Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Meeting

 In spite of an illness forcing the program scheduled for January to be postponed, we had a very fun and idea filled meeting!!   Part of this was the presentation of the challenge quilts!  They are not pictured here, as I will get much better pictures once they are hanging in the library.  So stop back after Feb 2! 
  January Show and Tell

 Terry McGuire has finished her "Grand Illusion" top- a  yesteryear quilt from Bonnie Hunter at

Beth Anderson made another "creative girl" inspired quilt as a companion to the one she gave her boyfriend.

Beth made this portrait style quilt for her boyfriend's parents

Nancy Schrader made this tree skirt for herself

This one is a gift for a niece who is getting married.

Lori Sass made these chicken pillows

   Lori used the extra blocks from this quilt, featuring bathing suits, on the back.

                                         Donna Kaufman is already prepared for Valentine's day!

                                Pat Gardner made this beautiful Judy Neimeyer table runner

Cheryl Doody machine quilted this tree skirt with gold thread, from an AQS kit.

Donna Tomski made these skinny stitcheries, which Charlotte was able to display by using her "portable design surface"

Junamae Quternous made one of the poinsettias demonstrated by Marija Vujcic a couple of years ago.

Junamae has been using some of the bounty she won in the raffle basket to make cute table mats, with centers that open up!

Connie Grimsley is still finishing this gifts for her sister.  But it's ok, because her sister hasn't finished hers, wither.

Connie and Jenny worked together to make these tops- to be pillows for their mom.

                 Trudy Kutter didn't quite finish, but showed us her "tumbler" table runner.


Sign ups for the classes with Paula Nadelstern will open at the February meeting.  Cost for each class will be $60 per person.  Classes will be held at the Tomaszewski Family Center at 4110 West Main St, Batavia (time TBD- Usually something like - 9-4 ).  Sign ups will be taken on a first come first served basis, with a limit of 20 in each class.  You need not pay at sign up, but  your spot will not be confirmed until payment in full is made.  After the May  meeting, we will begin to allow non guild members to sign up at a cost of $65 per person.

As a reminder, the classes are:
Thursday October 15: "Simple symmetry",  which features half square triangles pieced like a pinwheel block.

 Friday, October 16: "Sixty-thirty", which is pieced similar to a traditional kaleidoscope block.

Both use symmetrical patterned fabric to create the intricate designs.  Here is a blog post about buying symmetrical fabric.
Paula will bring fabrics for sale during the class, and her fabrics are also available at several online quilt stores such as,, Hancocks of Paducah

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Party time!

There wasn't a lot of show and tell this month, but there was a lot of really great food!  It's always enjoyable to spend a while just enjoying the company of our fellow quilters.  For all who were there- and all who weren't- have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!  We wish for all of you some quiet time for quilting.

 Kathi Everett has a new grandson and this quilt is for him!

Eula Serrino made three of these doll quilts for her grand nieces.

The older nieces will enjoy these "Potato Chip" bags!

Another artist challenge for the small group Elaine Ross belongs to- this time it's Charley Harper.  Elaine made it seasonal with some beads to look like sparkling snow. 

Nancy Schrader unearthed some older quilts and decided to use them.  

Nancy made this one for herself!

And this one will be for her son.

Chris Kuehl is trying to finish a seasonal quilt for each season to display on her her small quilt rack.

Don't forget the challenge quilts are due at the January meeting.  How did January get here so fast??  They _just_ announced the challenge didn't they???

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November was Demo Derby day!

We wrapped up the quilt show this month by announcing the Viewer's Choice awards.  Congratulations to:
1st Place – Irene Bow, Baltimore Bouquet

2nd Place – Becky Nichols, Southwest Heritage

3rd Place (tie) – Tracy Jachimowicz, Enjoy the Journey

3rd Place (tie) – Donna Tomski, Paul’s Quilt

4th Place – Irene Bow, Heart of Roses

 5th Place (tie) – Barbara Brady, Farm Girl Finery

5th Place (tie) – Christine Hansen, Star Shine

There wasn't a lot of show and Tell this month.  I imagine it is a post show hangover, and soon there will be long lines of quilters showing all of their finished objects again!  (Members- not to scare anyone- but here's a reminder that the annual challenge entries are due at the January meeting.)

Nancy Ellers started us off with a sweet Sunbonnet Sue quilt.

Nancy also reminded us that the "10 minute table runners" take just a bit longer than 10 minutes.
Another project from
Nancy thought this mug carrier/ mug rug combination was cute, but didn't like the way the button carried all the weight.
So she redesigned it a bit using fabrics showing her love of quilting.
Trudy Kutter shared a quilt made when the guild was young, in remembrance of one of the founding members, Ann Gouinlock, who recently passed away.

Mary Ellen Casey made this tree skirt using old ties as a gift for her daughter.

Mary Ellen recently acquired this family heirloom quilt, and is hoping to find out its age.

Elaine Ross made this quilt as a custom order for a friend.
Elaine also made this small piece featuring a door- and what Elaine calls "sloppy sewing".

Kathy Belluscio mad this with a collection produced years ago to raise money for breast cancer research.

After show and tell, sharing company and snacks, we enjoyed demos by our fellow guild members showing a nice variety of techniques!

Lori showed us how to make improvised landscapes using what she has learned in classes with Margaret Reek, Wendy Butler Berns and Karen Eckmeier.  Lori says she uses mostly Karen's "Accidental Landscapes" method.

Here Lori shows how she lays out the freely cut fabric.... make a lovely scene with mountains in the background

Melanie Watson showed us how to cut and piece circles, a technique she has learned from a "craftsy" class with Ann Peterson.The templates she showed are available at:

Melanie showing how to pin circle blocks.

Cutting a circle using a regular ruler

Chris Kuehl showed us how to do couching and bobbin work.  She has learned these from books by Libby Lehman, Michele Scott, and Carol Ann Waugh

Couching a decorative thread intuitively.

Once you finish the couching you have a beautiful canvas to play with!

 Shirley Lapp showed some of what she has learned from making projects using the "Three Dudes" block. Many of us have admired her quilts at retreat and show and tell.  Now we know the secret!
Shirley brought a nice assortment of her finished projects to inspire!

Here she is showing a variation

So easy but no one has to know!
Next month is the annual holiday party.  Bring a dish to pass and a place setting and enjoy good friends and great food!