Lectures & Workshops
One-Hour Guild Presentation
Quilts that Honor Friends, Family, and Freedom: The Lancaster Diamond Sampler Quilt
This quilt is one of a small group of similar quilts that were made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1800s by a group of quilters who referred to themselves as the "girl cousins." They were friends and family, old and young, new quilters and experienced quilters, who got together to visit, to eat, to share knowledge, fabric, and patterns, and to work on quilts. Ann fell in love with this quilt and has been studying it and making the blocks since 2009 - she just keeps discovering more interesting and mysterious features every day about the quilt and the unknown quilter who created it. This fun and informative lecture and trunk show lasts about one hour. Ann will discuss the various techniques used in these quilts. You will learn some surprisingly easy geometry, and even take the Mystery Applique Quiz. This quilt will remind you why you got into quilting in the first place. As part of the program, Ann will discuss the role of quilting in response to conflicts and causes in American history. She will also talk about the Quilts of Valor project.
Getting Started with the Lancaster Diamond Sampler
If you have your template and your copy of the book, "Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler: A 19th Century Quilt Design by Fanny's Friend," you are ready to begin making blocks. Ann will select blocks to help you get started working on your own or with a group. There are several design and construction techniques that you can implement early on in the process that will make the journey with this quilt fun and rewarding. Students will also explore using the diamond to create scrap quilts, art quilts, traditional designs, and original designs. A supply list will be provided to help you get started with fabric selections for blocks, sashing, and cornerstones.
BAT (Block at a Time) Quilting Technique
Here is a technique for joining blocks (they might be pieced, appliqued, embroidered, or just plain fabric) to make a completely finished quilt on your home machine. The "quilt as you go" idea is not new, but this technique will allow you to attach blocks with almost any width of sashing on the front of the quilt - a problem that has plagued this technique for years.
One or Two-Day Retreat
Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler
The blocks in the original sampler quilts were made in an informal teaching environment in the mid-1800s. Quilters shared patterns, fabric, and knowledge with each other in order to pass along the traditions of quilting. They also ate, gossiped, laughed, and generally had fun. In this spirit, you will make blocks from the different styles and techniques found in this fascinating quilt: strip piecing, basic elements, appliqué, Seminole. Ann will teach you to use both modern and 1800s techniques for making these blocks. The grand finale, will have you making miniature diamond blocks that feature ¼" checkerboards (don't be frightened, it's easier than you think!).