The Flying Geese Quilter's Guild
Meeting, Lecture, and Workshop Schedule

January 2012 through February 2013

January  · February  ·  March  ·  April ·  May ·  June ·  July  · August
September  · October  ·  November  · December  · January 2013  · February 2013
workshops  ·  mini workshops


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

Parade of Presidents Quilts

This month we will be showcasing 8 of our past presidents and their beautiful Quilts. They will each give a brief talk about their quilt. We will also be installing our new board and then presenting our own beautiful presidents quilts to Pam Hadfield. You will all want to be there to thank the old board and cheer on the new.

no workshop


March 12, 2012- Speaker

Charlotte Angotti

Why Aren’t  You MAKING More Quilts? I know you have the fabric!

Charlotte Angotti comes to us all the way from South Carolina. Charlotte has been teaching quilt making since 1979 because someone asked her to teach them. Her first quilt was sold right after making it and she has sold her quilts ever since. She owned her own quilt shop in Virginia Beach, Va from 1981-1999. She began teaching nationally in 1991 and has taught for many large shows as well as small groups.

Along with her kit business, Quilt Maker’s Studio, Charlotte now teaches and lectures full time.

Charlotte is known for her humor, way with fabric/color and her pre-cut kits.
Charlotte believes her hobby is quilt making and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.
This lecture and trunk show is given in a humorous way. It lets the group know that they are not alone in their collections of fabric, methods of hiding the fabric and wonderful ways to use the fabric. Questions are welcomed during the lecture.   &

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April 9, 2012-Speaker

Rita Verroca

Women and Quilts Through History

Rita Verroca is an award-winning quilter whose quilts have been exhibited in the USA, Europe and Japan.  Her Quilts have been on the cover of magazines and have been featured in calendars and quilts books.  She has won awards in international competitions and shows.  Rita is a passionate teacher with great skill and contagious enthusiasm.  In her quilts she combines old heritage quilt  patterns with delightful and playful arrangements.  Her choice of color is artfully  and chosen and arranged to give the overall design a stimulating balance of a harmonious picture.  Rita is on the 2012 faculty of the Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy.

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May 14, 2012-Special Event

Challenge Quilts - History Lesson - An Event in American History

A challenge is always fun. You never know what our guild members will dream up next, but it is always worth finding out!  The 2012 challenge fabrics are a brown print and a tan floral. Come to the May meeting to see the quilts and the different awards they have won.

For directions on how to make a 4 inch rod pocket or hanging sleeve - click here (this is a pdf file).

Challenge Quilts are due Monday April 30, 2012.

No workshop in May

June 11, 2012-Speaker

Becky Goldsmith

It’s Not a Quilt Til It’s Quilted!

You’ve made a beautiful top, but how do you decide how to quilt it? Becky will share with you what she has learned (both the good and the bad!) from quilting her own quilts over the last 24 years.

Becky and Linda Jenkins started Piece O ’ Cake Designs in 1994. Piece O' Cake Designs is a company specializing in quilt books and patterns. They are especially known for their cute appliqué designs.

Making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging. Becky has made it a little less challenging by demonstrating some sewing techniques with video lessons on her website.

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goldsmith garden


July 9, 2012-Speaker 

Karen Cunagin

My Best Ideas

These 10 great tips (and many more), will change your quilting practice.

For the past two years Karen had been focusing on her own style of work called "pure quiltage". Pure Quiltage is a type of fabric collage using a combination of piecing, layering of fused appliqué, stitching, and gluing. Karen has an eclectic skill set with experience in home decor, wall art, hooked rugs, doll clothes, beading, embroidery, felting and weaving.

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August 13, 2012 -Speaker

Cindy Rinne

Solitude – Where Ideas Begin

Cindy is a quilt artist who believes in experimentation and free
play.  Her textile and mixed media art works each begin as a journey
reflecting  her experiences and explorations through daily 
living and observations.  The layering of fabric, threads and additional
embellishments add texture and  dimension to her work.  Cindy will
provide a lecture of her unique quilt designs and their interpretations.

This lecture title Solitude-Where Ideas Begin will Take a break from all the busyness and noise. Refresh your soul. We will take a journey to discover how creativity comes in the quiet places through a beautiful trunk show. Cindy will share about personal retreats she’s taken in solitude. This is the place where ideas begin.

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September 10, 2012-Speaker

Nancy Rink

Topic: The Mill Girls and Me, Lowell, Mass

Nancy has written the book: "Away From Home" from the diaries and letters of Lowell, Massachusetts, Mill Girls and the history of the textile factories where they worked.

Nancy is an appliqué artist and her stitches are almost invisible, they're exquisite. She makes beautiful use of color and motion in her work.”
Nancy has won several awards for her quilting. At the 2004 Houston International Quilt Festival, Remembrance of Nanny and Desert Star were both given Honorable Mentions. Also in 2004, Dogtooth Violets earned one of the top awards in the Kaufman Quilt Quest. Most recently, Emerald Spring won a first place in Mixed Techniques at Road to California. She has won awards at other national shows including the Pacific International Quilt Festival, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. And Desert Star, the first place winner in the 2002 From the Mills Contest, was on display at the American Textile History Museum.

Nancy Rink Designs is a quilt pattern company that can best be described as “eclectic.” The patterns include piecing and appliqué and often combining the two.

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October 8, 2012-Speaker

Laura Nownes

Shared Stitches and Stories

Laura has been quilting since 1979 since taking her first sampler quilt class in Berkeley, CA. She is best known for her first book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, which is often referred to as "the bible" of quiltmaking. She teaches and lectures both locally and internationally.

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November 12, 2012-Speaker

Stacy Hurt

To be announced - Trunk Show and Lecture

Stacy is a Textile and Fiber Artist who uses a variety of fibers, materials, and fabrics to create art quilts for the walls.  Stacy's quilts include machine quilting, painting, hand embroidery, calligraphy and beading. Other items like plastic straws, bottle caps, milk rings, etc. can also be found on Stacy's quilts.

Stacy belongs to Quilts on the Wall and her quilts have been displayed in many quilt shows.

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December 10, 2012-Surprize  

Christmas Stocking Silent Auction and Lots of Cookies

An informal fundraiser for philanthropy with a silent auction of quilt related items, small quilts, and holiday wares.  

no workshop in December

January 14, 2013-Speaker

Lisa Bongean

Working With Wool

Lisa nd her husband Nick Bongean own Primitive Gatherings a quilt business that specializes in hand dyed wool, historical fabrics, flannels and lots of homespuns as well as the latest designer fabrics that replicate their style of quilting. They also carry quilting kits,wool kits, penny mat kits,and all the supplies for punch needle embroidery. Primitive Gatherings is a popular vendor at Road to California.

Lisa enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts across the country with quilting guilds and other shops. Lisa will share what she has learned about sewing with wool from her experience.

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February 11, 2013-Program

 To be announced.

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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 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).


March 11, 2012-Workshop

Surprise Yourself / Mystery Quilt
Charlotte Angotti  

This is one of Charlotte's most popular workshops. She is a great and entertaining teacher. In this class you will be working with your own stash. This mystery quilt is being deigned just for our group, so all you have to do is cut and sew. Stretch your imagination and creativity, it will be fun!

This class will be held at Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

April 10, 2012-Workshop

Roses of Delight
Rita Verroca

This is a delightful and playfully arranged Baltimore Album style Floral Block.

Sharpen up your appliqué  skills and learn to enhance the  appliqué with inking and embroidery.

Rita is on the 2012 faculty of the Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy. So you will be sure to learn something new in this class.

This class will be held at
Sewing Party
23561 Ridge Route, suite F
Laguna Hills

Rita Verroca Roses

View Workshop Patterns - click here

View workshop supply list - click here

June 10, 2012-Workshop

My Whimsical  Quilt Garden  Block #1
Becky Goldsmith

Learn hand appliqué techniques while you work on a quilt that has just about the cutest birds and flowers you'll ever see! In addition to easy template making and how to make and use a placement for appliqué, you will perfect your invisible appliqué stitch as you work on your block in class. Stitching techniques in the 10” block include cutaway appliqué, points, and curves.

The block pattern is included. This class is suitable for all skill levels.

Location: Bluffs Club House
Newport Beach.

Becky Goldsmith Block

July 10, 2012-Workshop

Free Range Piecing

Karen Cunagin

Karen's current PASSION!
Honoring the tradition and brilliant intuition of the women of Gee’s Bend. You will
use strips and scraps for an artful wall quilt.  

This class will be held at
7-10-12 Tuesday
Sewing Party
23561 Ridge Route, suite F
Laguna Hills

Cunagin Free Range

August 12, 2012-Workshop

Under a Cloud Bridge
Cindy Rinne

Expand your color and pattern horizons with this scrappy interpretation of a landscape. There is nothing literal here as you explore your imagination. Fun materials and processes include: foiling, rice paper, paints, threads and sheers. Your raw-edged appliqué art quilt will use free motion machine quilting and yarn as the binding. It will finish at 13x14”.

Cindy works are colorful creations with a touch of whimsy.  What she has to say about her work is that each piece is it’s own journey.  So we are looking forward to taking a journey with her at her workshop.  Who knows with her creative techniques what we will come away WITH.  If you are looking for adventure please come and join us.

This class will be held at Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

Sept 9 , 2012-Workshop

Scallop Tote Bag

In this workshop you will learn how to create this one-of-a-kind,
adorable quilted purse with scalloped edges and beautiful
embellishments. Your finished project will be the envy of all
your quilting friends.

The cost for this workshop is only $35.

Nancy Rink Tote Bag

Nancy’s quilts have been featured in magazines such as Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. Other quilts have appeared in calendars and books and on websites. So this is sure to be a great workshop.

Nancy Rink

This class will be held at Orange Quilt Bee 10 am - 4 pm
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.


October 7, 2012 -Workshop

Going to Market

Laura Nownes

The original design includes four different basket shapes and sizes. It is charming made in any fabrics and color schemes. The striped handles provide unity to the design.

This class will be held at Orange Quilt Bee
628 East Katella Avenue, Orange.

Cute Basket Quilt


November 11, 2012-Workshop

Calligraphy on Fabric
Stacy Hurt

Students will complete a new and inventive art quilt using calligraphy.

This class will be held at Sewing Party
23561 Ridge Route, suite F
Laguna Hills

January 13, 2013-Workshop

Geranium Baskets Table Mat
Lisa Bongean

This class is for you if you have never worked with wool before or if you are dissatisfied with your wool projects. 
Lisa will cover tips and techniques to help you create a beautiful wool project.
The geraniums in this pattern have individual petals that are just tacked this project will go together quickly.


Location: The workshop is at 2414 
Vista del Oro, Newport Beach from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.


Geranium Block

Also on Lisa's website are instructions on how to make a Colonial Knot. This knot can be used in place of a French knot. The Colonial knot will behave more often than the French Knot.


Link to 2007 speakers and their websites - Click here

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Link to 2009 speakers and their websites - click here

Link to 2010 speakers and their websites - click here

Link to 2011 speakers and their websites - click here


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