Sunday, January 19, 2014

January: Show and tell, and Challenge reveal

The January meeting is a favorite among many of the members, as it is finally time to see the results of the annual Challenge!

There was a lot of nice work to see before the reveal as well.

Kathy Belluscio made a kindle cover for her grand daughter

 Kathy needed a quick baby quilt, so she followed the lines on this Winnie the Pooh fabric

 And Kathy was happy to see her stack and whack quilt move from the UFO list to the FINISHED list.  Aren't the colors wonderful?

 This is Elaine Ross' entry for the NYS quilter's consortium challenge, "Stitching around New York.  This is the old trestle bridge at Letchworth State Park.  Elaine took the photo and Julie Brandon printed it for her.

 Melanie Watson's entry for the consortium challenge was inspired by Chimney Bluffs State Park.
Melanie also announced she now has a blog:
if anyone wants to go check it out.

Cynda Watroba's entry for the consortium challenge reflects the fact that she was born in Niagara Falls
Linda Prouty made this row quilt for her great grandson
Linda has made four of these Psalms quilts from a panel.

A colorful scrappy quilt by Martha Lorshbaugh

 Christine Hansen made this pillow 28 years ago.  She made it as a way to show off some of her vintage buttons.

Christine also made this "Road to Bali" quilt, using Bali pops jelly rolls.

Nancy Ellers made this dragonfly quilt, using folded squares and rectangles

Chris Kuehl is making this table runner for a friend who has roosters in his kitchen

Angie Vallett made this bag with charm squares
Using felted sport coats over a sweatshirt, Angie made this jacket

The members insisted she model it!
 And now, for the Challenge quilts.  
The theme for this year was, "That was then..." and the year of the maker's birth.  We all learned some interesting facts about our birth year for this challenge!   Not all members shared their year, so their secrets are safe for now. 

Kate martin's quilt was inspired by Charlotte's web.  She said it's her fourth challenge using a crazy quilt.

Tracy Jachimowicz also did a crazy quilt using her baby picture

Val Schultz interpreted Picasso's Woman with Green Hair, painted in Val's birth year..  Val had red hair as a child, but always told people it was green!

Mary Ellen Ames was inspired by the music of the 30's and 40's for her entry
Elaine also used a musical theme, inspired by a photo a friend sent her.

Kevin Hammon was inspired by the cover art for an album by the rock band, Rush, formed in his birth year.  This is Kevin's first quilt.  The center art is hand painted.

Alex Hammon chose a medley of her favorite things from her birth year, 1972

Mary Ellen Casey discovered the New York ballet society was founded in her birth year.  The quilting on this is spectacular.

 Martha Lorshbaugh found her inspiration in a painting by Victor Vasarely, known as the father of "Op art"

Cynda Watroba made a scarf depicting the fact that there was a blizzard on the day her mother went into labor.  Cynda's aunt told her she'd have to walk to the hospital, since she was about to deliver the baby herself!
Gloria Crittenden showed a baby picture of herself sitting on a classic Plymouth, which she happened to have the perfect pattern to make in fabric!

Titled Pearl Harbor.  No one spoke when this was shown.  But we were all in awe.

Dodie Morrison depicted a "Victory Garden", as she was also born during WWII

Susan Rathbun discovered the first nuclear reactor was made the year she was born.  This discovery brought a new age to the world.  The purple strips represent the wooden box which housed the device.  The fabric was one of Susan's ice-dyed pieces she couldn't bear to cut.

Also in Susan's birth year, the movie Casablanca was released.  This also uses Susan's ice-dyed fabric.  She said she invented new swear words while working on the faces.

Chris Kuehl created a collage of the events from 1953

Kathi Everett was born the year JFK was inaugurated.  She edited the photos and printed them herself.
Many thanks to Thracy Jachimowicz for this inspiring challenge!
Don't forget to visit the Richmond Memorial Library Feb 3 - 27 to view the quilts and place your votes for the awards.