Joen Wolfrom, "Creating Fascinating Quilts from Traditional Roots"
If you favor traditional quilts, you will be tickled to see how quilters have been creating dynamic traditional quilts with imaginative and intriguing differences. Your mind should be swimming with new ideas that you might want to try after seeing this presentation. This is afun presentation showing how people are using their own imagination designing traditional quilts.
This year the “Charity” has decided to honor our membership for all the hard work and hours spent on making charity quilts, pillowcases, and Christmas Stockings. Many members have participated in helping in many ways whether with piecing tops, sewing bindings, sewing labels, the quilting, or have attended the Ronald McDonald Sew-in’s in the past. Whether you took part in the beginning, middle or followed it through to the completed project, you are very much appreciated.
We invite all BPQ members to attend our special evening. We want to thank all who have participated and inform those who haven’t and who are interested. We are working on having representatives from The Ronald McDonald House and Evergreen Hospice on hand to express and talk about how important our donations are to the children, adults and their families that are on the receiving end.
The “ Charity Social” evening will include dessert, coffee and tea.
PROGRAM, Thursday, Mar 7
Tonya Alexander, "Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts"
Tonya Alexander is a quilter, designer, and all-out fabric lover. Her quilt designs have been featured in many quilt magazines including: American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, Quiltmania’s Simply Moderne, Modern Patchwork, McCall’s Quilting, and more. She is the author of Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts, her first book with Martingale/That Patchwork Place. Tonya lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where there are more good quilting days and shades of green than she ever imagined.
Tonya’s lecture focuses on the projects in Stash Lab and on the three scrap equations she uses in many of her quilts. It will be a mix of a Powerpoint presentation and sharing the real quilts.
As I prepared to retire from policing I had no intention of starting a business. After meeting a talented batik factory owner in Bali, though, I realized his fabulous quality and designs needed to be shared with sewists in the US and Canada. For 12 years we designed batik together, which I sold through my business The Batik Butik.
Many of my fabric customers asked me to share my knowledge, sources and connections in Bali, so in 2011 after selling The Batik Butik, Bali Fiber Tours was born. As of 2018 I have led 17 tour groups to Bali!
Jean Impey, "Finding Your Passion and Running With It"
Jean writes:“The spider web design made a huge impression on me back in 2007. I started making one and then found I couldn’t make them fast enough to keep up with all the ideas that originated from this one design.I love sharing my spider webs with others, showing them how one thing lead to another and when you find something that clicks, I think you need to keep at it, maybe you call it a series?
Jean brings a small trunk show to show along with my Spider Web Series visual digital demonstration to demonstrate how “Passion” can take over and lead you on an amazing path. Included is an actual tutorial so quilters will actually learn something while listening to her lecture on how passion can be worked with to make you more creative.
Sandra Bruce, "Material Matrix and the Paths Taken"
Sandra’s lecture, "Material Matrix and the Paths Taken", is an overview of the evolution of Material Matrix and how it works, along with her colorful visual journey that brought her to this technique. Her many other interests have shaped who she is as a quilter, and especially how her career as an illustrator and letterer has influenced her quilting and longarm quilting. In her lecture, Sandra will also introduce you to the painter Chuck Close, who inspired her Matrix technique. She will bring some quilts to show after the slide presentation, which should be inspiring and thought-provoking.
Born in Richmond, Va. to deaf parents, Sandra was raised to believe she could do anything she put her mind to. Never did Sandra hear, “you can’t make a living as an artist”. Per Sandra, “Thank you to Frank and Charlotte Bruce for believing in her.”
Like many women, Sandra began her love of sewing at about age 8 when her mother taught her to use her treadle sewing machine. Sandra got her own machine as a teenager and never stopped sewing. In 1988, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sandra started a quilting “bee” with quilt artist Therese May and discovered the fun of working on collaborative projects. After moving to the Sierra Foothills in 1990 Sandra took her first official quilting class and has been forever hooked.
Sandra began her quilting business in the fall of 2010 to combine her love of illustration, lettering and quilting. She has been an illustrator and letterer for 35 years, and long arm quilting is really just doing what she has been doing all these years, but with a different tool. Sandra loves incorporating writing into her quilting, and “drawing” images that echo the motifs in the fabrics.
Sandra lives in Grass Valley, California with Gary, her partner of 35 years, whom is her best critic. Her Gammill, a 14-foot long arm machine named Dixie, is located in her quilting studio in historic downtown Grass Valley. Sandra belongs to the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, Artistic Alchemy, SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) as a JAM member, Southern California Quilt Council, and the Northern California Quilt Council.