Tuesday, April 19, 2022

May Block of the Month



 I'm glad you're enjoying the monthly block swap! Some people are making multiples, so there have been enough blocks for small quilt tops each month.  

  This month, the block is an uneven nine patch- great for nickel or Scrap Therapy squares!  The directions are here:

There are two methods shown for the block. I tried both and was pleased with the results either way.  

The only difference I saw was the way the seam allowances come together.  I had to repress one seam using the four patch method - the black one- to get the seams to nest neatly.  (see photo below)

If you want to play, make a block, bring it to the meeting and put your name in for the drawing.  One lucky winner takes home all the blocks! (You may make more than one block, but each person can only enter once)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A Fabulous Trunk Show!

 Those of us who were at the April meeting, enjoyed a trunk show from our first in person speaker since (possibly- I didn't check) November of 2019!!!  More on that later...

Our Show and tell, as always, featured beautiful work from our members.

Martha Lorshbaugh finished an old UFO, after finding a setting she liked for these wonky blocks, made for a pattern she decided she didn't like.  

We finally got a good look, and a decent picture, of the raffle quilt, titled "Midnight Garden.  Tickets will be distributed at the May meeting

Nancy Ellers got this pattern from Pat Sloan's website, to show support for the brave people of Ukraine.  (Pat is also selling t-shirts to benefit the refugees)
Nancy was testing a pattern for a blanket to crochet and ended up with this table mat.

Two of the blankets Nancy will donate to all babies cherished

Sue Chiddy also finished a UFO using a jelly roll. Cathy Schmeider quilted it for her.  

Nancy Schrader discovered this quilt- made from vintage blocks- only needed a binding to be finished!

The back of Nancy's quilt is just as pretty!

Kevin Hammon has been studying Blue Jays at his backyard feeder.  This piece will hang in an upcoming art show featuring Kevin's paintings of birds on vintage maps.  

Donna Sofokles has Ukrainian ancestry, so made this small flag to show her support for those fighting the russian invaders. based on stories from her  grandmother (I think)- nothing has changed when it comes to the tactics used by the russians.

Pat Gardner won the monthly block swap in March, and this is what she made with her winnings.  She seemed surprised they looked nice all together once she got it pieced!

Our speaker was Karen Roll from Genesee Falls, NY (near Letchworth State Park) She calls her trunk show "Now and Zen"

Starting with vintage quilts- either from family or picked up here and there- she then took us on her quilting journey....


This is Karen's first quilt.  It has all different fabrics in it, including denim- because she didn't know any better.  She shares it to show we all had to start somewhere.  Once she took a class or two, she was off and running!

This was designed for a quilt shop when Karen lived in Alaska.

This one's a sample for a raffle quilt Karen designed.

Karen hopes to do a series of these painters quilts.

Many many thanks to Alex and Liz for holding up the quilts!!

The quilt is based on a scene Karen found here in western New York.

Karen's interpretation of painting called "The Singing Butler", by Jack Vettriano

The next two quilts were accepted into the Hoffman Challenge.  Both traveled in the exhibits.  The second one won an award! (Best appliqué, I think)

One of Karen's unfinished pieces.  She designed it herself after taking a class on the NY Beauty block. 

This was designed as a BEGINNER'S quilting class!  Karen is a hand quilter and is planning to get back to this one soon!

Next month we will have another speaker, Sarah Ballinger, from Castile.  She is a self-taught "Hexi-ologist" who will share with us her finished and not-so-finished hexie quilts.