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Meetings and Workshops

Friendship Star Quilters, Inc., meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:30pm at

            Gaithersburg Church of the Nazarene
            8921 Warfield Road
            Gaithersburg, Maryland 20882 [Map Quest Link]

**Note: In September meeting is held on second Monday, September 12th, 2011.

Most meetings feature a guest speaker.  See below for calendar of scheduled speakers.

Workshops with the guest speaker are held the Sunday before the meeting at the Potomac Community Center 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, MD, 240‑777‑6960. Map Quest Link to the Potomac Community Center

Workshops meet from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. To enroll in a workshop complete the registration PDF form and bring to the next FSQ meeting with your payment or mail to FSQ, c/o Barbara Kilby or Cathy Berman (Look up address in your directory). Mark your envelope with "WORKSHOP REGISTRATION".  Costs are: FSQ Members: 1-day workshop $50, 2-day workshop $100; Non members: 1-day workshop $60, 2-day workshop $120.

Have dinner with the lecturer: 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening before the lecture. Ruby Tuesday, 701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD.

2011-12 Workshops and Lectures

Monday, August 1st: Georgina & Richard Fries of Bellweather Dry Goods, Lecture, "The Magical Nine-Patch"

Georgina and Richard will show over 60 quilts and pass sample blocks around explaining the fun journey of the Nine-Patch and all the wonderful things you can do with it. Their company offers expert hand quilting and finishing by one of over 100 Amish and Mennonite women across the country. No Group Quilting.

Morna McEver Golletz

Sunday, September 11: Becky Goldsmith, Workshop: "Applique with Attitude" Cancelled due to family emergency

What happens if instead of invisible stitches, you stitch with very visible stitches?  When you applique with attitude, your stitches not only hold your applique in place, they embellish it as well! You will learn the tricks of needleturn hand applique with perle cotton in this class for all skill levels. This 1-day class will focus on applique with attitude techniques, including a running stitch, a mock blanket stitch, and a serrated edge stitch. The techniques covered are making and using templates and overlays, how to do the actual needle turning, inner point, outer points, and curves - all with the stitches listed above.  I will provide the pattern. My red hot poker is appliqued on a blank tea towel. You can do the same or you can choose a fabric background and use your block in small quilt project. Supply List

Debra Gabel
Monday, September 12: Nancy Feve, Lecture: "Making Quilts That Surprise Me"
The design wall is as important as the cutting table and sewing machine, and no, I couldn't tell you how long it took to make. A look at quilts that reveal themselves as they grow.

Sunday, October 2: Sharon Schamber, Workshop: "Domestic Dancing Feathers"
This free-motion quilting class teaches the student how to quilt flowing feathers with flair.  We go over how feathers are constructed and how to quilt them easily.  We will also go over 4 different sashing designs.  Feathers have never been so easy.  Note that Domestic refers to a regular sewing machine, not a longarm machine.  Machine requirements: The feed dogs must be able to drop and you need an extension table or a way to keep the fabric from hanging over the edges of the sewing machine.  Note from Program Chair: Before getting an extension table, I used stacks of books around the machine to get a large flat area for the fabric to lay on; it’s not ideal, but manageable. Supply List
Monday, October 3 : Sharon Schamber, Lecture, “My Quilting Journey".
Sharone will provide a trunk show of her quilts and share what she has learned over the years.
Nancy Shriber
Sunday, November 6: Patty Prodonovich, Workshop: “Stars and More Stars”Patty Prodonovich will be giving students a choice of two different ways to make stars. The star patterns work with lots of fabric choices; traditional, modern, batik, solids, prints, whatever you like. Just choose which of the patterns you prefer: Stars pieced on the diagonal using strips OR the 4 star block. The stars pieced with strips on the diagonal is intended to be a quilt sized 44" x 60" and the 4 star block is intended to be a small wall hanging, but you can increase or decrease the size of your finished piece. You'll learn everything you need to know to make one of these projects: machine piecing, using the Tri-Rec tool, making a square within a square unit, and assembling a quilt on the diagonal. The Tri-Rec tool (only about $10) makes it easy to make triangles within squares and divided rectangles; great for stars and other blocks too.

This is a sample of the 4 Block Star pattern (made using blocks)

This is a sample of the On The Diagonal Star pattern (made using strips)





Monday November 7 : Patty Prodonovich, Lecture,
Patty will present a trunk show and discuss her quilts and what she has learned making them, with a special focus on how each quilt she created affected the following quilt.
Monday December 3 : Holiday Party/Pot Luck
Join us and celebrate another wonderful year together with our annual holiday party. Catch up with old friends and make new friends. Please bring food (with serving utensils) and drinks to share. If you have extra plastic utensils, paper plates and napkins, bring them too. Note: no workshop in December.

Sunday January 8: Betsy True, Workshop: “Designing from Nature Photographs”
In this full day class, students design and create a landscape of other nature-inspired quilt based on a photograph. Students will work from their own photographs or drawings. Students will create the basic drawing which will be used to create the quilt, create the quilt top using techniques which may include fusing, pieced backgrounds, adding yarns and other non standard materials, and discuss further finishing of the quilt (quilting, beading, and binding).
For a PDF of the gazebo quilt with it's accompanying photographs, click here. For a PDF of the koi quilt with it's accompanying photographaphs, click here.

Monday, January 9 : Betsy True, Lecture:
Betsy will talk about her work that was inspired by her photographs and give us an overview of her process.
Sunday February 5: Debby Kratovil, Workshop: "Hearts On Fire" (a version of Cookie Cutter Hearts)
The fabric does the work with each simple block becoming more delicious than the last one. This setting is but one option for these positive-negative blocks.

Our class will focus first on making the blocks and then selecting a setting that is unique to each student, incorporating alternate blocks (plain squares, Four Patch or Nine Patch units, appliqué) if desired. Border possibilities are fun as we play with the cutouts from the blocks. The 6 hour workshop explores more setting options for the blocks, as well as look at other ways to split the block.

While this can be sewn with regular quilter's cottons, batiks are preferred for the curved pieces since the thread count is higher and can stand the handling and manipulation of fabrics. All blocks can be made from fat quarters, so it's easy to get the variety needed with minimal waste. This is a machine appliqué class using a basic zig zag, straight or decorative topstitch. Students get the most out of this class if they've worked with their machines ahead of time to practice a few stitches. Skill Level: all (Just must be comfortable with your sewing machine).

$5 Pattern fee includes: Multipage sewing instructions, color picture of quilt, templates, illustrated graphics.

Monday February 6 : Debby Kratovil, Lecture: "The Naked Quilter"
What goes on inside the head of a published quilt author? You ask, “How did she take that simple block and get where she did in that fabulous and fun quilt?” And, more importantly, how in the world did she get published in the first place? With more than 15 years as a published author, Debby also designs patterns and quilt samples for major fabric companies. Her quilts have appeared on more than 2 dozen quilt magazine covers over the years and she isn’t finished yet! In her lecture and trunk show she will “get naked” with all her secrets for making quilts that continue to grace the pages of magazines and books. If your Walter Mitty dream is to see your own creations get a chance to appear in print, come hear Debby’s lively lecture and learn the inside scoop on how to take the next step.

Sunday March 4: Gyleen Fitzgerald, Workshop: "Trash to Treasure Pineapples"
Isn't it time to clear the clutter in your life? Oops, too much? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuffed in nooks, crannies and boxes? Better? Let's make an old fashioned favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist: sewn with perfection and totally random; and without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt. Note: Gyleen has successfully developed and marketed her own tool to make accurate pineapple blocks a pleasure to create.

Monday March 5: Gyleen Fitzgerald, Lecture: "Make Mine with Scraps"
Gyleen is absolutely passionate about quilting! Color enlivens all her work, and she is perhaps best known for her sense of color along with her technical design ability. She lectures on color and various techniques to make the complex so simple. All lectures are supported by a trunk show of quilts.
Monday April 2 Meeting: Quilto  

Sunday and Monday May 6-7: Laura Wasilowski, Workshop: "Fusing Fun: Fast, Fearless Art Quilts"
The image of the painbrush may be used to promote the class but that is not what students will make. They will make their own art work. It's just an example of a fused art quilt. Toss the templates and trash the rulers! Fusing is free form art making at its best. Working with fusible web on fabric, discover fusing techniques like free cutting, strip fusing, confetti collage, playing blocks, and improvisational assemblage. The grand mystery of a woodcut quilt is also revealed (in the 4-5 day version of the class). Because fusing is fast and free you quickly invent your own design language to explore. In this class you will create multiple pieces of fun, fast, free, fused fiber art and get loose, really loose. As an added bonus, learn tunes from the Chicago School of Fusing Glee Club and graduate with an advanced degree in Fusology. (Sewing machine is optional.) Supply list and $20 kit fee

Monday May 7: Laura Wasilowski, Lecture: “I Quilt, Therefore, I am”
A colorful and humorous history of the artist's life presented with slides of her narrative quilts like "Gus Cleans His Room" and "Nude Blue Chair Reclining".  The biographical section of the slide show is followed by information about the design process and techniques used in creating her quilts.  A selection of tunes from the Chicago School of Fusing Bond Fire Songbook will be sung throughout the lecture by the intrepid lecturer. After the lecture there will be a display of small art quilts and a trunk show o f hand dyed fabric and threads from the ARTFABRIK dyers.

June 4 : Election and End of the Year Party
Come share it the fun at our last meeting with a quick election of our new board,the last Show & Tell before summer, and a chance to sit and visit with fellow members while enjoying a huge variety of goodies to eat.


If you are interested in sponsoring a workshop we have a form for you to complete to help you plan for it. Note that you will get workshop admission for free.


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