Gwinnett Quilters' Guild

2024 Programs

January 16, 2024***********************************************************************************

Carole Lyle Shaw

“What Makes a Modern Quilter?”

Carol’s passion is to inspire quilters to explore the fun and creative freedom in making modern quilts.  Carol will zoom in to our Guild meeting to share with us about “What Makes a Modern Quilt.”  Carol is one of the “big” names in the Modern quilting world.

Carol taught herself to quilt when she decided to make quilts for her many nieces and nephews.  She found her first quilting home with the African American Quilters of Baltimore, who taught her the best quilting techniques to express her quilt vision.  Carol is excited about modern quilting because it is all about bringing individualism and free expression to the quilts we are making today.

January 17th Workshop – Nancy Jeffaries  – “Yes, I Can Make a T-Shirt Quilt”

Join us as our own Nancy Jeffares teaches us how to make a T-shirt quilt. Learn all her tips and tricks!  (Please remember we will not have a registration table in Dec.).  The fee is $10 and we will meet at Cannon UMC the day following the guild meeting.  The time for the class is 10:00 – 3:00.  Since we will not take reservations for classes in December at the Luncheon,  if you want to take the class, email Carol Kreson.


January 20, 2024

Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild will host an Antique and Vintage Quilt Turning on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Please join us in the auditorium of the Alpharetta branch of the Fulton County Library located at 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. The program will be from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
For those unfamiliar with quilt turnings, you are in for a treat! They are perhaps the precursor to our Show and Tell programs at today’s quilt guild meetings. Many years ago, when quilters would get together, they would each bring a quilt to share to show their handiwork to friends. If space was limited, they would lay them all out on a bed, stacked one on top of the other. As each quilt was held up for viewing— “turned” — the owner would talk about the quilt and tell its story.

The quilts presented at our quilt turning are more than 50 years old and owned by Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild members. Some quilts have been handed down for generations, with documented stories, and are part of the heritage of that family. In other cases, the provenance of the quilt is unknown. Some have even been used for paint drop cloths!
Please join us to see amazing quilts and learn about quiltmaking history. This event is free and open to the public.

February 20, 2024**********************************************************************************

Denise Russell

“I Love Fabric Panels:  How Can I Design a Quilt Using Them?”

Denise Russell is coming to us from Kennesaw, GA and will be presenting a Trunk Show & program on, “I Love Fabric Panels: How Can I Design a Quilt Using Them.”  Denise will show us how to figure out what to do with a Panel, how much fabric to purchase, and so on.  She will talk about what to focus on when designing a panel quilt.

Denise designs quilts for fabric manufacturers from the US and Canada, for magazines and books. She also publishes patterns under the label “Pieced Brain.” She has been blogging about quilting, quilt designs, machine applique’, free-motion quilting, and other crafts since 2013.  She taught classes at the Grand Rapids AQS Show this past September.

February 21st Workshop – Joan Fisher  – “Box Bottom & Bows Tote”

Our own Joan Fisher will teach us how to make this beautiful bag.  Joan is our resident expert bag maker!   This workshop is the day following the Feb. meeting.  The class is  $10 and we will meet at Cannon UMC.  Time for the class:  10:00-3:00.


March 19, 2024*************************************************************************************

Nancy McNally Zoom Meeting

“What was I Thinking”

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Nancy McNally will zoom into our March Guild meeting from Michigan to talk to us about how she designs quilts and the messes she has gotten herself into.  She will discuss how she works with color, batiks, and longarm quilting.  Nancy will share with us how she tweaks a pattern, keeps the eye moving across the quilt, adding a border by bringing in an element from the block out into the border.  Nancy says that when she first was introduced to quilting by 3 friends, she had no idea you could buy fabric, cut up in small pieces, sew back together and create a masterpiece!  She was hooked!

Nancy has lectured and taught at many AQS shows this past year.  She  designs patterns, blogs and publishes. She has produces “How To” videos on making a quilt from scratch to finish, Bargello quilts, stain glass quilts curved piecing and more!


 Mini Workshop following our meeting – learn to make a fidget quilt

A Hospice in Lawrenceville has asked our guild if we could please make some fidget quilts for their patientsThey are especially useful for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.  On March 19 – following the Guild Meeting Joyce Taylor will show everyone interested how to make a Fidgit Quilt.

Bring your lunch – and stay for about an hour to learn how to help others.  Joyce will have a variety of supplies (buttons, zippers, etc) you can use to get started.

Sign up at the Program Table. This is free but we need to know how many members plan to attend.

April 16, 2024***************************************************************************************

Nancy Mahoney

“Two Block Wonders”

Nancy is an international Quilter, Teacher, Fabric Designer, and Author of 14 books. Her Program, titled “Two Block Wonders”, will show us how to place two different blocks side by side to create extraordinary quilts.  Every quilter can make unique quilts. Nancy will share her quilts with us and tips for successfully pairing-up blocks to create dazzling results.

April 17, 2024 – Blooming Feathered Star Workshop

Nancy Mahoney will teach a class on making a feathered star block.  The 44” x 44” block can stand alone as a wall hanging or put 4 blocks together to create a stunning quilt.  You will learn cutting and piecing techniques for making accurate triangle squares. Different colorways can be seen at the Program Table.  Cost is $45 and includes the pattern. The class will be held at Cannon Methodist Church 9:00-3:00

May 21, 2024**********************************************************************************************

Nick Mask

Children’s Author and “Stuffies” he sews to go with his Books

Ever thought of using your sewing skill to go into business?  Nick Mask is a children’s author, illustrator, and creator of “Stuffies” in the Waffles the Adventure Cat series.  Nick grew up in Gainesville, GA and divides his time between Montana, Georgia, and his travels.  He sews stuffed animals of the main characters to sell along side his books.  Nick will show us how he sews the stuffies, designs his own patterns & fabric.  His pattern is printed directly on the fabric.  He will talk about the process of making the stuffies and how he got into this business. 

June 25, 2024*********************************************************************************************

Just For You Celebration

July 16, 2024**********************************************************************************************

Katie Lewis

Scrappy Applique Trunk Show

Katie Lewis is coming to us from Columbia, SC.  Katie will be presenting a Trunk Show on her Scrappy Applique quilts and techniques.  Scrappy applique takes the pressure off of piecing perfectly, allowing the creator to explore color and pattern in a fun and easy way.  Templates give you just enough direction to give you confidence in your quilt, but freedom to create a quilt that is unique. 

Katie learned to quilt thanks to YouTube and many wonderful blogs available online.  She loves using her creativity to create something beautiful and functional.

July 17th Katie Lewis – “Scrappy Applique” Workshop

What is Scrappy Applique?

Scrappy Applique is a raw-edge applique technique developed by quilter and author Shannon Brinkley.  It’s fun and easy, freeing quilters to play with fabric and color to create unique quilt mosaics.  Perfect for beginners and advanced quilters alike, Scrappy Applique is also an excellent scrap-buster!

Scrappy Applique workshop

Participants will learn how to take fabric scraps and turn them into a gorgeous applique piece using Shannon Brinkley’s signature technique.  Each project will be a unique expression of the participant’s creativity.  Each person may choose their favorite pattern (available to purchase at the workshop) and learn the Scrappy Applique technique step-by-step.  Price,Location TBD

August 20, 2024*******************************************************************************************

Guild Officer Inductions

Volunteer Recognition

September 17, 2024*************************************************************************************

Paula Wexler

Quilting with Wool Trunk Show

October 15, 2024*****************************************************************************************

Carol Stanek

Judy Niemeyer Truck Show

October 16th – Carol Stanek “Water Wheel” Workshop

November 19, 2024**************************************************************************************

Holly Anderson

History of the Log Cabin & Trunk Show

November 20th – Holly Anderson “Curved Block Basket” Workshop

December 17, 2024***************************************************************************************

Holiday Luncheon