Vice President & Education Update Reports

Kathleen Barkley


Thank you to the Seward, Central Peninsula, & Homer ladies of the Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild for the following projects that will be demonstrated at the Guild’s, “Getting Ready for Christmas” activity on Saturday, November 4th, in Soldotna.  For new Guild members, this event will take place at Church Lutheran Church, 128 North Soldotna Avenue, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Folded Fabric Flowers on Gift Bags
by Carol Renfrew & Charlene Ditton, Homer

Supplies needed:
-gift bag
-for flowers
   10-3"x3" fabric squares
    needle and matching thread
    contrasting button for center
    green fabric scraps for leaves
    fusible for stiffening leaf fabric
-2 different 4"x6" rectangles fabrics for behind flowers on bag
-coordinating 1/4" or 1/8" ribbons
-hot glue gun

Carol suggests watching the You Tube tutorial for folded fabric flowers, The Thread Fabric Store's, Japanese Kanzashi Fabric Flower.  The only difference is when the directions tell you to put a pin in to hold the small triangles on the back, we will be using a dab of hot glue instead at the November meeting. Carol & Charlene will have more details for this project at the October 7th General Membership Meeting.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch
by Sue Magyar, Seward

Materials needed:

Main Fabric:  Enough for the outside of the pouch and the tab.  You will need two 5” squares of fabric and a scrap for a 2” x 2” tab.
Lining Fabric:  Enough for the inside of the pouch.  You will need two 5” squares of fabric or equivalent in scraps.
Thin batting or medium weight interfacing:  two 5” squares.
One 1” wide nylon zipper 5” or longer.
Coordinating thread.

Sewing machine and all the usual paraphernalia.

Vinyl Project Bag
by Jean Evenson, Central Peninsula

1   14x26" 12-gauge clear vinyl

Main fabric: 1  4x14" 
                    1  6x14"

Lining fabric:  1  4x14"
                      1   6x14”
6x14 and 4x14 pieces of medium to heavy weight fusible interfacing

1    18" matching zipper

Matching thread

Cynthia England’s June 2 & 3 classes featuring Cynthia’s, “Picture Piecing” technique & Joan Shay’s, June 16 & 17 “Petal Play”, Hydrangea & Hummingbird workshops, presented new techniques, notions, and inspiration for future projects to those in attendance.  Our Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild sponsored Trunk Shows during both events.  The Trunk Shows were open to Guild members and the public at no charge.

Barb Steckel is pictured below holding up her “Frosty Snowman” from Cynthia’s class.

Joan Shay’s class participants (missing are Karen Sefton & Kathy Sexton).

A note from Joan, "I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I enjoyed my time at your quilt guild in Soldotna. The workshops were fun and everyone was so pleasant. You really got a lot done. Your Hummingbirds and Hydrangeas were beautiful.  We sure laughed a lot and I hope you learned a lot. I hope you learned the basics of Appli-bond and will have fun with it in the future. The sky is the limit as to how you can design embellish with this technique.  A special thank you to those of you who did so much to make me feel comfortable and loved.  Also, if you are really missing me, I forgot to mention that I have an Iquilt class. You can preview it at If you purchase my Eagle class you will own me for life. The classes just happen to be on sale for $15.96. This includes the $10 pattern. You can’t beat that.

The Appli-bond police are out there. Have you finished your project"?

We’ve Bonded,

Jean Ann Wright, Fiber Artist & Quilt Designer, is scheduled to teach two workshops June 15 & 16, 2018. Jean Ann Wright has been sewing and making quilts for over 50 years. From 1986 to 2007 she edited an international quilting magazine titled QUILT. Jean Ann works as a consultant to the fabric industry designing quilts for several major fabric manufacturers. This past year Jean Ann has designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool that is being manufactured by Creative Grids.
Jean Ann has won awards for best original design at the IQA, Best of Show for Folk Art in Boca Raton, Florida, and numerous other 1st place awards in local, state, and national exhibitions. She has judged the International Quilt Association show in Salzburg, Austria and Houston, Texas; plus national shows in England and Canada and numerous regional shows in the United States. Jean Ann presents guild programs and leads quilting workshops including the Houston Quilt Festival and locations throughout the United States, Canada and England.

Maggie Ball, of Dragonfly Quilts, is tentatively scheduled for two workshops on July 20 & 21, 2018.  Maggie was born in Northumberland, UK, and moved to the United States in 1983 and three years later found herself living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “It was there that I discovered quilts. I was thrilled to see them displayed on clotheslines outside farmhouses on the back roads in the Ozarks. After hand-piecing 36 Le Moyne Star blocks for my first quilt, I found the local quilt group, Q.U.I.LT., whose members educated and mothered me. They introduced me to the rotary cutter – what a revelation! I loved the endless possibilities as well as the joys of sharing a common interest with other enthusiasts. I love teaching and am known for my ability to work with quilters of all skill levels. It is great fun to see what each student brings to class and how they develop what I initiate.”  Since 1993, Maggie has lived on beautiful Bainbridge Island, in the Pacific Northwest and plans to stay there.  

August 10 & 11, 2018, Gudrun Erla of GE Designs,, will be teaching two classes at Church Lutheran Church in Soldotna.  Gudrun was born and raised in Iceland but moved to Minnesota in 2003 and has been designing full time, publishing patterns and books.  Gudrun has also been designing fabrics for Red Rooster Fabrics since 2006.  Some of her publications include the following:


Suggestions or ideas for future instructors or classes; please contact myself or an Education Committee member:  Barb Steckel, Sue Magyar, Cathy Howlett, Donna Glenz, Alice Krivitsky, Cheri Worley, and Lorna Kramer.  



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