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News on coming programs.  Program classes are normally $45 for members and $70 for non-members payable to RGVQG at time of signup for the class.  The extra $25 for non-members makes them eligible for membership in the guild.  Please fill out a membership form and turn it in with your payment.

There may be additional expenses based on the needs of the individual classes, e.g. some classes require purchase of kits, patterns, books, etc.


Hello Everyone,

If you know someone that you would like to have come to our Guild, please let me know.  If you would like to do a workshop, Lecture or Trunkshow , call me.

Here is a list of some of the things to come:

Judy Brown
Program Chairman
email: programs@rgvqg.com
2017 Programs:
October 14, 2017 - Garage Sale
Fall clean up, clean out time! At our Oct 14 Guild meeting you will have a once in a lifetime (well, once in a year) opportunity to sell the "treasure" you cleaned out from your quilting/sewing/craft stashes😀YES! Call me for table reservations for the garage sale which will be our October program! All Guild members are eligible to sell. NO CHARGE FOR TABLES, you keep all your $$$, but you must take all your leftovers home with you. The sale will begin following the short business meeting. GUESTS MAY ATTEND FREE AT THIS MEETING SO INVITE SHOPPERS! We will try to have tables set up by 8:15 so you may load them up prior to the meeting. Bring change and bags for your "stuff."
Book your table early as they are limited.  Contact Evelyn Fincher, (956) 358-1460, to reserve your table.
November 2017 - Susan Nickels 

 

Susan Nickels

Sue has been quilting for 36 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 26 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds and major conferences, including AQS, IQA and the Mancuso Quiltfests. She has also taught internationally in England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.  Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows. Sue enjoys teaching on cruises for "Quilt Seminars at Sea" once a year. Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!  

 

Signup for one of Susan's classes.

All classes will be 9 AM to 4 PM at Renee's Fiber Art Quilting School, 1623 N Tower Rd, Alamo TX

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Class
 Machine Appliqué Flower Basket - In this workshop learn how to appliqué using a quick raw edge fusible machine technique. Ashley’s Flower Basket, the first pattern in a series of flower basket designs Sue created for JWD Publishing will be used in this workshop. Learn the fine points of machine appliqué including perfect points, neat curves and creative surface embellishments. This technique is the focus of the AQS book “Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué” co-authored by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Quality workmanship is the priority in this workshop!
Please note: for the one day version of this workshop students will be working on a small practice piece to learn how to do the techniques featured in this appliqué project. Students receive all the information needed to complete their Flower Basket Quilt, but we will only work on the practice piece in class.  There will be a pattern fee of $8.00.  Supply List


 

Thursday, November 9, 2017 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Class
 Machine Quilting Essentials - In this basic workshop, learn all aspects needed to master machine quilting. Start with a discussion on machine quilting supplies, including thread, needles and notions. Next, practice the basic techniques of straight line and free motion machine quilting on small quilt packages. After learning the skills to feel confident with these techniques, Sue will demonstrate how to successfully baste; package and machine quilt the actual quilt.  Go home feeling confident to quilt any size and style quilt. Many quilts will be shown for inspiration.  With Sue’s patient guidance learn all the basic skills needed to master machine quilting on your home sewing machine. Supply List


Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Lecture  Machine Quilting for Today’s Quilts
Sue will share through slides her progression from hand quilter to the machine quilter she is today. This personal journey includes slides of Sue’s quilts and her sister, Pat Holly’s quilts as well quilts from machine quilters who have influenced the current machine quilting trends. Sue will bring a selection of her quilts to share and provide time for discussion at the end, so bring your questions about machine quilting.
December 2017 - Rob Appell 

 

Rob Appell

Hi, I’m Rob Appell, host of Man Sewing.  I’m a guy with boundless energy and enthusiasm for life and creativity.  I love God, my wife, son and daughter. I enjoy waking up excited each day to see what lies ahead. I’m happiest when I’m outside or in my studio. I have been told that I inspire others and for that I feel very blessed.

Signup for one of Rob's classes.

All classes will be 9 AM to 4 PM at Renee's Fiber Art Quilting School, 1623 N Tower Rd, Alamo TX

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
Class
 Gears Quilt - more info

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Class
 3 Dudes Modified - more info

Friday, December 8, 2017
Class
 Reverse Applique - more info
  

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Lecture  Quilts from the Sea and Beyond
Trunk show of quilts and fun stories.
January 2018 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe & Ricky Tims at the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show

 

Double Wedding Ring Pillow

Partial Seam Herringbone Pillow

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe


Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based International award-winning Quilt & Fiber Artist, teacher & lecturer on the creative process, fabric & product designer for Marcus Fabrics, Aurifil thread and Sizzix Die cutting. She is the author of several Quilting books:  15 Minutes of Play, Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made, Modern Quilt Magic (C&T publishing). She also owns VFW Quilts, a specialty quilting Store in NYC, carrying all of her products, to provide inspiration to the Fiber maker, and sells her custom work to Museums, and collectors in the design world who appreciate finely made quilts: A true classic Art form.

 

Victoria sits on The International Quilt Study Center & Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Textiles advisory boards. Her quilts have traveled all over the globe, including Japan, Australia, and in Museums such as Connecticut Museum of American Art, International Quilt Study Center, San Jose Quilt Museum, The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts and the International Quilt Festival Houston. She is proud to be a quilter, a mother to Beatrice, and a wife to Michael Findlay, the true loves in Victoria’s life.

 

Victoria’s work balances between Art Quilts, Traditional & Modern Quilts and has a master flair bringing the fine art of quilting to the modern age.

 

Lecture: Creativity and Play! 

1:30 PM Saturday, January 27, 2018 (No charge with Quilt Show admission)

Do you think about your process and creativity and who they work together?  Victoria will share info about her process, her roots, and what you can do to shake up your current creative path! She will retrain your eyes and inspire you to try something different!  You will never look at your quilt projects the same way again! Her lecture is done through a playful and inspiring way that will leave you wanting to run home and cut something up! It's good to make some fabric fly!

 

Classes 

Double Wedding Ring Pillow Class

1:00 – 4:00, Friday, January 26, 2018 – Registration $25

  

Class kit fee $22 Includes the pre-cut pieces for the entire pillow for this three-hour class. 

Please choose the Blue or Red Pillow kit, when you sign up.

Optional fee $35 Acrylic Double Wedding Ring Template set. (Also available at vfwquilts.com)

 

This class focuses on taking the fear out of making a Double wedding ring quilt!  Let Victoria's obsession with DWR's become yours!  Learn the tricks for success in her class, find out that they really are not difficult to make.  Learn your curves, build patience and confidence, and how to pin for results!  This one day class is taught as a Pillow class. Everything you need to know can be made by making one ring of a DWR! + some tips and tricks included for more options when designing your own DWR quilt. 

Supply List:  Please bring your sewing machine, cords and basic sewing tools: Scissors, thread, pins. Your kit includes pre-cut pieces.

 

Partial Seam Herringbone Pillow Class

9:00 – Noon, Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Registration $25

Class kit fee $22 Includes the pre-cut pieces for entire pillow, for this three-hour class.

 

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt that makes your friends ask, "How did you do that? "Based on Victoria's newest book, "Modern Quilt Magic", this class will focus on the Herringbone pattern with a partial seam construction (this is not a French Braid!) Learn the construction skills to make dazzling quilts with interwoven movement and simple, graphic style. This is a great Scrap-buster! Create a piece that looks more complicated than it is!  Build your skills with partial seams for a result that boggles the viewer's mind – but not the maker's!

Supply List:  Please bring your sewing machine, cords and basic sewing tools: Scissors, thread, pins. Your kit includes pre-cut pieces.




Signup for one of Victoria's classes.

Victoria's classes and lecture will be at the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show, South Padre Island Convention Center
 




Sunday-Monday, January 28-29, 2018 (this program is offered by Ricky Tims AFTER the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show)
South Padre Island Convention Center

Quilt Luminarium  
 A comprehensive quilt symposium that demystifies seemingly complex concepts, teaches mastery of unique techniques, and harnesses the power of the ever-elusive muse of creativity.

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$164* Earlybird Registration price - save $35

$199* After Earlybird deadline

*Tuition includes access to both days, all sessions, and the exclusive full-color syllabus. The syllabus is not for sale and is only given to Quilt Luminarium registrants.

Quilt Luminarium is a $1025 educational value and equal to a semester of hands-on classes. Save over $800!

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Ricky Tims
has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer and producer have been evident by the thousands who have heard his music. His success as a quilter is equally significant. He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal. Ricky's has made quilts that have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991, and was recently named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. In 2009 he was selected (in a three-way tie) by the readers of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as The Most Influential Person in the Quilting Industry. In 2008 he was profiled and featured on the popular television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com) with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims - an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters. He presents three-day Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminars in select cities throughout the United States and holds week-long La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in tiny mountain town of La Veta, CO. In 2010, he and Alex Anderson started a new quilting lifestyle magazine called The Quilt Life (published by AQS).

Signup for Ricky's Lecture or Concert.

Ricky's lecture and concert  will be at the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show, South Padre Island Convention Center

Friday, January 26, 2018, 10:30-12:00

Lecture  Design and Composition of Quilting and Photography ($20)
 This lecture class covers the basic elements of art and principles of organization in a fun and easy-to-understand way. This is a great stand alone for any quilter who wants to grasp the concepts for designing their own successful quilt. The visual treat features beautiful quilts and stunning photography.

Friday, January 26, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM

Concert  An Evening with Ricky Tims (Music Concert) ($20)
 Although this is billed as a concert, an Evening with Ricky Tims is so much more. Ricky is an award-winning quilter, pianist, and story-teller extraordinaire. Experience an evening of music, laughter and inspiration that will keep you spellbound and entertained. You’ll leave with a head full of memories and a heart full of inspiration. Even if you’ve experienced Ricky’s concerts before, come again expecting the unexpected.
February 2018 - Suzi Parron

 

Suzi Parron 
I stumbled across my first barn quilt in 2008; I immediately looked for a book with more information on barn quilts, I found that none existed--so I decided to write one!  Quilt trail founder Donna Sue Groves provided me with lots of contacts and background information, and I set out. After two years of weekends and my summers off while teaching, I finished the book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” The book follows the quilt trail as it expanded and tells the stories of those who have created barn quilts. Within two years, so many new quilt trails had merged that it was clear that another book was in order.  I set out again and traveled all of the way to California and back, visiting quilt trails.“Following the Barn Quilt Trail” was released in May of 2016.


Signup for one of Suzi's classes.

All classes at Renee's Fiber Art Quilting School, 1623 N Tower Rd, Alamo TX

Friday, February 9 (10am - 3pm), 2018 or
Saturday, February 10 (1pm - 5pm)
Tuesday, February 13 (maybe)
Class  Barn Quilt Painting Workshop - Join the barn quilt movement by creating your own painted quilt block.
You will begin with a pre-primed board and go through each step—drafting, taping, and painting, with careful attention to detail. The workshop lasts about 4 hours.
You will leave with a finished quilt block or with one last color (which will be provided) to add at home. Ready for show and tell at your next meeting!
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Lecture  Barn Quilt Trails
My talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes. The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.
March 2018 - Marci Baker


Marci Baker

Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin

Tumbling Blocks / Roll of the Dice

 

Marci Baker
More about Marci

All classes will be 9 AM to 4 PM at Renee's Fiber Art Quilting School, 1623 N Tower Rd, Alamo TX

Thursday, March 8, 2018 

Class  Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin
If you want something new then this is it! Take a look at log cabin from a whole new angle as designed by Sara Nephew with Marci Baker. Students will construct log cabin diamonds and triangles using easy step-by-step instructions to create unique and gorgeous designs. To top it off, the simply amazing designs are amazingly simple, providing success for all levels of quilters. Just cut up your scraps and paint with strips. “Bet you can’t make just one!”  

Friday, March 9, 2018

Class  Tumbling Blocks / Roll of the Dice
In class choose to make Tumbling Blocks or Roll of the Dice.
Wow! From Marci Baker’s newest book combining her “Not Your Grandmother’s Tumbling Blocks” along with Sara Nephew’s most popular 3-D optical illusions you can now make these very moving and stunning quilts using some simple value selections. By eliminating inset (or Y) seams you build the blocks using her strip piecing method. Everyone from the beginner to the experienced quilter will find enjoyment and success.

Signup for one of Marci's classes.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Lecture  Top Secret Tips
Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask . . . we’re talking quilting. Marci shares a plethora of new ideas by identifying basic problems that most quilters think they have to live with, yet she provides her simple solutions. You will not only know how something works, but why it works, learning the secrets that make your quilting more enjoyable and successful! Topics include: bindings, foundation piecing, pressing, perfect piecing, joining strips, rotary cutting for borders and bias strips, and many more. Come and be ready to learn Marci’s top secret tips!
Website: QuiltwithMarciBaker.com
Past Programs