Don’t Make Headlines **Most Popular**
Phyllis’ humorous edition of
amusing news stories was inspired by Jay Leno’s and David Letterman’s
versions of funny and strange headlines. Each of these actual quilt stories
was published in newspapers in the 1800's and early 1900's. Actual quilts and
textiles from those early time periods will accompany the news. Join in the
Australian Aboriginal Fabric Dot Art
Power Point Lecture and Trunk Show
Aboriginals in Australia have created dot art designs for thousands of years. See how the current indigenous outback artists
are the creators of fabric designs now used by quilters, sewers, and decorators everywhere. Phyllis will explain the meaning
of the fabric designs as they relate to Aboriginal culture and real life in the desert outback where she has recently visited
several times. Over 30 actual fabrics will be on display and examined.
Photographing Your Quilt
Phyllis shows how an appraiser
goes about determining different values for new, vintage, or antique quilts. She also offers tips on photographing quilts for the
"point and shoot" quilter.
Quilts of the 1800's
Discover the rich heritage of
quilts created in the United States from one turn of the century to the next
(1800-1900). See examples of evolving patterns, styles, and techniques used
by the quilt makers. Observe the differences created by changes in dyes and
fabric printing methods by looking at actual period samples. You may bring
early quilts that you would like to share (optional). All levels. Materials
List: Pencil (no pens) and paper for note taking.
American Quilts of
have quilts changed during the last 100 years? Using actual quilts, period fabrics,
and ephemera, Phyllis will trace the path taken by quilt makers from prior to
World War I until the recent turn of the century. See how colors, styles, and
techniques made each decade unique. You may bring vintage quilts, tops, or
blocks to class for analysis. All levels. Materials List: Pencil (no pens)
and paper for note taking.
Hand embroider a 9" block
using a classic embroidery design from Phyllis' Victorian
Redwork Sampler Quilt book (see image on this site's book page). Or,
using a fabric miniature replica, embroider the lily border of this antique
quilt. Kits for both options will be available in class. (Kit fee $15;
red on white, white on red, blue on white thread options).
Ultimate Appliqué: Fabrics and Design in the San Blas Islands
fabric art of the San Blas Islands - molas - are vibrant, colorful,
creatively cut and stitched layers of cloth. See how those designs
reflect the lives of today's small island women who daily create and wear
them. Include molas in your own quilt making! (PowerPoint with trunk
Workshop: Create the Crab or Island Flower.
White, Blue & White: Quilts of Distinction
What is the
secret of those graphic two color quilts? Why have red and white and
blue and white quilts never lost their popularity in over two hundred years?
What made the red and White exhibit in New York City so exciting? See what
creates a quilt with such strong visual impact that it is rarely forgotten.
(Brief PowerPoint with trunk show).
Workshop: Create the Indigo Sand dollar block
using Phyllis' new pattern.
this 17” block by hand simply with only 2 pieces of fabric: a light backing
and a dark motif. Learn to use the template free / no little pieces / back-basting method of applique. While
the class stitches, Phyllis will show actual historic indigo/white and
red/white quilts from her collection and talk about the dramatic impact of
two color quilts.
Small and Smaller
What might appear as antique and vintage “wall” quilts
are actually quilts made for children that radiate universal charm, appeal, and
delight? They are as fun and entertaining as they are revealing, sharing with
us everyday life in the past. Although the quilts differ in pattern, design,
color, fabric, piecing, and appliqué, these share an endearing quality and
span more than one hundred years.
(Approximately 30 actual quilts will be shown as well as a PowerPoint
featuring close-ups of the quilts and fascinating sidelights.)
Phyllis Twigg Hatcher, Quilt Detective, Cold Case
Do you have
quilts that you know nothing about? Bring them to the "Quilt
Detective" lecture and let Phyllis crack the case. Perhaps you've
acquired some from family, purchased one in a shop, or experienced a late
night on eBay. Watch Phyllis determine and explain the approximate date using
a myriad of mysterious clues. Some great stories and bits of textile
chronicle are waiting to be discovered. (Monetary values will not be determined.)
Phyllis Twigg Hatcher
1410 Colonial Manor Court
Annapolis, MD 21409