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

January 2013 through February 2014

January  · February  ·  March  ·  April ·  May ·  June ·  July  · August
September  · October  ·  November  · December  · January 2014  · February 2014


January 14, 2013-Speaker

Lisa Bongean

Working With Wool

Lisa and 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

red and white

Change over Meeting and Parade of Presidents Quilts.

Valentines Meeting - Wear Red and White and bring in your Red and White quilts for show and tell.

This month we will be showcasing some of our past presidents and their beautiful Quilts. We will also be installing our new board and then presenting our own beautiful president's quilt to Michelle Howe. You will all want to be there to thank the old board and cheer on the new.

no workshop


March 11, 2013- Speaker

Our speaker will be Gwen Marston

Gwen Marston is a professional fiber artist, author, and teacher. She has taught nationally and internationally for over three decades. She has written 26 books. She has had twenty-five exhibits of her large quilts, seven exhibits of her small quilts, and her work has been shown in many group exhibits throughout the United States and abroad

"So Old its New"

this is a lecture on using old quilts and ideas to make new quilts and giving us information and tip on how to study old quilts to find new ideas.

Gwen Marston

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April 8, 2013-Program

"Little Red Hen Auction"

Little red hen

The little red hen finds a kernel of grain and asks the other animals to help plant and tend to it. None of the other animals are willing to help her. After the grain is harvested and the little red hen asks who would like to eat the bread, all of the animals want to partake. However, the little red hen decides not to share her bread with those who were unwilling to help.....

Help our little red hen by donating UFO quilt tops and blocks to the auction. Or come to the meeting and purchase a project in progress or other item. One quilter's UFO is another's treasure.

May 13, 2013-Speaker

Patt Blair -- "What's my line?"

Artist Patt Blair has been involved in some form of visual or written creative expression since her mid teens using oils, brush and pen lettering, and in the 70s, discovered the joy and spontaneity of watercolors. In the mid 90s, she began weekend morning walks in the park with friends who were quilters.

After a year or so of not knowing what the heck they were talking about, she decided to learn a bit about this quilting thing. Patt loves traditional quilts and has great respect and appreciation of quilters that piece and appliqué."

Patt stumbled upon a 2-day painting-with-dye class in 2001.. as soon as she figured out how to marry up her earlier painting experiences with fabric, she was in heaven. She uses thread, is just like linear painting!


Ever see a beautiful quilt top diminished by the quilting design or better yet an average quilt top greatly enhanced through quilt line choices. Whether you are a 'topper' or a quilter, basic design principles will help you plan your next project. This is not too serious but a lighthearted look at what to do!

Patt Blair

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June 10, 2013-Program

Demonstration evening with various teachers

Ice Cream Social

ice cream

No workshop in June

July 8, 2013-Speaker 

Freddy Moran

Quilting is Freddy's passion. She thinks this quilting passion keeps her active, alive, and interesting. Freddy's quilts are very creative, full of colors, designs, and challenges. Freddy's quilts use bold, uncompromising colors with a hint of black and white to give your eye a place to rest. Freddy teaches extensively, challenging quilters to break the rules and do what works best for them. Her books are "Freddy's House and Collaborative Quilting"

Lecture: Red is a Neutral.
Remember Freddy’s rule “red is a neutral color”.

Freddy Moran

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August 12, 2013 -Speaker

Sandy Klop

Sandy is the American Jane designer, she has created patterns and quilt kits with an upbeat, happy look that are rich in primary colors

Lecture:  The American Jane story from its beginning in 2003 to present time.  Her fabric lines feature 30’s and 40’s designs.

Sandy Klop

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September 9, 2013-Program

Guild potluck and Our September speaker is Cathy Van Bruggen, who specializes in appliqué.  Her beautiful works of art have won awards and recognition world wide. In addition, she teaches her techniques at many venues throughout the country.  Her trunk show will inspire you and leave you breathless..  Get ready for a fun evening

doors open at 5:30

October 14, 2013-Speaker

Wendy Mathson

Wendy is an author, teacher, designer, editor, illustrator, lecturer and 
general quilt fanatic. Wendy is known for her Storm at Sea quilts.

Wendy is an accomplished quilt maker and teacher from Poway, California.  Wendy is also a co-founder of Prayers and Squares, a non-denominational group that combines prayers for those in need with quilt making. Prayers and Squares has grown and chapters are now found internationally. Wendy published a Storm at Sea quilt book in 2009.

Lecture:  “Evolution of a (scrap) Quilter”, discussion of color, design, and practical tips including a trunk show featuring over 30 years of fabric play.

This meeting will be held at the University Club at 801 E Peltason Dr in Irvine. Go to for directions.

wendy Mathson

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November 11, 2013-Speaker

Kaari Meng

Kaari Meng has been designing vintage glass jewelry for more than 20 years. After moving to New York City in 1988. She began teaching jewelry making out of her shop, French General. In 2003, French General moved to Los Angeles, where it continues to offer workshops and creative kits to people who enjoy working with vintage materials.

Kaari is the author of several books, including French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage BeadsButtons & Baubles (Lark/Sterling, 2007) and Treasured Notions (Chronicle Books, 2010).

Lecture:  “A Crafted Lifestyle” presented by French General’s Kaari Meng.  Kaari will have a trunk show and bring some of her fabrics, kits and embellishments for your pleasure and purchase. 

Kaari's web site will entertain you for hours.

Kaari Meng

no workshop

December 9, 2013- Auction

Holiday Party and Craftacular Auction.

An informal fundraiser for philanthropy with a silent auction of ornaments and Stockings.

Santa Chimes

We will be participating in a creative, fun experience. In conjunction with Flying Geese Fabrics, who will be doing all advertising for us, we will be making handcrafted Christmas ornaments and stockings for a silent auction at our December meeting.

You may deliver your items to the Flying Geese Fabric shop in Tustin between November 15 and December 2. You can also bring items to the November 11 Guild meeting. Money earned through this auction will be donated to Families Forward

Visitors will be admitted to our guild meeting that evening at no charge with the donation of a canned food item for Families Forward’s food pantry. (Members are encouraged to bring items too.) See the newsletter for suggested items.

no workshop in December

January 13, 2014-Speaker

Anelie Belden

Lecture:  “Dresden Dance”

Anelie began her sewing career working in the fashion industry which gave her the skills to begin her Quilting career. After owning her own quilt store and teaching quilting in her area she began to design quilts. This lead her to  taking the traditional Dresden Quilt design and creating a new updated Dresden Design which are featured in her book titled “Thoroughly Modern Dresden”. Not only are the designs modern, they are constructed using a breakthrough piecing technique to improve speed and accuracy. Belden has recorded a program demonstrating her technique with “The Quilt Show”, starring Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She has also taught at Quilt Guilds throughout the country, Houston Quilt Festival and with Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, California.

Anelie Belden

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February 10, 2014-Program

Mary Maschuta is a quilting legend. Her February program is titled
"Too much is Not Enough".

There is no "one right answer" to your color dilemmas. The good news is, there are many right answers. Mary takes the mystery out of the color wheel and even invents a new color scheme. Fun pictures of painted houses and cars illustrate how you can learn about color and design in the world around you.

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

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
All workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
2013 Price: $35

Wanda Visits Sharyn Craig's Workshop in June 2007

Wanda Visits Sharyn Craig's class


Regular Workshops


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.

Note this workshop is Sunday January 13th

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.

March 10, 2013-Workshop

Small Quilts with Gwen Marston. There will be several patterns to chose from.

Because they are quick and relatively easy to make, small quilts afford an opportunity to explore designs and patterns that quilters otherwise might not get around to making. Also, they can stand on their own as small, but rewarding quilting projects. This class will take quilters through the entire process and demonstrate just what it is about small quilts that makes them so rewarding. This class is based on traditional pieced block designs. By the end of the day, quilters should have at least one top finished and ready to be quilted. Some of the 300 small quilts I have made will be used as class examples.

gwen's small quilt

May 14, 2013-Workshop

Patt Blair - Painting on Fabric with Ink.

To feed the passion of this new art form, Patt decided to find more people of similar interests, through teaching it in 2004. Patt loves the classroom environment.. It’s just plain fun.

You will be amazed at what you can create using these flexible and easy-to-use pigment inks made by Tsukineko of Japan. These permanent inks are used to enhance commercial fabrics or to create an original art piece painted on clean white fabric.

Special fiber stick applicators make painting much simpler than traditional brushing techniques. Students are delightfully amazed and proud of their creations.

Paint a landscape, still life, or animal using TSUKINEKO Fabric Inks and special stick applicators. Bring your own artwork or choose from Patt's drawings. You’ll love these inks.. They are surprisingly easy to use… It’s like crayons for grown ups.!

Patt's Tiger Quilt

July 7, 2013-Workshop

Freddy Moran- Flower Collage
Freddy's workshops are sold out at the Santa Barbara Retreats and other locations. Don't miss this chance to take a class with this popular quilt instructor. This Flower Collage is a new quilt that she has recently designed. Join Freddy on a colorful adventure in quilting!

Remember Freddy’s rule “red is a neutral color”.

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
Workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
Price: $35
Freddy Collage pic

August 12, 2013-Workshop

The Amerian Jane patterns and quilt kits have an upbeat, happy look that are rich in primary colors

Sandy Klop will offer several patterns to chose from for the workshop.

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
Workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
Price: $35


October 13, 2013 -Workshop

Wendy Mathson teaches us Storm at Sea using her methods. Wendy loves teaching Storm at Sea, and suggests that you visit her website to see samples of this block done by others who have attended the workshop.

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
Workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
Price: $35

wendy's quilt

January 12, 2014-Workshop

Anelie Belden : Jelly Roll / Split Blade Dresden

This class will be detailing how to make a “Split-Blade” Dresden. Students can choose from two different designs which are created by using precut 2 1/2” strips  also known as “Jelly Rolls.”  Anelie will teach the Modern way to piece this Dresden block using her stich-n-flip technique featured in her book. She will also demonstrate how to make the unique pieced border which requires no binding!

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
Workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
Price: $35

Anelies quilt

February 9, 2014-Workshop

Mary Maschuta is a quilting legend. The workshop will be "Machine Quilting-the fun stuff.

Be more creative with the walking foot than just stitching in the ditch. Create your own designs for blocks and borders by paper folding simple shapes. Use Mary’s no-marking method to stitch your designs with heavy threads on top of the machine. Add decorative stitching.

Location: Orange Quilt Bee
628 E Katella Ave in  Orange
Workshops are from 10 to 4 p.m.
Price: $35

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