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JoAnn Belling

January 13 - 15, 2003

JoAnn Belling has enjoyed the sewing machine since she began producing her own clothes at age 12. In 1965 she began quilting with heavy polyester fabrics and no formal instruction. Encourages by a friend, she enrolled in quilting classes in 1977 and has designed numerous quilts and wall hangings in the intervening years. Her quilts have been featured in national publications, including American Patchwork and Quilting, the Quilt art 1977 canlendar, and the Fons & Porter book American Country Scrap Quilts, and she has taught workshops across the United States and in Japan for the past several years. She has received many ribbons and tow Best of Show awards at the Iowa State Fair, has had six quilts at AQS in Paducah and several quilts juried into the national quilt show at Lancaster PA.

JoAnn lives in Des Moines, IA, where her background as a photographer is evident in the compostion theory she brings to planning and designing quilts. She is a specialist in precise machine piecing and in color and design, borders, and back-art, and she incorporates planning and short-cut methods into all her classes.

JoAnn will lecture at our January meeting, Monday morning, January 13, 2003, with a presentation entitled "If I can do it, you can, too." She will teach a half-day workshop that same afternoon and two full-day workshops on the following days. All workshops will be held at Sellwood Methodist Church, corner of SE 15th and Tacoma.

"Roses At My Log Cabin" (afternoon workshop)
Monday, January 12, 12:30 - 3:30 PM.

The wall hanging incorporates the age-old Log Cabin pattern in bright colors with artistic floral design. Students use fusible applique with machine stitching and stabilizers. Background space is planned for beautiful machine (or hand) quilting. ($20 for members, $30 for non-members)

"Whimsical Triangles" (full day workshop)
Tuesday, January 14, 9:00 - 3:30 PM

Working with three sizes of equilateral triangels, split triangels, diamonds, and split diamonds, JoAnn has produced a most colorful and interesting lap quilt. This is the opportunity to fussy cut and also to include some humorous fabris showing your family's hobbies and activites. The border is a free form vine with modern flowers, leaves, and berries. ($40 for members, $50 for non-members)

"Japanese Colorwash Fan" (full day workshop)
Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 - 3:30 PM

JoAnn has taught this class at the Yokohama International Quilt Festival in Japan and at a number of places in the U.S. Students learn to use and grade colorwash fabrics, making fans using the 9 degree circle wedge ruler. Various methods of applique and a variety of backgrounds and borders will be discussed, along with embellishments, piping, stabilizer, and special quilting ideas. Definitely a class to let your imagination go wild! Complete kits are available from JoAnn in a variety of colorways, with fabrics for the front and back of the quilt, the batting, and embellishment threads. The cost is $40 per kit if ordered by December 1st. ($40 for members, $50 for non-members)

Members will be given preference until December 9; after that reservations will be filled in the order received. Refunds will be given only for cancellations before December 9 or if your spot can be filled. Please call Maureen Orr Eldred if you have questions.

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