Our programs are the highlight of every meeting! We feature both nationally known and local quilting personalities as guest speakers. The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to have hosted quilt artists including Pepper Cory, Laura Wasilowski, Diane Gaudynski, and Hollis Chatelaine.
Workshops are offered by guest speakers on Friday and/or Saturday following meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques and improve quilting skills with some of the top quilters in the world at a minimal fee.
Note: You are not confirmed in a workshop until you get a reply from the Workshop Chairperson. Without that response, your email alone does not give you a registration in a workshop.
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Workshop fees: Members, $40.00/day and Non-Members, $45.00/day.
Scroll down below to read about our great speaker lineup

October 5, 2017 - Alisa Banks


Fabric, paper and books. Oh my! Join Alisa as she shows and shares stories about her mixed media work inspired by quilts. At an early age, Alisa began drawing and sewing. Her creative route took several detours, but a transformative experience occurred during her final semester in grad school, when she happened upon a book of quilts. From then on, quilts and quilting have inspired much of her art.

Alisa received her BS from Oklahoma State University and her MFA from Texas Woman’s University. Her work centers on issues concerning identity and she often incorporates fibers and found materials that in form reference
traditional crafts. Alisa’s work has been exhibited in venues in the U.S., Canada, England, and Laos, and is housed in several private and public collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, and the New York Public Library. She lives in Dallas, TX.

Lecture: An Artist Inspired by Quilts


November 2, 2017 - Covers for Kids Work Evening

December 7, 2017 - Pepper Cory


Lecture: How to Become a More Creative Quilter

Enjoy Pepper's humorous look at the myths surrounding artistic creativity. She gives useful advice on developing your ability to learn more easily, tips on time management, plus an unconventional look at organizing your fabric stash.








Friday and Saturday Workshops, December 8th & 9th: Kintsugi Quilts

Pepper Cory is starting a new workshop and would like us to be her guinea pig class for Kintsugi Quilts.  The following is taken from her blog talking about the origin and her idea of using some of those left overs we all have.  A supply list will be provided later.  But start finding all those hidden blocks and let’s see what we can do with this technique.  This will be a two-day class.


Kintsugi is not usually a term applied to the textile arts but it perfectly describes what's going on now right now within my brain's creative ferment. Kintsugi actually means 'mended with gold' and is more often associated with pottery.

On a philosophical level, kintsugi came to mean appreciating the beauty of that which is broken and mended. You embrace the repaired-mended and celebrate its new form. It applies to my work in the following way: I never throw away my work however small. Little blocks from sewing demonstrations, small pieces that are handed around in classes so student can view the work and of course UFO's (unfinished objects) of every size--I save them all. They will eventually find their way into kintsugi work.

The quilt titled Kintsugi #I came about when I pillaged the sample drawer and started grouping some pieces I thought could live together in a quilt. The blocks lay on the grey carpet of the storage room for a couple of weeks and I would walk in, move a few things, and leave again. There was lots of space between the blocks but I knew they could be united harmoniously by the right fabric--just as gold holds together the cracks in a kintsugi cup. I found the perfect fabric--a shot cotton from my stash. It was a two-color weave of bright yellow with black (Char Gold #12 in the Peppered Cottons line) and was the perfect kintsugi fabric. The overall effect is a bright mustard color but it changes slightly depending on the angle of viewing the quilt. I love that about shot cottons in general--they are solids that change. Cool.


How to sign up for a workshop:

Check with the workshop coordinator to find out whether space is available in a workshop you are interested in, and/or where a given workshop will be held. Space is always limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is always a good idea to register early! Although we cannot take your workshop registration by email, you can obtain information and send us registration materials by mail.
Workshop fees help to offset the costs that we incur when we host out-of-town guest speakers. They also offer our membership a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques and improve their quilting skills with some of the top quilters in the world. (And if you compare our fees with the fees for the similar classes at major quilt festivals, you'll see what a great deal you'll be getting!)
Some workshops will be "project" classes, where attendees will work on a specific project that the presenter has designed. Others will be "process" classes, where you learn techniques without necessarily having a project to complete.
Every time you attend a guild workshop, you can have your Quilter's Dozen card punched. After you attend 12 workshops, you'll get one one-day workshop free! What a deal! There is no expiration on these cards - just remember to bring it along or start a new one.
The guild has established guidelines for workshops, as well as some simple "rules of etiquette" to ensure that the workshop experience is enjoyable for everyone. Be sure to take a moment to review these items:
If you have questions about a given guest lecturer, or to suggest future guest speakers, you may email