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The 2017 schedule of lectures and classes has something for everyone!

All programs and classes are subject to change.
Meetings and classes are held at the College View Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 4801 Prescott Avenue, in Lincoln, Nebraska (use east and southeast entrances), unless otherwise noted.

Non-members are welcome to attend LQG meetings and pay a $5.00 guest fee.

Non-members can register for classes, provided there is not a class size restriction, in which members are given first opportunity to register. After that, classes can be filled with non-member registrations as space allows.

2017 Program Chairs:
Donna Welte (402) 234-7329 & Sherry Taylor (402-540-0857)


Guild Meeting: Monday, March 13, 2017
Speaker: Barb Blincow
Program: “Accepting the Challenge”

Many challenges come our way, some have preset boundaries, such as quilt guild challenges or mystery quilts with rules.  Some are a more personal goal. Taking on new challenges is a wonderful way to grow and learn new techniques.  Barb will show us some of the challenges she has attempted in the last 20 years.  She claims not all are a success, but the opportunities to learn new things, sometimes pushing you out of the box are always interesting.  Hopefully, you, too will accept the challenge.  If you have participated in a challenge, you are encouraged to bring it with you to the meeting to share with the group during the "Show and Tell."

Barb grew up with a mother who could and did sew most of their clothing and dance costumes, and a sister who learned garment sewing from their mother. Barb detested sewing and made one apron for 4-H and was done! However, any type of craft that came along, such as paint-by-number, crochet, etc., was right up her alley. She loved quilts though and had no one in the family who quilted. When she married, the family came with a grandmother who made lots of embroidered and sunbonnet quilts. Barb did not get the chance to learn from her, but did inherit some of her treasured quilts.

Once a quilt shop opened up in her hometown, she took a sampler class and the quilting bug bit her hard! She also became an empty nester around that time so had a room to use for sewing. That was almost 20 years ago.

Barb now lives in Hebron, NE with her husband, Dean, a recently retired Deputy Sheriff. Her full-time job, to help support her quilting habit, is Office Manager & Billing Clerk for the Fairbury Light and Water Department, where she has been employed for almost 25 years. She and her husband have one son, Jon. He and his wife, Terra, live in Arnold Missouri. They have two adorable sons, Jackson and Chase.

Barb loves every aspect of the quilting process, has taught many classes and workshops and has done machine quilting for hire on her domestic machine. She purchased a longarm quilting machine last year and is now quilting larger quilts for hire.

Class: Four Patch Scramble
Instructor: Barb Blincow
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In this class participants will learn how to create a kaleidoscope design by only using a four patch. You can make a table runner, wall hanging or a larger quilt using this technique. This method is much easier than how the results look.
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Click here for the class registration form and supply list.


Guild Meeting: April 10, 2017
Speaker: Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters
Program: Moda and Beyond

Kansas Troubles Quilters was born in 1989 when three friends began quilting together & selling their wares at craft shows. After many requests for the patterns of their original creations, two of the women continued their endeavors in the quilting world by publishing their patterns for wholesale distribution to quilt shops beginning in 1994. More than twenty years later (after another partner retired in 1999), Lynne has created hundreds of quilting patterns, published 2 dozen books (five in a series of historical quilts as well as quilters journals) & designed over 50 collections of fabric with Moda. There’s always something new in the works at Kansas Troubles Quilters - from new fabric lines to books, patterns, workshops, retreats & cruises.

Lynne learned to quilt over 25 years ago at a local quilt shop in Salina, Kansas, called The Quilting Bee, while working there part time. Her love of quilting evolved from other interests over the years; from cross-stitch & painting to home decorating & antiques. In 2000, Moda fabrics offered Lynne an opportunity to design fabric for their growing company. What a thrill to create a line of fabrics in exactly the colors you want & then make a quilt you've designed with that new fabric! In 2001 (after the last kid went off to college), she & her husband Robert sold their house & moved to a restored two-story brick building in Lynne's childhood hometown of Bennington, Kansas, to expand her studio & offer Quilting Getaways on the weekends. Robert joined the business full-time, promising Lynne that if she designed & made quilts, he'd do everything else. Lynne is traveling several times a year to quilt shops and guilds across the country to offer programs & workshops from her quilt books & patterns.

Lynne will share over 50 quilts and stories from Kansas Troubles’ first fabric line to the very newest designs.

Class: “Stacked Coins” (Loose Change). 54” x 62” Lap Quilt
Instructor: Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters
Date: April 11, 2017

Stack precuts for quick and easy quilts. This class project features Layer Cakes, Charms and Mini Charms. Simply center/topstich/cut/piece. What do you get? A unique quilt that’s so much fun - and easier than it looks!
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Click here for the class registration form and supply list.


Guild Meeting: May 8, 2017
Speaker: Scott Flanagan
Program: “My Quilting Journey”

Scott is originally from Longmont, Colorado, and moved to Fremont, Nebraska, in August of 2003 to attend Midland Lutheran College. In 2007, he graduated from Midland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and management. While in college, he took a part-time job at Country Traditions, and following graduation, he accepted a full-time position at the store and became the Creative Center Coordinator, with his main focus on Pfaff machine sales and educating staff and customers about the machines. He teaches Pfaff owner classes, along with many of the machine technique and machine quilting classes at Country Traditions.

Scott's love of quilting started with his grandmother, but he comes from a family of crafters and woodworkers. He and his grandmother spent many hours at the sewing machine piecing fabric together for quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Scott’s quilting journey spans more than 20 years, and his quilt collection contains more than 150 quilts, and has made more than 300 quilts. He loves to make special quilts for family and friends, sometimes for no reason at all, partly for the joy it brings him and to see the reaction when the quilt is received.

In 2011, Scott started his own pattern design company, “4th and Main Designs by Scott Alan Flanagan”, and spends much of his free time designing quilt patterns exclusively for Country Traditions. He loves the endless possibilities available when designing patterns, and is excited when putting together a project that he has designed. His imagination and creativity led him to win 2nd Place at Pfaff International Convention in 2010 and a Viewers Choice Award at the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Show in 2010. In 2013 He Won 1st Place in the Applique Division at Pfaff International Convention in Orlando FL with his Quilt titled “Midnight Garden”. When asked what his favorite part of quilting is, his response sums it up, “All of it, from designing, to cutting, to piecing, to quilting, to binding. It is all part of the creative process and by skipping a step it feels as though part of the project is missing."

There is no class in May.


Guild Meeting: June 12, 2017
Speaker: Connie Olson
Program: “ABC – Come Spell with Me”

Quilting became Connie Olson’s passion in the late 70’s. Connie is a charter member of the Prairie Pioneer Quilters of Grand Island, and is past Regional Director and Treasurer for the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. She also served as Treasurer for QuiltNebraska 2010. She most recently served on the Awards Committee for the State Guild. She helped design and did the applique for the State Guild’s 2016 raffle quilt, Circles of Fun.

Having been in health care for forty-plus years, Connie credits quilt making for helping keep her somewhat sane. She has never seen a quilt she didn’t appreciate an often says, “So much fabric, so many quilts and so little time!” She always has at least two projects going at any one time, as well as a beading project in the works.

 In her trunk show, Connie will share a quilt as well as a story for each letter of the alphabet. No dictionary is required. All Scrabble players welcome!

Class: “Diamonds are a Quilter's Best Friend”
Instructor: Connie Olson
Date:June 13, 2017

Objectives of the Class
1) Construct 3-D blocks using 60 degree diamonds
2) Learn to draft other block patterns
3) Have loads of fun!!!
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Click here for the class registration form and supply list.


Guild Meeting: July 10, 2017

Speaker: Timna Tarr

Program: “Flying Colors”





“My work is about color and small compositions. Each block in a quilt is made as its own element, independent of the other blocks. After all of the blocks are constructed, my goal is to arrange the small compositions to play off each other and work together to create a larger whole. What keeps me engaged is watching how the project changes and transforms with the addition of each color and texture.”

Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients' quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.

Timna is known for making fun, colorful, award-winning quilts. Join her in this trunk show of her quilting journey where she'll talk about her design and color choices Hopefully she will make you laugh, and not just because she shows her dreaded "first quilt".

Class: “Designing with Flying Colors & Improvisational Piecing”
Instructor: Timna Tarr
Date:July 11, 2017

In this all-day workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to design with color as well as experiment and improvise your own piece!In the first part of the workshop you will learn about designing with colors. Are you stuck in a color rut? Or are you afraid that you might make a color “mistake” in your quilt? Timna will teach us about designing with color and trying new color combinations as well as how to use color placement as a major design element in your quilt. This portion of the workshop does not involve any sewing but does allow you to play with six-inch fabric squares from your stash!

During the second part of the workshop you will learn to let loose with your piecing! Timna will share her tips and tricks for creating your own improvised piece. This part of the workshop will be packed with experimenting and trying new techniques where you will receive instruction on composing and piecing your own spontaneous project together into a quilt top as well as real time problem solving!

Click here for the class registration form and supply list.


Guild Meeting: August 14, 2017

Speaker: Tonya Alexander

Program: "Tonya’s Journey"


Instagram: @tonyaalexanderquilts

Facebook: Tonya Alexander Quilts

Tonya Alexander is a quilter, designer, and all-out fabric lover. She is the author of Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts, her first book with Martingale/That Patchwork Place. Her quilt designs have been a featured in many quilt magazines including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quiltmania’s Simply Moderne, McCall’s Quilting, and others. Tonya lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where there are more good quilting days and shades of green than she ever imagined.

Class: Diamonds in the Rough
Instructor: Tonya Alexander
Date: August 15, 2017

This workshop will explore the joys and challenges of working with 60 degree triangles, bias fabric edges, mixing low volume fabrics, and incorporating scraps from your stash into every project. The focus project will be my pattern,“Diamonds in the Rough”. The pattern is based on a traditional Thousand Pyramids design and can be right-sized to match your stash or size preference. The pattern provides directions for two sizes: 65” x 88” or a smaller crib or lap size 45” x 52”.

Click here for the class registration form and supply list.


Guild Meeting: September 11, 2017
Speaker: Martha Walker
Program: Birth of a Series

With a background in art, and having made quilts since her teens, Martha found her niche when she began drawing her own applique designs in the early 1990’s. She started her pattern company, Wagons West Designs, in 2007 to market her patterns for a variety of needlework including quilts, wool applique, needle punch and rug hooking. The name of her pattern company was inspired by two of Martha’s great grandmothers who traveled west in covered wagons. A nod to the past is seen in much of Martha’s work, who uses vintage quilts and textiles as inspiration to create new designs, not copies, with an heirloom, folk art feel.

Similar to setting the stage for a theater production, Martha enjoys telling a story with her quilt and needlework designs. In her first book, Vintage Christmas, the aura of a glittering, nineteenth century holiday is created with a collection of projects that include weathered pink and brown patchwork, pink candy canes, and mica sprinkled ornaments.

Prior to launching her pattern company, Martha exhibited her original designs locally and nationally and has won numerous awards including ribbons at International Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show, National Quilter’s Association Quilt Show, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Road to California, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and The Arizona Quilter’s Guild Quilt Show. Her work has been featured in magainzes such as Quiltmaker, Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine, Quiltmania, Simple Vintage, Quilt Country, Magic Patch, and Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine.

Martha has three independently Published books, Betsy’s Scrapbag, Annie’s Scrapbag and Vintage Christmas, and is the author of Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home, published by Kansas City Star Quilts. She designs fabrics for Henry Glass Fabrics and Studio e Fabrics.

Martha and her husband, Thom, live in Phoenix, Arizona and have two wonderful grown sons, Andrew and Nicholas, and an equally wonderful daughter-in-law, Katie. If she’s not sitting down drawing or sewing, Martha would rather be out hiking in the beautiful mountains and canyons of Arizona.

Class: "Blessings Penny Rug"
Instructor: Martha Walker
Date: September 12, 2017

Participants will be making “Blessings Penny Rug”. Properties of wool, wool appliqué preparation, marking on wool, and appliqué techniques will be covered, as well as the embroidery stitches needed to complete the penny rug.

Click here for the class description, supply list and the class registration form.


Guild Meeting: October 9, 2017
Speaker: Jan Patek, Cameron, MO
Program:  "Quilts as Refrigerator Art"
Facebook:  Jan Patek Quilts

For more than 20 years, Jan Patek has been designing primitive folk art quilts and publishing patterns in books. Jan also designs original fabric lines for Moda.

In response to an overwhelming demand, she began turning her dazzling quilt and fabric designs into kits so that her fans would be able to make the quilts they so admired. Jan has a passion for creating and for sharing her creativity with others. “I don’t want to make quilts and put them in a closet,” says Jan. “I want to provide a creative outlet for others”.

You can see all of her fabric turned into quilts on Jan’s website, Join one of Jan’s great quilts clubs or browse the books and quilt kits, relax, and be reminded of country, home, and family.

Class: "Cedar Creek" Appliqué
Instructor: Jan Patek
Date: October 10, 2017
Class Time:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break)
Class Location:  College View Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE (use southeast door entrance)

In this hand appliqué workshop, Jan will teach you her needle-turn method as well as tips and techniques for appliquéing inside and outside curves, inside and outside points, circles, houses, windows, doors, stems, leaves, vines and really just about anything else that needs to be covered for applique! The workshop project is Jan’s design, "Cedar Creek". The dimensions are 24" x 18".  A kit and the pattern are provided for the workshop and are included with your registration fee.  Please bring the items listed on the supply list with you to the workshop.

Click here for the supply list and the class registration form.


Guild Meeting: November 13, 2017
Speakers: Marsha Conley, Carol Curtis, Sheila Green, Willa Smith and Elizabeth Sterns
Program: “LQG Member Trunk Show”

November Workshop: November 14, 2017
Instructor: Kristie Jarchow, Lincoln, Nebraska
Workshop Project: Table Runner using the Quick Curve Ruler© by Sew Kind of Wonderful
Workshop Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (with a 1-hour lunch break)
Class Location: College View Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE (use southeast door entrance)

Kristie learned about quilting from her Mom and made her first large quilt in high school. She says she had a hard time finishing the quilts she made because she was not a very good student when it came to hand quilting. It was when the modern quilt movement started happening that she became interested in machine quilting her own quilts in simple ways. Kristie is a joint-founder of the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild. She is somewhat of a traditional quilter but loves to make things modern with bold colors and shapes, improvisation and free motion quilting which she says she is working on. Kristie finds lots of inspiration on-line and has joined many sew-alongs and follows many blogs. She came across Sew Kind Of Wonderful and the Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) a few years ago. She participated in two of Sew Kind of Wonderful’s sew-alongs and the rest is history! She loves using the Quick Curve Ruler and how easy it is to sew curves!

Workshop Description: Do you have a Quick Curve Ruler (large or mini) by maker Sew Kind of Wonderful? Are you having trouble figuring out how to use them? Join Kristie Jarchow in making a quick and easy mini or large table runner using the Quick Curve Rulers. Kristie will show you how to do simple curve cutting, piecing and trimming to make this easy pattern. Only three blocks in this table runner but you can make more for an easy throw or just try one for a mini wall quilt. By the end of class you should feel a little more at ease in using this fun ruler!

Click here for the class registration form and supply list.