Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for the annual NAQG Christmas Party, starting at 6:00 p.m.  The guild will provide the drinks and meat.  Bring a side dish or dessert.  This year, we're all going to be the elves, so bring two wrapped gifts;  two potholders in one package for gift exchange, and two fat quarters for the Christmas Story game.

At the November meeting, members voted to have an August "Picnic in the Park" program, where members will bring an item made from red, white and blue fabrics.  Members who want to participate need to  bring 3 one-yard cuts of fabric to the December or January meeting, which will then be repackaged and sold back to members at the February meeting.  Members can add one additional yard of fabric to make their quilt or item, which will then be entered in a members-vote contest in August.  (See December's newsletter for more information).    See you Monday!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

October 2012 Guild Program - "Zentangles" by Vicki Murray

October 15th's guild meeting features quest speaker, Vicki Murray of Oklahoma City,  with a presentation on Zentangle and Quilting.  The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at McFarlin Methodist Church in Norman.

Vicki began quilting in 1990 and and states, "Once I discovered rotary cutting and machine piecing, I fell in love with it!”  Her first opportunity to teach was a beginning quilting class in 2000 where she fell in love with teaching also. She entered into one juried competition and was very proud she received 2nd place in the hand-pieced category.

Vicki saw her first Zentangle in a blog and immediately replied with a request to make it into a quilted wallhanging.  The blogmaster thought she was kidding. Vicki states, "Imagine her surprise when it arrived in the mail. With that one, I let the pattern in the fabric create the 'tangle.'  I instantly had to try to create my own Zentangle, got hooked and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in the 2nd class that was offered for certification."  She also attended the first Zentangle Master conference. She teaches this as a form of stress management and has had the privilege to teach it to a number of the children of our OK National Guard members. 

Vicki had two of her Zentangle quilts published in the first ZT Quilt book but says her head buzzes with the number of ways that the two arts can be merged. She's looking forward to sharing her ideas with the Norman Quilt Guild and hopes that one or more of them may inspire our members and guests!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

September Guild Programs Featuring Carol Loessel

Workshop:   Saturday, 9/15 -  "Pieceful Pines"  Learn Carol's scrappy-piecing technique to make a wall or lap quilt.  Perfect for holiday decorating.  The pattern is featured in Carol's book, Start With Scraps.   Cost of the workshop is $25.  Contact Theresa Duval @ to sign up.

#106 Pieceful Pines

Lecture:  Monday 9/17 -  "Recipes for Leftovers"  A show and tell of ideas for using bits and pieces leftover from quilting projects, plus other items that might be in one's stash. 

**At both events, Carol will have her patterns and book available for purchase. 

Carol Loessel loves traditional quilts. Her quilt designs reflect this. She began quilting in the early 1970s when all that was being taught were traditional methods for traditional quilts. Carol has accumulated quite a collection of scraps over all those years of quilting. This collection has led to some creative quilts, and after being told numerous times “you should write a pattern for that quilt”, she did just that! She has three pattern series: “Recipes for Leftovers,” “Thanks, Grandma,” and “Scrappy Too”. These patterns can be seen on her website House of White Birches published Carol’s first book, Start With Scraps.

As a former elementary school teacher, Carol loves inspiring others to be creative through workshops and lectures. Carol and her husband Mark live in Macomb, MI. Contact Carol via e-mail:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quilt Show Highlights - August 20

The August guild program will be a recap of the quilt show highlights.  Remember to attend the NAQG quilt show August 17-18 at the First Church of the Nazarene at 1801 N. Porter, Norman, OK. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sit and Sew Day at Flo Haggerty's - July 14

Special Sit and Sew Day for the Bazaar
When:  July 14
Time:  Work hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or come & go)
Where:  Florence Haggerty's home
170 22nd Ave NE
Norman, OK
RSVP:  292-9011 or 406-4094 (for head count for lunch)
Directions:  Going West on Alameda, turn right (North) on 24th.  Go 2 very short blocks, turn left (west) on Alex Plaza, then onto 22nd. 
If going west on Robinson, turn right (south) onto 24th Ave NE.  Go just short of a mile to Alex Plaza, turn right (west).  Then onto 22nd.

Lunch is provided by Flo, but please call to let her know you are coming so she can know how much to prepare.  This will be a fun day to work on projects for the quilt show bazaar. Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and project.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

July 16, 2012 Program: Alice Kellogg

Alice Kellogg will be presenting an exciting program on Collaborative Quilts.  Alice's experience started with the traditional quilting styles, but she quickly tired of patchwork and found art quilts were more satisfying. Now she dyes her own fabrics and designs her own pieces. Alice has been a very active member of Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild for more than 10 years and is founder and currently president of Edmond Quilt Guild.  Alice notes she started quilting in 1993, but actually started making blocks when she was a child from pieces her grandmother had cut out for her. Alice's main interest is in Art Quilts, but she calls herself a quilter, not an artist, and she makes all sizes and types of quilts.  She loves to have her quilts displayed where others can look and enjoy (or shake their heads!).  She has entered every quilt show since she became a member of COQG.  She finds the critiques interesting and often comical!  

Besides quilt shows, she likes to enter Fiberworks where the show centers around artwork made from fiber, which could be anything from pine needles to quilts.  In 2004, she won an Award of Merit at Fiberworks.  She has taught classes at Fabriques n Fun, Fun to Sew, My Sisters Quilt,  Quilter's Corner, Sooner Quilts, Savage Quilter and COQG's quilt show.  She has held demos at COQG, EQG, and NAQG.  You will see some of her hand-dyes in the Chihuly Quilt at the July NAQG meeting.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

June 18, 2012: Sandi Blackwell presents - "Square-agonals"

Sandi Blackwell
Wheeling, WV 26003
Sandi is a West Virginian and has been a home sewer for most of her life. She started quilting in 1992 and has since received over 50 ribbons for her quilted works.
In 1996 she began her own quilt business named “Stitched Buy”. Sandi’s work is sold primarily locally but can be found at select locations across the United States. She makes quilts of all types and styles from miniature to king size, from pet quilts to wallhangings. She quilts both by hand and machine.
Sandi is an artisan of the Wheeling Artisan Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and the state artisan project “” (an internet shopping catalog for West Virginia artisans). Several of her quilts were selected to be on display at the Ideal Home Exhibition in London, England in 2000, and the West Virginia High-Tech Foundation in Fairmont in 2001. In March, 2001 she had a wallhanging juried into the West Virginia Culture & History quilt show.
One of her winning miniature quilts was published in the “Miniature Quilts” magazine #48 in July, 2000 and was featured on the cover.
In May of 2001 Sandi was juried into Tamarack, the premiere West Virginia artisan outlet located in Beckley, WV. Her work is now on display and sale there since 2001. Her works there include a line of “antiqued” table toppers, table mats, wallhangings, miniatures, and laps quilts as well as special orders.
In March of 2002 Sandi created a commissioned full size patriotic quilt for the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, which traveled around the state before being raffled off at their convention in September 2002. Since then, she has designed and created the quilts for several years and is currently working on the 2012 design.
In 2003 she completed a commissioned wallhanging for the lobby of the Stonewall Jackson Convention & Resort Center in West Virginia. Over the years she has completed several commissioned works for the Wheeling Heritage Association.
Quilt Magazine has published several of her quilts and patterns. The most recent issue featuring her quilts and patterns is “Miniature Quilt Ideas” #35 of October 2002.
One of Sandi’s greatest pleasures is talking to people and demonstrating the world of quilting to others. She has done numerous quilt demonstrations for the Wheeling Artisan Center, the West Virginia center (Washington DC and Thomas, WV), as well as numerous local craft fairs and schools. She enjoys traveling and has met quilters in her travels from Northern Europe (Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands) as well as numerous locations in North America.
She teaches classes (both beginner and advanced techniques) at a Wheeling quilt shop and for quilting groups as well as private lessons. Sandi has been accepted into the National Quilt Association teacher certification program.
She is a member of AQS, NQA, Fort Henry Piecemakers Quilt Guild, West Virginia Quilters, and the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. She was also selected as the NQA Member in the Spotlight for October 2010. She had a block accepted and published in Volume 3 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks which was released in May 2011.
Sandi’s newest venture is becoming an author. Her first book "Square-agonals; A New Angle on Quilting" was released in September of 2010 and a line of patterns in November 2011. They are all based
on the technique that she has developed. She is also creating a series of quilting books based on this and other new techniques.
Sandi is also one of the new Quilt Educators for the tours and cruises of "Sew Many Places" Travel Company, she has a cruise and Ireland Tour booked for 2012.
Sandi resides in Wheeling, West Virginia with her supportive husband of 38 years and her two very wonderful young adult children, who reside in Alabama and Florida. 
WORKSHOP:  Sandi will present a workshop titled "Twisted Possibilities"  on 6/18 from 9:00 to 4:00 at McFarlin Methodist Church.  To enroll for this workshop, contact Theresa Duval, Program Chairman, at  Cost for this workshop is $35.00.  You can choose to make this quilt in one of 2 sizes:  a 44" x 52", or a 58" x 69" quilt.  Links for the supply lists: 44 x 52 Quilt, or 58 x 69 Quilt.  For more information on the class, click here: Twisted Possibilities Flyer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

May 21, 2012: Sabrina Diehl

One of our own, Sabrina Diehl from Moore, OK, will be the guest speaker at the May guild meeting. Sabrina writes, "How do I quilt this quilt?"....or what does "quilt as desired" mean?   Don't you just love it at the end of most quilt patterns is the phrase, "quilt as desired?"  What does that mean, exactly and what does that tell me as the maker of the quilt? Absolutely nothing except the designer of the pattern probably didn't do the quilting or they would have included diagrams for that as well.
For those of us who love the quilting process, and even for those who do not, making decisions on how the quilt should be quilted is a daunting task.  Sometimes the quilt speaks to us in quiet tones of swirls and feathers and other times the quilt top just lies there not saying a word.  If the quilting of the quilt top is not your "thing," please take it to one of our wonderfully talented long arm quilters to complete the magic that is your quilt.  These gifted ladies (and gentlemen) would also prefer to have your input as to the personality of the quilt and the designs you see quilted into it.   
Our program will be an in-depth discussion of how to approach those decisions concerning the quilting of the quilt top.  From ideas that pop into your head while you are piecing to the grand design you found in a book, we will see how the different ideas affect the personality of your quilt.  The harmony that should be the quilt top and the quilting together can really make your quilt sing.  Join us for a look at this last process in the completion of your quilt.

The workshop:  Doodling 101
Cost:  $20   10:00 - 4:00
For the workshop, we will be making a "doodling" sampler.  Sabrina will provide a kit with the materials you will need and we will have a thread bar to allow you many different threads with which to play. This workshop is for those who have attempted free motion quilting and are somewhat comfortable with that technique.  You don't have to be a whiz at it but please be familiar with your machine and the set up needed for free motion.  This is an exciting class where we play at making our quilting designs a focus by themselves.  So come, expand your repertoire of quilting designs and see what you can do with your machine.  Make sure your machine is cleaned, oiled, and in best running order so that we don't have any machine problems.  Please bring basic sewing supplies such as scissors and a thread stand would be helpful, if you already have one.  To sign up for this workshop, contact Theresa Duval, Program Chair, at  Click here for the supply list.   

Wanted: Judge for The Grand Lake O' The Cherokees Quilt Guild 2013 Quilt Show

The Grand Lake O' The Cherokees Quilt Guild Committee responsible for acquiring a judge for their 2013 quilt show is seeking a judge for the show.  The show is over a year away in 2013, but they would like to get a judge locked in.  Anyone interested in being a judge or knowing someone they could contact, please contact Peggy Johnson at

Friday, March 23, 2012

April 16-17, 2012: Sally Collins Workshop

APRIL 16 Program: SALLY COLLINS (Submitted by Theresa Duval)

Sally Collins will present Quality Workmanship at our guild meeting.  This presentation will begin with a discussion of quality workmanship, its meaning and importance to the quiltmaking process as well as suggestions and ideas on how to achieve quality workmanship in your own work. Following the oral portion of this presentation, Sally will show lots of quilts and welcome questions. 

ally Collins is an award-winning quiltmaker, teacher and author who has been quilting since 1978 and teaching since 1985. Her quilts range in size from small to wall size and although she is most recognized for her quality workmanship, attention to detail and teaching expertise, her continual love and interest is in the process of quiltmaking, the journey. Her focus for classes is on quality workmanship, borders and edges or drafting. All classes are developed to help students advance and improve their own creative and technical skills as well as how to critique and correct their own work.
She loves the challenge of combining design, color and intricate piecing in a traditional style and this interest is illustrated and explained in detail through her books Small Scale Quiltmaking (1996); The Art of Machine Piecing (2000); Borders, Bindings and Edges (2004) which guides and encourages quilters through the process of successfully designing, calculating, fitting and applying numerous styles of borders, bindings, and edge styles to bring their own quilts to a beautiful conclusion; Mastering Precision Piecing (2006) Sally shares her approach and methods for achieving quality workmanship in any scale, to help quilmakers critique and correct their own work, improve and advance their creative and technical skills, and find joy and value in the process. Also included are chapters on fabric, color, drafting, design and seven projects; Sally Collins Teaches You Precision Piecing (2007) is an excellent DVD on workmanship, showing Sally in her own sewing room sharing exactly how she does what she does in great detail with camera close-ups.
Her most recent book, Drafting for the Creative Quilter (2010) is the ultimate reference guide for learning the mechanics of drafting as well as how to draft, numerous categories of quilt designs, including grid based, circular, hexagon, pineapple, 8-pointed star and much more. Sally also shares two methods of designing and three projects. This book is easy to understand, supported by over 500 illustrations and includes everything you need to know to make your own quilts, your way in any size you choose.   
Sally balances her time between traveling across the country conducting workshops, giving presentations and enjoying life with her husband Joe.



April 16-17, 2012 * 9:00am to 4:00 pm * $85 for two days

Sally will focus on design, color and workmanship as you create this project over two days using mirrors and mock-ups. You will compose a beautiful “Trip Around the World” background and place triangles to create nine Ohio Stars. You will learn to manipulate value to integrate the stars into the background and eliminate the edges to create a beautiful mosaic. You will receive handouts for the design, and borders will be discussed.  Skill Level: Confident Beginner and Beyond.  

This class is limited to 20 students and it is being offered by NAQG at this low price, and we still have a few spots open. Don’t miss this is a once in a life time opportunity at this great price! 
To Sign-up for workshops contact Theresa Duval at or call her at 405-620-4107. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Come take a walk down memory lane as Billie Corgan and Lena Frost present the program on “Aprons: Vintage to Modern” at the March meeting.  Lena will begin with her collection of vintage aprons and the stories that go with them.  Trends in fabrics and patterns date aprons as they do quilts.  Some of those same patterns reappear in current times as chic “retro” aprons, which Billie will show during the “modern” part of the program, with additional samples of current trends modeled by Heather Phillips.  And Billie has some great stories too.   The program will be further enhanced if YOU will wear your favorite apron to the meeting—it can be one that your grandmother made that has been in the family for years or it can be the one you sew in a hurry this week–just wear and share and we’ll all be inspired. Lena and Billie are saving time following the program for several of you who have a special story about your apron to share your story with all of us.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

February 20, 2012 Brenda Perry "Confessions of A Quiltaholic"

Brenda Perry from Denton, Texas will present "Confession of A Quiltaholic" and will be teaching "Those Amazing Stripes".  (See examples below).

Brenda Perry is a professional quilt maker, lecturer and teacher, and a self-proclaimed "Quiltaholic".  She lives in Sanger Texas with her husband, Don, of 47 years; they have a married daughter and 2 grown grandsons.   They are her biggest fans.

Brenda  learned early on she loved working with her hands and has tried everything from macramé, tole painting, fabric crafts and cross stitch.  Once she discovered quilting all else went by the wayside. She is a self taught traditional quilter. She dabbled in art quilts enough to know her niche is elsewhere.  She currently belongs to two guilds and has taught many classes through each of them.  She is currently teaching at a local quilt shop and travels to teach at guilds and other ladies clubs. After making quilts for over 30 years she developed  many shortcuts and helpful tips.  She has submitted tips to Fons and Porter Love of Quilting and had two accepted for publication in their magazine and used on their television program.  Her first tip is on their current Tip CD.  Brenda also has an in-home business making memory quilts using t-shirts and other items of clothing.  She has had customers all across the United States, once making a memory quilt for a woman who worked for Donald Trump and the Miss America Pageant.  Her memory items included many pageant t-shirts and patches.  

Brenda's charity of choice is Royal Family Kids’ Camp, an international organization providing a safe environment for abused and neglected children to experience a fun camp that is taken for granted by others but rarely experienced by them. She provides 15 twin size quilts each year as graduation gifts for the children who will no longer be able to come to the yearly camp because they age out. 

Since she makes so many quilts each year, she needs tools to help speed up the process.  Her husband, Don, comes to her rescue designing a few small tools that do a big job.  Some of these are available when she lectures and hold workshops.

Brenda states, "Quilting has taken over my life, but I’m not complaining. I am blessed."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 16, 2012 Elsie Campbell Presents Tweaking Traditions

Elsie M. Campbell from Aunt MiMi’s Quiltworks in Ponca City, Oklahoma is our first speaker of 2012.  
Elsie is an award-winning quilter and has published three recent books; Nine Patch & Snowball Quilts, ©2003 Chitra., Winning Stitches, ©2004 C&T Publishing, String Quilts: 10 Fun Patterns for Innovating and Renovating, ©2009 Good Books, Inc. 

Tweaking Traditions:  Today's quiltmakers have discovered a variety of ways to make stunning quilts based on traditional patterns by adding their own unique twists. Lecture includes quilts made by internationally-acclaimed artists Ricky Tims, Ann Fahl, and Susan Cleveland, among others. Enjoy this visual smorgasbord of colorful quilts.  This is a multi-media presentation/trunk show that you won’t want to miss!
***To sign up for Elsie's workshop Fun with Flowers, see the information below.