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Classes and Lectures
Class Registration Deadline has been extended.
Forms must be postmarked by June 7, 2013.
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Anita Shackleford — Teacher, Lecturer & Judge

Class: Ohio Rose
Thursday, June 20, 9am–noon and 2-5pm
$65 ($55 WV Quilters, Inc. members)
Learn strip ruching and ruching to create surface texture plus fine bias stems while making this variation of an Ohio Rose Block.
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Class: Trapunto with Domestic Machine
Friday June 21 9am-noon
$45 ($35 WV Quilters, Inc. members
Discover how cording, padding and stuffed trapunto can add surface texture to your quilted designs.  Create a 12" block design using all three of these raised work techniques and your home sewing machine. Half day. All levels.
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Anita Shackelford has been a quiltmaker since 1967 and began teaching in 1980. She is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer who loves combining appliqué and fine hand quilting to create new quilts in 19th century style. She also enjoys using her sewing machine for many parts of the creative process and has recently added longarm quilting to the mix.

Anita has been featured on several television programs, including Today’s American Quilter, Kaye’s Quilting Friends, Linda’s Electric Quilters, and Simply Quilts. Her work and antique quilts from her collection have been featured in several gallery and museum exhibits.

Her quilts have been exhibited in shows across the United States, in Australia and Japan, winning many awards, including twelve Best Of Show and many for workmanship. Two of her quilts have received the Mary Krickbaum Award for best hand quilting at a National Quilting Association show. Her quilts have been published in American Quilter, American Patchwork & Quilting, Better Homes & Gardens’ Fashion Ideas, Love of Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Quilting Today, Quilting International, Quilt Craft, Traditional Quilter, Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, Americana Magazine, Award Winning Quilts and Their Makers Vol I, The Quilt: Beauty in Fabric and Thread, Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library, and Great American Quilts, 2001

Anita is the author of THREE DIMENSIONAL APPLIQUE and EMBROIDERY EMBELLISHMENT: Techniques For Today's Album Quilt,  ANITA SHACKELFORD: SURFACE TEXTURES,  APPLIQUE WITH FOLDED CUTWORK, COXCOMB VARIATIONS, INFINITE FEATHERS,  A MODERN MIX, and TEENS & TWEENS: Quilting Fun with Family & Friends, all published by American Quilter’s Society.   

Books and quilting tools marketed under her own business name, Thimble Works, include OHIO COLLECTION, PENNSYLVANIA PLAIN & FANCY, RucheMark ruching guides, Berries, Grapes & Tendrils, and the Infinite Feathers Design Template.

Anita has been a member of the National Quilting Association since 1982 and served four years on the NQA Board as membership chair. She is a charter member of the American Quilter's Society and the Museum of American Quilter’s Society.

Anita travels extensively, teaching and lecturing for shops, guilds and quilting conferences. She is a quilt judge, certified by NQA, qualified to judge Masterpiece quilts, and has been involved in judging shows at local, regional and national levels.

Thimble Works
PO Box  462
Bucyrus, OH 44820
Lecture: “A Modern Mix”
Thursday, June 20, 7pm
*Free and Open to the Public*

Why limit yourself to one style of quilting? Discover how many different ways there might be to combine hand and machine quilting in the same quilt. Learn to choose the best techniques for each space. Enjoy a quilt show of many pieces quilted by hand, sewing machine and long arm machine.
Nancy Swisher — Teacher

Nancy grew up in Taylor County, graduated from Grafton High School and the West Virginia Business College, and retired in 2002 after working 39 years for Mon Power/Allegheny Power.

Nancy comes from a family with a rich history in sewing and quilting. Her mother made quilt tops and hand quilted the quilts. She also made clothing for Nancy and her siblings. Nancy began sewing at age 8 or 9, making her own clothes for many years. She wasn’t interested in making quilts until 1984, when she took a class at The Sew Inn in Morgantown.

After that first class, she slowly caught the quilting bug. After a few years, she began teaching classes. She has taught at Sew Chic in Fairmont, The Sew Inn in Morgantown, The Quilting Bee in Grafton and Classic Quilt Shop in Clarksburg. Nancy especially enjoys teaching the beginning quilt classes. She has her quilts hand or long arm quilted by several different quilters in the area.

Nancy has also led several retreats in the West Virginia area. She and Becky Willis have led weekend quilt retreats at Tygart Lake Lodge for the last four years. In addition, she leads a Saturday quilters’ retreat at her community center twice a year. It’s a good thing she’s retired, because she wouldn’t have time to work now.

Nancy’s quilts have been displayed in many venues across West Virginia. Her quilts have hung at the Culture Center in Charleston, WV. It was a great honor in 2009 when they purchased one of her quilts for their permanent collection. In addition, in 2007, Nancy had a quilt selected and displayed at the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky.

Class: French Braid Quilt
Thursday June 20
9am–noon and 2-5pm
$65 ($55 WV Quilters, Inc. members)
The quilt we will be working on is on page 28 of French Braid Quilts by Jane Hardy Miller. We will start with one braid and you will be able to use it as a table runner or the beginning of the quilt.
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Cathy Miller — Teacher and Singing Quilter
Canadian singer/songwriter Cathy Miller used to be a folksinger with a slightly jazzy bent. She performed at folk festivals, clubs and house concerts all across Canada and released five CDs of her music. She was a member of “Trilogy” (with Eileen McGann and David K), touring a very successful Christmas show each year called “Two Thousand Years of Christmas”. After growing up in London, Ontario, she started her career in Ottawa, moved to Calgary Alberta in 1990 and in 2000 to Victoria BC, where she now lives. But that was before.

Now, Cathy and her husband John Bunge (a former member of The Gumboots from Yellowknife) travel the world, singing for quilting events, guild meetings and shows, and she is known as “The Singing Quilter”. To date, they have performed for 700 quilting guilds and events on three continents. That's an audience of over 60,000 quilters in all!!! They are having the time of their lives.

NOTAN Exploding the Square
(using Mock Mola™ Appliqué)
Friday June 21
9am–noon and 2-5pm
$65 ($55 WV Quilters, Inc. members)
Cathy as Teacher Being a daughter of teachers means Cathy’s ability to help students understand and learn are in her DNA. For 30 years she has been an accomplished singing teacher, also dabbling in teaching songwriting and -- very occasionally -- guitar. Now, she's also set her hand to teaching quilting.  “It’s a great way to get to know people, and I love watching students learn to step beyond their comfort zones", says Cathy. Being a creative person in many ways, Cathy is never interested in “cookie cutter” workshops, preferring to encourage the creative spark in each and every class.
NOTAN is a Japanese term meaning “light/dark.” Artists have been playing with this concept to design exciting positive/negative pieces for years, and now it has been discovered by quilters.  The concept is easy:  whatever is removed from the centre square gets flipped to the outside of the square. But the possibilities are endless.  The class will play with the NOTAN design technique to create a piece which they will then turn into a small (fat quarter sized) quilt, using Cathy’s Mock Mola™ technique. Machine appliqué. Some free motion experience required - 6 hour class.
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Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter
Friday, June 10, 7pm
*Free and Open to the Public*

Click HERE to watch some of Cathy’s music videos.
Cathy as Musician Cathy is a guitar player, singer and songwriter. Over the last 30+ years of her career, Cathy has performed at hundreds of folk festivals, clubs, and concerts from coast to coast in Canada. She is known for her upbeat performances, which have made her a favourite at many events. In 2000, she was recognized in Australia, where she was awarded a national songwriting Special Merit award by the Australian Heritage Commission. She released this song on a CD single called "Grand Old Duchess". It was named by Ian McNamara (ABC Radio) as one of  Macca’s “Top 10 Songs of 2000” in January 2001.

In 2010 two of her songs were used in the documentary “Stitched,” which followed three art quilters -Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook - as they prepared for the Houston Quilt Festival.

The same year, her song “12 Step Plan for Quilter” was used in the audio tour of the Quilt show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

To date Cathy has released five CDs of songs about quilting and a book of her songs and stories. The songs range from the historical, through the poignant, to the drop-dead funny! 
Teachers’ Medley
Teachers’ Medley Teachers:

Joni Hoffman - The Basics of Hand Quilting
Ruth Hollandsworth - Auto Block Play
Linda Vaughan -  Using Crayons to enhance your stitchery
Linda Childers - Maintance and cleaning of a Featherweight
Elizabeth Calef-Boring - Injury Prevention Activites for Quilters.
Kevin Boring - Physical Exercises for Quilters 
Linda Adams - More Than One Way to Make a Flying Geese. 
Saturday, June 22, 9:30–11:30am

Seven of the region’s finest teachers will be giving demonstrations on a variety of techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a presentation for 15 minutes and then move on to the next teacher until you’ve been to all seven. You’ll also receive a booklet with a one page handout from each teacher.

Class Registration Deadline has been extended.
Forms must be postmarked by June 7, 2013.
Download Class Registration Form