The Walnut Valley Quilters Guild will be meeting Monday, November 11th, 1 PM and 6:30 PM at the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church at 3725 E. 9th Ave. in Winfield, Kansas.
The guest speaker this month will be Diane Okeson of Winfield. The title of her show is “Christmas Traditions and Memories”. Diane has taught and worked in the field of nursing for over 35 years. Students always commented on her ability to explain difficult skills in understandable and simplistic terms and demonstration. She brings that same enthusiastic love of teaching to her quilt making and quilt teaching. She began “sampling” quilting about 20 years ago but has become an accomplished quilter in the last few years. She enjoys reading and studying about tips,techniques, patterns and the history of quilt making, as well as making quilts, usually for family and friends or for special occasions. She likes to try new techniques, color variations, and adapt patterns or designs with the addition of her own personal touches. She loves to travel and tries to stop at new quilt shops along the way. She finds it fascinating how each shop has its own personality. She enjoys visiting with fellow quilters and learning about people and their quilting stories. The memories and stories attached to quilts are what make them each such a treasure.
Her two most popular trunk shows are one entitled “Piecing Memories” where she shows some quilts over 70 years old and tells the family stories behind them. She also shows her quilts and shares her story of her quilting history. The second most popular trunk show is entitled “Christmas Traditions and Memories”. During this show the audience views her many Christmas quilts and other family Christmas articles and hears the family story of their Christmas traditions.
She has earned ribbons on her quilts and has taught multiple classes on a variety of topics such as piecing, applique, Hawaiian Applique, stained glass quilts, mariners compass, and a variety of quick projects. She has several original designs and teaches the process for making your own pattern. During her workshops and classes, she enjoys sharing tips she has learned that you don't always find in print anywhere.
We will also have “Show and Share” with members, and discussion of our “Quilt Calendar” sales of $10. each.
The public is invited to attend and enjoy the show.