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Stepping out of the studio to share my love for quilting

When creating in my studio, I’m truly in my ‘happy place’… but when asked to step out and share my love for quilting with others, I just can’t say no. Here are some examples…

On September 17th, 2019, I shared an hour-long lecture combining my “The Making of a Quilt Artist” and “Are You Ready for a Challenge” lectures with Countryside Quilting at the Community Lutheran Church in Potomac Falls/Sterling, VA.

Speaking with Countryside Quilters at the Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, VA
Countryside Quilting meeting in the Commuity Lutheran Church in Sterling, VA

On August 8th, 2019, I shared my hour-long “The Making of a Quilt Artist” lecture with both my local Apple Valley Needle Threaders quilt group

Speaking with the Apple Valley Needle Threaders at VFW in Berryville, VA

Also in August, I shared “The Making of a Quilt Artist” lecture with members of the Colorado Quilting Council in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Following the CQC lecture, I led members on a journey beyond the ‘pattern’ to develop the artist within themselves through my 6-hour Fracturing Florals Workshop. Together we walked through the steps for ‘fracturing’ four pieces of the exact same fabric and piecing them back together into something new and more artful than the original, then they finished their original work of art with their choice of decorative stitching, quilting, and even thread painting.

The Making of a Quilt Artist – 8/24/2019
Colorado Quilting Council – American Lutheran Church, Grand Junction, CO
My Fractured Floral #14 quilt was the inspiration for this CQC Fractured Floral class.
Me, leading the journey through fracturing florals with CQC’s quilters at Owl’s Nest Quilters shop in Grand Junction, CO
I wish I had gotten pictures of all the class participants and their names, too!
These ladies were such a delight to work with and so talented!

4-27-2019 The sisters of Beta Sigma Phi Sororiety in Winchester, VA had been focusing on their year-long theme ‘Quilts of Friendship‘, when they had me to speak to that topic at their Founder’s Day luncheon in April 2019 at the Winchester Country Club.
Though a Delta Gamma sister since college, it had been many years since I’d joined in a Founder’s Day celebration. The setting was lovely and their bonds of friendship were evident throughout the room. You can read highlights of my Quilts of Friendship lecture here.

Speaking with Beta Sigma Phi Sorority at the Winchester Country Club inWinchester, VA

4/10/2018 – When my Reston Quilters Unlimited group asked me to share about my experiences making challenge quilts, it was my goal to encourage and inspire others to challenge themselves. You can read highlights of my “Are You Ready for a Challenge?” lecture here.

4/21/2011 – I’ve always tried to ‘bloom’ where ever I was planted. When the AOWCGWA, Army Officers’ Wives’ Club of the Greater Washington Area, invited me to speak at their luncheon at Ft. Myers Officer’s Club, it was my pleasure to share both my passion for quilting and about life after the military.  You can read highlights of my “A Quilter ‘Planted’ in the Shenandoah Valley” lecture here.