Here is a list of the 2021-2022 monthly meetings, workshops, and other activities. All dates and times are subject to change.
In-person meetings are held at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 62) and Church Street in West Concord. Meetings begin at 7:15pm and will be cancelled whenever Concord Public Schools are closed due to bad weather.
September 21, 2021 in person: Welcome Back Quilters (Tuesday)
Quilts with a Story—As we gather in person for the first time since Covid, bring with you a quilt that has a story to tell. How much can you tell us about this quilt in one minute? Perhaps it was especially challenging, or created during Covid, or intended for someone special, or for a special place, or it’s just your favorite. Bring it with you and briefly tell us about it.
October 20, 2021 in person: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill— Content, Concepts & Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer
Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show Sheri will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.
October 21, 2021 in person Workshop: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill— Piece Curves with Confidence!
Does the thought of sewing curves give you anxiety? Don’t fear the curve! Students will learn tips and tricks to create a fantastic curve while making blocks needed for Picnic Petals designed by Sheri. Class includes step-by-step instructions and quilting tips. Sheri will also share her favorite tools and tips for staying organized. This is a good class for quilters who have never sewed curves or those who want to gain more experience. By the end of the workshop, most
students will have completed one Center Block and one Border Block.
November 6, 2021: Saturday, Fabric, Yarn, and Notions Sale
Place: St. Mathews , 435 Central St, Acton, MA
November 17, 2021 in person: Michelle Banton—Looking Great, Dresden Plate
A look at the history of the nearly 100 year old Dresden Plate quilt block. What inspired it? How is it being kept current? Something old is still new. We’ll see traditional designs and more modern variations. https://www.littlepupdesigns.com/
December 15, 2021 in person: Holiday Party
January 15-17, 2022: Getaway!
January 19, 2022 via Zoom: Ellen Lindner—Adventures in Color
Color is the first thing we notice about a quilt. It either attracts us or repels us. Learn how to avoid color surprises in your quilts, and how to get color to work for you. Basic color theory is explained in simple terms, and demonstrated with fabulous quilts. A variety of different color combinations are discussed, from subdued to dramatic. http://adventurequilter.com/
February 16, 2022 via Zoom: sharing Comfort Quilt tops
Show and tell of comfort quilt tops.
February 26, 2022: Saturday Quiltathon
Quiltathon–Come help “sandwich” quilt tops, batting and backing. By the end of the day, we will have replenished our supply of “comfort” quilts to give to those in need.
March 16, 2022 via Zoom: MJ Kinman—Trunk Show: Gems and Joy
The most beautiful gemstone captures light and reflects it back to us with unique brilliance, revealing its fiery personality. These are the divas and the drama queens of the gem world. Every one of them has a story to tell…just like people. This slide lecture and trunk show chronicles MJ’s story—her 20-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world in cloth. https://mjkinman.com/
April 20, 2022 in person: Betsy Habich—Thread Painting: It’s all about the Details
A short introduction to Betsy’s pieced and appliquéd pictorial quilts shows the quilting style she developed to support the images, a bridge to thread painting. Then we see how to make a photorealistic thread painting: selecting the right photo, printing it on fabric, seeing all the colors in the piece, selecting threads, different stitches, blending colors smoothly, representing texture, and paying
attention to detail. Finally we follow the landscape thread-painting from start to finish, to show how a painting actually develops. https://betsyhabich.com/
Saturday, April 23, 2022: Workshop—Thread Painting 101
Thread-painting gives you the freedom to make a very realistic image entirely with thread! We’ll start with warm-up exercises to learn how to balance your sewing machine’s tension, do straight-stitch and zig-zag free-motion thread-painting, and mix colors and shade them. With these skills in hand, we’ll thread-paint an autumn leaf (provided by the instructor). You’ll be amazed what you can do! Required kit ($30 fee, paid directly to instructor).
Wednesday, May 18, 2022: Member presentation/TBD
Wednesday, June 8, 2022: Ice Cream Social
A Mystery Quilt group will be offered with weekly sewing clues so that by the end of the summer you have learned how to make a new quilt. Keep sewing all summer!
Throughout the year, almost monthly, free Saturday Open Sew sessions will take place in Harvard, MA. Pack up your stuff and sew without distractions!