Quilt Colorado 2014

July 15-20, 2014
Longmont Convention Center

For more information, please use the links above.

Longmont Convention Center map

longmont convention center map

Free* Demos & Lectures

Quilt Colorado is coming! Come to the Longmont Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont for the day to see the quilt show, visit the merchant mall and enjoy the FREE lectures.

Plan your visit! Quilt Colorado is open to the public July 17, 18 & 19 from 9:00 am -5:30 pm with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm. Daily admission tickets are $10/person, $8/seniors & students, children under 10 are free.

Free lectures and demos will take place daily in the auditorium and are included with your daily admission – plan to drop in and check them out. At this time, we are expecting:

Thursday, July 17

  • 10:00 am         Kathy McNeil              Razzle Dazzle and Special Effects for your Quilts
  • 1:30 pm           Barb Gardner              Computer Quilt Design using Electric Quilt
  • 2:30 pm           Louisa K. Smith           Not your Grandmother’s One Patch
  • 3:30 pm           Bloc Loc                     Templates/rulers for triangles (blocloc.com)

Friday, July 18

  • 10:00 am         Debbie Caffrey            How to have it All
  • 1:30 pm           Jeananne Wright          Trunk show/bed turning
  • 2:30 pm           Rosa with Apliquick   New technique for appliqué (Apliquick.com)
  • 3:30 pm           Dawn Mills                 4 block wall hangings

Saturday, July 19

  • 10:00 am         Frieda Anderson         Walks in the Woods with George
  • 1:30 pm           Denise Labadie           Appliqué and fabric painting
  • 2:30 pm           Pat Frankenbery          Thimble, thimble, who has the thimble
  • 3:30 pm           Jeananne Wright          Trunk show/bed turning

Contact Kay Hefner  by email at register.qc14@yahoo.com or by phone at 303-986-4560 if you are interested in signing up for any last minute classes or for a banquet lecture. Bill Kerr will be speaking on Friday, July 18 and Rob Appell will be joining us on Saturday, July 19. Jennie Rayment will be entertaining us for lunch on Sunday, July 20. Make plans to stay for dinner after visiting the quilt show and merchant mall.

*If you have a show pass or a day pass, you may attend the lectures at no charge.

Quilt Colorado Instructors

Do quilters in Colorado realize how fortunate they are to have a chance to choose to take a class from 14 nationally recognized teachers right here in our state! What an opportunity – don’t pass it up! Come up to Quilt Colorado for classes, attend a lecture, see the quilt show and vendors mall or enjoy a wonderful meal featuring a talk by one of our instructors.

Frieda Anderson – works in wonderfully vibrant colors she creates herself. If you are at curious about learning to dye your own fabric, Frieda can help you get started in “Flooded with Color.” Frieda’s fusing and design techniques are featured in “Dancing Trees” and “Sun Dance.”

Rob Appell – “Endangered Species” is always popular and nearly full, but there is room in “Dancing Dots” and “Twizzleman” to learn the same techniques and have a day playing with Rob. Don’t forget to check out the Saturday evening banquet where Rob is the featured speaker.

Karen Kay Buckley – applique artist extraordinaire. Her “Fiesta” class is full, however “Majestic Mosaics” has some of the same magic with machine applique and is available. “Feeling Free Drafting Frenzy” can give you a quick half-day tutorial in drafting your own patterns – a daunting task for many of us can be made simple with Karen’s help.

Debbie Caffrey – Mystery quilts are always fun and Debbie is offering two choices. Both classes are nearly full so if you are interested, make that decision soon. Debbie is also offering two classes that pair rather neatly. “Power Cutting and Power Cutting, Too” leads right into “Surprise Yourself.” Sign up for both or take just one – Debbie focuses on getting a lot done in a short amount of time.

Kelly Gallagher-Abbott – long arm techniques for beginners or pros. We have decided to offer a second session of “Free Motion Potions” (cancelling “From Feathers to Fillers”) to answer the pleas of many who could not get into the first session. Every student gets to work on her own Gammill – two days for practicing your brand new skills.

Deb  Karasik – does incredibly intricate-looking paper piecing, but she’ll show you how to make what looks so hard turn out to be very do-able. “Audrey III” is a big project that needs a two day experience with Deb. “Turning Over a New Leaf” and “Batik Wheels” are small projects that you will be able to conquer (maybe not finish) in a day.  (Continued on next page)

Bill Kerr – founders of the Modern Quilt Studio are bringing this newest movement in quilting to us. Weeks and Bill team up to offer classes in color selection and construction that make it “modern.” Bill is our featured speaker for Friday evening’s banquet.

Bonnie McCaffery – known for “Painting Faces” she can make this simple for anyone. She also has a couple of half day classes on taking doodles to fabric, especially using bobbin work and another full day on embellishment techniques. “Free Form Non-Applique” uses tulle to capture your creativity – no templates means no rules, just fun.

Kathy McNeil – has room for you in “Animal Boutique,” where she is offering her newest pattern of a heron. And “Design Dynamics” on Sunday morning gets Kathy’s design style to you in record time. “Wonderful World of Landscapes” has been filled.

Jennie Rayment – the calico queen from England has four classes on her fabric manipulation techniques. Each of them features a slightly different technique; they all create wonderful surface texture that can be used in any quilt, wall hanging, or pillow top. Jennie is our featured speaker for lunch on Sunday – she is bringing her newest quilts to show us.

Lura Schwarz Smith – perhaps the most unusual of our art quilting teachers offers a variety of her skills. Most of her classes are very full – check them out quickly if you are interested.

Kerby Smith – will showcase his photo to fabric tricks in a 5-day special running from Tuesday through Saturday.  Kerby frequently teaches at Asilomar and other high end venues, so having him here is a real treat and a bargain value.

Louisa Smith – delighted us all with her beautiful quilts when she spoke at one of our meetings in 2013. She’ll do a two-day class on “Strips and Curves” that creates prize winners and “One Patch Plus” featuring surprising results when using just one shape.

Not a teacher – just jelly roll laughs: Join the Jelly Roll Race on Sunday morning to put together a quick top and have a little fun along the way. Participants will come with a jelly roll of fabric – commercial or your own strips – and race to see who finishes first. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three who get done first.

Contact Kay Hefner  by email at register.qc14@yahoo.com or by phone at 303-986-4560 if you are interested in signing up for any last minute classes or for a banquet lecture.

July 2014

July 26
Mountain View Valley Community Church
200 Justice Center Road
Canon City, CO
Registration: 3:00 p.m.

Canon City meeting 2014 map

canon city meeting map

Phillipa Naylor
3pm in Canyon City is a UNIQUE meeting for CQC members 
Phillipa Naylor from Yorkshire, England is presenting her work and her story to us. This is a most rare opportunity to meet such a wonderfully accomplished and world recognized quilter. The meeting time is purposefully scheduled mid-day to give time for Phillipa to come to Colorado from New York State. Every effort should be made to attend this meeting. Bring guests with you in your car, because we can only guess when the opportunity like this will happen again. Maybe never in our lifetime…..so come prepared for an incredible speaker on a beautiful summer day.
The machine quilting class taught by Phillipa Naylor will be small, with only 12 students, on Sunday, July 27th from 11am to 5pm at Ruth’s Stitchery in Colorado Springs. A waiting list will be formed for students who haven’t gotten into the class. The $55 cost is the same as for all CQC one-day classes. Just think — you get an internationally recognized teacher, with a small class size, in your own Colorado home State for such an affordable price. Send the registration form today. First come, first serve.
To see the gallery of Phillipa’s work, go to http://www.philippanaylor.com/. It is a feast for the eyes.

Phillipa Naylor
Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. A second-hand sewing machine for her thirteenth birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls clothes to full sized garments for herself, family and friends. After training to be a clothing designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie for Courtaulds Clothing. After this she moved to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with her husband Peter, who at he time was working as an English language teacher. Here she set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses, and had two sons Daniel and Benjamin.

A chance meeting, in Saudi Arabia, in 1996 led to a short quilting course, after which clothing became less interesting and quilting an all-consuming passion. It is only in the last few years the Philippa has been making garments again, other than fancy dress costumes for her sons!

Philippa combines her technical expertise and designer training to produce intricately pieced, applique or whole-cloth quilts which are heavily machine quilted often utilising trapunto. For the last 20+ years Philippa has used a domestic Bernina sewing machine for all her work. The machine, an old 1260 model, is the size of any normal home sewing machine and does not have any special features like a stitch regulator which helps the maker to regulate the size of the free-motion stitches. A great advocate of the Bernina brand Philippa says that once you have a machine of a good quality it is not about the machine but about what you are prepared to do with it. There is no magic to any of this. Anyone who gets quite good at anything does so by lots and lots of practise. Persistence is the key!

Philippa has had great success in quilt shows in both the UK and America, and won many prizes – most notably the AQS ‘Bernina Workmanship Award’ with “Pop Stars” in 2002 and AQS ‘Best of Show” with “Lime Light” in 2003. “Star Sign” won ‘The Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry’ at the IQA show in Houston TX in 2007, same award being won again in 2008 with “Flower Power”. This quilt went on to win the 2009 AQS Bernina Workmanship Award and is the third quilt Philippa has in the permanent collection of American National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky.Philippa’s latest piece of work to be recognised is her evening outfit ‘Scarlett’s Crimson’ which won first place in the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival ‘Wearable Art’ category. This is a return to Philippa’s clothing roots and she is delighted that her first ever garment entry will be touring the USA in 2014 with the International Quilt Association.

In 2004, after living in Saudi Arabia for fifteen years, Philippa returned to Yorkshire and is enjoying the opportunity to teach more widely when she’s not working in her studio or outside digging in her garden and on her allotment.


PDF Philippa Naylor July workshop

philippa naylor july workshop

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat 2014
October 3, 4 & 5

Sign up early to reserve your spot. Open flyer from link below:

Fall Retreat 2014 Flyer 

Announcing The 2014 Raffle Quilt


84″ x 84″

 Designed, made and quilted by Cyndi McChesney. Inspired by Ricky Tims’ Kool Kaleidoscope technique.

2014 raffle quilt Astrologikool

Members: Please remember to pick up your tickets at the February meeting.

Additional Tickets can be purchased by emailing cqc.raffletickets@gmail.com

June Meeting

June 28
Durango Community Recreation Center
2700 Main Ave.,
Registration: 9:30 a.m.

 Durango 2014 meeting map

durango 2014 meeting map


Program: Jude Larzelere

Jude Larzelere is an award winning quilting artist. Her program for CQC on June 28th in Durango Colorado at the Durango Rec. Center is a powerpoint presentation of many of her quilts. She is bringing quilts to show during her program, while discussing her original designs.  Jude explains her philosophy of working with traditional quilting methods which emphasize the form and structure of traditional design principles, and celebrate a random placement of color. She is sharing her journey of supporting herself with her art.

  • Strip Piecing Workshop on Sunday, June 29
  • Carlton Family Science Educ. Center at the Discovery Center (1 day, 6-20 participants): Students will be given a design formula for choosing fabrics that will be strip pieced and then sewn into a small wall hanging in the quilt-as-you-go method. Special emphasis will be on color selection. Be prepared to trade some of your fabric with others in the class to have more colors to work with. Bring all the quilting tools and your sewing machine which you would take to a retreat, and a large supply of random fabrics.

Artist’s Statement – Judith Larzelere

My experience with needle and thread began when I started an embroidered sampler at the age of seven. I learned to knit from my fifth grade teacher and I still make a sweater or two each year. Sewing and thinking about fabric have always been pleasurable to me, and it seemed very natural to turn to this skill for a career. I was trained as a painter at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. There I learned to develop my love of color. Since 1978 I have been making art quilts full-time.

My images are abstract and non-geometric and do not rely on a block/grid structure. I am seeking to recreate the apparent artlessness of nature’s organic forms. I am fascinated by the flicker of light on moving water, the shimmer of the Northern Lights, the drift of clouds, and the patterns of pebbles washed up on a beach. I am also drawn to structured patterns as in the photography of cells and crystals, to units of aggregated texture such as brick and stone walls, circuit diagrams, and building facades. I have studied Japanese design to see how it combines structure and natural forms.

In my quilts I feel that I am exploring the same problems and expressing the same inspirations as if I were a painter using oils or acrylics. Instead, I choose colored cloth as a medium because I like the collage aspect of designing with fabric; I like selecting from available color rather than mixing paints; and I love the tactile pleasure of handling cloth. Most recently I have been working on a series of quilts that rely on chance placement of colors. These quilts do not emphasize the form and structure of traditional design principles.

The technique that I use is machine strip piecing. I re-cut the pieced fabric and then machine quilt it in a process sometimes called “flip and sew quilting.” I do not make a separate top that is later quilted.

When I start designing, I make a scale drawing in black pencil that is rather like a skeleton showing the underlying structure in directional lines. Next I go to my fabrics to choose the colors I want to use. I also decide how large the quilt will be and calculate how much stripped fabric I will need to sew to complete the quilt. Then I decide on color placement and the direction of the stitching rows of the quilting. At this point, I draw on muslin a full-sized image of my design showing all the machine quilting lines. Next, I begin cutting strips of solid colored 100% cotton with a rotary cutter on a plastic cutting mat. I machine piece all the strips together, press the seams to one side, and then begin cutting straight across the stitching with a rotary cutter. This gives me long, pieced bands of cloth which I then sew down onto the muslin pattern that has been basted to a polyester batting and cotton cloth backing. After the assembly using the “flip and sew” quilting, the edges are squared up and trimmed. A binding showing 1/4” wide on the front edge is machine sewed around the top and hand hemmed on the back.

Although my images are planned and color choices are very deliberate, I work with a great deal of looseness as I begin to sew the quilt together. I can improve my original design and because of this flexibility I can discover unexpected visual events which may give me ideas to try out in the next piece.

PDF Larzelere June 29 workshop

larzelere june 29 workshop

PDF Larzelere June 26 workshop

larzelere june 26 workshop

Keep Up on Events Around Colorado

Be sure to check in regularly to our Special Events to what is going on around Colorado in the Quilting community. Pay particular attention to our Guilds and Group Events for the latest programs.

May Meeting

May 17, 2014

Celebration Pointe Church of the Nazarene

4100 West 20th St.
Greeley, CO 80634
Registration: 9:30 a.m.

greeley 2014 meeting map

Melinda Bula 

 Melinda Bula: Developing the Artist Within Through Quilts and Wearable Arts
Take a humorous look through the eyes of a quilt artist as she finds her way through the world of art, quilting and wearable arts. Melinda shows the evolution of her art with humor and lots of inspiration. Melinda, who lives in El Dorado Hills, California, has been sewing since she was a young girl. She has been in love with fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was going to be an artist, which became her major in college. She worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer. She and her husband, Joe, started their own wallpaper and fabric design business. The company, Melinda Bula Designs, sold hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide. Melinda’s wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Garden magazine as well as Sunset design books in addition to other noted publications.
In 1996, she became involved in quilting and wearable arts, which has always been her first love. Her sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts and wearable arts. Her wearable arts are dynamic and modern and she loves to experiment with new techniques.
Her Fabulous Fusible Flowers quilts are unique. With the wonderful look of a painting, she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts.  She has been lecturing and teaching and has been featured on The Quilt Show. She has written 2 books on her Fabulous Fusible Flowers technique, Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane, both published by the Martingale Company. Her web site is: melindabuladesigns.com

Melinda is speaking to CQC on May 17th at the Celebration Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 4100 West 20th Street, Greeley, Colorado. The meeting begins with registration at 9:30am, business meeting at 10am, and Melinda is speaking at 11am.

Sunday, May 18 is a class with Melinda creating the Zinnia pattern. Monday and Tuesday is a two-day workshop creating a flower quilt – Hibiscus pattern. Class size is limited and early registration is encouraged.

PDF Bula hibiscus workshop

bula hibiscus workshop

PDF Bula zinnia workshop

bula zinnia workshop