Quilters’ guild explores wearable art

Published 6:06 pm Friday, June 22, 2018

Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild is getting an education in wearable quilts.

The guild will host a trunk show Tuesday and workshop Wednesday featuring master quilter Joan Derylak and the creative talent behind the website figureflatteringquiltwear.com, where she sells her own colorful patterns. A national speaker and workshop teacher, Derylak will share how to fit quilted jackets as well as demonstrate jacket designs and variations — which sizes fit best and how to customize them. Once fitted, each student will cut out and baste a muslin jacket, then customize the jacket to find the perfect fit.

“Joan is known for helping individuals find and make patterns of jackets that are designed exclusively for bodies,” quilters’ guild member Jan Hindsley wrote in an email.

Derylak, a career accountant, took up sewing when she was 7 years old. It was after retirement, however, that she got creative quilting, designing wearable pieces.

Derylak’s completed pieces will be for sale at the trunk show Tuesday, which is free to the public; Wednesday’s workshop costs $20.

The trunk show will held at 6 p.m. in Building 8 of Beaufort County Community College. Some spaces are still available at the workshop. To register, call Hindsley at 252-947-0838 or mail jhindsley@hotmail.com.