Monday, June 17, 2024

We're all SO busy!


The June meeting was a pretty busy place!  Lots going on right now in preparation for next month's picnic and the quilt show!!!  Plus, it was DEMO DAY!

But the Show and Tell is always the reward for sitting through all the announcements!  (I find bringing my knitting to keep my hands busy helps!)

Nancy Ekkers took one of the Community Service kits with the "Three Yard Quilts" book included.  If you do that, you get to choose the pattern!  I like Nancy's choice.

Nancy took this orphan block from the free table and ended up with a wee little quilt for the consortium.

Nancy found some heavier fabric for the base of her apron, so she used neutral as her embellishments.  

Nancy leaves quilted hearts for "Random acts of kindness" .  These are for father's day at the Manor.

Nancy also showed a bag she made but the picture was too blurry to use.  (Sorry)

Shirley Lapp took part in a swap at the Clarence guild.  This amazing scrappy quilt is the result.  

                                    With some leftovers, Shirley made her quilt show apron.  

John Rolle finished this beautiful star quilt after it made the trip to Georgia for a couple of years- and he traded out some of the fabrics.  (Letting projects "age" always makes them better, right?!)

                                       For this one John envisioned a river running through it.  

                              JoAnn Flynt finished her quilt show apron with some vintage laces.  

Kevin Hammon brought the samples for today's classes turned into quilt blocks- and the small banner below,  to suggest a way to use them.  

                                         Nancy Mitchell made a very cute Carrot table runner, and 

Covers for her sewing machines.  Perfect fabric!

Nancy also made her quilt show apron. Ask her to show the ballerina's secret when you see her!

Connie Grimsley retired from teaching, but not from sewing with students.  Working with 104 4th graders in 6 classrooms, she had them each sew a test square - above- before sewing the big half square triangles for each quilt below.  The finished projects will be donated to Community Service.  

Guest Beatrice Robinette (I hope I got it right) always enjoys coming to the meeting when she visits "Aunt Junamae".  This year she brought a Pokeman quilt she made for her grandson.  Made on her embroidery machine, it is quite heavy!

                                                     It has pokeman fabric on the back too!

Ann Renica made this as a graduation present for her grandson Sammy, who used to love sewing with her- and always chose bright colors. 

These pieces are samples of the fabric you can make in the August workshop with Mary Ann Fritz. Above is the "fabric" and below is one of the pieces Mary Ann has made with hers.  


                    Nancy Mitchell shared some of the ways she has organized her sewing room.  

Nancy Ellers showed how to get up to 5 yards of bias binding from a single fat quarter.  
If you want to try it, the actual demo starts at around the 2 minute mark: 

Jenny Grimsley showed some information on Sashiko- a Japanese mending technique which is also beautiful!

Connie Grimsley shared some ways to use up scraps, and some of the many scrap quilts she has made!

After the meeting, member senjoyed a class with Kevin Hammon, who made it hard on himself by offering three different projects in one session!  

                  But everyone was happy with their results!! (sorry I didn't get pictures of everyone's)

Monday, May 20, 2024

All about the quilt show- in a way!!


The banner above is a teaser for the raffle quilt, which we finally got to oooh and ahhh over in person at the May meeting!! It's pretty amazing!!

Also amazing is the work of our talented members...

We welcomed back longtime member, Lorraine West. Her sweet, vintage looking quilts haven't changed a bit on the years she's been away.  (above and below)

                                                Lorraine calls this one Rails around the world.  

Nancy Ellers reacquainted herself with the "10-minute" block recently.  This one starts with 10 inch squares to make a small lap topper.  
                                       And this one started with smaller (6 or 8 inch) blocks

                       With some leftovers, she made a wee little quilt for the consortium sale. 
          Nancy picked the fabric up from the free table to make a comfy summer dress!

Nancy Mitchell cleaned her sewing room, and found some projects to finish, including this one from the beginners classes.  

Kathy Belluscio will be giving this as a gift, but not until after it hangs in the October Quilt Show!!
                                                                PS- it's hand quilted!

Carolyn Stegman picked this pretty bit up at the fabric sale, gave it some fresh quilting and a new binding. 

Carol Farkas pulled a half of a jelly roll from her stash, added in some fun fabrics and made 2 small quilts for community service! (above and below)

Carol is still using up scraps from a vacation years ago, when she stumbled into the old Bighorn Quilts store (which was HUGE).  This sweet baby quilt will be donated to a group called "newborns in need"

Liz Scott made this cute "Warm Wishes" from a kit she probably cut on Community Service day!

                         And this very cute dinosaur quilt is going to a lucky baby in Liz's family!

TA-DAAA!!  The raffle quilt.  Tickets were handed out at the May meeting. Contact Ann Renica if you didn't get yours.

(If it looks slightly askew, the best picture I got was when they were holding it sideways!)

Claudia from The Quilter's Daughter joined us to share a few of her projects, and the techniques she uses to make the cute little apron she wears when she's vending at shows.  Elaine is hoping we'll all make one to wear at the quilt show in October.  If you didn't get a piece of fabric from the donation stash, contact Elaine or Deb Vosburg.  The pattern can be found below.
But- did I think to get a nice picture of the apron??? Of course not.  (sorry)

                                          This is one of the few large pieces Claudia has made.  

                                     This was from a challenge in Claudia's sewing group.

Mostly Claudia likes to find ways to use her "mini charm packs"- 2 1/2" squares.  That cute box on the table is a tea box- her mini charms fit perfectly inside!

In June we'll be enjoying demos from our own members.  I don't think they had it settled for sure yet, so it's going to be a fun surprise!