Rita Fishel is a nationally known author, speaker, and teacher. She is Goddess and Queen Mother of Creations SewClever in Chillicothe, Ohio, and national Demo-Goddess, designer, and consultant for Creative Grids USA. A native of northeastern Ohio with a B.A. in clothing and textiles/business from the University of Akron, Rita purchased a small clothing and fabric business in 1992 and hasn’t looked back. Now located in a beautiful 1800s Georgian home, Creations SewClever is a full-line quilt shop with three longarm quilting machines, a friendly staff of 16 quilters, and an amusing resident ghost. When she’s not there, Rita is on the road in the Stitch Mobile,
sharing her passion for all-things-quilt with guilds and groups nationwide.
Class: April 6th, 10am-4pm “Nova”
The pattern is Nova and it is designed by Gudrun Erla. She used the Creative Grids Stripology Squared ruler. (You do not have to use this ruler, but, it makes the technique easier if you do!). Pieces will be cut from 10” squares from yardage or layer cakes. I will bring one or 2 rulers to share and will sell all the patterns and rulers at 15% off.
Lecture: April 7th, Sunday, “Creative Grid Ruler Tool Time” 2-4 pm
Rita’s trunk show will entertain you with the results of using her many rulers and what they can do for your piecing techniques.
Lecture: Sunday, March 3, 2-4 pm
Barbara is a quilt designer, author and teacher who loves to share her techniques with others. Barbara started creating quilts in her teens. She has had over 35 years of experience in quilting and teaching classes. Her whole family has shared a
passion and reverence for the tradition of quilt making through the generations. She has four books published by C&T Publishing.
Barbara currently teaches classes at local quilt shops and gives lectures, trunk shows and teaches nationally and internationally. She loves to design and piece quilts from her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Lecture: Monday, March 18, 2019, 7-9 pm
“Designing inside different block layouts”…squares, triangles, and diamonds.
Class: Tuesday, March 19, 9am-3pm, WORKSHOP, “Star Chain”
Star Chain is pieced in a triangle base layout. The triangles are sewn together into rows, the rows into strips, and then the strips into the table runner. The techniques taught in this class are: Cutting shapes from strip sets, making "Y" seams simple, and how to use templates.
Lecture: Sunday, October 7, 2-3:30pm, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail”
Suzi travels full time by RV, speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations--whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! Her talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.
Class: Sunday, October 7, following the meeting 4-8pm (Class is full), “Barn Quilt Painting”
Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block. You will begin with a pre-primed board and go through each step—drafting, taping, and painting, with careful attention to detail. We will spend about 4 hours together; once painting begins, you may work at your own pace. Depending on your design, you will leave with a finished quilt block or with one last color (which will be provided) to add at home and ready for show and tell at your next meeting! The finished product will be two-by-two feet and is the perfect size for mounting on smaller buildings.
Augusta began her quilting career in North Carolina 35 years ago. She was a member of the Pamlico River Quilters Guild and in 1982 and was asked to be on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 1984, she moved to Richmond and became active in the local quilting groups, eventually serving as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, a statewide quilting group.
Currently, she offers a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes. She gives lectures that include her collection of quilts and her love for the art of quilt making. She regularly teaches workshops up and down the East Coast and beyond! She loves to teach and travel.
Class: Saturday, November 3, 10-4pm, “Scrappy Mystery"
Watch out! Augusta has her sleuthing shoes on again! Take a chance to make a quilt that remains a mystery until you finish the last clue. This is a great chance to use fabrics from your stash. You will see that you can create something beautiful without much planning beforehand.
Lecture: Sunday, November 4, 2-4pm, "A Collage of Tips, Tricks & Tidbits"
With my many short cut--make quilt life easier, tricks all will want to try. This
lecture is with my projector showing my shortcuts, projects, favorite methods and tools, as well as wonderful quilts.
Kevin is a Regional Sales Manager located in Aberdeen, NJ for QT Fabrics. His territory covers Delaware, New Jersey, parts of New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. QT Fabrics, a fabric wholesaler, is proud to be an employee-owned company. They work as a team and strive for success. Their Design Studio, Marketing Group, Sales, Customer Service and Supply Chain teams are knowledgeable and dedicated with high standards of quality and service. They appreciate their customers and understand that quilt shops are business owners just like them!
Lecture: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2-4pm, “How Fabric is Made in Today’s Technology”
Kevin will give a full presentation on today’s fabrics, where and how they are made and what to look for in buying fabrics in today’s world.
Kevin Womack is a textile artist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. While majoring in the sciences at James Madison University, he satisfied his strong interest in the arts by including several elective art courses as part of his studies
In 1986, Kevin was introduced to quilting by his maternal grandmother. Having always loved the legacy of family quilts, he decided to have her teach him the tradition. While his interest in other media has waned, his passion for fiber has endured.
Over the years, Kevin studied with many accomplished textile artists and developed a love for hand dyeing and patterning fabrics with surface design techniques. His experiments produce a line of unique fabrics and clothing that he exhibits and sells.
Lecture: Monday, April 15, 7-9pm, “An Introduction to Threads and Embellishments”
An introduction to using decorative threads and fun embellishments for your quilts. A sampling of the topics covered include machine embroidery, bobbin work, couching, thread play, cutwork using "Solvy", foiling, "Paintsticks" and making your own "fabric" with threads.
Class: Tuesday, April 16, 9am-3pm, “Floral Tapestry”
Learn to create a small wall hanging (approx. 18"x28") of a large, lush bouquet of flowers and leaves cut from printed fabrics and arranged in a vase. The applique and quilting will be done in one step, allowing you to leave class with a finished (or almost finished) piece ready to bind. This is is a fun class -- no "rights" or "wrongs," no precision, points-must-match sewing. The possibilities are endless! I have seen watering cans used instead of vases, and cornucopia with fruits and vegetables instead of flowers. You could do a Christmas wallhanging ... there is really no limit. We'll relax and be creative -- what could be better? Free motion stitching experience helpful. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours.
Lecture: Sunday, March 3, 2-4 pm
Mary Ellen is a member of the LeTort Quilters and will
lecture about all things scrappy including “Crumb Quilts.” Crumb quilts are the ultimate scrap fabric projects! Piece together these scrap quilts to make something beautiful. Google Crumb Quilts for lots of information about this