Thursday, February 9, 2017

Feb meeting

This was such a fun day.... Dee and Kathy started pin-basting the last of the 'blue belly' quilts (how many did we make??). Sometimes you have to put your hair up to continue (Dee 'swishing back her hair') 

"Blue belly Corn Rows"

Janet brought this top in and we found backing material to put with it. Now just to decide how to piece the backing (it's not wide enough).

"Lime bordered Wonky Stars"

Marilyn made this top and since it's so small, we need to add borders (Dee and Kathy are adding them, while Janet looks on.)

Here it is with the blue borders (so far). We may be putting the raspberry batik on the outer border edge.

Someone cutting borders
- Love a 'butt shot'!

Delaney (our teenager) putting the ties into the Beach panel quilt.
 This one, we had a hard time with. I had an idea in my head, but after getting the four blocks sewn together into four rows, I couldn't explain it well to tell them that they would be 'floating' on the denim stripes.

This is what I meant ladies... (I took this home to put together for the group.) Top done!
This will be homework for ladies next month (see the last post for the actual block).

This cute one ("Tabby Tans") was made by Kathy from someone's Attic Window top. She added borders and machine quilted it. Beautiful. However, she noticed an 'oops' in it. See it? Nope, I didn't either, but she forgot to machine quilt upper left corner. We'll see it next month, finished.

I think we all gushed over this one, that Kathy made. Had a panel from Missouri Quilt Co- on sale- and added scrappy blocks to enlarge it. Even got to put in two 'heart' blocks (top and bottom) from the Orlando Pulse quilts.
Cute Colorful Critters
Thanks ladies!! (all six of you that were able to show up). Hope you are feeling better, Jane.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New fabric, new design

Dee's mom had LOTS of this great fabric and when she passed away, Dee donated it to the group. I matched it up with some HOT oranges and some grays and created a block that I think represents our signature block (heartstrings) with a 'twist' to it. Can't wait to make more blocks and put this together. I can see hot orange binding, too!

This is the block (thinking of calling it "Berta's block", since her name was Alberta). Dee gave us the gray fabric with the 'trees' in it.

Close-up of tree fabric
 The I made four of them and lined it up to 'audition' them. I like it! (Anyone find the mistake I made? You may have to enlarge the photo) I figured out with directional fabric, you may want to spend some time 'planning' which direction you want it to go in. Thanks, Dee.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally First meeting done!!

Well we had a great turnout for our first meeting of 2017. All but two of our members were here- Marilyn and Norma missed! Here are photos of the Jan mtg.
Kathy was busy in the two months that we've not met for.... wow. Just wow.

" Lasagna Rose"

" Autograph Quilt"

"Barnyard Buds"

"Tipsy Tumblers"

"Tipsy Tumblers"- back
 These are two tops that Janet had worked on recently (at home) and brought in for us to see what we might have to put for the backing. We ALL LOVED this one!!!!
Janet's holding her "Wonky Starburst" quilt.

"Blue Crystal Heartstrings"
Dee and Margaret working on "MELA" (Mary Ellen's Last Act). Mary Ellen was one of our members who wasn't able to come to our meetings over the past year or so, due to caring for her husband, but always seemed to donate a quilt, quilt top with backings and bindings, or 'homework' heartstring blocks. Since her heartstring blocks always 'matched', we would put them in the center (or off-center) as a medallion, then build the other blocks around them. 

"Mela"s front peaking out....

Here is one of Mary Ellen's 'medallion' centers, that has the purple 'flags' twirling around them. This was a homework project for the group.
"Green Mono with Purple Flags"
 Yes, I do let them eat lunch... haha. The rest of the lunch crowd must have been in the kitchen heating up their food/ getting their drinks.

This is the front of our beach panel quilt (not named yet). We spent the afternoon working on the backing, which we're piecing together to make it a 2-sided quilt.
And if you don't sew, design or some other duty, we can always use someone to iron! Something for everyone to do.
Kathy ironing the back for "Blue Crystal HS"
Once they re done, they look beautiful on the wood railings near the altar. We place them here to be blessed on Sunday morning.
"Green Geese panel"
Here is "Lasagna Rose", "Sports Arena", "Autograph Quilt".

Green Geese panel further in on railing

Here is "Barnyard Buds", "Blue Bow-tie", "Tipsy Tumblers" and "Back Doesn't Go" (on the piano).

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First meeting of the year

While I look forward to our first meeting in the new year (2017), I must say it may get 'delayed'. My dear friend, Sheila,  will be laid to rest on that day and I can't think of a better reason to use our hall, than to honor how special she was to our church, our group (not only as a recipient and benefactor) and as part of our family (she shares the role of Godmother with me) to my grandson, Malakai.
We will reschedule our first meeting to the 14th of Jan, same time, same station.

Sad news...

It is with much sadness that I report the passing of one of our quilters, Maryellen Z. She spent much of the last year at home caring for her husband, so to get word that she passed peacefully in her sleep on Dec 31st 2016 was definitely surprising. Staying away from our meetings never stopped her from creating quilts or blocks that were 'homework' and mailing them or delivering them to the group. Know that you brought MUCH comfort to our recipients and to us. May God hold you in the hollow of his hands.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Stragglers being finished...

This was made by Janet G and finished by Kathy S. I call it "Sports Arena" since the variety of sports fabrics are amazingly diverse. Thanks, Kathy!

Blue Bow-Ties
This next one is a "Blue Bow Tie" quilt also made by Janet G and machine quilted and finished by Nancy.

Just finished sewing part of the binding on the Green Ducks  panel quilt. I'll hand stitch the other half this weekend.
Need to put a label on the "Amish Harvest" and it's done.
Need to trim the ties on the first two quilts in this post and they are done.

Check back with this post as I'll be adding more as they get done, between now and Jan 2017.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Last meeting for the year!

Had a great turnout! All but two members (Norma and Jane) weren't able to come. We did get lots done. Here are some photos...
Kathy made this quilt and brought it in...LOVE the veggie back! Naming it "Amish Harvest"

 Kathy and Margaret working on the "Sport Arena" quilt.

Dee and the "Green Geese"  quilt, figuring out what color ties to use.

"Back doesn't Go"
Janet brought in this top to have it 'flanged' and batted. It will get brown ties in the center of the beige squares.

Delaney working on the design (you'll see our several different choices further in this post).

This backing will go perfectly fine! The name at the moment is " Back Doesn't Go", since the cutter at the fabric store didn't think the backing would go with this quilt. HA! Take that!! It's lovely.

"Bow Tie" quilt.... machine quilted by Nancy, made by Janet G. and will be bound by Marilyn.

Here are our choices for design. Which do YOU like?

This is our choice.

Another purple Heart string quilt... this block looks different, depending how you spin the four sections.

Centers are now the corners.

Delaney working on the next quilt.

Dee looking at the backing for the Beach quilt. See the plans working in her head?

Cut the row of beige Heartstring blocks in half lengthwise. Put them on top and under the panel that we cut off from the front- it made the front too long.

Batted and ready to tie... (see the flange?-outer edge.
" Back Doesn't Go"

Marilyn working on the binding of Blue Bow-Ties. Nice work ladies..... See you in 2017!