Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Party time!

There wasn't a lot of show and tell this month, but there was a lot of really great food!  It's always enjoyable to spend a while just enjoying the company of our fellow quilters.  For all who were there- and all who weren't- have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!  We wish for all of you some quiet time for quilting.

 Kathi Everett has a new grandson and this quilt is for him!

Eula Serrino made three of these doll quilts for her grand nieces.

The older nieces will enjoy these "Potato Chip" bags!

Another artist challenge for the small group Elaine Ross belongs to- this time it's Charley Harper.  Elaine made it seasonal with some beads to look like sparkling snow. 

Nancy Schrader unearthed some older quilts and decided to use them.  

Nancy made this one for herself!

And this one will be for her son.

Chris Kuehl is trying to finish a seasonal quilt for each season to display on her her small quilt rack.

Don't forget the challenge quilts are due at the January meeting.  How did January get here so fast??  They _just_ announced the challenge didn't they???

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November was Demo Derby day!

We wrapped up the quilt show this month by announcing the Viewer's Choice awards.  Congratulations to:
1st Place – Irene Bow, Baltimore Bouquet

2nd Place – Becky Nichols, Southwest Heritage

3rd Place (tie) – Tracy Jachimowicz, Enjoy the Journey

3rd Place (tie) – Donna Tomski, Paul’s Quilt

4th Place – Irene Bow, Heart of Roses

 5th Place (tie) – Barbara Brady, Farm Girl Finery

5th Place (tie) – Christine Hansen, Star Shine

There wasn't a lot of show and Tell this month.  I imagine it is a post show hangover, and soon there will be long lines of quilters showing all of their finished objects again!  (Members- not to scare anyone- but here's a reminder that the annual challenge entries are due at the January meeting.)

Nancy Ellers started us off with a sweet Sunbonnet Sue quilt.

Nancy also reminded us that the "10 minute table runners" take just a bit longer than 10 minutes.
Another project from quiltingboard.com
Nancy thought this mug carrier/ mug rug combination was cute, but didn't like the way the button carried all the weight.
So she redesigned it a bit using fabrics showing her love of quilting.
Trudy Kutter shared a quilt made when the guild was young, in remembrance of one of the founding members, Ann Gouinlock, who recently passed away.

Mary Ellen Casey made this tree skirt using old ties as a gift for her daughter.

Mary Ellen recently acquired this family heirloom quilt, and is hoping to find out its age.

Elaine Ross made this quilt as a custom order for a friend.
Elaine also made this small piece featuring a door- and what Elaine calls "sloppy sewing".

Kathy Belluscio mad this with a collection produced years ago to raise money for breast cancer research.

After show and tell, sharing company and snacks, we enjoyed demos by our fellow guild members showing a nice variety of techniques!

Lori showed us how to make improvised landscapes using what she has learned in classes with Margaret Reek, Wendy Butler Berns and Karen Eckmeier.  Lori says she uses mostly Karen's "Accidental Landscapes" method.

Here Lori shows how she lays out the freely cut fabric....

..to make a lovely scene with mountains in the background

Melanie Watson showed us how to cut and piece circles, a technique she has learned from a "craftsy" class with Ann Peterson.The templates she showed are available at: http://backporchdesign.danemcoweb.com/

Melanie showing how to pin circle blocks.

Cutting a circle using a regular ruler

Chris Kuehl showed us how to do couching and bobbin work.  She has learned these from books by Libby Lehman, Michele Scott, and Carol Ann Waugh

Couching a decorative thread intuitively.

Once you finish the couching you have a beautiful canvas to play with!

 Shirley Lapp showed some of what she has learned from making projects using the "Three Dudes" block. Many of us have admired her quilts at retreat and show and tell.  Now we know the secret!
Shirley brought a nice assortment of her finished projects to inspire!

Here she is showing a variation

So easy but no one has to know!
Next month is the annual holiday party.  Bring a dish to pass and a place setting and enjoy good friends and great food!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quilt Show Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners as judged by Linda Hunter, Sue Kernahan and Terri Kumro!

Best of Show- Using My Stash by Jean Butzer

 Large Quilt Piecing- Magnolias by Mary Lowe

Large Quilt Hand Applique- Enjoy the Journey by Tracy Jachimowicz

Large Quilt Machine Applique- Garden Trails by Linda Prouty

Large Quilt Hand Quilting- Diamonds Galore by Kathy Belluscio

Large Quilt Machine Quilting- Heart of Roses by Irene Bow

Large Quilt Mixed Techniques- Grandma's Flower Garden by Nancy Bush

Small Quilt Piecing- Subtly Christmas by Elaine Ross

Small Quilt Hand Applique AND Small Quilt Hand Quilting- Big Philly by Cheryl Doody

Small Quilt Machine Applique- Baltimore Album by Irene Bow

Small Quilt Machine Quilting- Meditation # 27 by Martha Lorshbaugh

Small Quilt Mixed Techniques- Crazy Love...Birds by Lori Anderson

Best Miniature- Little Scrappy Joe by Jean Butzer

Quilted Fashion- Oriental Fusion by Mary Lu Hodgins

Home Decor- Penny Wise by Barbara Brady

Most Creative- Healing Shadows by Lori Anderson

Best Use of Color- Summer Solstice by Cathy Judkins

Hand Piecing- Trip Into the Country by Patricia Keller

Paper-Pieced- Mystic Thistle by Martha Lorshbaugh

Art Quilt AND Judge's Choice Terri Kumro- Halloween is Coming! by Mary Kozub

Landscape Quilt- Dunes and Daydreams by Cynda Watroba

Visual Impact- Butterflies and Bottlecaps by Elaine Ross

Group Quilt- Row Robin: Black and White and Bright by Connie Grimsley

Machine Embroidery- Sugar and Spice by Lorraine West

Portrait- Cooper by Becky Nichols

 Workshop Quilt- Shirley's Challenge by Shirley Lapp

 Honorable Mention- No School, It's a Snow Day by Trudy Kutter

Judge's Choice Sue Kernahan- Inflorescence by Elaine Ross

Judge's Choice Linda Hunter- Courthouse Square Revised by Jennifer Grimsley

President's Award- Shadows in the Logs by Eileen Partise

Show Co-Chairman's Award Anne O'Geen- Celtic Cross by Carol McNally

Show Co-Chairman's Award Connie Grimsley- Orbiting the Night Sky by Ann Renica

More pictures of quilt show week coming soon! If you missed the show, you can see the quilts in this snapfish album.  (You do need to have or create a snapfish account.  sorry)
Apologies in advance if I missed anyone's quilt.  It was not for lack of trying!