Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. A second-hand sewing machine for her thirteenth birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls clothes to full sized garments for herself, family and friends. After training to be a clothing designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie for Courtaulds Clothing. After this she moved to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with her husband Peter, who at he time was working as an English language teacher. Here she set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses, and had two sons Daniel and Benjamin.
A chance meeting, in Saudi Arabia, in 1996 led to a short quilting course, after which clothing became less interesting and quilting an all-consuming passion. It is only in the last few years the Philippa has been making garments again, other than fancy dress costumes for her sons!
Lecture: “Making Award Winning Quilts. Secrets For Success” Philippa tells you all about her quilt making journey, starting with the tiny hand sewn dolls’ dresses she made as a child through to what is in her sewing machine right now - and everything else in between! Find out about the inspiration, the materials & techniques and the stories behind each piece of work. Everything you wanted to know about making original quilts for exhibition is illustrated, in detail, in this “Quilter Tells All” lecture.
Phyllis Martin, Program
Christine Barnes lives in Grass Valley and began sewing at a very early age. She has degrees in Textile & Costume Design and Magazine Journalism; has written books on color, decorating, remodeling, and soft furnishings for Sunset Books; and has also written four quilt-making books. Christine has been published in numerous quilt magazines and has appeared on Simply Quilts.
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Linda Garofalo, Workshops
Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of every month at:
Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.