Sunday, December 9, 2018

Celebrating the Season

At our December meeting, as we always do, the guild celebrated the holiday season with a wonderful buffet of dishes prepared by the members.  This meeting is a chance to chat with our friends.  There isn't much time at the regular meetings for sharing, so these meetings help us maintain our connections and grow our sense of community!

Show and tell was short this month, but still inspiring.
 Nancy Ellers was inspired by a table runner she saw, and layered three fabrics to create three quilt tops.  The one on the left was quilted using her new quilting machine!

 Nancy couldn't pass up the snowflake and snowman buttons she saw at a quilt shop, and made this little quilt to show them off. 

 Mary Ellen Casey found the pattern for these Log Cabin Santas on pinterest.  They can be ornaments, bottle toppers, or even hand puppets!

 Alex Hammon finished her craft bucket from last month's class.  It will be a gift for her daughter (who I don't believe reads the blog!)

Lori Anderson also finished her craft bucket, and is feeling great for finishing so quickly!

 Shirley Lapp made this as a gift for her niece.  It uses motifs from a panel, and Shirley is happy she has finally mastered the holly design for free motion quilting.

 Terry McGuire finally finished her "Migrating Geese" quilt.  (She said, "The geese are done migrating.")

 Terry also finished this beauty using a Deb Tucker pattern.  (I missed the name, sorry)

 Terry picked out a nice assortment of squares from the fabric pool at the quilt show, and cut them with her AccuCut to make this charming quilt to be donated to the Lipson Center.

Before we enjoyed the feast, Elaine Ross led the "Left-Right Game" - with the story of Christmas with the Right Family. 

Everyone enjoys this game, and eagerly anticipates the inevitable moment when someone has two gifts and someone has nothing. 

 At the end, everyone gets to open a gift. 

 No white elephants in this group!

And then it was time to enjoy the delicious food, and the company of friends.   

Happy Holidays to all!  

Join us in January for the "Flora and Fauna challenge reveal, and a program on Modern quilts from John Kubiniec.  Guests are always welcome!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Demo Day 2018

Show and Tell is usually the best part of each meeting.  Demo day comes close to being better, since we always learn so much from our fellow members.  You can decide for yourself!

Martha finished this quilt for the grandson due to arrive at the end of the year. 

 Nancy Ellers made this retro video game quilt for her daughter.

 Nancy loves fining a bargain on fabric- the stripe one was less than a dollar a yard!

 Nancy will donate these to the cancer center

 Elaine Lemley's beautiful Adirondacks quilt.

 Pat Gardner finished this log cabin Christmas tree quilt just in time.

 Elaine Ross made this for the annual combined show with RAFA and the Lapidary society.  The music in the wave s from Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".

 Liz Scott really wowed us at her very first show and tell!  First with this Thanksgiving table runner....
 ...and then with this Judy Neimeyer wedding ring quilt she made for her sister's 50th birthday.  Liz chose the fabrics herself.

 Mary Ellen Ames loves Judy Neimeyer- this runner is her latest finish.

 Nancy Schrader learned how to make these "snippets" coasters at a recent class.

 Nancy made these snowman toppers for a gift basket.

 Kathy Belluscio used a kit from Penny Marble Designs  to make this turkey table runner.

Many thanks to the four members who gave of their time to do the demos this month!

Carol McNally showed us how to make a charm quilt on point using a technique she learned from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  If you weren't able to attend the meeting, you can get Carol's instructions here

Irene Bow showed us all how to make the very popular jelly roll rug.

Mary Kozub showed us how to layer our quilts using pool noodles

 Martha showed how to pieced the blocks needed to make a quilt like the one Mary Kozub made for her son a couple of years ago.  Martha's instructions are here

The next meeting is our annual holiday party.  If you're planning to come, remember the meeting is the SECOND Saturday of December.  Bring a yummy brunch type dish to pass and your own place setting.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Congratulations to All!

Everyone involved in this year's "Stitches in Time 2018" should be very proud of themselves for another great show!   It takes a lot of effort from a LOT of people to put this together every other year.  It's all worth it once we can say we're ready to open the doors to the public and we hear the oohs and ahhs!
Best of Show winner, Baltimore Garden, by Irene Bow
 (Also the winner for  Large Quilt Machine Appliqué)
We are especially proud to congratulate the award winners, as selected by our panel of judges: Linda Hunter, Nancy Hyde and Alice Donaldson.  They spent several hours examining, contemplating and finally making their choices.  In no particular order, please enjoy the winners!

 Large Quilt Paper Piecing- Dance of the Dragonflies, by Linda Prouty

 Small Quilt Machine Quilting- Leaving the World Behind, Martha Lorshbaugh

Home Decor- Variegated Circles, Jennifer Grimsley

Judge's Choice (Nancy Hyde)- Mary Lowe, Asian Conundrum

Large Quilt Mixed Techniques- British Quilt Blocks, Nancy Bush

Visual Impact- Surrounded by Scraps, Kathy Belluscio

Large Quilt Piecing- My Walk on The Wild Side, Elaine Lemley

Large Quilt Hand Appliqué- Bed of Roses, Donna Sofokles

Large Quilt Machine Quilting- Safe haven, Cathy Schmieder

Small Quilt machine Appliqué- Fall Frenzy, Cathy Schmieder

Paper Pieced- Blossoms, Trudy Kutter

Large Quilt hand Quilting- Florida Pine Tree, Anne O'Geen

Quilted fashion- Hobo Bag, Cathy Judkins

Small Quilt Mixed Techniques- Circle of Life, Elaine Lemley

Small Quilt Hand Quilting- Big Stitch, Donna Tomski

Group Quilt- First Snow, Chris Kuehl 
with ArtCGirlz members Mary Ellen Casey, Kathi Everett, Mary Kozub and Susan Rathbun

Judge's Choice (Linda Hunter)- European River Town, Trudy Kutter

Best Landscape- Progress, Mary Ellen Casey

Kids Corner Special Recognition- Jenna's Scrap Quilt, Jenna Lapp

Hand Piecing- Wildflower Garden, Sue Chiddy

Modern Large Quilt- Equalizer, Mary Lowe

Best Art Quilt- November, Elaine Ross

Judge's Choice (AliceDonaldson)- Dresden Plate, Irene Bow

Best Use of Color- The Other Side of the Rainbow, Martha Lorshbaugh

Most Creative- A Walk Through My Garden, Elaine Ross

Small Modern Quilt- Island Hopping, Chris Kuehl

Small Quilt Hand Appliqué- Dresden Plates in red and White, Pat Gardner

Small Quilt Piecing- Safari Fresh, Connie Grimsley

 Show Chairman's Award- Divine Synthesis, Mary Ellen Casey

President's Choice Award- Kate's Dancing 4-Patches, Shirley Lapp
We'd like to thank everyone who attended the show! We'll be back again in 2020.
If you weren't able to make it to the show, you can see the quilts here.  The names are covered by posties as photos were taken while the judges were still working.  Since I was trying to keep out of their way, and was interrupted a few times, apologies to anyone whose quilt is missing from the album.  It was unintentional!