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New techniques illustrated at SVQG workshops

August 31, 2018
By BARBARA C. BARRETT , The Luminary

MUNCY - The Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild (SVQG) has been busy learning new techniques since their quilt show was held last March. Members join the guild so they can learn and master the art of quilting. A quilt design called "Cactus Wreath" was introduced on Thursday, August 16 by Ann Shobert of Riverside, PA. She featured a workshop from the strip pattern designed by Georgette Dell'Orco.

"Using just 2 1/2 inch strips this quilt is a stunning effect," said Shobert as she demonstrated the use of color that starts with a medallion and grows from there. On Saturday, August 25, about 15 members signed up for a workshop to make the "cactus wreath" quilt top, that according to Shobert, is comprised of three different block designs.

Shobert also teaches the pattern design at Hoover's Bernina in Mifflinburg, a favorite stop for quilters.

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Ann Shobert was guest speaker for the SVQG on August 16th and is showing her version of the Cactus Wreath design during their monthly meeting in Pennsdale.

The design can be incorporated into a table runner, wall hanging quilt, or Christmas pillow. "Borders can be added to extend the quilt to fit any size, and any colors can by used for the strips," explained Shobert. For a coordinated look, choose from a fabric collection. "Decide on a background that contrasts with the strips," Shobert said as she held up her design of various blues and greens mixed in with dark violet.

Patsy Charles said the pattern and fabric collections are available at Ben Franklin Store in Clarkstown.

Another workshop for the guild is scheduled for September 29th with Studio 180 and on October 27 to make a "twisted purse" with instructor Luanne Libby. A meeting on Friday, Sept. 28 will introduce Deb Tucker's design ruler "Studio 180" prior to Saturday's workshop which will feature the "Love Links" pattern using the ruler.

The guild has set up a "Quilter's Library" in the entrance hallway at the Pennsdale United Methodist Church where they meet and it is available to all those interested in quilting.

Memberships begin in September for both new members and renewals. Dues are being taken by Gail Kocher, PO Box 37, Muncy, PA, or visit the guild's website at

President, Cindy Campbell announced there are still kits available to make charity quilts.



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