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VQG September 2017 Newsletter Click on "New!" icon to view or download.

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September 14 ~ Lecture: Jenny K. Lyon ~ “Quilting is a Contact Sport”

Jenny K. Lyon has been joyfully teaching the art of quilting since 2006. She teaches regionally, at various guilds, at IQF Houston and Chicago and throughout the US. Her classes are encouraging, supportive, and light-hearted. Jenny is a free motion quilter using her basic domestic sewing machine to create art quilts and wearable art. Her work has been juried at Houston International Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, AQS in Paducah, the Curitiba Quilt Show in Brazil, and has shown in several art galleries as well as SAQA exhibits. In Jenny's, "Quilting is a Contact Sport Lecture," she shares a sometimes humorous look at how quilting affects our lives and relationships. Her lecture includes a trunk show of award-winning garments and quilts.

September 15 ~ Workshop: Jenny K. Lyon ~ “Intro to Free Motion Quilting”

In this workshop students will learn to free motion quilt with their basic home sewing machines in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Jenny will bring numerous quilts, photos and samples to illustrate what is taught in class. Students will work on five beautiful and fun motifs that can be put on your own quilts using your home sewing machine!

October 12 ~ VQG Installation Luncheon "Happy Daze" at the Odyssey

Our Installation Luncheon at the Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills, will be held on October 12th. We have the beautiful Olympus room, which seats 80 people. It is imperative that we have a final count at our next meeting in September. If you plan on attending please sign up. If we go over our final guaranteed guest count we will have to pay an additional 5%, please let us know if you plan on attending. We will be selling tickets at our next meeting, so look for our committee members to sign up, select your dish, and pay for your ticket. The tickets were going to cost each member $35.00. (For those with allergies please let me know ASAP) Please come for a lot of fun -- dress up in your favorite 50’s style. We will be doing ”The Stroll” and “The Hand Jive”. So go on your Tube & learn the steps. We will be giving a fantastic prize for the best dancer for both dances. For those who do not care to dance, but would much rather exercise, we will be having a “Hula Hoop” contest. This will be led by our very own Linda Boman. Prizes will be awarded to the best and longest Hula Hooper. We have many more surprises! I cannot express how much it helps to have all our members support our Guilds activities. We have worked very hard to make this day very special just for you. Installation Luncheon Committee: Susan Joyce, Linda Boman, Jeri Bowen, Deb Hebner, Kathy Calagias, Mary Peterson, Jill Tovey. 

IMPORTANT: All members who have not paid their opportunity tickets obligation and/or not in good current standing with membership dues for the 2017 year, will not be allowed to attend this function. It is stated in our By-Laws that you MUST be current with all obligations to attend the special events. If you have any questions regarding your status on your account, please contact our "Quilt Mom", Susan Joyce at: Phone - 818-366-7698 or by email: susanboydjoyce@gmail.com.

October 13 ~ No Workshop this month.

November 9 ~ Lecture: Sheila Collins ~ “My Creative Journey”

Sheila Collins has been “creating” in one form or another for as long as she can remember. She was encouraged by her mom and grandmothers who were also creative women. Her mom taught her how to sew when she was seven-years-old and it’s been a constant in Sheila’s life ever since.

Her love of sewing inspired her to study fashion design in college, and Sheila received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in 1983. She didn’t get to pursue it the way she had hoped after graduation, but it prepared her for other things to come. Later, Sheila pursued another creative direction and studied graphic design. She attended Cincinnati Academy of Design from 1989-1991. After graduation Sheila worked at a small advertising agency for a year before starting her own graphic design business, Pali Graphic Design.

Another constant in her life has been her love of bright colors. Sheila feels there is a definite connection with growing up on Oahu. Colors speak to her, motivate her and make her feel good.

In 2010 Sheila started a new creative journey with the introduction of Sheila Collins Fabric Art, which is dimensional, framed fabric art. Her art combines her background in fashion design, graphic design, and love of sewing and quilting to produce fabric art that is dimensional, bright, cheerful, and fun. She believes colors affect people in a positive way, and she see this when people are viewing her art. People smile…a lot, and this makes her smile.

November 10 ~ Workshop: Sheila Collins ~ “Daisy Bouquet”

Cutting, fusing and stitching. It’s fun, and worthwhile, to experiment with color and design. Little changes can truly make a big difference. Sheila makes each sample using a different color palette with the hopes that she’ll inspire the students to experiment and work with colors that speak to them. 

December 14 ~ VQG Holiday Party at the Odyssey Restaurant

December 15 ~ No Workshop this month.

Dues Recommitment & Renewal

It’s that time of year to recommit to the Valley Quiltmakers Guild and come together with friends for camaraderie, sharing of ideas, workshops, programs and FUN! Our annual dues are only $40 and it is time to break out that piggy bank and renew your membership. You will note that we have included a place for you to pay for your opportunity quilt tickets at the same time as you pay for your dues…thereby making it easier to take care of obligations all at once.

EVERYONE NEEDS TO COMPLETE A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION THIS YEAR AS WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT ALL YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS ACCURATE. (See new membership form included under Library, Newsletter Archives & Downloads below and also in the September 2017 VQG Newsletter.)

In order to be sure your information is included in the roster, we will need to have your dues payment by October 12, 2017. We are looking forward to a fun year in 2018.

Hugs, Wanda Reeves and Sue Merrell, Membership


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August 01, 2017