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Workshop: August, Shannon Brinkley’s Collage Applique








Workshop Title: Collage Applique
Taught by: Shannon Brinkley
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Guild Member Cost: $25  (Plus Pattern / or download)
Non-Guild Member Cost: $35 (Plus Pattern / or download)
Where: Green Acres Baptist Church
Contact: Sheila Shepherd 

Visit Shannon’s site to decide which pattern you would like to use. Either download the pdf  file or buy the pattern at the workshop. There are many animals, city skylines and many more from which to choose.

Shannon Brinkley is a quilt fabric designer, author, and national speaker and teacher based in Austin, Tx. A couple of days after our workshop, she will be teaching a two day workshop on the same technique at the National Quilt Museum in Padukah for $330. Our workshop is a steal at $25. Contact Sheila Shepherd to sign up or sign up and pay at our July meeting.

Download PDF version of this information.

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April 2017 Workshop: Deconstructed Wedding Rings


Workshop Title:  Deconstructed Wedding Rings
Taught by: Karen Stockwell
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Cost: $25  ( Plus Pattern: $10)
Where: Green Acres Baptist Church
Contact: Sheila Shepherd 

Workshop with Karen Stockwell on April 12,2017 at Green Acres Baptist church at 10:00 am. The cost is $25 and needs to be paid by the April meeting. You will also need to buy a pattern for $10. Karen will bring those with her. The description of the class is as follows:

 Deconstructed Wedding Rings

A Double Wedding Ring is surprisingly versatile.

What happens if you make the rings different sizes, and don’t join them?

How about adding some other elements?

Let’s play with modernizing an old favorite. Have fun and see what happens!

And with a white or solid background, it can easily be a modern quilt.

36″ x 39″

Pattern required for class. $10. Contains full sized templates and directions for 3 different finishing techniques.

Download Acrobat PDF Version of this Workshop


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April 2016 Workshop: Stash Busting String Quilts

Workshop Title: Stash Busting String Quilts
Taught by: Stephanie Alexander
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: To Be Determined
Cost: $15
Where: To Be Determined

Acrobat Version of the supply list

Supply List

12” or 12 ½” square ruler
6 ½ X 24 ruler if you need to cut yardage
4 X 12 (4 ½ X 12 1/2) ruler will be helpful but not mandatory
Rotary cutter with new blade for fabric and trimming
Cutting mat 18 X 24 or larger
A rotary cutting mat will make squaring up easier, helpful but not mandatory
One of the stabilizers mentioned below
Template plastic or something to make a template with. Old cutting mats make great templates.
Pen & paper for note taking and/or your cell phone to photograph the steps
Basic sewing supplies to include your machine and the power cord
It is a good idea to bring a cord reel or extension cord.

2 ½ yards of fabric for star points. You can make scrappy fabric stars as long as your fabric is the same value. A dark or light fabric will work for your star points.

Scraps, scraps and more scraps, in 1”, 1 ¼” and 1 ½” widths. Cut a few ¾” strips for more interest. Light, medium or dark, large or small prints, geometric, floral, stripes, everything goes. It is not necessary to cut all of your fabric at once. Consider swapping scraps with classmates. You do not need to cut all of your strips prior to class. If you have some already in your scrap bin, bring them. The great thing about string quilts is that your strips do not need to be accurate. They might be 1” on one end and taper down to ½” at the other end.

String quilts present a great opportunity to use what I call ugly thread. Anything goes because you will be sewing so many different colors. Now is a chance to use up all those half-filled bobbins.

Stabilizer for backing. Dixie Kabnet Wax Deli paper (Sam’s Club, $14.28 for two 1,000 sheet boxes); muslin, or 6 1/2′ yards no-show mesh stabilizer (brand name Sheer Delight.) You will need 7 1/2” square stabilizer blocks for this quilt. (If you use Sheer Delight, it is 30 inches wide which will yield you four blocks across.)

5 yards for backing. The backing is not needed for class. You can purchase this later. Consider piecing your backing with scrap yardage.

7/8 yard for binding. For added interest, use excess binding from other quilts and stitch them together for an even scrappier finish. Not needed for class.

I will provide the template for the star points. Recommend you re-cut this with template plastic.

If you sew on paper stabilizer this will dull your needle more quickly. It is a good idea to use a larger needle and change it frequently.

Pluses and minuses of different stabilizers. Paper backings need to be removed from your quilt top at some point. This is a very inexpensive way to foundation piece string quilts but it can be time consuming and the paper will make a lot of ‘dust’ when you remove it. Muslin is a good choice but it will add extra weight to your top. If you use muslin, suggest you wash it first to preclude any future issues with shrinkage. I currently use and recommend Sheer Delight (Approx $3.00 per yard). It doesn’t need to be removed or add extra weight. Fusibles and interfacings are not recommended as stabilizers. Try different products and use what you like.

One Loose Thread and Pieces & Patches Quilt Shop stock Sheer Delight. Contact Joyce Greer by email  to order from One Loose Thread or Pieces & Patches by phone 803/359-3442 or email If you order from Joyce Greer, I can bring your order to class and save the mailing expense.

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Version One 72 X 84

Students have the option of an alternate design during the same class.



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Version Two        66 X 66

Version two also requires 2 ½ yards for the star points and border.  Note, version two is smaller than version one.  If you want to increase the size, you will need additional yardage.  The diamonds, blue in this quilt, require ½ yard of fabric.

Version two is made with a specific color of scraps, creams and pinks.  Students have the flexibility to use specific colors or make it scrappy like version one.

Please feel free to  email me with any questions.

Stephanie Alexander

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Workshop: Trash to Treasure

Workshop Title: Trash  to Treasure pineapple quilt
Taught by: CPQ Guild Member
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Green Acres Baptist Church, 2085 Barnett Shoals.

When Gyleen Fitzgerald came to our guild last year, she gave us permission to teach her Trash to Treasure pineapple quilt.

Those of us who took this class at Hall County Guild would like to share it with you. The class will be free but it will be necessary for you to buy the ruler. Anita can order them for us so at the next guild meeting we will take orders. We would like each person to make one block for us to donate to the charity bee to be used in a quilt, either for charity or a raffle quilt. We will furnish the center block fabric so there will be some uniformity to the blocks.

There is also a book that goes along with this but it is not necessary to have it unless you just want it for your collection. It is called “Trash to Treasure”.

This is a good way to use up scraps. The block centers are 2 ½” and the strips are 1 ½”. So bring lots of scraps. You will need a lot more 1 ½” scraps than 2 ½” squares. They will need to be anywhere from 2 ½” to 6” in length.

You will also need:
Sewing machine in good working order with instruction book in case of a problem.
Any color thread. Gyleen uses up all her threads of different colors since the quilt is so scrappy, the color of thread used doesn’t matter,

small cutting board and rotary cutter

Pineapple Ruler, it must be the one designed by Gyleen. There are other pineapple rulers out there but they are all different. We will be teaching the technique using this ruler.

Small iron and ironing pad (these could be shared)

Acrobat PDF Version of Trash to Treasure Workshop Information

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Workshop: Tea Time Placemats with Jeanette Walton

Workshop Title: Tea Time Placemats: A Judy Niemeyer Pattern taught
Taught by: Jeanette Walton
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $25 for guild members
Fee:  Pattern available day of workshop from Jeanette for $17 plus tax.
Available from Sewcial Studio for $20 plus tax.
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room






12″ Add-A-Quarter ruler
(optional – can use a regular ruler. Jeanette will have rulers for sale)
Flower head pins
Three – One gallon size Ziploc style bags
Size 70 sewing Needs
Jumbo style paper clips
UHU glue stick (other brands OK. Just be sure safe for fabric or acid free.)

General Sewing Supplies:
Sewing machine
Cutting Board, Rotary Cutter, seam ripper, thread, iron and ironing board, etc.

Full information sheet can be downloaded here (Acrobat PDF)


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August 2015 Workshop: Basics of Free Motion Quilting

Workshop title: Basics of Free Motion Quilting
Instructor: Sylvia Schaefer
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Costs:  $10
Where: Lyndon Arts House Fiber Room

How to Register: Contact Christine Langone
Questions about the workshop? Contact Sylvia Schaefer

PDF Version can be downloaded here

Sewing machine:  Sewing machine in good working order

Extension table (the largest you own)
Free-motion quilting or darning foot (open toe is preferable)
Extension cord

Quilt marking tools (e.g. water soluble marker, pencil, chalk)
Lightweight cotton gloves (such as Machingers)
Thread (a medium weight, such as 50-weight Aurifil is a good choice)
Topstitch needles (90/14 size is the best all-around choice)

Ahead of time, please make a minimum of 6 practice quilt sandwiches (about 12” square) using solid or SUBTLY patterned fabric on the front and the back (so you’ll be able to see your quilting) and a layer of batting in the middle. You can use muslin if you don’t want to delve into your stash. You may use whichever basting method you prefer (I usually spray-baste large quilts and pin-baste small quilts).

Pad of paper and pens or pencils

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August Charm Swap at the Stitch N Bitch Bee

Charm Swap

The Saturday “Stitch N Bitch” bee is hosting a Charm Swap,
mini-lesson, get together for CPQ Gals

Saturday, August 1st
At the Lyndon House Fiber Room, 10am to 4ish

Fee is $5 paid in advance

Are you interested in joining us?  Here’s the scoop:

We’re calling it a Charm Swap but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Moda 5” square charms.  In our case, the use of the term “charm: is referring to the old-time get together of quilters who  brought fabric to swap with their friends and everybody shared in the bounty to make happy, colorful scrap style quilts.  We will all be bringing fabric to swap with each other and get started on making a quilt from our new treasures.

In addition, we will be teaching a few things:  sewing a partial seam and cutting 60⁰ triangles, for those that are interested, as well as several little Deb & Terri tidbits.

You Must Bring 30 strips of fabric to be used at the swap.

30 strips of fabric cut 2.5” wide and WOF (width of fabric).

Use as many different fabrics as you can:

  • Use only print fabrics. Large or small or medium scale, tone-on-tones are good, but no solids
  • Do not use fabrics with a lot of white
  • Use good quality, cotton, quilter’s weight fabric
  • Variety is the key

You must also bring at least 1/2 yard of your own fabric to use for the triangle centers.   We recommend that this fabric be a solid or reads-as-a-solid but it doesn’t have to be.  We also recommend that it be very light or very dark – not a medium value fabric.  To save time, cut this fabric into strips that are 4.5” wide X WOF.  Cut at least 2 strips.

We highly recommend that – in addition to the strips you plan to share at the swap – that you also bring at least 5 to 10 more strips to use on your own quilt.

There is no set size or style for this quilt.  That will be totally up to you.  You can use this start to make a tablerunner or a small lap or anything your imagination can dream up.

The basic block we will make is a 10“ triangle.

You will need your sewing machine and all of your basic sewing supplies.

*** You will need to have a ruler for cutting 60⁰ triangles;

  • Most long rulers have a 60⁰ line on them – that will work or
  • Any 60⁰ triangle ruler as long as it is big enough to cut at least a 5” triangle
  • Or bring both!

It is recommended that you also bring your long ruler (aprox 8” X 24”) for cutting WOF, etc.

Bring your lunch and anything you wish to share and whatever you want to drink.

Project leaders:  Deb Henderson & Terri Jarrett

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