Patchin’ People of Pullman will host their Fall Festival with visiting professional Peggy Gelbrich, a quilter who teaches machine piecing, hand quilting, needle-turn appliqué and crazy quilting nationwide.“She is a clear, easy to understand instructor,” said Patchin’ People’s Nancy Mack. “She has a very good personality with every level of expertise.”
Fall Festival is a public event for quilters to learn from an expert in the area. Gelbrich will lecture at the festival dinner 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Banyans on the Ridge, and then will teach two day-long classes at the Palouse Community Building Oct. 4 and 5.
“She will talk about her journey through quilting, and her experiences through learning and doing,” Mack said. “She can motivate us to try a variety of things.”
Her variety in classes will include “Pineapple,” a beginner’s quilt pattern from the 1890s, and “Montana Cartwheel,” an intermediate-level scrap quilt using many colors of the same value.
“These are somewhat traditional-looking quilts,” Mack said. “It’s a lot of work to cut them precisely and do that work. So to do that, and keep your wits about you, is what she’s going to teach.”
Mack has quilted for 13 years herself, following retirement, and is a member of not only Pullman’s quilting group, but Palouse Patchers of Moscow, too.
“It’s a hobby. It’s modern now,” said Mack, who said that ethnic, Hawaiian and themed quilts have become the rave.
Many quilts now act as frames for inset images, such as animals or waves.
A group quilt block project by the Patchin’ People will be raffled off at the dinner, and door prizes will also be available. The queen-sized raffle quilt is on display at the AmericanWest Bank in downtown Pullman. Raffle tickets can be purchased there for $1.
Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by Sept. 30. Dinner tickets can be purchased for $30 at Stitches and Petals in Moscow, or at Grammy G’s in Palouse. Since Oct. 4 and 5 classes are capped at 20 students each, class registration should be made as soon as possible. Register by contacting Joan Budd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 552-3741. Dinner tickets can be purchased through Budd, too. Classes require additional supplies, and a list of necessary items can be found at sites.google.com/site/patchinpeople/fall-festival. Each class costs $50, or $90 for both.
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WHAT: Patchin’ People’s Fall Festival dinner and lecture; Gelbrich’s two day-long classes
WHEN: 6 p.m. Oct. 3; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5
WHERE: Dinner and lecture: Banyans on the Ridge, 1260 Palouse Ridge Dr., Pullman; Classes: Palouse Community Center, 230 E. Main St., Palouse, WA
COST: $30 dinner; $50 per class or $90 for both. Time-sensitive registration information is above.