Kathy Mack is a Bainbridge Island, Washington artisan, quilter and sewist exploring color, pattern and texture through the study of traditional patchwork shapes and techniques. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions. She primarily works with solid color fabrics and incorporates texture through fiber and thread. Kathy’s work expresses love and joy, a passion that fuels her creative process and ultimately her finished works. She will speak about her sewing journey:
I began my love affair with needle, thread and fabric at the age of 6 when I was lovingly taught to sew by my grandmother. At the age of 43 I re-discovered my creative fire, began sewing like a mad woman, blogging about what I made, and ultimately turned it into a business.
My ride thus far has been an adventure full of joy, crazy ideas, courage, disappointment, fortitude, struggle, doubt, trust in myself, the glorious nature of human beings, and life lessons that remind me that it always makes sense to follow our dreams no matter the outcome. Where it leads us is just too darn important to miss.
I look forward to sharing highlights of my journey as a pattern designer, online fabric shop owner, modern sewist, quilter, blogger, and fearless creative.
PROGRAM. Thursday, Feb 2
Ronald McDonald House Charity night
This is a fun informal night with no business meeting. Members get to meet each other and socialize while working on our Ronald McDonald charity projects. More info will be announced at our January general meeting and in our February newsletter. Stay tuned!
PROGRAM. Thursday, March 2
"Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters"
Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters is a book club for quilters organized in the Portland, Oregon area. In an effort to make more interesting quilts and be motivated to get them finished, this unique group of artists decided to challenge itself to make artwork inspired by literature.
All members read the same book and each member then creates a quilt using the book as inspiration.
We will be treated to a trunk show interpreting 8 to 10 books
Quilt by CarolAnne Olson inspired by the book Not a Girl Detective
The Widows Waltz by Linda Reinert inspired by Gone With the Wind
PROGRAM. Thursday, April 6
Aka Shimozato, “Sashiko, a Japanese traditional stitchery, and Aizome, a Japanese indigo dye process”
Sashiko is a running stitch technique that started in Japan many years ago. Traditionally, it was used to reinforce or repair garments and so the word, literally means stabbing stitches. I will be talking about how the stitchery began and how it has evolved in recent times.
Aizome is an indigo dye process that is very popular in Japan. I will be talking about the history of “Ai, Indigo”, and how sashiko stitchery with natural white cotton thread on indigo dyed cotton fabrics produce distinctive appearance.
A slide show and many examples of each will be presented.
PROGRAM. Thursday, May 4 – Paula Nadelstern “Symmetry & Surprise: The Kaleidescope as 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 my evolving quilt series in which the multifaceted, luminous and random nature of a kaleidoscope is explored on a quilt's flat surface. This will be a power point presentation with 2-3 quilts.
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PROGRAM. Thursday, July 6
Susan Purney Mark “On the Surgace – Design, Colour and Deliriously Fun Stuff”
Painting, dyeing, printing, stamping, paint sticks….what’s it all about?
This lecture is a great introduction to the wonderful world of Surface Design and all the possible methods of applying colour to cloth. You will look at your fabrics with a new vision!
Lenore Crawford – “Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create a Realistic Art Quilt”
In this lecture I will talk about how I have evolved from other art media to using my own fusing technique with fabric paint to create art quilts with depth and color from photographs I have taken in my travels.
I will tell how I create a piece from beginning to end and give secrets I have learned on how to make your design a winner.
I have won prizes with this new style of art quilting such as the Best Wall Quilt at the 2007 AQS Nashville Show and the 2011 Moda Best Wall Quilt at the AQS Show in Paducah for “Port of Cassis” now residing at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Stroll along memory lane and experience the history of the Dresden Plate Design. This trunk show is a collection of quilts which represent traditional Dresden’s from years ago and includes Thoroughly Modern Dresden designs by Anelie Belden.
Anelie Belden is nationally known instructor, quilt and pattern designer, and author of “Thoroughly Modern Dresden.” Her book features a unique "stitch-n-flip" method for making Dresden Quilts. Anelie has taught at Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, Houston Quilt Festival and at quilt guilds throughout the USA. She has appeared on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Her newest designs have been featured in Quiltmaker Magazine.
PowerPoint presentation and trunk show which includes many quilts and projects that can be made using my rulers and method. I will show how my rulers, books and patterns work together with my innovative strip-piecing method for making mariner's compass blocks and block variations in 16 sizes (even sizes from 6"-36"). I will include approximately two dozen plus samples in my trunk show so attendees will be able to see the limitless possibilities for their own creative mariner's compass project. My goal is to share these rulers and method to make the Mariner's compass block accessible to all quilters!