The Club hosts several general meetings during the year where well over 175 members usually attend. Each meeting is held in the RH Johnson Social Hall or the Lecture Hall. The purpose of these meetings is to conduct official club business, but it is also an opportunity for members to enjoy a program. The following are descriptions of recent programs.
February 14, 2023
The topic for the meeting was the PVP 2024 Quilt Show. As a special treat, Carlyn McManus created a PVP Quilt Show history slide show that ran until the meeting started. Pat Luhmann, show co-chairperson, presented general information.
Linda Gagnon, PVP Program Chair, introduced the guest speaker, Cindi Seitz-Krug, a Quilt Judge for the show. Cindi has gained personal experience about what judges look for as evidenced by the many awards she has received for her quilt. The shows have included various AQS shows, the Houston International Quilt Festival, the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Road to California, the NQA Show, the Best of the Valley Quilt Show, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Quilt Odyssey, MQX East, HMQS, MQS, and of course in her home town of Bakersfield, CA at the Cotton Patch Quilter’s Quilt Show.
During her talk, Cindi put on her quilt show “judge hat.” She showed examples, provided tips, and most of all, encouraged members to enter their quilts to be judged, pointing out that the feedback from judges is an invaluable part of improving one’s quilting skills
January 10, 2023
The guest speaker for the January 10, 2023 meeting was Gina Perks, an internationally award-winning quilter. In 2015, she received the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the AQS Paducah show. Her quilt Nostalgia is now part of the American Quilter’s Society collection displayed at the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky.
Gina has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters including ruler templates and stencils for longarm and domestic machine quilting. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting, Appliquilting, Guide to Grids, and Tips for Longarm Quilting.
Gina also quilted one side of the double sided Arizona Centennial Quilt which was displayed in the Rotunda in Washington DC, and is now housed at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, in Payson, Arizona.
November 11, 2022
For the November 11, 2022 meeting, the guest speaker was Carolyn O’Bagy Davis. Carolyn lectures extensively to quilting groups around the country, and has curated many traveling museum exhibits including: “Goldie Tracy Richmond: Quiltmaker and Indian Trader,” “Quilting from the Hopi Mesas,” “Quilted All Day: The Quilts and Prairie Journals of Ida Chambers Melugin,” and “From Clay to Cloth: Hopi Pottery and Painted Quilts.”
Carolyn was the founding president of the Tucson Quilter’s Guild (1976) and she has served on the board of the American Quilt Study Group. She has appeared on Simply Quilts, a feature program on HGTV, American Quilter on Lifetime, and assisted with a film documentary on the history of Hopi Indian quilting produced with support from PBS.
In September 2010, she was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame. She recently donated a large portion of her Hopi quilts collection to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NB.
At the meeting, Carolyn presented a brief history of Hopi quilting. She also shared examples of Hopi quilts that she brought for the lecture. As a special treat, each she gifted each PVP member in attendance with a copy of her book, Hopi Quilts.