Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Viewer's Choice Awards!

With everything else that happened at the meeting, I completely forgot about the announcement of the Viewer's choice awards from the quilt show!

Stitches in Time 2012
Viewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations are extended to each and every one of you that exhibited quilts at the show – without your participation there could have not been a show.

Viewer’s Choice Awards are considered by many to be the finest award a quilter can win and a clear indication of favorite quilts in the show. 

1st Place – Feathered Fantasy by Florence Burke
2nd Place – Baltimore Bunnies by Irene Bow
3rd Place – Tree of Life by Irene Bow
4th Place – Stary Night by Irene Bow
5th Place – Golden Jubilee by Linda Prouty
6th Place – Quilting in the Garden by Tracy Jachimowicz

Honorable Mentions
Mariner’s Dream by Mary Ellen Casey
Strips by Mary Kozub
Floral Bouquet by Irene Bow
Vintage Valentine by Irene Bow
Speak to Me My Little Nightmare by Kimberly Sherman
Around the World by Nancy Bush
Peonies Among the Ginko by Cheryl Doody
Triangle Love by Loraine West

Monday, December 10, 2012

December-Two meetings in one!

 For anyone who didn't hear, the November meeting was cancelled at the very last minute ( around 7pm on Friday night before) because the board learned of some maintenance at the VA which would mean there was no power to the auditorium, no lights, no elevator, possibly no heat.  It was deemed unsafe for us to be there.  An email went out and calls were made to all members  not on the email list for the newsletter.  We sincerely apologize to anyone who didn't get the message!  We had hoped to welcome some new members who found us after the quilt show and truly hope they will find us again!

One thing we didn't have to miss out on was a visit from Marija Vujcic, who was to be our speaker in November.  She was gracious enough to offer to come back and do an abbreviated presentation for us this month!

The first thing she shared was the fabric flowers mentioned in the newsletter.  If you couldn't make the meeting to get the instructions, you can find them at Marija's blog!
 Marija shared some of her lovely holiday projects with us.  This one is sort of a cheater since she used a collection of coordinating fabrics in a simple layout to make a quick and easy quilt.
There was also a sweet little snowman quilt made from a panel.  You'll have to see it here, because my picture was too blurry to use!
 Then we got a brief tutorial on Marija's "cheater Bargello" technique.  Using gradated fabrics, you can save the step of strip piecing to create beautiful pieces like these!
 She starts with a single piece of fabric with color gradations, sews it into a tube then cuts it into varying widths the way you would for a traditional bargello quilt, and voila!!!

 In this picture, you can see a small bargello piece made with the fabric on the left, which is beautifully quilted to be used as a background for some applique.

 In the piece above, Marija used a single piece of gradated fabric and a curved piecing technique to create the background for the poppies. A look at the back show her exemplary quilting!

 The same gradated fabric is used in opposite corners of this "convergence" quilt.

Marija had a lot of goodies to share with us!
 We really enjoyed this presentation, and hope to invite Marija back soon, maybe for a workshop!

December show and tell

Tracy's barn quilt block
 Tracy's son has started making barn quilts at her request.  (information will be in the newsletter)
Kathi's barn quilt block

Tracy made this little bag using fabrics she challenged others to use in a small project

Tracy also made this bag, covering an "oopsy" with flowers!

Martha made this table runner using an "Illusionary bars" technique

Martha gave this fabric block to another member for her grandchildren to play with
Martha actually made the quilt from the kit she got at the show in October!

Jean Butzer will be teaching this Kim Diehl project at Pine Grove in the spring

Ann Renica made these small quilts for the Brooklyn Street children she sponsored

Shirley Lapp made this for her granddaughter

Emmy finished this quilt after stopping and starting it since 1986!

Cheryl Doody  made this donation quilt using Anita Grossman Soloman's "Unbiased block"

 John Rolle made the raggy rainbow quilt.  He's not thrilled with the rainbow progression, so he promises to do better on the next one.
Kathi Everett's samples of the decolorant she tried at last months meeting of the "ArtCGirlz"

After Show and Tell we had our annual feast provided by members.  
 The Secret Santa stockings were then exchanged.  Apologies that these are the only pictures, but all of the stockings were lovely!
Kathi oohs and ahhs over her stocking

Beth Anderson

Mary Ellen Ames

Thursday, October 18, 2012


After months of meetings, planning, sewing, reminders, more planning and re-planning, it's finally time for Stitches in Time 2012!  Yesterday was registration day- where everything arrives and the show takes shape.  It's the day we learn how even the best laid plans have to be flexible, but it all turns out in the end!
Step one:  Check in the quilts

The line is much shorter to check in at the Boutique.

The Decor committee's sunflowers look great all piled in one spot!

Kathi and Tracy unpacking for the Silent Auction while MaryLu helps getting the racks together

One last sleeve gets sewn on

Lori Sass and the rack assembly crew do some problem solving

If all else fails check the map.
Making real progress!

A well deserved lunch break

Sorry, ladies, you can't make bids until the show opens Friday!

ChrisKuehl and Kathy Belluscio arranging the miniature quilts
By the end of the day, things were starting to look really good.  Now we can take the time to actually LOOK at the quilts!

DAY TWO - Final preparations

Quilt Show Co-chair, Mary Lu Hodgins, making sure all is secure.

Set-up chair, Lori Sass confirms the location of the quilts with Ann Michaud

Vendors arrive to set up their booths

The Boutique is jam packed with great hand made items!
The lunch area is surrounded by beauty!

The judges confer on their choices.....

The main aisle invites you in for a closer look

A few of the "Stars of the show"  (complete list of award winners below)

Best of Show winner, "Golden Jubilee" by Linda Prouty

Large Quilt Mixed Techniques:" Under the Deep Blue Sea", by Elaine Ross

Quilted Fashion: "Serena Jacket", by Kathi Everett

Landscape quilt: "Negative Growth" by Lori Anderson

Best Paper Pieced quilt, "By George!" by Dodie Morrison

Large Quilt Hand Applique: "Quilting in the Garden", by Tracy Jachimowicz
Large Quilt Piecing: "Jam & Jelly", By Kathi Everett

Thread Art: "Floral Bouquet", by Irene Bow
A photo album of the show is available here- at snapfish.  You do need to login or create an account to see them.  (I haven't found a photo sharing website yet that doesn't require this)

Stitches in Time 2012
Award Winners

Best of ShowGolden Jubilee by Linda Prouty
Large Quilt Piecing – Jam & Jelly by Kathi Everett
Large Quilt Hand Appliqué – Quilting in the Garden by Tracy   
Large Quilt Hand Quilting – Peonies Among the Ginko by Cheryl Doody
Large Quilt Machine Quilting – Hagerstown Feathers by Irene Bow
Large Quilt Mixed Techniques – Under the Deep Blue Sea by Elaine Ross
Small Quilt Piecing – Mini Jo by Jean Butzer
Small Quilt Hand Appliqué – Jo’s Whig Rose by Jean Butzer
Small Quilt Machine Appliqué – Princess Argiope by Martha Lorshbaugh
Small Quilt Hand Quilting – Grape Vine by Florence Burke
Small Quilt Machine Quilting – Papuffany Pi by Martha Lorshbaugh
Small Quilt Mixed Techniques – Tribute to Mom by Jean Butzer
Best Miniature – Autumn Tree by Elaine Ross
Quilted Fashion – Serena Jacket by Kathi Everett
Home Décor – Fairy Princess by Kathi Everett
Most Creative – White Lightning by Mary Ellen Casey
Best Use of Color – Romance and Roses by Mary Ellen Ames
Hand Piecing – 2 Sisters and a Cousin by Carol McNally
Paper-Pieced – By George! by Dodie Morrison
Art Quilt – Yes, the Water Really is This Color! by Elaine Ross
Landscape Quilt – Negative Growth by Lori Anderson
Visual Impact – Spring by Kathi Everett
One of a Kind – The First Ten Years by Nancy Bush
Thread Art – Floral Bouquet by Irene Bow
Portrait – Bernard W. and Esther May Hayward:  Married April 10, 1929
                  by Mary Kozub
Judge’s Choice Beth Davis – Smog by Kathi Everett
Judge’s Choice Linda Davis – Feathered Fantasy by Florence Burke
Judge’s Choice Judy SchryverBaltimore Bunnies by Irene Bow
President’s Award –Winter's Serenity by Chris Kuehl
Show Co-Chairman’s Award –Chris - Faces in the Storm by Melanie Watson
Show Co-Chairman’s Award - Mary Lu-Mariner's Dream by Mary Ellen Casey 

Some scenes from around the show....

Kay Lennon and Shirley Lapp prepare to meet our guests

Dodie Morrison, Pat Gardner and Junamae Quternous setting up the raffle ticket sales table

Kathi enjoys a chat with Ann Renica and Charlotte Dauer at the Silent Auction

 The Vendors shop each other's booths before the show opens for the day.  Above is the "Wood Quilter" and to the right is Paula from Cotton Etc, perusing the goodies Priscilla Kibbee has to offer.

As the show winds down Saturday afternoon....

 The Silent Auction after closing when the lucky winners of items can pick them up.

Look how empty the Boutique is!  

It was Guild member Sue Privatera's lucky day- she won the raffle bag and all those goodies!

And, last but not least, the moment everyone has waited for, hoping to hear their name called!
Drum-roll, please.....
And the lucky winner of the raffle quilt is:

 a very lucky grand daughter who will be receiving it for her 9th birthday!

Thank you to all who visited our show!!!

 But now comes the sad task of taking it all down.  As Carol Burnette said:  Seems we just get started and before you know it comes the time we have to say so-long.
It comes down so much faster than it went up.
A team of helpers matches up quilts with pillowcases

Another team carefully organizes to make returning the quilts to their owners

Who wait patiently for their turn

Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making the show happen:
Every Guild Member who made a quilt or favors, or came to help set up and take down, and made our visitors feel welcome. (no contribution was too small to be noticed!)
Spouses and family members who came to help (or ate take-out because we weren't home)
The Alexander Fire Department for their wonderful facility