As an avid sewer all her life, Linda has taken her skills from dressmaking to creating and teaching wonderful traditional quilt patterns using today’s faster techniques and tools. She believes there’s always something for everyone when it comes to quilting, and that quilters have a strong bond unlike anything else. Linda was a quilt shop owner in Redding, closing the shop after six years and pursuing teaching throughout the world both on land and sea. Linda is known for self-publishing her patterns and for her quilting retreats. She has been featured in a variety of quilting magazines over the years with her quilts, her patterns, and as ‘ad’ quilts for a specific line of fabrics. She’s also had the privilege of being on Simply Quilts for two different seasons. Linda writes about her talk: “People ask me ‘what do I look for when I’m writing a new quilt pattern’? ‘How do I know what components to make’? ‘Can I make it easier than what my eye sees’? This program will show you how I look at quilts, what I can do to simplify the construction, and what techniques can I share with my quilters. The audience is encouraged to participate throughout the program while I’m sharing quilts both on-screen and in person. When you see what I have to share, you’ll see why people think some of my quilts are hard when in fact they’re pretty darn easy. Come prepared to Discover the Possibilities!”
October Program Our program this month will be in two parts – sad and happy. We will spend a bit of time remembering Mary Brewer. Please bring quilts made in her classes to show as you share how much she meant as a teacher and friend for so many years.
Then the quilters’ version of Bingo co-created and led by our own Laurie Maas. How would you like to have a jellyroll or a layer cake? How about some charm square packs? Nobody can have too many seam rippers or needle threaders! These are just a few of the items you could win playing Quilt-O! Cost to purchase a Quilt-O card is one fat quarter of quilt-quality Halloween themed fabric or color (orange, black, purple). Bring two fat quarters to purchase two cards. October is free guest month, so bring a friend and prepare to have a fun evening. Quilts ’n Force will have some Fat quarters for $2 each if you are fresh out of Halloween fabrics.
Having begun her art path painting oils, then watercolors, Patt’s quilting art focuses largely on life images, especially the simple ones. She says … the ones with heartwarming or powerful messages. Most of Patt’s work includes a being with a heartbeat. She says, “It seems to give life to the work.” This lecture includes slides and samples of Patt’s pathway into art quilting. Patt addresses the application of traditional art media into quilting, new materials developed for quilting, tips, and examples of machine quilting techniques that support the message in the quilt top, and finally, some ways to finish and hang quilts intended for wall display.
Valley Quiltmakers Guild (SF Valley day guild) is having Patt give her “Mixed Media” workshop on Friday, September 13 at 9:00 am in Northridge. Enrollment can be done online through their website: valleyquiltmakersguild.com.
Latifah says, ”Everyone has their own unique style of designing. Most Quilters fall within several popular design styles and design processes. Learn about these and how to start to ask the right questions, so you can identify and streamline your own personal design style. Then as a group, we’ll use what we’ve learned and design a quilt together.” Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country. Visit her website at: https://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com
About her presentation, Quilters’ Magic Show – Lots of Tricks for Better Quilts, Helen says: Is perfect patchwork an illusion? Add these techniques for precise cutting, easier matching, and efficient pressing to your bag of tricks. Learn the secret behind ripple-free borders and great bindings. Get terrific ideas for improving your quilt and enjoy some magic tricks, too! Helen Frost began quilting in 1972 and started teaching in 1974. She and her mother, Blanche Young, developed new, strip-pieced methods for making traditional designs including the Lone Star, Sunshine & Shadow, and Nine- Patch. Helen is the co-author of eleven books including Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers, the Arizona state quilt project publication. She has taught at guilds and conferences across the country and in Europe. Helen was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 2009. She continues to explore her favorite quilt designs and cannot begin to count how many Lone Star and Nine-Patch quilts she has made!
Helen and her husband live in Tucson, Arizona and are the parents of four grown children.
Quilts ‘N Force Evening March 13, Wednesday … 6:30 pm Calling all quilters who like to piece, to baste, to quilt & to bind! We will have it all and you will earn REWARDS to boot! “‘Tis more blessed to give than to receive.” I believe it, do you? It makes me feel good, doesn’t it make you happy to give? Each group is asked to bring their sewing machines, iron & ironing surface, and cutting tools. If you are not with a group, ask the Quilts ‘n Force committee which group needs help and you can join them, but please bring your own cutting tools & machine if you wish to sew. Every group will provide their own sewing machine/s. The Quilts ‘n Force committee will have kits and a pattern available for you to piece a top or you may bring your own kit/s to sew. The committee will also have batting available for your project. All kits will have backing fabric in the kit and binding, too. If you still have one of our kits from last year, please bring it to finish or turn it in for someone else to finish and then you may take another kit to work on. We love to receive finished quilts too!!! We will be providing 49 kits to Alice Redondo to give to her church to give to the kids going to visit their parent in one of the prisons. Laurie Maas’ group will be doing an equal amount, also, for Alice and her committee. So let’s get busy and Slice, Stitch, and Seal! You may take kits home to work on, if you promise to return them within a few weeks or sooner.
We will finally get to hear Marty Ornish, who lives and works in San Diego. She has been sewing art quilts, costumes and wearable art for many decades. Her interests include Steampunk, Boho, Gypsy, Festivalwear, and what she calls Really-Wearable-Art for women and men who want a unique look made in a sustainable way. Garments are typically made from upcycled and repurposed materials with an emphasis on antique textiles.
From marty-o.com “Tattered Splendor: Ruined Quilt Couture” is a lecture and slide presentation of my recent series of couture gowns and wearable art garments constructed out of ruined, beyond repair vintage quilts and other vintage linens and lace. I discuss the ethics of repurposing ruined vintage textiles, sourcing such textiles, and my inspiration for this series. Design decisions are discussed, as well as cleaning and stabilization techniques used on these fragile textiles. The “Tattered Splendor” garments were prominently featured in a special exhibit at the 2017 International Quilt Festival in Houston. One of these gowns was awarded Best of Show and Viewers’ Choice at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, while another piece also won Best of Show at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
Leah Zieber is a quilt historian and quilt maker from Temecula, CA specializing in Antique Reproduction Quilts from the nineteenth century. Her reproduction quilts have been exhibited across the country and most recently published in Stars: A Study of 19th Century Star Quilts and In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850-1865.
Leah has worked closely with several Southern California collectors cataloging, managing and independently researching their textile collections. Her own collection of antique quilts and related textile items spans one hundred and eighty years and she shares her knowledge of American quilt history using her collection in lectures and workshops.
Her talk on January 9 is an antique quilts trunk show on children’s and doll quilts. Step into the secret world of children and their dolls. Through antique and vintage quilts, trade advertising and images you will learn the important role children held in the American household and the significance their tiny treasures still hold today.