Vice President/Education Chair Report

By - Karrie Youngblood & Kathleen Barkley

Our Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild’s featured Quilt Instructor for June 26 & 27, 2020 is Barb Steckel.  Barb has a couple of original patterns for selection by the Education Committee.  The Committee bases their selection on which pattern/technique/class would be of interest and benefit for our membership as a whole.  We are looking forward to doing a project from one of Barb’s original designs.

Dana Lewis will be our featured instructor for August 2020 (date to be determined).  Your Education Committee has selected a Chic Sisters Pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  This pattern uses the Quick Curve Ruler.  There are many patterns that use this ruler and some of you may already own this particular ruler. This class will be taught on the first day (always a Friday) and you may continue to work on this Chic Sisters Pattern on the second day or take the Scalloped Borders class Dana will be teaching on Saturday. Class participants will create scalloped borders of their choice.  You may bring a quilted quilt or use pre-quilted fabric to explore a variety of scalloped edges.  The class will learn inside and external corners.  If a quilt is not ready for scalloping, then pre-quilted fabric can be made into placemats or table runners.  The quilt below was made by Dana and displayed in her sister-in-law’s quilt shop using the Quick Curve Ruler and Chic Sisters pattern.

Nancy Mathew, who is teaching the Curvaceous Cabins quilt pattern from the book, Blendable Curves by Peggy Barkle this August 23 & 24, wrote the following article of interest on her start in the world of textiles.

"I started quilting in the 1990’s, but began sewing as a child in Indiana.  I completed 10 years of 4-H, taking the Clothing project all 10 years. I loved it so much I made it my major at Purdue University.  While working as an Extension Educator in Indiana in 1991, I met my husband to be (from Alaska). We were married in December of 1991 and made Alaska our home.

I bought my first rotary cutter, mat, and ruler from Pat at Robin Place Fabrics, the first year the shop opened.  We lived overseas for several years, returning to the Soldotna area in 2003-04. Whenever possible I shopped and gleaned from Pat and the staff.  I was given the opportunity to work at Robin Place Fabrics in April, 2007.

Truly, working and teaching at Robin Place Fabrics was a dream come true.  Having majored in Retailing and Textiles & Clothing, it seemed a perfect fit!  I took the Beginning Quilting Class, taught by Debbie Griffin, to make sure I was on the same page with everyone else.  I was!

Teaching didn’t begin until 2009-10, after much encouragement from Pat and the staff.  The first quilt was The Hunter’s Star, which opened up many opportunities. I always liked zippers so started teaching a small bag.  Several quilts, bags, and a few table runners/toppers have been taught since then. After Robin Place Fabrics closed in 2016, I set up a classroom in the Blazy Mall, still working with Pat!  

I have been able to do what I love because of the interest of wonderful quilters.  It has been an honor and privilege to work and associate with Pat and so many gifted sewers".  

Pictured on the side bar are some of Nancy’s quilts, the first one, Curvacevous Cabins, is being taught this August at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.  To sign up for Nancy’s August class, please contact Karrie Youngblood at or (907) 399-2085.

The following information is a brief recap for those of you who are new or haven’t participated before in any of the Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild classes.Classes are held at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 North Soldotna Avenue, Soldotna, Alaska (centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula) and are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -  4:00 or 4:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.  You may leave your sewing machines and supplies in the room overnight.

The “Trunk Show” on Friday night is held at the church, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (this is held in an adjoining room off the classroom).  Our presenters usually bring books and quilt related items to sell and we have tables set up for that outside of the Trunk Show room.  Our Guild sponsors the Trunk Show and we open the Trunk Show to the public at no charge. As part of our mission, we want to promote & encourage the art of quilt making by developing an appreciation of quilts & sponsoring & conducting workshops in the design & technique of quilt making.  The Trunk Show will be advertised in the local newspapers around the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage and also at quilt shops.  Please feel free to invite or bring other guests with you to the Trunk Show.

Lunch on Friday is a potluck (the church has a large kitchen located in the room where we quilt).  Saturday’s lunch is provided for a small donation.  Mykel’s restaurant is across the street from our classroom and we usually go to dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Friday in order to be back in time for Friday night’s Trunk Show at 7:00 p.m.  Please feel free to join the instructor and other quilters from the class for dinner Friday night at the restaurant (fresh seafood, pasta, steak, vegetarian, good salads….).  During the day on Friday, someone will take a head count and make a reservation for dinner.

Your Education Committee members are:  Karrie Youngblood, Sue Magyar, Cathy Howlett, Barb Steckel, Alice Krivitsky, Donna Glenz, Lorna Kramer, & Kathleen Barkley.
*As a side note - I have enjoyed my two terms as Vice President/Education Chair. I was fortunate to have had a great Education Committee whose members were open-minded and a pleasure to work with. I leave with the greatest confidence that under Karrie’s leadership, in her new role as our Guild’s Vice President/Education Chair, that new opportunities for promoting the Guild’s mission of education and appreciation for the art of quilting will continue.  Karrie’s diversity of experience in the field of textiles is an asset and under her guidance, our Guild can only prosper and grow. All the Best, Kathleen


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