Quilters gather for workshops by nationally-known experts

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Nationally-known quilter Marilyn Doheny demonstrates her unique quilting techniques to the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild members. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Nationally-known quilter Marilyn Doheny demonstrates her unique quilting techniques to the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild members. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Stafford Mill Town Quilters sponsored lectures and workshops by nationally-known quilters Karen Kay Buckley and Marilyn Doheny on Oct. 5 and 6 at Stafford High School.

The Greater Hartford Quilt Guild is comprised of 13 chapters. Each year, one of the chapters is asked to sponsor a major quilting event. This year, it was up to Chapter 13 in Stafford to host the event. According to member Nancy Schwanda, more than 150 quilters came to the two-day class. “We are so lucky to have Marilyn Doheny and Karen Kay Buckley here this weekend,” said Schwanda. “Karen came from Pennsylvania and Marilyn came all the way from North Carolina. We are thrilled to be able to learn techniques from the best in the industry. In fact, Karen just won the ‘Best in Show’ award at the Paducah, Kentucky Quilt Show.”

“I am so honored to have Marilyn stay with me while she is here,” said Adi Sutherland, a member of the chapter. “She is a very patient instructor. She is an artist that shows her talent through her quilts, which are just magnificent. We are very lucky to have her teach us her quilting secrets.”

Debbie Steeves came all the way from Naugatuck to be a part of the class. “I am a bit overwhelmed right now,” said Steeves. “Marilyn is so talented and quick, I just feel a bit out of my league. I’m thankful that she is so great at teaching the techniques because I am going to have to ask her to help me a bit. Like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you are with it, so I just have to keep going until I get it and keep practicing.”

“I am glad the event is so close,” said Pat McFeeley, from Somers. “I am very impressed by Marilyn. She is a very innovative teacher that keeps you enthused throughout the entire project.”

Claudia Anderson drove from Wallingford to learn what the famous quilters had to offer. “I have been quilting since the mid 1990s,” said Anderson. “I love it. I find it relaxing and a lot of fun. I have learned a great deal over the past two days.”


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