Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Inspirational Quilting program wraps up

It's a wrap! The year-long Inspirational Quilting (IQ) program at the Choo Choo Quilters Guild concluded at the November guild meeting. The survey that was distributed to guild members indicated an overall positive response to the presentations, topics, activities and the Continuing Education exercises.
The Inspirational Quilting program presenters and coordinators are (from left):
Veronica Hofman-Ortega, Cristy Clark, Vista Mahan and Ginny Minninger (not pictured).
The textbook for the program, "Fearless Design for Every Quilter," by Lorraine Torrence and Jean B. Mills, proved to be an excellent resource and reference. "I loved the Fearless Design book—especially the introduction. There was so much positive encouragement," said a guild member. "The Elements and Principles of Design were listed and well explained... a good reminder of the essentials of good design," commented another. And, another expressed, "I finally “got” the concepts of value and symmetry."

Of the 13 topics found in the Fearless Design book, eleven were chosen and presented as part of the IQ program. Additional topics—Innovative Piecing, Threadwork and Surface Design—were added by the coordinators to provide information and demonstrations on these popular techniques.

The IQ presenters, Cristy Clark, Veronica Hofman-Ortega, Vista Mahan and Ginny Minninger were graciously applauded and thanked for all their efforts and hard work. Looking ahead to 2012, suggestions for program topics were discussed at the guild meeting and a list of the team assignments were distributed.
Show and Tell
A Halloween wall hanging comes out of the UFO pile.
A reminder that Cuddle Quilts, the guild's community service project, are due in January, 2012. Please complete as many as possible and bring them to the January guild meeting.
Cuddle Quilts made with blocks that came from IQ Continuing Education exercises.
Happy Holidays to one and all!
From the Choo Choo Quilters