Spring Time at the Fiber Arts Center – New Classes in Full Boom!


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 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,

     Lights, Lights, Lights!  We have invested in new fixtures and state of the art LED bulbs for the Fiber Arts Center. Deb Driscoll, a member from Baltimore and a former lighting executive who worked on the lighting for the Baltimore Museum of Art, helped us with the design, ordering and installation of new lights!  Now both the exhibit and the work tables are in great light that mimics daylight but protects fibers. It is a long-needed improvement to our space. Colette Metcalf’s exhibit practically jumps off the walls when illuminated by these new lights. If you have already seen it, come again for a new look and if you haven’t seen it, you are in for a real spring treat.

       Classes abound.  A stump work class is also being offered, reviving a long-lost fiber arts skill.  A drop spindle class will help you make your own yarn for the knitting and crochet classes.  There is an increasingly popular yarn bee where you can work on all of these projects.  Don’t forget to look for the Global Quilt Connection on April 13th and 14th.  The link coming will be coming soon to members.

     These March winds have really been blowing but spring is on the way. Take care of yourselves.    Victoria McConnell




Color, fibers, design, stitching and happiness all in one room!  Pictured are Board President, Victoria McConnell and Treasurer, Cathy Spence needle-pointing away, upstairs in our wonderful class/work/meeting room.  What project could you see yourself working on in this peaceful space?



The Fiber Arts Center is pleased to introduce our next quilt exhibitor, Colette Metcalf!

Colette has been quilting since the 1980’s and is a prolific and talented quilter and teacher. She loves to make all types of genres of quilts and is particularly fond of hand embroidery. She is always looking for new techniques to incorporate into her quilting classes. She presently volunteers at Our Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church and teaches a group called “The Dorchester Samplers”. Her absolute passion is to teach beginner quilters and she enjoys watching her students improve their quilting skills. Come see this lovely Irish quilter’s wonderful quilt display. You’ll be in for such a treat!

Dates:  March 13 through May 11, 2024

Location:  The Fiber Arts Center, 7 N. 4th St., Denton, MD. 21639

Hours:  Weds., Thurs., Fri. and Saturdays, 12-4:00pm

The exhibit is free for all to enjoy.




Adkins Arboretum partnered with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create an exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center.

This year, our very own, Alice Engle, was the judge for the prizewinners!  

The bright colors and whimsical designs will be on view from February 29 through April 6th. 




Fiber Arts Center Member Exhibit:
May 22-July 13, 2024
It is time to showcase all of the amazing talent of Fiber Arts Center
members! Quilts of all sizes, crocheted or knitted work, needlepoint,
weaving, etc. will be accepted for what promises to be a most beautiful
and diverse exhibit! Perhaps you have taken a class at the Fiber Arts
Center and would like to display your work; then be sure to send the following information  to Kay Butler(mrs.kay.butler@gmail.com).
Sending it via email is preferred!

Name of Textile/Quilt:
Dimensions of Quilt:
Description of Textile/Quilt:

If you have created a lovely textile on your own, we still would like for
you to share your work in the Fiber Arts Gallery! Deadline date for
submissions: April 1 st We have over 160 members so the first 30 entries
submitted will be displayed. Drop your textile off at the Fiber Arts
Center before May 4. Any questions call Kay Butler @ 410-829-5136.
Looking forward to displaying your beautiful treasures!



The Fiber Arts Center Presents Something New –
“Sit N Knit with Alice”

Bring your knitting or crochet project to the Fiber Arts Center for a perfectly marvelous session of yarn making with other like minded wool lovers.  While not a class, this is an opportunity to tune out the world and just sit and knit/crochet with support from Alice if you are having any issues, and enjoy the camaraderie of needle and hook enthusiasts.  We will gather in the upstairs library/class room.

Date:  April 10 and April 24, 2024

Time:  10:00am  – 3:00pm

Cost:  $5.00 Members, $10.00 Non Members

Contact Alice Engle at 410/490-2087 to sign up.



UFO Stitching Groups
If you buy 3 sessions of UFO, you get the 4th one for free!

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   

2024 Dates: April 9-11, April 23-25, May 7-9, May 21-23

There are waiting lists for some dates.

Cost: Members – $30 per session (3 days) 
Non Members – $45 per session (3 days)
Reservations are required.



Communal Art-Making Is at the Core of Sanaa Gateja’s Monumental Paper Bead Tapestries



The Fiber Arts Center is excited to announce that retired Caroline County Librarian, Peggy Malasky, has graciously offered to oversee the organization of our wonderful library (its’ upstairs).  Our goal is to provide easy access to our members of this truly impressive resource for learning, projects, research, etc.  We’ll update you as we progress.  Thank you, Peggy!





Adelina’s Applique Floral Garden;
Block of the Month Session 2 with Kay Butler
Dates: June 21, July 26, August 23, Sept. 20
Time:  10:00 – 2:00
Cost: $60.00 Members/$75.00 Non Members

Adelina’s Flower Garden is a mid-nineteenth century New York appliqued quilt with a folk art appearance to the blocks. You will have the opportunity to create this lovely quilt as we delve into the world of back basting applique. The floral quilt contains 12 applique blocks each measuring 22 inches square. For the first session, we will be focusing on four floral blocks.


Class Supply List:

If you wish to complete the entire quilt you will need:

9 yards of background fabric

Green fabric: 2 yards

20 fat quarters of blues, yellows, pink, purples, oranges

Needles: sharps #10

Applique Pins

Blue water soluble pens (these can be purchased at Walmart)

Matching thread for flowers/baskets(100% cotton)

Embroidery scissors

Optional: light box and light box

If you wish to make a wallhanging, call Kay for fabric requirements.

Pattern will need to be purchased ahead of time ($40) and can be obtained from Kay Butler. Any questions? Call Kay: 410-829-5136



Hutton Lancaster Legacy Quilt Class

January 27, Feb. 24, March 23, and April 27, 2024

Time: 10-2

Cost: $60/$75

We will be teaching this wonderful 1846-1847 signature album quilt which was made originally by family members and friends of Benjamin and Susanna Hutton, a Quaker couple who lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original quilt has 36 applique blocks and measures 100 inches x 104 inches. We will focus on completing 12 of those applique blocks and will learn the back basting method of hand applique.  Please contact Kay Butler to sign up at 410/829-5136.  

Class Supplies/Fabric Requirements:    https://fiberartscenter.com/upcoming/



THIS JUST IN !  Another Beginning Crochet Class has just been added.  The dates for this session are April 3, April 17, May 1 and May 15.

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost:  Member $40.00/Non Member $50.00

Class Supplies:
Crochet hook – J
One skein of cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream can be found at Walmart)
Small scissors
Paper/pencil for taking notes
Class Description:
In this beginner crochet class, instructor Alice Engle will be teaching a combination of crochet stitches to form patterns. Students will quickly advance to complete a project of their own choosing. This class is filling up fast so be sure to contact Kay Butler (410-829-5136) to sign up today!



Origami Kimono Class

Date:  April 6, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost:  Member $30.00/NonMember $40.00

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

Under the tutelage of instructor, Pam Sullivan, students will construct a beautiful  folded fabric kimono to be made into a wallhanging where you can make as many kimonos as you desire. 

Class Supply List:

1 fat quarter or quarter yard cut per kimono

Background fabric: 7 inch square per kimono

All fabric should be 100% cotton.

Students will need fabric for sashing, borders and backing. The amount will vary depending on the size they choose to make their wallhanging. (Contact Pam Sullivan to discuss the amount of fabric needed. 

Sullivan 579@verizon.net)

Thread to match fabric

Basic sewing supplies

Rotary cutter (mats are provided).



Applique Sunflower/Poinsettia Class
Students will complete a beautiful sunflower or poinsettia quilt using the Dresden Plate method. You may choose between three sizes of quilts to render your project. Teacher, Colette Metcalf, will provide the template needed for the project If you have further questions call Colette Metcalf at 443-515-0491.

Instructor:  Colette Metcalf

Date:  April 12, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 3:00pm

Cost:  Members $40.00/Non Members $50.00

Please call Kay Butler for more information and to sign up at 410/829-5136.

Dresden Plate Quilt Supply List

Frixon Erasable Pen

Sewing machine in good working order with fresh needle
Rotary Cutter – sharp blade
Ruler – 6.5 inch or 6 by 12 in
Cutting mat
Straight pins
Thread to match fabric
5 yards background fabric
2 yards of fabric for Dresden plates (light, medium, medium dark prints) or 10 fat quarters for variety
2 yards for sashing
¾ for sashing corner squares



For Members Only:

You have been emailed a link to this event which will go live at the start time for each date so that you may watch in the comfort of your own home or you can come into the Fiber Arts Center on Monday, April 15th from 9-4:00pm to watch recorded sessions.  The cost is $5.00 to watch at FAC.

All-Star Sampler Platter Youtube Livestream Event 6 hours of amazing demos by some of GQC’s very best teachers

Saturday, April 13, 2024 3:00 – 6:00 pm US Eastern Time

Karen Bolan Precision – How to Cut Curves with a Straight Ruler Ana Buzzalino – Sheer Elegance: Text on Translucent Fabrics Tina Craig – Tina’s Wonder Window for Fussy Cutting Any Shape for English Paper Piecing Cathy Perlmutter – Turned Edge Piecing for Cityscape Quilts Gunnel Hag – Create Your Own Fabric – Easy StencilsGunnel Hag – Create Your Own Fabric –  Stretch Those Blocks with HRTs Rachel Derstine – Keep It Simple, but Pack a Punch Diane Harris – Build a Scrap Quilt: Brick by Brick Kestrel Michaud – Kestrel’s Total Fray Elimination Technique

Sunday, April 14, 2024 3:00 – 6:00 pm US Eastern Time

Carol Wilholt – Lessons from a Potholder Lisa Thorpe – Printing Palozza: A Sampler of Fabric Printing Techniques Pattie Klimek – How to Debone a Shirt in 5 minutes Jenny Kae Parks – Create Classics Using Your Scraps Scarlett Rose – Bias and Beyond: Classic to Modern Laureen Smith – Elevate Your Fusible Applique! Claudia Squio – Make Fabric Boxes Without Sewing Using Cartonnage Technique Margaret Willingham – Create & Make Mini Medallion Cindy Grisdela – Fearless Improv Curves



Barn Block Quilt Painting Class 
Instructor:  Victoria McConnell

Date:  April 18, 2024

Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost:  $100.00/Members, $110.00 Non Members

Call Victoria to sign up and plan your design for painting, 410-253-9716.




Improv Star Quilt Class With Alice Kish

Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 9:30-3:30
Cost: $40.00 Members/$50.00 Non Members

Improv Stars

Two at a time

Improv stars uses a slash and sew technique that makes each set of stars different but alike. Accent strips are inserted and each set shines on its own. This class is a great introduction to improv piecing and the result is a fun,lively quilt whether you use solids or your favorite prints.

Supply list For each set of stars you will need :

2 squares 13 1/2” each
4 strips 1” x WOF ( width of fabric)

You will get two stars done in class. Bring more sets and strips if you are a fast sewer.

Also bring:
Sewing machine and supplies Rotary cutter and mat and long ruler

Please call Kay Butler at 410/829-5136 to sign up for this class.



Beginning Wool Spinning

Have you ever thought about making your own yarn? Learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn using a drop spindle in this introductory class.

Instructor Beth Hansen will teach the basics of spinning wool into yarn in this class.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30.00 members/$40.00 non members

Supply kits will be available for $15. If you have a drop spindle, you may bring it.

Please call Kathleen at 443/995-1096 or the office at 443/448-4611 to sign up or at EventBrite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/873986646587?aff=oddtdtcreator



Wonky Star Quilt Class With Alice Kish

Date: July 13, 2024

Cost: $40 Members  $50 Non Members

Instructor: Alice Kish

Time: 9:30-3:30

Students will learn to make improv stars of various sizes using mainly scraps. This is a great class for beginners!

Class Supply List:

Working sewing machine


Rotary cutter

Cutting mat





For the larger wonky stars, each star needs five  3 ½ inch squares of star fabric; pin set of five together. Bring about 8 sets. Bring 40  3 ½ inch squares of background fabric: can be all the same or scraps. For the smaller light star quilt: 5 inch squares of darks and lights and/or 2 ½ inch strips or squares.

Charm packs work well as do jelly rolls.

Call Kay Butler for sign up(410-829-5136) and Call Alice for additional class questions (410-253-2330)



Stitch and Sews

2024 Dates:  April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5

12:00pm – 4:00pm
Members $5.00, Non Members $10.00



Star Embroidery – Stumpwork with Pat Christ

Date:  August 1
Time:  10:00 – 2:00
Cost: $45.00 Members, $55.00 Non Members
Kit Cost:  $20.00 

In addition to being creative the Pennsylvania Germans were also thrifty.   “Star Embroidery”, or as the Pennsylvania Germans refer to as “Stumpwork”, has been in existence over 120 years.  This type of wool embroidery was generally done on closely woven fabrics that were being recycled from worn clothes or household items.  Leftover yarn from other projects was used with a tin star pattern that was made by the local tinsmith.  

You will be making a “Star Embroidery” block in class while learning the interesting technique of “Stumpwork.”  This block can be used to create a pin cushion, Christmas ornament or you can continue to make additional blocks for a larger project.

Supplies Needed:

Pair of small scissors with a sharp point

$20.00 – Handout fee includes the following:    

Background fabric

Tin Template


Instructions with diagrams

Wool yarn of three color

Call Kay Butler: 410-829-5136 for sign up!







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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