Meeting Archive 2013

January 15, 2013

New Work:  Quilts and Music with Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham is a triple treat – he is an imaginative quilter, musician and writer. Ever since discovering the world of quilts in 1979 he has been lucky enough to make his living making, writing about and teaching quiltmaking. His book, “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking” was the first on its subject. Joe will bring a number of new quilts, and a few old ones, to show the evolution of his work, and his guitar to feature some of his original songs. To see more of his work, read his blog and follow his travels go to

Reception of the Quilters    Happiness Bird Stops By    My Vanishing Point

February19, 2013

Carrie Fondi: Hawaiian Quilt Trunk Show

Take a mental vacation from the cold and gray days of February with a visual trip to Hawaii through this trunk show of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian quilts. Carrie Fondi, a quilter since 1992, fell in love with Hawaiian quilting which evolved in the islands in the early 1800’s. She studied from master Hawaiian quilters Poakalani and John Serrao. As Hawaiian quilting became a full-time passion, she created Melia Quilts to promote the art and create her own Hawaiian quilt patterns, designs inspired by the beauty of nature and love for the islands. In addition to sharing her passion for Hawaiian quilts, Carrie teaches many forms of appliqué throughout California and Nevada.
Her website is


March 19, 2013

Quilts, Start to Finish

Thom Atkins has been fascinated by beads for over 30 years. He has done bead embroidery, jewelry, and added beads to his bronze sculptures. In 2002 an auto accident led to his shift in focus from sculpture to bead embellished quilts where the beads are embedded in the surface of the quilt and their application does the quilting. Using the quilt as a canvas and the beads as texture and paint, he has developed a unique style combining fabric and beads, making beads an integral part of the design. Most recently a retrospective of his work was held at Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove and his book, "Beading Artistry for Quilters!", came out in October. In addition to his quilts and tapestries his sculptures can be viewed at his website –


April 16, 2013

Narrating and Addiction: My Life with Fiber

Leslie Carabas is a contemporary abstract artist who uses fiber as her medium. She explores drawing and texturizing with thread, dyeing and discharging, piecing, appliqué, and the use of non-traditional fabrics. After making traditional quilts for five years Leslie began making art quilts in 1980. Her quilts have shown in Asia, Europe and all over the United States and Canada in both one-person and group shows. For many years she has been represented by ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.  She teaches workshops in which she emphasizes a spontaneous approach to quilt making. An extensive gallery of her work can be viewed at


May 21, 2013

Jill Schumacher, Quiltmaker to the Queen

National Award winning machine quilter, teacher and author, Jill began making her first quilts at the age of 12. Having been an art major, Jill has dabbled in many different art forms. It was not until many years later, that Jill was introduced to the art of machine quilting on her domestic machine in 1997. She fell in love with this method of quilting and still gets a thrill with each heirloom quilt that she completes. Her third machine quilted quilt won the Best of Show at the Siskiyou County Fair in 1998 and, she went on to take Second Place in the state level competition. This recognition started Jill's journey into competitions and later, the inception of her quilting business, Quiltmaker to the Queen. Jill has taken classes across the country from Master Quilters and is working toward her own certification as a Master Machine Quilter. Many more photos and info on her site:


June 18, 2013

Sue Rasmussen, A Desperate Housewife’s Quilt Journey

Sue Rasmussen’s passion for fabric and quilting began long before she graduated from University California at Davis with degrees in Textile Sciences and Agricultural Economics. Her extensive and varied body of work includes hundreds of quilts, quilt art and quilted clothing. A quilt instructor since 1988, Sue loves to inspire her class participants to stretch beyond traditional confinements through quick methods of paper foundation piecing, machine pieced landscapes and beautiful, intricate machine quilting.

Sue has competed nationally and internationally, having quilts accepted at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, Paducah, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and Road to California. Sue’s quilts have won many awards from Viewers Choice at PIQF to the prestigious Judges’ Award in Tokyo, Japan. Sue has been a guest on Simply Quilts and the Caroll Duvall Show, and has done professional quilting for dozens of clients such as Alex Anderson, Sharon Craig, and C n T Publishing. 

To see more about Sue, go to


July 16, 2013

Confessions of an Eclectic Quilter, Claire Witherspoon

Claire has been a science schoolteacher working in a variety of educational settings for most of the past 25 years and has taught varied quilt classes for her local guild and in her studio for about 15 years. She likes all kinds of quilts: traditional, artsy, vintage, modern.  She has attempted to make most styles of quilts (some with more success than others) and would sew everyday if the details of life didn’t get in the way. Claire likes to design her own quilts; working primarily on a design wall, she can spend many happy hours puzzling over how a top should come together.

Claire lives near Santa Cruz, which is handy because she is going to be one our teachers at Quiltaway 13! She loves to teach almost as much as she loves to sew and she has found that her science school teaching experience has been useful in informing her quilting experience and vice versa.


August 20, 2013

Tile Quilts, Bobbi Finley

Bobbi has been sewing all her life and quilting since 1987. She makes prizewinning quilts and is proud to have a quilt in the collection of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York. Her work has appeared in major shows and has been published in various books and magazines. Her love for exploring the history of quilts and their makers has led her to actively participate in the American Quilt Study Group, having served as a board member and co-curator of the study quilt exhibits. She enjoys reproducing antique quilts and also reinventing old quilts in new contemporary ways. She has enjoyed working collaboratively over the years with her friend, Carol Gilham Jones of Lawrence, Kansas, which led to co-authoring two books, Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form (C&T Publishing 2010) and Fresh Perspectives: Reinterpreting 18 Classic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (C&T Publishing 2012). Bobbi lives in San Jose, California with her cat, Thomas. Follow her blog at


September 17, 2013

Linda Ballard - Discover the Possibilities

Being an avid sewer all her life, Linda has taken her skills from dressmaking to creating and teaching wonderful traditional quilts and patterns using today’s faster techniques and tools. She believes there’s always something for everyone when it comes to quilting, and that quilters have a strong bond unlike anything else.

Linda was a quilt shop owner in Redding, closing the shop after 6 years and pursued teaching throughout the world both on land and sea. Being a past quilt shop owner, Linda can relate to ‘both sides of the counter’. When possible she loves to play ‘shop owner’. When it comes to teaching, she says ‘anyplace and anytime, I’m ready’!  

She is known for her quilting retreats that she sponsors in CA, but has been known to travel around the country offering her expertise on retreats whenever she’s asked. She always say’s ‘her bags are packed, just need an invitation’!  

Linda has been featured in a variety of quilting magazines over the years with her quilts, her patterns and as ‘ad’ quilts for a specific line of fabrics. She’s also had the privilege of being on Simply Quilts for two different seasons which meant plenty of reruns and teaching on cruises throughout the world. It’s rough, but someone has to do it!  In 2011 she was voted Most Inspiring Quilt Teacher of the World, a contest by Willow Bend Creations.

Visit her website - – for more info and free patterns. 

She always finishes with one simple word - ENJOY!