Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month September - June at:
Beth Shalom Congregation
3750 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401

Next Meeting:   Tuesday, September 3, 2019

6:00 pm Doors Open   •   6:30 pm Show and Tell  •  7:00 Program
Programs generally run for at least an hour.

This is the first meeting of the guild’s 2019-20 year. Come find out what is happening in our new year. The quilt challenge and raffle quilt will be revealed.

UPCOMING 2019-20 Meetings

October 1, 2019: Civil War Quilt Stories
Sharon Zonker is a retired teacher and long-time Civil War buff.  Sharon and husband Jerry have been interested in studying and visiting Civil War sites since their marriage. Since retirement, they spend part of the winter in Charleston, SC where the war started 158 years ago this year.

Sharon Zonker (left) with a Civil War quilt.

Sharon Zonker (left) with a Civil War quilt.

Over the years, Sharon has gathered stories and information focusing on the women and slaves connected with this nation-changing war. Sharon is a quilter and uses quilts to tell the stories she has gathered. While in Charleston she has attended many seminars, toured several plantations, and become acquainted with slave descendants. She shares their stories through her quilts.

With the recent celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday, Sharon will be focusing on the Underground Railroad in our state.  Levi and Catherine Coffin, Quakers living in Fountain City, hid over 3000 slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. Their story is important to our state’s history as well as America’s history. Sharon has quilts illustrating this important trail to freedom. Sharon has shared her quilts and stories with groups in Charleston as well as many quilt and historical societies throughout Indiana. This past year she has spoken at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Marion Library, Tippecanoe Quilters, and at the Morton Center at Purdue University.
November 5, 2019:
Quilter and pattern designer, Coleen Merte of Northwater Quilts, will be presenting a trunk show of her work. Coleen is known for taking traditional blocks and updating them in a contemporary fashion. A workshop with Coleen will be hosted on November 3.

December 3, 2019:
Holiday social. Details to be announced.

January 7, 2019:
Program to be announced.

February 4, 2020:
Heather Jones
of Heather Jones Studio explores the formal possibilities of color and shape through geometric and striped compositions. Well known in the modern quilting community, she will display her work and insight on her process for designing unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

March 3, 2020:
Gyleen Fitzgerald
of Colourful Stitches quilts blend color, pattern, and texture to add a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. She will be discussing how she infuses engineering techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. Gyleen will be running workshops at the IHQS later in the week.

April 7, 2020:
A master of color theory, Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios will discuss the role of color in our society, color psychology, and choosing a color palette. She will inspire you to find color confidence during her trunk show featuring 30-40 quilts. A workshop with Amy will be offered on April 8.

May 5, 2020:
Join Timna Tarr for a trunk show of her quilting journey. Known for making fun, award-winning quilts, she will talk about her design and color choices as well as the personal stories behind her quilts. On May 6, a workshop with Timna will be offered.

June 2, 2020:
At this final meeting of our guild year, we'll raffle off the quilt, choose a Challenge Quilt winner, elect a new slate of officers, and share food. (Please, no nuts or red/purple drinks.) Location is to be determined.

Previous 2018-19 Meetings

Sept. 4, 2018:
Show and Tell and announcements about plans for the year.
Oct. 2, 2018:
David Taylor:  Pictorial Hand Appliqué with workshop on Oct. 3.
Nov. 6, 2018:
Karen Linduska: Stitched Surface Design Techniques with workshop on Nov. 7. 
Dec. 4,  2018: Holiday Dessert social
Jan. 8, 2019:
Four members. Nola Hartman, Joan Hershey and Wendy Hodina, shared their quilts in a bed turning, and Pat Surra spoke about bargello quilts. 
Feb. 5, 2019:
Laura Welklin:  "My Quilting Journey" with workshop on Small-Scale Fused Appliqué on Feb. 6.
March 5, 2019:
Rayna Gillman: "Taking the Leap with 'What If?' ”: Improv piecing and quilting.
April 2, 2019:
Sandra Peterson: Geometrical precision with graphic appeal
May 7, 2019:
Janice Frisch’s groundbreaking work on the development of the block-style quilt in the United States was recently published in the book American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760-1870. Our September 2018 newsletter features an article Molly Gleeson wrote about Janice.
June 4, 2019:
Potluck and final meeting of the BQG year.

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