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


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

Check this out! https://youtu.be/RxnaOhUMepk
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

February 11, 2022

Linda J. Hahn – Rock That Quilt Block

In her lecture, Linda will show your almost all the quilts from her (now) three book series called Rock that Quilt Block! This lecture features three pieced quilt blocks - the Weathervane, Hourglass and Country Crown. Linda shows how the look or "flavor" of the quilt can be changed by simply changing colors/fabrics, adding in a color, removing a color, rotating or changing the angle of a patch. She will then explore different setting options for those blocks using the whole block or portions thereof. Sometimes, you will get surprise secondary or tertiary patterns happening. It's amazing what you can do with a quilt block by simply adding a color or rotating a patch!!
Best known for her unique technique for creating perfect New York Beauty blocks on the first attempt - which uses just ONE PIN! she also teaches EQ8 and other classes which play with blocks! She loves to experiment with a block by taking it apart, re-coloring, turning patches as well as different ways to use that block in a quilt.

Linda is the author of nine books (to date), four of those have been award winners. She is a guest designer with Banyan Batiks - her third collection called Island Vibes II will be in stores in June 2022. She is also a Janome Artisan and an EQ Artist. In 2009, she was the National Quilting Association's Certified Teacher of the Year. She has recently joined the show management team for Road to California.

When she is not quilting, she can be found teaching Zumba fitness classes in the Palm Bay, Florida area. She enjoys reading CIA/Black Ops thrillers as she floats in her pool with an umbrella drink in hand.