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March Guild Meeting

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Our March Guild Meeting will start off with a brief informational portion before our program, giving all members an update on what is currently going on with the guild and what is coming up.

Our program for March’s Guild Meeting is Barbara Persing, talking to us about Listening to Your Quilt. And, as time allows, we will finish the Guild Meeting with Show and Tell, in which members will share and showcase their quilts or quilted projects.

Listen to Your Quilt

Hurray, finally piecing your quilt top is complete! Yet as quickly as that joy and excitement fills you, poof it vanishes. Peering down upon your fabric, anxiety takes center stage when you feel overwhelmed with “quilting” your project.

Barbara’s one-hour presentation and trunk show is sure to bring “AHA” moments to your quilting. This artist reveals that throughout her personal journey as a longarm quilter/designer she discovered how visually listening to her quilt was instrumental in developing her four-step approach to quilting.  Moreover, it would be the foundation for the publication of her book “Listen to Your Quilt”. 

During this session Barbara, will open your eyes to observing, and utilizing, the cues provided from your quilt. And if you allow yourself to listen close enough, and to Barbara, your quilt top will direct you to the most complimentary way of quilting.  Eliminate the guessing game and the unnecessary worrying of quilting by quieting your mind and letting your quilt speak. Trust Barbara, your quilt can speak volumes!

About Barbara Persing

Born in New Jersey, Barbara Persing stepped into the world of fabric and thread over 30 years ago acquiring the love of quilting and sewing from her mother. Her journey in this arena originated in traditional quilting; but curiosity and creativity soon moved her outside and beyond the box of conventional quilting. 

The new millennium reinvented Barbara from a hobbyist of quilting into a proprietor of her own Longarm Quilting business, addressing customers that longed for pieces that displayed individuality. She attributes embracing a self developed mantra “Listen to the Quilt” as a great contributor to her business’ success.  Those four words empowered her to deliver unparalleled and personalized quilting to each and every project she acquired.

Through the enormous diversity of her clients desires and needs Barb’s style of quilting expanded, opening the doors to an array of techniques. Her talent and expertise advanced; in 2006 she became known in the quilting industry for her unique design aesthetic. In addition, the year found Barbara partnering with her sister, Mary Hoover.  Together they would establish a pattern company, “4th & 6th Designs,” which has been featured in Keepsake Quilting and in many other national quilting magazines. 

The term “quilter” does not define Barbara; she has proven herself an acknowledged fiber artist, designer, author, and teacher.  Major accomplishments such as her fabric lines with Island Batik, “Pink Peony” the first place award winning quilt at AQS Lancaster, and her co-authored publication, “StrataVarious Quilt” and “Listen To Your Quilt” has demonstrated that venturing outside the box can bring incredible life changing events.  As a Aurifil Designer, and producer of the signature “edge-coloring appliqué” technique this solo artist reaches out to new and seasoned quilters during lectures, classes, and publications nationwide. Her message to all those she encounters is simply this, “Never hold yourself to one style, or one technique of quilting; dare yourself to step outside your quilting box and become a one of a kind artist”.  

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