Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2018 Programs

Gwinnett Quilters Guild Programs for 2018

January 16, 2018 *****************************************************************************************

                           Patty Murphy


Patty learned to sew as a child by her mother. However, she didn’t begin quilting until she was 18 years old.

Just before her first child was born, her quilt “All Squared Up” was featured on the cover of Better Home and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine. She also wrote the book “Piecing Makeover: Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork”.

She teaches at local quilt shops in bias binding, paper piecing and color value. Patty also teaches “Quilt Studio”, a four hour window to get help on any project that has them stumped. She loves to help quilters solve problems with their quilts. You can see some of Patty’s quilts, blog and other information at

February 20, 2018 ****************************************************************************************

Amy Martin

Amy Martin is returning to entertain us with her spirited auction style. Last year was both an entertaining and financial success. She has been an auctioneer for over 20 years.

Bring all of your Quilting supplies, fabric etc. you no longer use. Clean out your sewing room to benefit your Guild.

You can bring your donations to Guild meetings beginning in August through the January guild meeting.

March 20, 2018*******************************************************************************************

David Gilliland


David Gilliland from Vector Quilts will be joining us in March. He will be presenting Traditional Piecing Versus Foundation Piecing.

David creates beautiful new patterns for quilts and mug rugs. He works with a lot of Batiks to create his patterns. He has a talent to design and the skills to teach in a way that is very easy to understand.

April 17, 2018**********************************************************************************************

Just for You

17th 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.

May 3 & 4, 2018 ******************************************************************************************                                       

                        Bonnie Hunter

Adventures in Leaders and Enders

 Bonnie is the Creative Mind of She has written numerous books on Scrappy Quilts. Also, she writes a regular column in Quiltmaker Magazine called “Addicted to Scraps”. Bonnie’s favorite motto is “The Best Things in Life are Quilted”!

Bonnie was hit with the Quilting Bug at a home economics class in high school. Her career began as the owner/designer of “Needle in a Haystack”. Her patterns for dolls and stuffed animals were translated into 7 languages.

In 1989, Bonnie began machine quilting, going Professional in 1995. She retired from Needle in a Haystack in 2009 when her quilting schedule involved traveling, teaching and writing.

Bonnie challenges quilters to break the rules, think outside the box and find what brings the joy. She will be sharing her creative way of creating quilts from scraps and how to manage your large stash.

Bonnie will present a lecture on May 3rd (Thursday). On May 4th (Friday) she will have a workshop with her pattern “Jared Takes a Wife”. Guild members can begin signing up for the Workshop at the October meeting.

There will be a $5 visitor fee for the May 3rd lecture.

June 19 & 20, 2018****************************************************************************************

Sandy Fitzgerald

Hissyfitz Designs  “Why Didn’t I Think of That”

Workshop – No Fear Free Motion Quilting


Sandy Fitzpatrick is a pattern designer, teacher and lecturer of machine applique and free motion quilting. Her applique patterns can be found at HizzyFitz Designs. Sandys goal is to get as many of the quirky designs spinning around her head down on paper for all to enjoy!

Sandy will have a lecture on “Why Didn’t I Think of That”. The lecture will have tips and shortcuts to make your sewing and quilting easier and more enjoyable.

She will give a workshop on “No Fear Free Motion Quilting”. The workshop will emphasize ideas and inspirations for Free Motion Quilting, how to set up your sewing area, taking the fear out of quilting and how to decide on a quilt design.  The class will also give you several design elements to provide inspiration and courage to tackle your UFO’s.

The workshop fee will e $35.

July 17, 2018***********************************************************************************************

Summer  Picnic – David Hirt

“Remembering the Good Old Days”

Join us for a Summer `picnic with David Hirt, a Master Storyteller and owner of Creative Communication Skills. He will present a lecture on “Remembering the Good Old Days”.

A Summer Pot Luck Luncheon with good friends, stories and ICE CREAM!


August 21, 2018*******************************************************************************************

Make It and Take It

After the Election of Officers the Guild Meeting will be taking a new approach. It will be called “Make It and Take It”. There will be 6-8 different mini-classes from which members can choose. Activities will be announced at a later date. There will be some classes requiring a sewing machine but the majority will not. The Guild will provide all the necessary materials to make the items.


September 18, 2018***************************************************************************************

Quilt Alliance

 The Quilt Alliance (QA) will present a short program on the History and Mission of the Alliance. The Mission of the QA is “to document, preserve and share the stories of American quilt heritage by collecting rich stories of historic and contemporary quilts and their makers which tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and communities”.

Then the excitement starts with several Guild members participating in the “Save Our Stories” (SOS) program. The SOS creates through recorded interviews, a broadly accessible body of information concerning quilt making of both present day and in living memory. The original audio recordings and photos are in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

You can view stories from other SOS participants at


October 16, 2018******************************************************************************************


Pam Mayo

Studio 180 Certified Instructor

Workshop – Tumbling Triangles

Deb Tuckers Certified Teacher, Pam Mayo will be the Speaker for the month of October. She will present a lecture titled “Introduction to Studio 180 Designs.

Deb Tucker (Studio 180 Designs) and Marie Bostwick (Author of Cobble Court Quilting Series) collaborate with each other to pair Deb Tuckers Quilts to the books that Marie Bostwick writes.

Pam Mayo will also have the Workshop – Tumbling Triangles. This class will require the V-Block Ruler.

November 20, 2018****************************************************************************************

North Georgia Scissors

Lecture and Scissor Sharpening


December 18, 2018****************************************************************************************

Christmas Luncheon