Programs at Monthly Guild Meetings

August 2021 will be our first in-person guild meeting since February 2020! (for members unable to attend, you will be able to join us via Zoom).

Each month we either host a speaker with well-researched credentials, or we present a mini workshop where participants go home with a project well on its way to completion. Guild meetings also feature a show-and-tell segment as well as refreshments which are provided by various guild members on a rotating basis.

Guild meetings usually start at 7 pm at the Good Shepherd Church on Henderson Road in King of Prussia, PA. For directions visit the map and directions page. If you’re interested in visiting us, guests are always welcome at our general monthly meetings for a modest guest fee of $5. If you're interested in becoming a member, visit the membership page.

Upcoming 2021 Programs

A summary of the plans for 2021 is listed below. Please note that these are subject to change.

August 17, 2021 Meeting - This is our first in-person guild meeting since February 2020! Our speaker is Denise Martin, whom many members may know from Seamless Sewing Arts Ltd in Phoenixville. Among other topics, Denise will tell us how she happened to open her quilt store in the middle of a pandemic!
Tonight will also be our ice cream social!!
The church asks that we wear masks and we will social distance.
And for members unable to attend, you will be able to join us via Zoom.

Previous 2021 Programs

July 19,2021 Zoom Meeting - Our speaker this month is Dana Jones, who will be speaking to us from Colorado. Dana is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter Magazine. She is also a published author of "Patinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island" and this is the topic we will learn about during our last scheduled Zoom meeting of 2021.

June 15,2021 Zoom Meeting - We welcome Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Company. Her lecture is titled "Align Your Free Motion Quilting Stars." In this program Karen says "I will share hoards of quilts and projects from my trunk and talk in detail about the projects that I quilted on my home machine. I point out key factors that help you become successful at domestic machine quilting. Let's avoid those FMQ Pitfalls and align YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars!! It's informative, fun and inspiring!" For more information, check out www.Redbirdquiltco.com.

May 18,2021 Zoom Meeting - Presidential Trunk Show presented by current and past presidents. We will see their early quilts, favorite quilts, new quilts, and find out how they began quilting and also how they became involved in the guild.

April 20,2021 Zoom Meeting - Our speaker in April will be Valerie Prideaux from Ontario, Canada. During the pandemic Valerie made thousands of tumbler blocks and used them to make an incredible variety of quilts, from traditional to modern to art quilts. There will be a drawing for a door prize of pre-cut tumbler blocks and an acrylic template for one lucky attendee at this month's Zoom meeting. For advance information about Valerie and her current projects, check out www.CozyFunkyCool.com.

March 16,2021 Zoom Meeting - Sue Sherman joins us from Canada to share her Quilting Journey of a Renaissance Woman with our guild. Sue has won quilting awards on several continents. Many of her art quilts feature endangered animals. For additional information, check out Sue's website at www.sueshermanquilts.com.

February 16, 2021 Zoom Meeting - Our speaker, Carrie Zizza, is a high-energy quilter from Amesbury, Massachusetts. Carrie's topic is "A Deep Dive into Thread, Batting and Fabric." She will be sharing a video with us in early February as an introduction to her talk, so get ready to be entertained and possibly laugh until you cry. You can check Carrie out at www.ItsAZizza.com.

January 19,2021 Zoom Meeting - We continue our international speaker's series with Judy Kirk from Canterbury, England. Her topic for our meeting is "What Makes It Modern?" She will also include tips and tricks she's picked up during her 25 years of quilting. Judy is a member of the Modern section of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and also the US-based international Modern Quilt Guild. You can learn more at Judy's website.

Previous 2020 Programs

December 15,2020 Zoom Meeting - Our Holiday Social - Come celebrate the holidays with chatter, fun, games and a mini workshop. Be sure to wear your most festive sweater and don't forget those reindeer antlers! Mark your calendar to join everyone at 7:00.

Shadow Box QuiltDuring the December social we are going to make one block for a Shadow Box quilt. You can make one block and use it as a mug rug or keep making blocks until you have a king size quilt!

You can use 10 inch squares (a Layer Cake), 5 inch squares (a Charm pack), or 2 1/2 inch squares (a Mini Charm pack). You'll also need a medium to dark fabric for the "shadow" and also a background fabric.

Go to Jordan fabrics Shadow Box pattern to:
  • Download a free pattern using 10" squares (plus shadow and sashing strips) to make a 61" X 85" quilt.

  • Watch Donna Jordan's Shadow Box video.

  • If desired, purchase a pattern that has instructions for a throw, twin, queen, and king size quilt by using more blocks.
Note that you will soon receive an email with supplies and cutting instructions to use for the 5 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares.

November 17,2020 Zoom Meeting - Melissa Marginet joins us from Manitoba, Canada. Her topic for our November Zoom meeting is "Myth-Quilting is an Expensive Hobby." Melissa will show quilts she's made at a very low cost and tell us all her money making secrets. Check out her "free stuff" at melissamarginet.ca/.

October 20,2020 Zoom Meeting - Our speaker for the October meeting is Lisa Walton from Sydney Australia. Lisa's Zoom topic is "Leap and the Net Will Appear." She will share her creative journey with us and encourage us to move beyond our quilting comfort zone. To learn more about Lisa's amazing quilt career, visit her website at lisawaltonartist.com.

September 15,2020 Zoom Meeting - Our September Zoom meeting will feature Brita Nelson speaking on the topic "Now You See It, Now You Don't, The Magic of Disappearing Blocks". She will show members how to use easy-to-put-together blocks and magically change them. Brita is a member of Main Line Quilters and has many enthusiastic supporters from that guild.

August 18, 2020 Zoom Meeting - Our August Zoom meeting will feature our newest members who have joined Valley Forge Homestead Quilters within the last three years. Each one will share their story of how they became interested in quilting and joined our guild.

July 21, 2020 Zoom Meeting - Dawn Heefner is a certified quilt appraiser with a vast knowledge and experience in dating and valuing historical quilts. Dawn also appraises recently made quilts and she is excited about presenting her new topic "I'm a Current Quilter. Why do I need an appraisal?" If you have entered a quilt show, mailed one of your quilts or thought you might, you will want to attend this virtual meeting. Look for your Zoom invitation several days ahead of our meeting. You may recognize several of the featured quilts from previous guild show and tells!

June 16, 2020 Zoom Meeting - Cheryl Lynch will present "On Becoming a Fabric Designer."

May 19, 2020 Our first Zoom meeting!

March and April meetings were cancelled.

February 22, 2020 - Our first "Saturday Special" from 9 to 10 am
  • Karen Eckmeier will present "Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes".
  • Karen will bring her books and patterns for sale, including her newest items.
  • Open to all guild members for free.
  • Welcome to visitors for a $5.00 fee.
Note that the Happy Villages workshop will follow from 11 am until 5 pm for those who signed up and paid.

February 18, 2020 - An in house program with demonstrations of free-motion quilting, a special totally machine-sewn binding, and intro to Silhouette Cameo. All demos will be via our projector onto the big screen!

January 21, 2020 - Cyndi Hershey, representing the Kutztown Folk Festival Quilt Barn, will discuss how to enter a quilt (from wall-hanging to king size) in a competition.

Previous 2019 Programs

December 17, 2019 - Holiday party!

November 19, 2019 - Jeanne Riley from the Red Rose Quilters Guild, located in Lancaster, will present Confessions Of A Serial Quilter.

October 15, 2019 - Janet Starner will tell us about how we can honor our former servicemen and women through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

September 17, 2019 - Guild Challenge

August 20, 2019 - Nancy Bills: What to Do with Things You Don't Know What to Do With

July 16, 2019 - Ice Cream Social and Rachel Rossi: Passing Our Love of Quilting to the Next Generation

June 18, 2019 - Guild Picnic

May 21, 2019 - Sarah Bond: These are my grandmother's Quilts - Flying geese blocks have been a favorite of quilters for generations. Sarah Bond has taken that block to new heights. By "releasing" those geese, she opened up a whole new world for those of us who love quilting. While Sarah's quilts reflect those of her grandmother, they are quite unique.

April 16, 2019 - Ann Holte: The Lancaster Diamond Quilt - Ann Holte will speak about the Lancaster Diamond Quilt, which she fell in love with and has been studying since 2009. Ann said that this quilt will remind us why we got into quilting in the first place.

March 19, 2019 - Rose Morgan: Rose's Creative Journey in Quilting

February 19, 2019 - In-house program of Blasts from the Past

January 15, 2019 - Janallea Macbeth: Scrapstashtic

Visit the Programs Archive page to view earlier programs.

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