2016 Registration

Join us for a weekend of quilting at

Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD.

July 15-17, 2016

Classes will be offered Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Please visit www.maqonline.org for a full list of classes that will be available.

Room and board are available for those wishing to stay on campus, as well as meals for those staying and daily commuters. In addition to the classes, those attending will be invited to join us for entertainment, shopping & fellowship on Friday and Saturday evenings at the conclusion of the classes.

Registration will begin on March 19, 2016 @ 9 a.m.

Registration will close on June 30; however, early registration is encouraged as classes fill up quickly!

Mid-Appalachian Quilters, Inc. (MAQ) has been hosting an annual quilting seminar every July since 1987. We offer a variety of classes presented by some of the best teachers in the Mid-Atlantic areas.

Visit www.maqonline.org to register and for additional information.

Please contact maqonline@yahoo.com with any additional questions

Finished Projects

Did you win lottery blocks in 2015 (or any previous year) at MAQ?  If so, bring back your completed lottery block quilt or class project and be entered into a special drawing!! We love seeing finished projects!!

MAQ 2016

Save the Date — MAQ 2016 will be held Friday, July 15 – Sunday July 17 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, MD.  The New Board has been hard at work, and we are excited to announce the 2016 classes in just a few weeks, so stay tuned!!

Kathy, Kirstin, Catherine, Joye, Sandi, and Caitlin

Featuring Heather Kojan

MAQ is only 6 weeks away! As we get closer to the date, we will be sending participants detailed information such as where to park, what to bring, what to do at MAQ outside of classes, and other information that will make your planning easier. In the meantime, there are spaces available in classes and the more the merrier!

We are delighted Heather Kojan will be returning for her second year at MAQ. Here are her comments on this year’s classes:

“This will be my second year with MAQ, and I’m very excited to return. Last year, I think I learned (from students and other teachers) just as much as I taught. There’s such a wonderful atmosphere of giving and sharing.

My Friday class (July 10, 2015) is a Half Square Triangle Master Class. It’s the kind of class that I like to take: lots of techniques that I can use over and over again. Yes, there is a block to make and ultimately a quilt to make, but with the techniques the students will learn, the options are limitless.”

209kojan1My Saturday class is my Ginormous Tote Bag. People literally stop me in the street to inquire about and admire this bag! And then they ask the question: Is there a pattern for it? Now there is! This is the bag you want for going to a guild meeting, going to a class, or any time you need to schlep around a bunch of stuff. The main body of the bag can be any kind of patchwork you’d like. The technique will be in construction and all the add-ons. Even though it’s ginormous, a confident beginner could certainly make it.”

109kojan1“My Sunday class is the Tessellating Windmill Pillow. Students will finish this in class! There’s a lot of organization involved (I’ll show you lots of tips and tricks) but the sewing is easy. You’ll learn to do a zippered pillow back – a technique you’ll use over and over. Students will also receive a free bonus pattern for a lap sized quilt.”

309kojan1kojan“Last year, I taught an improv quilting class and one of my students commented: “you’ve changed my life!” I hope what the students take away is that it’s just quilting and it should be fun and (with time) easy. I also want my students to feel successful after a class. Everyone goes home with my contact information, so that if they get stuck, have a question, or simply want to share what they’ve made, they can reach me easily.

I asked Heather if she has any exciting quilting adventures to tell us about since last July....

“I do! I’ve been published in the past two issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. I’ve also been lecturing and teaching workshops in Delmarva and PA. This spring, I started teaching with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. It’s been an exciting year with lots of new adventures!  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in July.  If you have any questions about the classes I’m offering, please contact me at heatherkojan@gmail.com.”

100blocks kojan



Meet Sujata Shah, Lecturing and Teaching at MAQ!

We are so excited to have Sujata Shah coming to teach and lecture at MAQ this summer. Sujata will be our presenter for the Friday night lecture of the weekend, and she will also teach three classes featuring quilts from her new book, “Cultural Fusion Quilts- A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions”.

Here is the description of the Friday evening lecture, to be held July 10, 2015:

Sujata Shah grew up in India, a country traditionally known for rich colors, textiles and hand-crafts. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a quilt designer. Inspired by the irregularities and imperfections of handmade crafts from around the world she introduces free-form blocks, abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks. During the presentation of her original quilts she will share how she connects the dots between her observations, memories of past and creative process at present.

And her workshops are:
Friday, July 10, 2015 Windmills

Saturday, July 11, 2015 Hourglass Twist  (See Sujata’s blog with more on this quilt.)
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Peppermint Pinwheels

In December, when the MAQ board was finalizing the schedule for MAQ 2015, I was reading some of my favorite quilt blogs, and came across a blog book tour of Sujata Shah’s book  “Cultural Fusion Quilts- A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions”.

The book features a gorgeous collection of colorful quilts in a free form technique that really appealed to me. I wondered who this quilter was and where she lived, and so checked out Sujata Shah’s blog The Root Connection and discovered she lived in Pennsylvania. Right away I googled Chester Springs, PA and found it so, so close to MAQ! We had to invite her to come teach and lecture, and were thrilled when Sujata said yes.

Here are just a few of the “stops” along the Cultural Fusion Quilts blog book tour in that December 2014 which you can check for more photos and inspiration:
nifty quilts, Blue Mountain Daisy,  A Stitch in Dye.

I asked Sujata what her students could expect to learn at MAQ and here is her response:

It is my honor to be invited to teach at MAQ retreat. I look forward to meeting the quilters from the area, exchange knowledge and have an opportunity to share my enthusiasm of modern -traditional  free-form blocks. It is my hope to see my students’ take them to another level and make unique, individualized quilts.

Free-form blocks offer complete freedom to the quilters. My classes are focused on design and techniques rather than the final product. Students can choose to make the quilt “just like the sample” but by the time they explore various options on the size, setting and use of different fabrics, they are likely to want to put their own stamp on the quilt.

Students will find how easy it is to sew gentle curves. They can expect surprises in most unexpected ways throughout the session. If I could hear their conversations with themselves when they look through my book, I hope to hear: “I want to make a version of this, this and that quilt” Because Free-form blocks are like potato chips.. You can’t just make one!

If you ever need a dosage of bright, happy, beautiful quilts to look at, check out Sujata’s blog at The Root Connection.

Meet Debora Konchinsky – First Year at MAQ

Each year when collecting proposals for classes to be offered at MAQ, the Board looks for a variety of classes, teaching new/old techniques, from traditional to modern. We hope to offer quilters a good mix of classes so that each participant can find workshops that interest them. When we saw the proposals from Debora Konchinsky with her fantastic work in wool, we knew that those classes would be a big hit.

We asked Debora to tell us more about what students can expect to learn in her classes and to send us additional photos. Here is her response:

“My students are always amazed.  They come to class with no special skills, and within minutes of the beginning of class, they will be felting.   The tools are easy to use (a 3 needle pen style holder, and a piece of foam).  Even using a kit and pattern that I provide, each project comes out different.  There are many different textures for the fibers and the colors can be natural or bright.  I dye my wool fibers  and some of my wool fabrics.  This is a detail photo of my latest quilt, Woolly Alphabet:

This is a detail photo of my Sheep Wannabees quilt, showing that any animal design can be felted:

The possibilities are many.  I was making animal-themed machine applique quilts in cottons in 1989, and wanted to make my animal designs more realistic when I found the felting tool in 2009.  I fell in love with the technique of poking wool fibers into wool appliques on wool backgrounds.   I had to figure out how to teach what I developed to someone who couldn’t draw.  Transferring detail lines using a light box is impossible because you can’t see through wool fabrics that are used.  I’ve learned how to make 3-D butterflies and bees that stand away from my wool quilts for added interest.  I love doing hand work and so I incorporate hand embroidery in my projects.  I use #8 pearl cotton to draw trees and flowers to go with my animal subjects.  Then I might include beads on my flowers, building up my designs to make them more textural.   This direction that I’ve taken, is so different from my pattern making beginnings.  People were looking to make quilts faster then.  Now quilters want to slow down and enjoy the process.  It is so much fun to work on a project in your lap, in front of the TV, at the doctor’s waiting room, or riding in the car. Time passes quickly.

This photo shows two of the sheep from my new Flock of Sheep class.  The piece is worked on a piece of my hand dyed wool fabric:

I have designed 85 patterns over 25 years, always looking to tweak the next quilt so it is different from the one I just finished.  Each quilt is built on a previous one, exploring shapes,  textures,  and colors and subjects.
I give lectures and workshops for quilt guilds on the East Coast, focusing on felted applique, and showing my quilts and how my style and techniques grew over the years.  I try to infuse a feeling of curiosity and wonder in my students when teaching my techniques.  Making lemonade from lemons always has me searching for a better way of doing whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.  There is no wrong way to do art, but there are rules to learn, and you can break the rules whenever you need to do your own thing.”

At MAQ, Debora is teaching “Dragonflies in Wool” on Friday, July 10, 2015 which is full;
“New Flock of Sheep” on Saturday, July 11, 2015 which is nearly full;
and “Sheep Faces Blocks” on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Thank you, Debora, for sending these beautiful photographs of your wool quilts, and for sharing your creative process. I am excited to meet Debora at MAQ in July, and to see her stunning work in person. You can see more photos of her work, and see the complete quilts which these detail photos come from, on her website critterpat.com/.




Learn About Old Quilts, and Use “Old” Techniques on New Ones

Madge Ziegler is back for MAQ 2015 teaching three classes, which give non-sewing-machine-lugging options for MAQ attendees to take:

Friday July 10  This Old(?) Quilt Study Practice Day

Saturday July 11 Big Stitch and Tidy Tie: Finish Those Quilt Tops!

Sunday July 12 Hand Quilting (Learn or Improve)

I asked Madge to share a few more photos and explain more about what participants can expect to learn in her classes.

Here are Madge’s responses:

This is my sixth year teaching at MAQ. What fun to see familiar friends and students! All my classes this year are handwork and informative as well as fun.

1. Friday July 10:  This Old(?) Quilt Study Practice Day

Do you have a quilt that looks like this? Or would you like to make sure none of your quilts wind up like this?

“This Old Quilt Study Practice Day” allows me to share the knowledge and techniques I have amassed in more than 35 years of collecting and studying vintage and antique quilts. As a member of the American Quilt Study Group, I have attended Seminar for many years and always enjoy seeing  up-to-date research and sharing. Sharing is really what this class is about. Please bring quilts, block, or tops for us to examine and assess as to condition, technique, fabric, and possibilities for repair, restoration or conservation. Want to know how to clean, store, and perhaps fix your quilts? Bring them. Have an old top or group of blocks you want to finish? Bring them. Bring your camera, too. No quilt is too ratty, too stained or too new for us to look at and discuss. You will also have the opportunity to practice some techniques on the class kit sample. Don’t have any items to bring? Come and learn and be inspired by all you see.

Learn about the products for repair, conservation and cleaning.

Use your restored quilts to display and enjoy!

2. Saturday July 11:  Big Stitch and Tidy Tie: Finish Those Quilt Tops!

I am very pleased to teach this class at MAQ. Big Stitch has become the “go to” hand quilting stitch for Modern Quilts. It adds both “texture” and “line,” creating designs that fill and emphasize the negative space. It uses thick threads such as perle cotton, which add a little sheen to the quilting. Big Stitch also appears on utility quilts from the first half of the 20th century, when thick cotton batting was popular, so it has a use on traditional quilts as well as Modern Quilts. Is there a type of quilt that lends itself to Big Stitch? You want to have a quilt that would show the pattern and line of the stitches and not hide them in a jazzy print. 

Tidy Tie is a tying method used when you want to hold the quilt layers together, and not have the tails showing on the back or the front of the quilt. I have used it successfully on printed panels for charity quilts and quilts with repeat blocks, such as four patch, nine patch, Trip Around the World, or simply squares sewn together. The intersections of the seams are good spots to place your Tidy Ties. Be sure to read the supply list for this class and please bring quilt tops you think might work with these methods, for suggestions on finishing with one or the other (or both) of these techniques.

3. Sunday July 12: Hand Quilting (Learn or Improve)

Hand quilting is hot! The current movement to slower and more relaxing techniques in quiltmaking is returning us to traditional methods. Hand quilting gives your quilt a drape that machine quilting sometimes lacks. There are almost 10,000 hand quilters from all over the world on the “Celebrate Hand Quilting” facebook page. There are all skill levels and tastes in designs, but they are all hand quilting. If you took this class last year or have already had a beginner’s class in hand quilting, you will be working on improving your quilting stitches and getting advice on problems you discovered while practicing. If you are a beginner, you will be working on your first project and learning the basics. My thought is that the two levels will blend into a fun and informative class for all.

Anyone who would love a handwork class, or a chance to leave the sewing machine behind and learn a lot from Madge’s years of experience in quiltmaking and expertise in quilt history, take a look at these classes! Thank you, Madge!

Gyleen Fitzgerald’s “Matchmaker” Workshop: Quick, easy, bold and modern

Gyleen Fitzgerald is one of everyone’s favorite instructors; she has been teaching for years at MAQ and her classes are always popular. On Sunday, July 12, 2015 she will be teaching “Play Modern” a class offered at MAQ last year that filled up so quickly, many did not get the opportunity to sign up. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, she will teach “I Got This (Semi-Mystery)” a new class for MAQ. Gyleen gives a few hints to the mystery in her description of the workshop under “Saturday Classes”

On Friday, July 10, 2015, Gyleen will teach “Matchmaker”, another new workshop for MAQ. Here’s what Gyleen has to say about this class,

Matchmaker is one of my favorites because it teaches the Butterfly Seam and uses large cut shapes.  We’ve been so used to not seeing our fabric, by cutting small shapes, that it’s refreshing to go BIG and BOLD.  It’s the type of quilt that really can be pieced in a weekend, can be made into a bed quilt without much fuss and seems to work with any style or genre of fabric.  My demo pieces use Christmas fabric!  What I can say is – this one doesn’t end up a UFO.  Now that’s says a lot!

Gyleen taught this workshop at Houston and is sharing a few of her students’ works in progress. When we post quilt photos on our MAQ class description pages, you can’t always get a sense of how big or small a block might be, or what the quilt might look like in different colors. In this first photo, I purposely kept the sewing machine in the image so everyone can see how big the pieces are in this quilt. Wouldn’t it be great in one of the large scale prints you’ve been saving for something special?

Here are some other examples,

If you took “Play Modern” with Gyleen, you may already have both tools and book needed for “Matchmaker“.  You may also already have the tool if you took “Seven Sisters”.  You can find more information on Gyleen Fitzgerald’s book for this workshop,  “Polygon Affair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love”  on her website.

Join Gyleen’s Polygon Affair facebook group to see more photos.