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.