February Program

 Our Guest Speaker for February is Chris Johnson.

Chris Johnson, her husband, Dennis – and their beloved NewFoundland, Jackson, – moved to Grand Junction from Michigan 12 months ago. Chris is originally from New Zealand, but has spent much of her working life in Central Australia, living and working with Aboriginal people of the Great Western desert region. Out of college, Chris has worked as a Speech/Language Therapist (6yrs), and a teacher, across all levels – elementary, middle school and high school (28 yrs). Chris has been quilting for over 20 years – including 6 years as a long arm machinist – teaching quilt classes in Central Australia – and teaching textile art, textile technology and fashion design (6 years) in New Zealand.

PRESENTATION – 13 February 2019.  (9 am)

“AN AUSTRALIAN TRUNK SHOW” – Chris showcased her work with Australian Aboriginal fabrics – explaining their origin and the meanings behind the generic symbols found in dot paintings, and the use of Aboriginal art to express “dreamtime stories” and cultural values.


WORKSHOP – February 13, 2019  (12.30 pm – 4.30 pm) at the American Lutheran Fellowship Hall.

A GRAND TIME” – Monument Mesa – Fused Abstract Landscape.


Chris Johnson demonstrated how to achieve a stunning landscape using strip piecing and fusion (with some basic appliqué) – cleverly arranged using displacement techniques. With patterns provided and ideas for presentation, it is hoped you will be able to complete most of this project in the afternoon workshop.

Come along – celebrate our amazing Grand Valley – with its fascinating rock sculptures on the mesa – and the beautiful Colorado River – and have “A Grand Time”!!