Monday, July 27, 2020

The Next best Thing to Being There.

Hi everyone!  I hope all are doing well, staying safe and enjoying the summer heat! (if you're a fan of the heat)
It's not the same as hearing the stories and getting to see them in person, but I am so grateful for those of you sending in pictures to share on the blog. 

Melanie Tubinis is getting us started this month.

I made this quilt as part of a wedding gift.  I used the pattern "Stepping Stones" from Fabric Cafe patterns. 
Here's a close-up of the free motion quilting I did on it.

I made an extra large bag out of an old denim skirt.  The skirt had suspender straps attached to it, so I just stitched the bottom closed with 3 rows of stitching.  I did the middle row in a decorative stitch for a bit of fun and added strength.
Here's a close-up of the detail on the skirt turned bag

I hope to see more pictures soon.  As long as I'm hoping, I hope to see you all very soon!!

Ann Renica sent in this picture, and a story...

I was in Florida when the pandemic hit and joined a group in Tampa/St Pete to sew face masks for hospitals and nursing homes.  I continued sewing masks when I returned to Rochester hooking up with the Rochester City School District when my daughter Lynn, a district teacher, told me there was a need with their food and tech employees.  I sewed a total of 1300 masks when I took a sabbatical to make a quilt for my granddaughter Allie’s graduation from high school.  It was finished just in time for her party.  It’s a scrappy scattered squares.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Staying together, though we're apart.

Greetings!  I hope you are all enjoying your summer as best you can in this very different period of time.  We may not be able to hold our meetings, but our guild is staying strong! 
If you're a member but not getting your newsletter, please make sure you have paid your dues for the year.  There are great stories from our friends every month, helping us feel connected.  Please share your stories with Alex for the next newsletter.  We'd love to hear from you!

If you weren't aware of it, the consortium has started a new Facebook page where we can all share news from our guild members in order to stay connected while we're staying safely apart.  You can join here:
Or let me know you want to join and I think I can invite you!
One piece of news recently shared there is that Barb Smith of Limestone Threads- who was to be a vendor at our show in October- has opened a small shop!  She is taking appointments between 10 am and 7 pm, Monday- Saturday. Please contact her at for more details and bookings.

So far the only picture I have received is this one from John Roll and JoAnn Flynt.
John said:
"This is the quilt we made for JoAnn's grand niece. Started it at the Guild Retreat in Georgia. Finished it this week up here. "

 For myself, I have done very little quilting in the last couple of months.  I have been doing some drawing and coloring as a way to de-stress.  This is a picture I drew featuring some garden friends. 

I look forward to seeing more of your  projects very soon! 
Stay well and keep in touch!