Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Develop and Encourage the Growth and Development of Modern Quilting through Education and Community Activities

February 2023 meeting

Leave a comment


Leave a comment

Member Spotlight: Kelly Feltault

Name:  Kelly Feltault

Member of CVAMQG since: 2015? Since the beginning

How long have you been quilting? Since 1994

What is your favorite quilting tool? My saddle chair–keeps my back straight while quilting and cuts down on shoulder/neck pain

What are your favorite fabric lines and substrates? This changes a lot; but if I’m looking for a solid I like Michael Miller’s cotton couture and quilting linen; love the bamboo and recycled plastic bottle battings from Quilters Dream

Do you prefer prints or solids? Depends on the project

What is your favorite color combination? I have an entire Pinterest board of color combos, I tend to start projects by looking at those.

Favorite and least favorite parts of the quilting process: least fave: binding; favorite part: picking out the color combo and finding fabrics to match

Why do you quilt? It is part of my creative arts practice along with collage and monoprinting. There is a lot of research out there on how a creative practice supports well-being, and this is one of the main reasons I quilt. 

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere!

Quilters who inspire you: I am including other artists here Sherri Lynn Wood, Jane Davies, Sarah Golden, John Vitale, Joe the Quilter, Rebecca Sower, Rebecca Chapman, Jennifer Candon

What is your favorite guilty pleasure while quilting? Listening to the podcast “Shagged, Married, Annoyed” when piecing or designing; and jamming out to Christmas songs or classical music while machine quilting

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I speak Thai and Hungarian because I lived in both places.


Virtual workshop with Sujata Shah

We are over-the-moon excited to offer the “Stories in Stitches” online workshop with Sujata Shah. Participants will learn how to make a Siddi kawandi. (“Kawandi” means quilt.) Natalie took her workshop last month at the Vermont Quilt Festival and loved it so much, she contacted Sujata about teaching our guild. The only available time she has is Friday, September 17th 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The cost to each member is $50; nonmembers $60.

Here are 10 reasons why you need to take this workshop.

  • Sujata is an amazing teacher.  Gentle, wise, extremely knowledgeable, and an exciting artist.
  • The class connects quilting and life in ways I hadn’t thought of before.
  • To make a kawandi, you don’t need scissors, rotary tools, irons, or sewing machines.  Just needle and thread and a thimble.
  • When you make a kawandi, you do the binding, piecing, and quilting all at once!  When it’s done, it’s done.
  • You won’t know what your quilt really looks like until you sew on the final piece.  Surprise!
  • Making a kawandi is a terrific use of scraps.
  • But if you don’t want a scrappy look, Sujata has made some beautiful kawandi using solids for a totally different look.  (Visit her web sitehttps://therootconnection.blogspot.com ). Also, Margaret Fabrizio is crazy amazing, too: http://margaretfabrizio.com/quilts/index.html
  • If you are new to hand quilting, this is a fun and “safe” place to start.  Sujata talks about how our stitching, in all its “imperfections”, is really telling our story. The learning process is part of our story.  Kawandi stitching is relatively small, not larger stitching as you may have seen in kantha quilting.
  • Sewing a kawandi is addicting, and it feels glorious as you add more and more rows of stitches.
  • If you don’t believe me, here is a blog post by a woman who took Sujata’s class: https://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2020/11/kawandi.html


Sherri Lynn Wood Workshops Excellent Learning Experience.

The Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild hosted Sherri Lynn Wood for a weekend of Improvisation on Saturday, February 1, 2020, for Patchwork Doodle, and on Sunday, February 2, 2020, for Grid Busting Mashup. The classes were full and we all learned so much.

The classes started with a centering meditation exercise and then 30 minutes of sewing, no talking. Amazing how much work we all got done in those 30 minutes and many of us have made this a regular practice before sewing. From there, Sherri Lynn demonstrated techniques, walked us through several Evaluations, and told us the positive way to approach “mistakes”–Whoopie! During the free lecture Saturday, February 1, 2020, entitled Ruler Free Mashup, Sherri Lynn had us pick any fabric from the scrap pile and then crafted a wonderful quilt top before our eyes. And, yes, we did select the ugliest fabrics we could find in the bin.

Workshop Descriptions:

Patchwork Doodle:

1-day 6hr / intermediate / all skill levels welcome

Doodle with your scrap stash! Let go of expectations and build patterns with simple shapes and negative space. Learn ruler-free patchwork techniques. Collaborate with your patchwork with a YES AND as you affirm and respond in the moment to the pattern as it unfolds. Discover a responsive approach to composition and design that lies somewhere between randomness and planned.

Featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. Her book will be available for purchase at the retail price, $27.95, during the workshop and lectures. She will be available during the lecture to sign her book.

Grid Busting Curves:

1-day 6hr / intermediate / all skill levels welcome /

Discover the freedom and ease of piecing template free curves. There are no mistakes here! The goal of this layered curve improv workshop is to bust out of the grid.