Liberalism In Quilting: Free-form Art Quilts
Never one to adhere to rules, I began breaking the quilting edicts soon after I learned the basics necessary to create an original design. Problems with bindings on corners? Just leave the corners off! It’s fun and easy to be your own designer, and to break away from the tedium of repetitive block design. Gail will lead you on a journey of exploration, from the valley of tradition, along the rocky road of great ideas gone wrong, to the rainbow peaks of increased creativity in quilts!
Quiltmakers and Their Influences on Our Lives: A History Lesson
We all have to start somewhere! This light and lively lecture traces through some of Gail’s quilting past, with emphasis on friends who have had a strong influence on her quilts. It shows the progression from Gail’s early quilting days as a traditional quilter, through her experimentation phase, and culminates in the contemporary art quilts for which she is now known. It is a celebration of the friendships that we build throughout our lives. This lecture is suitable for non-quilting audiences as well as for quilters.
Guild Raffle Quilts – Make One in a One-Day Retreat!
Since 1994, Gail and friends have created annual, one-of-a-kind raffle quilts to support Hawks Aloft, Inc., the organization that Gail and others founded in 1994. Each quilt in recent years has been stitched in only one workday, with up to 14 stitchers, cutters, and organizers. Along the way, she has perfected her master plan, from the initial design that must be tailored to the weakest quilters (in the case of Hawks Aloft, some of the participants only sew on that one day of the year) helping them to meaningfully contribute to the making of the quilt. In this How-To lecture, Gail will go over all the steps so that your group also can make a raffle quilt in short order and have fun at the same time. Below is an image of the 2016 Hawks Aloft raffle quilt and it’s team of quilters.