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!!

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.  

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Virtual Show and Tell

Since we aren't allowed to hold meetings at the moment, we decided to do a virtual show and tell.  Hopefully I will be adding to this post as more people share what they're working on while we're all staying home.  Be safe, everyone.  Check in on your friends and family often.  Spread light!

Nancy Schrader goes first:

 Pic 1 -  my wind down project to calm me after layoff #5

 Pic #2.  Front of wip quilt top.

 Pic #3. Back of wip, pieces backing

Show and tell that was missed in cancelled March meeting.  Above are small bags Nancy was making at a retreat in February

(Below is a tree skirt made as a gift) 
Mom and I worked on so many parts of this project together.  Alex has the story (see the newsletter for details).  Was hoping to have Kate come to community service with us to show it off.

From Val Schultz:
So these are from an online mystery with Claudia Pfeil - a bit addictive, flowers and a stack of leaves done, now on to long spikes leaves...keeping me sane.

Martha Lorshbaugh provided these, which would have been her March Show and Tell:

 This is a community service quilt, pieced by another  member, that Martha had taken home to finish a while back.

 A skinny quilt for the window next to Martha's office door

 A small landscape quilt Martha started in an ArtCGirlz workshop

Martha did a stitchery piece and finished it by layering it onto a second quilt.  (Sorry for the really bad photo, ladies!)

Alex Hammon reminded me I forgot to put these pictures of Nancy Bush on my last post. 

 Here's the story:
After her stroke in either Feb or March 2018, as part of her therapy for herself Nancy worked on piecing the quilt top. Not an easy feat with weakness on her left side. I got a card from her in August of 2019 asking for assistance in getting it sandwiched and quilted. She wasn’t planning on finishing the quilt, but after her granddaughter saw it and told her she loved it, what could she do? I recruited Dodie and Kathi E. to help. Dodie took charge of tying the quilt. After she finished with it, I delivered it to Kathi for binding. With the extra backing fabric - about a yard - Kevin and I made 2 pillow cases as our gift to Nancy and her granddaughter. I had some music note fabric in my stash to use for the cuffs. We delivered the quilt and pillow cases to her on Dec. 21st. Just in time for her to give it to her granddaughter for Christmas. :-)

 Alex also sent along some pictures of things she's working on now. 

After her kitty blew out the ties on the kitty hammock, Alex used fabric leftover  from a challenge to make a new one.

Alex has also been working on piecing some community service blocks. 

Check back for more photos (I hope) , information on when we'll resume our meetings, and our quilt show in October!