The Walnut Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 9 at the First United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont Dr., in Arkansas City.

The WVQG is excited to welcome Kelly Ashton as the March speaker.

As a self-described “pragmatic quilt maker,” Ashton approaches quilt design and construction with a knowledge of and an appreciation for the theoretical and an inclination penchant for the practical.

Her mid-life realization that she may not live long enough to use all of her fabric stash has propelled her into “turbo quilt making mode.” She happily moves back and forth between “microwave quilts,” simple in design and quick to piece, to “crock-pot quilts,” more intricate and complex in construction, and everything in-between.

Her book, “Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork,” conquers her current obsession of designing machine pieced blocks with set-in Y-seams.

In addition to designing quilt patterns, Ashton especially loves to teach and share with her students discoveries made along her quilt-making journey. Her motto is “Have quilts, will travel.” She loves to provide quilt presentations and workshops anywhere.

Ashton resides in Overland Park with her husband, Jeff Seib. In addition to her busy travel schedule, she owns The Creative Place retreat venue in Sprint Hill and has Craftsy/Blueprint classes.

For more information, visit www.Kellyquilter.com.

The WVQG consists of members from several counties in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma. Monthly meetings are the second Monday of the month and include programs on quilting. A meeting schedule, in addition to membership information, is at www.walnutvalleyquilters.com. For more information, email wvqg@gmail.com.

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