COOL happenings in the heat of summer at the Fiber Arts Center


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FACES continues to operate in a Covid-19 conscious environment.  We require all of our unvaxed visitors to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Our current days and hours are Wednesday, 12-4:00pm, Thursday, 12-4:00pm, Friday, 12-4:00pm and Saturday, 12-4:00pm.

For other days, if you would like to schedule a tour or make an appointment,
please contact: 
410-253-9716 (Victoria) or 410-829-5136 (Kay).

Dear Members,
      June is upon us and with it has brought the sadness of the passing of our good friend and board member, Marilyn Ziegler. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family during this trying time. She brought lots of joy and laughter to our hearts during the time that she had with us. We want to celebrate her life with her many talents – painting, pottery, quilting and knitting that she loved. We love you, Marilyn!
    June also brought the completion of the front porch railings! Not only is it much safer to traverse up and down the front entrance but it actually looks a lot larger! Thank you to all the wonderful members who supported us in so many ways. We could not have completed this without you!!!
     There are a few more days to see Pat Tucker’s exhibit with her antique quilts and her own works of art! Then Laura Boehl’s creative quilts will be coming in July. Lots and lots of new lovely material, books and kits on the sale tables are waiting for your perusal. 
     I also want to mention a little-known hero of the Fiber Arts Center, Cameron Wynn, Cathy Spence’s grandson. He comes faithfully to mow and weed whack the grass around the building. He makes sure that the walkways are clear of any slippery leaves and this week he even took a power washer to the ramp in the back as it was getting a little slick. Unlike so many of his age of 12, who shy away from hard work, Cameron has taken the Fiber Arts Center’s outside appearance on as his personal responsibility. Thank you, Cameron from all of us. We truly appreciate all your hard work!
To everyone:
Be safe, eat a vegetable, smile at a child, stay hydrated, wear a hat.

Victoria McConnell



It’s a “Christmas in July” Sale at the Fiber Arts Center!
From July 1st-July 30th there will be a 10% discount on fabrics and books when you come in to shop at the Fiber Arts Center! We have lovely yardage, Fat quarters and tons of fiber art related books and patterns (Candy Stiffler patterns excluded from the sale) for your shopping perusal! Shopping days are Wednesday to Saturday, 12:00-4:00. (Check and cash accepted.) Great bargains to be found!

From May 4-July 2, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore will be featuring the Patricia Tucker Quilt Exhibit: For the Love of Quilts- The Stories Behind the Stitches.” 


Mrs. Tucker is a local quilter who belongs to the Heartland Quilt Guild and has been quilting for over 30 years. She believes that every quilt has its own story. She feels that as much as our Creator leaves His mark on each of us, a quilt-maker’s life and circumstances are often woven within the details of their renderings. She loves the mystery involved in revealing clues and insights found within the stitches and takes great joy in pondering the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, how’s and why’s of each maker and piece; many times discovering the extraordinary among the ordinary!

Come join us to enjoy viewing these legacies and pondering the stories
behind the stitches! 



Rug Braiding Class

 Instructor: Alice Engle

Cost: $40.00 Member, $50.00 Non Member
Dates: Saturday, July 16 and Saturday, July 30, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Come learn the traditional craft of rug braiding. You will learn to braid 3 fabric strips and sew them into a rug.

Supply List: 1/2 yard of 3 different colors of polar fleece cut into 1” strips. DMC #8 floss or cotton thread to match or blend with fabric.
Instructor will offer other supplies for a small fee.

Please call Kay Butler to sign up at 410-829-5136.



Patriotic Sampler Quilt Class

Instructor: Priscilla Hodge
Cost: $40 Member, $50 Non Member
Date: Session 1 July 21 and Session 2 August 18, 2022 Time: 10-3

Class Description: Students will celebrate their patriotism by learning techniques of how to sew patchwork and paper pieced quilt blocks as well as machine applique. There are four patchwork and five paper pieced blocks in the sampler. This is a great way to learn a myriad of stitching skills including using an Add-A- Quarter ruler and how to square off blocks. Come join us for two fun days of stitching the Red, White and Blue!

Patriotic Sampler Class Fabric Requirements and Supplies Needed:

Please wash and press all fabric so they will not bleed when sampler is washed. Use a Color Grabber in washer when you wash your fabrics.

Use Niagara Ironing Spray after washing fabric to make crisp cuts.

**Bring all your red, white, blue and patriotic fabric scraps for this project as well.

Fabric for Backing (red, white & blue flag pattern) 1 3/8 yards

Batting (prefer warm and natural) Two 36-inch squares

Outer Border & Sashing (Whit3e stars on white) 1 ½ yards

Inner Border (red stars with white on navy) ¼ yard

Cornerstones and blocks 1 & 2 (red solid) ¼ yard

Cornerstones (white stars on navy) Fat Quarter (Qtr) or 4” x 12” remnant

For remaining fabric in blocks:

Red print on red 5 Fat Qtrs

White print on White 6 Fat Qtrs

White stars on navy 1 Fat Qtr

White stars on red 1/8 yd

Medium sized red & white stars on navy 1 Fat Qtr

Light blue (with sparkle) 1 Fat Qtr or

4” X 15” remnant

Mini white dots/stars on red 1 Fat Qtr

Navy solid 1 Fat Qtr

Silver or white stars on navy 1/8 yard

Blue and red stars on white 1/8 yard

Dark blue pattern on royal blue 1/8 yard

Supplies Needed

Working sewing machine with manual, if available

Fabric listed on fabric requirements and supplies

Cotton thread. White will work the best for piecing.

White Isacord thread for appliqueing, if you have it.

Small scissors to cut threads

Fabric scissors

PAPER scissors


Rotary cutter with sharp blade (Bring EXTRA blades)

5 ½” x 7 ½” cutting mat

80/12 needles for patchwork blocks

90/14 Universal needle pack of 3 or more (Bring EXTRA needles for paper pieced blocks.)

Sharp pins. Long flathead pins work the best with paper piecing

Curved safety pins size 2 or 3 (at least 40)

Pin cushion

6” x 24” clear ruler

6 ½” square clear ruler to square up blocks or 9- or 12-inch square clear ruler-

I will have one 6 ½” square clear ruler in class

Add-A-Quarter 6 OR 12” Ruler- helps cut off ¼” seams for paper piecing

¼” presser foot, if you have one

Open-toe presser foot or a clear open-toe presser foot.

Walking foot to quilt sampler or a differential feed foot

Niagara Premium Ironing Spray (preferably spray bottle)- I will have one in class.

Suggest you bring:

ROLL’ N ROLL’N Press  Tool (available on Amazon)

Any other sewing supplies that you like to use.

Please call Kay Butler to sign up at 410-829-5136.



Classes in the Works!

Macrame Plant Hanger class with Alice Engle
Sept. 10, 2022

T-shirt Quilt class with Lou Diefenderfer
October 8, 2022

Angel Wallhanging class with Priscilla Hodge
October 15 & November 12, 2022

Knitting, Knitting, Knitting tbd sometime in the fall of 2022!



Fibrous Kale, Broccoli, and Beans Grow From Incredibly Realistic Three-Dimensional Embroideries

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Stitch and Sews

July 7, 2022
August 4, 2022
September 1, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 3, 2022
December 1, 2022

10:00am – 2:00pm,
Members $5.00, Non Members $10.00

UFO Stitching Groups

These fiber artists meet to finish “Unfinished Objects”, in other words, if you have a project that you need time to finish, then this is the event for you! For three consecutive days you can work on your own sewing projects and enjoy the fun and camaraderie of other stitchers. The best thing is that you can leave your machine and materials overnight. 
The following dates have been reserved at the Fiber Arts Center   

July 11-13  & 25-27
August 8-10 & 22-24
September 12-14 & 26-28
October 10-12 & 24-26
November 7-9 & 21-23
December 5-7 & 8-9

There are waiting lists for some dates.

Cost: $30 (for members only) New memberships welcome and you may join easily at the bottom of this newsletter. These groups are filling up fast! You must have a reservation for these groups so that we can follow State Guidelines for social distancing.





The Barn Block Painting class was a big hit!
Painters Audrey Clemens, Norine Ripple, Brenda Zimmerman, Kathleen McCulloch, and Ginger Lockhart took the class with instructor Victoria McConnell. 
More photos next month.



Quilt Folks Magazine Issue No. 21: Maryland  “We visited the Eastern shore with Victoria McConnell, president of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, and popped into a UFO meeting with its members.”  This gorgeous edition of Quilt Folks is in and for sale at the Fiber Arts Center for $22.00 and will also be available at Barns and Noble.
Photography courtesy Quilt Folks.



Mission Statement
The Fiber Arts Center provides a central networking facility for fiber artists in the region, increases public access to and education about fiber art, fosters and promotes creativity in all areas of fiber art, and works to preserve fiber arts skills and traditions.



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We couldn’t do it without you!
All Photography Courtesy Kathleen S. McCulloch unless otherwise indicated.



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