Join us for the 2017 Quilts Unlimited Opening Day Lecture and Luncheon.
This year will feature a lecture by our Juror of Awards, Renee Fleuranges Valdes.
Finding My Quilting Voice - As one gets to know me, you soon learn that my quilts tend to be bold and colorful. But of course, I didn't start out that way. Come travel through the last 17 years with me and I will share my quilting journey... the twists and turns, influences and how I find inspiration for my work. In this lecture, I will share quilts and stories that are meant to educate and amuse.
Renee Fleuranges Valdes didn't try quilting until 1999, and never in her wildest dreams did she think this would turn into an insatiable passion. Her favorite part of the process is the free motion quilting. While her focus for the past few years has been on art quilts, she started out making traditional quilts, and had a genuine love for paper-pieced quilts. Her quilts have been shown across the United States, in quilts shows and art galleries, and she has won numerous quilting awards. Renee does commission work, machine quilts for friends and sells much of her work. Her original quilts can be found in many private collections. She has been teaching for a number of years and has recently begun teaching her original designs and techniques on a national level. Renee believes her participation in quilting retreats, conferences, classes and forums helps to keep her ideas and techniques fresh and relevant. As she states, Inspiration is everywhere! Renee studied Biology and Computer Science at Utica College, Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree, and a minor in Education. Professionally, she has 36 years in the computer software industry at IBM, where she has held many different positions, both locally and globally. Renee isa member of several quilt guilds and fiber art groups, and mentors high school girls interested in STEM fields via Her Honor Mentoring. She resides in Mount Vernon, NY, with her husband, Robert, who loves to accompany her as she travels for quilting.
- Coffee: 9am
- Lecture: 10am
- Lunch: 12pm
- Awards Ceremony: 1pm