Tuesday, August 7, 2012

July Meeting

And now we are all caught up!  Story of my summer really, playing daily catchup...or trying to stay caught up with the kiddos...good grief! 


GETTING ACQUIANTED.  Building on last month’s get acquainted, Denise posed the questions, “Which do you prefer to watch—a sunset or a sunrise?  Why?   Sunsets were preferred (17) in large part because they happen later in the day and more importantly, because they tend to have vibrant colors.  Sunrises were a close second (13), largely because it starts the day with quiet wonder.  I really like this brief exchange as it helps me put names and anecdotes to faces.

TUTORIAL. Jessica led a discussion on Design Walls.  Check out the YouTube videos hereWe agreed a Design Wall gives much better perspective when designing a quilt than a ‘design floor’ or a ‘design bed’.  As you can see, there are many creative Design Walls.

·       Insulation forms from Jerry’s covered with batting.  Two 4’x8’ in 1” thickness are perfect for attachment to a wall.  The 2” thickness is good for a temporary wall as it can be leaned against anything.
·       Ceiling tiles attached to the wall.
·       The reverse side of a vinyl tablecloth makes a good temporary wall.
·       An old school map roll would make a good start to a semi-permanent wall.
·       There is a vanishing design wall that is available on the market.
·       IKEA tracks with multiple panels and tracks (covering a closet opening) was suggested.
·       Flannel clipped to the top of wire baskets makes a good temporary wall.
·       A retractable clothesline was posed as a temporary wall.  Have to be wary of the potential for sag.

Here are some more links:

Quilting Board design wall ideas
All People Quilt
Sew Katie Did...layered design wall
Oh Fransson...A simple design wall

These are just a few...there are enough ideas out there to make my eyes start to swirl around.

SWAP. Next up was the swap—lovelies in white!  As you can see, there were many clever, creative ideas incorporated into the swaps.

Something White Swap

SHOW AND TELL—my favorite part of the evening!  And there were many beautiful projects.

Kathleen shared her teeny, tiny flying geese.  (She worked on this project at June’s sew day.
Kathleen's paper pieced geese

Itsy bitsy, teeny tiny...LOVE!

Nelda completed here blue and green quilt and sold it ($150—wha hoo!) so she brought a photo of the completed quilt. 

She also showed a block with hexi’s machine pieced and a block incorporating machine piecing of curves.

Nelda's Sample Blocks
A nice beginning...we will see what she creates with these!

Charlene, wearing purple, showed a gorgeous purple quilt she made for her mom.  The quilt had LOTS of threadwork.
Charlene's embroidered quilt front

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Detail of Charlene's quilt

Denise showed a quilt with wonky floating blocks on white that she machine quilted with her longarm.  She’s no longer a novice longarm guilter!
Denise's mosaic
Lots of doodles!

Missy brought two pillows and a quilt that her grandmother made using polyester fabric from the clothes she wore.  A vibrant crazy quilt with hand stitched embroidery.

Missy's grandma's poly crazy quilt

Can you all just see your grandmas in this quilt with their polyester pants...I definately can! 
Kesch showed her January Bee quilt that Denise quilted for her in echoes of the fabric.

Kesch's 2012 bee

She also showed her Bee quilt from last year—all she had left to complete was the binding.  This quilt was “appli-quilted” blocks of raw edge scraps.  Using the Bottled Rainbows design

Kesch's 2011 Bee quilt

Kesch's Bee back


Sheila showed a beanbag cell phone holder she made for her husband to use! 

Sheila's iPhone stand (from an online tute)
  I think we all wanted one of these! Great idea! 

She also shared her initial blocks of the Tokyo Subway, a class she took in Sisters last week.

Sheila's Tokyo subway start
The piece d' resistance was a collaborative quilt with her friend.  The friend designed the top and pieced it, while Sheila machine quilted it.  Incredible piecing and quilting.

Sheila's colaborative quilting project front

So lovely!
Sheila's quilting detail 3

 Detail of some of the quilting

Sheila's colaborative project, quilting back

 Amazing quilting on the back!

Jessica shared her hexi blocks that she pieced by hand as part of the Hexy MF quilt along...she is into hexies right now...the bottom block is one she designed for our quilt along that we are doing on Sew Days.

Jessica and Kim's Hexy good times

Laurie shared the Mystery Quilt she made through Piece by Piece. Stunning! She described the five-month process and noted that Piece by Piece plans to do a three-month holiday mystery quilt beginning in August...PBP Class list.
Laurie's BOM Front

Laurie's BOM back

Connie shared a colorful snowball baby’s quilt.

Connie's baby quilt
So sweet!


·       Lillian noted that Saturday, July 28th , the EVQ was having a mini-quilt sew at Our Sewing Room.  The guild provides all the material, patterns, etc.  This is part of their annual fundraiser.
·       Sheila noted she was contacted about the sale of a HQ16 longarm that is three years old.  She will provide more information for the blog as she learns more.
·       August SWAP color is PURPLE!
·       September TUTORIAL is HAND QUILTING by Wanda.
·       October TUTORIAL is HARDINGER by Deanna.

Thats all folks...see you on the 15th for our August meeting.