Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2022 Programs

January 18, 2022******************************************************************************************

Zoom Meeting with 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.

February 15, 2022***************************************************************************************

This program is at 10:00 pm via Zoom Meeting

Stephanie Hackney

“Batting: What’s Inside Matters”


‘Batting: What’s Inside Matters’

Presented by Stephanie Hackney/Director of Sales & Marketing, Craft & Retail
Hobbs Bonded Fibers

This lecture offers quilters and other creatives a chance to learn all about fibers and batting.

This lecture covers:
– the questions we ask quilters to assist them in narrowing down the many batting choices to what’s ‘best’ for achieving the results they desire;
– the various fiber types, and pros and (potential) cons of each type;
– what we recommend for specific use cases (modern quilts, charity quilts, art quilts, wall hangings, runners, throws, etc.);
– proper use and care of battings and quilts;
– tips and tricks for best results;
– bearding: how to prevent and fix it
– and, a bit of fun!

Hobbs Project Sheet

From Stephanie:  Thank you again for inviting me to share our batting lecture with your group.

My contact info (below my signature) is for everyone who attended the presentation, so they can contact me directly with any questions, etc.

And because our office is already receiving requests for the sample sets I mentioned (and again, we’re not able to send them out directly), please let everyone know they can get them from one of these two Hobbs resellers:

Linda’s Electric:

Quilted Memories/

Thank you again and have a great week,



Stephanie Hackney

Dir. Sales & Mktg., Craft & Retail Products
254.301.3039 cell
Hobbs Bonded Fibers
200 Commerce Dr.
Waco, TX 76710

March 15, 2022*******************************************************************************************

Elizabeth Frolet

“ My Journey as a Quilter”

Trunk show of award winning Baltimore Album & Crazy Quilts

Elizabeth has lived in the US for 25+ years but is originally from France. She came across quilting quite by accident 30 years ago and was love struck by it.  She has been an avid quilter ever since. She eventually became a teacher, first at Little Quilts and then at Tiny Stitches quilt shops.  She has won ribbons at local and regional shows as well as at Paducah and Houston Quilt Shows.  She enjoys hand embroidery, hand applique and hand quilting the most.


WE’RE BACK!  March 15 we will return to live meetings at Cannon!

Masks are optional.

No food or drinks will be provided.

The door on the left side of the building will be locked; however we will have someone stationed there to let people in from 9:30 until 10:05.  If you arrive after that time you will need to enter through the door on the opposite side.  (the side by the traffic light)

Nominating Committee –  It is time for new officers.  The nominating committee is being formed.  Remember if you want a guild you, these positions need to be filled.

Show & Tell – Because we expect everyone will be anxious to show what they have been doing over the shut-down, we will enforce the two quilt limit for show & tell.  We need to give everyone a chance to display their projects.

Free Table – The Free Table will be set up for you to share your treasures.  At the end of the meeting, please take home any of your items that were not chosen.


The birthday table will be set up for our first time back together in two years!  Raffle tickets are still a bargain (when everything else is rising in cost).  Just $1 will get you four tickets.  Those having birthdays in January, February and March, please bring an offering for our birthday table.  Time for us to gather and have a great time!


April 19, 2022*********************************************************************************************

Cynthia England


Cynthia England Biography:

Cynthia England is a native Houstonian and graduate of the Art Institute of Houston and has been creating quilts for more than forty years. Experimentation with quilting techniques led her to develop her own unique style and technique called, “Picture Piecing”. Cynthia’s quilts have been honored with many awards, including three Best of Shows at the prestigious International Quilt Association, as well as Viewer’s Choice at the American Quilter’s Society. Her quilt, Piece and Quiet was distinguished as one of the Hundred Best Quilts of the 20th Century.

Cynthia teaches and lectures nationally and internationally. To date, she has shared her techniques at quilting events in South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Canada, Australia, Spain and Mexico.

In addition, she is the designer and owner of England Design Studios which is a publishing/pattern company which specializes in the “Picture Piecing technique. She has designed over 70 patterns that use her technique and written two books explaining the process. Visit her website at:


Cynthia England Workshop
Small Landscape Class – Full Day /5 hrs          9:30 – 4:00                 Fee:  $40

Cynthia’s most popular class… choose from two small landscapes. Both are 19″ X 17″. No tracing involved; templates are preprinted onto freezer paper. Fabric selection, organizational skills and construction methods will be addressed in class. Sewing machines and irons required.  (Material fee: $ 37.00)

Small Landscape Class Supply List

Smokey Mountains

Tranquil Lake

May 17, 2022*********************************************************************************************

Kelly Young

“Make Your Scraps Work –  Trunk Show (quilts from her books)

Kelly Young is a Louisiana native living in Germantown, TN. She is the author of Stash Statement, as well as a pattern designer and blogger. As a former elementary teacher of 15
years, she loves sharing knowledge and encouraging others in their own creativity, all
while keeping her classes light and fun!

Although she often uses fabrics with bold, fresh colors, Kelly’s quilts encompass a wide range of styles. As she says, “I try not to label myself; if I like it, I make it!” Kelly’s quilts and patterns have been featured in several national magazines and digital magazines, including Modern Quilts Unlimited, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Quilt-It Today, Modern By the Yard, and Make Modern.

In her Stash Statement trunk show, you’ll see all twelve quilts from Kelly’s book,
as well as several others using the same technique. After seeing how easy it is to
create depth and texture with this technique, you’ll be inspired to use your own
unique scraps to create treasured, one-of-a-kind quilts.

Workshop:              May 18, 2022                            Workshop:   Fee:  $35

“Full Spectrum” – mini quilt – the cover quilt from her 2nd book.  (Students will be asked to purchase the book for a discounted rate of $20.

Full Spectrum workshop Supply List


June 21, 2022*********************************************************************************************

Just For You Celebration

The church sanctuary is booked for our June “Just for You” display!! It might actually happen this year! Get those quilts made!  Theresa will have labels and kits at the March meeting. Look for her somewhere near the membership table.

Just For You Presentation – Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The 2022 “Just for you” presentation will be June 21 in the Canon Church sanctuary. Please bring your quilts that day, no sooner.

We will need volunteers to help with quilt drop offs and displays as well as many people (30 would be good) who are willing to wash and bag the quilts for delivery after the presentation. Volunteer sign ups will be at the MAY meeting.

Remember- quilting should be no further than 4” apart for all 80/20 batting and polyester batting. 100% cotton needs to be even closer; Warm and and Natural can be further apart. I can usually tell by feel what batting was used.

Thanks, Judy Swafford

July 19, 2022**********************************************************************************************

Barbara Means

Atlanta Chapter Representative/ Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Lecture:  Barbara will present all the details for us about your newest charity project –Ryan’s Case for Smiles – pillowcases for hospitalized children in the Atlanta area.

August 16, 2022*******************************************************************************************

Election of Officers

Lynette Joel


Trunk Show of her Amazing Machine Embroidery Quilts

Local artist Lynette Joel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She was inspired by natural designs, color, and African art, which have had a strong influence on her creative spirit. She and her family moved to Atlanta in 1976.

She works in multimedia including quilting, silver, jewelry, upholstery, wearable art, and stained glass.

17 years ago Lynette discovered the art of digitizing and machine embroidery.  This medium is her passion. It encompasses all the techniques and materials, including computer drawing, sewing, quilting, thread painting and working with design, color and texture.  All Lynette’s designs are original work.

Sign-ups for the Candace Hassan “Lets Polka” workshop on September 21st will be available at the August 16 meeting. Workshop fees are due at the time of sign-up.

September 20, 2022***************************************************************************************

Candace Hassan

Trunk Show

About Candace Hassan: I love to design and make quilts. I am happy to make a custom quilt for you in any size or color combination that you would like.
Working with color relationships is my favorite thing. I enjoy studying motifs from other cultures to get ideas for my work. I get many design ideas from nature, paintings, and other artistic mediums, as well as vintage quilts, and other textiles. I prefer making quilts that contain many fabrics; because I believe that this gives the viewer a much more interesting and pleasing quilt to look at. It also makes the quilt much more versatile; and will help to add a beautiful focal point, or unique accent piece to a wider variety of rooms.

I have a bachelor’s degree in art; and have been weaving for 35 years; both of which I believe, have had a big influence in the way I use color and pattern in my quilt designs. My quilts have been published in McCall’s quilting magazine and have won numerous awards in local quilt shows and fairs. I have self-published patterns for many of my quilts.

When I am not at home designing and making quilts, I am traveling, showing my quilts in trunk shows, and teaching at quilt guilds.

Sept. 21, 2022      Sign-ups will be available at the August 16 meeting. Workshop fees are due at the time of sign-up.
Workshop:    ”Let’s Polka”  48 x 72 throw quilt (but it can be made any size)
Fee:  $35  All Day Class  (plus $7 to Candace for pattern)
Workshop Supply List

This is a wonderful class for beginners. it is a beginner sampler that does not scream “I am a beginner sampler!” This quilt uses very simple blocks, such as half  and quarter square triangles  to make a beautiful contemporary design. We will discuss different ways of laying out these blocks and fun ways to make them more unique, with the use of color placement, and stripes or other directional prints.

October 18, 2022****************************************************************************************

Quilts of Valor Program

The Quilts of Valor organization will sponsor our program, honoring our veterans.

November 15, 2022***************************************************************************************

Suzi Parron
Following the Barn Quilt Trail

I travel full time by RV, speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations–whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! My talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother’s quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes. The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.

Workshop: Painting a Barn Quilt          November 16, 2022  Supply List

Location:  Cannon Methodist Fellowship Hall         Time:  9:00- 1:00

WORKSHOP for November 16:  Join Suzi and make your own Barn Quilt sign on a 2’ x 2’ primed board.  You will go through the steps of drafting, taping, and painting with careful attention to detail. The price of the workshop is $10 which will include supplies such as paper towels, painter’s tape, drop cloths, and cloths to cover tables.   The kit for the class is $45 which includes the board, patterns, paint, foam brushes, colored pencils and other tools. Pay the $45 kit fee to Suzi at the workshop.  Sign ups will open in September.  Be saving up your money for this unique project!

December 20, 2022****************************************************************************************

A Quilting Holiday with Friends

Lunch:  Lunch is being catered from Blue Rooster Restaurant in Lawrenceville.  Cost is $15.  Place your order at the Guild meeting.

Choose:  Chicken salad sandwich    Ham sandwich   Veggie sandwich

Turkey sandwich    Pimento Cheese sandwich

Lunch includes choice of bread, choice of side, cookie or brownie, and drinks.  You get to create your own Lunch Box.

(contact Jamie Jones, Program Chair if you have dietary issues)

Visit from Santa with gifts for all good quilters!!

Photo Booth with Santa.  Dress up with friends & have a photo taken with Santa.  Or one of yourself to send to family, friends, kids & grandkids!!

Price is Right!!   –  Win Prizes

Gift Baskets

Put a return address on a dollar bill to enter Gift Basket Drawings. Enter as many times as you want!

Volunteer to make a Gift Basket!  Maker of the Basket gets to keep all the $1 entries!!                                           (This activity is not designed to be a fundraiser for the Guild.)


Make a special Christmas dessert to share with friends.  Dessert is provided, but we all love our sugar & spice at the Holidays!