Quilt Online with Mary Hogan, January 15-17!

By Arlene Kindel
January 4, 2021

Long-time Guild member, Mary Hogan, will be teaching our January workshops and giving the lecture at our Quilt Day meeting on January 16th.  She has been sewing and crafting ever since she was a child and started quilting in 1993.  After she retired, she was able to devote more time to quilting, began teaching classes at Quilting Season, and decided to write a book.  She has now written four books.


Mary says that she is not interested in having people duplicate the patterns in her books.  Instead, her intent is to help quilters explore a particular topic or a style of piecing, and “do their own thing” using their own fabrics and their own take on a pattern.  She says that in her approach to quilting, “the story is in the piecing.”


Mary was drawn to string quilting because it uses leftovers and scraps, so no two quilts are ever the same, and each reflects the person who pieced it.  In her teaching, she emphasizes design principles, variety and unity, but with plenty of room for individual expression.  She is a pro at adapting and simplifying quilting patterns and techniques.


“Dresden Plate with Strings” is the first workshop on Friday, January 15.  Mary will show us how to use multiple fabrics to make her colorful version of the Dresden Plate pattern.  It is featured in her newest book, Classic to Contemporary String Quilts.  Check it out in the Workshops tab on this website, or on Mary’s website, marymhogan.com.  Mary is known for her beautiful, colorful quilts, and her “quick and easy” adaptations of traditional patterns.  Registration is open to both guild members and non-members.


Mary’s lecture at the Saturday January 16 Quilt Day meeting is titled “What I’ve Learned from Making Siddi Quilts”.  The Siddi (pronounced “seedy”) people are people of African descent who have lived in India for generations.  They are known for making hand-pieced quilts known as “kawandi” to be used as sleeping mats or covers for their children.  They are generally made by groups of women all working together on a single quilt, so it is much more than just functional sewing and becomes a community activity.  Non-members may also register for a fee of $10.00.


On Sunday, January 17, Mary presents “Siddi Style Quilt Making”.  Strips of fabric are sewn to a backing fabric by hand, using long running stitches, working from the outside edges into the center.  The resulting quilts can be very colorful and beautiful.  Mary says Siddi style quilting is a good way to slow down, get back to basics, go with the flow and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Precision is not the goal.  The strips and pieces used are not perfect, “and that’s ok!”  Registration is open to both guild members and non-members.


The workshops and the Quilt Day meeting will all be live, online sessions presented on the Zoom platform.  Workshops run from 9:30-4:00, with a half-hour break for lunch.  The Quilt Day meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.

Non-members click here to register for either workshop or the lecture.  Members:  log in and go to the Members Only registration page.



For more information about Mary, go to:   Website:  marymhogan.com     Facebook:  @MaryMHoganQuilter
Instagram:  stringquiltqueen

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This post was written by Mary Beth Donovan