Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2020 Programs

Gwinnett Quilters Guild Programs for 2020

January 21, 2020 *****************************************************************************************

Sylvia Schaefer

Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m Sylvia Schaefer, and I have been quilting since 2007. I hold a PhD in marine science, and my background in science often inspires my quilt designs, both directly and indirectly. My quilts and patterns have been published in magazines both online and in print (including McCall’s Quick Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Machine Quilting Unlimited, and as part of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilt of the Month program). My work has been exhibited and won awards regionally and nationally, including ribbons at Pacific International Quilt Festival, the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, and MQX, among others. In 2017, I was awarded the second annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship, allowing me to start my own line of printed patterns sold in quilt shops around the world. I have also appeared on camera in Fresh Quilting and Patchwork Nation. My first book, out in 2019, is a guide to designing modern quilts from traditional blocks, The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook.

Lecture: January 21     What is Modern Quilting?

Workshop: January 22   Celestial Orbs (full day)  Supply List


Combine foundation paper piecing and curved piecing to create a show-stopping quilt with perfect points! Students will begin by learning foundation paper piecing techniques to create the colorful star centers, then add gently curved melon shapes to create this pattern inspired by the traditional Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block. We’ll also discuss how to bind the scalloped edges on your finished quilt.

February 18, 2020*****************************************************************************************

Southwind Designs

 Annette Ornelas

Southwind Designs features original designs and patterns by Annette Ornelas, a German-born quilt artist, teacher and designer. Annette lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her husband and their three dogs. Most of her time is devoted to teaching and designing, or spending time outdoors, enjoying her garden. She also loves riding along on her husband’s Harley and gets inspiration from looking at the scenery they pass.

Annette conducts workshops and lectures throughout the United States. Her unique approach to quilting has led her to design numerous Dimensional Curved piecing patterns and books. Annette also enjoys making and teaching her unique free-form Textured Landscapes designs.

Lecture for February 18, 2020:              Peeled-Back Patchwork, Dimensional Curves

Workshop for Feb 19, 2020:                  Mexican Stars       Supply List

Straight line piecing with curved results! Looks amazing in any color combination!

March 17, 2020********************************************************************************************

Marquetta Bell Johnson

“My Secret Garden – An Artist’s Journey of Discovery”


Marquetta Bell Johnson was born into a family of tailors and quilters. Her family life provided a rich environment that fostered her creativity as a youth. She is a self-taught artist, creating hand dyed textiles, quilts, and collectibles. She has been fortunate because she has also benefited by the lessons she learned from other surface design artists and quilters.

Marquetta is also a teaching artist affiliated with many organizations such as The High Museum of Art -Atlanta, VSAarts of GA, the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning and the Names Project Foundation-the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Marquetta’s artwork is represented by Mason Murer fine Art galley and is in many private and corporate collections such as Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Marcus of Atlanta, Georgia, The Coca Cola Corporation and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. She has received several commissions with the most prominent being a Textile Mural for the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

December 15, 2020****************************************************************************************

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).