Laurel Anderson is the owner of Whisper Color and an award-winning gifted textile artist. Born and raised on the West Coast, Laurel is well known in the San Francisco Bay area as an accomplished applique quilt designer.
Her quilt designs are inspired by her love of nature as seen in her flower and natural lanscape designs which include trees and mountains. She uses a mix of color, pattern, and textures.
The name Whisper Color describes the technique Laurel uses to dye silk scarves. Laurel loves dyeing fabrics including silk scarves, wool, and bamboo batting.
Her work has been seen at West Coast quilt and guild shows. When her sons started school she joined a local quilting group that made quilts for the Richmond Rescue Mission. They made the mistake of complimenting her on her use of color. With that encouragement she thought she could try making quilts for her family. It took three to get her hooked.
Julie Silber is one of the world's most respected quilt experts. She has been antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968 Julie was the curator of the world renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of modern times — those at the Oakland Museum of California and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Beads! Thom have been working on and off with beads for some thirty years, starting with jewelry, then bead embroidery and finally, bead embellished quilts. One of his mentors has been his sister Robin Atkins, teacher, friend, and fellow beadophile. It was under her tutelage that he learned bead embroidery. He has since adapted the basic embroidery stitches for the application of beads to quilts.
In this lecture, he will show how he approaches each new quilt, starting with the fabrics and/or design idea, cutting, putting it together, and then finishing the quilt.
Thom is local to the Monterey Bay but don’t miss hearing him sharing his and passion.
Colleen Granger was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined the Air Force shortly after her high school graduation. She served as a helicopter mechanic for seven years before leaving to have her second child. Colleen has spent the majority of her life in Alaska, making her home in Glennallen. She went kicking and screaming into the world of quilting in the summer of 1998. Until that time, Colleen had been a sewer and thought quilting was a waste of good fabric. But she caught the bug big-time and purchased her long-arm quilting machine just eight months after making her first quilt.
Colleen’s designs have been featured in national quilting magazines. On several occasions Colleen has been an instructor at the International Quilt Festivals in Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. She enjoys what she does and believes that “if you are not having fun, then you shouldn’t be doing "it" whatever "it" maybe.
Kellie Willey is a “Miniature Quilt Maker”. She makes mini quilts because they are tiny! She has always been drawn to miniatures and collect several small items, including antique Wedding Cake Toppers, Liddle Kiddles and Schleich Farm animals. She lives in a tiny (950 square feet) 2-bedroom home and with little space to put large quilts. Her small quilt studio fills 1/2 of a spare room. Hubby has the other half 30%. With a short attention span and wanting to hurry up and start the next project, she loves working in small scale and finishing lots of quilts every year instead of working for months on a large quilt.
Hope you will come to this lecture to see Kellie’s tiny quilts!.