Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On a dog day in August...

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 It was a sultry day, but the members who came to the August meeting enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow quilters, a nice show and tell, then a trunk show from member Jean Butzer.



Nancy Ellers started things off with  a couple of tells, showing some products she has recently tried.  One is a bobbin holder gadget, and the other is washable crayola crayons, which Nancy hopes to use to mark her quilts.  Stay tuned.

Nancy made a heart pillow for breast cancer patients.
Nancy also made labels for the pillows if anyone wants to use them.

And Nancy just had to make this "Raise the tension" quilt after seeing it online.


Nancy was asked to make a "Sponge Bob" quilt for a little girl.  So she did this on one side....


...and this one the other, so the child wold have something to cuddle after growing out of the Sponge Bob phase.


Below you can see the ocean motifs she quilted into it.


Nancy is still learning to use her "Destiny" and shared an oopsie with us.





Junamae Quternous brought in her bird quilt to show, replete with the awards it has won!











 Junamae enjoyed the wool felt project from class so much, she made another one

This one is called Just a Little Bit.





Mary Lowe's granddaughter asked her to make a quilt that "looked like the ocean, but with  no sharks."  Excellent job!


Elaine Ross's small art group challenge this month was to interpret the work of Gustav Klimt.  Elaine used "inktense" pencils to do the colors on the trees.

Elaine worked on this Clematis piece in Florida last winter.


Melanie Watson discovered some bonus half square triangles from the raffle quilt three or four shows ago, and had fun making coasters and a trivet for the silent auction at the next show!

Shirley Lapp enjoyed the scraps she got in the swap last month, creating this sweet quilt top













Donna Tomski has been making paper pieced greeting cards, using Carol Doak patterns.





Lori Anderson bought the pattern for this wool felt pincushion from the BC Woolery back in April, and had fun making it.


Lori also made several mastectomy pillows for community service.  The pattern has been in the newsletter, and you can find it here.


Alex modeled how easy they are to keep close at hand using the strap.





















New member Maria Adams is getting ready for Christmas early! (smart!)

















Another new member, Sandy Shufelt, made this very sweet little quilt.


This is Sandy's go-to baby quilt pattern.  She keeps one handy, and just adds a label!

Sandy's Halloween scarecrow.


Sandy tried some hand embroidery and used it as the center for this very cool Halloween quilt. The wreath is formed by prairie points!


Here's Sandy, showing one of the portable ironing pads she made.

Linda Prouty added the squares on point border to this quilt she made for her niece.














Following the break, we were treated to a trunk show by our own Jean Butzer.

Jean began her presentation by quizzing us on how well we know out quilters acronyms.  Do you know what they mean?
TGIF
WIWMI
PHD
WWIT
HSY


There is a rather comprehensive list - including the answers- of these terms here.




Jean showed us many of her beautiful quilts.  We've seen most of them before, but they are always a treat!





















After the meeting, Jean taught part one of the Heirloom machine applique class.  So, hopefully very soon we will get to see the results!

There is still room in the Paula Nadelstern classes in October.  Click the link at the top of the page for details.  Make sure you tell your friends!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Picnic time





We were a smaller than usual group for the July meeting and picnic, but those who came all enjoyed themselves.








(With the possible exception of Tracy Jachimowicz, who filled in for president Ann Renica this month)













Several members took up Martha's challenge to decorate their table!


                                   Lori and Beth had a festive "island" theme

 Martha brought a few things to brighten up her table.
 Alex brought a nice assortment of placemats and other fun goodies.
Mary Ellen used her piece from show and tell as a decoration

Speaking of show and tell...


Kathi Everett shared her "Piece of the Universe" entry from the Genesee Valley quilt show challenge.

Martha Lorshbaugh crocheted a cool little dragon for her grandson

Here is Mary Ellen's centerpiece.  It was made in part using a technique to transfer sharpie markers to fabric

Dodie Morrison made this very pretty quilt as a graduation gift for her granddaughter- and was very proud to have it finished a full four hours before the party.





Mary Kozub's husband decided it was his turn to have a portrait quilt.  This is the two of them in 1985, at their college graduation.






















Elaine Ross used an editing app on this picture of her granddaughter from the play "Hello Dolly", and had Julie Brandon print it for her.


Barb Brady finished another little Kim Diehl pattern

Barb also finished the snow man runner she has worked on at retreat for a couple of years.


Barb is enjoying making wool pincushions.  (sorry it's blurry- people don't hold things still for very long)


Lori Anderson wanted us to see the heart pillows from the pattern provided in the last newsletter, for ladies undergoing breast cancer surgery and treatment.

Melanie Watson finally got her wool felt class project into a frame.

Donna Tomski put together a couple of community service quilt tops (above and below).

It was suggested that we make our next "eatin' meetin'" a brunch, since we usually end up eating way before lunch time.   Post a comment to let us know if that sounds good- or to give a menu suggestion.


Monday, June 22, 2015

June Show and Tell

 Another great show and tell this month!!!!

Kathi Everett started us off with this piece for a friend who collects Rolling stones memorabilia.  It was made using Susan Carlson's collage technique.













Kathi was playing with her mono-printed fabrics, and wound up with this great tote bag.  The handles came from a bag at the thrift store!





















Kathi and her daughter and granddaughter made rings using elastic and vintage buttons.

Kate Martin Made this yoyo flag as a donation.


Kate finished her wool felt applique project from the class given by Susan Ralyea


 Kate made this with ties to test the block pattern....


...for this quilt, made as a gift for a pharmacist who retired from the VA.  Yes, these were ties- even the lava lamp!

Lori Anderson showed the piece she won an award for at the recent Genesee Valley show, titled "Time in the Garden"

Mary Lu Hodgins found this beautiful antique quilt at a car show, of all places.  


Mary Ellen Casey made this quilt, using the "Go with the Flow" pattern, as a donation for the quilt ministry at her church.


Mary Ellen finished her leaf quilt from the Judy Neimeyer class with Barb Miller.


Donna Tomski was working on this at the retreat in February.  It's the second she has made from this book.


Mary Lee Kozub brought this- a window from her cobblestone house- to remind us the theme for the January 2016 challenge is Architecture.


 Pat Gardner also finished her leaf quilt. 


Cheryl Doody made this with fabrics she couldn't resist at a shop in Penn Yan.


Linda Prouty made this signature quilt as a gift for a co-worker os her son who has cancer.


Connie and Jennifer Grimsley worked on this at retreat.  It is now ready to be given as a gift.




Connie also showed a group of Comunity Service quilts which were turned in at the meeting.





We had a wonderfully informative lecture from Molly Waddell on what judges are looking for when you make a competition quilt.

Next month is the annual picnic.  Watch your newsletter for details.