MCQ programs are offered each month for members and guests as part of the members meeting. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday (3rd Monday if fourth is a holiday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis. No December meeting.

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November 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Textile Center

Five MCQ members will demonstrate a technique at stations around the room:

Kristin Lawson — Shibori Meets Origami
Shibori consists of binding, folding, stitching, twisting, or otherwise compressing fabric and then dyeing it. The different manipulations affect how the dye is absorbed into the fabric and produce beautiful patterns when you unfold and wash out the fabric. Kristin will show you how to create beautiful and​ unique dyed patterns using square pieces of fabric and origami-like folding patterns. It’s much easier than it looks!

Ann Ribbens — Stitched Shibori
Shibori is an Japanese surface-design technique with infinite possible patterns. If you enjoy the meditative process of hand stitching, using shibori will be a fabulous addition to your textile repertoire. Ann Ribbens’ demo will cover 4 basic stitched-shibori patterns. She will cover supplies and resources and will show you a number of in-process and finished samples.  A handout will also be available.

Betsy Shannon — Textural Effects
Add fun and intriguing texture to your work. Betsy Shannon will demonstrate different products that show unique textural effects to add to your work. Adding Nifty Notions’ Solvron, Husqvarna’s Aqua Magic or Pellon’s Texture Magic to fabric, batting, and threadwork — together with water in various forms — may take your art quilts in a new direction or provide an additional way of embellishing.

Jeanette Van Bockel — Hidden Binding
Jeanette will show you how a hidden binding can turn a quilt into an art piece. The traditional binding can distract from the art quilt, stopping the eye from traveling across the piece or preventing movement in the piece. You don’t see the hidden binding on the front of the quilt, preventing distraction; it provides a crisp, clean finish.

Peg LaSota — Photo Transfer and Stitch
Learn how to transfer your photography onto fabric in a completely new way. Inspired by Marilyn Henrion’s art quilt techniques, Peg will demonstrate using photographs digitally enhanced with Photoshop to create a unique look. Take that image and print it on cloth through Spoonflower and produce a new art canvas to embellish. The final step combines the photographic art quilt with traditional folk hand-stitched lines and circles for special effects.

No December 2017 meeting

2018 programs

Details for 2018 programs are now being finalized. As they are confirmed, they’ll be added here.

Marilyn Foreman, Kaleidoscope of Quilts — Rotate and Create!
January 22, 2018

Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments will share her love for designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques.

Karen Gray, LOUISE GRAY: Where Traditional Meets Contemporary
February 26, 2018

Louise Gray creations have a distinctive design aesthetic. Karen will talk about creating this aesthetic, as well as color, design, balance, branding, and working in a series.

Ann Ribbens and Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, The Power of Eight: Marking the Way of a Successful Artist Group
March 26, 2018

Ann and Kristin will share a presentation that their SD8 group gave at the 2017 Surface Design Association Conference. MCQ members will learn how SD8 managed how to work through a start-up phase, how to navigate the interpersonal side of team dynamics and how to pursue and accomplish goals.

April 23, 2018

May 21, 2018

June 25, 2018

July 23, 2018

August 27, 2018

September 24, 2018

October 22, 2018

November 26, 2018

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