2018 UVQG Quilt Show:Dreaming of Diamonds
Douglas County Fair Grounds
Douglas Hall – 1-5 Exit 123 Roseburg, Oregon
Featured Quilter: Colleen Blackwood
Colleen began teaching quilting classes in the early 1980’s and learning about the joy of sharing with other quilters. Over the years, she has come to realize that confidence and enjoyment are as big a part of the classroom experience as expectations of perfection. She met and became friends with Jean Wells Keenan during this time and an attachment to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show was born.
The week of the quilt show is the highlight of the year, filled with inspiration, friends and creativity. Colleen is honored to teach every year and touch base with all the people who have taken classes, many she now considers friends. One of the perks of presenting at the Sisters Quilt Show is the opportunity to share uplifting words and thoughts with other quilters, those poems and words are then published on the website for anyone to share with quilters in their world. There are also a limited number of original patterns available on her website laughinglizzies.com, as well as the schedule of upcoming classes scheduled around the Northwest.
Colleen has been a devoted Bernina fan for forty years and spends time gardening and riding horses when the sewing machine needs a rest.
Honored Quilter: Linda Garmon
Hello – my name is Linda Garmon, and I live in Canyonville, OR., with my husband Frank and my little Yorkshire Terrier, “Kelti”.
I started out sewing clothing when I had my children. But I started quilting in 1994 when my first granddaughter was born. Her baby quilt threw me into a whole new world of happiness and wonder. When going to quilt shows I was fascinated by the Cathedral Window Quilts that were there. I saw that the Cathedral Window quilt was always an “old” quilt that someone’s grandmother had pieced/quilted by hand. I was fascinated with the pattern, but knew that I wasn’t going to do hand piecing. I wanted to see if I could do it by machine. My first design was the “Original” Cathedral Window block by machine. I made it a “quilt as you go” technique, that is done entirely with your sewing machine. From that time on, I was interested in all things quilting. I like to try new techniques, often “tweeking” patterns I have tried. I am excited when new things evolve from other patterns. I love teaching, and I like my classes to be easy going – no stress. Quilting is supposed to be fun, and I want to keep the fun in quilting.