Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet Erica Plank

 It was a very warm day outside, so it was good to have an excuse to stay inside for the June meeting.  There was a LOT of news regarding the Quilt Show!  Please check the newsletter for details.   It's time to register your quilts, which can be done using the form from the newsletter, or online here. If you have questions, please contact Alex Hammon or Connie Grimsley.

As always, Show and Tell featured the usual nice variety of projects!
Nancy Ellers shows her cord buddy- a nice way to avoid losing cords at a class or retreat.

Mary Ellen Casey's "Rhapsody" from last month's class.

Community Service projects turned in this month

Another Community Service quilt

Pat Gardner made this for one of her grandsons. 

Table toppers made by-(sorry!)

another table topper

The front of the quilt John Roll made while wintering in NC

The back pf John's quilt also drew some ooohs

Ann Renica donated this to the silent auction

Ann will give this as a wedding gift once it's quilted

Mary Kozub did some weaving

Mary also made an "opulent ornament"

Mary has been trying to get this modern style quilt finished for a while.

quilting detail

Erica Plank, of Unseen Hands Designs, stopped in to do a great trunk show featuring her patterns.  She is a fun and enthusiastic speaker, with loads of talent!

Many of her early designs feature stitching as the focus

Then she discovered raggy quilts.

Then she decided to try adding crayons to the embroidery.

Then she moved on to appliqué.

Then she combined it all with a new way of making cathedral window blocks.

After the meeting, she gave a class on the cathedral window technique.  So we'll be sure to see some of the projects soon!
You can see all of Erica's patterns at her website.

In July we will have our annual picnic.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own place setting. Beverages will be provided. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

On a Sunny Day in May

The sun was shining, and birds were singing and it was a glorious day to be up early and meet with friends to share our love of quilting (and give our backs a break from the gardening!)

This is an affirmation our guest Penny Marble shared-  from her retreat with Ricky Tims.  It seemed like a good start for this post.

In our show and tell, there was a lot to love and be inspired by!

Mary Kozub needle felted another bunny

Nancy Ellers never makes one of anything!
(This is called "Little Morsels", a pattern by Fons and Porter)


Rosine Wloch used only fabric from her stash to make this King- sized beauty!

Member Cathy Schmeider did the quilting

Mary Ellen Ames won this amazing quilt from a raffle ticket she bought at a consortium event.  It came in a matching bag/ pillow sham.

Mary Lu Hodgins made this for a grandchild- only 3 more to make!

Nancy Schraeder went looking for backing for a holiday runner she was making and ended up using a collection of fabrics instead for this lovely non-traditional piece!

Nancy had Julie Brandon print this original drawing on fabric to make this pillow

Gloria Crittenden made this as a housewarming gift

Carol McNally was given  a bag of blocks and fabric at the march Community Service day, and ended up with three quilt tops!

Barb Brady finished her daughter's holiday quilt just in time to hang on the newly installed quilt rack.

Some items turned in to Community Service
After Penny's lecture, she gave a class on Ricky Tims' "Rhapsody" quilt technique.  I'm sure we'll be seeing some of the results very soon!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Learning About Modern Quilting

 The April meeting was very inspirational, as you will see.  In addition to the always beautiful show and tell from our members, we enjoyed a visit from the Western New York Modern Quilters.  (who said they loved our show and tell)

Mary Kozub needle felted this angora bunny

Nancy Ellers wore her  birthday badge as part of a family tradition

With the "bonus half-square triangles" from this quilt...

...Nancy made this smaller version!

And there were still scraps to use in a placemat
 In case you missed it, the 2017 Challenge theme is "Bars".   There were members pointing out this would fit!
Here is a full sized version of the same design.  (I bet there will be a smaller one soon.)

Nancy was given this panel to play with and made a donation quilt

Nancy used a stripe fabric for this donation quilt.

Nancy crocheted this to send to Roswell

Nancy loved the bee on this small "lovie"

Mary Lowe, Jona Gaylord and Mary Ellen Ames were happy to present the completed raffle quilt

The quilting by Val Schultz is spectacular!

A small version for the Silent Auction

Gloria Crittenden used fabric with NY City motifs on it for this fun piece

Melanie Watson made this bag at retreat

Some Community Service quilts turned in today.

Another Community Service quilt

Lori Anderson is making this one for her mom.

Angie Villette is way early with her Easter table runner!  :-)

Eula made this, called "Chopsticks" using a "layer cake"

 Ann Renica had to get permission from her grandson, Noah, to keep this Death Star quilt long enough to share it with us.  She started it on a recent visit with him.

 Emmy Hartwick is trying to finish some of her older projects for the quilt show.  She brought several fabrics to get opinions on borders for this beautiful log cabin quilt.

Emmy made this as a graduation gift for her granddaughter.

 Cynda Watroba managed to find enough snow to do some dyeing this winter, and is having fun trying different designs and resists.

 These are the scraps and failed blocks Cynda made for the quilt below.

Martha Lorshbaugh knitted a small teddy for her grandson

Martha's "Opulent Ornament", from a pattern by Paula Nadelstern
Terry McGuire read us a very funny commentary her husband wrote on the dangers of quilting.  If this works, you can read it here

After the break, the Modern Quilters took over.   They are a fun and talented group of ladies!

 We learned a few things about the principles of "Modern Quilting":
 1- the use of bright colors and solids 
2- using the principles of modern art
3- using grey or white as background fabrics
4- using a lot of "negative space"

Then we enjoyed a wonderful trunk show!
I didn't have the chance to get titles or maker's information, so please contact them for more information. (They are on facebook)

Not all modern quilt use bright colors!

Anne made this after a workshop with Nancy Crow

I think they said this was inspired by Anna Maria Horner

A block swap

One member, named Robbie, prefers to work small, so after she forced herself to make this full sized quilt...

...she made a tiny version with the scraps!

more "bars"!

another block swap

the pieces in this are folded

Thanks for visiting ladies!!!!