Programs

(A program is an informal session after the regular monthly meeting. It is not a workshop. It is member-led, free, informative, and fun. To present or lead you don't need to be an expert on the subject but interested in sharing and/or exploring a technique, idea, or any subject that can be applied to modern quilting. For more information contact Crystal Allan or Lynn Purple through Groupworks or this website's contact form.) 

October 16, 2021 - Program to be announced

Past Programs

September 18, 2021 - Wonky Star Team Work
Many Wonky Star blocks were made during the quarantine and now it's time to make them into quilt tops. Teams will work to divvy up the blocks, then design, layout, and sew the blocks into quilt top. Jodi G is the lead and fabric organizer.

July 17, 2021 - The Stepchild of Hue
July program is on color anomalies and how they can help quilters. Please bring two color chips (colors you would use in a quilt) but no white, grey, black or other neutrals. You can get the color chips for free at Lowes, Home Depot, Ace or Sherwin Williams stores.

Update - watch Carol's process and product review in Tutorials or click here
June 19, 2021 - 3 Weights of Heat and Bond and their uses - 
Carol Byrnes will present the many uses of HeatnBond in various weights. "I'm so inspired by Wendy Grantz of ShinyHappyWorld." She has years of YouTube videos - click here for her recent one on Bunny Hop Applique.

May 15, 2021 -
Nan Ryan will present a review of Cassandra Beavers Full Circles inset using a ruler.

Lenore L. will present using the Ovals All Ways Ruler by Creative Grids. "It was great fun to play with this ruler."
April 2021 - Retreat- no program

March 27, 2021 *Special* Lecture by Heather Black of  "Quiltachusetts" 
Balance & Depth in Modern Quilt Design with Q & A to follow the lecture.
This lecture will explore, through slides and examples, how to begin with a base that will guarantee a balanced quilt - from minimalist to block-based designs. It will also introduce several techniques that will add depth to designing. To learn more about Heather's quilts click here

March 20, 2021 "Confessions of a Quilt Shop Owner" by Deborah Iverson
Don't miss this, Deb is going to tell us the ins and outs of owning, stocking, manning a quilt shop.

February 2021 Unity Meets Variety and Falls in Love!
Please bring to the meeting:
12" x 12" solid cloth, assorted scraps, scissors and pins, repositionable glue (if you have some), an"d a Clipboard (if you have one or a book larger than 12" x 12"
Samples from February Program



January 2021 - Professional longarm quilter, Melinda Sword will discuss deciding and planning the quilting stitch patterns for various quilt top designs. To learn more about Melinda's quilting click here


November 2020 - Cool Tools and Good Books 
Attendees are invited to bring their favorite tool or a book that has helped/enhanced their quilting experience. As an example, Lynn Purple showed a Modern quilt that the small piecing was made easier by the instructions in this book.


October 2020 Program by Pam Morris -

September 17 - It's Not Foundationless by Christine Ravish - NOTE A recording of this program is available on the Tutorial page.

August 29 - Machine Binding on Zoom - Saturday August 29, 2020 10 a.m. followed by a Sew Day
Christine Ravish will show a Fast Blind Binding tutorial. (This really works!)  Step by step photo's and explanation on this tutorial.
Front gives hand finished look
Back straight sewing


August 1 - Facings on Zoom - Saturday August 1, 2020, 10 a.m. followed by a Sew Day
Nan Ryan will show us how she gets perfectly square corners in a faced binding method technique. The step by step slideshow posts photos of each technique in detail.
Watch for your email Zoom invite a week before the event. 
"perfectly square corners"
Facings by Nan Ryan


February 2020 - Double Curves completion by Christine Ravish.

Members who attended the one day workshop will bring blocks for instruction on cutting and piecing for final layouts.

January 2020 Bring a share on how you journal your quilts.  Terrie Morgan will lead us in creating a unique cover or you can just make one out of fabric. Find a journal size that you like, she prefers a 5" x 8" size. Blank paper inside would be good, hard cover, bound. Supplies: notebook to cover, fabric for cover, flaps and background (pieced if desired), colored thread for quilting, Rat tail - about 15", button, fusible fleece size of journal cover, mid-weight iron on interfacing. Sewing machine and supplies.
Terrie Morgans Journal Cover
Covers completed in Program













December 2019 Holiday Party - note* on 2nd Saturday Dec 14, 019 -bring potluck and modern type gift $15. limit. No sewing just celebrating the holidays! (This is a members only event.)

November 2019 - Cancelled - See Feb 2020. Continuation of the Double Curves Workshop by Christine Ravish. If you took the workshop, come with your "made fabric" and work on the quarter circles. If you did not take the workshop bring fabric and make circles with us or bring whatever you'd like to work on independently. Sign-up on Groupworks or contact Christine through the Contact Form on this blog.

October 2019 - Color and Value- a No Sew Afternoon Program by Carole Lyles Shaw
Planning a quilt without a focus fabric? In this no sew afternoon program Carole will show us how to build a palette with several hands on exercises that will help us see color and different types of value with more clarity. These exercises will give us more analytical tools -- without going deep into color theory. This is a NO SEW workshop--AND you will dig into your stash and scrap pile to bring the fabric that you need. Sign-up on Groupworks in Events Section or contact Carole thru this website.

September 2019 Yikes Stripes by Donna Koenig shows how to make a quick quilt using irregularly striped fabric. Bring 1 1/2 yards of striped fabric, irregularly striped. Bring your machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, pins, rulers and let's have some fun!


Donna Koenig Striped Quilt samples

June 2019 - Do you have a problem quilt top? Bring a quilt top for our afternoon program on "suggestions for problem quilt tops". This includes piecing, design, and "make it work" solutions.

May 2019  Carol Byrnes will show minky samples and tips for quick quilts for kids or decor. It's luscious...

April 2019 - Robin Kriegs presented

March 2019 - Sew Time! Bring your machine, supplies and project or start on the next Challenge/Charity as presented by Pat Hansen and Christine Ravish during the March meeting. 

February 2019 - Bonnie Booy will speak about Japanese Shibori which is a dyeing technique that involves folding and clamping, stitching and pole twisting fabric before dyeing it. She will demonstrate the three main techniques and show many samples. (There will not be any dye involved in the demonstrations.) (This program was rescheduled from Jan meeting.)

January 2019 - A lunchtime presentation on our April Challenge "Photo Inspired Modern Quilt Design" with ideas on how to work with a photo for inspiration. Presented by Carole, Jann, and Rose

December 2018 - Holiday Party, no program

November 2018 -Bring fabric donations for sale at our February "Airing of the Quilts". Fabric needs to be organized into similar coordinates then pressed, folded, and packaged in clear plastic bags. Pricing will be done by Sandy Jolliff and committee.

October 2018 - Robin Kriegs- will demo Square to Hexagon and show some sample projects. If you are interested in trying this folding method bring already cut squares like a charm pack or layer cake, a cutting mat, ruler, a 6" long or longer and rotary cutter. While the hexagons will not be technically perfect, they can be used for some cool applications.
October 2018 -Pat Hansen - will demo the technique for making Kaleidoscope hexagons. At the last meeting we saw Susan Sadi's "One Block Wonder" quilt which is a beautiful, complex design and made with just one novelty fabric I will show you how to select the best fabric to create the blocks. This info is found in the Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds and One-Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal. 
The hexagon blocks created are fascinating designs and can also be used individually in modern quilts settings. I love them all.

September 2018 - Charity Quilt for QuiltCon 2019
2nd Sew Day for Charity Quilt for center layout and piecing. Many thanks to Kathy Hayes for volunteering to sew side layouts from August meeting.
1. Sewing Machine with white or very light gray thread for piecing (NOT required - we need a couple of people to just help press/iron).
2. Any remaining blocks and leftover fabric from the challenge
We will provide - cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons and ironing boards

August 2018 - Piece the Top and Back of the Charity Quilt for QuiltCon 2019-
What to bring to August Sew Day:
1. Sewing Machine with white or very light gray thread for piecing (NOT required - we need a couple of people to just help press/iron).
2. Any remaining blocks and leftover fabric from the challenge
We will provide - cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons and ironing boards

June 2018 -Pat Hansen will present the January challenge Elements of Scale with a slideshow presentation. Christine Ravish will show us how to take a near-perfect quilt photo, 
Carol Byrnes will show photo apps for imperfect quilt photos and other favorites.