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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


January 13, 2023

Julie Silber: "Mark My Words"

Women have always found ways to incorporate the written word into their quilts. We’ll look at lots of 19th and 20th century quilts, and the varied ways that text appears ... some of them quite ingenious!

February 10, 2023

Jenny Bowker: "Pack and Follow"

Jenny Bowker has been working in Textiles since 1997 - from the time she finished a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual) and decided to make just one quilt.

Her background - life before quilts - was in science. She is moving towards a melding of her fine art work and her textile work. She is interested in the way patterns come into many parts of our lives and often includes some geometrical piecing in her work as she thinks it keeps her technically on her toes and provides a key for traditional quilters to link to her work.

She has four children and a very supportive husband who worked as a diplomat for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. While following him she lived for a total of fifteen years in Arab and Islamic countries. This might seem irrelevant to quilting, but has influenced her subject matter and much of her work reflects her love of the Middle East. I have lived in Syria, Western Samoa, Malaysia, Jordan, Jerusalem and Egypt.

She teaches and really enjoys it. There is no greater delight than to offer tools to a quilter who wants to make original work but doesn't know how to access her own ideas.

March 10, 2023

Sarah Goer: "Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing"

Sarah likes options... but she also likes a plan. This lecture and trunk show will discuss how Sarah uses her planning nature to develop rules for herself which drive her Planned Improv quilt design work. She shares work in a series and shows how she iterates on a design. Sarah explains how she develops a formula for her project. Quilters leave with specific ideas of how to develop a set of rules to guide their improv piecing.

April 13, 2023

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: "Pixels and Pizzazz"

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her award-winning fine-art quilts, which are easily recognized by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and motion. Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as stunning designs. Her quilt, Corona 2: Solar Eclipse was voted one of the hundred best quilts of the 20th Century. Caryl's work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications throughout the world, and can be found in museum, corporate, public, and private collections in almost every state and eight foreign countries. For 30 years, Caryl traveled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops for quilt and textile arts groups throughout the United States, and in ten foreign countries.

May 11, 2023

Amy Friend

Amy Friend is a former museum curator turned designer. She designs modern quilts and specializes in paper pieced designs. She authored the books Intentional Piecing (2016) and Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design (2017), and has a new book, Petal + Stem (2020). Since 2019, Amy has run a paper pieced Block of the Month program each year. She is an award winning quilter and her quilts have been exhibited at a number of quilt shows as well as museums. Amy is a national quilt teacher and lecturer. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. If she isn’t sewing or spending time with the family, you might find her in the garden.

June 8, 2023

Lorrie Cranor: "Computers, Quilts, and Privacy"

Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Carnegie Mellon University computer science and engineering professor by day, and an amateur quilter, sewist, photographer, soccer player, and bass flutist on nights and weekends. She co-founded a security awareness training company and has served as Chief Technologist for the US Federal Trade Commission. She started hand quilting small things as a way to maintain her sanity while finishing her engineering doctoral degree; when she graduated she bought a sewing machine and started quilting much bigger things. She sews in her very limited free time, in between running an academic security and privacy research center and trying to keep up with her three teenage/young adult children. Although her appetite for buying fabric has exceeded her time to sew, she has none-the-less managed to produce more quilts than the walls and beds in her three-story family home really need. She spent the 2012-2013 academic year on sabbatical as a fellow in the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University where she worked on fiber arts projects that combined her interests in privacy and security, quilting, computers, and technology. She views quilt design and construction through the twin lenses of art and engineering. She has won awards in local and national quilt competitions, and several of her quilts have been featured on the covers of books and journals. She had a solo exhibit of her quilts at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and one of her quilts was featured in Science magazine after winning an award in a scientific visualization competition. Two of her privacy and security themed quilts as well as her original "bad password" dress (which she wore on the Today Show) are now in the privacy art collection of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

July 13, 2023

Katie Fowler: "Navigating the Creative Wonderland"

This lighthearted lecture will help you navigate your creative process by helping you understand the magic of KNOW, GO, GROW, FLOW. You will leave with inspiration and permission to find your creative bliss.
Katie found art quilting after a short lived stint as a fine art major and a longer stint as an elementary school teacher. Her first quilt was truly unlovely and she soon learned that following patterns was not where she found her bliss. She found it painting on fabric and layering and stitching the paintings to provide texture and structure. She is a fearless quilter, sometimes she even cuts them up... paintings as well as finished quilts.

August 10, 2023

Kevin Womack: "Trunk Show"

Join Kevin on a tour of his quilting journey as he shares over 75 examples spanning 35 years. Just how did he get here? From the start in 1986, we will follow his path through traditional quilting to art quilting, and his love of hand dyeing and surface design techniques that leads to where he is today.

September 14, 2023

Annie Unrein: "Weekend Projects and Small Gifts"

Projects that can be made in a weekend (or less!)
yield quick gratification. With a smaller investment of
time and money per project, they also make great
From purses and placemats to lunch bags and travel
accessories, you will discover terrific ideas for easy
projects and gifts for all ages. Annie will share a trunk
show of samples including ideas for practical and
useful projects for organizing your sewing and
personal spaces.
Learn techniques that make these projects even
easier from using the proper stabilizers to foolproof
methods for installing zippers, working with vinyl and
mesh, and more. Discover two awesome techniques
for turning fabric tubes for handles and straps and
learn tips for adding hardware to make adjustable
Learn how to make your own bias binding to match
any project, including easy methods for cutting
bindings in a small space. Discover tips for binding
raw edges and the secrets to beautiful, wrinkle-free
bindings, even on corners and curves!
Sometimes using just the right machine foot, tool, or a
particular supply makes all the difference between
easy and hard, so Annie will also share lots of tips
about her favorite tools and supplies.
Bring your gift list -- you'll leave excited, energized,
and ready to go home and make some easy projects!

October 12, 2023

Large Auction of Small Quilts

Please join us on October 12 for a fun evening of auctioning small quilts and other items. This will be an opportunity to get creative holiday gifts of all kinds. The guild will be holding both a silent auction and a live auction.

The auction will begin at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, in room 207.

Friends and neighbors are most welcome! Please bring a friend or two!

November 10, 2023

Jen Holden: "Creating Contrast in Your Quilts, Adding the WOW Factor"

One of the keys to great art work and quilts is colour and contrast.

This trunk show explores the effective use of contrast to create dimension, movement and visual harmony while supporting the initial attraction of colour in great quilt designs.

Using contrast in the form of fabrics with different textures, patterns and value is one of the first steps to creating contrast in quilts and textile art. Adding embellishments such as thread play, couching, beading, painting, and other mixed media can also create contrast by adding dimension and texture within the piece. Most importantly a design or concept is needed to expand on. Using some or all of these different techniques – the ideas will be never ending.

Join Jen as she explores the world of contrast and learn a few tips, tricks and techniques that you can incorporate into your quilt making and art to boost the contrast in your work.

And learn how you can achieve that WOW factor in your quilts.

December 2, 2023

Holiday Party

There will be no evening meeting in December.

QGI will have one Holiday Party for the guild on Dec. 1 from 1 - 3 pm. This event will be in person only at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E 106th Street, Indianapolis. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share for lunch and an unwrapped fat quarter for an exchange.

We will have the big reveal of the 2023 QGI Whispers Quilt Project and play a game or two.

January 12, 2024

Catherine Redford: "Trip Around the World in Folk Art Stitches"

Catherine will give a humorous, educational and interactive lecture including a game with prizes! She will take you on a trip around the globe with the quilts from her exhibit that debuted in April 2017 at International Quilt Festival in Chicago and was at Houston in October that year. Learn how she found her inspiration, the stitches she used and the finishing techniques she employed.

February 9, 2024

Paula Nadelstern: "Symmetry and Surprise: The Kaleidoscope as a Design Inspiration"

KALEIDOSCOPE - the very word promises surprise and magic, change and chance. Exploding with visual excitement, a kaleidoscopic design organizes an abundance of color and shape into a complex, coherent and unique whole. This slide lecture traces Paula's evolving quilt series in which the multifaceted, luminous and random nature of a kaleidoscope is explored on a quilt's flat surface.

March 14, 2024

Rachel Derstine: Keep It Simple, But Pack a Punch"

Rachel will demonstrate in her lecture that quilts do not need to be complex to be compelling. She will share her thoughts on how to choose great fabrics and simple designs to create amazing quilts. She will show some work from artists who have inspired her and also speak about how her background has informed her work.

April 11, 2024

Tina Curran: "My Design Process - From Concept to Quilt"

The idea for this talk came to Tina because so often, when she presents quilts that she has made, she is asked something to the effect of, "Did that come out of your head?" Like music composition is to Tina, she likes the end product but would have no idea where to start. And this is the same challenge to many quilt makers. The purpose of this talk is to share her process, step by step, and the sometimes linear, sometimes circuitous path she takes to end up with her quilt designs, highlighting the inspirations and obstacles that pop up along the way. Tina's hope is that this talk will demystify the process for others and encourage them to start designing their own quilts. Examples from several of her designs will be included.

May 9, 2024

Sandy Fitzpatrick: "Why Didn't I Think of That?"

Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs is an applique quilt pattern designer whose goal is to get as many of the quirky designs, that are spinning around in her head, down on paper for you to enjoy! Her fusible applique patterns are full of whimsy and will certainly bring a smile to your face. Sandy strives to make her full-sized patterns easy to follow and fun to make.

In her lecture Sandy will present tips, tricks and shortcuts to make your sewing and quilting easier and more enjoyable. She will include how to sew a sleeve to a quilt quickly and easily, tricks to add dimension to your quilts and organizational tips. Also included are ideas for small group projects to do with friends or bee members.

June 13, 2024

Jaimie L Davis: "The History and Mystery of Baltimore Album Quilts"

The history of Baltimore Album quilts is a fascinating journey into an America headed for the Civil War. Discover how the industrial revolution, the struggle over slavery and the social and moral climate of the time contributed to this beautiful art form. Through stories, Jaimie will explore how the demise of Baltimore Album quilts leads us into the hearts and minds of the women who made them, and find out how a pregnancy, a Christmas gift and a quilt class gone horribly wrong helps to explain the mystery behind why these quilts disappeared almost overnight. It’s a funny, provocative and insightful look into some of America’s most beautiful treasures.

July 11, 2024

Trudy Cleveland: "Shoot Your Quilt"

Trudy has been sewing since she was 12 years old and has progressively grown as a sewing enthusiast. When she started her longarm business, Trudy realized that she needed a way to document her journey. Taking photographs of her customers' quilts seemed the logical next step. Trying to perfect her photography of quilts led her to taking digital photography classes at the local community college. The first class, Digital Photography, opened up a new world and led to her constantly improving her photographic technique. She still maintains her longarm business and takes a photograph of every customer's quilt.

In her "Shoot Your Quilt" lecture Trudy will discuss how to get professional looking images using only a smartphone. She will also cover why you should photograph your quilts, how to photograph them and how to store and organize your photographs.

August 8, 2024

Dave Sirota: "What Makes a Quilter Tick?"

Dave Sirota, aka Quilt Maven Dave, will present a laugh out loud and interactive look at ourselves as quilters. The little quirks, passions, idiosyncrasies and obsessions we all share will be brought to light.

We'll hold a mirror up to ourselves and see what others may see when they look at us. "What Makes a Quilter Tick?" could help explain to you why non-quilters look at us the way they do.

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