Monday, January 8, 2018

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 2017 Meeting - Ann L. Petersen Presents "Quilt as Desired"

Ann L. Petersen describes herself as an "obsessive quilter". She is also a talented and prolific quilter. At the August 9th meeting, she treated EVQG members to a showing of many of her quilts, including several award winners. It was a stunning display of artistic talent and workmanship. Enjoy these photos of her quilts and read a brief bio below.


Ann learned to sew as a child by her mother and grandmother.  Neither one was a quilter, but her father's mother was and she loved to watch her beautiful quilts come alive.  She was gone before she took advantage of her knowledge, so she turned to the local Parks and Recreation department for classes. This was in the early 1970's and she didn't love the templates and fabrics so completely ignored traditional patchwork. In the mid-1980's when Eleanor Burns, Nancy Zieman and Kaye Woods began to appear on PBS and enticed her back to the quilting world.

By the early 1990's, quilting was her main focus.  She took a job working at a local quilt store in Denver, Great American Quilt Factory.  It was one of the early stores in the quilting world, and the owners, Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith, also published Possibilities books and Dreamspinners patterns.  The constant exposure to so many talented quilters (co-workers and customers and suppliers) only further fueled her obsessive interest.   In 2002, she decided to enter her local guild's quilt show, The Arapahoe County Quilter's Festival of Quilts.  She made a pattern from a book by Trudie Hughes called Shadow of the Bear.  It won the Best of Show award and she could not have been any more surprised!

In 2011, Great American Quilt Factory went out of business and she found herself retired and sewing full time on the things she loved. She now quilts mostly for shows.  Friends and relatives have more quilts than they probably actually want and her house is well padded with quilts of all sizes.  By making quilts for shows she can test her skills and try to keep improving.  Her latest adventure is teaching on-line for   You may also go to her Facebook site and follow her quilting life there: Username:

August 2017 Meeting - Part 2


Eight members participated in Show & Tell.

Grace Stephen
Small Christmas in July Table Runner

Grace Stephen
Prairie Point Accents

D J Christian
Summer Batik Quilt

Jeanne Allen
Quilt Bag

Jeanne Allen
Up North

Ann Stewart
Wedding Quilt for granddaughter

Kate Clark
Hexagon Quilt

Donna Perry
Water Color with Bear

Johanna Gengler
Reversible Apron

Nancy Sullivan-Jacobs
Christmas in July Wall Hanging
Nancy Sullivan-Jacobs
Twelve Pointed Stars Table Runner

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.