Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

Current Program

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



In March, we will begin a monthly Fat Quarter Exchange. The program is open to anyone that wants to increase their fabric “Stash”. Each month will feature a color or theme. If you are interested in the color or theme, then participate. If you are not interested, then wait until you like the exchange choice of color or theme.

The color for March is BLUE……….. any shade of blue, a color on color, a pattern predominate in blue, etc.

Please select Quilt Shop quality fabric ONLY. If you wouldn’t use it, then don’t give it to someone else. The point is to grow your Stash with quality fabric to use in a future project.

You will start with one yard of fabric to cut into Fat Quarters. Cut your yard of fabric down the center on the fold, then fold each section in half (top to bottom) and cut across the fabric. Each piece should measure approximately 18″ x 22″. Fold each piece into a tidy bundle and put all four bundles into a plastic bag with you name on the bag.

Before the meeting begins, turn in your bag at the Fat Quarter Table (in the back of the room by the Birthday Drawing Table). Sorry, but if you arrive after 10am, you bag will not be accepted for the exchange. It takes time to sort the fabric and late entries complicate the process.

At the break, come to the table to retrieve your NEW assortment of Fat Quarters. ENJOY.


Remember to return the Library books you’ve borrowed!


Bee Groups

Bee Groups are small groups of sewers who have a mission to accomplish. There are several who bring sewing machines and do quilts for special folks, and others who do hand sewing toward their goal.

The new Bee Groups leaders are Emilu Bailes ( and Mary Lou Godbey (

We are very excited about our new position and want you to get the MOST out of your membership here at Gwinnett Quilting Guild through smaller group get-togethers.

A list of current Bee Groups was given to us and we’ll be phoning the leaders of each group to check in and set up a meeting over the next year. At the meeting, we’ll be taking a photo of the group and learning the mission of the group. Many of the upcoming meetings we’ll be hosting a table for you to learn more about those groups and consider getting involved with them, or establishing your own Bee Group!

If you already have an interest in the Bee Groups, please don’t hesitate to contact either one of us on line.

Warm Regards,

Emilu and Mary Lou