Sunday, March 17, 2019

Giving Back on National Quilting Day

Our annual Community Service Day returned to national Quilting Day this year, which seems very appropriate.  The quilting community is a very generous bunch.  We make quilts because we love to do it, and being able to give to those in need allows us to use our talents for a good cause.  

Before we got to work, there was he usual display of that talent in Show and Tell!

Nancy Ellers put her time on vacation to good use.

Nancy made this for her dad quite a few years ago, and is happy to have it back now that he is downsizing.

Lori Anderson was happy to show this off after getting it back from member and Long arm quilter Cathy Schmeider. 
 (Sorry the picture of the quilting from the back didn't come out clear enough to share) 

 Alex Anderson and mary Kozub show off some of the angels made at a recent retreat- a project shared with attendees by guild member Julie Brandon.

Alex made this little wallet- using a pattern from last year's "Diva wallet" class- as a gift for her cousin.

 Connie Grimsley found this quilt top at a resale shop, and couldn't bear to leave it.  So she finished it for Community Service.

 Eileen Sorochty did the quilting on this Community Service quilt, using the motifs in the fabric as her guide.

Table mats made with UFO blocks Eileen found in her stash.

 Eileen made this to donate to the sale to benefit the Contemporary art center.  She used a mylar coffee bag as her base. 

Eileen recently joined RAFA and enjoyed trying silk fusion.

 Jennifer Grimsley is using some of the motifs in fabric she got on her Alaska trip to make postcards.

 Jenny has many UFOs and has made some project bags to store them in.  The pattern was found on a recent post from Joan Ford.

 Jenny finished piecing this UFO at the retreat last month.  She would only say she started it "Pre- 2008"

 Mary Lowe donated this beautiful quilt to Community Service. 

With great anticipation, the members in attendance welcomed Mary Kozub's announcement of the theme for the next challenge.  If you weren't there, the theme is:
Modern Solids
 Quilts must use only solid fabrics and the design should have a contemporary/ modern aesthetic.  Mary chose this based on the fact that we have enjoyed recent lectures on the topic of modern quilting, and is hopeful traditional and art quilters will all be able to participate.  This is Mary's last challenge, so let's not disappoint her!

There were quite a few ladies who stayed to work on various stages of the quilt-making process for community service.

Connie, Vinnie and Jenny were well organized and had kits assembled and supplies at the ready to keep everyone busy!

An estimated 28 kits were assembled with backing, batting and tops to be distributed to members for quilting.  Connie had previously announced they had 80 tops in the stash, so please consider taking one next time you're at a meeting.  Let Connie or Vinnie know you want one so they're sure to have enough!

 A few stacks of blocks like this...

 ...were turned into quilts like this....

....Or this!

Everyone who stayed to work (and a couple who couldn't) brought food to share at lunch time- a delicious assortment of soups, salads, quiche, breads and desserts!

Thanks to the work of the members who worked this day, there are now a nice stack of finished quilts ready to be donated in our community.

  If you know of a need, please let Connie or Vinnie know.

Thanks to all who help throughout the year!!!

Our next meeting is a week early, due to the Easter holiday.  Karen Sienk will present a lecture and workshop on thread painting.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Winter is the time for sewing!

Based on the wonderful show and tell at the February meeting, the storms we have been getting sent the members of the guild right into their sewing rooms!  It was the perfect way to brighten up a dull day and chase away the winter blues

Terry McGuire added the motifs to this bag using a product she found at Tractor Supply.

Terry finally finished the piecing on this Bonnie Hunter design- over 3,000 pieces!

Nancy Ellers finished her project from the John Kubiniec class last month.    She had so much fun with the technique (and leftovers from each project)...
...This one's called Leftover Pie

And this one is called ducks on a pond

While visiting her aunt, Nancy admired this little not-quite-finished quilt.  It turned out to be a late Christmas gift. 

Jean BUtzer had just gotten this back from member and longarm quilter, Cathy Schmeider, so we got to enjoy it!  Jean previously made a miniature of this pattern.

Donna Sofokles wasn't able to present her challenge quilt at the January meeting.  It's called Flora and an old crow.

New member Pat Farman was also unable to make it in January.  Her challenge was made from old fabric samples,  (I'm not sure it had a name)

Gloria Crittenden made this hexie quilt as a gift for an accountant friend who just got a larger office.

Elaine Ross made this 6 x 6 as a donation for the Rochester Contemporary Art Center's annual 6 x 6 sale. 

Eaine made this self portrait for a challenge themed "the Eyes are the Window to the Soul"

Mary Ellen Casey also finished her runner from the John Kubiniec class.  (I was going to group them together, but was afraid I'd forget who's was whose)

Mary Kozub finished her cat collage, Purrfect, designed by Laura Heine

Lori Sass made this very sweet little quilt for her new grand baby.

Chris Kuehl's completed runner from last month's class.

Carol McNally and Donna Tomski showed an assortment of quilt tops, to be donated to community service; made with the technique Carol shared in November

Susie Spicer loves the free table, because she finds fun things she can finish up easily, like the blocks in this runner,

And possibly the fabrics for this small quilt,

and this oversized log cabin block quilt. 

New member Laurie Kilbury Taylor did some great quilting on this Winne the Pooh panel using glow in the dark thread.

Laurie made this apple core quilt for a friend.

Elaine Lemley's runner from last month's class.

Elaine's granddaughter (I think) had very specific parameters for her snuggle quilt.  She was very happy with this one- which also used glow in the dark thread.

                                Sandy Shufelt says she's late with these, but I say she's early!

Sandy's husband picked out another project for her when they visited the quilt shop.  (I wish the picture was better- it's beautiful!)

                                      This panel quilt will be a gift for a friend of Sandy's

We got our first look at what will be the raffle quilt for our 2020 quilt show.  All you "hexie" lovers- let Jennifer Grimsley know you're available!  Kits will be ready next month.

 I wouldn't have wanted to follow that, but all enjoyed Gretchen Pittma's presentation on making barn quilts, which she also sells through her sister's shop- the Quilter's Daughter in Perry Center, NY

Our next meeting will be a work day for community Service.  Contact Vinnie or Connie to see how you can help. It's a great day doing what we love with our fellow members- to help memebers of our community in need!