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Presentations and Programs
Flavin Glover

Flavin's Presentations and Programs range from 45 minutes to one hour in length.  They are tailored for groups of people and there is no limit on attendance.  Some presentations include slide narratives.  All involve seeing samples of quilts "in the cloth" except the Cedar Heights Plantation quilts, represented by slides only.  Time is set aside for questions and an opportunity to view the quilts, garments or samples up close.  

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1.   COLOR:  THE DESIGN ELEMENT WITH PUNCH
    
A slide narrative and mini-quilt show for those who want to design quilts with personality and sparkle. You will view successful quilts using today’s fabrics in surprisingly colorful ways. See how you can loosen the reins on coordinated palettes, and make quilts with color that are unique and full of intensity. This presentation will encourage you to recognize, develop and use your own personal color palettes.
      

2.  DISCOVERING ONE'S QUILTING HERITAGE AND INFLUENCES
   
Flavin narrates the lives of two determined quiltmakers, born over 100 years ago, whose impact and influence on her own life and quilting is alive today. These women managed their homes and families on pennies during the Depression and World War II. Their love and devotion of family and strong wills helped them overcome major challenges. You will see their artifacts and quilts, their words will warm your heart and their intangible contributions and influences extend well beyond quilts.
    
3.  A NEW LOOK AT LOG CABIN QUILTS

See what happens when Log Cabin blocks are stretched, dissected, elongated and turned to create Log Cabin quilts beyond the ordinary. Some colorful designs are updated adaptations of old blocks given new life. Other featured quilts are filled with newly designed blocks. This display of color and fabric play will inspire you to look again at Log Cabin patchwork.
  Includes a trunk show.
          

4.  THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE PATCHWORK DESIGN

A slide narrative and mini-quilt show illustrating Flavin's design process. She will share how she manipulates, stretches, compromises and resolves problems to nurture a newly conceived design inspiration into a unique patchwork quilt. Her use of freestyle geometric patchwork or non-traditional use of Kaleidoscope, Attic Windows, Log Cabin and Railfence to depict scenes and create shapes will be illustrated. View quilts after the presentation to study the composition, use of color, quilting designs and innovative use of fabrics.
    

5.  TREATMENT GOALS OF A QUILTAHOLIC

Addiction to quilting has reached a critical, epidemic level across the country. Full disclosure enables the audience to gain insight into this costly disease. There will be honest assessments regarding what really happens at home when quilting takes over. New quilters will be reassured as quiltaholic symptoms are identified and classified. Methods for treating and maintaining the madness will be promoted. Treatment goals will be outlined, including the elimination of dishes, redefine the meaning of “clean,” and finding time to quilt.  A mini-quilt show will be shown after the presentation.
       

6.  BORDERS TO THE MAX

Learn how to plan borders that will enhance your quilts. A slide narrative will illustrate a multitude of patchwork borders Flavin has designed for her quilts. Some borders are simple and easy to execute, yet strikingly effective. Some are full of color and intensity. Well known borders will inspire you and leave a lasting impression.
    

7.  PATCH BY PATCH--FLAVIN'S QUILT NARRATIVE

Find a way to get your quilts made. Learn how to turn your ideas and design inspirations into unique patchwork quilts. See a progression of Flavin’s creative quilts made over 30 years. Learn the time management tricks that will enable you to get quilts completed. As your design process unfolds, so does the quilt.
      

8.  WASTE NOT, WANT NOT -- DEPRESSION ERA QUILTERS

A slide narrative that portrays women who quilted in the early 20th century in the rural South. Interviews with the quiltmakers enable Flavin to acquaint you with the quilters, their stories and their country quilts. It is a warm and mellow presentation that helps you relate to their good times and hard times. Their quilt works range from "used up" scrap quilts to antique heirlooms. Excerpts from Flavin's essay, "Grandma Mitchell," written for the exhibit, Quilt Closeup--Five Southern Views is included with corresponding slides.
           

9.  DISCOVERY OF THE CEDAR HEIGHTS PLANTATION QUILT COLLECTION

A slide narrative that chronicles a family heritage involving at least four generations of quiltmakers, set on a lovely plantation home built in 1842 in east-central Alabama. The quilt collection that was stored away in the attic of the Cedar Heights home is a magnificent story, accented by an extraordinary wealth of documented family records and quiltmakers’ personal histories. The significance of the quilts, and the quiltmakers comes not only from their age and past status, but also from the quilts being stored away in an attic without family awareness of what they had.