Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A reminder....about...and request

QUILTCON charity quilt blocks

These are the color guidelines pictured above.
Blocks due by our December meeting.

Please follow these guidelines when constructing your blocks:
    1. Blocks should be 12½” tall x the width of your choice. That could mean 12½” x 5”, 12½” x 24”, or anything wider, more narrow, or in between. Be creative!
    2. Blocks should be machine pieced. Any piecing style is welcome, but please avoid using hand sewing, applique, embroidery, fabric markers, or any other embellishments.
    3. Please use only “quilt shop quality” 100% cotton or cotton/linen fabrics in colors consistent with the QuiltCon logo (tangerine, gold, citrine, lime, aqua, turquoise, white, and gray). Please feel free to include as many or few of the logo colors as you like, but avoid adding additional colors. Both print and solid fabrics are welcome.
    4. Use your own judgment when selecting thread. Our preference is white or light gray 100% cotton thread, but any coordinating thread of good quality will do.
 For more info go here....

Remember we are doing curves. 

I look forward to see what you come up with!


Also if you could donate some materials for this quilt it would be wonderful!
  • Kona white (background/sashing)
  • Kona light gray  (background/sashing)
  • Twin size batting
Leave a comment below of what you can donate. Thanks!  Please bring all donations to our next meeting. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sew Weekend and how we are not going to get fossilized... You want to read this one!

We did it!  We had our first Sew-In, October 27-28.  Wanda totally made it happen and I am so, so glad. Thank you Wanda!  Thank you everyone who showed up to sew!  I had such a good time that it was only at the end of each day that I remembered to snap a few shots to share with all of  you. (There were more people here than I captured... but you know what happens to me on Sew days... a lot of talk talk talk.)
Kira's star!
Wanda's latest "tossed coins" variation
Wanda and Lela were working so hard that their motion blurred the shot!  Iron like the wind!
Missy collected a few bee blocks.  Love the stars!
And there was plenty of time for us all to chat and hang out.
Denise is here, plotting her domination of this fun pattern.  She chose a jelly roll of "Little Black Dress" by Basic Grey for Moda.
By the end of the day that quilt top was FINISHED and ready for quilting (Maybe it will be ready for show and tell this week?!!) (Next to Denise is Kim's Asian quilt-- one of 4 she worked on, ambitious much?)
Here are my scrapings from my rainbow birthday charm pack (a birthday present from my wonderful son, Ben) Yes folks, not only did I FINISH 2 tops (ca-ching!) but I also let myself start a totally new project!
This was just a fast layout possibility that I played with right before we had to clean up and go home.  WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND!!

To follow one first with another-- we are going to have our first changing of the guard!!


Starting this Guild, this group of friends, has been so very special to me.  It is one of the bright spots in my life.  The last few years have been some of my hardest ever, but every month I know that I have a happy place to go-- where every body knows my name... (am I dating myself with that reference?)  My dream for our group has never been to lead it forever.  I have other things that I would like to accomplish within our group, things that I am so excited about having time to do.  A change in leadership will allow our group to grow and change in to something even more fun than it is now.  We do not what to get fossilized or burnt out with what we are currently doing-- Right?!

What I am proposing right now, is for each of us to really think about what we have to commit to the growth of EMQG.  Do you have a talent to share?  A strong voice?  A desire to organize?  A yen to connect with other guilds and plan activities?  Think about this-- each and every one of us has done the hard part and just admitted that we like to quilt and we can't help ourselves.  We have found a group of people that understands this, and accepts us for it.  It is a good thing.  What can you contribute and even better, what do you want to contribute?  EMQG wants it all.

The next few months we are going to do some soul-searching, you and me and all of us.  We are going to come up with some new jobs/titles and ways to better spread out our responsibilities.  We are going to move our group to the next level--- The conversation begins in January... new year, new stuff.  Simple.

I want you to:
--Figure out what you want to have happen
--Figure out how you want to help make it happen
--Talk about it
--Send me emails
--Send Denise emails
--Make comments here, if you are so bold

Let's stir the pot and see what we can make!

(I hear you all thinking-- no rules, no dues, have fun-- I am thinking that too.  We can keep what we like and still evolve, I promise!)

See you Wednesday!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October 17th—New Digs! We met at Our Sewing Room … AND we love it!


Deanna shared several books on, and samples of, Hardanger, an embroidery technique from Norway (and other countries). She noted that Hardanger is used to embellish clothing, scarves, table toppers, etc.

 She uses a blanket stitch of pearl cotton on an even weave, 22-count fabric. 

The stitches are largely geometric. The scary part is when she cuts away the fabric.  There are ways to fix cutting mistakes. Nancy also does Hardanger.  We were impressed!


Jessica shared her quilt, an original design, destined for the Andover Booth at Quilt Market.  She’s thinking of creating a pattern for it and selling it.  

Kira shared her quilt in progress—a Mario Bros—tiny 1” squares in a digitized pattern.  She showed us the blocks in various stages of completion.  She referred to blog and book “Cut to Pieces”. An incredible work for her son!

Nelda shared a quilt her great grandma was working on in 1970 when she was 91 years old.  Amazing! 

Deane shared a string quilt she made while taking a recent class from Cyndi Brunz. So cheery!

Laurie shared a flannel quilt she had made from plaid shirts from Goodwill.  Super soft!

 Denise shared her Sunday Morning Quilt—made with scraps.  Gorgeous!

Wanda shared three quilts— one for a Ugandan girl whose education she supports (machine quilted by Denise) 

She made one for her future grandson expected in a decade or more, complete with African creatures, fun! (sometimes when you find the perfect fabric... you just have to make the quilt.)

Wanda also shared a "tossed coins" variation top.  She had a good time with friends arranging the colors until they were just right.

Susan, a new participant to the guild, shared two quilts she made AND quilted. Fantastic quilting.  She noted she had been longarm quilting for about a year. 

Phyllis shared what she made at the recent Get Away Girl’s Retreat—a cool Mondo bag.

Nancy shared a Halloween theme stitching project. Striking!

Denise brought the finished Habitat top, made from the blocks that we made earlier in the year.  What a difference she made!  Denise is asking for purple scraps for the backing.  We have enough blocks for another quilt if some one want to adopt them to piece together.  We may just have to sew them together on an upcoming sew day.

Swap News--
The Ghoulish theme was really fun and SPOOKY!  So spooky that all photo documentation was rendered BLURRY!! Coincidence?  I think NOT!  If there is a surviving picture out there in one of your cameras-- email us and we can share all of the great projects that were made!

BANNER BLOCKS. There was a plethora of banner blocks .  We look forward to seeing what Denise does with all the blocks.

BEE. We caught up on the bee blocks.  We should see lots of inspiring blocks in November.

GUILD BUSINESS.  A motion was made and passed to meet at OSR every month.  Another motion was made and passed to return to the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.

1.  We agreed we want to meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at OSR for the rest of 2012 and 2013.  This means we need to bring $1 or $2 to each meeting to pay for the use of the space.

2. Swap theme for November is LEFTOVERS!

3.    There were questions and interest in BEES in 2013.  Denise said she would talk to Kesch. 

-- Minutes were taken by Wanda (great job) Pictures by Denise and Jessica

Special thanks to Deanna for the GREAT tutorial and all the awesome samples!