Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of heartwarming fiction for women. Drawing on her lifelong love of quilting and themes of special relevance to modern women, Marie’s Cobbled Court Quilt series has gained a dedicated following among quilters as well as those who’ve never threaded a needle. Marie’s most recent novel, The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, was published in March 2021. Her lifestyle blog, “Fiercely Marie” encourages women to live every minute and love every moment.
Marie lives in Oregon with Brad, her husband of thirty-seven years. When not writing, she enjoys quilting, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows.
You can find out more about Marie and her books and blog on her website - https://mariebostwick.com
6:45 pm Show and Tell, 7:00 pm meeting
The AAQG Executive Board is charged with oversight of the activities of the Austin Area Quilt Guild.
Officers, chairpersons, and committee members assume their duties on July 1, unless they already hold that position.
For more information, refer to the sections about the Executive Board and other officers included in the AAQG yearbook.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Take a stroll through your backyard, or your neighborhood, or a park. What you'll find are a variety of patterns and textures that will amaze you! Just look closely at a flower or leaf, or even a blade of grass and you'll discover hills, valleys, softness and ruffled shapes you may have overlooked before. Come learn to capture these textures and shapes through embroidery. Maybe even learn a few new-to-you stitches!
Registration Starts: May 2, 2021
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Click here to view XO Stitches' website: http://xostitches.net
Bring a hoop, light colored fabric, needles, and embroidery floss for our Sewcial. Niku will demonstrate some embroidery stitches and share favorite supplies and techniques.
Click here to visit XO Stitches' website: http://xostitches.net
Cultivate your own beautiful garden scene that is layered with exciting color and texture. In this workshop, we will complete the layering of your quilt sandwich, designing, and free motion quilting an original whole cloth quilt featuring a whimsical floral design. Once the quilting is complete, you’ll learn simple tips and tricks for using reverse applique to add a brilliant bloom that will completely transform your Art Quilt!
This class is fun for quilters of all experience levels. And Quilters who are relatively new to free motion quilting can enjoy this stress-free class as we’ll use no mark templates, and the cutwork reveal will disguise any wobbles or bobbles in the quilting. The technique and many of the designs are adaptable for quilters who prefer to use their walking foot for completing the quilting.
Registration Starts: June 13, 2021
Click here to view Mel's website https://melbeachquilts.com
Enjoy a front-row seat to a 60-minute presentation that is packed with design inspiration, tips and tricks, entertainment, and a virtual trunk show finale!
Mel Beach shares her love of free motion quilting as it relates to her guilty pleasure of watching reality television!! She’ll share her own unscripted, real-life adventures of learning to free-motion quilt.
You won’t want to change channels as she confesses her fear factors, extreme makeover story, myth busting tips and tricks for quilting on a domestic sewing machine, and “show”mance with some of her favorite tools and notions! Be sure to set your TiVo and DVR, so you don’t miss this humorous and inspirational presentation - complete with a trunk show finale!
Mel Beach is a San Jose, California based quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer, who breks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured, and colorful twists. She loves stretching her creativity through her completion of 90+ quilt challenges at the local and international level. her quilt designs draw upon her inquisitive nature of asking "What if?" and "Why not?", working in a series, comedy improv studies alsong with her love of nature, photography, and sketching.
Her award-winning quilts have been juried into national quilt shows and traveling exhibits and published in books and magazines.
She has been a Michael Miller Fabric Ambassador, AccuQuilt GO! Getter, Aurifil Artisan, and a Featured Artist on Quilting Arts TV (series 2500 and 2600), The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (episode 2112), and has several articles published in Quilting Arts Magazine.
6:45 PM Show and Tell, 7:00 PM meeting
Click here to visit Mel's website http://melbeachquilts.com
Using photos of architectural elements, David Owen Hastings will guide you through the steps to design a mini fabric quilt. We will use the quilt-as-you-go method, sewing the top pieces, batting and backing simultaneously. David will demonstrate facing your quilt to give a more modern finish than traditional binding. Your mini quilt can be the final product, or make a pillow cover later, or it can be a test for a larger quilt.
We will experiment with different elemental geometric shapes, including gentle curves. Consideration will be given to the sewing lines as a key design element. There will be discussion of color and value choices in deciding on a palette. Participants will map out pieces for a composition, labeling and cutting out cardboard pattern pieces; or pieces may be cut using improv style. We will audition colors and placement and translate the pattern pieces into fabric. Surface design options will be explored - stitching by machine or hand, painting, drawing, etc.
This is a beginning to intermediate level class. Basic knowledge of walking foot quilting is helpful, but not necessary.
Registration Starts: July 4, 2021
Click here to view David's website http://davidowenhastings.com
Paper collage meets quilting in this fun and adventurous workshop. Using your home sewing machine, create immediate creative collages with paper and thread. No waiting around for glue to dry! David Owen Hastings will guild you through a series of hands-on exercises and will share his 20+ years of experience as a paper collage artist. This workshop includes both live instruction and a few videos.
We will discuss what papers work best, from art store purchases to junk mail. Paper will be cut and/or torn up to be added to your composition, then the composition will be constructed from base paper, building as you go. Additional construction ideas will also be explored.
Registration Starts: July 5, 2021
Click here for supply list Supply list for Stitched Paper Collage.docx
David Owen Hastings will begin with a review of his stitched paper artwork. Then he will delight us with examples of where quilters can find inspiration in the world around us, and how his journey as a maker has taken him from gallery artist into the world of modern quilting.
David is a quilt designer and instructor, graphic designer, artist, and creative coach. David has been knitting and sewing since he was a child. He has also created some of his own textiles through dyeing and painting, incorporating these fabrics into quilts and wall hangings. David’s graphic design business focuses on helping nonprofit organizations with their branding, websites and print publications. In his artwork, David explores patterns, shapes, colors, and textures found in nature. His paper-based artwork often incorporates monotype printing, sometimes mixed with photography, and is stitched with a sewing machine.
David offers one-on-one coaching, branding, and design consultation for creative people of all types. He was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.
Click here to visit David's site http://davidowenhastings.com
So, you can’t throw away your scraps --- not even the little ones! Here’s a class for you.
Marry the beauty of mosaic tile work with the colors of your scrap bag. In this class. We will start with a blank canvas and design a mosaic ---a distinct way to use those wonderful little pieces. Although a bit fussy, this technique can be relaxing and Zenlike. Birgit Ruotsala will talk a little bit about the history of mosaic tile work then demonstrate how to develop the pattern, attach to your fabric, apply a little color theory and then secure the whole piece with illusion netting and quilting. You’ll leave with a unique quilt well under way.
Kit fee - $10.00
Registration Starts: August 1, 2021
Click here to view Birgit's website http://birgitsdesigns.com
Meet Tipsy the Toe Dancer. She is the prototype for this fun class. You will need a kit that includes patterns for all sorts of body shapes, and interesting clothing, printed facial features, a pressing sheet, parchment paper, Mistyfuse, and 2 micron pens. You don’t need to be able to draw to end up with a crazy paper doll. You will learn a few tricks to make great backgrounds and patterned fabric, quick and easy bindings, and putting the quilt together, as well as selecting embellishments and stitches to highlight your creation.
$20.00 kit fee
Registration Starts: August 2, 2021
Click here to view Birgit Ruotsala's website http://birgitsdesigns.com
This is it! The beginner's free-motion class you've been waiting for to get you up and running on your home machine. A little nudge toward free-motion success! Limited to 20 students so you can get help with any problems that come up for you. This is a short and sweet free-motion quilting class for people who like to get down to business and try new things. Get your feet wet with free-motion quilting exercises designed to build your confidence and get you ready to play more at home.
To enjoy this class, you need:
Registration Starts: September 5, 2021
Click here to view Christina's website http://christinacameli.com
This is an intermediate free-motion quilting class where we combine multiple free-motion designs into complex arrangements. Learn four basic approaches to joining simple elements into unique, organic works. Christina will demonstrate techniques and guide you through trying them in your own style. Participants should understand free-motion basics and some common designs like spirals and pebbling, but expertise in free-motion quilting is not required.
Registration Starts: September 6, 2021
Click here to view Christina's site http://christinacameli.com
Get some tips on falling in love with free-motion quilting. Come with your free-motion questions and concerns. Leave with enthusiasm for jumping into FMQ!
Christina Cameli has been sewing since she was a child and in 2003, she fell in love with quilting. Since then, she’s authored four quilting books, traveled the country teaching, filmed multiple online classes and designed quilt patterns and fabric. She’s also a nurse-midwife, a single mom and a paddle boarder.
Christina lives in Portland, Oregon with her two kids, their rescue lab mix and a ton of houseplants. Quilting is where she “puts herself back together.” She loves teaching and creating and sharing the incredible journey of being human.
Christina writes the quilting blog A Few Scraps and is a member and past president of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. For Christina, there is a powerful community aspect to quilting. It connects us to one another, across time and space. Her blog allows her to connect with quilters worldwide, to share ideas and inspiration, humor, and beauty. She believes quilting is for everyone, regardless of budget or style or experience. She sees quilting as an art, a living, breathing art that we are all creating together. She works against quilt elitism by encouraging everyone to make the quilts they like and not worry about anyone else’s opinions.
Christina has a special interest in helping quilters become comfortable with free-motion quilting. She has a series of free-motion quilting tutorials on her blog and is the author of “First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting: 24 Projects for Fearless Stitching”.
Click here to visit Christina's site http://christinacameli.com
You will learn time saving and accuracy techniques in putting together a pixel quilt. You will be making a 3-colour, 10-pixel x 10-pixel design that finishes at 40" x 40”: a nice size for a baby quilt, lap quilt, or wall quilt. You will also learn a fool proof way to keep all those seams lying in the right direction while pin basting the quilt to ready it for quilting. The techniques you learn in this class are sure to help you with all your future patchwork projects no matter your level of experience. - ALL LEVELS
Registration Starts: October 10, 2021
Supply list coming soon.
Click here to view Melissa's website https://marginet.weebly.com
Do you dislike burying threads? By quilting from edge to edge you will not have to bury any threads (unless your bobbin runs out or your thread breaks). But just because you are quilting from edge to edge, doesn’t mean you are limited to a boring quilt design or following the same pattern throughout the quilt. Join Melissa Marginet in this class where you will be quilting a simple pixel quilt by using her Custom Edge to Edge Walking Foot Quilting technique.
(Note: You will be required to make the quilt top prior to class if not also taking Creating a Pixel Quilt. Instructions will be provided upon registration.) - Based on Melissa’s book, Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs which is required for the class.
Registration Starts: October 11, 2021
Click here to order Melissa's book https://www.etsy.com/shop/melissamarginet
Click here to view Melissa's site http://melissamarginet.ca/
Learn how to spark creativity in yourself with challenges that will have everyone thinking outside the box. This trunk show has more ideas than you will know what to do with to get you not only learning new techniques but building your quilting and creative confidence.
Click here to visit Melissa's website http://melissamarginet.ca/
Learn how to make the Big Island Blossom, a beginner-friendly needle-turn applique project designed by Sheri. This quilt is a modern interpretation of traditional Hawaiian quilts which Sheri admired while on vacation.
Students will learn how to prepare the applique (including folding, cutting and basting) and how to apply the motif using needle-turn applique techniques.
Class includes best practices, step-by-step instructions and quilting tips. Sewing machines are not required for this workshop. This is a fun, relaxing slow-stitching workshop.
PRIOR TO CLASS, YOU WILL NEED TO PRE-ORDER YOUR PRE-CUT TEMPLATE AND HANDOUT — $5 plus $4 flat fee shipping
Orders must be placed by January 11, 2022 in order to guarantee your materials will arrive at your home in time for class.
Click here for more information and link to order.
Registration Starts: November 7, 2021
Click here to view Sheri's website https://www.wholecirclestudio.com/
Does the thought of sewing curves give you anxiety? Don’t fear the curve!
Students will learn tips and tricks to create a fantastic curve while making blocks needed for Picnic Petals, designed by Sheri. Class includes step-by-step instructions and quilting tips. Sheri will also share her favorite tools and tips for staying organized. This is a good class for quilters who have never sewed curves or those who want to gain more experience.
Click here for information about required pattern, supply list, and a link to order the optional acrylic templates. Orders for templates must be placed by January 11, 2022 in order to guarantee that it will arrive in time for class.
Registration Starts: November 8, 2021
Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill 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.
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, quilt pattern publisher, award-winning quilter, educator, and creative entrepreneur. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences.
Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah, the Quilt Alliance, and the Modern Quilt Guild. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country. Her work has been included in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops worldwide and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations and teaching nationally.
Sheri was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship in 2016. This fellowship enabled her to debut Whole Circle Studio’s first booth at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas in October 2016.
As an active member of the modern quilt community, Sheri collaborates with leading industry organizations such as Aurifil, Janome, Art Gallery Fabrics, Oliso, Ruby Star Society/Moda Fabrics, and The Warm Company. She designed, created and filmed two segments for Fresh Quilting, a public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions. Most recently, Sheri filmed an hour-long online course in collaboration with the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut—a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. She loves to chat about design and quilts.
Click here to visit Sheri's website http://wholecirclestudio.com
Little Modern Mini 11" x 14". Create log cabin style blocks with a twist by setting them on-point. Fun stash buster!
Registration Starts: December 5, 2021
Click here to view Kellie's website http://littlequiltcreations.com
Little Greeting Card. Create a miniature 3" x 3" quilt that can be used in a greeting card. Learn techniques of small-scale piecing and leave with a finished masterpiece. Choose from a Christmas Tree or Basket block.
Material fee per student is $15.00, which includes greeting card and pattern.
Registration Starts: December 6, 2021
Does the thought of a Challenge make you nervous? Find out how to be inspired and reduce your pattern to a fun mini size that takes a lot less time to make. Lots of Challenge quilts will be shared.
Kellie Willey’s quilting journey started in 2008 when she met her future mother-in -law, Sally Willey. She was a quilter and asked if Kellie had ever wanted to quilt. Kellie casually said "Yes". A few months later, after Kellie and Sally's son married, Sally gave Kellie a vintage Kenmore sewing machine, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and rulers. She also invited Kellie to share her stash and her friend's stash! Kellie took a beginner quilting class and was hooked. At first, she worked on lap-sized quilts. Then one day Auntie Chloe (Sally's sister) taught Kellie how to foundation piece and make a small Christmas quilt. This started her obsession with making tiny quilts.
Kellie loves the traditional quilts of the past. Some of her favorite patterns are the Double Wedding Ring, Log Cabin and Crazy Quilts. It is challenging and fun to recreate old looks with a mini modern look. Over the years she has found inspiration in many great pattern books on miniature quilting. She finds them in used book stores, at Thrift Stores, on Amazon and on the free table at her Guild meetings. Several of these books have been gifts from friends and family. Years ago, Miniature Quilt Magazine was published and ran for several years. It is filled with great patterns and photos of miniature quilts and ways to display them. She has collected the past issues and have almost every one of them. She also loves to go to quilt shows and be inspired by the beautiful quilts of today.
Click here to visit Kellie's website http://littlequiltcreations.com
What symbols and personal themes will you incorporate into your small art quilt collages? Houses, leaves, bowls, ladders? Deborah will guide you through exploring and creating shapes and symbols that have personal meaning. Create 5×7” fabric collages highlighting personal symbols using composition templates and inspiring fabrics. Embellish with machine and hand stitching. Learn simple finishing techniques and mount your art quilt collage on mats ready for framing.
Registration Starts: January 2, 2022
Click here for supply list and kit ordering information: https://www.deborahsstudio.com/personal-symbols-workshop
Click here to view Deborah's website http://deborahsstudio.com
Deborah Boschert shows you how to create small fabric compositions full of texture, color and stitching inspired by nature. Each student will design four 4×4 inch art quilts that can be mounted as an inspired grouping. Learn intuitive tricks for design and composition. Explore several hand embroidery stitches. Combine various fabrics for maximum effect and detail.
Appropriate for all levels. One day workshop. Kits recommended.
Registration Starts: January 3, 2022
Supply list and information about ordering kits will be available soon!
Deborah Boschert shares her most recent art quilts and talks about developing her own personal style. Tons of examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. She’ll tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.
Deborah is an artist, author and teacher. She creates art quilts with layers of fabric, paint, and stitching. The personal symbols and details in her work reflect her experiences and feelings about places she’s lived and the things she’s done. In her art quilts, the tiny details are as important as the over-all design. As in life, every-day little joys compliment the bigger adventures.
Her award-winning art quilts have been exhibited in quilt shows and art galleries throughout the United States and internationally. She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show. She is published in many books and magazines. Deborah is the author of Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch.
Deborah regularly gives presentations and workshops to quilt guilds and visual arts groups. She is always eager to share her ideas about creativity and the possibilities of creating with fabric. She gently nudges students to try new things as they work through the process of creating original art that they love.
Deborah also is a past President of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She lives near Dallas, TX with her husband and two kids. She loves to travel, do crossword puzzles, drink coffee, practice yoga and listen to podcasts.
Click here to visit Deborah's website http://deborahsstudio.com
Quiltfest 2022 showcase and merchandise sales!
A social event! Participate in the 2022 Quilt Challenge.