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Beth Helfter

Beth Helfter

Who is Beth Helfter?

Business name: EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Design style: Mod-itional (not modern, not traditional, somewhere in between), scrappy, and as far out of any one design box as I can get. I’ll try anything once!
Grew up in: Rochester NY. You could not pay me enough money to live there again due entirely to the fact that the sun literally does not come out from behind the grey clouds from November to April.
Currently lives: In Pepperell MA, a pretty little town on the New Hampshire/Mass border (I can see NH from my house ☺) with plenty of sun all year and four glorious seasons. Sun is good.
Family: Married for 24 years to Joe, my fabulously supportive Patron of the Arts (i.e., he lets me do this as a career even though I could make so much more doing something else and basically doesn’t complain) and three daughters, Eva and Paige, who will be 17 in December, and Greta, who is 13.
Favorite foods: raspberries, goat cheese, lobster, chocolate covered cashews.
Favorite wine: anything Old Vine Zinfandel. I’m a rather large wine snob and am offended when people mix up white zinfandel (Kool-Aid) and the real stuff!
Favorite color combos: teal and purple, green and pink, black with brights.
Least favorite color combos: yellow and blue, red and white.
Proudest achievements in the quilting world: Being a cover girl with my “Quite Contrary” quilt, Quilter’s World, April 2012; being accepted as a faculty member of Wisconsin Quilt Expo on my first try; building EvaPaige Quilt Designs from nothing with three young girls.
Five random facts about me:
• I don’t eat artificially colored foods, and dark colored frosting has been known to make me gag just passing the bakery case.
• I am a crazy awesome parallel parker. It’s like my stupid human trick.
• I still have a baby tooth – in my mid-forties.
• I was a flight attendant for American Airlines until 9/11/2001. I’d worked flight 11 over 200 times in my career, and it was just too close for comfort to continue in that career.
• At various times in my life I’ve been told I look like Suzy Boggus, Hilary Clinton, Julia Roberts, and Geena Davis. 


Introduction to Accordion Sewn Half Square Triangles, Beth Helfter

Thursday, July 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Accordion Sewn Half Square Triangles

All Levels

In this three-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of Accordion Sewn HSTs™, the innovative and incredibly fun method of making HSTs invented by Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs. We will practice with fabric scraps (supplied by instructor), then create a mini or quilt block.     

Janome Sewing Machines will be provided by The Fabric Garden, Madison, Maine.


Now You Give it a Scrap Slap, Beth Helfter

Thursday, July 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Now You Give it a Scrap Slap 

All Levels

In this three-hour hands-on workshop, we put the concepts discussed in the “Give it a Scrap Slap” lecture to the test by reworking a given block entirely in scraps. While all class members will work with the same block design, each person will be given different directions on color, value, contrast, and fabric placement to be used in their block as they sew. All fabrics are brought to the class as 3” squares and are put into a “scrap pool,” upping the scrappy fun of the completed blocks immensely! Participants will be taught the importance of value and creativity when choosing block fabrics, and in the end will be amazed by how one block can be transformed into so many different looks simply with fabric choices and placements. If time permits, participants will make a second scrappy block with no given “map” of color, value, contrast, etc. – just their own scrap interpretations!   

Janome Sewing Machines will be provided by The Fabric Garden, Madison, Maine.


Carpenter’s Apprentice, Beth Helfter

Friday, July 24, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Carpenter’s Apprentice 

All levels

 Accordion Sewn HSTs are incredibly fun and addicting, but they don’t just make cool little accordions; once you cut them apart, your quilts are halfway done! This workshop will take the Accordion Sewn HST technique and up the ante just a bit as we sew all the HSTs needed for The Carpenter’s Apprentice pattern by EvaPaige Quilt Designs ALMOST at once, keeping it all scrappy and with no waste! Once you’ve learned the technique and seen firsthand how it creates this pattern in no time, you’ll want to adapt this HST sewing method to more quilts! Pattern required. $10

Janome Sewing Machines will be provided by The Fabric Garden, Madison, Maine.


Vinnie Loves Maude, Beth Helfter

Saturday, July 25, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Vinnie Loves Maude

All levels

Your eyes don’t deceive you – there are a lot of pieces in this quilt. So, I’ll be totally honest: you aren’t going to finish it in the six hours we will have together. But you’ll get an amazing start, and lots of piecing tricks to help you get through even the smallest seams. We’ll consider value, color placement, and fabric themes in the design, and each participant should walk away with several blocks and background sections finished. Alternate layouts will be discussed as well, as not everyone wants a twin size! 

Pattern required.  Pattern fee $8.00

Janome Sewing Machines will be provided by The Fabric Garden, Madison, Maine.