Stories Behind the Quilts
Dot will present a trunk show of 30 or so quilts of various sizes and styles, and talk about the stories that go with each.
Workshop - Storm at Sea Quilt
The paper-pieced Storm at Sea Quilt is a simple paper piecing project which makes this quilt so easy and so perfect.
Yardage chart provides for small to large quilts, depending on the block size chosen and also for changing of color or shade five times across the quilt top.
You could take one color from light to dark or choose five colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
The supply list will tell you how to do it.
Storm at Sea Quilt Supply List (PDF)
(you can right-click the link above if you wish to save to your computer)
Dot Collins is interested in lecturing and teaching quilting classes to share her love of quilting and to inspire and learn from other quilters, and to keep quilting “thriving” in today’s world through the use of up-to-date methods. She loves to machine piece, hand appliqué, and hand quilt, but she also does and teaches machine appliqué and machine quilting. In fact, almost everything I do and teach is related to the sewing machine - my favorite tool!
Dot lives in Port Neches, Texas (90 miles east of Houston). Dot has a degree in Chemistry and retired as Superintendent of Quality Services at Huntsman Corp. in Jefferson County. Dot's husband is patient with her love of quilting - as she am with his interests.
Dot began quilting in 1984. She has been a member of the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont, Tx. since 1985 and has served the guild as President, Vice President, Retreat chairman, Newsletter Editor, Style Show chairman, Quilt Show chairman, and Auction chairman at various times. She is a member of four bees in her guild. One of those, the “Blockheads”, made the 1993 Houston donation quilt - a “Baltimore style” appliqué quilt.
Dot began to teach piecing classes along with basic quilting instructions in 1986. She has designed, written, and illustrated the instructional material for the quilts she teaches. Most of the quilts she teaches are original designs – or utilize traditional designs in an innovative way; others are traditional quilt designs or adaptations of traditional quilts. I love sharing things I have learned from others as well as teaching ways I have developed to make quilting simpler, easier, and more joyful.
Dot has taught extensively in Texas and Louisiana and some in other states. Dot teaches at least one class a month in her area. Now that she is retired from her “day job” she hopes to extend her area of contact in the quilting world.
Because she loves to try everything that comes out and wants to do everything she sees, she has never be known for any one technique - although paper piecing is becoming more predominant in her instructional materials. The one thing that is quickly recognized in her work is her love of the use of plaids and stripes in quilting. One of Dot's quilts that is done using all plaids won an honorable mention ribbon at the Paducah Quilt Show and a judges choice ribbon at the Houston Quilt Festival in 1994. The quilt was featured on the cover of the October 1995 Quilters Newsletter Magazine and it was the November page in the 1996 Lang Quilt calendar and in three other quilt magazines. The name of that quilt is “Mother Earth”. Besides teaching it several times locally (it requires 6 -10 classes to cover the quilt), she has sent out instructions to over 600 quilters on a mail-order basis.