Past General Meetings

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Julia Fikse

This interactive, fun, and informative lecture will teach quilters the value of appraisals and answer the question, “Should I get my quilt appraised?” Included in this lecture is information about how to care for and repair quilts. Then, enjoy looking at quilts through the ages with Julia’s collection of quilts from 1860- present with an  interactive discussion about fabric dating, condition and caring for your quilt and the historical significance of quilting past and present. 

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More About Julia

Julia Fikse is the Quilt Ninja®

Julia Fikse has 25 years of experience in the textile industry as a designer, garment maker, textile creator, graphic artist, entrepreneur, clothing and accessory manufacturer, and business leader. Julia has a B.S. Degree in Design from the University of California at Davis, with a minor in Textiles and Clothing. She has trained and worked as a trend forecaster, designer, colorist and dye coordinator at Levi Strauss and Co., Gymboree, and Adidas. She has owned and operated her own clothing company for over 14 years. Julia is an AQS Certified quilt appraiser based in Los Angeles, CA, and currently holds memberships in a variety of quilt-related organizations including American Quilter Society,  Modern Quilt Guild, Valley Modern Quilters, San Fernando Valley Quilter’s Association,  PAAQT and American Quilter’s Society. 

Check out her website at quilt.ninja

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Colleen Wise

My quilts are distinctive for their illusion of depth. I love to play with three dimensions! Objects such as leaves or planets appear to float above a two-dimensional surface. I have a virtual toolbox full of tools I use to create that depth, and I will bring a big trunk full of quilts or slides to illustrate the results.

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Colleen is teaching a class, Saturday, August 28 – Emerald City. To learn more click here.

More about Colleen

Colleen’s education is in engineering, and her quilts reflect that in their strong graphic quality.  Creating designs and solving problems are her favorite parts of the process; cutting, sewing, and pressing are just the means to the end.  She loves to incorporate a sense of depth in her work; leaves float, balls protrude, hands seem to reach out. She has developed a strong style through her experiments in surface design.

Her quilts have won prizes in national and international shows.  She is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts (C&T Publishing), and she has appeared on several episodes of Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts.  Colleen teaches, lectures and exhibits her work throughout the US.

Check out her website https://colleenwise.com/

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Krista Moser

Krista Moser is the designer of the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler and Mini Ruler. She has published more than 20 patterns with more on the way! She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than 25 years. Join us and learn all the tips and tricks for cutting and piecing diamonds, triangles and hexagons in an easy and fast way.

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Krista is teaching a class Saturday, July 24 – Wreath Quilt Sampler to learn more click here.

More about Krista

Krista Moser is the creative force and inspiration behind The Quilted Life. A quilting and fiber arts enthusiast, she started sewing at 8 years old sneaking off to the sewing machine during her Mom’s nap time. Since she couldn’t read patterns, everything was made from her imagination propelling the creativity and the innovative design she is known for today. She began her professional sewing and machine quilting career at the spunky age of fourteen adding the texture and dimension machine quilting brings to every project.
She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than twenty years. Her work has been featured in quilting magazines, published by Martingale Press, and hung in prominent quilt shops around the country.

It’s probably genetic 😉 and the Grandma’s would be proud. What a life, this Quilted Life is, and what a joy to share the journey!

Check out her website https://www.kristamoser.com/

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Lilo Bowman

Learn to build a creative place that works for you, your space, your budget and where you are right now.

Lilo Bowman has worked as a floral designer, translator, tour guide, wedding planner, and is now editor-in-chief of TheQuiltShow.com. Her work has been varied, often challenging, but always creative. Since early childhood, she has been instilled with the desire for and love of doing something with your hands, learned by observing the varied and beautiful items crafted by both of her grandmothers. Raised in a German culture, Lilo was always keenly aware of and fascinated with objects (whether utilitarian or decorative) that were attractively displayed while still being orderly.

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More about Lilo

Food, travel (both as a military wife and tourist), and curiosity about other cultures have also played a large role in shaping Lilo’s sense of taste and design and her understanding of how others prioritize the items they choose to have in their homes. Being surrounded by strong, independent, and civic-minded female role models has instilled a sense of “you can do this” and “consider others” along the way.

When not working, Lilo travels, gardens, works on DIY projects with a ragtag bunch of rescue pets nearby, and spends time with her extended, loud, noisy, always food- and travel-talking family.

Check out her website https://www.lilobowman.com

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Penni Domikis

Did you ever wonder about the fabrics we all love? How are they made? Where does the process begin? We all know our favorite fabrics are created from cotton but what exactly is the process from the factory to the shop? How does a company pick designs and how long does it take to get fabrics from design to print to market? What is the difference between a wet print process and a digital design? Is there really a difference in the base cotton? If you have ever wondered any of those things… take a journey with me to discover things you may not know about what goes on behind the scenes. As part of the corporate team with Michael Miller Fabrics, I have learned so much about the process and I would love to share some of this knowledge with you.

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Penni is teaching a class on Saturday, June 26 – Pickle Dish Block. To learn more click here.

More about Penni

Penni is the owner and chief designer of Cabin in the Woods Quilters. CabinQuilters is a quilt pattern design company established in 2003 and located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Penni was introduced to quilting by a family friend and combined her love for this hobby as well as photography and graphic design into a thriving pattern design business. Penni is an award-winning quilter and has developed a reputation for breaking down quilting designs into manageable pieces for quilters of all skill levels, leading to her company motto, “Make it simple… but make it with style!”

Check out her website https://cabinquilters.com

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Lori Dickman

A trunk show of Lori’s favorite “D” quilts! This show features over 30 of Lori’s quilt designs with styles that will cover every quilter’s favorites: from traditional to applique to modern and everything in between!

Quilting templates have always been Lori’s “go-to” tools for piecing fast and fun quilts. In this lecture, Lori will inspire you to pick up those template rulers and have fun designing and piecing fabulous quilts!

The Diamond, Dresden & Drunkards’ Path templates are versatile tools which she has used to create literally dozens of different designs in quilts, accessories & wearable art!

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On Saturday, May 1, Lori will be teaching Fruity Melons, from 9 am to 4 pm. Read more about it here.

More About Lori

Lori Dickman has been sewing for over 45 years and quilting for over 30 years. She teaches numerous quilting and sewing classes. After spending 15 years concentrating in the art of garment sewing, her ‘quilting journey’ began in 1988 when she created her first quilt. She is passionate about working with fabric and color, as well as teaching others to join in on this quilter’s love affair. The art of “Making” has been a wonderful journey for her!

Check out her website at https://quiltingwithlori.com/

Kate Colleran
Kate Colleran

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Kate Colleran

This lecture and trunk show focuses on quilts that use precuts, and includes tips and ideas on how to use precut patterns to work through your stash…even if you don’t own any precuts! After all, a precut quilt is just a curated scrap quilt! Kate will share quilts from her book, Smash Your Precut Stash. She’ll also share some of her patterns and her journey as a quilt pattern designer. It will be a lot of fun!

Kate will be leading the class Pack It Up Pouch! Fun and Function with Cork on March 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Follow this link for more information.

More About Kate

Kate is the designer behind Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, the company she established in 2003. She creates original patterns, has had her quilts featured in magazines, taught Craftsy classes, and published the book, Smash Your Precut Stash with C&T Publishing. In addition to designing quilt patterns, she loves to quilt, sew, knit, read and spend time with family and friends.

Check our her website at https://seamslikeadream.shop/

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Lisa Thorpe

Lisa will demonstrate, using her iPad, how to take a simple photo, manipulate it in app and print the image onto fabric on a home printer. She will share a variety of art quilts she has created with these images as a central theme. As well as several art quilts using multiple photo images tiled together to create a stunning collaged quilt effect. Lisa has also come up with an easy way to create a repeat printed fabric in 4 steps using a smart phone or tablet. She will demonstrate the process of creating and uploading your own repeat fabric design for commercial printing. There will be lots of art quilts, fabric and clothing items to see.

Check out her website https://lisathorpe.com/

Lisa will be teaching a class, Stamp-a-rama on Sunday, February 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Read more about it here.

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Beth Sullivan

Have you ever wondered how to make a T-shirt quilt? Beth will provide inspiration and guidance for quilters who are thinking about tackling a T-shirt or memory quilt. Quilt samples and photos are used to show how quilters can expand the possibilities of the conventional T-shirt quilt to include anything that can be washed, sewn and made to lie flat. Using interesting items is a focal point of the lecture. In addition, the design and construction of a variable layout quilt is discussed as well as the use of partial seams in construction of unique quilt designs.

More About Beth

Beth Sullivan Designs specializes in custom T-shirt quilts, memory quilts and T-shirt pillows. Her website can be found at https://www.bethsullivandesigns.com/