Friday, December 30, 2011

Returning of the light, December 21, 2011

Wow, what a night... so many friends braved the utter darkness and made it to the EMQG December meeting. Because, you all are curious-- our lovely Agnes won the "Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts" book. She was elated-- I was elated because she won with her ONLINE entry (See folks it pays to comment once in a while!!) GO Agnes GO-- you are going to have a doll quilt to share for the January meeting, right?!!

Let's do a little Show and Tell-- shall we?
Jen was very busy this past month, she made a bag and then worked on a bunch of zipper pouches (not shown) She said that she had found a lot of fun patterns at Piece by Piece. This bag was really neat, I liked the interior pockets and the way the strap was attached.
Jen also brought in a family quilt to share with us. It is a beautiful example of a Grandmother's Flower Garden, all hexagons with a lovely edge scalloped by the hexagons.
Denise finished a lovely SWOON block-- lovely LARGE SWOON block. Awesome fabrics to show off that big star.Phyliss and her wonderful sampler bag. This bag was made in a class to teach her all sorts of cool things her sewing machine could do. She said that she learned a lot and made this great bag in the process-- but next time she might like some more substantial handles.
There is Denise again--- smiling and showing off her cute 'kerchief, knitted by Kecsh. LOVE THE MUSTARD AND GREY TOGETHER!!! Quilt inspiration is everywhere.
Look at these incredible aprons! Everyone was so pleased and each one was well-suited to its recipient.

December's meeting was not all fun and games (there was also laughing and teasing). Our guild is having to deal with some change this coming year and there was discussion about moving meeting venues in order to keep our 2nd Wednesday time slot (I am hopeful!). I like that our meetings are free and that when we do have to pay for something that it is an "as able" sort of thing. I am being open to other options and I have faith that something will work out for us.

January 28--Stitches in Bloom-- Quilt Show at the Oregon Gardens. I would love for a group of us to go. My Brownie Bus can fit 5 friends (I will even vacuum out the granola crumbs from the back seat!) if we have more people interested in going we can coordinate a caravan. I thought it might be nice to have a pilgrimage to local quilt shops after the show?? The show starts at 10, maybe we can shoot to leave 8:45-9:00. Admission is $10 (includes admission to the gardens too.) Email me if you are interested.

1) Of course I forgot to take a picture of my own Show and Tell but a link to the pattern for the little wallet, pattern by Keyka Lou. She is great and here is a free pattern for a clutch from her blog.

2) Kim (did you know that she and I used to work together at the Wasterwater Treatment Plant??!) mentioned a blogger that was starting a Free-Motion Quilting Monthly 2012 Challenge... well I found it-- it starts Jan. 01 and sounds rather cool. Check it out.

--**Next Meeting**--
January 11-- site TBA-- check back next week!

Happy New Year!!
(start thinking of your quilting resolution for 2012, do you want to try a new technique? Do you want to finish something by 2013?? THINK BIG! then go BIGGER!)