ScheduleEvent Dates and Topics
|Sew Day, Ridgedale Library, 10:00 - 2:00
|Minnesota Quilters and UFO Challenge: Brenda Lyseng, 2024 Minnesota Quilters show chairperson, will highlight the 2024 show in Duluth. This will be a great opportunity to get your questions answered about the quilt show, learn more about Minnesota Quilters, benefits of an MQ membership, MQ’s community outreach and more. Also in February, we’ll support our UFO Challenge with an interactive brainstorming session. Bring in your UFO’s and tap into the expertise and creativity of fellow guild members to get ideas and inspiration for moving your projects forward. Details to come!
|Sew Day, Ridgedale Library, 10:00 - 2:00
|Angel Bourque - Binding Techniques: As an outcome of our 2023 WOW Quilt Show, in part based on feedback from our quilt show judge, our members showed nearly unanimous interest in having a meeting focused on building our binding skills. We are so pleased to have Angel Bourque return to WOW to share her expertise in different binding techniques. From classes in her prior home of Portland, Texas, to annual training at the Houston International Quilt Show, to learning from the Berlin, Ohio Amish community, Angel has built her knowledge and skills in various binding methods, and offers quilt binding services professionally. Angel will share her preferred binding method, other methods that can be used, and the pros and cons of each approach.
|Stan Kaufman: I Remember This - A Quilt by Loretta Troyer (1921-2011) Stan Kaufman’s tribute to his Aunt Loretta will reflect her upbringing as she grew up on the family farm in northwestern Ohio in the early 20th century. This very large quilt has 42 squares each depicting an aspect of Loretta's life. Loretta spent years planning this quilt, developing the concept for each scene, and collecting just the right fabrics. Based on Loretta's descriptions, her friend and co-worker Jennie Caprella made drawings, which were converted to patterns for the quilt. The quilt was completed in 1976 and features applique, and the quilting replicates rubbings of her grandparents' tombstones in loving tribute to her family.
|NOTE: Meeting on the third Monday this month due to Memorial Day holiday. The Daughters of Helen Kelley will share and celebrate their mother’s prolific and spectacular quilt journey with us, including the presentation of a trunk show. Award-winning Helen Kelley was the first president of the Minnesota Quilters and also wrote numerous quilting-related books. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2008. Her story is fascinating.
|To be announced
|Picnic. 6:00 start time.
|To be announced
|Button Collecting: A program by thhe Minnesota State Button Society. The Minnesota State Button Society will present a program on button collecting. Established in 1943 the society "exists to connect button lovers and to promote collecting, using, preserving, and learning about sewing buttons-past and present." NOTE: See information above regarding The Minnesota State Button Society's 2024 showon May 10-11.
|3-6 Oct 24
|Save the date! Details to come about the 2024 WOW Quilt Guild Retreat at Green Lake Retreat Center in Spicer, MN.
|Colby Cartledge will present "Don't Get Stuck in a Scrap Trap." See if scrap quilting is for you! Learn how to set up a scrap system that helps you actually use them. She will also debunk common myths about scrap quilting and will share her her many scrap quilts with us. Colby started stitching at 5, quilting at 9 and describes her quilting as Modern Traditional.
|Revisit our UFOs and celebrate the season.
|No meeting. Happy Holidays!
|Jean Carlton – Think Small: Inspiration and Education from Vintage Textiles
Jean Carlton made her first quilts in 1972, after having grown up sleeping under quilts made by her Aunt Agnes. Jean's
long-time interest in vintage textiles and quilt history led to her rescuing and giving new life to many unfinished projects
that others left behind. Jean, who is a national speaker on a variety of quilt related topics, will present “Think Small:
Inspiration and Education from Vintage Textiles.” Her slide presentation detailing the process and background of several
projects will be followed by a trunk show of small wonders for you to examine in person. WOW members will go home
with new ideas! You can make new projects from old quilt tops.
Over 40-plus years, Jean’s passion for all things quilt expanded into a long list of activities and accomplishments:
- Quilt Appraiser: AQS Certified 202-2015
- Author: “MN Quilts Creating Connections with our Pasts”, Voyageur Press
- Facilitator: Land of Lake Quilt Study Group in Minnesota 2002-2014
- Writer: Quilts Etc. Blog - quiltsetcetera.blogspot.com
- Creator of ""30 years 30 Quilts Project"" on KARE 11 Newshttps://www.youtube.come/watch?yv=szq-MdRqIIE74
|WOW Quilt Guild Picnic
|Maxine Rosenthal - “What You Do When You Cannot Follow Instructions? One Block
Maxine Rosenthal of Timeless Threads invented the One Block Wonders and will share the concept with the WOW Quilt
Guild. She will share that One Block Wonders are created with no two being alike and are great for individuals who don’t
follow instructions well. Maxine Rosenthal, Author of ""One Block Wonders"", comes from a long career writing software
in corporate America. Maxine brings a strong sense of geometric balance and a wonderful sense of humor to her quilts and
accessories. Maxine also co-authored ""One Block Wonders - Encore"" and ""One Block Wonders - Cubed"". These two
books give an assortment of ideas for using kaleidoscopic quilts, from adding cubes to the quilts to making tote bags and
|Dawn Cook Ronningen – 200 years of Quilting and Tools
Dawn's program will cover 200 years of quilting with a mix of quilts and the needlework tools and supplies used to make
them. This program will appeal to all quilters and sewers. Dawn will bring a full trunk show to share with the WOW
Quilt Guild. Also, Dawn has written a book titled “Antique American Needle Tools”.
|Suzy Webster - Mystery and Award-Winning Quilts
Suzy Webster will share Mystery and Award-Winning Quilts, with a Trunk Show. Suzy of Websterquilts in Apple Valley, MN, is an award-winning quilter herself, with expertise in machine quilting, art quilting, and mystery quilts. Website: Websterquilt/
|Holiday Themed Activities and Show/Share: We’re celebrating the season with three activities for November’s meeting.
- Veterans Day is November 11. We’ll commemorate the season of honoring veterans with a Quilts of Valor trunk show hosted by Terri and Cheryl, who will show several quilts made by volunteers and share information about the organization.
- Want a cute holiday project or quick hostess gift? Karen will demonstrate a design you can make with materials you probably have in your stash.
- Celebrate fellowship among WOW members with a Fat Quarter fabric exchange. Bring one fat quarter of seasonal fabric to share in the exchange. It can be a winter holiday motif, fall/winter seasonal design, or a favorite blender, just please make sure it is of quilt-store quality fabric and fat quarter size of 18” x 21-22”. Give a little surprise and get one too!
- Remember to bring your Show-and-Share items also - especially your holiday projects!
|Laura Wennstrom, “Artist Talk: An Accidental Quilter”
Laura is a multimedia artist, working in two and three dimensional formats using quilting, found materials, color, and installation techniques. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions across the country. Laura has a passion for helping people connect to their inner creative voice. In her presentation, Laura will share an overview of her fine art background and the quilts she has been making all along. She is sure to inspire our creativity with examples of her work, and entertain us with funny anecdotes about her quilting journey.
|Carol Hancuh, “On Developing a Voice in your Quilts” *
Carol attended Augsburg University, studying studio arts. She began quilting about 12 years ago. Early in her quilting journey, she was inspired by a fusing workshop she attended in Tuscany, Italy that was taught by Esterita Austin of Hudson Valley, N.Y. This was a turning point for Carol and she has been fusing fabrics ever since. Carol will share her quilting journey, mostly focusing on the last 7 years. Her trunk show will include some of her raw edged applique quilts and her fused fabric quilts, including “Bus Stop People,” who appeared at the Minnesota Quilt Show in 2019, and her “Voting Line People” who were exhibited at the 2022 MQ Show. Carol believes it has become increasingly important to give a voice to her quilts in today’s turbulent times. Come hear about her techniques, and “meet” her quilt inspirations.
* In lieu of a speaking fee, Carol has requested WOW make a donation to a local food shelf. To build on her generosity and expand the impact of this donation, members are encouraged to bring a canned/shelf-stable food item to donate during this February meeting.
|WOW Member Quilting Journeys
Each and every WOW member brings unique skills and talents to their quilting. Be inspired by quilting experiences from two WOW members through their Quilting Journey presentations. Kathy will present her “1876 Centennial” quilt which she both pieced and longarm quilted ([email protected]). Jeanne will share her “Posh Petals” quilt which earned recognition in our 2021 WOW Quilt Show and in 2022 county and state fairs.
|Sue Heinz, “Fast & Fabulous Free-Motion Grids”
Looking for unique and fanciful background fills? Look to Sue Heinz’s grid designs! Sue will show us just how fun and EASY it is to make complex-looking designs ‘fast and fabulous’ using her original designs and amazing tools. Come curious, leave inspired. Sue’s passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored five books, each brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting, patented several innovative marking tools and has designed some awesome free-motion rulers - all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows across the country. She has been featured on online TV and national and international publications. Visit Sue’s website, SueHeinz.com.
|Ellen Carter, “Blue and White Miniatures”
Ellen Carter has been a quilter since 1986, focusing mainly on traditional and seasonal quilts. She has made at least 400 quilts, from miniature to king-size. While living in Minnesota, she was actively involved with Minnesota Quilters, serving n the board, including the president, and on many quilt show committees. Currently, she splits her time between Austin, TX and Eden Prairie. In 2013, inspired by the red and white exhibit Infinite Variety in New York City, she and her sister, Andrea Blackhurst, endeavored to make
a red and white exhibit in miniature. This led to the collection being shown at the Houston quilt festival in 2014 for their ruby jubilee. That was followed by Ellen and Andrea's blue and white exhibit, featured in Houston in 2019.
|Mea Clift, “Minnesota Quilt Project”
Active since the late 1980s, the Minnesota Quilt Project is a team of volunteers
through Minnesota Quilters tasked with preserving quilt history throughout the
state of Minnesota. What does this organization do? How do you get involved? How
can I catalog my own quilts as part of the project? What can I do to preserve my
own quilt history? All this and more will be discussed in Mea's Presentation.
While by day she is a Cyber Security Officer for an environmental firm, by night, our
presenter Mea Clift is an avid hand quilter, learning from her aunt just 10 years ago.
She is passionate about the traditional blocks and styles, fabrics, and the history
and stories that are told within each stitch. She is an active member of Minnesota
Quilters, the American Quilt Study Group, and also runs TreadleOn, a mailing list for
people-powered (treadle and hand-crank) sewing machine enthusiasts. A collector
of vintage and antique machines, feed sacks, and antique quilts, Mea is passionate
about keeping the history of quilting and the hobbies of quilting and sewing alive
for generations to come. You can follow her adventures in all of these at
|WOW Member Picnic
Our Annual WOW Picnic will be held at Weaver Lake Park Pavilion in Maple Grove and will start
at 6:00 PM. Back by popular demand will be our WOW “not really a Garage” Sale! Start setting
aside items you may wish to donate, such as tools, notions, fabric, etc. Funds raised will support
WOW programming. Stay tuned for more details about the picnic coming soon.
|Community Service Sew Day Ridgedale Hennepin County Library
|Sandi Irish, Irish Chain Trunk Show - Sandi Irish returns to WOW for a trunk show featuring new patterns and projects. Sandi founded The Irish Chain pattern company to share her love of traditional quilt designs, creatively adapted to be achievable by beginners while at the same time challenging for experienced quilters who want to sharpen their piecing skills and play with color.
|WOW Retreat (all spots are filled)
|Marilyn Foreman “Kaleidoscope of Quilts – Rotate & Create!” -- Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments will share her love for designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques. See how she lets the fabric elements do the work to create stunning results. Whether it’s including easy 4-patch kaleidoscopes made from a large print in the block centers, rotating simple block units, using unique ways to show off panels, or using the popular Twister tools (she’s co-owner atTwisterSistersDesigns.com, home of the twister tools), you will find all her techniques addictive and fun! Marilyn lives in a suburb of St. Paul, MN, with her husband and three kids and started her pattern company in 2006. As a busy Mom she finds it challenging to make time to quilt so she uses every moment she can find…thus Quilt Moments. Over the past 16 years, she has published over 75 patterns, a book titled “Kaleidoscope Symphony”, and filmed a Craftsy online video class called “Quilted Kaleidoscopes”. With a background in analysis, she really enjoys the challenge of making her pieced patterns as versatile as possible so they all include a variety of sizes and fabric options.
|Quilt show, Maple Grove Community Center
|Recap and celebrate WOW Quilt Show
|Holiday-themed activities and Show and Share: Join us for an ornament-making activity - make one to share with Meals on Wheels placemat recipients, and make one to take home! Materials will be provided but feel free to bring needles and scissors. Also don’t forget your placemats for Meals on Wheels donations. Bring your holiday-themed projects for Show and Share!
|Sew Day, Ridgedale Library
|Sew Day, Ridgedale Library, 10:00 - 2:00
|Rebecca Anderson of Rebecca Ruth Designs: Don’t Abandon It! If your quilt project isn’t working, it is headed for the UFO (UnFinished Object) pile. This amusing trunk show presents 10 creative strategies for making lemonade out of a lemon. Got a disaster of your own? Here’s how to give it a new life, just in time for “New Year’s Resolution Season!” Rebecca Anderson has been sewing, quilting, and designing ever since she fashioned scraps of cloth to make doll clothes for the lizards she played with while a missionary’s kid in SouthAmerica. In addition to more than 200 completed quilt projects, she has an impressive pile of tops ready for quilting. Her quilts have appeared in local and national quilt shows, including the American Quilters Society (AQS) show in Nashville, the National Quilting Association (NQA) show in Chicago, and the International Quilt Festival in Houston. In 2008, Rebecca launched her own pattern line, Rebecca Ruth Designs.
In conjunction with Rebecca’s topic, we’ll be announcing a WOW Quilt Guild 2024 UFO Challenge. Watch this space for more details!