Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mysterious ways....

Interesting how God works.... my husband was working on someone's car when I came home one day. When I met the person, we realized we went to the same high school.
He was a grade below me. Lee had told him in the course of their conversation, about our quilting group. Apparently, his mom was a quilter and had left behind many quilts when she died.

Next thing you know, he stops by with one to donate to our cause. All it needs is binding. Already machine quilted. Beautiful! Thanks, Dave, we'll let you know where it goes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yearly Marden's Trip

Every year we try to get to Marden's (in Sanford, Maine), and this year, while it was late, we still had three of us going (unless you add my husband, the driver). We didn't have as many quilt tops to bring up, but we had prospective tops to be worked on that needed fabric to complete. Since none of their fabrics are more than $3.99-$4.99/yd, it's always worth it. AND, since Jane Perrin (Project Linus coordinator) sent 34 quilts up, we got 25.5 yds FREE!! While we didn't see our 'buddy', fabric manager, Bonnie, her crew- Shelby and Leigh-ann -were very helpful and fun to work with. Thanks, Ladies!

The nice thing about getting yardage free is that we can use it as a panel = 1 yd, too. Anything else will be at 10% discount unless it's considered a remnant, then it's 20%. What I did was figure the most expensive panels are considered free, the cheaper ones, I used my 10% discount on.

We stopped at Bonanza for lunch before shopping (that's the tradition, broken only last year, when we tried The Maine Diner)- the salad bar is always a good bet. And we try and hit the ice cream place up the road (Schwann's), but what a surprise! They re-did the inside to a much bigger space!! Nice...

Here are some of our fabric purchases...
Picked out the maroon and the beige fabric for thiw fabric that we'd had.
 Picked up the orange for this panel (we had).
 Picked out the orange and green for the space fabric we had.
 Delaney picked out the polka dot purple to use with this monster fabric.
 Found the yellow fabric and matched it with some purple dye....
 Which can also be used for this top.
 Delaney picked out the parrot panel....
We 'love' this ....

Found some light gray fabric for the top and bottom (to lengthen) of this top that Janet made.
 Fox panel....
 Another geese panel similar to our green geese quilt. But I think I like the light blue in it better, Whole different look,.
Nice trip, but with only three of us choosing fabric, it took longer.

Friday, March 31, 2017

In Memory of....

A dear friend and recipient of one of our quilts, Sheila Brown, died last year. While she was seeking treatment for her cancer, she would bring quilts into her infusion center, to give to those getting chemo treatments. Now that she's no longer here, we are continuing her legacy. I brought 7 quilts over this morning and hope to contribute more this year....

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March meeting

While it will be back to being COLD (it's winter, after all), there should be no reason not to show up in a warm building and get some 'quilt therapy'. We have plenty of 'homework' being planned for the next few months and I'll be handing out 'homework packets for April and demonstrating the summer homework (yes, I will have packets, per se to hand out at the June meeting).

Can't wait to see you all. Three more meetings before we take off the summer!

Here are photos from the days workshop... Seven ladies were there. Miss you, Jane and Margaret.
First quilt we worked on was our beach panel. We'll have it done, just in time for summer.
"Sailing Away"
Marilyn did some knitting near the PURR-fectly Purple Heartstring quilt. She matched her yarn to the monochrome quilt.

Even her bag matches the purple theme.
Janet is working on making two more blocks and we'll add another column on the purple quilt. Dee is laying out the pink blocks to widen this back (yes, it's too pretty to be just a back, but sometimes we do that - make them double sided)

OMG! The Boss! We never get a photo of the boss.... while I make them all nervous when I stand of folding chairs, sometimes you have to be up high to see the quilt design from afar.

Can't decide between the layouts of these two...

Norma is putting the binding on, and since she didn't finish it at the end of the meeting, Marilyn will take it home and finish it,
We're hiding the top of the quilt underneath these strips of blue. We'll make the back a striped back and make it interesting, I think I like the top design better (the widths of the blues will vary) and the darl blue fabric on the left will cap off the other side.

"Last of the Blue Bellies'
These are ones that were finished (Blue Belly) and the lower three were made by Kathy during our month away from meetings. What a huge asset she is to the group!

"Blast Off- Contrails"
"Tabby Tans"
"Pretty Pink Pets"
Berts block (homework for the month)
Sample of the Summer homework (just to shoe them selvedge quilts).

My crazy back!

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.