About our Meetings
We are fortunate that the Guild supports two meetings each month, both Daytime and Evening to provide options for a variety of time schedules.
Meetings are held in all months except November. The December meetings are early in the month, and are a combination Holiday Party and Annual Meeting to vote on guild business, such as the election of new officers and committee chairs for the following year.
Where are the meetings held?
- The Day meeting is usually held in Nolan Hall at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia. Please park in the lower parking lot.
- The Evening meetings are held at Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia. Parking is limited and overflow parking is available at the Mt. Bethel Day Care next door (entrance on Woodlawn).
- Check the calendar to confirm the locations for both meetings, as sometimes the meetings are held elsewhere due to schedule conflicts.
When are the meetings?
- The Day meeting is usually the last Friday of each month, from 9:30 am to noon.
- The Evening meeting is the Thursday evening prior to the Day meeting, from 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
- Check the calendar for the dates for both meetings.
What happens at a meeting?
Members and guests are invited to arrive early to check in and visit with friends old and new. Light refreshments are available at the Day meetings.
At the Day meetings, the business meeting and Show & Tell come first, followed by a short break, and then the program is presented. We love visitors! The Hospitality Table is just for visitors, so we can greet you and get you oriented. There is a $5.00 non-member guest fee.
Many Evening meeting attendees work during the day, so this meeting enables them to fully participate in the Guild. The Meet & Greet with our guest speaker, or the program come first, followed by a short break, and then the business meeting and Show & Tell are presented.
Evening meeting agendas and programs do vary. Often, the Guild’s national speakers drop by for a Meet and Greet, or other activities are scheduled. For further information about Evening meetings, contact Pam.
Cancellations – If Cobb County schools are closed due to weather conditions, the Guild will not meet. Members will also be contacted via email, if possible.
Programs and Speakers
Each monthly meeting includes a program designed to inform and inspire. Speakers are often nationally or regionally known quilt artists, designers and teachers. Other months, the program might focus on Guild activities, such as Challenge Quilts, Community Service projects, or programs presented by Guild members. Generally national speakers also have a Meet & Greet with the Evening meeting. There is a nominal fee of $5 for visitors attending the Day meeting.
JUNE 29-30-July 1 —
Weeks Ringle Bill Kerr
Weeks Ringle is the co-founder of Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts), a contemporary quilt design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Weeks and her husband, Bill Kerr, began making modern quilts in 1999, using their graduate design degrees to bring a modern voice to the quilt world. . Their interest and focus on what it means to be a quiltmaker in the here and now keeps their work fresh, modern, and original. In addition to writing and teaching about modern quilts, they make custom quilts for galleries, interior designers and individuals, as well as design fabric and quilts for manufacturers. For Weeks, there are no strict guidelines for what a modern quilt must look like, but it’s clear that her modern quilting aesthetic is firmly planted in the interaction and impact of negative space and the color play of solids. Using transparency techniques, repetition and simplicity of line, her quilts impart bold, clean lines, even adding a modern touch to traditional blocks. Modern Quilt Studio launched the first-ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Weeks and Bill’s second book, The Modern Quilt Workshop, is now in its sixth printing. Their other books on contemporary quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop. Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting and Country Living.
Unfortunately, Weeks will not be able to join us this month. However, we are very thankful that Bill Kerr will come in Weeks’ place, to both the Day and Evening meetings, as well as both workshops.Registration Form – Weeks Ringle Workshops
Thursday June 29 – Transparency Quilts
Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, MariettaTransparency Quilts Supply List
Saturday July 1 – Working with Large Scale Prints
Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, MariettaWorking with Large Scale Prints Supply List
If you are wanting to venture into the relaxing medium of hand stitching then our July guest is the perfect teacher. Janice is an experienced seamstress, quilter, appliqué enthusiast, pattern designer, teacher and author of numerous beautiful handwork books. She has 45 years of sewing and needlework experience and 15 years of teaching experience in needle arts. Her teaching credentials include the past 9 years at the Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy, the International Quilt Festival in Houston and 20 years at local guilds and shops. She explores the methods used by needle artists of antique quilts and vintage embroidery to see how they interpreted their designs incorporating elements of embroidery and ribbon work. The exquisite handwork of treasured vintage pieces is the inspiration for her fresh new designs. Jan will be lecturing and teaching two workshops.
Learn more about Janice at: www.grahamcrackercollection.com
Registration Form – Janice Vaine Workshops
Thursday July 27 – Joy Wall Hanging
Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, MariettaJoy Wall Hanging Supply List
Saturday July 29 – Needle Grace
Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, MariettaNeedle Grace Supply List
COLOR – COLOR – COLOR and BOLD – BRIGHT – DESIGNS
After a varied career in the design world, Jane began to quilt in 1980. She found that these “soft paintings” satisfied the
draftsman, the craftsman and the artist in her. Consequently, she is now a dedicated (some say “obsessed”) quilt artist and fabric designer. Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005 and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”. The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts. Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Her designs are oversized and colorful and have been coined as “William Morris on anti-depressants”. They are created for quilts, wearables and home decorating. Her latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, beautifully illustrates her fabric “in action”. Jane will present a lecture and teach 2 classes.
Learn more about Jane at: www.janesassaman.com
While Frances O’Roark Dowell is best known for her award-winning novels for children, she has recently published her first novel for adults, Birds in the Air, a story of quilts and quiltmaking and the joys (and agonies) of small town life. A sequel, Stars Upon Stars, will follow in the spring of 2018.
A quiltmaker herself, Frances also hosts the popular “Off-Kilter Quilt” podcast, where she talks about her latest quilt projects with friends and fellow quilters around the globe. She also edits the Quiltfiction.com blog and website, a site dedicated to novels and stories about quiltmakers.
Dowell is the best-selling author of over a dozen books for children, including Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Children’s Book Award; The Secret Language of Girls trilogy; and the new Sam the Man series for younger readers.
Dowell lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, two sons, and a dog named Travis.
A Look Ahead into 2018
January is Challenge Quilt month! Don’t miss the Big Reveal for members participating in the 2018 Challenge, Mission Possible! Also, the new 2019 Challenge will be revealed!
Known for her enthusiasm and clever solutions to quilting’s challenges, Susan Cleveland enjoys making tricky tasks manageable via books, tools, magazine articles, and internet classes. Author of Marvelous Miters, Precision and Panache, and Piping Hot Curves, you may also know Susan through her Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool or Prairie Pointer pressing tool. Her distinctive original designs have been receiving awards at national and international shows since 1999. Based loosely on traditional designs, Susan’s quilts showcase precision piecing, thread embellishments and bold color. Piping is used lavishly to accent curves and special binding techniques are also featured.
Visit her website: https://piecesbewithyou.com/
Guild Member Spotlight
Michelle May, also known as “The Crazy Bunny Lady,” has been infatuated with rabbits and textiles since she was six years old. After having worked in the business world for over 23 years, Michelle decided to pursue her passion for designing and teaching full-time. She created Folk Art Fusion, a whimsical fusing of folk art and quilting, utilizing wool applique and hand-worked embroidery. Through her business The Raspberry Rabbits, Michelle published her first Folk Art Fusion book “Fabled Fusions”. Her work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, and she appeared in four episodes of Quilting Arts, a national PBS television program. Her motto is “It’s never too late to create. All you have to do is believe and have fun.”
Visit Michelle’s website: www.theraspberryrabbits.com
Award-winning quilt artist Nancy Prince specializes in the art of thread painting: the art of using the sewing machine needle as the paintbrush and thread as the paint color! Author of Simple Thread Painting and Thread Painting with Style, Nancy has also taped episodes for Simply Quilts, Creative Living and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and has appeared in national magazines and won numerous quilting awards. She travels the country teaching and lecturing to anyone who will listen in order to share the excitement and creativity thread painting brings to her quilting world. She excels in taking the mystery out of thread painting, making it easy for anyone to master.
Be sure to check out Nancy’s website: http://www.nancyprince.com/
Karen Kay Buckley
When she couldn’t find a teaching job after college, Karen Kay Buckley put her education background to good use developing classes and lesson plans to share her newfound love of quilting. She opened a small quilt shop which quickly grew by leaps and bounds. After continuing to attend quilt workshops herself, she soon began creating her own patterns. When a move necessitated selling the shop, Karen focused on teaching, designing, and writing. Since then, she has written several books and articles plus a DVD, and has designed an extensive line of quilting tools. Karen has over 350 quilts to her credit, for which she has received numerous awards, and has self-published several of her own patterns. Utilizing paper-piecing and both hand and machine applique, Karen’s designs are bold, joyful and eye-catchingly colorful.
Be sure to visit Karen’s website: http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/index.php
To Be Announced
Quilting goes back generations in Cristy Fincher’s family. Daughter of Master Quilter, Sharon Schamber, Cristy was born with a love for all things sewing in her DNA. In 1994, Cristy and Sharon made their first quilt together, after buying pre-printed panels from a local fabric store. After Cristy married, and began her own family, her passion for quilting grew. 10 years ago, she started her business, Purple Daisies, LLC, where she focuses on sewing and quilting education. In 2007, Cristy and Sharon co-authored Piece-by-Piece: Machine Applique, which features many of Cristy’s original designs. Teaching is where Cristy’s heart truly lies. She has spent her lifetime learning about all aspects of sewing and quilting from her amazing mom. Now, Cristy is passing on Sharon’s legacy of sewing and quilting techniques through her shop Purple Daisies, LLC, teaching locally and nationally, by sharing her own tutorials on her blog Sew Much Like Mom, and as a Craftsy instructor.
Visit Cristy’s website: https://purpledaisiesquilting.com/
Karen Kleespies Stone began quilting n 1986, teaching in 1990, and publishing her designs in 1993. Her dazzling quilts have won numerous awards, including first prize in international competitions, and have appeared on covers of Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine. Karen’s designs are a product of both innovation and tradition, exhibit riotous fabric combinations, and utilize a range of techniques, which include English paper piecing. Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work.
Visit her website: http://karenkstone.com/
Its Community Service month!
Holiday Party & Annual Meeting