Feb General Meeting 1pm Speaker
Sierra Vista-based artist, Deb Deaton, will present a lecture and trunk show featuring her stunning art and art quilts. She began quilting over 30 years ago and although she loves to create beautiful quilts, her love of art moved her into Fiber Arts, leading to her launch of DJ’s Fiber Arts. She is an award-winning fiber and multi-media artist, creating fiber art quilts, painting her own fabric, embellishing quilts with different fibers and media such as silk, wool, paints, beads and more. Today, Deb is a full-time fiber artist who enjoys sharing her knowledge through the unique and exciting classes she offers, introducing students to the amazing world of art quilts. Her motto is – “NO RULES, JUST ART” Learn more at: www.djsfiberarts.com
Whether you have painted your own fabric or have a piece you love, lets add
texture and fibers to you piece!
WHEN: Friday, February 16 th , 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
COST: $45 member, $50 non-member
In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own art piece by adding texture with fibers.
Deb will show you how to add different fibers like sari yarn, rattail, thread painting, and more to
create your piece of art. The sky’s the limit to what you can embellish with. Common
embellishments include: metallic threads, gemstones, feathers, cheesecloth, whatever you love.
Many students may have painted their own fabric, then want to embellish it. That is great if you
have a wonderful painted piece you want to bring. Otherwise, begin with a beautiful batik or hand
dyed fabric. Your fabric could have words on it, then embellish around it. There really is no right
or wrong in fabric choices.
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Organic Machine Quilting Workshop – presented by Swan Sheridan
Friday, November 17th 9:30 – 2:30 (5 hours) in Risen Savior Fellowship Hall
Cost: Member Workshop $45
Non-Member Workshop $50
In this class, students will learn to expand their free motion quilting skills. The basics of tools, sandwiching, and preparation will be covered. Class exercises will focus on using the three basic elements of free motion (lines, curves, and circles) to build a variety of designs. Prepare to take on the exciting world of modern machine quilting with a variety of simple techniques that will open the box to expanded concepts of machine quilting.
November 18 Program - 10-3pm - FREE - Karen Rainford
Create a modern table runner in one day. You’ll use a simple, free pattern, and bargello techniques to piece the table runner. You’ll finish the runner with a flat binding, and embellish with straight-line or free motion quilting.
Use your own fabrics and keep your runner, or choose fabrics from the Charity Quilting bins and we’ll donate the results.
Quilters of all skill levels are welcome for an interactive day of fun and fellowship.
Workshop Fabric Instructions
October 2022 -- MJ Kinman -- Lecture:Gems and Joy,
Bite-Size Gems Workshop, with MJ Kinman:
10am -4pm, ZOOM, Friday, October 21, Length of Workshop: 5-6 hours,
Skill Level: Confident Beginner—MAX Students: 25 , COST: members:$45.00, non-members: $55.00.
In this fast-paced workshop, participants will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light using the same single-foundation piecing techniques MJ uses to create her own “diamond quilts”.
Participants will choose from one of several pre-selected abstract gem designs based on their skill level. They will then learn how to chart the design onto freezer paper; code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Participants will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home
If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Lima at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 520-730-4117.
You will receive a Supply list after you have signed up, and paid.
Workshop May 20, - Make a Saguaro Cactus wall hanging.
For our workshop, on May 20th, Palma will show us how to make a cactus wall hanging using strips. Below is a picture of 3, but we will only be making one in the workshop. The workshop is from 10am to 1:30pm with a half hour to eat lunch.
Palma is presenting the class free of charge, except for her pattern, which is $15.00, to be paid to her at the workshop. There will be a list of fabrics and supplies you will need, that I will email to you once you sign up on our web site, https://www.greenvalleyquiltguild.com
In March, our Program was given by Valerie Funk, from Tucson. This terrific program for beginner Quilters gave us a wonderful chance to learn how to use fusible web to create designs on fabric. It turns out it’s pretty simple and FUN!
Her Lecture/trunk show on March 17th, was in person at our meeting, and was titled, Valerie Funk Quilt Artistry. The program was about her story and what led her to creative art quilting, and what drives her creative motivation.
The workshop, in person as well, (at least as far as we know at the moment) on March 18th, 10-4pm, will be "Southwest Splendor".
Below is from an email from Valerie:
"I have published a few books that can be found on Amazon
Big Star Beautiful by Valerie Funk A multi sized star block sampler pattern book)
Valerie Funk Quilt Artistry 2018 (look book)
I have had quilts travel with SAQA around the US
I’ve had several quilts accepted into AQS shows
I have have had several award winning quilts in SUGAR shows
First place winner with Gammill Fall in my World challenge
I’ve created patterns and quilts for Paintbrush Studio’s a division of Fabri-Quilt
My work has been featured by Omni Thread and a few other publications.
Although I am primarily an art quilter I am an artist of many mediums. My degree is in graphic art and photography. My favorite theme has been landscapes and mid century modern abstract art. I be am also a ten year Army veteran with three boys that have all served and I try to create something every few years that I can sell or raffle to help support our troops."
Lecture, JANUARY 20, 2022
From Inspiration to Art Process—PowerPoint lecture presentation on the topic of where she finds inspiration for her art: Other artists, photographs, influences from life experiences. She also discuss how to make effective quilts using art concepts such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, using repetition of line, shapes, values and color throughout the work.
Our Speaker for November 2021 was Karen Fisher from Tucson at our in-person meeting.
Building Your Quilting Skill Set
How many of you have a favorite quilting skill? How many of you try to avoid some construction techniques because you do not like or fully understand them? Learn the joy of expanding your own quilting ideas by adding to your own repertoire of quilting construction skills.
Our October workshop was led by our own Fran Elliot. We worked with the Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler- The Mini Quick Curve Ruler to create a Santa block.
Fran is a retired Oncology Nurse, originally from Chicago, who joined our Guild about a year ago when she and her husband moved from the Phoenix area to Green Valley. Unfortunately for us, they have moved back to the Sun city area of Phoenix, however she has retained her membership in our Guild.
She is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher, and practices Zentangle for self enjoyment. Teaching has been put on hold for the last year due to Covid.
She is an award winning gourd artist, and produce only a few pieces a year at this time, since she is focused on quilting as her primary art.
September 16, 2021
September 16th, 1pm- Post -Meeting Speaker- Christine Hager-Braun
Have you ever made “bad art” like a painting with the colors all wrong, a drawing with a poor composition, or a quilt with the seams not lining up? I have, more than just once!
In this lecture we discuss the influence of talent and dedication on creativity and how creativity applies to different forms of expression, including (but not limited to) painting, fiber art, and quilting.
While we all know that creative expression helps us to balance our lives, we often lack confidence in our pursuit of creativity. Together we explore the obstacles we face and how we can overcome them, individually, in one-on-one settings, or as a member of a group.
This presentation is a mixture of practical steps, plenty of inspiration for a positive mindset, and some not so serious stories about my own creative journey. Of course, lots of images of my fiber art accompany this lecture.
You will walk away with a clear understanding how you can develop more confidence in your creative process.
August 2021 Program
“Now You See It, Now You Don’t. The Magic of Disappearing Blocks.
August 20th 10am-4:30pm, Workshop:
Making Magic, a Disappearing Block Sampler Quilt
What an exciting workshop we had today with Brita Nelson. Here’s my top so far. Will give it a border on another day.
JUNE 17, 2021- STUDIO CRAWL
No Workshop this month.
The Studio Crawl was held after our main meeting on Thursday.
HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR SEWING ROOM?
Ever wonder how other Quilters organize their supplies and work room? It's fun to see the space that artists use to create their art.
The members who shared their quilt studios with
Palma Davis. Diane Johnson, Nancy Mosher, Cindy Cutsforth, and Janell Hurst.
We were invited into their homes to see us how they set up their sewing spaces. What
a great program. Thanks ladies.
April Lecture and Workshop with Karen McCarty Via Zoom--Applipiecing
Lecture on April 15th at 1:00. Workshop on April 16th, from 10:00 to 4:00
This class introduces the technique of Applipiecing, which can produce wonderful curved lines, and very sharp points with ease. It is a combination of freezer paper applique and paper piecing… with a twist. The use of ombres creates luminosity and movement in this fun, fast moving class. You’ll transfer the design to freezer paper, and iron fabric onto freezer paper pattern pieces. You will be able to see the design develop on the provided design board instantly. Finish by learning the unique way of sewing each piece together. A light box would be helpful if you have one, or you will have to trace the patterns up on your window.
Little Landscape Participant Quilts