Quilters Guild of Indianapolis

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

1605 East 106th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46280

Quilters Guild of Indianapolis meets 2nd Thursday of the month

from 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Upcoming Meetings


February 12, 2021

Lisa Walton - "Leap and the Net Will Appear"

Lisa Walton will be joining us on Zoom all the way from Australia!

She has over 25 years experience as a quilter. She started out with traditional techniques, but found she like to bend the rules. Lisa specializes in hand dyed and painted fabrics. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and loves to teach. Her other obsessions, food and travel, opened new doors for her to teach and lead Textile and Food tours all around the world. She also has a series of videos on You Tube called Quilt Stories where she interviews other artists.

In her presentation for the QGI meeting, Lisa will take us on her creative journey and we will see how her work has developed over the years and the milestones and ‘leaps’ she has taken.

March 12, 2021

Adele Scott - Virtual Traditional Quilting with Modern Methods

She will take a traditional quilt and breakdown the parts with tips, techniques and products to make it easier to sew and achieve expert results. Learn modern methods for Triangles, Flying Geese, Heirloom Appliqué, fabric preparation, how to get proper sized blocks, the perfect 1/4", marking products and methods, glue vs clips vs pins, quilting options, etc. There are many other topics if you are looking for something specific.
Website – adelscott.com

April 8, 2021

Maria Shell - Traditional, Art, Modern – Notes from the Field

Maria Shell started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern. Maria will share her personal journey in and about the traditional, art, and modern quilt movements. Can you be all three?
Website: www.mariashell.com Please give it a look.

May 13, 2021

Suzanne Miller - Sewing Machines: History, Scandal, and the Hidden Gem in Your Closet

Suzanne Miller, a long-time Southside Indianapolis quilter, presents a basic history of the sewing machine, the scandal surrounding Isaac Singer, and why you should pull out that old sewing machine of your Mom’s and dust it off.
The sewing machine changed society in huge, fundamental ways that are still being felt today. The sewing machine impacted engineering, marketing, labor, and international relations. The early sewing machine entrepreneurs were colorful people with secrets they tried to patent and secrets that were a bit more personal. However, the machines they created were glorious. Designed to be passed on to future generations, older machines, with oil and grease, can sew as well as when they were first sold.

June 10, 2021


Catherine Carvey, Judy Pleiss and Connie Lancaster

The challenge of UFOs and how to tackle them is a hot topic right now. Many of you have been trying to do just that! Catherine Carvey, Judy Pleiss and Connie Lancaster will present some strategies to help you continue or get started on your UFO challenge and Judy will show some of her recently completed projects. Then, we’ll issue a challenge of our own!

August 12, 2021

Mel Beach - Dancing with Threads

Tune in as I share my love of free motion quilting as it relates to my guilty pleasure of watching reality television!! I’ll share my own unscripted, real-life adventures of learning to free-motion quilt. You won’t want to change channels as I share my confessionals about my fear factors, extreme makeover story, myth busting tips and tricks for quilting on a domestic sewing machine, and “show”mance with some of my favorite tools and notions! Be sure to set your TiVo and DVR, as you won’t want to miss this humorous and inspirational presentation - complete with a trunk show finale!
This a zoom lecture. Check out her website. www.melbeachquilts.com

September 9, 2021

Cindy Grisdela - Anatomy of an Improve Quilt

Bio - From my studio looking out over a lake in Reston, VA, I draw inspiration for my contemporary wall quilts from the view of nature outside my window every day. Pebbles on the path or currents in water might become part of the texture I stitch into each piece. Color combinations in bird feathers or flowering plants might slip into the palette I use to start my next design.
My abstract art quilts are designed improvisationally without a preconceived pattern, a little bit like jazz music. Each decision about color and shape influences the next and complex blocks repeat like beats of a melody, calmed by irregular plain areas that provide a resting place for the eye.
The color is the first step. Putting colors together intuitively, I like to use fabric the way a painter might use paint to create graphic compositions that engage the viewer from a distance, yet invite a closer look.
The texture is the second step. The stitching lines provide contrast and dimension to the piece, integrating the different elements into a cohesive whole. I do all of my stitching on a sewing machine, but it is entirely hand driven. There’s no computer program or marking ahead of time. I stitch the motifs freehand using the needle and thread of the machine like a pencil or a brush. Check out her website. www.cindygrisdela.com

October 14, 2021

Annie Smith - Help! My Fabric Stash is Growing and I Can’t Make It Stop!

Annie is a fifth generation Californian, now located in Fort Worth, Texas. Her love of quilting went from hobby to profession in 1984. While working in Silicon Valley for twenty years, she honed her teaching skills on-the-job as a Customer Service Excellence instructor and teaching quilting classes at the local quilt shop. Annie has dedicated her career to full-time quilt designing and instruction since 2003. She teaches all over the United States and beyond, to quilt stores, quilt guilds, quilting venues and specialty events - usually on location and now via online resources. When Annie is at home, she enjoys spending time with her family and quilting for eight grandchildren, and counting... check out her website. www.AnnieSmith.net

November 12, 2021

Carole Lyles Shaw - What Is a Modern Quilt? The Myths and the Magic!

Carole Lyles Shaw is a modern quilt designer, author and workshop teacher who has been an active member of the quilt and fiber art community for over twenty years. Carole always takes a modern, improvisational approach to her quilt designs. Carole's passion and focus is on designing quilts for the modern quilt movement. She lectures about modern quilting and teaches modern workshops for beginning and experienced quilters from all backgrounds and styles. Carole served on the Board of Directors for The Modern Quilt Guild [2015-2017]. She co-founded and served as the first President of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild in Sarasota, FL. Many of Carole's quilts have been exhibited in museums and art shows in the U.S. and internationally. Her modern quilt designs were published in Modern Patchwork Magazine and Fat Quarterly eZine. Check out her website. Www.carolelylesshaw.com