Monday, March 26, 2012

March Show and Tell

Lots of fun stuff:
Wanda Sump showed two quilts. On "Jacob's Quilt", she modified the pattern using a black silhouette of a dirt biker and skateboard with rough and cool colors. She learned to machine applique and used an animal print for the backing. "Chocolate Quilt" is a 'Piece O'Cake' design with appliqued flowers. Wanda's daughter challenged her to use polka dot fabrics for all flowers, blues for all the stems, and greens for all leaves. With chocolate brown as the background, this is a very striking quilt!
Marilyn Steele displayed "Stained Glass Window". She took this class during a Knotts retreat. It is done in pastels and will be given to a granddaughter turning 12 in June. The border is exquisite!
Lil Anderson made "Sail Away" by Lil' Stitches in 1930's fabrics. It contains propeller blocks surrounded by sailboats - very vintage! She also created "Old Fashioned Hospitality" by Kim Diehl out of scraps from her stash. It has a pineapple with appliqued swirls that makes a welcoming wall hanging or a great table topper!
Megan Legas displayed "Dahlia". Margaret Cooper gave her a blue antique dahlia quilt top. Megan added new backgrounds in shades of blue and hand quilted the top, restoring it for today.
Maureen Tuttle made "Monkey Boy", a blue, green, white and brown baby quilt for her new grandson, Liam, who is due soon. Her son's nickname as a baby was "monkey-boy". Now he is having his own little "monkey-boy". Maureen designed and quilted the quilt.
Linda Roskelley showed "Happy Accident 2". She pieced the pinwheel blocks and joined them together, then realized they needed to be separated with sashing. Linda is proud of her stash for stepping up and providing the fabric for this quilt that all wants to be together.
Janice Walker made 3 quilts "Cubbie Bear" is from Lynette Jensen's pattern and has 3-D bears. "Pioneer Quilt Sampler" is a block of the month from Fabric Mill with pieced blocks. "Peek-a-boo Bear" is a cute kit from Keepsake Quilting.
Davidene Zimmerman displayed two quilts. Nancy Halvorson's "Tidings" is a Christmas quilt with applique, and she added Bonnie Miles' border called 'wandering geese'. "Spools" is a mystery quilt from Becky Morganson made with Mary Engelbreit fabrics and a scalloped border.
Tricia Tolton also displayed two quilts. "Farmer's Wife" was started in September and finished in January! After the quilt was bound, she decided it needed a "skinny border". She took the binding off and started over to add the little black border, which really does 'make the quilt'. She used all of the scraps for the back (disappearing 9 patch). "Crazy Flowers" is a mystery quilt from Morganson's in Payson, and really fun to create!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March Main Speaker - Emily Herrick!

Emily Herrick graciously consented to be our Main Stage Speaker for the March Meeting. She showed lots of fun quilts and entertained us with her story of becoming a pattern designer (most of the quilts are her own patterns). She is also a fabric designer for Michael Miller Fabrics. Her third collection, "Shore Thing" is due out later this summer - we can't wait! Thanks, Emily!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Hospitality

We had a beautiful Hospitality Area at our March Meeting. Liza Ann Hall headed it up with a display of beautiful machine embroidery projects (and quilts) and other gorgeous quilts:
She was helped by Marie Haws:
As well as Vonda Proctor:
Thank you ladies - lovely!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Forum

We were fortunate enough to have Emily Herrick teach the forum this month - her topic? "Geared For Guys" - which also happens to be the title of her new book coming out this spring!
She showed us lots of ideas and ways to make quilts for the men in our lives. She told us not to 'bypass' the collections that look girly, because often there are coordinating stripes or plaids that are perfect for more masculine quilts.
She showed us quilts from her upcoming book, as well as "oldie but goodie" quilts:
She also talked about not making a "skateboarding quilt", but using "cool colors" that are popular with skaters (for example) so your kids/grandkids won't outgrow the quilt too fast.
Thanks, Emily for all of the great ideas and inspiration! (For more great ideas - go to Emily's Blog: )