Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sorry, I was absent that day.

I was disappointed to miss the June meeting, since I've seen Ina Randall's work in quilt shows, and have always loved it.  Many thanks to Mary and Melanie for providing pictures and information from the meeting, so I can see what I  missed while visiting family.

Nancy Ellers made this at the St Mary's group, but she doesn't really care for it.  (I'm sure someone will be happy to have it!)

Here Nancy shows us how different the same pattern looks in different fabrics.  The blue one below is for a friend battling cancer. 

Shirley Lapp showed a rug made by Irene Bow in  2 days after looking up "rugs made with 2 1/2" strips on line.

Eileen Sorochtly made this for a baby shower.

Pat Gardner made this with the St Mary's group, to be donated to the cancer center.

Nancy Schrader made baseball quilts for a baby shower for a friend expecting twins.

 Carol McNally wasa working on this at retreat last February and finished it in March.

 Carol loves this made with 30's charm squares, because they're her favorite.
 Carol will be showing us how to do this at the demo day later this year.  It's from a Missouri Star tutorial.

Mary Ellen Ames finished this from a Ricky Tims pattern she thinks was from 2004

Mary Ellen started this piece in a class. 

Ann Renica made this for her oldest grandson's high school graduation

This is Elaine Ross' entry for an upcoming Experience Fiber Art exhibit.  It's titled "We are But a Mere Speck"

                             Ina Randall  did a nice trunk show of her work.

And then members were treated to a class on painting using a resist.
In July we'll be enjoying our annual summer picnic.  Remember to bring your own table setting and something yummy to share. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Merry May day

 On a gorgeous spring day- where I fear many of us were antsy to be outside as soon as the meeting ended- we enjoyed the usual display of talent on display by our members. 

Nancy Ellers is on a mission to finish up some UFOs (aren't we all?)
A sunny tulip for Nancy's door

An embroidered piece that suits Nancy

A donation quilt Nancy made with donated fabrics

Nancy used fine corduroy donated to her for this one.
 Vinne Thjung shared a couple of the community service quilts turned in today.

Eula Serrino made this for her great niece, titled "Hannah Gets the Blues"

Nancy Schraeder made some pillows as gifts.
This is for a friend expecting twins, so there's two wagons

Nancy used some of her newly acquired free motion quilting skills on this.

Dodie Morrison's oldest grandson is getting married soon.  She had just gotten this back from member Cathy Schmeider, who did the quilting.  

Mary Ellen Casey bought the pattern for this at one of our meetings some time ago.  It's for her granddaughter, who is off to college!

Mary Anne Watson finished her pincushion from the class earlier this year.  

A few of the wallets from last month's class...
Melanie Tubinis and Mary Anne Watson

Mary Ellen Ames

Connie Grimsley

Jennifer Grimsley

 Bonnie Reigle finished her wool felt appliqué, but didn't want a pincushion, so she framed it. 

Connie Grimsley is continuing her tradition of making pillows for the students in her class each year.  This year she made initials, and used novelty fabrics on the backs in an effort to use up some of her stash. 

 Jennifer Grimsley decided to make the sashiko pieces she did into pillows

Mary Kozub won a pattern at last month's meeting, and made this small quilt as a table topper, then passed the pattern on to another member.  

Then members were treated to a nice demonstration of Nancy Wilson's "Whirlwind Whiz" technique and a trunk show of some of the projects she's made with it.  

In June Ina Randall will visit and show us some embellishment techniques.  (I'm sad I won't be there to enjoy it)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fancy handbags

 Spring arrived all of a sudden on our meeting day! I'm sure I wasn't alone in going home to spend some time enjoying it.  The meeting was inspiring as always.

Tracy Jachimowicz made this for her soon-to-arrive grandchild. It's called "Good Day, Sunshine"

Nancy Ellers didn't think this string pieced tumbling blocks quilt was very effective.  We all disagreed. 

Nancy knitted this blanket to donate to the Lipson Center

Nancy made this as a baby shower gift.

 Susan Rathbun worked on these projects at retreat.  She's calling it her "brown period".  This one is from a Susan Stein design.  She calls it "We're Stronger Together"

 Susan inherited a stash of buttons and such.  She designed this piece around the buttons.

 This is called "Elegant Aunt Helen" using more of her inherited stash. 

 Donna Tomski was inspired by the community service 16 patch block to use up some of her stash of 2 inch squares. 

 Mary Ellen Casey made this for the RAFA "Finders Keepers" challenge.  She used plastic garbage bags for the lower panel.  She sees the wrapping of hay bales in plastic as a loss.

 Elaine Ross made this for the "Finders Keepers" challenge- using  crushed seashell beads. It's called "A Walk Through my Garden"

 Elaine gave silk fusion a try- creating the silk "fabric" from silk strands, then she thread painted the tree.

Elaine made this bowl from a tutorial by Hilde Morin.  The quilting is done after the bowl is shaped.

Lori Anderson is making this piece for the  annual bigfoot conference fundraiser.  She used videos available online by Nancy Zieman for the landscape techniques.

Jennifer Grimsley is trying to clean up some UFOs. This one is at least 10 years old.

 Sandy Shufelt showed us the first quilt she quilted on her brand new long-arm machine.

                                       Sandy used pillow panels for this one.

                                        This curved log cabin is for Sandy's bed.

 Mary Kozub noticed her mom needed a new quilt for her bed a while back.  Mom doesn't know it's coming.

 Martha Lorshbaugh is also clearing out some UFOs.  This garden fairy was part of a kit of the month from a "few" years back.  Martha doesn't like it.

Martha's granddaughter picked out the fabrics for this quilt from scrap therapy squares.  Martha did all the sewing, though.

After the break, Ruth Ann Stillwell, part of Susan Rooney Designs, showed us a nice assortment of the bags and home decor items she has designed.  I'm sure there will be similar items in future show and tells, since there was a line at the pattern table afterward!

You can buy the patterns from Ruth Ann's etsy store as well.  Purse hardware is available at Susan Rooney's website

In May we'll be learning about the Whirlwind Whiz tool from Nancy Wilson