Past Educational Events

Happy Feet Quilted Sneakers 

Saturday, February 17th was a busy day at St. Matthews Episcopal Church as 16 women tried their hand at constructing a pair of quilted sneakers using traditional shoemaking techniques.  Each member used a fabric of their choice and made a quilted sandwich prior to coming to class.  Soles and insoles in pre-ordered sizes, a pattern, waxed shoemaker thread, a saddlers' needle, a sharp stiletto, and a hard thimble were provided to each participant. Then the fun began!

The pattern for the upper and toe/tongue were cut, binding was attached,  then holes were punched so they could be matched up with the holes in the soles.  Eyelets in many colors were chosen then applied to the uppers.  The uppers and toe/tongues were stitched to the soles.  Shoelaces in so may hues and tones were available to finish off the creations!


Punching holes in the uppers.

Landscape Collage Quilts

ASG Member and quilter Linda Boone brought numerous bags of fabric, examples of 8 x 10 Landscape Collage Quilts for inspiration, and shared all the details for making our own work of art. Over twenty ladies got busy choosing fabrics and placing them on a foundation fabric. Just check out some of the beauties below. 

--- Lisa Stewart, participant

There were 4 tables of fabric to choose from to our heart's content!


An inspiration photo and the finished collage


A beautiful fall forest scene by a participant.            


A framed example - all of these pieces were cut as triangles.


A homey country scene.


River's edge.                                     


A Day of Creativity With Fit for Art Patterns

We had a very successful event with Fit for Art patterns on Saturday, Dec 3 in Charlottesville.  The venue was fantastic. Thanks to the 30 attendees who came from Richmond, Charlottesville and Northern VA areas to spend the day playing with fabrics, yarns, threads and being very creative.  Rae and Carrie inspired us with their samples and a trunk show of their garments showcasing the techniques we were learning. A big THANK YOU to our members who dedicated a lot of their time to making this event so successful; Julie Bowersett, Ann-Marie Schare, Lisa Stewart and Dianne Waller. 

--- Paula Jarvis, Event Coordinator

Rae with a notebook cover sample with handstitched applique

Attendees working on collage samples

Scrap lace creations

 To see more of upcoming events, check out the Calendar.