We started and ended our meeting with reflections about our dear friend, Phyllis Porter, who passed away last month. Ken and Linda Delaplain, with help from Janice, Jayne, and Missy, are gathering photos and memories of Phyllis's quilts and Show and Tell. Ken is going to compile this collection into a book to share with Phyllis's family.
**We would love EMQG guild members to contribute to this project for Phyllis's family. Please email to email@example.com before May 24th any photos, remembrances, comments, or messages that you would be willing to include.
Linda Delaplain shared how to make Burrito Pillowcases (how-to links are included in the email Ken sent to EMQG members). Please let Linda know if you complete any. They can be dropped off at the EMQG mailbox, or you can make arrangements with Linda (all contact info included in Ken's email). The pillowcases will be donated to Bags of Love.
Unconventional Materials Challenge
Our second mini-challenge this year is an Unconventional or Reuse/Recycle challenge. Make anything you want, but include materials that are not traditional quilting cotton. Be creative! We're excited to see what you come up with! Projects are due at the July meeting.
May Mystery Quilt Blocks
Links to instructions are in Ken's email.
Make one Triple Diamond Block. Janice advises to follow the instructions carefully, but if you do these blocks are fun to make.
Support Local Quilt Stores
At the time of the meeting, our locally-owned quilting/sewing/fabric shops were operating according to the following - things are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm current hours/availability:
- Paramount Sewing - open (1015 River Road). They are limiting the number of customers in the shop at once, and have on-line shopping available. They are proceeding with the quilting bee, but classes are suspended. They are offering curbside appointments. Machine service has a 3-4 week turn around time.
- Jean Marie's - online sales only
- Piece by Piece - open. Piece by Piece is allowing 3 customers in the store at once. On-line shopping is also available.
- Something to Crow About - closed with the exception of Wednesday 12-6 for quilt drop offs.
There are local and regional organizations requesting masks. Please let us know if you have any favorite organizations that are requesting masks, or if you have extra masks to donate.
- The local SEIU is supplying fabric/supplies for about 300 masks for their employees. If you are available to help sew masks, please contact EMQG or Missy for more information.
Future Meetings and Events
We're so glad the Zoom call last Wednesday was so successful, and that we have Zoom as an option for future meetings. At this point, it seems unlikely that we will have any upcoming in person. We will definitely plan to have the June guild meeting as planned, and will let you know the format in advance, and we will explore the possibility of Zoom meetings for the other events, though we may need help moderating in order to pull those dates off - we'll let you know. We will have an update at the next meeting about whether or not we'll have a retreat this year.
5/30 Sew Day - TBD
6/4 Slow Stitch - TBD
6/10 Guild Meeting - 7pm, will send a Zoom link or other instructions prior to the meeting
Show and Tell
Thanks to everyone who sent in photos!!
From Linda Dye:
Mystery Quilt Blocks
Some of the things I showed last night.
A non-seasonal scrappy pillow cover.
Chemo quilt for a close friend.
Paper pieced row for a row robin quilt.
Pattern found on Pinterest. How to Make a Plus Quilt by For the Love of George. Super fast and fun. Only three sizes of cuts. It’s what I used for my solids challenge. I’m starting to cut scraps this size, would be great in Kaffe’s
This is a design that I came up with and have taught. It uses one jelly roll and a yard of border. (Still missing the border...)
Here is the small quilt that I showed during the Zoom meeting. This started with seven of the bigger blocks plus fabric as a ufo from our December exchange. This block was my first time doing a partial seam. I liked the block so much it made its way into the April mystery quilt blocks. Thanks Kim for passing along this project.
From Linda Delaplain:
Here are my mystery blocks from last month.
This was another ufo, you may notice that some of the fabric in this table mat and place mats is same as one of the purses. Had the center section of the table mat already cut out.
This was a pillow kit I purchased awhile back from Laundry Basket Quilts. It is called Neon Lights. It was a fun challenge in working with Y seams.
My rainbow beauty!