Tuesday, April 19, 2022

May Block of the Month



 I'm glad you're enjoying the monthly block swap! Some people are making multiples, so there have been enough blocks for small quilt tops each month.  

  This month, the block is an uneven nine patch- great for nickel or Scrap Therapy squares!  The directions are here:

There are two methods shown for the block. I tried both and was pleased with the results either way.  

The only difference I saw was the way the seam allowances come together.  I had to repress one seam using the four patch method - the black one- to get the seams to nest neatly.  (see photo below)

If you want to play, make a block, bring it to the meeting and put your name in for the drawing.  One lucky winner takes home all the blocks! (You may make more than one block, but each person can only enter once)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A Fabulous Trunk Show!

 Those of us who were at the April meeting, enjoyed a trunk show from our first in person speaker since (possibly- I didn't check) November of 2019!!!  More on that later...

Our Show and tell, as always, featured beautiful work from our members.

Martha Lorshbaugh finished an old UFO, after finding a setting she liked for these wonky blocks, made for a pattern she decided she didn't like.  

We finally got a good look, and a decent picture, of the raffle quilt, titled "Midnight Garden.  Tickets will be distributed at the May meeting

Nancy Ellers got this pattern from Pat Sloan's website, to show support for the brave people of Ukraine.  (Pat is also selling t-shirts to benefit the refugees)
Nancy was testing a pattern for a blanket to crochet and ended up with this table mat.

Two of the blankets Nancy will donate to all babies cherished

Sue Chiddy also finished a UFO using a jelly roll. Cathy Schmeider quilted it for her.  

Nancy Schrader discovered this quilt- made from vintage blocks- only needed a binding to be finished!

The back of Nancy's quilt is just as pretty!

Kevin Hammon has been studying Blue Jays at his backyard feeder.  This piece will hang in an upcoming art show featuring Kevin's paintings of birds on vintage maps.  

Donna Sofokles has Ukrainian ancestry, so made this small flag to show her support for those fighting the russian invaders. based on stories from her  grandmother (I think)- nothing has changed when it comes to the tactics used by the russians.

Pat Gardner won the monthly block swap in March, and this is what she made with her winnings.  She seemed surprised they looked nice all together once she got it pieced!

Our speaker was Karen Roll from Genesee Falls, NY (near Letchworth State Park) She calls her trunk show "Now and Zen"

Starting with vintage quilts- either from family or picked up here and there- she then took us on her quilting journey....


This is Karen's first quilt.  It has all different fabrics in it, including denim- because she didn't know any better.  She shares it to show we all had to start somewhere.  Once she took a class or two, she was off and running!

This was designed for a quilt shop when Karen lived in Alaska.

This one's a sample for a raffle quilt Karen designed.

Karen hopes to do a series of these painters quilts.

Many many thanks to Alex and Liz for holding up the quilts!!

The quilt is based on a scene Karen found here in western New York.

Karen's interpretation of painting called "The Singing Butler", by Jack Vettriano

The next two quilts were accepted into the Hoffman Challenge.  Both traveled in the exhibits.  The second one won an award! (Best appliqué, I think)

One of Karen's unfinished pieces.  She designed it herself after taking a class on the NY Beauty block. 

This was designed as a BEGINNER'S quilting class!  Karen is a hand quilter and is planning to get back to this one soon!

Next month we will have another speaker, Sarah Ballinger, from Castile.  She is a self-taught "Hexi-ologist" who will share with us her finished and not-so-finished hexie quilts.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

April Block of the Month

 If you want to join the monthly block swap, make one of these, bring it to the meeting, put it on the front table and add your name fo the drawing!  Congratulations to Pat Gardner, who won the first swap in March!

This block was submitted by Liz Scott.  The original 3 inch block was designed by Bonnie Hunter.  These instructions will make a SIX inch (finished) block.  Don't worry about this ugly butterfly, it won't be in the swap!  I made it for the tutorial.  :-)








You need small pieces of fabric for this, so it's great for scraps!

From your background, cut 4- 2 1/2inch squares

From your butterfly fabric, cut 3 rectangles 2 1/2" by 6 1/2"

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the background squares
Place the squares on two of the rectangles, making sure they are oriented correctly.  Sew just next to the line on the seam allowance side to ensure the background will be large enough after stitching. 
You may cut away the extra layers or not.  I always trim one layer, but had to cut both to avoid the butterfly fabric showing through the background. 
Sew one "wing" unit to each side of the center rectangle. 
Press toward the center rectangle.

I look forward to seeing lots of bright butterflies at the April  meeting!

Community Service Day

 Connie and Jenny sent a big thank you to everyone who stayed for our Community Service Day. We had 19 members stay, with another 9 members who either took a project home or dropped off something they had worked on.  Members worked on:  binding quilts, piecing quilt tops, cutting quilt kits, heart pillows, pillow cases and Salvation Army gift bags.  We really appreciate our members’ contributions to Community Service. 

It's a nice afternoon spent working together and having some good "getting to know you" time!     (Show and Tell follows below)


Jenny and Connie wandered the room to be sure everyone had what they needed.  Many worked in groups, sharing the work. 

 There's always hand work to be done!



I apologize if I label any of these incorrectly.  Relying on my memory to do this is becoming increasingly difficult.  Then, they got jumbled up when I uploaded, which really didn't help!  Please let me know of corrections needed. 

I think this is by Kathy Belluscio

A UFO Kathy B finished!  

I'm not sure on this one at all- but Kathy gets credit.

Liz Scott
Liz Scott

Liz wanted a Valentine's Day table runner

Terry McGuire

OOOPs- I think these were also by Kathy Belluscio.  
Elaine Lemly made some quilts to donate using fabrics she bought at the flea market in January. (above and below)
Mary Kozub crocheted a sweet little heart string using DMC embroidery floss.

Donna Tomski finished paper piecing this after former members Barb Brady and Trudy Kutter gave up on it.  Mary Lowe quilted it for Donna. 
Connie and Jenny Grimsley bought the fabrics for this when visiting their aunt in Wisconsin- while she was with them!  They are hoping their aunt might actually use this quilt if they wash it before they give it to her!
Nancy Schrader made this "I Spy" quilt for her grandson to use when he visits her house. 
 Below are the results from a fabric dyeing and painting class Nancy took.  (It's her fault we got late snow, you guys.  :-)

Nancy's aunt recently passed away.  She liked to make multiples f everything, so Nancy was happy to choose some sweet seasonal hangings from the projects left behind.

Mary Lowe and Kathi Everett used the extra "flowers" from the raffle quilt to make a second place raffle quilt!

Gloria Crittenden made this super sweet wall hanging.
Mary Ellen Ames finished this mystery quilt- offered many years ago in the guild newsletter.

Pat Gardner used jelly roll strips for this pretty project.

Nancy Ellers knitted some baby blankets to donate
Nancy Ellers
This was supposed to be backing fabric, but Nancy used it to make a cool top instead. 

Nancy always wanted to try making a "low volume" quilt.  She tried a stippling template for the quilting.
Nancy made these for Community service. I forget the name of the pattern she used.  
In April we'll have a trunk show with local quilter, Karen Roll.  (Program suggestions welcome!  Contact Martha)