Kathy McNeil is an internationally award-winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, art quilt teacher and judge.
Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.
Here is a picture of her latest winter pictorial quilt – Mother Forest.
Due to Kathy’s health issues, both the program and workshop will be on Zoom.
Because of this, you must register for the workshop by the August meeting.
Workshop: Under the Sea
Wed. Sept. 21 20. 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Registration will be available at the July and August meetings. Cost is $50 for guild members and $60 for non-members (so feel free to bring a friend with you). If you are interested in signing up and will not be at the meeting, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 317-431-4025.
Choose the Octopus or the Sea Turtle. $13.95 pattern fee. Students will order
individual pattern from Kathy’s Web store before class. Each pattern has a
materials list for that pattern.
Fast, fun, and oh so beautiful. Step into the world of pictorial quilting. Add novelty fussy cut images to personalize your under the sea quilt. Choose from two beloved animals. Learn the steps of layered appliqué. Choose the easy turned edges. Apliquick method for the turtles or raw edge fused octopus. Kathy will demonstrate her fabric paint crayons to add lovely hints of shading. We will finish with a discussion of how to quilt the pictorial quilt.
Design and techniques learned in this class:
- Turned edge Apliquick method for all turtles.
- Raw edge fused for Octopus only.
- Tips for Basic pattern making for all sea critters using base shapes.
- Shading objects to increase the sense of form using my favorite paint crayons.
- Choosing fabrics for pictorial work.
- Adding 3-D texture and objects to your coral reef including sea fans made completely with thread.
- Quilting designs for pictorial quilting.
Octopus Fused Applique
You must email Kathy 1 month before the workshop, so that she can make them
for you. $30.00 Required Kit fee.
Includes all the octopus and coral pieces from twelve different fabrics. They have
been traced onto lite Steam a Seam 2 and fused to the fabrics. You will just need
to cut them out and finger press them onto your pre-made background. Background must be completed before class, so you will have something to fuse your octopus to.
Sea Turtle and Coral Reef
Must have Apliquick turning rods, 1 unit of Apliquick interfacing and a glue pen
for this workshop.
EASY Apliquick Turned Edges. I will be teaching this method in class. I use the Apliquick system of turned edges. Watch the free video of this demonstration at
I will have all the Apliquick tools and supplies with me, or you can order them
from my website with your pattern.
Please bring 4” applique scissors and Appliqué pins to class. No need to have the background completed before class. We will concentrate on making our turtles.
Email her with Octopus Kit orders or general questions at
Colleen is the creator of Northwater Quilt Designs, named after her native state of Michigan, where she still resides. She began quilting in 2001 as a hobby, after visiting our neighboring state of Indiana and falling in love with the beautiful Amish quilts there. She found quilting to be great stress relief from her fulltime job as a nurse. Before she knew it, she was teaching in several local quilt shops and thoroughly loved it. She began designing her own patterns in 2011 and created Northwater Quilt Designs. She has been published in quilt magazines, and has been speaking and teaching at several quilt guilds
Colleen will do a trunk show/lecture showing several of her quilts and telling us about building a pattern business, what she’s learned along the way, and how she has evolved into making “modern” quilts.
Workshop: Black Magic
Wed. Oct. 19, 2022 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Gather any collection of fabric from your stash – Halloween, Christmas, patriotic, etc. and learn traditional curved piecing along with paper piecing to create this 45” x 54” wall hanging.
Supply list TBD
November 2022- Christmas Bazaar
Start planning now to participate in the Christmas Bazaar. Each guild member should brings 5-10 items that they have made, items that would appropriate for a small Christmas gift or hospitality gift. Each member will determine an appropriate price for the items they are contributing. Come to the meeting prepared to do a bit of Christmas shopping at the Bazaar and help us raise money for a good cause. The money raised from the Bazaar will be given to support an important ‘cause.’ Early in 2022, nominations for the ‘Cause’ will be accepted and voted on by the members.