Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Merry May day

 On a gorgeous spring day- where I fear many of us were antsy to be outside as soon as the meeting ended- we enjoyed the usual display of talent on display by our members. 

Nancy Ellers is on a mission to finish up some UFOs (aren't we all?)
A sunny tulip for Nancy's door

An embroidered piece that suits Nancy

A donation quilt Nancy made with donated fabrics

Nancy used fine corduroy donated to her for this one.
 Vinne Thjung shared a couple of the community service quilts turned in today.

Eula Serrino made this for her great niece, titled "Hannah Gets the Blues"

Nancy Schraeder made some pillows as gifts.
This is for a friend expecting twins, so there's two wagons

Nancy used some of her newly acquired free motion quilting skills on this.

Dodie Morrison's oldest grandson is getting married soon.  She had just gotten this back from member Cathy Schmeider, who did the quilting.  

Mary Ellen Casey bought the pattern for this at one of our meetings some time ago.  It's for her granddaughter, who is off to college!

Mary Anne Watson finished her pincushion from the class earlier this year.  

A few of the wallets from last month's class...
Melanie Tubinis and Mary Anne Watson

Mary Ellen Ames

Connie Grimsley

Jennifer Grimsley

 Bonnie Reigle finished her wool felt appliqué, but didn't want a pincushion, so she framed it. 

Connie Grimsley is continuing her tradition of making pillows for the students in her class each year.  This year she made initials, and used novelty fabrics on the backs in an effort to use up some of her stash. 

 Jennifer Grimsley decided to make the sashiko pieces she did into pillows

Mary Kozub won a pattern at last month's meeting, and made this small quilt as a table topper, then passed the pattern on to another member.  

Then members were treated to a nice demonstration of Nancy Wilson's "Whirlwind Whiz" technique and a trunk show of some of the projects she's made with it.  

In June Ina Randall will visit and show us some embellishment techniques.  (I'm sad I won't be there to enjoy it)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fancy handbags

 Spring arrived all of a sudden on our meeting day! I'm sure I wasn't alone in going home to spend some time enjoying it.  The meeting was inspiring as always.

Tracy Jachimowicz made this for her soon-to-arrive grandchild. It's called "Good Day, Sunshine"

Nancy Ellers didn't think this string pieced tumbling blocks quilt was very effective.  We all disagreed. 

Nancy knitted this blanket to donate to the Lipson Center

Nancy made this as a baby shower gift.

 Susan Rathbun worked on these projects at retreat.  She's calling it her "brown period".  This one is from a Susan Stein design.  She calls it "We're Stronger Together"

 Susan inherited a stash of buttons and such.  She designed this piece around the buttons.

 This is called "Elegant Aunt Helen" using more of her inherited stash. 

 Donna Tomski was inspired by the community service 16 patch block to use up some of her stash of 2 inch squares. 

 Mary Ellen Casey made this for the RAFA "Finders Keepers" challenge.  She used plastic garbage bags for the lower panel.  She sees the wrapping of hay bales in plastic as a loss.

 Elaine Ross made this for the "Finders Keepers" challenge- using  crushed seashell beads. It's called "A Walk Through my Garden"

 Elaine gave silk fusion a try- creating the silk "fabric" from silk strands, then she thread painted the tree.

Elaine made this bowl from a tutorial by Hilde Morin.  The quilting is done after the bowl is shaped.

Lori Anderson is making this piece for the  annual bigfoot conference fundraiser.  She used videos available online by Nancy Zieman for the landscape techniques.

Jennifer Grimsley is trying to clean up some UFOs. This one is at least 10 years old.

 Sandy Shufelt showed us the first quilt she quilted on her brand new long-arm machine.

                                       Sandy used pillow panels for this one.

                                        This curved log cabin is for Sandy's bed.

 Mary Kozub noticed her mom needed a new quilt for her bed a while back.  Mom doesn't know it's coming.

 Martha Lorshbaugh is also clearing out some UFOs.  This garden fairy was part of a kit of the month from a "few" years back.  Martha doesn't like it.

Martha's granddaughter picked out the fabrics for this quilt from scrap therapy squares.  Martha did all the sewing, though.

After the break, Ruth Ann Stillwell, part of Susan Rooney Designs, showed us a nice assortment of the bags and home decor items she has designed.  I'm sure there will be similar items in future show and tells, since there was a line at the pattern table afterward!

You can buy the patterns from Ruth Ann's etsy store as well.  Purse hardware is available at Susan Rooney's website

In May we'll be learning about the Whirlwind Whiz tool from Nancy Wilson

Friday, March 23, 2018

Community Service Sewing Day!

The Museum Quilt Guild regularly celebrates national Quilting day by having a community Service sewing day.  Members come and work together on our quilted hugs in varying stages of completion.

But first, we enjoy the usual beauty of our show and tell!

Donna Sofokles wasn't able to bring her "Naughty or Nice" quilt to the January meeting for the challenge presentation.  This side is "nice"...

And this side is "naughty"!

Junemae Quternous made a beautiful flower wreath/ table mat.

Mary Ellen Ames quilted this Cabin Rules panel.

Mary Ellen got the paper pieced borders on her "Reflections" quilt since the retreat. 

Kathy Belluscio finished this piece at retreat, using the fabric created in one of our meetings back in 2013, where four members doodled on paper, which was scanned and printed by Red Dog Enterprises. 

Cathy Judkins hasn't been able to sew, but she has been able to cut and fuse!

And use her embroidery machine to make some small things. 

Cathy had taken this Community Service quilt to finish before her restrictions.

Alex Hammon won most of these fabrics in a raffle basket, and used them to make a quilt for a friend.

Vinnie Tjhung decided to prove to everyone she does sew!  These were quilted by Cathy Schmeider.

Pat Gardner finished this scrappy star quilt

Tracy Jachimowicz has been making things for her soon to be grandchild

At retreat Tracy made a couple of these tool covers for a plain bucket. 

She' willing to teach others how.  Stay tuned...

Melanie finally made this project from a kit- a soft scarf with pockets/ mittens

Melanie was also happy to finally finish the piecing of these blocks.  She is not doing any more Y seams, so will find another way to make these blocks into bags.

Melanie made shams to go with the quilt she made for her then boyfriend, now husband.

Nancy Ellers knitted a beautiful blanket to donate.
I couldn't get a picture of the bag Nancy made from a t-shirt.  Ask her about it!

After the meeting, a couple dozen members stayed  to work and enjoy a fabulous lunch!

It was fun to walk around a see the work, and the fun being had!
Mary Kozub and Martha sewed bindings

Shirley Lapp was quilting

Nancy Schrader and her niece were doing jelly roll quilts

Melanie, Mary Ann and Dodie were assembling blocks into tops

Kathi and Tracy were also quilting and finishing

Eileen, Liz, Mary Ellen, Mary Ellen and Ann had fun putting together kits for quilting, etc. 

In April we'll be enjoying a trunk show with Ruth Ann Stilwell.