·PROGRAM. Thursday, Jan 4 – Susan Mayer, “Tips for a Successful Quilt”
I will be sharing with you my innovative technique to put your quilt on point without cutting any side setting triangles (Straight to the Point Series TM). I will be giving several tips to make it easier to make that perfect quilt. During my trunk show (about 30 quilts) I will be showing the many design ideas that will make your quilt truly a “successful quilt” and unique to you!www.quiltingdiscoveries.com
· PROGRAM. Thursday, Feb 1 – Ronald McDonald House Charity night
February’s general meeting time is set aside for Block Party Quilters to devote to our charities. Come prepared to join other BPQ members to make quilt and pillowcase kits. Stations are set up and the fun begins as we cut binding, measure and cut batting, and sort and cut fabrics. Plans are in the making and more information will be announced at the January meeting and in the January newsletter.
For many years our mission has been and will continue to be to fill the cupboards with quilts and pillowcases for the children and young adults who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while receiving medical care. In the last couple of years, we have been able to add Eastside Baby Corner plus other local charities. In 2018 we will be adding the Issaquah YWCA to our charity efforts. BPQ will be building a relationship with the Issaquah YWCA using some classroom space for future classes when needed. We in turn will be supplying the Issaquah YWCA with pillowcases.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, March 1 – Cathy Erickson, “Quilt Series: Japanese Internment Camps”
What Remains: Quilts and Poetry Inspired by the Stories of Japanese Americans in Internment Camps during World War II
In 2002 I started working with Margaret Chula on a series called “ What Remains”. We wanted to capture the remembrances of Japanese Americans who lived in the US during World War II. In the 1940’s over 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps. From the newborn baby to the aging grandfather, all their lives were changed dramatically. Now only photos, stories, and rock rubble remain of that time. The art quilts and poetry in this series try to capture the spirit of what remains over 70 years later. Over the span of nine years together, Margaret and I created 10 new quilts and poems. I have continued to create quilts in this series which now numbers well over 20 quilts. My goal in the series was and still is to capture stories and emotion in a two dimensional medium
My power point presentation will focus on the stories behind the quilts I have created as well as techniques and approaches to designing and making them. This will be a photo-rich presentation and will also include a trunk show of many of the quilts I have made for this series.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, April 5 – Sharon Tucker, “The LongArm Quilter Who Hand Quilts”
When I started quilting, I thought the only reason you made a quilt top was so you had something to hand quilt. That was the extent of my quilting knowledge when I jumped into this craft, and although I now run a longarm business I continue to hand quilt (some tops) My trunk show features my first sampler through to my 25 block 100x 100 needle turned appliqued quilt.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, May 3 – Laura Wasilowski, “Where Did I Go Wrong: Confessions of a Serial Quilter”
Explore the artist’s quirky mind with this lecture about quilt making in a series. Enjoy the revelation that one chicken quilt will surely lead to a second, third or fortieth. And discover what drives a person to create multiple quilts about a blue chair, garden implements, or unsung kitchen appliances. All is revealed in this exposé, the Confessions of a Serial Quilter. After the lecture, which includes dramatic renditions from Songs of the Fuser, Laura will display her small quilts (“mini-series quilts”) and offer a trunk show of hand-dyed fabric and threads from Artfabrik for purchase.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, June 7 – Christine Barnes, “Magic Fabrics/Special Effects:
Put simply, magic fabrics give a quilt light and life. Some suggest light coming from below the surface (luminosity) or bouncing across the surface (luster). Others imply that see-through colors overlap to create new color mixtures (transparency). What constitutes a magic fabric? I describe many as “shot with light.” They usually display variations in value—light areas among darker areas, or light-to-dark gradations—and they typically contain warm colors. Batiks, hand-dyes, and hand-painted fabrics have a dappled quality; some commercial fabrics appear to “smolder,” an illusion that lends depth and warmth to even the simplest quilts. Christine’s presentation will include digital images and display of numerous blocks, quilts, garments, and framed pieces. http://christinebarnes.com/
·PROGRAM. Thursday, July 5 – Judi Madsen, “Secondary Designs”
Judi is an award-winning quilter, author, and instructor. She has travelled throughout the USA, Canada, Australia and Norway bringing the joy of quilting to others. She started her own pattern line when she was 25 and has self-published over 50 different designs for her company Green Fairy Quilts. Her first book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces, was published by AQS in 2013. Her second book, Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen, was published December 2016.
Judi will be doing a trunk show with a power point presentation. It will cover her quilts from her books as well as some of the quilting she has done on customer quilts. The quilts in the trunk show will be all of her original designs.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, Aug 2 – Karla Alexander, “Lift the Quilts out of your Stash”
An informative discussion for quilt makers of all skill levels and experience. You will be looking at your stash in a whole new way and actually start using your fabric rather than just admiring it! Enjoy the confidence you'll gain exploring traditional and nontraditional quilt methods by adding your own twist!
Tips will inspire excitement and create unexpected surprises ready to be quilted into your next project! Challenge yourself to take small or bold steps as you learn to work with your fabric and create your own methods and styles. A large trunk show will illustrate many different styles of quilts as well as subjects discussed.
·PROGRAM. Thursday, Oct 4 – Freddy Moran, “Adventures of a Quilt Maker”
Freddy was educated as an artist but didn’t find quilting until age 60. She was looking for something totally absorbing and exciting that would satisfy that artistic place in her soul that needed nourishment. And, that's how she started quilting. She started as a traditional quilter and progressed along the way to being a fiber artist. Freddy will amuse us with stories and adventures along with a bountiful trunk show.
·November. Quilt Show! No meeting.
·BANQUET. Thursday, Dec 6 – Quilt Show Awards Banquet