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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 10th, 2012.

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 10:00 am to 5:00 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 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.

2012-13 Workshops and Lectures

Monday, August 6th: Julie Booth

Lecture: "Playing in the Kitchen with Julie Booth". Julie is a fabric designer and teacher at The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and at G St. Fabrics in Rockville, Maryland.  In 2010, Julie won the Margaret Conant Grant from Potomac Fiber Arts Guild for her proposal to study surface design techniques on fabric using everyday household products.  She has found dozens of ways to use everyday household items as resists in painting on fabric. Learn what to use and how to use it to achieve similar effects.  Resists allow you to preserve the color (or whiteness) of part of your design on the fabric while creating designs with color on other parts.  No need to dye fabrics; see what you can do with simple resists and diluted fabric paint.  Julie will bring samples of her work.  Even if you have no intention of playing with surface design, you will be fascinated at the effects she gets with common products and simple stamping techniques

Morna McEver Golletz

Sunday, September 9: Rita Hutchens, Workshop: "Totally Tubular Strip Piecing"

Strip-piece a frieze or border pattern of spirals from squares without templates, paper, or waste. It is similar to Bargello and Seminole with a unique twist. Scale this pattern small and large and learn to make it in mirror image. Turn mirror image spirals into kaleidoscopes and blocks for some real fun. Lots of samples and ideas will be provided. Students will go away with several rows of different mirror image spirals and lots of information including how to make them different sizes. Check out Rita’s website

Monday, September 10: Rita Hutchens, Lecture: "Rita's 30 Year Journey in Quilting and the Totally Tublar Technique of Strip Piecing"

Follow Rita’s 30 year journey in Quilting and illustrate the Totally Tubular Technique of strip piecing. They consist of high quality powerpoint slide shows of Quilts and animated tutorials of processes. Lectures end with a question and answer session and a chance to see actual finished quilts and pattern samples. They move along at a fast pace and are designed to be entertaining and informative

Sunday, September 30th: Elin Waterson, Workshop: "The Fabric Journal"

Use fabric/mixed media collaging techniques and free motion stitching to build journal pages, incorporating photo transfers, printed and stamped images.  Learn how to construct the pages and methods for assembling your finished pages into book form.  Check out Elin at

Monday, October 1st : Elin Waterson, Lecture: "Finding Your Voice"

Elin Waterston, accomplished art quilter will share how to develop personal imagery and motifs, color palettes, and construction techniques to create a signature style. 

Sunday November 4, 2012: Tricia Spitzmueller, Workshop “Products, Materials and Techniques Mermaid Samples Quilt”

Don’t be mystified by new materials on the market.  This is a class designed to give you a chance to play with new products as you create a wonderful mermaid sample quilt. You will learn uses for Setacolour Transparent paints, TyVek wrap, Angelina, beads, foil, and permanent inks.  The result will be a small mermaid quilt to take home and hang for easy reference.

In the class, participants will be given a hand-printed Setacolour background fabric to stamp and foil with sun and wind, a thermofaxed mermaid to embellish with beads, inks and colored pencils, and painted WonderUnder to experiment with transparent fused trees.  We will play with painted TyVek, heating it to create rocks and coral and then assemble the mermaid landscape using fused fabrics for hills and fields.  We will add Angelina to create shimmer in the water, and foliage onto the trees.  We'll end by hand appliquéing our embellished mermaid into her mysterious and inviting landscape. In the remaining time, participants can choose to layer and quilt their piece as they finish it to an 18"x14" sampler.  Check out Tricia at




Monday November 5, 2012: Tricia Spitzmueller, Lecture “Psst ... I Think My Quilt's Telling Me Something”

Enjoy a wonderful run through of Tricia’s prize-winning quilts and the sassy stories behind their evolution.  Quilters know that they are attracted to making a certain quilt.  It often just says “Make me, make me!”  But why?  Learn how to talk to your quilts and get surprising information out of them through color choices, design choices and images.  Fun, humorous and unanticipated discoveries await you!

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.

Monday January 7, 2013: QUILTO

It’s a new year.  Come play QUILTO! It's like BINGO with fabric prizes. Bring fat quarers to turn in or Bingo cards. The fabric everyone brings becomes the prizes. Lots of chances to win. No workshop in January.


Sunday Feb 3, 2013: Patricia Kessler, Mini workshop (1/2 day) "It’s Golden"

Forget your fears about math and put into play strategies for creating lively art quilts or traditional block quilts with a twist using the “Golden Mean”. We will spend a fun afternoon using this ancient and universally pleasing set of measurements to develop designs that can then be scaled up or down for any fabric/quilting project. Patricia Kessler will begin with a brief PowerPoint presentation to reveal how this proportion relates to both quilts and fine art. She will then serve as your guide as you use pre-printed rectangular grids subdivided into the “Golden Rectangle” formula to create collages. We will supply you with decorative, re-cycled and colored paper but if you have favorite papers or thin fabrics, feel free to bring them along.


Monday Feb 4, 2013: Patricia Kessler, "Discovering Art Principles in Quilting"

There is a language that is used to describe all aspects of the visual arts. Many of us already know what the principles of design and the elements of art are through our work with textiles. Patricia Kessler will provide a lively visual presentation showing how both traditional and art quilts utilize these methods of design and organization. Patricia Kessler has long had an interest in the art of the needle. While she possesses little skill in sewing, she has an appreciative eye and a deep respect for this universal art form. An adjunct professor at Montgomery College and the first Curator of Education for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, her early college degree was in painting and printmaking. She will have some of her “art quilts” and cloth books available after the talk for you to view.

Sunday March 3, 2013: Karen Kay Buckley, Hand Applique Workshop "Magic Medallions - Block 3"

The balance and symmetry of medallion designs has always fascinated me.    This 19" block has many exciting twists and turns.  As we begin working on this block you will learn how to sew smooth curves, sharp points, and make bias stems.  This block also includes the use of a "underlay" fabric and an "overlay" fabric to include reverse applique.  Come have a fun time while you applique the day away. (Some sewing machines will be required to make the stems.)  Pattern plus fee $10.00 

The pattern and supply list for this workshop will be mailed via snail mail since the pattern needs to be traced onto the background fabric prior to the workshop.

Monday March 4, 2013: Karen Kay Buckley, Lecture "To Border or not to Border, that is the Question"

During this lecture I will discuss if a quilt needs a border, how to select a border for your quilt, how I design many of my borders and how to measure to ensure a flat quilt.  As I show you many of my quilts (via Power Point if flying) I will discuss my border choices and share some fun stories along the way.  My hope is to inspire you to think about how to enhance your quilt with the right border.  Designing your own borders is much easier than you might think.   Check out Karen's website at

Monday, April 1, 2013: It’s time for spring cleaning.  Start it off right by organizing your quilting supplies and getting rid of those items you don’t really need anymore.  Donate fabric, tools, books, beads, and more to the FSQ yard sale.  If you have a lot of items you’d rather try to sell yourself, you can set up a table and donate half your proceeds to FSQ, but it’s so much easier to simply donate them.  No workshop in April.

Sunday May 5 and Monday May 6, 2013: Deb Karasik, Workshop “Inner Light”

Two day paper piecing workshop with Deb.  'Inner Light' is probably the most popular workshop, as she makes up beautifully in any color family you choose! 
Learn not only the basics of paper piecing, but how color choices can really make your quilt glow! The $15 supply fee includes patterns and templates to complete an entire quilt.

Monday May 6, 2013 –Deb Karasik, Lecture tbd
Deb is the author of “QuiltMavens Perfect Paper Piecing” and “Quilts With Attitude”.  Check out Deb’s website

June 3, 2013: Elections and End of Year Pot Luck

Come share in 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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