Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Challenge update and sewing machine care

We had a fun and informative March meeting!

 Mary Kozub updated us with the results of the challenge voting.
 Awards given for 2017: (clicking the name of the quilt will take you to the picture.)

Viewer’s Choice: #2 High Tech Tuck Bars by Susan Rathbun
First Place: #2 High Tech Tucks by Susan Rathbun
Second Place: #12 Glowing From Inside by Mary Ellen Ames
Third Place: # 15 Bar Harbor, Maine by Chris Kuehl
Creativity/original: #4 Name the Bar by Martha Lorshbaugh
Best Use of Color: #6 Barky Birches by Joan Gaylord
Design: # 22 Alien Plant Life by Martha Lorshbaugh
Applique: #9 Dirty Martini by Mary Lowe
Piecing: #13 Star Bars by Donna Sofokles
Embellishment: #19 Race Point: Provincetown, MA by Cynda Watroba
Machine Quilting: #20 Parallel Bars by Elaine Ross
Recognition of First Quilt: Over the Rainbow by Lausei Taua

Here are a few of the comments left in the guest book:

“Lovely display. Theme very well carried out.”
“Nice work.”
“What amazing creativity with “BARS”
“So cool. Great ideas, textures, brilliant colors”
“Simple subject produced imaginative and well made pieces of not so simple designs. Keep up the good work!!!”

During Show and Tell, Elaine Ross, Mary Ellen Ames and Terry McGuire shared a nice memory  of Charlotte Dauer, who we lost last month.  Many of the members of the guild have this bag, which Charlotte taught as a workshop.  If you didn't see it, there was a nice tribute to her in the March newsletter.

 Many of the projects shared at show and tell were started at retreat

Shirley Lapp  finished her zig zag quilt- to be a gift to her daughter

Donna Sofokles brought her great granddaughter, Amyli, to help with showing her work. 
Made with blocs given to Donna
For a new great grandchild-to-be

Amyli made an elf hat for the new baby

Susie Spicer didn't have fabric when she went to a workshop to learn "triangulations", so she dug through a box of scraps and found an old appliqué panel.  It made a very cute pillow!  She even used the instructions!

A Susan Rooney panel Suzie couldn't resist

Suzie calls this Random Chaos

Mary Kozub did some wet felting, then stitched on it

Susan Rathbun dyed the background fabric on this wall quilt.

Susan's completed retreat project, using Gloria Loughman's book

Terry McGuire's  Bonnie Hunter mystery

Nancy Ellers made this for her grandson

Nancy finished the flag quilt she shared last month

Nancy  pieced this at retreat

Amyli needed a closer look at Nancy's charity quilt tops  ( a future quilter??)

Nancy used orphan blocks in a jelly roll race quilt

Nancy made tiny doilies to use under the thread spool on her sewing machine

Martha Lorshbaugh made this on retreat

Martha added the center flower to the wreath she made on retreat

Martha is knitting little birdies to give as gifts

Our program this month featured owners and service techs, Don and Marie, from Marie's Sewing Center.  They explained care and cleaning of sewing machines, as well as some very entertaining cautionary tales!  The biggest things were clean your machine often, get it serviced once a year, and never take it apart yourself!

Next meeting is a week early due to the Easter holiday.  See you on April 8

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Retreat

For a few days every year, Twenty-five or so members of the guild move in to the Asbury Retreat Center to enjoy several days of camaraderie and sewing.  From Feb 23 - 26 this year, a lot of sewing was done, a lot of laughs were had and a lot of chocolate was eaten.

It's always enjoyable to have the lake in sight while we sew and especially at meal times.

On Saturday, the day began cool and grey, looking like a perfect day to stay inside and sew.

But it got up to 70 degrees and a group of us happily walked around the neighborhood in our shirtsleeves!

The ice on the lake was completely gone by the end of the day.

 The walkers the next day had a slightly different experience.

And on Sunday it was winter again.

The sap on this tree froze sticking out like a tongue in the wind we had overnight.

 Inside there was always a bustle of activity and the hum of sewing machines.

Whenever I need a break, I walk around and see what everyone else is doing.
Some people wonder if I don't have better things to do.  :-)

On Saturday, we celebrated Melanie's recent marriage by giving her log cabin blocks we all made.

Melanie already has a plan....
Many lovely projects came out of the weekend.....

Martha Lorshbaugh

Nancy Ellers

Kathy Belluscio

Jennifer Grimsley

Melanie's little cell phone bag is finally finished!

Connie Grimsley

Pat Gardner, Shirley Lapp and Nancy Ellers

Kathy Belluscio

Susie Spicer

Shirley Lapp ( I never saw it after she got it pieced)

Alex made an old block into a pillow

Both sides are pretty!

Mary Ellen Ames couldn't decide which way this looked best.

Martha Lorshbaugh

Alex made a family of mice fr her kitty to play with

Connie isn't finished, but she got a good start.

Sue Privatera got the blocks finished!

Maureen finally finished her t-shirt quilt

This one is for Tracy's husband

And this is for her daughter

Kathi Everett had a productive weekend!  This is a very old one

Kathi did some random piecing

Very cheery cheddar stars

Another oldie from Kathi

Jeri Williams is really good at making Seminole strips

Christine Hansen making progress

Donna Tomski made pillowcases to donate

Eula got a lot of blocks pieced

Susan Rathbun

Kathy Belluscio

Melanie is making pillow shams to go with the quilt she made a few years ago
I am really looking forward to show and tell for the next few months- how about you?