Sunday, July 9, 2017

Christmas in July

Our July 12 meeting will feature Carol Sullivan from Laughing Ladies Quilting in Berthoud. She will present a series of do-able projects ideal for gift giving.

Carol Sullivan is an instructor for Laughing Ladies Quilt Shop in Berthoud. She will share ideas, patterns, and samples of fabric and quilted gifts you can make for everyone on your list.

Bio: She was raised on a cattle ranch southwest of Douglas, Wyoming attended a rural school through the 8th grade and graduated from Douglas high school in 1973. As a youth she was active in 4-H.  She began sewing at age 8 and has continued sewing through all her life.  Over the years she has done alterations, made dog and cat muzzles for a vet supply house, and been a 4-H leader teaching youth to sew. During the years her children were in school she worked at the school district.  From 1995 to 2015 she worked as a Certified Dental Lab technician fabricating crowns and bridges for dental offices.  Ten of those years Carol ran her own dental lab.  Currently she works part time at Laughing Ladies Quilts in Berthoud serving customers, making store samples and teaching classes. In January of this year Carol attended sewing machine repair school and since has started Sullivan Sewing Machine Service and Repair.  She has a son, daughter, one granddaughter, and 3 grandsons. 

You are invited to participate in this holiday meeting by bringing projects that you have made that would be good ideas for holiday gift giving. If you have a copy of the instructions and pattern information, please bring that as well. We will photocopy those instructions for all and have them available at our guild Sew Day on Saturday, July 15, as well as at our August meeting.
To give Carol enough time to present her program we are revising the meeting schedule just a bit.  After Carol is done speaking, we will have our usual Show-and-Tell AND the members holiday gift ideas Show-and-Tell.


Saturday Sew Day - July 15

Join the Estes Valley Quilt Guild for the Christmas in July Sew Day on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9:30 to 3:30.  We will meet at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail.  There is no fee for this workshop, but we ask that you bring $10 to cover the cost of lunch and a donation to the church.  We will be ordering sub sandwiches and will provide water, coffee, tea, fruit, chips and cookies.

This is an opportunity for you to use all the new patterns that you will receive from Carol Sullivan, our presenter at the regular guild meeting on Wednesday, July 12th.  So, gather up your fabrics, pack up your sewing machines, bring your rulers and cutters and join us for a fun day of sewing.  

We will provide work tables, cutting mats, irons, boards, extension cords, power strips, spray bottles and even a little holiday music.  You bring whatever you think you need to complete your projects.  Really, you can work on whatever you choose.  So, bring your cheerful dispositions, see what your friends are doing, learn from others and have a great time together.

Please RSVP (if you haven’t already signed up) to Debra Van Tassel at


Monday, May 15, 2017

Donna Mae Norris Presents "Color for Quilters"

EVQG members were treated to Donna Mae Norris' presentation on color at the May 10th  meeting. Donna Mae used a color wheel and a variety of quilts to illustrate aspects of color theory and color choices in quilts.

On Thursday, May 11 Donna Mae taught an all day class on color where each participant created a personal notebook using fabric swatches to illustrate aspects of color theory. Participants learned a lot about color and had fun playing with fabric and working on their notebooks.

Show and Tell is always a favorite element of our meetings. Take a look at these beautiful creations.

Linda Swoboda brought the stunning Silo Quilt to display at our meeting before it is installed in its permanent location in the Silo Conference Room at the Event Center. The quilt was commissioned by the Town of Estes Park and made by several guild members. Watch for a future post on this beautiful quilt.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Donna Mae Norris Will Present "Color For Quilts" at May 10th Meeting


Join us on May 10, 2017 for Donna Mae Norris'  presentation
"Color For Quilts"
Build your confidence in choosing colors for your quilts in Donna Mae Norris’ talk about how to use color in quilts and be inspired by seeing dozens of quilts with examples of various color schemes.  You will learn about optical mixing, how to use a color wheel, and how to choose colors to get the theme or mood you desire in your quilt.  Every quilt is a piece of art and color is a very important design element in art.
Quilt making has been Donna Mae Norris’ passion for over 30 years.  She has made every size bed quilt plus wall hangings, and enjoys making every style from traditional and modern to art quilts.  Her quilts have been exhibited all around the U.S. and she has won numerous awards in competitions including Quilt Festival in Houston.  She was one of the owners of The Patchworks Quilt Shop in south Longmont in the early ‘90’s.
Because Donna Mae loves sharing her enthusiasm for quilt making, she has been teaching extensively at quilt shops and quilt guilds all around Colorado and other states for over 28 years.  She teaches classes for both adults and children, and has taught all styles of quilts and at every skill level for each technique.
By putting together fabrics for her own quilts and helping students and customers put together fabrics for their quilts, she has tremendous experience choosing color in quilts.  She has also taken art classes and color classes starting in college and continuing into her quilting years.  Donna Mae will share her knowledge about how to use color in your quilts today.

Guests are encouraged to attend for a nominal fee of $10.
1901 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park, CO ... 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 12 Program - Dresden Plates

Diane Merritt presented an interesting program on Dresden Plates with slides and quilts to demonstrate the versatility of this pattern.



Below are photos of a few of our members proudly showing their latest quilted creations.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 12, 2017 Program Presenter - Diane Merritt

Diane Merritt will present "Dresden Plates - Then and Now" at our Wednesday April 12, 2017 meeting.

Diane was the original owner of Cottonwood Quilts in Niwot, CO. The Dresden Plate Quilt block was first seen in 1785 but became very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Feed sacks and small floral prints gave this block its defining look. It has easily been adapted with today’s fabric to create many different looks, including some that you might not believe are the same old plates. The quilt block has been known by a few different names, but we are sure you will call it fabulous after attending this presentation featuring Dresden Plates. 

Diane got her start in quilting quite by accident.  She wandered into a lecture on quilting while attending a women’s conference in 1992. Two hours later her life had passed before her eyes, not her past life but her future life.  She was hooked! A week later she was attending her first quilting class.

In 1995 she, her family and her quilt tops relocated to Appleton, Wisconsin where in 1995 she went to work for Patchwork Sampler as a store clerk. By 1997 she was teaching quilting classes herself. In 2000 she moved to Longmont, Colorado and continued teaching at Quilting Hands located in Lyons, Colorado. In 2013 Diane was approached by F&W Media who was shifting their focus from print to the web.  She worked from home creating samples for their on-line video series. Not long after Diane was asked to go full-time as the Product Coordinator for their quilting site.  Diane acted as Curator providing the knowledge and experience necessary to provide their customers a quality on-line experience as F&W moves into the digital age. Diane continues to learn through teaching and loves to share her talents.    

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: