Thursday, February 5, 2009

Time to Catch up, Part II

Thirty Something and a Pearl

The annual challenge entries were revealed at the January meeting. While there are not nearly as many as in previous years, there are some wonderful quilts and the entrants obviously had fun creating them!

This year's theme. "Thirty Something and a Pearl" reflects the fact that the Guild turns thirty this year. There had to be thirty of something on each entry.
The traditional wedding anniversary gift for thirty years is pearls, so it seemed natural to include that in the challenge. A piece of fabric was chosen to represent the pearl and at least one piece of it had to be included on each quilt.

Fourteen members of the guild took up the challenge; creating a display which includes collections of sailboats and aprons, flowers, fish and hearts. Judging took place on Wednesday, Feb 4 and prizes were awarded based on workmanship and overall appearance.
The judges were Janet Root of Kendall and Adele Gilmore of Greece. Ms Root is a regional quilt teacher, well- known among the local quilting community. Ms Gilmore is a long time quilter and formerly was the costumer for the theatre department at SUNY Brockport.
Award winners were:
First Place: Jean Butzer for "Easter 1911"
Second Place: Elaine Ross for "Longwood Water Gardens"
Third Place: Martha Lorshbaugh for "I heart
Best Execution of Theme:
Mary Ellen Casey for "Thirty Fish & a Pearl"
Creativity/ Originality:
Cynda Watroba for "America 2009"
Design: Sharon Larsen for "Colors That Bind"
Best Use of Color:
Gloria Crittenden for "I Remember Aprons"
Applique: Dodie Morrison for "Tea Time"
Hand Quilting: Kate Martin for "Whirlwind"
Machine Quilting: Connie Grimsley for "Set Sail"

The rest of the quilts may be seen here.

Time to catch up, part I

Well, it happened again. Much time has passed and the chance to update came and went several times, usually being stolen by activities like getting a quilt ready for the challenge, or cooking a dinner for the family. So, let's start with the holidays.

The annual Christmas party held on December 13 was as always a good time for all who attended.
The tables were covered in plain brown paper and crayons, allowing members to express their creativity during the business meeting.

Sadly, much of the artwork was lost during clean up. So if you have some of it, treat it with care as it may one day be very valuable!

We had our third collection of gift bags for the students at the "Brooklyn Street School" The generosity shown by our members means that every child receives a goodie bag, as well as older siblings who have graduated from the program.

Connie Grimsley led a wonderful activity for everyone, where we each made a beautiful folded paper greeting card. It is obvious that Connie is accustomed to working with difficult students as no amount of disruption and confusion could fluster her at all. (thanks, Connie!)

Several members decided to participate in a block swap. The Christmas themed blocks were made available from Victoriana Quilting Designs
The blocks were swapped during the break and all were pleased by the results of the swap!
And of course there was all that delicious food!!!! ( I am still full)