Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Demo Day again!

 I love demo day- there's always something new and exciting shared.  And our members are generous with their knowledge and skills.  Before I share the details, let's enjoy show and tell...

New/ former member Christy Pope's son, Ben shared a quilt he made almost all by himself- at the age of 8!  
                                                              Didn't he do a great job?

                        Mary Ellen Ames made this beauty for a great grand child. (Possibly her first?)

             Donna Tomski loves her thirties prints.  Mary Lowe did the quilting for Donna.

Connie Grimsley shared the quilts she made for the students in her last class as a teacher.  (she's retiring!)

Two "Lady Bouquets" from last month's class with Julie Brandon...
                                                        Fancy Nancy, by Nancy Schrader

Martha Lorshbaugh didn't name hers.

And NOW- the DEMOS!
Four members shared information with the rest of the membership.


 Diane Hooper shared a "No cut" Square in a square block. 

She learned the technique here:

Ben went right home and tried it- check out his block!


Martha Lorshbaugh shared some "Quick Piecing" techniques
Here are the links Martha used for her samples:

Strip piecing ideas:

 Magic 8 Half square triangles:

 Quarter square triangles:

 No waste flying geese:

 Nine patch block:

 Disappearing 4-patch:

 Disappearing 4-patch with a twist:

 Old Italian Block:

Nancy Mitchell shared the technique for making the little box she showed a couple of meetings go.  The directions were shared as a pdf via email.  Let me know if you didn't get it.  

Shirley Lapp shared her always popular binding tutorial, complete with samples she handed out!

If you missed it, ask Shirley- she's always willing to bring her samples and share her technique!

Thanks to the ladies who shared their time and talent with us!

In June, fiber/ mixed media artist Mary Ann Fritz will share her work with us.  

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Creative Spirit

 Our April meeting was attended by some of local fiber artist Julie Brandon's amazing creations!

But before we got to hear their story, we enjoyed the talents of our own guild members.

              Nancy Ellers made herself a new hat and a band she can change with the seasons.

                      Nancy took this kit home from the Community Service table last month.  

Since the "Greeter" sash has been misplaced, Nancy made new ones for our monthly greeters to wear, and a spare for when we're out in public.  

               Nancy discovered a project called "I found a quilted heart", and decided to join in.  

Liz Scott is on a mission to create "Quilts of Valor" for all of her husband's friends who are veterans.

                                 Nancy Mitchell made these two beautiful wall quilts from kits.  

                              Nancy Schrader Made this little play quilt for a little boy in her life.  

Elaine Lemley made this from a McKenna Ryan pattern to honor her dairy farm childhood.

Jen Grimsley showed this quilt for "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"- pieced by Ann Renica and quilted by Cathy Schmeider.

Martha Lorshbaugh was given a charm pack (the pinks and creams) and added the floral fabric to make this quilt- donated to Community Service.

Julie presented a lovely talk about how she processes the ideas what she calls her "Creative Spirit"  sends her way.


Photoshop manipulation of images played a part in many of her quilts

This was one of Julie's favorite images of her son from a vacation on St Martin

And here her son, Rob, holds a quilt featuring images of Julie's grandmother, a holocaust survivor

                                          No matter the technique, Julie is fascinated by faces

Julie also found making 3D figures satisfied her creative spirit

This guy is made from burdocks!

                                                And this lovely lady is made from a gourd.

These are made from felted sweaters.

After the meeting, the members who chose to take the class learned techniques needed to create our own "Lady Bouquet".  

Results will be shown in future updates....

Friday, March 24, 2023

Community Service Day


First, I'm very sorry for the random order of the pictures- they decided to rearrange themselves when I uploaded them.

We had a great turnout for the community service work session!  Those doing the hand work formed into groups and had a sort of old fashioned quilting bees!  
Show and tell was, as always, exciting and inspiring!  Several members had gone right to work with their ugly fabrics from the February game!

Nancy Mitchell made her uglies into a fun maze/ matching game for children to play!

Carol Farkas turned her uglies into butterflies!

Nancy Ellers cut hers really small to make this door banner.

Robin Jarvis made hers into a "U" for Ugly. 

Mary Ellen Ames said this _Might_ be her last Judy Neimeyer quilt

                          Mary Ellen got some help from Liz Scott to finish this door banner.

 This beautiful Kaffe Fassett quilt was a kit Carol Farkas finally finished

                                                   Liz Scott made this as a quilt of valor 

Nancy Ellers made the shamrock mugrug below with her embroidery machine. The hat above is the back/label.  Nancy also made the shamrock hat she's wearing

Using her knitting machine, Nancy also made this sweet bunny hat.

Using up some scraps, Nancy made these pretties with a pile of half square triangles.

Guest attendee Agnes LaPorte shared this table quilt she made using some old Seinfeld fabrics.  

Elaine Ross was inspired by the images from the James Webb telescope to make this celestial wall hanging.

Elaine was inspired when the silk fusion piece in the center fell out of the cupboard onto the background fabric!  The tree is thread sketched.

Nancy Schrader made this baby quilt, and used up all the scraps from trimming the wonky blocks on the back!

This pillow is a gift for a soon to arrive baby in Nancy's life- she got signatures at the baby shower.

Mary Ellen Casey's granddaughter asked for a "Grammy blanket with a giraffe", and this is what Mary Ellen made!

Martha finished this well traveled wall quilt- taken to several previous retreats- at retreat in February.