Friday, August 22, 2014

August UFO reveal

There was a LOT to do at the August meeting!

Show and tell is always a high point of the meeting!

"Forsaken", by Kathi Everett
 If you went on retreat, you may have seen Kathi playing with her hand dyed fabrics and somewhat random piecing of crosses. A sudden bit of inspiration struck Kathi in the middle of the night, and here is how she finished that piece.

Nancy Ellers got out her knitting machine and made some preemie caps, just to get back into the swing of how it works.

Lorraine West's 2013 row by row quilt.

Lorraine added some thread painting to this quilt interpreting a picture from Pebble Beach, CA

Elaine Ros joined members of a group of RAFA members who interpreted the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Elaine found the perfect button for this piece at Patricia's.

Lori Anderson is really enjoying the landscape technique she learned in a class with Karen Eckmeier.

Lori used the landscape technique to give her "Creative Girl", a place to "seek the Elusive"

Connie Grimsley hand pieced hexies into a little bowl ion a road trip.

Connie was just finishing up this turtle wallhanging

Kay Lennon brought in baby quilts made my member Liz Scott, who was donating them for community service.  

Liz Wagner allowed her grandson to choose the pattern for his dorm quilt.  She had never worked with Diamonds before.

After the break, where we all signed up for jobs at the quilt show ( many spots are still available- watch your newsletter for the list), we got a preview of the quilt show when members revealed their completed UFO's.

Cathy Judkins

Cheryl Doody

Alex Hammon, a silent auction donation

MaryAnne Watson- one of the projects we helped get "unstuck"

There will be quite a few of the row robin quilts in the show.  They are all lovely- and all so different!

Chris was a bit surprised there weren't more finished objects.  I know I have one more to finish for the show, but it wasn't ready for this meeting.  How about the rest of you???

Speaking of the quilts we're showing, do you need labels for your quilts, but didn't print after registering online??  Well, never fear- the form is right here!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Picnic meeting

The crowd for the July meeting was smaller than usual.  But those who attended were treated to a wonderful array of food.  (WAY more than I could sample, for sure!)  Good friends, show and tell, and good food.  What more could you ask for?

 Nancy Ellers won this quilt top from her quilting board.  People offer things they just don't like (or don't want to finish).  So Nancy is planning to finish this gorgeous quilt then donate it.

 One of the projects of the month was these little tissue holders.  I didn't get a picture of the Canadian Maple leaf she made, similar to our leaf favors for the quilt show.

 Arlene Kelly brought this sweet little sailboat quilt top to show us since it will be given to the lucky baby before the next meeting.

Elaine Ross made this piece after viewing the Matisse exhibit at the memorial Art Gallery with RAFA members.  They enjoyed the simple way he does faces and challenged each other to create a 2 color quilt in a similar style.  Elaine insists this is not a self portrait.
 Elaine was inspired to create this quilt by a mossy tree stump in Rainbow Springs, FL.  As some of us know, when you stop to take pictures of things like this , people look at you strangely.
Up close you can see the dimensional effect on the fungus bits.

 Mary Kozub finished the quilting on her Bargello piece from the class we had with Marija Vujcic last year. (or was it the year before?)  Her comment was "Yellow, yellow- it's Bargello!"

 Chris Kuehl made this Judy Neimeyer runner in a class at Mt Pleasant, and is looking for help quilting it on her mid-arm machine.

  Ann Renica made this as a donation to the VA's end of life care unit.

 Martha brought in her portrait quilt, even though it is also one of her UFO challenge pieces for next month's meeting.

Member Reminders:
1- It's time to REGISTER YOUR QUILTS for the October quilt show.  If you have any problems or questions, contact Alex or Kevin Hammon.  Click HERE to go to the online form.

2- Get those UFO's finished for the August meeting!!!  Bring your completed items to the meeting- finished and bound- to be eligible for a drawing for a $50 quilt shop gift certificate!  If you can't be there, get a friend to bring your items.  Chris Kuehl has the list, if you have forgotten what you signed up to finish. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stitches in Time 2014

Quilt Show time is coming again soon!  Are you ready?
Here is what you need to know......

"Winter Dreams of Spring"  Raffle quilt

 When:  October  17 and 18, 2014
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Where: Alexander Fireman's Recreation Hall
                   10708 Alexander Road (Route 98)
                   Alexander, NY
Need directions

 Cost: $5 (children 10 and under are FREE)

What's happening at the show? 
200 + quilts made by guild members
Silent Auction
Member boutique
Raffle quilt

Fellow quilters
Door prizes
Quilts and more quilts!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Show and Tell and quilt show registration

Pat Keller made this quilt featuring Disney princess for a special  little girl's  birthday.

Trudy Kutter found an interesting way to hang her flag quilt- using beads and a dowel!  She thought the tumbler blocks made the quilt look like the flag is waving.

Deciding to use some of the 30's prints she has been saving for "someday", Trudy enjoyed making the tiny twister pattern.

 Things move pretty fast during show and tell, so this is the best picture I got of Trudy's little armchair sewing caddy.

Kathi Everett was working on this tulle garland for her daughter's upcoming wedding.  She shared that her "Ice Crystals" quilt has been juried into the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August.

Martha Lorshbaugh used leftover pieces of fabric from the raffle quilt to make this smaller version for the Silent Auction.

Sue Privatera made this bag from some of the goodies she won in the raffle basket at the 2012 quilt show.

Tracy made a nice name tag holder for when she goes to the Hershey show to take some classes next month.

Anne Rupert made some embroidered dish towels for the Silent Auction.

Melanie Watson made this baby quilt with a kit she got from Cottons, etc. This is the top, but it will be given away right after it's quilted!

Ann Renica blames Martha and Scrap Therapy for the overabundance of 2 inch squares she has in her sewing room.  This looks like a great way to use some of them up.  (But they multiply really fast!)

Lorraine West made these super sweet tiny quilts from charm packs of fabric by Kim Diehl.

After Show and Tell I told  Nancy Ellers I had been trying to get a good picture of her jacket.  So she posed for me.

It is made with "Dear Jane" blocks.

After the break, we all got lessons in a few new things for registering our quilts for the upcoming show.
Here, Kevin Hammon shows Sue Privatera and Anne O'Geen how easy the web form will be!

Some category choices have changed as well.  I thought it was easier, others were confused.  That's why we keep making small changes. 
I'll post a link when the online registration form is ready. 

Here you go!!! 
The form is improved this year, so you only have to fill out your personal information once!  When you hit submit, it will ask you if you want to register another quilt, then you can go back and your information will still be there!   Easy Peasy!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Getting "unstuck"

Apologies in advance for the pictures. Kathi is still experiencing technical difficulties, and my camera doesn't get quite the same quality of pictures. -Martha

Ann Renica asking for help

At our May meeting, we had fun helping each other get "unstuck.  Members brought in projects They haven't finished because of a problem, and everyone was invited to make suggestions.
If you weren't there, but have any ideas, let us know!

Kathi did monoprinting on these fabrics

Many were looking for advice on how to quilt something.  I know that is the hard part for me, too!

Mary Ellen isn't sure how to quilt this

At show and tell this month, Martha had the raffle quilt out to get a picture.  (Thanks to all who helped and were patient while I took "just one more")  We are on the home stretch now, and Martha hopes to have it finished in another few weeks.
This quilt will be raffled off at the quilt show in October.  Have you picked up your tickets yet?  If anyone wants to buy a ticket, us the "contact" link at our website.

Kathi's HGTV group did a fabric challenge.  Kathi fussy cut "Wild Things" fabric into hexies and made this sweet quilt she will donate to a fundraiser.

Nancy Ellers made some leaf favors for the quilt show, but likes her a little bigger

Nancy Ellers
Cathy Judkins had lovely floral pieces we all thought could easily be entries in the "blooms" challenge for next January!  (Did you get your challenge fabric yet?) 
One block of a quilt Cathy Judkins is working on

Another Work in Progess
This one is the center of a quilted village.  I like it as is.  :-)

Cathy took the Judy Neimeyer classes at Mount Pleasant.  Now she has to remove all that paper.

Elaine donated this piece, made with a printed batik, to the silent auction.

Elaine bought the pattern for this in Florida.  It's quilted with feathers and swirls- just luscious!

Elaine's mother made this for Elaine's older daughter, who is now expecting her first child.  So Elaine refurbished and re-quilted it for the new baby!

Donna Tomski is hiding behind the table runner she made from a Connecting Threads kit.

Angie Vallette Made this sweet owl sewing caddy with scissors for glasses!

Connie Whipple's disappearing four patch made us all say "ooh".

Arlene Kelly was back at the meeting this month and showed us this lovely yo-yo quilt made from a Kim Diehl pattern.

Connie Grimsley makes pillows for each of her students every year.  (There were more, but they switched them too fast)
Connie said this group brings her up over 100 of them.

Connie hand appliqued these circles while on a trip.  The machine quilting is pretty cool, if you get a chance to see it- maybe at the quilt show in October!

Chris Kuehl  used a glue resist and Rit dye to paint this picture, which she is hand embroidering.  She isn't sure how to tell when it's finished.

I hope you get to see this in person, as it has a lot to see- beautiful thread work and quilting!  This is one of the "creative girls" the ArtCGirlz have been making.

Lorraine West did a "Row by Row" shop hop in 2012, and this is the result. 

Lorraine used a kit to make this bag, which she finds a bit too big.  She made a matching small pouch for inside, too.

Lorraine made several nice scrappy quilts which she donated to community service.

Gwen Carlson is working a four seasons of birdhouses project. 

Gwen had this fabulously bright quilt quilted at Mt Pleasant.

Ann Renica has been making small quilts again...
For her grand niece, Lillian

Anne has decided she likes striped bindings.  It really shows well on the blue one below!

Martha brought in a banner she made from the last of the strip sets from the 2012 raffle quilt. to be used when the guild sets up out in places like brickhouse corners, or the farmer's market.

After show and tell, and our break for socializing- and eating the yummy treats!- everyone had a closer look at the problem projects, and made their suggestions.

Chris and her Libby Lehman piece

A better look at Anne's circles.

This was the big draw, apparently- Mary Anne and Melanie

Connie didn't show these, but they were laying on her table.  She is doing a crayon challenge.  She got great colors, didn't she?  I forget what pattern she said this was.

Make sure you join us in June to learn all about registering your quilts online for the show.  Did I mention there's a quilt show in October?