Past Member-led Workshops

with Dianne Slattery
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Christmas Garland design is adapted from a pattern I’ve seen on Pinterest many times as a Bead Garland or Bead Quilt. It’s a very simple block. I thought it would be lovely in Christmas colors and scrappy, since I have a huge Christmas fabric inventory. I drew it out, then someone posted a Christmas version. I made it for a dear young friend who has helped our family a lot during COVID.

Christmas Garland can be made using a variety of fabrics and a background. I used Christmas fabrics from my inventory and a white on white background. The top is 46″ x 58″ without borders. There are 48 blocks which finish at 8″ x 8″.

This class will be a live Zoom event only available during the scheduled class time. 

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with Kathy Schmitz
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The classic log cabin block is very organized, neat, and predictable. The wonky log cabin block is… more free-spirited! 

The classic log cabin block starts with a square red center piece, representing the warmth of the fireplace, the heart of a cabin.  The wonky version starts with your choice of a 3-, 4-, or 5-sided wonky center… in ANY color you choose that will coordinate with your logs to get the look you want.  The “logs” surrounding your center won’t be the classic same-width rectangles, but straight-sided “sloped rectangles,” likely with one end wider than the other.  The blocks are still built from the center out in a clockwise rotation, but trimmed in a wonky way as we go, so the finished blocks have a casual, energetic look to them!

Although log cabin blocks, even wonky ones, can be made using foundation piecing, this class will show you how to piece them without a foundation. The goal is to finish at least three 9” square blocks in the class so you can try all 3-, 4-, and 5-sided centers.  The technique for building out from the center is the same for each, so whatever doesn’t get done in class can be finished at home.  There’s no pattern to buy.  We’ll just have class instructions and tips/tricks. 

This workshop would be appropriate for beginning quilters, and fun for those at higher skill levels, too. It is based on techniques presented in “Cut-Loose Quilts” by Jan Mullen (C&T Publishing, 2001), specifically the chapter called “Mainly Logz.” 

This class may be held in-person or as a Zoom event, depending on the number of participants and at the discretion of the workshop chair. If held on Zoom, it will be a live event only available during the scheduled class time.

Register for the workshop here.

AT HOME PREPARATION (this will save class time and space):

From your stash, choose a variety of fabrics from a few color families, ranging from light shades to darker shades, and cut into straight strips 2”-2 ½”-ish wide, meaning they can be a little wider or narrower… our first step toward wonky! Leave long strips long, to be shortened as needed in class, and bring any short strips (4”-ish) in that width range. Also bring a few slightly larger pieces, at least 3”x3”, to be cut for wonky centers in class. Organize the fabric by color families.

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO BRING:

• The fabric strips and pieces you precut at home, described above.

• Sewing machine and controls. You’ll be making ¼” seams, so a quarter inch foot might be helpful.

• Thread and one or two bobbins in a neutral color to blend with your fabrics (for seaming).

• Rotary cutter and a fabric scissors

• Cutting mat at least 10” square

• Quilting ruler at least 12” long (6”x12” is ideal… easy to transport and use for trimming)

• Quilting ruler at least 10” square (for checking the size of your block-in-process and squaring at the end)

• Small or standard iron and a pressing surface, if you have (or can borrow) them, for pressing seams to one side… there will be a lot of that! If we’re able to be at the Farmhouse, the ironing boards and irons may be in high demand. If we’re on Zoom, have your iron and ironing board close by.

with Linda Luks
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The class will cover making the strips, then putting them together in either a quilt similar to this or cutting the strips into narrower strips and making a match stick style design which will look like pick up sticks scattered in background. To get ready for class, save small strips, odd shaped pieces, corners clipped off snowball blocks. Size should be at least 1.5” wide so it won’t disappear in 1/4 in seams. This is a great technique for using up your scraps.

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with Taryn Doidge

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

With just 12 jelly roll/ or 2 1/2”strips, you can make a tote bag perfect for carrying around a large quilt, or even a few smaller quilts. This workshop can help you with picking colors to coordinate. If you don’t want to buy an entire jelly roll, just use 12, 2 1/2” strips from your stash. It also gives you practice with machine quilting, (whether it’s straight line, walking foot, or free motion). Hope you have fun!

Register for the workshop here.

Supplies:
Crib Size Batting
Or
Piece of Batting 35” x 50”
4 pieces @ 1” x 40 ish”12 jelly roll strips
Or
12 strips @ 2.5” x WOF1 yd. fabric for inside/lining of tote1/2 yd. fabric for straps1/3 yd. fabric for edging/binding5/8 yd. fabric for pockets
Or
2 @ 1/3 yd. fabric for pocketsBasic sewing/quilting suppliesThread for machine quilting

with Laura Mott

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Bring your supplies and leave with a Spring table runner quilted and ready to go! You can make it scrappy or plan your color palette of favorite fat quarters waiting on the shelf, along with batting and backing fabric.

It’s easy and fun and a great technique to add to your toolbox!

Join us at the May 15 Workshop.

Table Runner Measures 15″ x 45″

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with Reba Siero

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Reba will be demonstrating several techniques that will improve your quilt making skills. Included will be applying binding with mitered corners that will add the finishing touch to any quilt. She will show you how to create continuous bias strips that can be used in many different ways in quilt making and beyond. If there are specific techniques you would like to learn, please let Reba know, so that she can prepare ahead.

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with Laurie Biundo

Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

The class is a project bag and a tote to put fabric and tools in to take to class. I have become a “By Annie” expert. I can get the patterns (a tad cheaper) but the supplies can all be found at Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville.

Supplies include:
Pattern – Bon Voyage
Fabric from your stash
Soft and stable – one yard package will make both projects.
Clear Vinyl
Fusible Interfacing
Strapping
3 Zippers (4 yards plus pulls)
Foam core or heavy card board

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with Dianne Slattery
Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Oh Christmas Treat! was designed and completed for a dear Guild member and finished by Guild members after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.Oh Christmas Treat! without border is 54 x 66. There are 99 blocks which finish at 6″ x 6.” It uses half square triangles made from 3 1/4′ squares of focus fabrics plus a background fabric, and 2 1/2″ strips of an accent fabric. I made it scrappy but that isn’t necessary. The layout can be as I made it or varied according to personal taste.

Register for the workshop at here.