Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Website Updated

FYI -- the website has been updated.

This includes information about the July Quilt Fair and the Block of the Month.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

July Quilt Fair Auction

The following quilts will be in our July Fair Quilt Auction next month.
They are gorgeous – so don’t miss the fair – the auction will be at noon!
Baskets and Blossoms” by In Stitches

“Planted Garden” by the Piecemakers


June Show and Tell

“A Child’s Treasure” by Amanda Johnson – This tan and dusty teal quilt was from “I Done My Best”. Amanda started it before her son, Jaxon was born and finished it one month past his second birthday. 5 darling embroidered blocks surrounded by blocks and hand quilted. It is only Amanda’s 2nd pieced quilt and she said it’s a little bumpy around the edges – but her son loves to drive his cars on the bumps. She said it should really be called “A Labor of Love”

“Scrappy Stars” by Amanda Johnson – Another wonderful quilt from Amanda! Black and red stars with a white background. From the book “Toppers by Possibilities”. This one is machine quilted – great job!
“Phunie Phishes” by Shirley Nielson – Shirley finally finished this colorful quilt that she started about 10 years ago in her Knott’s quilt group. Everyone helped each other by making blocks to trade. The ladies made her a fish and it took her this long to decide what to do with it! It is so cute, with the little fisherman guy in his slicker!
“Friendship Stars” by Tricia Tolton – This star and Dresden plate quilt was started because Tricia realized that her department at work needed a new spirit. Most of the ladies either quilted or wanted to learn how to quilt. In January, they met and decided on the colors and had a quick lesson for the beginners. In April, they met back together for a block exchange. This beautiful quilt is the result! She loves the quilt, but loves even more that everyone is closer now! Great idea!
“Fun with Scotty” by Kendra Hall – This is a fun, child’s quilt made in pinks and lavenders. Kendra doesn’t have an embroidery machine, so she got these darling blocks from ebay. The blocks feature little “Sunbonnet Sue’s” with little Scotty dogs. So darling!
“Summer Sampler” by Jacque Thompson – Jacque made these 15 sampler blocks and got tired of making them. So, she put them on point with appliqu├ęd vines separating the rows. Stunning!

“Mariner’s Compass Sampler” by Jacque Thompson – Jacque had fabric leftover and made this gorgeous companion quilt that matches the quilt above. She made the center compass, and then surrounded it with 32 different blocks – Wow!

“ABC Quilt” by Kim Dodds – This cute pastel quilt was made from a kit from The Cotton Shop. It was a very fun and easy quilt to make – darling!
“Dots of Circles” by Kim Dodds – This is a stash-buster pattern from Fon’s & Porter Magazine. Kim loves to come across patterns that let her use up her stash. It was machine pieced and hand quilted. Kim used 2 layers of batting, which was kind of hard to quilt through, but it made a nice and warm quilt for her daughter.

Monday, June 22, 2009

June Meeting- The Culture of Quilting

June's meeting was a Round Robin--
Four wonderful classes taught by 4 of our amazingly talented guild members.

Saundra Cindrich demonstrated English Paper Piecing
(look at the border on the quilt--the flowers are made of English Paper Pieced petals).

Francine Berrett demonstrated Hawaiian quilt making, an art she learned years ago from a dear friend while living in Hawaii.

Sharon Wright taught her method of Celtic Applique'
that she uses often to embellish borders on her quilts
(The pictures really don't do it justice,
but you can click on them to make them larger to get a better idea).
Megan Legas and Ella Simons taught a new technique for hand quilting. Megan also showed a handy dandy trick to make quilting edges easier.
Thanks to our wonderful teachers and the program committee.
What a fun way to be introduced to new or different ideas.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Applique Club-May

This month's Applique Club discussed different ways of doing machine applique.
We saw so many examples of different ways to make applique fast and beautiful.
Here are just a few....




These are different decorative stitches that can really add to your project. Ella recommended making a sample of the decorative stitches (below) your machine can do. If you take the time to make a sample with contrasting fabric and thread you can see at a glance what the stitches actually look like instead of relying on the tiny line drawings on your machine.

Cathedral Windows-May Forum

Sylvia Lewis taught us to make the Cathedral Window block at Quilter's Forum this month. We all made a Cathedral Window pincushion (pictured above with Sylvia). She also brought some Cathedral Window projects she has completed through the years. Thank you Sylvia for being so generous with your time, talents and supplies. This was a very fun hands-on forum.



Monday, June 8, 2009

Aspen Grove Update

The Aspen Grove application is now available online!

Here is the link:

http://www.uvqg.org/Aspen_Grove.html

Remember to mail the application ON July 16, 2009, but NOT before.

NEW for this year -- they are considering opening up the registration to 75 so more of us can enjoy this fabulous retreat! This is dependant on demand. If you weren't thinking about attending Aspen Grove because you were worried it would be full, get your registration in!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

May Hospitality Table-Barbara Ostler

Barbara Ostler provided quilts for our May Hospitality Table.  
Beautiful work from an amazing woman!  
Thank you, Barbara, for always being willing to share your time and talents.