Our speaker for January 2, is our own Pam Riss. Her program is “My Quilting Evolution.” She was our featured artist at our May 2019 Quilt Spectrum. Many of us were so busy “working the show” that we might not have had a chance to see and enjoy her exhibit. This will be your opportunity to support her and view her artistic creations.
Pam’s introduction to a sewing machine was in her junior high’s home economics class in Decatur, IL. She enjoyed making her own clothes throughout her years at Stephen Decatur High School. In 1973, Pam started teaching math and science in Streator where she met her future husband, Gary. Then came the children and all the fun that comes with Easter, Halloween, Christmas and birthday outfit sewing.
Learning to quilt was a goal Pam set for herself when she retired from teaching in 2012. Her mother-in-law, a talented hand quilter, was her inspiration to begin this adventure. Pam’s favorite quilting technique…wait for it…is paper piecing! She loves the exactness that can be achieved. (Must be her mathematical background.) Recently, Pam has developed an interest in machine embroidery and wool applique. Many of us would agree with Pam that there are just not enough hours in the day to learn all there is to learn!
Pam quilts with several groups in Streator. Her husband is a blacksmith, her daughter is a dancer and sews, and her son is a woodworker. In Pam’s words, they are a family of “makers.”
February’s speaker/teacher is Christa Watson. Both or her classes are full with waiting list. Those registered for her classes will receive the supply list from Pam Riss or find it on our web.
Her program Thursday, February 6, 2020 is: How Do I Quilt It? This is a preview of her presentation.
Most quilters understand how important it is to practice machine-quilting designs on small fabric samples, but they often have trouble applying those designs to an actual quilt. In this informative lecture, Christa will share her secrets for machine-quilting success which include: adequate basting, choosing the right thread colors, thinking about how to divide and conquer each task, and learning how to create rich texture with little to no marking of the quilt. Christa will also discuss the importance of making a quilting plan, so you can figure out the best path around the quilt with the fewest stops and starts. Once you see how easy and stress-free her methods can be, you’ll feel empowered to quilt your own quilts! Christa Watson is an award-winning quilter who loves to perform all of her own “stunts” on a regular home sewing machine. She’s a fabric designer for Benartex, and author of three books on machine quilting. She loves to empower others to quilt their own quilts and have fun doing it!
February 7, 2020 class: Walking Foot Wonders
February 8, 2020 class: Free Motion Favorites
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Our speaker/teacher for March, David Gilleland, has openings in both classes. Please visit his web site, www.vectorquilts.com and type in Equinox and Star Voyage in the search window. Equinox will help to teach you the skills needed to progress to intermediate and advanced foundation piecing patterns. Star Voyage, along with the instructions and follow along videos, will also teach you the skills needed to progress to intermediate and advanced foundation piecing patterns. Perhaps this will interest you to sign up for a class. The Program Committee would like to see more members participating in his classes.
March 5, 2020-David Gilleland Program: Foundation vs. Traditional Piecing
March 6, 2020 class: Equinox
March 7, 2020 class: Star-Voyage
Our guild is large and has many wonderful groups from which to choose. Whether you are a new member or have been in the guild for many years, you are welcome to come to the mentor class and meet quilters who enjoy quilting and learning new skills just like you.
January 15, 2020 – Sewing for your sewing room
February 20, 2020 – Twister Pinwheels
Quilting is alive and well in Central Illinois!
Our guild has been invited to display labors of our love in the art gallery at Normal Public Library during April, May, and June of 2020. The gallery is a rather compact and protected space near the front entrance but will allow a variety of options. Optimum sizes would be LESS than 60 X 60 inches.
Good items would be children's quilts, lap quilts, fidget quilts, projects from some of the classes such as Dresden plate, crazy quilts, paper piecing, applique, bags, modern, and others. Projects may be offered for sale if the owner wishes. Display time may be one, two, or three months depending on the number of quilts received. Forms will be available at the December meeting.
Also please bring in orphan blocks with finished edges, The edges can be bound, serged, or zigzagged. These will be hands-on "projects" that visitors may touch. These can be brought in at any time.
This is the first time the Normal Library will display fiber art, and we want this to be equal to the usual FANTASTIC quilt show for which our guild is known.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email—the numbers are in the Membership directory—if there are any questions.
Our next meeting will be January 2nd at 5:30pm before the regular meeting. We are still looking for volunteers to make the ribbons for the show this year. If you are interested, please either reach our to me or come join us at the meeting on January 2nd. My hope is to have over 200 quilts entered this year so please consider entering one or two.
I'm so glad the three newest library books were so popular. I barely glanced at the books so when I saw Organic Applique by Kathy Doughty at Bloomington Public Library I quickly checked it out.
Organic Applique: Creative Hand-Stitching Ideas and Techniques is filled with color, design concepts, and 8 projects, including Spring Pots, an applique and flower arranging quilt in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Love of Quilting.
Though Organic Applique might be outside the box for some, check it out and maybe venture outside your quilting box.
We will continue to take new or renewal subscriptions to Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine. Please be sure to pay with personal check, payable to Love of Quilting.
If you have books or magazines to donate to Library, please be sure to contact Mary Weakman before bringing to a Guild meeting due to the very limited storage space we have available.
Connie J Carstens
Happy Valentine’s Day Members!
How have you spent the last month with the snowstorms that seem to like to visit us on the weekends? Were you able to work on your UFO’s and get a few more completed? I got one ready to take to the long arm quilter and hopefully will get a few more ready. I hope to actually have a few quilts done and enter into the Quilt Spectrum this year. Gwynne Bettisch would like to see how close we can get to having 300 quilts displayed this year. Do you think the Guild can do it?
I still have two fleece jackets for sale, a medium and a large, which will be for sale at the meeting for $35.00. The guild also has one fleece vest in a size medium that will be for sale for $33.00. Please look for these items at the table next to the membership area to purchase these items.
The programs committee is still accepting donations for the silent auction. If you have any items to donate, you may leave them on the counter in front of the kitchen.
How did you like Pam Riss’s program and her journey of sewing and quilting? I know for myself that I thoroughly enjoyed it. She must sew from the time she wakes up until the time she retires for the evening Just makes me tired thinking about it.
Are you excited to hear our speaker this month, Christa Watson? I have taken classes from her and she is a wonderful teacher and hope every member that is able to take her classes will learn a lot.
Members please keep in mind that the months that we have a speaker you are welcome to join the program committee on Friday evening for dinner for socializing with them. The Thursday evening dinner is for the program committee only to make sure they have the speaker needs for the weekend. Thank you for understanding and abiding by this.
Please remember in case of inclement weather to check our Website, Facebook page or listen to WJBC for a cancellation. Also, if you don’t feel safe coming out, please stay home where you feel safe.