Past Special Events

Past Special Events

Black Friday Sew-In: November 24, 10 am – 5 pm, Textile Center

What better way to spend the biggest shopping day of the year than sewing with your MCQ buddies? The cost is just $15 for MCQ members, $20 for non-members.

October 19, 10:15 a.m.
Backstage Tour and Guest Speaker at the Guthrie Theater

Guthrie costume productionThis behind the scenes 45-minute guided tour showed what goes on behind the curtain at the Guthrie. We toured the stages, scenery and prop shops and learned about costuming and textile art in a one hour private talk with Guthrie Costume Director, Amy Schmidt.

Rosalie Dace Workshops and Lectures

During the week of May 21, 2017, MCQ and the Textile Center were thrilled to present workshops and lectures by Rosalie Dace. A quiltmaker who is passionate about color, design, pattern and texture, Dace lives in Durban, South Africa and teaches and exhibits internationally. We were excited to have her share her expertise and love for textiles with us.

Events included:

  • Skin Deep: Transparency and Layering — this three-day class focused on putting new subtlety and variety into your work using transparency and layering. Participants discovered how to use a range of sheers such as organza, voile, tulle and net to create mystery and depth in their work.
  • Kandinsky Quilts — in a two-day class participants studied the work of this influential painter’s extraordinary lyrical abstract compositions, and how we can learn from his use of abstract shapes, symbolic glowing color and expressive lines.
  • A lecture on cloth and quilts
  • A lecture on the arrangement of visual elements that make a successful composition or design
  • An exhibit of eight Rosalie Dace quilts

See below for photos and comments from participants (hover over the thumbnail photos for a caption; click for a larger view).

“Rosalie Dace’s two workshops were transformative for me. I learned more than new techniques and strategies. Layers! Light! Interacting lines and shapes! Rosalie changed the way I see the world.”
—Peg Lindberg

“Rosalie Dace’s ‘Kandinsky Quilts’ class was a great experience for me. I learned some new construction techniques as well as creative approaches to composition and design. Thank you to the folks at the Textile Center and Minnesota Contemporary Quilters who made the class such a success!”
—Elizabeth Lanzatella

“For me, one of Rosalie’s best pieces of advice was to close out the thinking (linear) part of your brain and start with small practice pieces — these can lead to bigger and better work. She also said to dedicate a few hours every week to experiment and play with new ideas: by breaking your ‘habits’ you will be more creative.”
—Nancy Birger

“Here are some things that keep going through my mind from the class: creativity takes courage (Matisse); use and cut that special fabric; thread is a 3-dimensional line; creativity is defeat of habit by originality. I also enjoyed Rosalie’s Zulu word ‘Bukamina’ which means ‘look at me’…in a negative way; adding sheers or another fabric or a lot of thread will change it.”
—Mimie Pollard

“Working with Rosalie Dace was a wonderful opportunity. Clearly, she is a master teacher who is able to bring out the best from each participant. And watching the designs of my creative, talented classmates was definitely part of the educational experience for me. One of the things I found particularly helpful was having the exhibition of Rosalie’s quilts hanging at the Textile Center. I really appreciated the chance to look closely at her work.”
—Carol Mashuga

March 30, 2017, 7 p.m., Textile Center
Lecture by Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt

Denise Schmidt

Designer, quilter, and author Denyse Schmidt (the “mother of modern quilting”) shares the peaks and pitfalls of her journey as an acclaimed artist and entrepreneur in a compelling, humorous, visually rich, and inspiring narrative.Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form. Though firmly rooted in the traditional techniques of American quiltmaking, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information, visit


Poolside Shimmer by Tim Harding, 41” x 36”

February 11, 2017, 1-4 p.m., Minneapolis
Tim Harding Studio Tour

Internationally known artist Tim Harding makes large-scale textiles out of colorful Chinese silks and other vibrant materials. Harding layers, cuts, and assembles the fabrics to create the illusion that the flat work is actually three-dimensional. His creations are mesmerizing; the imagery can change as you look from different angles at his works of art. You can find Harding’s work around the world in museums and private collections and even in an Abu Dhabi luxury hotel. Learn more about this renowned textile artist at his website.

Tim will talk about his work (starting at about 1:15 p.m.) and give a tour. His studio is large enough for 50 people to attend. The cost to members and their guests is $20. His studio is located at 2919 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

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