(101) Garden Party

Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Matter Park, Marion, Indiana

Meander, mingle, stop, and smell the roses, then join us in The Garden House for light sandwiches and birthday cake in celebration of Marie Webster’s 164th birthday.




(102) Featherweight Care and...

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 9:30am – 3:30pm, Gethsemane Episcopal Church

With Chris Moline: Featherweights are so popular with quilters and you can do most of the maintenance yourself! The class will cover the basics of maintaining and cleaning your featherweight,the basics of sewing on the featherweight and identification of the basic attachments set. If you don’t have a  Feather weight, you can still come and learn about this great little machine. Featherweight attachments, parts, and accessories will be available for purchase.

Bring a lunch or plate lunches will be available nearby.

Featherweight Care and Maintenance Class Supply List
Your Featherweight
Your Featherweight attachments (if you have any)
Your Featherweight manual (if you have one)
A sewing machine screwdriver
An old toothbrush
Sewing machine oil
Spool of thread
A full bobbin
A fat quarter of muslin or other scrap fabric
Small pair of scissors
Notebook and Pencil
(Additional screwdrivers and oil, as well as other parts, attachments and accessories, will be available for purchase in class.)

(103) Elly Sienkiewicz Galle...

Thursday July 20, 2023, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Marion Public Library, Forrest Room

In the world of Baltimore Album quilts, no one reigns more supreme than Elly Sienkiewicz. Her name is synonymous with Baltimore Album Quilts. In 1983, Elly published Spoken Without a Word. It was the first pattern book based on 19th century Baltimore Album quilts. This publication started a new phenomenon which has spread world wide. Since that time, she has written 24 books and over 50 articles on the subject. She has taught the art of applique to countless quilters from around the globe. Her passion and enthusiasm for the art is infectious.

Elly’s quilts will be on display in the Forrest Room at the Marion Public Library, 9:00am – 3:00pm July 20 – 22, 2023

Elly and Ronda McAllen will give two gallery talks July 20, 11:00am – 12:00pm and July 21, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

(104) What is a Baltimore Al...

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Marion Public Library, Meeting Room B

Mimi Dietrich, our 2015 TQHF Honoree, lives in Baltimore Maryland and loves these beautiful quilts. She visited an exhibit in the 1980’s where she met Elly Sienkiewicz and was inspired to make one with friends, and to build a quilting career teaching students to applique Baltimore Album designs. The quilts recently won an award from the Maryland State Arts Council. Mimi will share her enthusiasm for these quilts with you! Come join her!

(105) Star Embroidery- ̶...

Thursday July 20, 2023, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, First United Methodist Church, Parlor

In addition to being creative, the Pennsylvania Germans were also thrifty.   “Star Embroidery,” or as the Pennsylvania Germans refer to it “Stumpwork”, has been in existence over 120 years.  This type of wool embroidery was generally done on closely woven fabrics that were being recycled from worn clothes or household items.  Leftover yarn from other projects was used with a tin star pattern that was made by the local tinsmith.  There was never any waste in the household of a Pennsylvania German.

You will be making a “Star Embroidery” block in class while learning the interesting technique of “Stumpwork.”  This block can be used to create a pin cushion, Christmas ornament or you can continue to make additional blocks for a larger project. Kit is included. All you need to bring to class is a pair of sharp scissors.


(106) 1876 Centennial Quilt ...

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, The Quilters Hall of Fame

After discovering an extraordinary quilt from Connecticut in an online quilt history forum and securing permission from its owner, a quilt group from northwest Washington began the journey of patterning The 1876 Centennial Quilt. Set in a unique Medallion-style arrangement, this quilt contains over 70 individual block patterns. Each quiltmaker skillfully and beautifully interpreted the original quilt and the quilts represent a wide variety of styles. The exhibit is a mix of quilts from the original project begun in 2015, and, as the reach of the 1876 Centennial Quilt Project has grown, more recent additions. As the quiltmakers honed their skills, they learned much about themselves and forged lasting friendships. They invite you to enjoy the quilts, read the stories and begin your own journey with the 1876 Centennial Quilt. Curated by Anne Dawson. Space is limited for the talks, please register at the time you would like to attend.

(107) Indiana State Quilt Gu...

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 7:00 – 7:30pm, Marion Public Library, Meeting Room B.

Tammy Vonderschmitt is the 2023 Indiana State Quilt Guild Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  Tammy purchased Needle in the Haystack Quilt Shop in the 1990’s. She relocated it from Anderson  to Pendleton Indiana. From there she proceeded to teach classes and quilt guilds in and around the state of Indiana, as well as at at national shows. Many of the people she taught are still quilting and sewing today because of her influence.  She is currently employed in the Marketing Department for Moda Fabrics where she continues to promote fabrics, create kits, work with the Moda designers and teach classes.  She recently returned to Pendleton to conduct a workshop with her original home-town Spring Valley Quilt Guild.


(108) Show & Tell

Thursday July 20, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30, Marion Public Library, Meeting Room B.

Join us for Show & Tell with Mimi Dietrich, TQHF 2015 Honoree. Bring your latest quilted creation to share with Hall of Fame fans! Free admission.

(109) A Tribute to Elly and ...

Friday, July 21, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00am, Marion Public Library, Carnegie Room

Pat and Arlan Christ will walk through the gallery with you discussing the history, the motifs, the colors, and details, of the quilts and the skills of the needle artists of the two galleries on display.

“A Tribute to Ellie” is being dedicated to Ellie Sienkiewicz, who is the 2023 Quilters Hall of Fame Honoree.  Ellie has touched many lives and with her teaching and guidance, applique will prosper with the creation of new heirloom quilts for the future. This exhibit demonstrates the use of red and green fabric as a popular choice for quilts made during the mid-19th century.  Joyful motifs are displayed on album quilts showcasing the skills of the needle artists.  The visual impact relies on bold colors and details to the appliqued design.  There are endless motifs used to represent realistic as well as unrealistic designs.

“Museum Showcase” features quilts recently added to the Christ Collection. The Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania was permanently closed in October 2020 due to decreased attendance and the after effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  As a result, the contents of the museum went to auction…including their quilt inventory.  We were fortunate to attend the auction and obtain some of the quilts for the Christ Collection.   This exhibit showcases a variety of designs and styles representing 14 of those quilts.  It is our pleasure to share the stories behind some of these quilts and hope they provide enjoyment to you as well.

(110) Luncheon with Elly Sie...

Friday July 21, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00pm, Gethsemane Episcopal Church

After a delicious luncheon, Ronda McAllen will share with us a look at Elly Sienkiewicz’ life, and work in the quilt world and more particularly, in the world of Baltimore Album quilts.

(111) Mock Mola Workshop

Friday July 21, 2023, 1:00 – 4:00pm, First United Methodist Church, Parlor.

Mock Mola with Alice Ridge: Mock Mola is a traditional art recreated in a new technique using handwork with felt and flannel.

Kit will be purchased in class from Alice for $25.

You only need bring general hand sewing tools such as small sharp scissors, thimbles or a needle threader.

(112) Explore the History of...

Friday, July 21, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00pm, Marion Public Library, Meeting Room B.

Explore the history of What’s Underneath! with Chris Moline. What’s changed and why! See the unseen frills and extravagance of all that lace. Understand the ranks of class based on what women wore- mostly hidden from view. What didn’t get used for underwear ended up in the next quilt!

Chris will give two presentations: Friday July 21, 1:00pm – 2:00pm and Saturday July 22 1:00pm – 2:00.