The Chicago MQG welcomes Audrey Esarey (again!) in May

March 21, 2022

We are excited to welcome Audrey Esarey (aka Cotton and Bourbon) back to our guild in May, this time for a workshop and lecture! Audrey is an amazing modern quilter and pattern designer whose work has been exhibited around the world. She lives in Kentucky, get those bourbon vibes now? Audrey identifies as a lifelong maker and sewist and began quilting in 2005. After setting a goal to exhibit her quilts in a juried show she has had quilts honored with awards at QuiltCon, and she won the Young Emerging Artist Award at Quilt National ‘21 for her piece Watercolor Study No. 7. She also recently won “Best Use of Color” at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest 2022. She shares her creative process online at and on her Instagram page.


When: Saturday, May 14, from 10am-4pm CDT, with a break for lunch.
Registration Fee: $75 (pattern must be purchased separately, see details below)
Location: Oakton Community College, 7701 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL 60077

Indigo Radial Quilt, by Audrey Esarey

Description: The Indigo Radial Quilt is a wall hanging made using paper piecing and curved piecing techniques. This workshop covers the basic concepts of paper piecing on an arc, curved piecing skinny arcs, and precision piecing. Audrey will also discuss color options, alternate layouts using templates provided in the pattern, and quilting ideas. Students will finish several blocks during class. The Indigo Radial Quilt finishes at 24 x 24 inches. Pattern (not included in workshop fee) can be purchased online before the workshop or a $10 hard copy pattern can be purchased on the day of the workshop.

The workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. All current members will receive an email with the sign-up link. Masks are required per the venue rules.

Watercolor Eclipse No. 2, by Audrey Esarey

LECTURE: On Sunday May 15, 2022, Audrey will present her lecture/demo “Foundation Paper Piecing Demo” in person as part of our regular guild meeting from 2-5pm CDT.

Watercolor Study No. 6, by Audrey Esarey

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Photo: Triangles quilt by Erika Mulvenna