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

 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.  Sandy’s 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. 

Sandy Fitzpatrick from HizzyFitz Designs will give a workshop on “No Fear Free Motion Quilting” on Wednesday May 22nd. 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. Class fee is $20.

Workshop May 22, 2019 – No Fear Free Motion Quilting

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

Just for You

18th Annual Celebration

Come and Celebrate the Joy of Giving!

At June’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.

Just For You Drop Off Instructions – Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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

Lynn Rinehart

Speaker: Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV 

Lecture: “WTF Quilts: What The Fabric?”

Fiber artist, certified quilt appraiser, quilt designer, fabric lover, fabric collector and lover of quilts. That’s really just a long way of saying that she is a quilter! Lynn is active in several guilds and quilt groups. She designs her own quilts and continues to quilt outside of the box, bringing in her natural curiosity about color and how it affects quilt designs.

She is blessed with a wonderful husband, two Saluki children named Josie and Giacomo, and a longarm named Clementine. To learn more about Lynn’s quilt appraisals, visit her Cotton Art Studio website, or follow her on social media @CottonArtStudio.

Workshop – Mosaic Quilt – For the mosaic workshop she will need your email address so she can get a picture to process an individual pattern for the class.  The pictures that work best are a close up of a single person or a pet.  She will need that from them a couple of weeks before the class so she has time to get the patterns done.  If a participant doesn’t have a picture she will provide a generic flower pattern they can use.

Workshop – July 17, 2019  9:00-3:00

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

There will be no speaker or workshop as this is our annual meeting and official change of elected Board members – Come join us on the “Boardwalk” for some food, fun & prizes!

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

MJ Kinman – Program – Colored Gemstones as Design Inspiration

When people ask me what I do, I like to tell them I make the biggest diamonds in the world. But instead of working with the hardest substances on earth, I work with the softest …. cloth. The idea to create giant gem portraits took hold of my soul 20 years ago and has grown into a passion that has enriched my life.   It’s now my delight and privilege to share my passion for light and color with other quiltmakers around the country through my classes, presentations, and special events. My goal is to provide others with the tools, inspiration, and confidence to create their own sparkling work, regardless of the subject matter.

My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, national juried competitions. and private collections. Most recently, Maker’s Mark Distillery commissioned a “Bourbon Diamond” for their permanent art collection. (Installation date is scheduled for August 2018.) The Women’s Jewelry Association featured an exhibit of my gems at the 2017 Awards for Excellence Gala in New York City. My work has been featured in Quilting Arts Magazine, France Patchwork, Make Modern Magazine, Online Quilt Magazine. Additionally, three Quilting Arts TV segments featuring my work and techniques are airing currently airing on PBS stations around the country.


Diamond Divas & Drama Queens: A Gem Quilt Trunk Show

The most beautiful gemstones capture light and reflect it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing fiery personalities. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show of my gem quilts chronicle my story — my 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth.

During my presentation, I’ll discuss the techniques I use to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets.

And as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my leap from the Corporate life into the Creative life.

Workshop – Bite-Size Gems – Create a Small Faceted Quilted – September 18, 2019


Join me and members of the Gwinnett Quilters’ Guild as we create our own “Bite-Sized Gems”! Using the design and piecing techniques I rely on to create my diamond portraits, students will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light. After choosing from one of several pre-selected images based on their skill level, students will learn how to code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto hand-painted fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Students will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home. Student supply list will be provided at time of booking.

Supply List for Class

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

Cheryl Brickey – Program – Meadow Mist Trunk Show

Cheryl is an engineer by day, writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, two elementary aged children, a cat, and a crazy Labrador. She enjoys all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math.

If you want to take a look at her blog, you will find her latest finishestutorialspatterns, and popular yearly mystery quilt in the tabs at the top of the blog and on the sidebar.

Besides her blog, you can find her often on Instagram @MeadowMistDesigns and on Facebook.

October 15th – Workshop #1 – Cathedral Window Pin Cushion (3 hours)  Supply List

Cathedral windows are a classic quilt design and are a fun combination of origami-like fabric folding and sewing. In the workshop, participants will learn to make a cathedral window block and then turn it into a pincushion.


October 16th – Workshop #2 – Beginning Paper Piecing (6 hours)    Supply List

Foundation paper piecing is a great sewing technique to create interesting angles and perfect points. This beginner level paper piecing class will take you through the basics, from preparing the templates and fabric, to how to sewing finished blocks together.

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

Diane Knott 



I made my first quilt in 1997 while expecting my first child. In 2012, and many quilts later, I created the online pattern company and website called Butterfly Threads Quilting to distinguish myself from the other Diane Knott (who is a talented fabric designer in the quilting industry.) I have published over a dozen patterns, created three templates, been featured in Quilt Magazine, Primitive Quilts and Patchwork, Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, and the American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar.

In addition to traveling and teaching from her two books published by C&T, Scrap Quilt Secrets and Strip Quilt Secrets, Diane enjoys making custom quilts for hire and longarm quilting for others. Now that her nest is empty of children, it is filled with fabric!

Lecture: Nov. 19 – Strip Quilt Secrets

Workshop: Nov. 20 – Under the Mistletoe pattern (paper piecing and curves) Supply List

Learn the techniques for paper piecing and sewing curves for excellent results every time! Find out for yourself that curves are NOT scary! Suitable for confident beginners through advanced quilters. Table Runner version is included in this workshop. Covers basic flip and sew paper piecing as well as template sewing.


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

Christmas Luncheon

For the  Christmas luncheon we ask that each member bring a side or dessert to share. The Guild will supply the meat and drinks of coffee, hot tea & water. If you want to bring a drink to share, such as soda, that will be fine.

Also, please remember to bring a serving spoon with your dish.

If you would rather make a monetary donation of $7, that will be in place of a dish.  (This $7 is separate from the Refreshments for other months. Ginny Manning is collecting the monies).