Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2019 Programs

January 15, 2019 ****************************************************************************

Tammy Silvers



Tammy has been quilting since 1991, has taught at a variety of quilt shops and online, and designs and self-publishes her own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis. She enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. She has a background in art and literature and is a Georgia native currently residing in Acworth.

Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines and she also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines.

Lecture:               1/15/19               Interrogating Your Quilt

Workshop:          1/16/19                Ins and Outs (The workshop will cost $20 plus the pattern).

February 19, 2019****************************************************************************************

Carol Stanek

Stitch with Color

Carol’s passion for sewing and color started when she was 11 years old. She took her first sewing class at Singer where she learned all about patterns and garment construction. This is when Carol began playing with fabrics and color and creating her own personalized wardrobe. It wasn’t until 1987 that she caught the quilting bug. Through the following years, the appreciation of quilting grew into a full-blown addiction!

After moving to Georgia in 2006 from Connecticut, Carol started working in a quilt shop on weekends for several years, where she realized how much she enjoyed helping customers select fabrics and solve quilting dilemmas. Because of this, and her love of the creativity in quilting, Carol attended Sulky’s Teacher Certification Class in 2009 and 2010. Since then, Carol has been teaching quilting, landscapes and thread embellishing classes to all ages and skill levels.

Carol took her first Judy Niemeyer class in 2013 and made the Arizona Cactus quilt. Since then she has been hooked on Quiltworx patterns taking more classes with Judy Niemeyer. In August 2014 Carol attended the Quiltworx Pre-Certification Instructor Training in Kalispell, Montana with Judy Niemeyer and worked towards becoming a Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Certified Instructor. On September 1, 2015 Carol became a Certified Instructor!

Lecture:               2/19/19               Stitch with Color

Workshop:          2/20/19              Waterwheel                   

9:00 – 3:00 @ St.  Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville

March 19, 2019 ******************************************************************************

Karen Combs



A native of Michigan, Karen Combs began quilting in 1973 while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and has worked at many state, city and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer and designer.

Her quilts are known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique “twist.” Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years.

Karen is the author of 9 different books, a fabric designer for almost two decades, working with several different fabric companies creating over 100 different collections; both batiks and quilting cottons.

Karen works with Quilt Seminars at Sea, teaching her quilting techniques on quilting cruises around the globe and has appeared on several TV quilting shows.

In addition to traveling to guilds and quilt shows, Karen’s new venture is her online class with Craftsy, New Directions in Tumbling Blocks.

Lecture:              3/19/19                Quilts of Illusion

Workshop:          3/20/19                Ice Crystals

9:00 – 3:00 @ St.  Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville

April 16, 2019**********************************************************************************************

Jean Richardson

Quilting Curves with Freezer Paper

Started quilting in 2000, self-taught starting with library books and fabrics that I purchased at an estate sale. I like to design art quilts and my favorite fabrics are batiks. In 2005, one of my designs ‘Fantasy Cabin’ was accepted into the AQS International Quilt Show in Paducah. I’ve taught at several local quilt shops and guilds. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering, and have lived in Lilburn for many years.

You can find some of my patterns online on my website:


May 21, 2019**********************************************************************************************

Sandy Fitzpatrick – Program – Why Didn’t I Think of That

Workshop – No Fear Free Motion Quilting

June 25, 2019**********************************************************************************************

Just for You

18th Annual Celebration

Come and Celebrate the Joy of Giving!

At April’s Guild meeting we will gather together for our annual Just For You celebration. All the quilts made will be put on display in the sanctuary and blessed. A representative from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will give a presentation on the positive impact the quilts have on the children and their families.

Since 2001 the Guild has participated in Just For You. Over 4,500 quilts have been presented to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The quilts are to give comfort and encourage the children and their families.

July16, 2019************************************************************************************************

Lynn Rinehart – Program – What the Fabric: Quilt Controversy Throughout History

Workshop – Mosaic Quilt

August 20, 2019*******************************************************************************************


September 17, 2019***************************************************************************************

MJ Kinman – Program – Colored Gemstones as Design Inspiration

Workshop – Bite-Size Gems – Create a Small Faceted Quilted

October 15, 2019******************************************************************************************

Cheryl Brickey – Program – Meadow Mist Trunk Show

Workshop – Cathedral Window Pincushion

November 19, 2019***************************************************************************************

Marquetta Johnson

Textile Artist and Quilter/Teaching Artist

Marquetta Johnson is a Teaching Artist and Quilter currently residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and professional development in the areas of Arts Integration, Arts Infusion and Inclusive Classrooms. Marquetta has appeared on many radio and television shows discussing and demonstrating her art form, an example being HGTV’s “Crafters Coast to Coast”. Marquetta’s artwork has been featured in several magazines including “Quilt Magazine” and MARTA’s “Marta on the Go Magazine”. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections such as the estate of the late B.B King, Faith Ringgold, The University of Maryland, Turner Broadcasting, and The Coca Cola Company. Marquetta is also a published author having written the book “Hand Dyed Quilts” now being sold on Marquetta has affiliations with VSA arts International/Kennedy Center, The Names Project-The Aids Memorial Quilt Foundation, the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Marquetta presently is a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art- Atlanta.

Instagram-@marquettabquilting   Website:


December 17, 2019***************************************************************************************

Christmas Luncheon