Workshop - November 6, 2019

Coleen Merte of Northwater Quilts is known for taking traditional blocks and updating them in a contemporary fashion. Join us to learn how to make curves quickly and easily without curved piecing! We will be turning traditional blocks into a stunning modern quilt. The class will include instruction about machine quilting.

Where: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 N St. Rd 46 Bypass, Bloomington, Indiana
When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $35 for members and includes pattern.
You must be a member to attend this workshop.
Class size: Limited to 30.
Skill level: Suitable for all levels.
Registration: Register by Mail (PDF) or Register Online.
Deadline is Nov. 3, 2019 or until workshop is full. We use PayPal for online registration; it takes a minute to set up an account.
Supply List: Download Pink Grapefruit Supply and Cutting Instructions (PDF).
We will do all the cutting for the curved pieces during the workshop. Please do not cut any of these ahead of time. A template will be provided for you in the workshop.
Lunch: Bring a sack lunch (please, no nuts or red or purple-based drinks) or money to pick up lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Getting to know Coleen Merte

Coleen Merte’s Pink Grapefruit quilt will be featured in the Nov. 6, 2019 workshop.

Coleen Merte’s Pink Grapefruit quilt will be featured in the Nov. 6, 2019 workshop.

Coleen Merte has always been a “maker” of many things, but did not discover her quilting niche until about 2002. That quickly grew into a passion and she began teaching all aspects of quilting in area quilt shops. Eventually she dabbled in designing and created her pattern business “Northwater Quilts” while working full-time as a nurse and raising three children. She says it was a great outlet for her and allowed her to stay “mostly sane.” She started the business just for fun, with the best part being able to meet other quilters at shows and learn from the vendors around her.

As well as being a nurse, Coleen also has a teaching degree and loves sharing her quilting passion with her students. She finds that quilting holds students’ attention a lot better than Shakespeare. Her other passion is Community theater, so quilting is a great fit for her love of people, teaching and speaking in front of groups.

Coleen has been published in several quilting magazines and was interviewed on WDIV- TV in Detroit with her Tigers baseball quilt. She has traveled to numerous quilt guilds around the Midwest for trunk shows and workshops. Her goal is to share her enthusiasm for quilting and encourage others to try new things (even designing). She now designs for Clothworks and Maywood Studio fabric companies. She also just published her first book “Michigan Road Trip Quilts” which is a compilation of nine different quilt projects with photos and stories of Michigan towns as well as her best recipes from things that grow in those areas.

Coleen Merte’s first published book is “Michigan Road Trip Quilts” which is a compilation of nine quilt projects.

Coleen Merte’s first published book is “Michigan Road Trip Quilts” which is a compilation of nine quilt projects.

“It was always my dream to write a book; however, I never thought it would be a book about quilting! I love to encourage my students, whatever their quilting goals might be. If you’re optimistic and enthusiastic, students will respond the same way. I don’t expect perfection; I just want everyone to relax and enjoy the process. Why have a hobby if it’s not fun!”

Upcoming BQG Workshops

April 8, 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.
May 6, 2020:
Timna Tarr, a color theorist, is known for making fun, award-winning quilts.

Free Workshop for Beginners

November 16, 2019:
In partnership with the Monroe County Public Library, we’re running free Workshops for Beginners on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.