Lectures and Demonstrations

Thanks to QGND expert volunteers, the Metro Quilt Expo will host a series of free demonstrations during the quilt show.

A good time to ask questions and get answers!

BRAZILIAN EMBROIDERY From 11:30 to 2:00 on Saturday, Elaine Keller will demonstrate this method of raised embroidery. Elaine has taught this popular workshop many times, and designs her own line of patterns, A Candle in the Cellar.

CRAZY QUILTING  Friday morning will find Aura Lee Mohror demonstrating her favorite techniques. She’ll have plenty of samples.







COMPARISON QUILT from 1:00 to 3:30 on Friday, see and feel the Red River Machine Quilters’ Comparison Quilt. It is used as a teaching tool to show the different effects made by density of quilting, batting and thread type. The Comparison quilt is touchable. This will be more of a touch and learn time that a demonstration. Ask questions, get expert answers!


JELLY ROLL PIECING Saturday morning you can learn about this fast and fun technique from Mary Belcourt, who has competed several times, and won.

MACHINE NEEDLE FELTING with Julie Richardson on Saturday afternoon

Julie has been making wonderful things with her embellisher machine for years. Watch as 12 barbed needles stab through fiber and fabric to join them into one.

Carnival by Julie Richardson

SHIBORI FOLDING & DYEING from 4 to 7 on Friday, Kim Baird will prepare fabrics for shibori dyeing, and share previously dyed examples. See clamped, bound and stitched resists, plus pole wrapping.








A series of six experts will give one-hour lectures during the Metro Quilt Expo.

Each costs $10, payable at the door. No registration required.

200 YEARS of BUTTONS  Saturday at 3:00

Kae Watson, Minot

Co-owner of 183 Vintage Button Company, whose mission is to travel the world in search of beautiful and unique buttons. They believe that every vintage button tells a story of a different time and place. With over a million vintage and antique buttons in inventory, they have something for everyone who appreciates the wonderful world of buttons.



COLCHA EMBROIDERY   Friday at 1:00

Colcha is an ethnic needlework that dates from the Colonial Spanish period in what today includes northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Sandra learned about and how to stitch colcha when she lived in New Mexico for twelve years.

Sandra Gordon retired as a professor from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She learned embroidery from her mother. She joined the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) when living in New Mexico, and has served in various offices on the chapter, region and national levels of EGA. She currently is the EGA Youth Program Chair and is the Dean of Faculty for the EGA 2019 National Seminar. She also has membership in the American Needlework Guild, the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, the Needlework Guild of Minnesota as well as Designing Quilters and the Quilter’s Guild of North Dakota.


Colleen with her award winning quilt at the Road to California Show, 2015


AN EYE FOR COLOR  Saturday at 1:00

Colleen Carlson of Grand Forks has put together this program on color like you’ve never seen before.

  • We’ll throw out the color wheel and use other ways to think about color.
  • Need ideas for your next quilt or decorating project?
  • A lecture for quilters and non-quilters
  • Bring your not-yet quilting friends to the lecture and introduce them to the joy of color.



Kate Eelkema, Minnetonka, MN, will judge the Metro Quilt Expo. She will explain what a certified judge looks for, and answer general questions.










Kim Baird is one of the founders of QGND, and a graduate of the MA in Textiles, Quilt Studies program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, home of the International Quilt Study Museum.

We used to believe that patchwork is a distinctly American art, but Kim will share examples (photos and hands-on) of patchwork from around the world. Discover patchwork’s long and interesting history in quilts, religious observance, and haute couture.





Mary Heidebrink is an experienced collector, and user, of people-powered sewing machines. Her program at a recent QGND meeting was so popular, we asked her to repeat it. She loves to share her knowledge of these amazing machines. Husband, Paul, tags along to answer repair questions.