Fall Retreat 2018

Fall Retreat 2018

October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2018

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We are excited to have Wendy Mathson as our speaker and workshop teacher for our October Fall Retreat at The Hideaway resort in Black Forest, Colorado.  Wendy will be teaching a colorful, modern technique of her version of the quilt pattern Storm at Sea.  Her work is colorful, merging traditional design with a new look.

We will be continuing our tradition of making Community Quilt blocks, so save your scraps.  The pattern will be available at the CQC meeting and on the website.  Remember to fill out the block donation form. 

The Hideaway Resort is conveniently located between Colorado Springs and Denver.  It has great amenities from, comfortable rooms, quiet decks and lawns, well-lit classrooms, mountain views, and wonderful food.

The retreat starts Friday evening with dinner and lecture and continues Saturday with Wendy’s workshop or free sewing.  We will end our retreat after lunch on Sunday.  Please join us in this quiet venue and inspiring workshop.

Contact Betty Andrews at Andrews-betty@aramark.com or 770-662-4564. 


About Wendy…

I had an early interest in crafts and tried my hand at knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch and, yes I must admit, even macramé. But when I made a baby quilt for my first child in 1982 I discovered my real passion. Finally, an excuse to buy some of that lovely fabric without having to figure out how to wear it! Sewing had always fascinated me, but I am not, nor have I ever been known for my fashion sense. The big plus with making quilts is that they don’t need to fit.

My husband and I owned and ran a graphic design/printing business in San Diego for 10 years. Between that enterprise and raising 2 children, I didn’t have much time for quilting, but I joined a guild and started taking every class I could squeeze in. It was a small step from graphic design to quilt design, but I honed my skills on the computer without actually using very much of my growing fabric stash.

In 1992, I was part of a friendship group at Hope Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo that began making prayer quilts. A few years later, after moving to Poway, I organized what is now Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry. This interfaith non-profit organization as of March, 2013 has over 1100 chapters and is in 11 countries. I began designing and teaching simple, strip-pieced patterns to be used for prayer quilts. My stash was finally being used at a great rate but even more fabric was being donated, mostly in the form of scraps. Figuring out what to do with mountains of scraps was my next challenge, and I continued to design patterns with this goal in mind. 

I started doing guild lectures several years ago, choosing the topic “Scrap Management”. I usde my collection of antique quilts, plus some of my own creations to illustrate and teach some of what I has learned in the process of making loads of “scrappy” prayer quilts. I love coming up with ideas for improved piecing techniques, and I invented a system of cut-after-you-sew tools called Quilters’ TRIMplates®. My specialty is a fast, easy and accurate method for making the traditional “Storm at Sea” pattern without using templates or paper piecing. My book, “A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts: One Block, An Ocean of Design Possibilities” was released by C&T Publishing in March, 2009, along with my fast2cut TRIMplate tools. Another invention, the fast2mark Easy Triangle tool came out in August, 2012. This little gem is for making half-square and quarter-square triangles with no squaring up. (Update: These have now been discontinued by C&T Publishing.)

After selling the printing business, I worked for several years as a graphic designer, first for Palomar Community College, then designing quilting books for ASN (American School of Needlework). I was a freelance book illustrator and editor for C&T Publishing until recently. I taught adult ed quilting classes for Palomar College for 8 years. Now I primarily do guild lectures and workshops. I have been teaching for Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar since 2012, and will be returning at least through 2019. I had a great time doing classes on a cruise to Alaska in 2013 and again in 2015. The next quilting cruise was the Panama Canal in 2016 and now I’m looking forward to a Caribbean cruise (organized by Stitchin’ Heaven) in December, 2017.

On the home front, I am still working at whittling down that stash and scrap collection. After over 30 years, I finally realized a goal of making a quilt for our own bed. (30 years!) I enjoy being a part of the music ministry at my church. Dan and I are proud grandparents of 4 boys and we get to babysit at least 2 days a week. It can be loud, crazy and lots of fun. Not as much sewing gets done, but I just love being a grandma!


Storm at Sea: From Traditional to Contemporary, an Ocean of Design Possibilities
Design explorations using the traditional “Storm at Sea” block, based on my book, “A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts”. Why do those straight seams give the feeling of curves? How can a century-year-old block pattern work with current fabrics and color combinations for a fresh new look? You’ll be amazed at how this versatile block can produce such a wide variety of unique quilt designs.

I like to use quilts to teach some aspect of quilting – how to use scraps, principles of color and design, or new ways to piece traditional patterns. Here is my approach: I don’t believe your guild members are too interested in seeing slides of my dog, my studio, or my latest travel adventure. I think they would rather see quilts – lots of quilts – and they will enjoy the program even more if they go home feeling that they have learned something new.

Storm at Sea/ TRIMplate piecing a 6 hour workshop
My TRIMplate rulers are not templates. They are unique tools that allow you to trim after you sew for greater accuracy. All fabric pieces start as squares or rectangles, so they are easily and quickly cut from strips. This method uses no templates, no paper or foundation piecing, and there is no bias on the outer edge of the blocks. Students choose one of 3 variations to make. All patterns are supplied – students are not required to purchase TRIMplate tools, books or kits.

Skill levels from confident beginner (can rotary cut with confidence and sew a quarter-inch seam) to advanced.