speaker  

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza is still on, bring your favorite Holiday Cookies .

Terri Christopherson

Our December 12 guild meeting will feature a lecture by the popular quilter and pattern designer, Terri Christopherson of Black Mountain Quilts, Terri is no longer giving lectures or workshops, but she is coming to our guild because she “loves our guild.”
Teri Christopherson was five years old when her mother sat her at the sewing machine and began what was to become a lifelong passion. She taught herself to quilt while in college, and a few years later she founded her company, Black Mountain Quilts, (named after a mountain near her home in southern California) and began publishing her original designs. She has published numerous books and quilt patterns, and her original designs have been featured in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
Teri publishes quilt books for the avid quilter. Her patterns are traditional patchwork and simple applique. Teri knows how difficult it can be to find time to quilt, so all of her quilt patterns are designed to be as simple as possible.

Chances are you have a pattern or book by Teri Christopherson. Some of her book titles include: Patches &Posies, Robin’s Nest, Black Mountain Christmas, Sweet Briar Rose, Blossom Hill, Willow Creek, Thoughts of Home, Mad About Plaid, Sunflower Patch Book, Summertime, Cherry Hill, Cottage by the Bay, Fresh Flowers, and The Best of Black Mountain Quilts. She also publishes pattern books with her sister, Barbara Brandeburg.
Terri will be bringing a supply of books and patterns for us to purchase, so come prepared to enlarge your pattern library.


no workshop in December

January 9, 2012-Speaker

Karen Eckmeier

Lecture - Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes

Karen shares her two favorite approaches to playing with fabrics: Fabric collage (Happy Villages) and layered/top stitching (Accidental Landscapes). This lighthearted and informative power point presentation will show you how the techniques evolved and will inspire you to try fabric collage or layered/top stitching in your own creations. 

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February 13, 2012-Program

  Member Showcase

We have a tremendous amount of talent in our guild. In this meeting we will have three of our guild members bring their favorite quilts for a trunk show.


no workshop

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Members can attend some speaker's workshops for a small fee.











Wanda Visits Sharyn Craig's Workshop in June 2007

Wanda Visits Sharyn Craig's class

Mini workshops are here to stay . . . at least for now.
  This is what we have planned so far: 
Click Here for a list of workshops .


Regular Workshops


January 9, 2011-Workshop

Workshop - Sue Spargo – Wool Appliqué

Sue's approach is to guide rather than teach. She will share some of her accumulated experience, pass on techniques and tips. She gains the greatest satisfaction from helping people find and act on their own creative ideas.

People invariably take home a one-of-a-kind piece, many new techniques, and some new and wonderful friends.

Make unique flowers and leaves and add texture and dimension to each piece by layering fabrics. Learn to use many different stitches to add texture around the edges.

March 13, 2011-Workshop

Hunter’s Star with  
Peggy Gelbrich

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

Get those perfect points without cutting or piecing a diamond shape. An easy construction process and accurate pressing creates sharp points in this striking two color quilt. Size information will be given for both a full size and miniature quilt.
hunter star

April 10, 2011-Workshop

Fabric Dyeing, Gradient Magic with Joy-Lily

Location: Bears Quilt Shop
10722 Trask Ave. #A, Garden Grove

In the morning: Turn fat quarters of quilt fabric (provided) into smooth gradient pieces of dark to light color and also from one color to another. Learning this is a snap with my fast, easy dye painting technique.
After lunch: Sew up quick patchwork designs with the morning's fabrics. Discover strategies for making the most of continuous gradient fabrics. See how these fabrics can add sparkle to any quilt.
gradient works

June 12, 2011-Workshop

Bargello Quilts with a Twist with Maggie Ball

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

The Bargello 16-piece block, as featured in my book Bargello Quilts with a Twist, provides enormous potential for creating original designs. If you've felt intimidated by the bargello technique of sewing numerous strips together, never fear. To make this easily constructed strip-pieced block, you only need to sew four strips at a time. You will be amazed and delighted by the many possibilities for designing your own unique quilts and students are encouraged to explore a variety of options.

August 7 , 2011-Workshop

Appliqué the New Way

with Martha Nordstrand

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange

Martha will share with us her unique approach to appliqué. “Appliqué the New Way” workshop. In this workshop, Martha will share with us her unique
approach to appliqué. You can bring your own fabrics or Martha will have kits available for $15.00 to make a beautiful wild rose designed just for the FGQG.

October 9, 2011 -Workshop

Tips, Tricks & Techniques
with MaryLou McDonald       

Location:Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange

MaryLou will teach us how to do multi-pieced blocks by using simplified methods which she has learned through her years of appliqué experience. Mary Lou MacDonald is known as the Baltimore Quilt Lady for good reason. She specializes in teaching people how to do the multi-pieced blocks seen in the beautiful Baltimore quilts we all drool over. By using simplified methods which she has learned through her years of appliqué experience, she shows us how we can create our own masterpieces. If you have ever wanted to make a Baltimore quilt, but were afraid to even attempt it, this is the workshop for you. Mary Lou has a beautiful flower wreath block that we will be working on in class.

November 13 & 14, 2011-Workshop

Machine Quilting
with Don Linn

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

Don is best known for his ability to teach machine quilting.  Over the past 15 years he has taught hundreds of people to machine quilt.  With his unique teaching techniques he can take people with no machine quilting experience and have them quilting complicated Heirloom feathers and ropes in this one-day class. We are so fortunate to have Don Linn come to our Guild to share his
expertise in machine quilting. A popular teacher at the yearly Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, we are thrilled to have Don teaching a machine quilting workshop for us.

January 8, 2012-Workshop

Beaches Accidental Landscapes
with Karen Eckmeier

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

Here is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's layered top stitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and easy to make, no templates, not fuss - just free form rotary cutting and top stitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs, umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.  Beach scene measures approximately 8" x 12" (without borders).


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