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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 4:30 am

The Crossroads to Texas Quilts Guild will sponsor a luncheon and lecture by internationally known quilt artist Cynthia England.

The luncheon, catered by Let Us Do the Cooking of Killeen, is at 11:30 a.m. March 23 at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

England will also lead a quilting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22, at the Harker Heights United Methodist Church, 208 W. Cardinal. Both events are open to the public.

No quilting experience is necessary to attend the luncheon, but workshop attendees should have basic quilting skills.

The theme of the luncheon is a lecture “Creating a Pictorial Quilt” by England, according to the guild.

Pictorial quilts use photographs or other imagery to tell a story, commemorate an important event, or bring forth a sense of time and place and typically include landscapes, fauna, garden scenes, photographs or portraits.

In her presentation, England will use a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate the process of making pictorial quilts using her signature “picture-piecing” technique and discuss in detail how to enlarge a design, make fabric selections, and project organizational methods are discussed in detail, the guild said.

The lecture is followed by a question-and-answer session.

The workshop will have two patterns available, one for beginners and another for more advanced quilters.

The beginner pattern is a 19-by-19-inch State of Texas block, featuring a map of Texas and various icons, all surrounded by bluebonnets. Cost is $24 for the pattern and fabric kit, plus a $26 instruction fee.

The pattern for intermediate and advanced quilters is a 19-by-17-inch Country Road block featuring landscaping imagery and a church. Cost is $31 for pattern and fabric kit, plus a $26 instruction fee.

England is most well-known for the paper-piecing technique she developed called “Picture Piecing” that lays the paper on top of the fabric rather than on the back, as is done in the tradition method, according to the guild.

She has her own line of quilting patterns featuring intricate details and elements of painting, stained glass and embroidery, resulting in a high level of artistry.

She has won numerous awards, including “The 20th Century’s Best American Quilts” in 2000, and is a two-time “Best of Show” winner at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in 1993 and 2000.

Recently, two of her quilts were on display in the Texas Quilt Exhibit at the 2011 International Quilt Festival.

Advance reservation and payment is required. For more information, contact Joyce Mayer at mpranch@earthlink.net or Nancy Judd at (254) 681-6159 or njudd@hot.rr.com.

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