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Class Registration Deadline — June 10, 2019
Click HERE for Registration Page
*All class fees include that day’s admission to the Festival.
(As a consideration to our teachers, we ask that you sign up for classes asap, but walk-ins are ALWAYS welcome.)
* All WVQI class & dinner fees are non-refundable.
*WVQI does not provide sewing machines.*

Shelly Burge — Judge & Teacher
Edge Finishes With Flair

Thursday, June 20
and 2-5pm
$65 ($55 WVQI Members)
Shelly’s first quilts were made just to use up scraps of fabric she had left from making clothing for her family. Since she started entering her work in the Nebraska State Fair in 1977, her quilts have received recognition in quilt competitions across America, Europe, and Japan.

Shelly’s articles and patterns, along with photos of her quilts, have been featured in more than thirty quilt magazines. She is the author of Terrific Triangles, and Small Quilts Made Easy. Her work has also been included in books by other authors.

She began teaching quilting in 1984. She has taught for guilds, quilt conferences, and fabric shops both nationally and internationally. Her unique view of life has resulted in quilts like the ones above. WVQI is proud to have Shelly as one of our creative teachers for 2019.

Shelly’s articles and patterns, along with photos of her quilts, have been featured in more than 30 quilt magazines. She is the author of two books, and her work has been included in nine books by other authors. You may also have seen some of her patterns that were featured in Keepsake Quilting Catalogue.

Shelly completed the process to become an NQA Certified Judge at the 2014 NQA Conference. In 2015, she became a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ).
Material List:
Prepare nine “quilt sandwiches”; each should be made from two layers of fabric with batting between (cotton or 80/20 blend pre-ferred). Each should be 6 to 8 inches square. Please include a layer of either Peltex or Timtex in two of your quilt sandwiches (place it between the batting and backing fabric). Do some simple quilting stitches just to hold the layers together but leave the edges raw. To get a jump start on the class please stay-stitch 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric on all four sides of each sandwich.

Use up fabrics from your stash or use pieces of muslin so you can make notes directly on each sample. Bring 2 fat quarters or a ½ yard of cotton quilting fabric to cut the facings and bindings from. Also bring a 10" x 17" piece of Wonder Under or your favorite fusible adhesive (not Heat and Bond).
Supply List:

Piecing thread in 3 or 4 colors with matching bobbins (a variegated thread might be nice), rotary cutter, medium size cutting mat (i.e. 11" x 17" or larger), cutting ruler (i.e. 3" x 18"), pins, scissors, hand sewing needle, pencil & paper, and fabric marking pen. Sewing machine* and extension cord along with a zigzag or open toe embroidery foot (i.e. Bernina #20). An iron and ironing pad.

Optional: Bring a walking foot (if your machine has one). Bring a rotary cutter with a decorative blade such as Victorian or Deckle if you have one.

*NOTE: Students should bring all the materials and supplies, including a sewing machine capable of zigzag stitching to create your edge finish samplers. If your machine is not capable of doing a zigzag stitch, you will still be able to complete most of the demonstrated finishes.

Karen Phillips-Shwallon — Teacher
Class: Whitework and Stuffed Whitework
Friday, June 21
and 2-5pm
$65 ($55 WVQI Members)
Kit - $35.00
Karen Phillips-Shwallon travels far and wide spreading the art of fine hand-stitching. Karen and her husband, Jim, live in southern Pennsylvania. She teaches dimensional hand-embroidery and quilting in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, New York and North Carolina.

She has been a vendor at the West Virginia Quilters Festival for several years.

Karen first picked up a needle when she was 5 years old, and has been quilting and embroidering ever since. She has designed original patterns for classes, shops, quilting retreats, and nationally known publications. Her designs have been published in Creative Needle, Rodale Press (chapters on embroidery, crazy-patch, and miniature art) and the Embroidery Guild of America publications.

Karen’s students’ quilts have earned numerous awards at quilt shows across the nation, resulting in ribbons for Best of Show, Viewers’ Choice, Best Hand Quilting, Best Embroidered Quilt, and many more. Her skill, patience, and ability to teach just about anyone have enabled her students to enhance their quilts, and turn good work into extraordinary work.
Inspired by the beautiful stuffed work of antebellum quilts of the South, Karen will teach you the technique of stuffed white work. She will cover embroidery techniques as well as the diversified stuffing techniques and all stippling techniques.

Students should bring a 12"– 14" sturdy quilting hoop, needles, scissors, and an Ott light, if desired.
Students will be provided with a kit that will include full-size stenciled pattern on good-quality quilting fabric, quilting thread, and informational paperwork for all techniques. Cost of kit is $35.00

Sheila Maxey — Teacher
This class will teach tips and tricks to help you paper piece small details, such as those on this gorgeous cardinal silhouetted against a wintry sky, with precision and ease. Students will receive samples of different types of foundations.

Supplies needed:
Sewing machine in good working order
Bright light source --Ott light or bendable light
to attach to the sewing machine
Thread ---medium greys or tans work best to blend with all fabrics
Thin pins
Seam Ripper
Travel iron or wooden pressing tool
Rotary cutter and small mat, small ruler
Add-a-quarter or Add-an-eighth ruler (optional)
Extra machine needles, size 14
1/3 yard blue fabric for the sky
Scrap fabrics in a variety of colors.

Pattern is required, and costs $4.00. Sheila will also bring a selection of scraps for students to select from.

Class: Working Small
Paper Piecing Class
Saturday, June 22

$45 ($35 WVQI Members)

Quilt size: 16"x 16"
Pattern $4.00

Sheila Maxey and her husband, Tim, live in the mountains of Greenbrier County with their most photogenic of fur babies, Shadow. Sheila started sewing on a treadle sewing machine at age 6, and began quilting in 1993. Her first quilt was a Lone Star quilt made from a Georgia Bonesteel book using polycotton!

Since then, she has pursued quilting with a passion, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with everyone. She started her business, Harmony Heirlooms, in 2012. She teaches locally, and at the Lewis County Quilt Retreat at Jackson’s Mill yearly.

Sheila has made several Quilts of Valor, and pieced the top for one of the two West Virginia entries for the recent book, Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute, by The Quilts of Valor Foundation. She has recently taken the plunge into longarm quilting.

Sue Reich — Lecturer , Dinner Speaker

* Lecture: Quiltmaking That Saw Us Thru The War Years 1941 - 1945
By Sue Reich, Gold Star Mother
Friday, June 21, 6:30pm — Lecture is Free *
Between 1941–1945, the years of America’s direct involvement in World War II, women were keeping the home fires burning, working in the defense industry and planting victory gardens, as their men fought on the battlefront. This Power Point presentation, strongly anchored in history, will also show that women were quiltmaking for the Red Cross, Bundles for Britain, and their own families. Learn how the women of “The Greatest Generation” distinguished themselves through their quiltmaking.
Sue is a certified Quilt Appraiser. She will have a space on the Arena floor where she will have her books for sale. Folks can contact her to make an appointment to have a quilt appraised.
28 Scofield Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06794
See our Special Exhibits/Events page for more information about her Special Exhibit, Gallery Talks and Quilt Appraisals.
Sue Reich first learned to quilt as a child at her grandmother’s farm in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Like many women in the 1970’s, the Bicentennial celebration sparked her love for quilt-making and an interest in the history of quilts.

Shortly after she settled in Connecticut in 1980, the Connecticut Quilt Search Project began. Working with a group of dedicated women, she helped document and research more than 3,000 quilts over six years. As a result of that work, she co-authored Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut.

Sue is a Gold Star Mother, and served as Board of Directors President of the Quilts of Valor Foundation from January 2016—December 2019. She lectures widely on many aspects of quilt history, and is a certified AQS quilt appraiser. She has been a guest curator at museums all over New England. m

These experiences and her membership in the American Quilt Study Group, led her to author or co-author nine books, including World War II Quilts, featuring quilts from her own collection.

Teachers’ Medley
Teachers’ Medley Teachers:
Vicky Graham Perfection with Paper Piecing
Joyce Chapman Block Design Tutorial
Cindy Conway Vintage to Modern
Vickie Hylton Legal Considerations for Quilters
Emily Prentice Color Theory
Barb Siers 4-Square Woven Hot Pad
Susie Franks Mitered Corners
Saturday, June 22, 1:00–3:00pm
$20 for everyone.

Seven of the region’s finest teachers will be giving demonstrations on a variety of techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a presentation for 15 minutes, and then move on to the next teacher until you’ve been to all seven. You’ll also receive a booklet with a one-page handout from each teacher.

Class Registration Deadline —June 10, 2019
Click HERE for Registration Page
*All class fees include that day’s admission to the Festival.
(As a consideration to our teachers, we ask that you sign up for classes asap, but walk-ins are ALWAYS welcome.)
* All WVQI class & dinner fees are non-refundable.
*WVQI does not provide sewing machines.*