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.
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Thursday, September 3, 2020

We are so lucky to have Thomas Knauer visit us (virtually) in September!

photo of Thomas Knauer

He began his career teaching design at Drake University before turning to quilting. He has designed fabrics for several leading manufacturers, and his work has been exhibited in quilt shows and museums across the globe, including the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Cranbrook Art Museum. 

Knauer describes himself as a geek; always has been, always will be. Most of his childhood was devoted to amassing math trophies, but added art to his interests in high school. He was lucky enough to go to a high school that had a mammoth weaving studio. The combination of math, aesthetics, and concepts just clicked, and he proceeded to "logic" his way into art. 

His undergraduate degree was earned at Kenyon College, shifting towards sculpture, with weaving and sewing remaining recurring motifs in his art. Graduate degrees were earned at Ohio University and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, with the ideas of stitching contrasting concepts and forms together—both literally and figuratively—permeating all of his work, whether physical objects or programming-based multimedia projects. Knauer taught design at Drake University prior to moving to upstate New York to start a family, but soon fell ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy known as Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis (and more recently I was also diagnoses with Mast Cell Disease). After finding a reasonable management protocol, he began sewing for his young daughter. Since then he has designed textiles for Andover Fabrics and Kokka, and has exhibited quilts in venues across the country, ranging from AQS shows to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska. His work has also been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries.


Knauer's September lecture for the Quilter's Guild of Dallas will focus on his third book, entitled Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out about the Power of Art, Activism, Community, and Creativity that was published last fall. In a world of instant gratification why has quilting survived and thrived? The book explores this question through a stunning collection of quilts from a 40 different contemporary makers, accompanied by their testimonials about what inspires and imbues their craft with meaning. From temperance quilts to the AIDS quilt, there’s a rich history of individuals and communities using fabric and thread to connect with others and express themselves, both personally and politically. Why We Quilt blends bits of this history with the stories and work of today’s leading quilters, highlighting themes of tradition, community, consumerism, change, and creativity. His earlier books are Modern Quilt Perspectives, published in 2014, and The Quilt Design Coloring Workbook, published in 2016. 

His passion is helping quilters of all stripes develop their own maker vocabularies and skills for designing and creating their own quilts. Find him online at www.thomasknauersews.com.






Our guest speaker on Thursday, November 5, 2020 will be Ann Holt (pictured at left).

Ann has been quilting since 1975, when she thought everything had to be pieced and quilted by hand to be a “real quilt.” Since then, she has learned that real quilts are sewn in as many ways as there are quilters. She is particularly interested in working with vintage quilts to translate and interpret those designs by using modern fabrics, methods, and techniques.

She started teaching in the 1980s and, along with her husband Dale, opened a quilt shop in
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1997. Now living in the Hershey area, she is involved with several quilt guilds and meets regularly with an antique quilt study group in Lancaster.

At her studio in Hummelstown (Hershey area), Pennsylvania, she works on books and patterns. She teaches quilting and design classes in what she considers to be the perfect classroom. The space is available for others to teach sewing, quilting, and other arts and crafts workshops. Monthly sewing sessions are held to make Quilts of Valor.

Ann has written two books: Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler (Schiffer, 2013) and, along with authors Sue Reich and Renelda Peldunas-Harter, Quilts of Valor: A 50-State Salute (Schiffer, 2018)

Visit Ann’s website for more information.


Quilts that Honor Friends, Family, and Freedom:
The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt

The Lancaster Diamond Sampler is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania, in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the “girl cousins.” They were friends and family, old and young, new quilters and experienced quilters, who got together to visit, to eat, to share knowledge, fabric, and patterns, and to work on quilts.

Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks (there are 173 and all are different) since 2009. She just keeps discovering more interesting and mysterious features every day about the quilt and the unknown quilter who created it.

In this fun and informative lecture and trunk show, Ann discusses the history of the quilt and the various techniques used to create the unique designs. This quilt will remind you of why you got into quilting in the first place.  As part of this program, Ann will discuss the role of quilting in response to conflicts in American history. Groups, mostly made up of women, quilted together to support those who served to defend our country.
She will explain how to form your own group to make quilts for service members as part of the Quilts of Valor project. County, Pennsylvania. She teaches quilting workshops, delivers lectures at quilt guilds, historical societies, and national retreats and shows; designs patterns; and writes about quilting.

Online Workshop:

Ann will be teaching an online workshop on Friday, November 6th from 9 am - 1 pm CST.

There will be a $40 charge for members to ZOOM in, BUT the first 15 participants to register will receive a recorded copy of the workshop after the conclusion - so you'll be able to refer back to tips/tricks that were shared. Contact Programs/Workshops co-chairman, Kathy Bonnett at kbon@bbonnett.com to register.

Lancaster Diamond – a Quilt of Valor workshop

Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt

Two teenage girls, working side-by-side in the 1860s, produced two quilts that feature a unique diamond design. They were learning to quilt and were teaching each other the skills needed. You will see how this sampler records their progression from beginners to accomplished quilters. You will learn about the basic design of the blocks as well as the techniques that were their quilting lessons. The blocks in the original sampler quilt were made in an informal teaching environment in the mid-1800s. Quilters shared patterns, fabric, and knowledge with each other in order to pass along the traditions of quilting. They also ate, gossiped, laughed, and generally had fun.

Sound familiar?

Reproducing Blocks from the Original Quilt:
In this online class, you will make blocks from the different styles and techniques found in this fascinating quilt: strip piecing, such basic elements as Flying Geese and Snowball blocks, applique, and Seminole. Ann will teach you to use modern tools and techniques for making these blocks. Work at your own pace from your own sewing room.

Making Lancaster Diamond Variations:
You will also learn to cut, piece, and use this
versatile design for the Lancaster Diamond Sampler and other projects.
Ann will cover using plain (unpieced) fabric, recycled orphan blocks and
tops, and other variations in the class.

The participating workshop group will have the opportunity to make a Quilt of Valor as a way of practicing piecing the diamond shapes before turning to work on individual fabric choices.  A pattern will be provided to each participant.

Check out Ann’s https://annholtequilting.com! She has endless setting variations for this block posted.

Click here to download the supply list for the "virtual" workshop that Ann will host on Friday.

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