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!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Red and White all over

February show and tell brought us a bunch of penguins.  (Since we're on land, a group of penguins is called a "waddle")
Lori Ivison's is named Petey

Alex Hammon

Mary Kozub

 Alex enjoyed felting so much she took another class and made this sweet little bunny!

Alex also made these great yoga bags

Val Schultz made a Gypsy Wife- not quite following the pattern

Val made this in response to challenge with the theme "round"

Mary Ellen Casey made this quilt to go with the needlepoint square in the center

Jenny Grimsley finished a couple of Community Service quilts

Jenny also made some small bags- one has 9 pockets!

Connie Grimsley also finished some Community Service quilts

This one was sewn during a storm (?)

Connie- aren't these colors yummy?

Connie said she enjoys disappearing nine patches

Connie's scrappy quilts.  (she's been very busy!)

Cheryl Doody really loved this border print.

Mary Ellen Ames "Indian Summer" - a Judy Neimeyer pattern

Linda Prouty was commissioned to make this California King

Mary Kozub's bed finally has a new quilts on it!

Anna G- one of our guests- showed off her first patchwork quilt!

Cynda and Gloria announced the new challenge theme is Red and White.  Watch your newsletter for some links to inspire you!