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.

Six-Hour Workshops

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!).