Local authors at library Oct. 22

Laramie County Library is featuring a “Local Author Celebration” this Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the library, 2200 Pioneer Ave., Cheyenne, Wyoming.

I will be there from 1 – 5 p.m., selling copies of all of my books including “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice,” “Cheyenne Birds by the Month” and “Cheyenne Garden Gossip.” And I’ll have a pen if you want them signed.

There will be 27 local authors besides me including some of my favorites: Bob Budd, Karen Cotton, Mary Gillgannon, Ann Muirhead, Michael T. Shay.

Half of the authors will be there from 10-1 and half from 1-5, so come from 12 to 2 and catch all of us!


“Quilt Care” book at Eclectic Elephant

If you are in Cheyenne, you can now pick up my “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice” book at the Eclectic Elephant, 112 W. 18th Street. Look for Jan’s booth, righthand side, in front, with vintage quilts.

Jan’s Nature Booth, on the left side, part way down, is carrying my “Cheyenne Birds by the Month” book.

Find it at

the Eclectic Elephant,

112 W. 18th St.,

Cheyenne, Wyoming

WSQG Featured Quilter!

A few months ago, Wyoming State Quilt Guild “Patchwords” newsletter editor Virginia Ohr asked if I’d like to be a featured quilter. I said sure. I’ve been a member since the guild started in the late 1990s. As I wrote answers to Virginia’s questions, I realized how much of my quilting story happened in Wyoming–as far back as 1980!

Read it here (scroll to page 7): https://wsqg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PWDec20op.pdf.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum picks up “Quilt Care” book

The current Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum exhibit celebrates the museum’s 30th anniversary. Photo by Barb Gorges.

On a trip last week to Golden, Colorado, I visited the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, www.rmqm.org, to see the 30th anniversary exhibit of quilts from their collection.

I met executive director Karen Roxburgh. She was enthusiastic about “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice,” so I left my last five black and white copies with her for the gift shop (Any reorders will be in color.)

I hadn’t visited the museum since it moved to this bright new location. The main gallery is well-lit and spacious. The current exhibit includes a variety from art quilts to utility quilts, antique to contemporary, made by groups and prize-winning quilters.

In the small gallery is an exhibit dedicated to the quilts of museum founder Eugenia Mitchell. Some are quilts she collected and some she made.

And there’s a gift shop, of course! Quilting notions, books and reproduction fabrics for several different eras—and friendly staff.

Opening Oct. 19, a new phase of the 30th anniversary show will feature RMQM’s crazy quilt collection. The small gallery will be featuring “Through a Lens,” a solo exhibit for Kathy Suprenant, winner of RMQM’s 2019 Evolutions Exhibition. Both exhibits will be up through Jan. 17, 2021.

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Don’t forget your mask. They are closed on Sundays but look for their Sunday Zoom programs.

“Quilt Care” full-color edition available on Amazon

My “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice” book, subtitled “How to Help Your Quilt Live to 100,” is available in full color on Amazon, HERE.

This summer, graphic designer Chris Hoffmeister prepped it for uploading to IngramSpark, a print-on-demand distributor that works with Amazon and other retailers.

I still have a limited number of locally printed black and white edition copies available for $9.95 each plus applicable sales tax (Wyoming only) and the cost of your preferred shipping method (as low as $3-$4 for Media Mail which takes a week). Contact me at bgorges2@gmail.com.

Local Author Day, Cheyenne

QuiltCareFCSaturday, September 14, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Laramie County Library

2200 Pioneer Ave., Cheyenne, Wyoming

I will be one of the authors from around the region selling and signing books:

Quilt Care Construction and Use Advice, How to Help Your Quilt Live to 100 and

Cheyenne Birds by the Month, 104 Species of Southeastern Wyoming’s Resident and Visiting Birds.

This year the library is partnering with Arts Cheyenne for the Cheyenne Arts Celebration “to celebrate a large and diverse collective of local artists.”

Make a day of it–get your lunch or snack at the Library Cafe! The entire event closes at 4 p.m.

Quilt care class at Quilt Wyoming July 13

QW2019-742x1024The Wyoming State Quilt Guild’s Quilt Wyoming annual event will be held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, July 11-14, 2019. Besides national teachers Kimberley Einmo and Kris Vierra, there are 19 regional teachers offering classes.

I will be teaching a half-day class Saturday, July 13, 1-4 p.m., at Laramie County Community College. It is described in the brochure as:

#22 Quilt Care, Barb Gorges. Skill Level: All. (Half Day class – p.m.) Get advice for making strong quilts, caring for them (cleaning, use, display and storage) getting appraisals and insurance and safe shipping. Students may bring a quilt to share and we’ll look for “clues in the calico,” to quote Barbara Brackman. The booklet, “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice,” by Barb Gorges, is required or can be purchased at class for $10.

General registration for Quilt Wyoming is $30. Half day classes are $20 for WSQG members and $25 for non-members. Find the complete list of classes and information about housing, meals, quilt show, vendors, etc. in the brochure available at http://wsqg.org/quilt-wyoming-2019/.

Registration begins April 15 (registration forms with earlier postmarks are held back until May 1) and a late registration fee of $10 is charged starting May 31.



Quilt Care book available

QuiltCareFCDear Quilters, Quilt Owners and Readers,

My book, “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice, How to Help Your Quilt Live to 100” was available on Amazon but the printing quality was not good. I have had it professionally redesigned by Chris Hoffmeister, Western Sky Designs, and printed locally by PBR Printers, Cheyenne.

To arrange to purchase a copy, please contact me at bgorges2@gmail.com. The cost is $9.95 plus sales tax and shipping (at whatever rate you prefer).

The book is based on the columns I wrote for the Wyoming State Quilt Guild’s newsletter and posted here. The information has been updated with the assistance of Jeananne Wright, AQS-certified quilt appraiser and antique quilt expert.  The 48-page book is illustrated with 32 black and white photos. It’s printed on slick paper and has a full-color paperback cover.

Here is a list of the chapters:

Make – Quiltmakers need to think about quality materials and techniques when constructing a quilt.

Test – How do you test for washability and light-fastness of fabrics for those special quilts?

Use – What’s the best way to make a bed with a quilt?

Display – Keep fading even if not absent; learn stress-free way to hang a quilt.

Air – Sometimes all a quilt needs is a little airing.

Wash – What do you need to know before you wash a quilt?

Dry – Air-dry or machine-dry, it’s all about the balance between abrasion and migration.

Store – Where to find a clean, unlighted place for your quilt to rest.

Appraise – Showing a homemade quilt is worth something could encourage future owners to take better care of it.

Insure – A quilt is an investment, in time and effort, if not money. Protect it.

Ship – There’s much to consider when shipping a quilt to a show or its new owner.

Sign – Find out how to make a label about the quilter and the quilt to sew on the back. The more information, the more important the quilt could become in the future.

Find out more about this and my other book, “Cheyenne Birds by the Month,” at https://yuccaroadpress.com/.


Barb Gorges

Class: Quilt Care and Share, Jan. 6, 2019

2018-12 KaleidoscopeThe Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is offering a class, “Quilt Care and Share,” Jan. 6, 1 – 3 p.m., in conjunction with the “Garden of Quilts” exhibit.

Artist in residence Barb Gorges will discuss the best ways to care for quilts. She invites participants to bring a quilt to share and find out how to care for it and learn more about its pattern and era.

The $20 class fee includes her book on quilt care. The class will be held at the Gardens, 710 S. Lions Park Dr. To register, please call the Gardens, 307-637-6458.

Quilt Care book available at quilt exhibit

QuiltCareFCHere in Cheyenne, “Quilt Care” is available at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens’ Tilted Tulip gift shop for the duration of the “Garden of Quilts” exhibit, now through Jan. 27, 2019.

I’m happy to announce that “Quilt Care, Construction and Use Advice” has now been professionally redesigned by Chris Hoffmeister, Western Sky Design, the designer for “Cheyenne Birds by the Month.” It is so much better than my attempts to use Word.

PBR Printing of Cheyenne, also the printer for “Cheyenne Birds by the Month,” printed it on slick paper and it looks great, even though the photos are in black and white in an effort to make this affordable enough to include with gift quilts.

In January, I’ll take “Quilt Care” off Amazon, except for the eBook, and Chris and I will upload the new, improved version to IngramSpark where it will migrate to Amazon and other outlets. IngramSpark is a distributor for books, including print-on-demand, trusted by bookstores and libraries.

The exhibit has 10 of my flower and flower-bright small quilts, part of my job being the Gardens’ Artist in Residence for December and January. They are upstairs at the Grand Conservatory Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Holiday closures: Dec. 24 at noon through Dec. 26, (open again Dec. 27), and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1 (open again Jan. 2).

2018-12 quilt exhibit

The “Garden of Quilts” exhibit is part of my job as the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence for December and January. Kristin Custis and I selected 10 of my flower and flower-bright quilts to display.