Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2023 Programs

January 17, 2023 **************************************************************************************

HollyAnne Knight from String & Story in Duluth, GA

Aurifil Threads

HollyAnne is a Co-founder and CEO of String & Thread Quilt Store in downtown Duluth, GA. She is also Co-founder of a non-profit, Quilts for Cure.   She teaches online and in-person at her shop.  Holly Anne will tell us everything we need to know about Aurifil Threads.  And she will be bringing samples of threads and someone(s) may be taking home thread!!  HollyAnne is vivacious and excited about everything quilting.  Her goal is to guide more quilters around the world to stitch with confidence.  And she is in our backyard!  We get her in-person!


Pretty Fabric Bowls Workshop January 18, 2023

Taught by our very own, Carol Kreason

9:30-10:30                    Location:  TBD

Using the Pretty Fabric Bowl pattern, we will create some beautiful bowls -hand sewing the pieces together with the English Paper Piecing technique.  This is a great introduction to English Paper Piecing for those who would like to try it. The pattern has templates for 5 different bowl sizes.  There are so many options to make your bowl unique! They make excellent little gifts!

Cost:  $10 for the pattern       Examples


February 21 & 22, 2023 **********************************************************************************

Kathryn ZimmermanLegacy Quilts

February 21 – Trunk Show of 25-30 Award Winning Quilts


Kathryn Zimmerman is from Mars Hill, NCShe is a retired Professor of Chemistry, having taught at Georgia Gwinnett College.  But now she is a Quilter, Quilt Judge, Teacher, and lecturer.  Her motto is “Assisting Quilters for Quality Creations.”  Kathryn will bring her award quilts and explain how each were constructed giving us insight to try new methods.  Some of her awards have been at AQS Shows, Best of Show at Mountain Quiltfest in 2012 & 2021, and her quilts have appeared in the National Quilters Society Art Quilt Wall Calendar.

February 22 – Workshop:  Prepared Edge Applique

Kathryn will teach us to applique to achieve the beautiful results in her quilts. You will make a 12 ½ x 12 ½ block learning to make points, stems, curves, and circles.  She will teach a mix of machine applique techniques with piecing as well as using color to emphasize the design.  She will sell you a $5 kit with everything you need except the scrapes of fabric you bring.  Already applique?  Kathryn will up your skill level!  Cost of class: $17

Meet at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 319 Grayson Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA upstairs.
Look for Guild signs marking entrance to use.

March 21, 2023 ********************************************************************************************

Diane Knott – Butterfly Threads Quilting in Cumming, GA

Lecture & Trunk Show titled, Strip Quilt Secrets

Diane Knott is returning to our Guild to show you the possibilities in your own stash by cutting your scraps and yardage into strips.  She will change the way you cut your strips plus five piecing techniques.  She will show us the 15 quilts from her latest book plus some other favorites featured in magazines and “trunk show exclusives” not yet published.  Get inspired to sew your stash!  She is a favorite speaker!  Come see why!

April 18, 2023 **********************************************************************************************

Spring Cleaning Auction!!

Get rid of some of your stuff and then buy someone else’s stuff  !!

Someone else’s discard or mistake, is some else’s Treasure !

Be looking for quilts you are never going to finish, Quilt kits you bought and never going to sew, Fabric you fell out of love with, (Or ordered fabric during Covid & it looked wrong), Make up a Quilt Kit with your extra fabric & a pattern on hand or ….

Make a Bag or Purse to sell!  Someone who can’t make one would love it!  Make Bowl Warmers or Ice cream Bowl holders.  Someone doesn’t have time to make them!  Make a placemat & table runner set.  Makes a quick gift! And on & on…..

Have too many quilts and everybody in your family has one (or two or three).  Donate to the auction to raise $ for the Guild.

Donate a coupon to bind a quilt.  Or a coupon to quilt a Just For You Quilt.  Help the Guild in 2 ways!  Nothing fancy required.  Coupon to clean a sewing machine like a Featherweight.

Do you know someone who could make a CRAFT that would make a great donation?  Woodworkers anyone?  Basket maker?  Painter?   Stainglass?  The ideas could go on & on……

There will be no Birthday Drawings, Library, Show and Tell, Just 4 You table, Programs and no “free” table. 

May 16, 17, 2023 *****************************************************************************************

Nancy Mahoney

Two Block Wonders Truck Show

Unlock the mystery and double your quilting fun by placing two different blocks side by side to create extraordinary quilts.  Every Quilter, regardless of the skill level, can make unique quilts.  Nancy will share tips for successfully pairing up blocks to create dazzling quilts.

Nancy has been featured in 250 national & international Quilt Magazines, authored 15 books, designed 100+ quilt patterns, and created 15 fabric collections.  Her latest book, A New Twist, was published in 2022.  Nancy combines traditional blocks with updated techniques to create dazzling quilts.

May 17, 2023 – Workshop: Blooming  Feathered Star


This is the perfect class for anyone who wants to learn how to make a feathered star block.  Nancy takes students through a step-by-step class with rotary cutting and piecing techniques for making accurate triangle squares.  Her methods make short work of this tricky looking block.  The pattern is included in the price of the class.  Cost:  $45

June 20, 2023 *****************************************************************************************

Just for You Celebration

July18, 2023 ******************************************************************************************

Eleanor Levie

July 18 – A Magical History Tour –

American Quiltmaking 1970 – 2000

Sit back and let the author of American Quiltmaking: 1970-2000 lead you on a rollicking journey through quiltmaking in our time. Elly will share many secrets and stories about the explosion of fabrics and designs, the ground-breaking tools and techniques, and the larger-than-life personalities. She’ll show you some of the best and best-loved quilts of our lifetime. Bet many of you find this a trip down memory lane! when it comes to entertaining programs, live or on Zoom, Eleanor makes sure that everyone cracks a lotta smiles.

Lucky to have learned from a wide array of experts as she produced her many quilting books, she brings their diverse and innovative techniques–as well as her own eclectic ideas and designs to all of her trunk shows. Mission: Get beginning and experienced quilters to try something new, quilt outside the box, and have a lot of fun!

This Program will be our first presenter to be Zoomed In

** Bring a quilt you made during the 70’s and 80’s to Show & Tell

August 15, 2023 ******************************************************************************************

Celebrate the Guild’s 40th (43rd) Bday

      With a Tea Party!!

Arrive at 10:00, our regular meeting time.  Put on a fancy hat & gloves and join in celebrating with a proper tea, fancy sandwiches and treats.  There will be the installation of new Officers, hat contest, games & prizes, the drawing for the “Birthday Quilt” and our regular Birthday Table.  (No free table, library, or program Tables however)


September19, 2023 *************************************************************************************

Vicki Conley, Textile Artist

September 19 – Trunk Show, Inspired by the Parks

Vicki will Zoom In and take us on a virtual Quilt Tour through the National Parks!  She has been a studio pottery artist for 40 years and has retired to pursue fiber art.  Vicki discovered quilting in 2003.  After making a few traditional quilts, she started designing her own quilts and art quilts.  Her inspiration is taken from the natural world and she enjoys interpreting both realistically and abstract.  Her work is strongly influenced by hiking and traveling through the National and State Parks. Vicki will explain the process in creating her quilts.  Vicki’s quilts are exhibited nationally. She still owns a gallery in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

September Sew-In Breast Cancer Pillows 

Following the September Guild Meeting plan to join other members to make Breast Cancer pillows.  Pre-Cuts will be available and stuffing to make the pillows.  Or bring your machine if you would like to sew the pre-cuts.  Or bring needle & thread to sew up the stuffing holes.  A cutting board will be available if you want to cut out the pattern.  This is a fun way to get to know each other better and accomplish a Breast Cancer Pillow goal!!  Bring your lunch and a drink.  We will hang out until about 2: 00 or so.  No sign up required.

October 17,2023*****************************************************************************************


At our October meeting, we will be treated to a Trunk Show of Fall Themed Quilts – Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays and Christmas from Quilters at Sew Sew Studio in Bogart, Georgia.  Ideas will abound for your Fall quilting.  Following the Trunk Show, there will be a Pop-Up Shop set up for us to shop for ideas and products mentioned in the Trunk Show.  There will be patterns, pre-cuts, new notions, the newest Janome machine to “ooh & ahh over” and some autumn themed yardage.  There will be a raffle and coupons to Sew Sew Studio.  Join in the fun to excite your quilting habit!!

*************************************October 18, 2023 *************************************************

 Workshop – Binding with Confidence
Presented by Joyce Taylor

On Wednesday, October 18th, our own Joyce Taylor will provide a Binding Workshop.
Joyce will be demonstrating several binding techniques for us. A beautiful project is
most beautiful with a lovely sewn binding!
This has been a requested workshop and would be a great opportunity to bring your
Meals on Wheels placemats that need binding. Placemats are due at the November
guild meeting. If you prefer, feel free to bring a quilt or wall hanging that needs
Signups for this workshop (fee $10) will be available at the September guild meeting.

November 14, 2023******************************************************************************

Tara Miller from The Quilt District

Tara Miller is a quilt designer, maker, and enthusiast.  She comes to us from The Quilt District in Atlanta.  Tara has published patterns and articles in numerous quilting magazines. She produces Quiltside Chats online with Quilt Folk magazine.   Her quilts have appeared in several juried shows, including Quilt Con in Atlanta February 2023.

Tara spoke to us on zoom in our homes during Covid, but she is coming back in-person to share with us another program, “Graphic Quilts of the 20th Century”.  This presentation is packed with graphic, visually stunning quilts from the whole of the 20th century.  Many of these have surprisingly modern aesthetics!  Throughout the Presentation, Tara will put these quilts in context: historically, socially, artistically.  Tara will talk about some of our connections with the past that inform and inspire us in quilt making today.

***************************************November 15, 2023*********************************************

Workshop “Fan Girl, A Crazy Lady”

9:00 – 3:00    Cannon Methodist Fellowship Hall     
Fee:  $35 – includes pattern                                 
Teacher:  Tara Miller

With a circa 1910 crazy quilt as our inspiration, Tara will have us make fan blocks using simple, quick, and fun methods. Students can use decorative or straight stitches on their machine to create this quilt. She will show students how to use the simple herringbone embroidery stitch to add an additional layer of design to the straight-stitch applique. This workshop is great for the confident beginner, but is also loads of fun for experienced piece makers. The result is a bold and graphic design! (Pattern has fabric requirements for a pillow front, table runner, and quilt.)  Bring usual sewing supplies and your machines.  Look at the picture of the quilt and decide what kind of fabrics you want to pull from your stash to make this quilt!  You can see a better picture on Tara’s website:

December 19, 2023**************************************************************************************

Holiday Luncheon   December 19

Lunch Catered by Blue Rooster in Lawrenceville

  Friendship Time 10:30-11:00

              Luncheon to start at 11:00

            Dress up as Mrs. Santa Claus !!

         Prizes !!  for Best Costume !! Santa chooses!!

Mrs. Claus does not always wear red.  Do you think her closet is full of only red clothes??  She has other clothes.  Mrs. Claus does not always just sit by Santa.  She goes places – the grocery, a party, a Shop Hop, Guild meetings, & Bee. Mrs. Claus has a job of checking Santa’s lists twice.  Finding out who was naughty and nice.  She sews and makes quilts.  There is baking and cooking, cleaning, taking care of the elves, shoveling snow, making toys.  She is a Super Woman!!  When Santa & the elves came down with Covid she nursed them back to health, while sick herself.  She likes to ride horses and motorcycles.  There is more to this woman than a plump face and red clothes.  Mrs. Claus works out!  Let us show Santa that his “Mrs.” is an awesome woman!!  Santa will select his Super Lady at our Holiday Luncheon!!  AndMrs. Claus does not have to cook for the Luncheon 😊

Play Quilter’s Family Feud

Each table is a “Family”.  Rack up points to see who will be the winning quilting family

 Gift Baskets

          How can I win one??

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

There will be no Show ‘N Tell at the party.