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.
Lyric Kinard ***NOTE DATE CHANGE***
Lyric is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students posses. As an artist, author, and educator she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom. Much of Lyric’s work involves fabric dying and painting, as well as hand embellishment and other surface design techniques. This further emphasizes the dimensional and tactile quality of quilts as a medium for expression. Many of her quilts are abstracts with an emphasis on color and design. Her pictorials begin with a specific message in mind and are often meticulously drafted on paper before cloth is cut. Lyric was recognized as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has two DVD Workshops, Surface Design Sampler Platter, and Bead It Like You Mean It. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied music and architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.
Visit Lyric’s website: www.lyrickinard.com
Thursday May 4 – Playful Portraiture: Making Faces
Location: East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, MariettaPlayful Portraiture Supply List
Saturday May 6 (9:30am-12:30pm): Creative Collaborative Collage
Location: Commmunity Bible Church, 200 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GACreative Collaborative Collage Supply List
Saturday May 6 (1:30pm-4:30pm): Photos+Foils=Fun Supply List
Location: Community Bible Church, 200 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GAPhotos+Foils=Fun Supply List
Terry Powers – Trunk Show
JUNE 29-30-July 1 — Weeks Ringle
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.
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
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!
Susan Cleveland will be here!
Guild Member Spotlight
Michelle May – www.theraspberryrabbits.com
Karen Kay Buckley