Monday, July 18, 2022

Super Summer Picnic

 We had an absolutely perfect day for our picnic at Dewitt Park! I was so busy enjoying it, I forgot to take pictures!  But I did get pictures of our show and tell!

Nancy Ellers made these cute little quilts for nieces and nephews (I think).


Another crocheted blanket to be donated by Nancy

Nancy did the pillowcase finish on this star mat for Shirley Lapp.  So it's sort of a tag-team piece because now Shirley will quilt it.

Donna Tomski pieced this from a kit.  Mary Lowe did the quilting.  

Carol Mc Nally made this for a nephew and his wife who are part of a Star Wars fan group.

Kathy Belluscio made this for Community Service.  

Kathi Everett pieced the hexies using a layer cake she got at our last quilt show.  Mary Lowe quilted it for her.  Kathi usually gives her quilts away, but decided this one's a keeper!

Nancy Schrader wanted to thank whoever left fused flowers on the free table last month, because they rescued her favorite "boho" top.

Ann Renica is still getting back into quilting, and trying to use up some of her stash, by making quilt tops for Community Service to donate to "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"

Mary Ellen Casey didn't care for the fabrics in this charm pack, but with the help of some friends, she found a layout she liked.  

Alex had some orphan block left over from another project, so made them into placemats, with matching napkins for the Silent Auction.

We had a second show and tell of summer themed quilts as well.

Elaine Lemley shared her bee themed table runner....

... and a barn quilt she made before she had a lot of experience.  (she said she'd like to do it again now that she knows what she's doing)

Carol McNally was inspired to dig this old UFO out to share at the picnic.  (maybe she'll cross it off her UFO list now??)

Mary Ellen Casey used a circle making attachment on her machine to add some sparke to this piece she calls "Fourth of July" 

Chris Kuehl used a photo she took of the Linden Mill as her inspiration for this piece.  It was originally going to be an entry in the "architecture" challenge, but- well, you know.  

Friday, June 24, 2022

July Swap block and Picnic information


The instructions for this month’s block- a simple double 4 patch-  include several different ways to lay out these blocks- so much fun!  The pdf can be found here:





PLEASE NOTE:  We are using the measurements for an 8 inch block.  So for each block you need:

2: 2½” x 5½” rectangle of Fabric 1- your lightest value fabric

1: 2½” x 5½” rectangle and

1: 4½” square from each of the other two fabrics.  There should be strong contrast between Fabric 1 and the other two.

These measurements are on page 3 of the instructions.  As always, you may submit more than one block, but may only enter the drawing once.  


(PS_ for those with bins of Scrap Therapy squares- my test block above was made with them- the sizes are perfect for matching 2 inch and 3½ inch squares!)


Location: Dewitt Park, Cedar St, Batavia  (Maps are coming in the July newsletter)

·        Please bring your own place setting and beverage, and remember Dewitt is a CARRY-IN, CARRY- OUT park.  This means if you bring disposables, you will be responsible for taking it back home to throw it away. 

·        For your dish to pass- as we have been doing since returning to in-person meetings- please make sure it is presented either in single servings, or that you bring proper utensil to ensure no one needs to touch the food.  (For example, NO bowls of chips or snack mix, and cookies and brownies should be served with tongs).  Sanitizer will be provided at the food table, and all should use it before and after serving their food. 

·        There is very limited access to electricity, so please don’t bring crockpots, etc. 

·        Each group of friends may wish to bring a tablecloth and clips to cover the picnic table.  (I will have a limited supply)

For an added activity, I’d like everyone to bring their favorite summer themed quilt (or two) for a bonus show and tell.   If it comes with a story, that’s even better!  Any questions?  Call/ text/ email me!


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Demo Day!

 Several people mentioned to me that demo day is their favorite!    I wish we could do  it more often myself!

We had a few show and tell items before we got to the demos today.

                               Nancy Ellers made these house blocks as part of a group project.

                                                 When Nancy can't sleep, she crochets baby blankets!

Mary Kozub is trying to use up a pile of 3/4 inch strips she found in her sewing room. Project #1 was this pretty table topper (sorry the colors are dull- it's really very pretty!)

                               Project #2 is this beautiful woven rug- made on Mary's rigid heddle loom.

Patty Baxter finished a UFO!  This is an old one, made when she was learning to quilt!

Donna Tomski finally finished this pineapple quilt- a wall hanging she will keep.  Several people remembered seeing these blocks at retreats.  The blocks are 4-1/2"- and were NOT paper pieced.  Mary Lowe quilted it for Donna.  

Elaine Lemley picked the pattern for this gift for her grandson up off the free table.  She took it on a retreat, determined to get it finished before the weekend was over.  The appliqué gave her some trouble, but she made it!  The pattern is available again if anyone wants it.  


Alex Hammon showed us a sweet bag she made at a class (sorry I didn't get a picture!!)

Alex also sent in a picture of the rollater  bag installed for her mom to use! (we saw it in progress last month)

THANKS to the members who did our demos!

Unfortunately Val Schultz was unable to make it  to do her demo.  However, she did provide us with some instructions! (thanks, Val!)  Val's wonky Log Cabin demo was inspired by a quilt she shared with us earlier this year. 

Sue Chiddy shared some tips on English paper piecing - for anyone who was inspired to try it after last month's program!

Mary Ellen Ames and Elaine Ross gave us some tips on registering and preparing our quilts for the quilt show!  (If you aren't sure when you register, please contact one of them!)

Martha Shared how to make "Opulent Ornaments" using instructions by Paula Nadelstern.

Ami Simms has also done these, and offered some nice tips and links to supplies she used, including Cartwright Sequins- a place where going overboard seems way too easy.     Martha had prepared a slideshow with pictures f the ornaments she has on display at her home.  Several people asked that it be shared here, so here you go.

There was some interest in a workshop as well.  I am considering it, and will let you all know soon if and when.

Details coming soon for the picnic in July.