Friday, March 2, 2018

Scenes from the Retreat

Dorothy got flowers for her birthday!
The annual retreat at  Asbury Camp and Retreat Center was last weekend. (thank goodness, because today there is a foot of snow everywhere!)

There is color everywhere at retreat!

Some people bring mascots with them!

Many of us did some sewing on guild projects.

Vinnie brought the directions for surgery hats for Golisano Children's Hospital.
Ask Melanie why she was laughing when she made hers.

Several ladies were making the thread catchers for the upcoming quilt show! (October 19 and 20 for visitors- please join us!)

Trudy was working on dolls for nursing home residents.

 Everyone loves to see what others are working on!

And sharing ideas in the modern age means looking at your phones!

Here's some of the projects that are one step closer to being finished!

Susie Spicer made herself the cutest apron!

Susie also made a couch quilt using fabrics she got on vacation.  The map in the center was a scarf (bandana?) she found in a souvenir shop.

Lori Anderson picked these out of the fabric pool- or maybe from the free table.

She matched them up with some fabrics from her own stash and is ready to stitch on them- maybe next year. 

Lori also had the pieces she made in the Ricky Tims class with Penny Marble a while back.  

 Also ready for stitching.

Lori made a few more of the blocks from "the Splendid Sampler"

And got this fish assembled.  It will be a gift for her husband.

 Mary Lowe using up the extra blocks from another project.  I think she planned to use it as a baby gift. 

Mary loves making "One Block Wonders"!

 Shirley Wade pieced these two quilts using jelly rolls and scraps. 

Mary Kozub got the borders on a couple of her old retreat projects so they're ready to quilt!

 Alex Hammon won a pile of squares in a basket of goodies.  She put them together- and got the quilting done!  This will be a gift for a friend.

Kathi used two polka dot fabrics to piece this  "stretched star"  quilt. 

Mary Ellen Ames is laughing because she's so happy she got this part of the quilt top assembled!

Kathy Belluscio quilted and bound this piece she put together last year.  The center was made during a lecture on collaboration a while back at guild!

Martha Lorshbaugh assembled this top with blocks donated by members of her online guild.  It will be a donation at their retreat later his year. 

Martha also had fun playing with the blocks Tracy Jachimowicz made in  the Paula Nadelstern class a couple of years ago.

Looks like the quilt show will be spectacular this year, right?  :-)

Don't forget the march meeting is our annual Community Service work day.  If you didn't sign up to bring anything, contact Vinnie. I'm sure she can hook you up!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How to save our quilts

At the February meeting, guest Ellen De Wind spoke about preserving and repairing old textiles and well- loved quilts. (below)   But first we enjoyed the usual display of talent in our show and tell!
(Apologies to those whose items are discolored.  My grandson likes to play with my camera and it took me a few minutes to find the right button to undo what he did)

Mary Kozub added a bit of satin cord to the edge of her pincushion from last month's class.

                               Lorraine West made this quilt as a gift for her granddaughter.

                    Ann Renica made this "I Spy" quilt for a baby coming soon to her family.

Trudy Kutter loves paper piecing, and is happy to have finished this little garden quilt from 2000.

Elaine Ross made this with some of the wet cyanotype pieces she has made.  A MUCH better picture, can be seen at her blog!

Inspired by the October - December block from Community Service, Linda Prouty played with some half square triangle units!  First she made hearts.
(Yay- I fixed it!)  

  Then she tried the"trip around the world" layout.  She might still have more units left, so stay tuned!

Elaine Lemley found the flannels for this quilt- for her grandson's big boy bed- on the clearance rack!

Susie Spicer made a sample of the "Diva wallet" to show us what we can do at the workshop in April.

                                           Susie also finished her pincushion.

Lori Anderson is working on UFOs.  She hand pieced this small quilt and made coasters with the extra blocks. 

                           This one is made from a set of mini charm squares Lori couldn't resist.

                          Marion Frye made a fidget blanket for her mom who's in a nursing home. 

Kathy Belluscio made this pinwheel quilt with flannels she found in her stash as a Community Service donation.

Cynda Watroba was so excited she couldn't stand still.  Her snow dyes are lovely, though (including her t-shirt!)

 Nancy Schrader is enjoying making her small quilts with words on them. This month, the word is love.

And here it is- the 2018 raffle quilt, made by Carol Mc Nally, Christine Hansen (and others whose names I missed) and quilted by Val Schultz

I'm sure we won't have trouble selling tickets for this one!

A few members brought well-loved quilts for Ellen De Wind to demonstrate restoration and repair. Her she shows Kathy Belluscio how to repair a baby quilt.

                     And here Linda Prouty gets advice on how to save her crazy quilt. 

The March 17 meeting will be a Community Service work day.  If you plan to come, check with Vinnie or Connie to find out what you can bring, and how you can help!