naples quilters guild   1983 - 2018    35 Years!

Prices quoted are for members only; non-members slightly higher (+$12).   
In-house teachers: $25............National teachers: $35

IMPORTANT:  Only payment in full reserves your workshop space. 
 In order to hold your spot in any class, you must pay for it now. 
Make checks out to Naples Quilters Guild

Please send checks to:
Shari Thompson
12510 Shawnee Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33913
239.565.9061 c     (Yes, my email has 2 "i' in it)

The guild does not provide refunds. 
 If you are unable to attend, YOU must find your replacement. 
The program chairman will maintain a waiting list, 
but it will be your responsibility to fill your spot.

Future workshops are up to you!  Because attendance at workshops has fallen off in recent years, we have adopted a far more conservative policy in booking future teachers.  Although the guild underwrites some of the expense of our teachers, our Standing Rules mandate that workshops shall be self-sustaining.  We have calculated that with all the expenses (travel, teacher fees and an increase in GGCC fee) a minimum of 15 participants is our break-even point.  In fairness to our teachers and to enable us to avoid paying for things we can’t use, we must decide at least 30 days in advance whether we will have a workshop or will need to cancel it.  We simply cannot wait until the day before.  

What can you do to help?  

If you have any questions or want to sign up for any of our wonderful classes,  


 NOTE - Classroom location:   Our workshops are now held at the EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
                                                    777 Mooring Line Drive Naples

​When you filled out your membership application in the spring, many of you also indicated quilt teachers that you would like to see lecture and teach for our guild. These requests were all passed along to me and I wanted to let you know the status on most of your requests.

Barbara Brackman is no longer teaching for quilt guilds.

Bonnie Hunter is booked through 2018 and is not currently taking booking beyond that date.

Caryl Bryer Fallert is not teaching for guilds.

Angela Walters came to teach for our guild in 2016.

Edyta Sitar was contacted by email with a request but she did not respond.

Gwen Marston is no longer teaching for individual guilds.

Kathy Sandbach died in 2012.

Kim Deihl is not taking new teaching engagements.

Susan Carlson came to teach for our guild in 2016.

Mark Lipinski class and lecture cost is not economical for our guild.

Vicki Bellino does teach classes.

I just thought you should would want to know that I do pay attention to your input. Feel free to send me your ideas at any time.  
We’ve got some pretty exciting things coming up!


Philippa is a master quiltmaker 
who lives in Yorkshire England. 
Her quilts have won multiple international awards, 
The Best of Show in the Birmingham Quilt show in 2017. 
 Her winning quilt is in the picture. 

Three of her quilts are in the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky.  
She was trained as a clothing designer and she had a business making wedding and evening dresses.  
Her book, Applique Mastery is full of information about applique and finishing techniques and has complete instructions on how to make your version of Philippa’s award winning quilt “Bird By Bird”.
Philippa will be here for our April lecture. 
 She will also be teaching (1) two day class and (2) one day classes as outlined below.  
We wanted to take full advantage of her visit as she has so much to teach us.  
These classes will surely fill quickly with this rare opportunity. 

Friday and Saturday, April 20 – 21 – Two day class – Machine Applique Masterclass - $70 
A practical workshop exploring                                          SUPPLY LIST click here
  • Turned edge and satin stitch applique techniques 
  • Blanket stitch and • free-motion raw edge applique 
  • A wide range of strip applique. 

A range of samples will be sewn. 
For turned edge applique there will be a particular emphasis on convex and concave curves, hearts, perfect points, and the smoothest turned edge circles you have seen! 
We will look at ways of embellishing these with embroidery and purchased trims such as rick rack. For the satin stitch, we will discover the best threads to use, how to create perfect satin stitch circles and how to deal with corners and points. 
We will examine all kinds of strip applique including continuous bias strips, Rouleau loops, mitered strips and the skinniest bias strips to be seen. 
A range of handouts and patterns will be given and can be used as starting point for your own applique project – which might be a cushion or even a king-sized quilt! 
You will be sure to leave class with a good understanding of how shape informs technique, and a wealth of creative ideas.

Monday, April 23 – Trapunto and Corded Trapunto - $35           Supply List click here
Learn how easy and versatile trapunto and corded yarn trapunto can be. 
Both are fabulous ways of adding sculptural dimension to your work, giving a lovely combination of line and shape definition. 
Discuss material and equipment preferences, and gain insight into original and distinctive designs. After demonstrations students produce a small trapunto and corded trapunto sample quilt using the techniques Philippa employs in her own work. 
Patterns are provided at a small charge. 
There will be a choice of different patterns to accommodate different tastes and ability levels.

Tuesday, April 24 – Finishing Techniques - $35                         Supply List click here
Learn award winning techniques to get the best possible finish to the edges of your quilts. In this practical workshop a variety of samples are made. 
These include beautiful mitered borders, contrasting fabric covered piping, the neatest double folded binding, how to make a hanging sleeve and so much more!

The cost for each day of class is $35 for NQG members; checks should be made payable to Naples Quilters Guild. 

The class times are 9:30 to 4:30 and all classes will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in the family life center.  

You may sign up for one or all three of Philippa’s classes. 
 Please secure your place in class by mailing your check to 
Shari Thompson; 
12510 Shawnee Rd; 
Ft. Myers, FL 33913. 

 If you have questions, you can reach Shari by email at

You may also go on Philippa’s website  for additional information.