Friday, February 10, 2017

Inspiration From Caohagan, a Tiny Pacific Island

Dana Jones presented a fascinating and inspirational program on "Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island" which is also the title of her book. Using slides, narration, and dozens of colorful quilts to convey the story of the quiltmakers of this tropical island (13 acres and 600 inhabitants) in the Philippines, Dana captivated the audience of Estes Valley Guild members and guests at the meeting Wednesday, February 8.

Dana Jones with her book

The Visaya word "pagtinabangay" means working together in a
spirit of cooperation for the good of all

Here are a few images of the stunning Caohagan quilts Dana brought to the meeting. The quilts and their images are copyrighted and used with permission.

The colors used by the quiltmakers are those seen on the island and the images reflect everyday life (flowers, trees, animals, fish, birds, people, houses, and activities). About 100 men, women, and children make the distinctive quilts which are sold to benefit the entire community. One third of the island's revenue comes from the sale of the quilts.

Learn more about Dana Jones, Caohagan and its quiltmakers by following these links:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dana Jones - February 8th Presenter

"Pagtinabangay: The Quilts & Quiltmakers

of Caohagan Island"


Estes Valley Quilt Guild invites you to attend our guild meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:30pm. Our speaker Dana Jones, a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine, will share the story of Pagtinabangay: The Quilts & Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island. This is a 13-acre tropical paradise in the central Philippines. Of the 600 residents on the island, more than 100 are quiltmakers. Dana will share images of the quilts and life on the island along with a mini trunk show that will include some of the quilts exhibited at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, during the summer of 2015. Each handmade quilt is a unique design that reflects the colors and flora and fauna of the island, made from fabrics produced in the Philippines and incorporating piecing and appliqué. 
There will also be an exhibit of these quilts at the Quilt Museum in Golden in 2017.  This will be our sneak preview!
You can purchase a signed copy of Dana's book, Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island. She will also have quilts from the island available for purchase with all the proceeds going back to the quiltmakers.

Guests are encouraged to attend for a nominal fee of $10.

Join us at Good Sam’s, 1901 Ptarmigan Trail,
Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm.

Here are some links to information on Dana Jones and Caohagan Island:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Learning New Techniques

Four of our talented guild members demonstrated techniques in a Round Robin presentation at our January 18th meeting.
Kelly Brown teaches her technique for squaring up quilts.
Jan Thompson demonstrates her method for dyeing lace.
Carolyn Mangler shows us several ways to
create quilts from jelly rolls.

Debra Van Tassel demonstrated her techniques for making
microwave bowl potholders.

 Sherry Hocker brought her beautiful Thanksgiving table runner for Show and Tell.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Quilt Guild Meeting Rescheduled

The stars are aligned! We were able to reschedule the guild meeting that was canceled last night to NEXT Wednesday, January 18. Same time, same place, same program. Many thanks to the presenters, the program committee, and the hospitality committee for being so flexible. Many thanks to all of you for understanding our need to cancel since the weather was so questionable.

We'll see you all next Wednesday.

Nancy Elgin
Estes Valley Quilt Guild

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11 Meeting Cancelled

This doe suggests you stay inside and enjoy the view!
Because of adverse driving conditions, the January 11, 2017
EVQG meeting has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule and
will post that information when we have it.
Stay inside and make a pot of soup, brew a cup of tea, watch a movie, read a good book, or work on a quilt this evening. Quilters are resourceful!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 11 Meeting - Round Robin

The first meeting of 2017 will feature a Round Robin of techniques presented and demonstrated by four of our members.

 Carolyn Mangler  - “Jelly Roll Quilt” - Learn how to make a quick, cute quilt top with your jelly rolls.  Adding some surprise extras makes it special.  She will also present, “Making Half Square Triangles”  This block is used in many complex blocks.  However, making the HST’s one by one can become tedious. There are several methods to making lots of HST’s at once and Carolyn will demonstrate how to make HST's from a tube, make 8 HST’s at once, and squaring up your HST’s quickly and easily. 

 Jan Thompson – “Dying Lace” – Hands on demo. Have fun learning to dye a piece of  lace you can use in a quilting project. It is an easy and inexpensive way to add a technique  to your repertoire.  

• Debra Van Tassel - "Microwave Bowl Potholders” These handy all-cotton holders will protect your hands from getting burnt when removing a bowl from the microwave.  They can be made in several sizes and also serve as cozies to keep your soup, stew or  cereal warm - or your ice cream cold!

 • Kelly Brown - “How to Square a Quilt”- Kelly will share her method for squaring a quilt. This was a topic on the 2016 survey that many people requested! 

Join us for a fun night! Guests are encouraged to attend for a nominal fee of $10. Join us at Good Sam’s, 1901 Ptarmigan Trail, Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Janna Thomas ~ September Presenter

Janna Thomas
The speaker at the September 14, 2016 Estes Valley Quilt Guild meeting will be Janna Thomas. Janna will present a collection of quilts spanning from her first book with Martingale & Co through her other books written for their publishing company, Courtship Quilts, including her most recent book, Border Bling. She’ll take us on a journey through the company’s history, her patterns that she designs to showcase their amazing Bloc Loc Rulers and will conclude the evening with a brief demonstration on the Half-Square Triangle, Flying Geese, Triangle-in-a-Square, Half-Rectangle Triangle, Diamond-in-a-Triangle, Log Cabin and their incredible Non-Slip Rulers. Following the demonstration, we’ll be able to purchase rulers and books.
Janna will be offering a class on the making of one of her quilts and the use of the rulers on September 29th, 9:00-4:00. Participants in the class with receive a FREE pattern for the quilt and a 15% discount on the rulers. The cost for the class will be $20. She must have 15-20 participants for the class to happen. You can sign up for the class at the program and as a group you will pick the pattern you would like create in the class. If you are worried about how complicated they appear, don’t worry she is modifying the pattern to make it fun and easy. On her website at you can watch videos on all their products, including quilt along videos.
Janna Thomas was born in Loveland, Colorado and still lives there today with her husband, Paul. Together, they run their companies, Bloc Loc Rulers and Courtship Quilts Publishing. They also love meeting quilters at shows across the United States, Australia and England. Paul is a native of Australia.
Janna was a middle school Home Economics teacher for many years and has loved all forms of needlework through the decades, but when she started quilting, she never looked back. She loves to do both piecework and applique and specializes in mixing un-related techniques to achieve new designs.
Her quilts have appeared in Fons & Porter Magazine and has designed patterns for Timeless Treasures Fabrics. She also teaches classes at quilt shows & guilds across the United States. Look for her appearance on "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, episode #1803. The subject of her appearance is her latest book, "Border Bling".
Janna has written five books and is the President of Courtship Quilts Publishing. She also co-designs rulers with her husband, Paul for Bloc Loc Rulers. Paul is the inventor of Bloc Loc Rulers and is President of the company.