2019 NC Quilt Symposium “Quiltstock”

 

Quiltstock, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of WoOdstock! 

May 2 – 5, 2019

 

 

Business Track Speakers:

  Robin Deffendall

Robin is an emerging author with an interest in epic fantasy and paranormal fiction, and has two books for sale on Amazon. Robin has been a Librarian and Information Professional for more than 20 years. She currently works at a public library in Cumberland County, NC, where she spends her days looking up weird facts and unusual stories for people, which then become fuel for her story-telling. In her free time Robin designs custom Fabrege-style eggs and is learning the Pysanky, the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs. Robin is greatly outnumbered by her dogs and cats, but insists that she is not now nor ever will be the crazy cat lady. Dogs on the other hand… maybe.​

  Lisa Ruff:  lisaruffnelson@gmail.com

Lisa has taken an eclectic entrepreneurial path. She’s started a commercial interior design business, a custom boat canvas business, published four romance novels, been partner in a restaurant, and currently juggles operations and project management for a tech startup. She and her husband also spent eight years cruising on a sailboat from Seattle to Maine and twice around the Caribbean. Lisa kept herself busy aboard ship by writing travel essays, learning Spanish from taxi drivers, and figuring out how to handle a small boat in gale force winds. She’s always on the lookout for her next adventure.

Business Track

Thursday, May 2: From Design Idea to Full Pattern – Quilt Pattern Writing 101

Would you like to learn how designers get from a quilt design in a sketchbook all the way through to a fully developed quilt pattern?  If you have the drive to design and publish your own DIY quilt patterns, it’s possible to get started with just a few basic tools. This is an introductory course taught by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl, an engineer and technical writer by day, will explain the process and help you find the resources you’ll need to start on this journey.

Thursday, May 2: From Play to Profit: Starting Your Own Quilting Business

Starting a business isn’t one of those “if you build it, they will come” situations. In order to build a successful company, you’ll need to create and fine-tune a business plan, assess your finances, complete all the legal paperwork, pick your partners, research apps for startup growth, choose the best tools and systems to help you get your marketing and sales off the ground … and a whole lot more. Lisa Ruff Nelson, Independent Business Consultant, will outline the introductory steps needed to get YOUR venture off the ground (and in the black!).

Thursday, May 2: Books, Patterns and Instructions, Oh My! Self-Publishing for the Novice Writer

Have you noticed that self-published sewing and quilting books and patterns are popping up everywhere? Self-publishing not only means that the author gets to keep more of the selling price of the book, it also allows the author to be in control of the entire process. There are several platforms that writers can use to create either an eBook or pattern or a Print-on-Demand book. Robin Deffendall, a librarian with 20 years of experience and writer with three self-published books for sale at Amazon, will introduce you to the self-publishing pros and cons so you can make a better-informed decision.

Quilting Instructors:

   Cheryl Brickey: http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/

Bio: Hi there and welcome to my little corner of blogland. I’m Cheryl and I am an engineer by day writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. I currently live in South Carolina with my husband, two elementary aged children, cat, and crazy Labrador. I enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math.

  • Friday, May 3: Subtracting for Minimalism  

All skill levels welcome.

Instead of starting with a blank canvas and adding elements to create a minimalist quilt, an alternative method of achieving a minimalist quilt design will be taught by creating a full design then selectively removing quilt composition elements. The lecture will contain quilt samples illustrating the technique and then the method will be demonstrated using EQ7/EQ8, PowerPoint, and graph paper. After the lecture/demonstration section of the workshop, each participant will select to work with one of the patterns provided to design their own minimalist quilt. After participants have designed their minimalist quilt, we will spend the afternoon 3 hours starting to sew up the quilt top.

  • Saturday, May 4: Ruby Roads: A Modern Interpretation  

Level: Intermediate

My local guild hosted an annual quilt challenge and we were asked to reach into a bucket, pull out a random letter, and make a quilt based on a block starting with that letter.  I picked the letter “R”. I pulled out my favorite quilt block book, and went page by page, skimming the “R” blocks until a block called Ruby Roads caught my eye. Ruby Roads is an older block dating back to the early 1900’s. I altered the block and set it on point to give it a different look, creating a modern quilt out of an older block.

   Augusta Cole: https://augustacolequilting.com/

I began my quilting career in North Carolina 35 years ago. I was a member of the Pamlico River Quilters Guild and in 1982 I was asked to be on the board of directors for the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. In 1984, I moved to Richmond and became active in the local quilting groups, eventually serving as President of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, a statewide quilting group. Currently, I offer a variety of workshops, many of them being snappy, scrappy classes.

  • Friday, May 3: I Spy Hexies  

All skill levels welcome.

Hexies are the NEW rage!  We are going to begin by cutting out your center in the hexie shape. You may “fussie” cut these if you have something special you would like to highlight in the center. You will use 1.5” strips of fabric around the six sides of the hexie. You may alternate them with light and dark strips, or you may like to do round one with lights and round two with darks. You may put them together with a background fabric and add borders. This class is super fun and easy with absolutely wonderful results each time.

  • Saturday, May 4: Cutting Bee Quilt  

All skill levels welcome.

A Cutting Bee is so much fun and has been getting rave reviews! You will use 1/2 yard cuts of fabric, cut strips, share with others, and being a new scrap quilt all in one class.  You will have many, many possibilities from this “sharing session”. Make new friends and a new quilt to cherish forever from this “group” project.  No two quilts will be the same.

   Becky Goldsmith: https://www.pieceocake.com/

We (Linda Jenkins & Becky Goldsmith) met at a meeting of the Green Country Quilter’s Guild in Tulsa, OK, in 1986. Linda (on the right) had just sold the beauty shop that she had owned for 20 years and was ready to quilt seriously. Becky was new to Tulsa and fresh out of her first quilting class. We both became very active in Guild activities and over the years became very good friends. For those of you who would like to make more quilting friends, go to a Guild meeting and raise your hand when volunteers are asked for. You never know when you will make a friend for life!

  • Friday, May 3: Machine Applique a Magical Unicorn 

All skill levels welcome.

This quilt is so happy it will make you giggle! Class time will be spent piecing fabrics to make the rainbow stripes, making and using freezer paper templates, and straight-stitch machine appliqué. The Magical Unicorn pattern pack will be available at a reduced rate to students in class.

  • Saturday, May 4: Backyard Birds — 6-Hour Hand Applique Class  

All skill levels welcome.

Who can resist a perky bird! This 6-hour needle-turn hand applique class focuses on the invisible applique stitch, outer points, inner and outer curves, small shapes and off-the-block stitching. The 12″ x 12″ block pattern (from the book, Backyard Bird) is provided in class.

   Linda J. Hahn: http://www.froghollowdesigns.com/

Linda’s classes are fun and empowering! She has a way of taking a project that looks complex and breaking it down in such a way that’s easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making it a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her classes.  Linda is a high energy – low stress instructor. She is a National Quilting Association Certified Teacher and was the 2009, and when not doing something “quilty”, she likes to cruise the Caribbean, or sit under a palm tree with her Kindle and an umbrella drink. Linda LOVES to shake her bootie by attending Zumba fitness classes.

  • Friday, May 3: She Can Dance!  

All skill levels welcome.

This quilt will look great in whatever fabrics you choose to make it with!  Choose from purchased yardage (all blocks will look the same), pre-cuts + background yardage or completely from your Stash!

  • Saturday, May 4: Feeling Crabby? (New York Beauty Electrified)  

All skill levels welcome.

Have some fun learning Linda’s ONE PIN technique for making New York Beauty blocks!!  Then….take those blocks and create a pieced background for a beach scene!!  This can be kicked up by attaching some shells, fish, etc. From Linda’s upcoming book New York Beauty Electrified.

  • Sunday, May 5: New York Beauty State of Mind 

Open to all Symposium attendees

In this entertaining presentation, Linda discusses the inspiration behind the AQS Bestseller “New York Beauty Simplified”, the experience with the book writing and publishing process,  as well as the “stories” behind each of the quilts and their makers in the book. Linda brings all or most of the quilts from the book.

   Angela Huffman: https://www.quiltedjoy.com/

Angela is a longarm quilter who is motivated to highlight the joy, laughter and creativity of others.  Prior to the birth of her triplets in 1999, she was an Emmy Award winning television producer/writer/director.  She has worked in a variety of creative and managerial positions, and works as a professional voice actor. Angela is an APQS dealer in Louisville, Kentucky,  has been widely published, and is a regular guest on the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS show.

  • Friday, May 3: Freemotion Machine Quilting Primer for Sit Down Quilters  

LEVEL: Beginner

In this hands on class you’ll learn the 7 basic elements that make up 90% of designs so you can change your focus to stitch motifs that look complicated. We will work on a panel quilt that will give us plenty of places to play and explore. Angela will show you how to change your focus so you can accomplish designs that look complicated. In class you’ll also learn how to use the magic echo to travel so you never get trapped or cornered.  Are you just getting started with free motion? Find your courage in this class!  This class requires a $28 kit fee per student.

  • Saturday, May 4: Fabric Collage Animals  

LEVEL: All levels

Have you see the amazing collage quilts using the Laura Heine animal patterns? They are a true expression of the maker but can be intimidating to work on. Join Angela in this class where she will guide you through selecting and placing fabrics that bring your collage animal to life. There is homework that must be done prior to class so that we can get as much done in class as possible. You will need to prepare and cut different flowers and other motifs of all sizes to have at your disposal in class. Come to class ready to discover new things about color, contrast and placement.

   Lyric Kinard: http://lyrickinard.com/

Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students possess. Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and The Quilt Show. In her past life she was a musician, earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.

  • Friday, May 3: Bead It Like Your Mean It  

All skill levels welcome.

Learn the basics of beading on fabric. Easily add beads of all shapes and sizes to your quilts and wearable art after you are done quilting. Here’s the prize: no knots or mess on the back! Learn to embellish in a way that adds to the overall design instead of looking like an afterthought.

  • Saturday, May 4: Playful Portraiture: Making Faces  

All skill levels welcome.

Come spend a playful day learning the secrets of making faces, from whimsical and cartoon-like to accurately proportioned portraits. You will discover that it isn’t nearly as hard as you imagined. Learn very simple formulas and use technology as a tool as you get seriously silly with your selfies.

   Nancy Mahoney: http://nancymahoney.com/

Author, teacher and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her quilts have been featured in many books and over 200 magazines. She has created over 100 free patterns for a number of fabric manufacturers, and has designed 15 fabric collections for P&B Textiles and Clothworks. She has authored 14 books, all published by Martingale, and believes that making a quilt should be fun. In her classes, her goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years.

  • Friday, May 3: Color Splash  

All skill levels welcome.

This fun quilt is easier to make than it looks. Class time begins with sewing accurate patchwork blocks using strip piecing techniques. Then we’ll shift our focus to easy invisible machine appliqué techniques. Discover how surprisingly simple it is to sew perfect curves using turned-edge appliqué techniques. Pattern included for each student. Finished size: 58″ x 67″. Quilt shown in Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Scrap Quilts, Spring 2014. Technique based on Simple Circles and Quick Curves book.

  • Saturday, May 4: Tilted Tiles  

All skill levels welcome.

Create a dynamic block while learning an easier, quicker, and less-waste method of paper foundation piecing. All aspects of foundation paper piecing will be covered, including how to correctly position the right fabric piece. With Nancy’s helpful directions, you can relax and have fun in this information packed class.

   Amanda Murphy: https://amandamurphydesign.com/

Amanda has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked as a graphic designer and art director in Alexandria, Virginia, and New York City. After moving to North Carolina with her family Amanda discovered quilting, an art that marries her passion for design with her enthusiasm for handwork. As she gradually expanded her knowledge of sewing and quilting techniques and combined them with the ideas she had been sketching over the years, Amanda Murphy Design was born. Amanda has authored several books, and designed multiple fabric collections, the most recent being the Free Motion Fantasy line for Contempo of Benartex that debuted  in the summer of 2018.

  • Friday, May 3: Appliqué with Attitude  

Level: Intermediate

Description: Make a playful table runner and learn a lot about fusible appliqué in the process! We’ll play with contrasting decorative threads and learn what to look for when choosing stitches to appliqué your design. And we’ll make bias bars and talk about embellishment options along the way. There are so many fun options to play with when quilting an oversized design like this and we’ll talk about those too!

  • Saturday, May 4: Free-Motion Quilting: Developing Your Personal Style  

Level: Intermediate or Confident Beginner

Description: Have you admired the work of expert quilters but don’t know where to begin when quilting your own projects? This class demystifies the process. We’ll learn to free-motion quilt a variety basic patterns and then create more complex designs by breaking up the design space and filling it in. Toward the end of class students have the opportunity to bring in some unfinished quilt tops and talk with other students and the teacher about quilting options. We always have so much fun and generate lots of ideas! Go home invigorated and ready to finish those quilt tops!

   Carole Lyles Shaw: http://www.carolelylesshaw.com/

I started teaching myself to quilt when I decided to make quilts for my wonderful nieces and nephews.  Then, I found my first quilting home with the African American Quilters of Baltimore, who gently taught me the best techniques to express my quilt vision. Today, I design patterns to help beginning and experienced quilters confidently dive into modern quilting.  I am excited about modern quilting because it is all about bringing individualism and free expression to the way we design and make quilts today.  I hope that my patterns will inspire you to find ways to let your own creative voice shine.

  • Friday, May 3: Fibonacci Quilt #1  

This one–day workshop is a surprisingly easy approach to modern quilting using just a few basic blocks. Block sizes are based on the Fibonacci sequence, a number series common to many things in nature. Bring your creativity, but don’t worry about the math—I’ve done it all for you. And, if you don’t want to make the full quilt, you can use the blocks in a Table Runner and/or set of Place Mats! You can create a quilt that looks modern, random, and improvisational quickly and easily using this method. Use all solids or a mix of solids and prints. Directions for fabric selection will be included in the supply list.

  • Saturday, May 4: Parisian Curves #1  

Level: Intermediate or Confident Beginner

In this one-day workshop, you will learn to sew freehand cut curves with no templates required! I’ll give you some basic tips–and remove your fear of piecing curves forever. After piecing your curves, you can create a quilt that looks random and improvisational quickly and easily—no Y-seams required! Learn the FreeForm Pattern technique to disguise some of the seams, and adapt the layout to make this quilt uniquely your own! After piecing the curved blocks, you’ll use the remaining fabric to cut and piece improvisational borders for the quilt.

  Michelle Wilkie:  https://ideadesigncreatequilt.com/

Michelle Wilkie has a love for modern quilting and design, which allows her to incorporate both her art and STEM backgrounds. She has taught classes on various topics for over 25 years to audiences of all ages; kids, undergraduates and adults. She now teaches a variety of quilting workshops, covering techniques of quilt design, improvisational piecing, hand piecing, and more. Michelle is a regular contributor to Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). She shares her experiences and what she learns via her blog (Factotum of Arts https://factotum-of-arts.com) and Instagram (@ml_wilkie https://instagram.com/ml_wilkie).

  • Friday, May 3: Phased Circles  

Level: Intermediate or Confident Beginner

Looking for a project that lets you play with color, volume, prints and solids.  The Phased Circle quilt allows this exploration in fabric. The workshop uses both machine piecing and needle-turn applique techniques. As a group, we will look at design elements and the role they play in this quilt.

  • Saturday, May 4: Improvisation, Shapes + Lines  

Level: Intermediate or Confident Beginner

For such a seemingly free-spirited technique, improvisation can be difficult to get started. In this workshop, you make various lines and shapes that can be mixed to build your own improvisational composition. You will use various techniques to audition and edit your composition.