Sunday, February 22, 2015

Excellent Show and Tell in February!

The meeting began with a bit of confusion and adjustment due to some maintenance being undertaken, causing a temporary outage of electricity and no elevator to the auditorium.  For a while, we thought we'd have to use our cell phone flashlights to see!

But the lights came on and, except for the lack of a sound system, all was well!  One advantage to being downstairs is it's warmer.  (maybe too warm for those of us who enjoy frequent "personal summers")

Connie Grimsley accepted a facebook challenge to make Kathi  an art piece about a year ago.  And finally finished it. 

Nancy Ellers added some wallpaper and flooring to her embroidery to finish this little redwork piece.

A beautiful modern quilt using some "ugly" fabric Nancy had in her stash.

Tracy made a bowl full of little wool hearts while riding in the car on a long trip

"Kissing fish" baby quilt, machine quilted by Patty Cline

Connie did some work with curves to make this little piece....

...and this piece, which was a gift for Vinnie's birthday.

The "ArtCGirlz" showing off the pins they made at their February meeting.

 Susan used her Laurel Burch sweatshirt as the inspiration for this quilt.

On a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Susan never saw sea turtles, so she made some!

Mary Lowe made these two yellow and grey baby quilts for a friend, who has now decided on different colors for the nursery.  

Donna Tomski is ready for Halloween already.  Machine quilted by Debbie Kenney

John Roll started out using a Joen Wolfram pattern, but didn't like how it looked, so he changed it around a bit.

Mary Kozub is also ready for autumn with these two gorgeous table toppers.

Mary Ellen Ames has finished her batik Judy Neimeyer quilt.

Quiltmaker is doing a year of small projects, which Lorraine West is following.  This month it's bowtie blocks.

They did Hexies and made a small snap purse

And sweet little quilt with large hexies.

 A mug rug Lorriane made.

 Trudy Kutter used a tutorial she found online to do the binding on these baby quilts.
You can find it on

Cheryl Doody started this piece in a class at Clarence with Karen Kay Buckley.  She adapted the borders from an old pattern.

Ann Renica's love affair with orange continues...

Martha was taking pictures, so these are from her blog.

Balls made using Jinny Beyer's book: Patchwork Puzzle Balls

Self binding receiving blankets, made with instructions found here.

Martha is preparing for the arrival of her first grandchild ( a boy) in May.

March is our annual Community Service work day.  If you plan to stay and help, contact Connie Grimsley or Vinnie Tjhung to see where they might need help or supplies.  Remember to bring your lunch!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Show us Your Best Blooms" challenge quilts on display

 A beautiful group of quilts is currently hanging at the Richmond Memorial Library  through the month of February.  Visitors are invited to cast their ballots for the "Viewer's choice" awards.  Guild members are also invited to fill out a ballot in several categories for awards in addition to those selected by judges Patty Cline, of Chestnut Bay Quilting, and Penny Marble of Penny Marble Designs . Each judge chose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus a judge's choice award.  Winning quilts are pictured with their ribbons.

Tracy Jachimowicz putting the final touches on the display

  A total of  18 guild members created  21 quilts in answer to the "Show us Your Best Blooms" challenge.
In addition to including flowers, each quilt had to use a piece of this fabric.  There are some which require careful study to identify this fabric!

Val Schultz: Despite the Dog Gone Blues

                                                     Just try to find the challenge fabric!
"Happy Birthday", by Tracy Jachimowicz

 Tracy Jachimowicz was inspired to recreate a beautiful birthday card given to her by a friend.  It opens up to reveal more exquisite embroidery and embellishing.

"Abandoned" by Elaine Ross
 Elaine was inspired by an old piece of farm equipment left abandoned in a field

"The Best Blooms are Ragged Blooms", by Ann Renica
Ann has discovered she really loves the look of the big stitch "sashiko" quilting
"Crazy Blooms", by Kate Martin
Kate's crazy quilts are always full of beauty to draw you in for a closer look

"Blue Coneflowers" by Mary Ellen Casey
Mary Ellen had always wanted to make this pattern, she just didn't know it would be blue!

Jamie's Blue Flower Pot", by Kevin and Alex Hammon

Kevin and Alex's daughter, Jamie, painted the picture inspiring this piece at art camp last summer.

"Forget-me-not" by Martha Lorshbaugh
                                A cheery little bag to make us dream of spring!

"Garden Jewels" by Martha Lorshbaugh

             Martha used several fun techniques to create this piece, including just a bit of glitter.

"Zinnia Burst" by Chris Kuehl

 Chris found the center of her zinnia much more interesting than then flower itself. Beautiful quilting!

"Fuchsias in Bloom", by Melanie Watson
                                                    Melanie's hand applique is just perfect!

"Bloomin' Frogs", by Mary Anne Watson
Mary Anne also had fun playing with a pattern she had wanted to do for a long time.

"United States of Flora" by Bethany Anderson
                                            Each state has a crystal at the capital.

"Floating Blooms", by Jennifer Grimsley
                              Jenny used her stash of Kaffe Fasset fabrics to make her blooms bright.

"A Mother's Day Memory", by Susan Rathbun
A tile she found at the Roycroft Inn when she and her daughter visited inspired Susan

"Mom's Stash of Zippers", by Susan Rathbun
Using old zippers her mom couldn't bear to throw away made Susan think her mom would ask why she wasted them this way.

"Flower Child 1975" by Cynda Watroba
Cynda hand painted the background on this piece.  See the challenge fabric peeking out of the jeans?

"Forsythia", by Gloria Crittenden
              Gloria was inspired by a free form poem she found in an old magazine

"Summer Marsh", by Gloria Crittenden
Gloria enlarged the hexagons to 3/8 of an inch to make this a little easier to piece.

"Chaos Blooms" by Connie Grimsley

Connie has no idea how many fabrics are in the background of this piece.

Thanks to all the members who worked so hard to create this beautiful display!!

Congratulations to the winners- so far!  I'll be back to list the member awards later in the month.