Monday, September 28, 2020

September Show and Tell

Are you missing going to quilt shows?  We all are! A few of our members joined in the "Hang a Quilt Outside day" promoted on Facebook.  The idea was to put on a sort of quilt show for the world.


                                                          Kathy Belluscio's back yard show

                                                                Nancy Ellers' display.

                                             Martha Lorshbaugh's front porch display

  If you played along, you can still send me a picture! 


We had a few more members join in the zoom meeting in September.  So nice to see familiar faces and share a laugh or two!  I grabbed screen shots of some of the projects shown.   (I have cropped myself out of most of the pictures for you!) I'm sorry I don't have better descriptions- I can't write notes and get the pictures at the same time. 

Connie and Jenny showed similar projects made in their zoom "Sunday sew along"

Connie went first...

                                                                 Super sweet pincushion


                                                              Clothesline coasters

Then it was Jenny's turn

Jenny said she has been wanting to make a banner for her library table for a while.  Isn't it beautiful!

Lori Anderson ran out of steam and fabric following along with Bonnie Hunter's Unity quilt.  It's a nice size, so she's happy with it.


Alex showed a few of the birds Kevin has been painting on fabric.  This was the only picture that was clear enough to share.

I couldn't get a picture of Nancy Eller's pieces, but she was nice enough to send them to me.

 A lovely Celtic runner (?- or door hanging?)

 Nancy was inspired to create a covid quilt, using images of the virus.  It is 3-D, with stuffing and little flaps on each of the dastardly things. 

Irene Bow sent these pictures.  I had to wait for the newsletter to come out to get the descriptions.


Irene has been picking flowers from her garden to enjoy inside while she still can. 

This is a project bag given to Irene by her niece, which included some crocheted pieces Irene's mother made.

I'd love to see more of what you're all working on

- and more of YOU at the next Zoom meeting.  Give it a try- it's easier than you think, and a great way to be safely together with our guild! Watch your email for information.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Meeting Virtually

 The Guild held its first Virtual meeting on August 15.  It was a small group, but it was Oh, so wonderful to see faces and laugh together after such a long time!  Sadly, I have no way to share the items shown during the meeting.  I have later discovered I can take screen shots during the meeting, so may try that next time.  I hope more of you will join us on September 19.  There will be another practice session on Sept 17 if you are unsure how Zoom works.  Check your email for meeting links and details.  

Meanwhile, a few photos trickle in every month to be shared here. 

Ann Renica sent in the first one.

This picture is of my daughter, Lynn’s Wedding quilt.  It's a king-sized quilt that I finally finished and presented to her and her husband, Ray on their 7th anniversary.  It's made of batik fabric.  I did the quilting myself on my Janome in 2 pieces and then connected them.

Kathy Belluscio sent in these two photos.

Modern Birch Trees finished for a great nephew.

Below is a scrap quilt - top only, for my son’s new camper. Will use some stripped material to create the backing. Trying to sew down my stash, long way to go. Also been knitting, completed two sweaters for my great-great niece. Now hats & mittens for the Christmas season.

I'd love to see more, and I'm sure the rest of the group would as well.  

In the meantime, I think of you all often and am so looking forward to all the hugs and show and tell we'll have at our first in person meeting.... someday.  (sigh)


Hooray- there's more!

Kathleen Robinson sent in this one, with this note:

  These are 6 of the socks I knitted, 3 went too new homes, the 10th un finished is last. First socks I knitted when I was 12 yrs old. 2nd, the short blue ones, the end of April at 83. Has helped my sanity in this very troubled times. Non existent socialization has been the worst. Thanks for keeping in touch. Have 5 more skeins in my stash.


Monday, July 27, 2020

The Next best Thing to Being There.

Hi everyone!  I hope all are doing well, staying safe and enjoying the summer heat! (if you're a fan of the heat)
It's not the same as hearing the stories and getting to see them in person, but I am so grateful for those of you sending in pictures to share on the blog. 

Melanie Tubinis is getting us started this month.

I made this quilt as part of a wedding gift.  I used the pattern "Stepping Stones" from Fabric Cafe patterns. 
Here's a close-up of the free motion quilting I did on it.

I made an extra large bag out of an old denim skirt.  The skirt had suspender straps attached to it, so I just stitched the bottom closed with 3 rows of stitching.  I did the middle row in a decorative stitch for a bit of fun and added strength.
Here's a close-up of the detail on the skirt turned bag

I hope to see more pictures soon.  As long as I'm hoping, I hope to see you all very soon!!

Ann Renica sent in this picture, and a story...

I was in Florida when the pandemic hit and joined a group in Tampa/St Pete to sew face masks for hospitals and nursing homes.  I continued sewing masks when I returned to Rochester hooking up with the Rochester City School District when my daughter Lynn, a district teacher, told me there was a need with their food and tech employees.  I sewed a total of 1300 masks when I took a sabbatical to make a quilt for my granddaughter Allie’s graduation from high school.  It was finished just in time for her party.  It’s a scrappy scattered squares.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Staying together, though we're apart.

Greetings!  I hope you are all enjoying your summer as best you can in this very different period of time.  We may not be able to hold our meetings, but our guild is staying strong! 
If you're a member but not getting your newsletter, please make sure you have paid your dues for the year.  There are great stories from our friends every month, helping us feel connected.  Please share your stories with Alex for the next newsletter.  We'd love to hear from you!

If you weren't aware of it, the consortium has started a new Facebook page where we can all share news from our guild members in order to stay connected while we're staying safely apart.  You can join here:
Or let me know you want to join and I think I can invite you!
One piece of news recently shared there is that Barb Smith of Limestone Threads- who was to be a vendor at our show in October- has opened a small shop!  She is taking appointments between 10 am and 7 pm, Monday- Saturday. Please contact her at for more details and bookings.

So far the only picture I have received is this one from John Roll and JoAnn Flynt.
John said:
"This is the quilt we made for JoAnn's grand niece. Started it at the Guild Retreat in Georgia. Finished it this week up here. "

 For myself, I have done very little quilting in the last couple of months.  I have been doing some drawing and coloring as a way to de-stress.  This is a picture I drew featuring some garden friends. 

I look forward to seeing more of your  projects very soon! 
Stay well and keep in touch!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

May we All be Together Again Soon!- Updated June 5

Since we are all still socially distant, we are once again doing a virtual show and tell for the month of May.  I know once we are all together again, the line for show and tell will be a mile long.  Won't that be wonderful!

First up this month is a quilt Chris Kuehl is working on for her grandson.  Chris says, "I started this two years ago for my oldest grandson.  He just turned 16.  He loves the Partiots, Tom Brady, Buffalo Sabres and hockey, four wheeling, hunting with his grandpa.  I combined all of these like a t-shirt quilt for Zach's favorite things.  The pattern is Thank You Stars, by Marianne Fons"

Martha Lorshbaugh finally finished her oldest UFO- started in 1997 (an instant antique!)
The star blocks were from a Joann Fabrics block of the month, but Martha changed the setting.  She decided to play with free motion quilting designs, so the quilt is called "Playing in the Stars"

Again, I am hoping more people will share pictures with me of things they are working on.  I'm working on ways to keep us all connected during this time apart.

Melanie Tubinis sent in some pictures of what she and her mom, Mary Ann Watson, have been working on.  Watch your newsletter for an episode of the "Lucy and Ethel" show!!

              Mary Ann Watson made this Christmas quilt top out of 3 one yard cuts of fabric.

 Mary Ann finished piecing and did the binding on this Spiderman fabric quilt. Her sister, Nancy, had started it for her grandson before she passed away last year. Melanie did the machine quilting.

 Melanie practiced some ruler work quilting and will use these to put between the teflon pans to keep them from getting scratched  in the cupboard.

Melanie used this beautiful log cabin block from a friend to make a pillow for the living room couch.

Lori Anderson has been very busy during her time at home!

                           Judy Niemeyer Leaf pattern from a MQG class a few years ago.

 Some of the face masks Lori made

Lori's embroidered wool pin cushion.

Bonnie Hunter's Unity quilt along she started at the beginning of the shut down. Lori said, "I'm still adding rounds but depends on how fast I run out of my fabrics. "

 The start of Lori's Italy wall hanging.

  A granny square quilt Lori has been working on for 2 years.

 The start of a landscape wall hanging.

Connie Grimsley sent in a great collection of photos! 
In her message she wrote: " I’ve been sewing every evening during the pandemic.  I’ve been focused on easy sewing.   These four quilts were all made with squares I’ve bought from Ann Renica at her flea market table at guild.   The 4 inch “I Spy” novelty prints, polka dot squares, and all of yellow and orange 5 inch squares came from her. "  (Continues)

... "I’ve also been trying to use up squares from my scrap therapy bins.  These are all 2 inch and 5 inch novelty fabrics. " (and still more...)

... "And  my final grouping of tops made from my scrap therapy bins.   I did the math on the number of squares I used from the scrap therapy bins (because I like math😊), and figured these 13 quilt tops used up approximately 15.5 yards of fabric from my scrap therapy boxes. "

Keep those pictures coming!  I'll update as they come in.