Monday evening meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday morning meetings start at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Programs and Workshops  2015-2016

Contact information for all programs and workshops: Joanne Sattler, PSQG Program Vice President.

  October 26 & 27

Froncie Quinn

Froncie Quinn

Our October speaker, Froncie Quinn, comes to us from New London, New Hampshire.  Froncie is a quilt historian, and through her company, Hoopla Quilts, she creates patterns of antique quilts for several large museums. In the Monday night program “Oft Think of Me” we will be hearing the stories behind Froncie’s collection of museum reproduction quilts.  The Tuesday morning program is “Let’s Talk Turkey” is a lecture and trunk show following the history of fabric styles and colors through the 19th century, with an emphasis on Turkey Red.

You can see more about Froncie at her website Hoopla Patterns.

October Workshop

Redwork-A Portfolio of Embroidery


Redwork; “Fancy Work” For the Masses

Redwork embroidery, a stitching craze that emerged during the Victorian era, was embraced by the middle and working classes as an embellishment alternative to the expensive silk Crazy Quilts created by the wealthy. The simpler stitches and designs of Redwork were welcomed by the masses.

Learn a brief history of this significant form of stitchery and how it emerged as defining a whole era. Redwork Quilts, unlike the elaborate Crazy Quilts, utilized only a few stitches to create these charming and often whimsical blocks. Practice each stitch in class and go home with a portfolio of samples. Choose a block from Froncie’s 1891 Redwork quilt to begin working on. The quilt is shown in its entirety at

A materials fee of $13 includes your choice of envelopes of at least 6 transfer patterns – and fabric, embroidery needle and floss for your Stitch Portfolio.

Length: 3 hours

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015


“Tool Time”- In house program


No meeting

January 2016

Robbie Joy Eklow

Robbie Joy Eklow

Robbi Joy Eklow – The Goddess of the Last Minute

Robbi Joy Eklow has an Engineering degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In college she married her husband Brian, they have two children. Robbi lectures and teaches internationally, and has shown quilts and won ribbons in major quilt shows across the United States. She writes a bi-monthly column “Goddess of the Last Minute” for Quilting Arts Magazine. She has designed quilts and written articles for many quilting publications. She has written two books about quilting.

Robbie’s Monday night lecture will be “Free Expression Quilts”,exploring her latest quilts and those from her book “Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter.” In her Tuesday morning lecture, “Transcendentools: New Ways of Getting Stuff Done” Robbi shows us how she raids home improvement, office supply and dollar stores for stuff for her studio.

Find out more at her website.

 January Workshop

Workshop-Art Deco and Flower Fused Components

Workshop-Art Deco and Flower Fused Components

Fused applique will be used to create unique large scale geometric flowers and art deco designs from individual components that can be arranged in an infinite number of compositions to make quilts of varying sizes.  Several different pattern sheets will be available, each student will get one free, and can purchase more if desired. Small projects will be available if you don’t want the commitment of a large project. Spend a fun day creating with more ideas to take home. Some of Robbi’s hand dyed fabric will be available for optional purchase.

Beginner / Intermediate levels.

No Sewing Machine is needed for this class.

Length: 6 hours

Date: Monday, January 25, 2016


Lyric Kinard

Lyric Kinard

Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students posses. With playful support and gentle encouragement she will take you through your first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As an artist, author, and educator she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom.

Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has two DVD Workshops, Surface Design Sampler Platter, and Bead It Like You Mean It. She has studied with many well known textile artists around the country and continues to expand her skills in the area of surface design. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied music and architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.

You can learn more on her website here.

February Workshops


The Elements of Art for Quilters
Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements of good design through a series of short, hands-on exercises. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artists kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level.

Length: 6 hours

Date: February 22, 2016

CreativeCollaborative CollageCreative Collaborative Collage
Ready for some fast and frenetic fun with fabric? Join Lyric  for a few fabulous hours playing design games that will lead to the creation of  fabric postcards. Come ready to make new friends, laugh, share, and make some ART!

Length: 3 hours

Date: February 23, 2016


Mary Sorensen

Mary Sorensen

Specializing in traditional fine hand appliqué done from original patterns, Mary’s distinctive design style is characterized by elegant, formal lines, complex layering of small pieces, and an emphasis on using a myriad of fabrics to create visual texture and excitement. Her flawless appliqué technique, and humorous, hands-on approach to teaching have motivated students to return to handwork with enthusiasm. Mary has taught and lectured at guilds and conferences throughout the United States, and designs and markets a full line of appliqué patterns sold in quilt shops across the country.

More information available at her website.

March Workshops


What’s the Buzz?
This whimsical new design incorporating a dragonfly and a busy bee circling a bright summer flower is a great project to explore advanced techniques for precision hand appliqué. Refine your skills as you work with small, complex shapes, smooth curves, and precision placement. Learn a little about using specialty fabrics in hand appliqué. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand appliqué.
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Length: 6 hours
Date: March 28, 2016


Spectacular Blooms: Shading Floral Appliqué

Make your next floral appliqué project come alive. Working with floral appliqué designs in a paste-up format, students will learn to use a wide variety of fabrics freely to shade flowers, creating depth, excitement, and textural interest.

Note: Photo is an illustration of the type of fabric shading students will be working with. It does not represent a class project. This class is on fabric selection only, no sewing in this class.

Length: 3 hours

Date: March 29, 2016


Annual PM Business Meeting


Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson has been developing and practicing her own technique of fabric collage quilting for over thirty years, teaching it for 20 years, and has written two books describing it (Freestyle Quilts and Serendipity Quilts). Each year she travels around the country and internationally helping hundreds of students to discover and set free the quilt artist inside. Her quilts have won awards from the American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Festival. Susan is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and a long-time student of the Meta Carlson Studio of Fabric Creations.

More information is available at her website.

May Workshops

2 Day Workshop - Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose

This class combines aspects of my earlier classes with my evolving techniques of fabric collage. Cutting Loose demonstrates a looser approach to the piecing and assembly of a wall quilt. Emphasis will be placed on the collage piecing process. Patterns or templates will not be used, although designs will be available from Susan for a small fee. Students will sketch their design onto a foundation fabric and fill in the design with fabrics of their choice. This encourages playfulness, serendipity, and a willingness to “cut loose.” Due to time constraints, students need to create a fish, butterfly, or bug.

Length: 12 hours (two 6-hour classes)

Date: May 21& 22,2016

Location: TBD

Workshop - What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Learn Susan’s fabric collage method using a simple yet dynamic spiral as your subject. This abstract project will give a you a complete overview of the technique, which can then be used for more complex subjects. Skills covered include: piecing, gluing, quilting, and finishing.

Length: 6 hours

Date: May 23, 2016

PSQG Year at a Glance

Contact Joanne Sattler at to register for a workshop.

June Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street
July Annual picnic
August Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs
Sept. Joanie Zeier Poole
October Froncie H. Quinn of Hoopla Quilts
Nov. TBD
January Robbie Joy Eklow
Feb. Lyric Kinard
March Mary Sorenson
April Annual Business Meeting
May Banquet speaker: Susan Carlson

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