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A Quiltmaker’s Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture

with Helen Smith Stone

November 13th, 2021

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Helen has been a quiltmaker for over 40 years and is passionate about her art form. In this one-hour Lecture/Trunk Show, you will hear what inspired Helen to become a quilter, see how her quiltmaking style has changed over the years, and learn who has influenced her work and why. While showing 20-25 quilts, Helen will share some of her proudest achievements as well as some of her challenges along this creative journey. She hopes to inspire you to become a quiltmaker, too; or, if you already make quilts, to try some new techniques. Be sure to stay until the end of her Trunk Show so you can see the quilts up close and ask questions.

About Helen Smith Stone: Helen is the founder/owner of Quilting on the Waterfront (QTW), a small business that focuses on providing education to quiltmakers ~ machine piecing, machine quilting, and art quilting techniques. She especially enjoys teaching “beginner” quilters, helping them get off to a good start.

Helen’s first experience with needles and thread was at the age of eight when her mother taught her hand-embroidery. Later, she became interested in sewing machines, and her journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics, 4-H classes, and good teachers propelled Helen forward into first sewing doll clothes and later making clothing for herself. But, when she saw her grandmother’s collection of quilts, she was smitten! “I knew then what I wanted to learn – how to create quilts!” Many years later, she made her first quilt – a baby quilt for her son. From there, quiltmaking became Helen’s passion and art form. She has been making quilts for over 40 years.

An award-winning quilter, Helen presented a quilt show/conference (Quilting on the Waterfront) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in 2002, 2004, and 2006, bringing in over 6,000 attendees each year. She continued to produce smaller quilt shows at The Inn on Lake Superior-Duluth until 2012. She enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts through Trunk Shows, workshops, and special exhibits.

Helen’s work has been published in Joanne Larsen Line’s books: Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, and More Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. She has also been featured in a machine quilting book by Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques; in a paper-piecing book by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, A Passion for Piecing; and in three QuiltArt Engagement Calendars by American Quilters Society (AQS).

In 2001, Helen started a quilt guild to help educate and inspire new and experienced quilters and to encourage the making and donating of quilts to local charitable organizations. Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild (NLMQG) is based in Duluth and has 70 members.

Helen worked in the education profession for over 35 years: The Marshall School, Duluth Public Schools, KUMD-Public Radio, WDSE-Public TV, and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She participates in a variety of online classes and strongly believes in lifelong learning. One of her favorite quotes is: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. - Author unknown

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Stop by and Make Your Own Pot Pie

with Lacey Squier

November 27th, 2021

$20 More Info

Shop Small Saturday at the Ely Folk School: 

Stop by and Make Your Own Pot Pie

Saturday, November 27

Hourly pie crust making tutorials starting at 10:00am until 2:00pm

Tuition: $10  Materials: $10

Each participant will take home one 5” chicken pot pie 

Swing by the Ely Folk School on Shop Small Saturday and spend an hour with us, learning how to make a delicious, flaky pie crust for an individual chicken pot pie. Resident cooking instructor Lacey Squier will have prepared the filling from scratch in advance. Homemade pie crust tutorials will begin on the hour between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required. 

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Ely Folk School Holiday Party

December 11th, 2021

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Join the Ely Folk School for a free outdoor community gathering featuring dog sled rides, a bonfire, Ojibwe snow snakes (game) demonstrations, and more. Skis and snowshoes will be availble courtesty of Piragis Northwoods Company.

Glögg, hot cocoa, and snacks will be provided. Donations encouraged. 

Online registration unavailable