2019 Speakers and Programs
January, 21, 2019
Christina is a quilter who loves spreading excitement and confidence to other quilters! She free-motion quilt on her own home machine. She loves teaching free-motion quilting so much that she wrote some books about it! Then she started playing with wedge quilts, so she wrote about that too!
Christina is happiest working without patterns, using up scraps and not taking things too seriously. She's a single mom and quilting is just a part-time thing for her., In the "real" world she's a nurse-midwife and loves her job.
Christina's newest book.
- WOW! Look what you can do with a wedge ruler!
February 18, 2019
Annual Challenge Quilt reveal
February is an exciting month with the Westside Quilters! It's the month our challenge participants reveal their entries in our annual challenge contest.
The guild is in it's 12th year so this is the #12 Challenge.
Must be 12" x 12"
Any colors- this is 12 fabrics, not 12 colors
Solids or prints
Background counts as a fabric
Binding counts as a fabric
Backing and label are NOT counted in the 12 fabrics
Must have top, batting, and backing
Bring to the February, 2019 Guild Meeting
Prizes? Of course!
We will be awarding a prize for the viewers' choice as well as random drawing. Everyone has a chance to win!
So you don't think you're work is up to snuff? NOT TRUE! We all love to see the vast array of quilts made by our members. We want to see YOUR interpretation of this theme. Join in the fun and bring an entry!
March 18, 2019
Elizabeth Hartman will visit our guild in March and will present a trunk show of her fabulous quilts.
Sylvia's quilts combine hand appliqué, and contemporary and traditional sashiko. She strives to create realistic appliquéd flowers and use sashiko to outline intricate foliage designs. Her latest venture is cyanotype and surface design to create unique fabric. Cyanotype, an old photographic process that produces blue and white images on cloth when exposed to the sun, combining beautifully with sashiko and appliqué. Silk paints that act like dyes can also be sun printed, creating complementary fabric.
Sylvia recently moved to La Conner, Washington after 13 years on Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. She has been a gardener most of her life and quilting is an extension of her passion for plants. She loves to teach and travel to far flung places and also hold workshops in her studio where I have all the facilities for printing and dyeing. She has a wholesale and retail online business of her patterns, fabric kits, books and supplies.
Irena says, " I like to make beautiful quilts accurately and with streamlined methods. To this effect I have been developing a very accurate and fast technique for many quilt patterns: for all-over parallelograms and all-over triangles, for long or multitudinous rows of parallelograms and triangles, and for many other designs.
In comparison to strip piecing, tube piecing is faster and uses fabric and time more efficiently.
Tube piecing is an enhanced version of strip piecing; it is to strip piecing as strip piecing is to traditional piecing: more efficient and more accurate. You get to experience quilting from a new point of view: it is often about cutting large constructions down rather than building from small pieces up.
Tube piecing allows any angles, not just the standard 90, 60, 45, 30 degrees, it minimizes seam starting, it minimizes inaccuracies inherent in seam starting, it avoids corner discards of strip/row piecing, it minimizes the number of seams needed for the constructions, it manages the numerous small pieces more sanely, it reduces the amount of thread clipping, it speeds up the quilt-making, it makes the final product more accurate, it handles bias edges with their proneness for stretching more appropriately, and it allows for exploring new pattern possibilities with successive stages of wide and narrow tubes, and of pre- and post-tubes. You do not need to buy any new gadgets —- scissors, a rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, sewing machine, iron, fabric, and thread will do. For a few projects I also use a seam ripper: not to correct mistaken seams but as part of streamlined design.Tube piecing is accessible to any quilter who is comfortable with the rotary cutter and accurate measurements."
Irena will treat us to a trunk show and amaze us with her techniques when she speaks to the Westside Quilters in June.
The History and Mystery of Baltimore Album Quilts
She has taught and lectured for the American Quilters Society, the Northwest Quilting Expo and Quilt Connect USA. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibits including the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California and the International Art Competition for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jaimie is a story-teller who enjoys spending time with people who love to sew. She has been teaching for over 20 years and believes that everyone who enters her classroom should feel happier and more confident when they leave. Color and curvy lines inspire her, and the joy of creating keeps her working late into the night.
Jaimie will present a program on the History and Mystery of Baltimore Album Quilts. The history of Baltimore Album quilts is a fascinating journey into an America headed for the Civil War. Discover how the industrial revolution, the struggle over slavery and the social and moral climate of the time contributed to this beautiful art form. Through stories, we will explore how the demise of Baltimore Album quilts leads us into the hearts and minds of the women who made them, and how this delightful mystery connects us with our sisters of long ago.
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