Sunday, October 9, 2016

October meeting- FULL crew- 5 quilts Blessed!

 We had a great time at our October meeting.... with the exception of one ( who had car trouble and knew she may not stay the whole time), we had our full crew; Marilyn, Nancy, Jane, Dee, Delaney, Janet, Norma, Kathy.

Kathy had made some quilts for Jane's Project Linus that were adorable
 While I would have named them if they were for our group.... I'll refrain. (Boy, is that a tough thing to do!)
This is so sweet!

 Such detail in the panels.... Nice Job, Kathy!
And some for our group (beautiful!). This one below is a variation of a pattern called Mountains Majesty (Kathy  added 4-patch blocks in to vary it).
"Mountain Journey"
 She even used some of her fancy stitches on her new machine to quilts "mountains' into the borders. So clever!

The back almost looks Native American. Leave it up to Kathy not to waste any of the scraps!

This cute kid/teen sized one used a panel that she got from Jane's Project Linus one. Love the use of Amish blocks in it.
 She even used jungle fabrics on the backing.
Then we just got onto ones that we needed to finish. This is a blue monochrome with Delaney's choice of borders. 
"Blue Border Mono"
 My Aunt Norma spent her time hand sewing the binding on the lovely green one that Mary Ellen created for us.
 Kathy is pinning the wheelchair sized rail fence that  I (Nancy) donated. The back is one big rail fence piece. Delaney is 'designing' her thoughts in the air, lol.
 Janet even got to be there (yes, we do give our crew 'breaks'!)
 Kathy is finishing the Red/Pink Mono quilt by machine sewing the binding that is folded over from the back.

Janet and Delaney prepping a quilt for the next meeting by cutting a piece of batting for the sandwich stage.
 This little cutie is a panel that we made cream/beige heartstring blocks for it. Not sure on the layout yet, but we worked through it during the meeting. Do we add the blocks all around?

Or down the middle? And halfway along the bottom?

Red/Pink Mono is done!

So is Mary Ellen's "Green Lattice HS Fence". Nice Job ladies!!! Thank you all.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pocket Prayer Squares and more- Sept mtg

Here are some photos from the latest workshop. First is 137 pocket prayers...  these are for those who don't need a quilt for themselves, but need to have some comfort due to the worries they have for those that NEED a quilt!

We had some people show up to work this day (Margaret, Kathy, Nancy, Dee, Delaney), but Kathy had to bale shortly after arriving, as she wasn't feeling well. She DID bring in two finished quilts and all the pocket prayer squares. Thanks so much for all you can do. Take care of yourself.

This quilt was made by Mary Ellen and sent to us (she's a caregiver at home, but does amazing work for us then donates it-- always with 'extras'). Thanks Mary Ellen. Miss you at workshops, but we all understand,.

Margaret finished binding the plaid cream heartstring quilt that will go to a man in Michigan recovering from brain tumor surgery.

Several others were moved to a more complete stage. This one was one of our February monochrome quilts (Red/pink). This was pin basted and will have the backing rolled over and sewn down for the binding (at the Oct mtg).

Janet G stopped by (she's going through more chemo for herself), and took 4 quilts to the St Francis Cancer center in Hartford for those who are chilly and need comfort.

 Delaney (our youngest member, has been working on this quilt at home... needed some ideas on different ways to put it together with interesting designs,. Nice job, Delaney.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Next meetings scheduled...2016-17

One week from now, we will be starting our 6 hr workshops. The meetings will always on a Saturday, from 9am-3pm. Our meetings for the year are as follows:
Sept. 10th, Oct 1, Oct 29th, Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th, April 1st, June 3rd.
Come for any amount of time (1 hr, 2, 4 or the whole day- bring a lunch, I'll feed you drinks and dessert).
You don't have to sew or quilt. You can iron, design the blocks, tie knots, etc.
I'll be posting photos for each meeting. Love these ladies!

What I played with before the upcoming meeting.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Thank you from Orlando

Our quilt is the second from the left. Nice job.... thanks to Kathy for spear-heading this project!

Further results on our Quilts for Pulse in Orlando

We recently got an email letting us know the progress on our quilt tops that we sent to Orlando. Here is a post from one of the quilters blogs. Quilts for Pulse

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Orlando's Second Donation

Kathy, one of our members is amazing! She used the scraps from the first two Orlando quilts and made up two more to send. Here they are. Just beautiful.
"Orlando Dutchmen"

"Orlando Rainbow heart Scraps"

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando's request

Ladies  can we make some blocks? We don't have any 'heart, rainbow or otherwise, on hand, but maybe make some blocks. Wanna get together at my house?

Okay, so today's 'impromptu workshop' was initiated by Kathy, who has sewing machines in the hospital- ones actually being operated on to transfer 'organs' to be used in the other,,, so I brought my machine to her house so we could work on quilt tops for the Orlando Quilt guild.

They were requesting rainbow heart quilt blocks to either put together, or send them a top already created (which we will send two of them down), They are to be given to the 49 families of those killed in the Pulse nightclub and the 53 injured patrons that are recuperating,. Here is some photos of the day.

Here are some of the photos from today...
Kathy making more heart blocks

Original design-needs more

Adding Nancy's four rainbow blocks

Final quilt top finished.

First Monochrome quilt (Red)
 This monochrome quilt's color was chosen in January.
Kathy's Rectangle Cutie!

" Leftover Ratatouille" by Kathy

Kathy's "Farmer's Market"

Cute Pea fabric

Back of "Farmer's Market" quilt

Kathy's Farmer's Market" quilt. Notice the stalls and pathways to go between stalls.

Finally finished the last top to be sent to Orlando Quilt Guild. It's so different from the first one, which seems apropos, since we're all different.
Framed the center group in black in honor of the deceased, but made it  small width so the focus is on comfort, not sadness.

Here is the message we sent with them...
"Our quilting group, Peace by Piece Quilters of Manchester, CT saw your plea for quilts and while we only have approx. 10-12 members (and don't meet in the summer) we had some who could put together 2 quilt tops- one is 50x60" and the other is 60x70". We can send some binding (various rainbow colors) to use to bind these when you can put them into finished quilts. We hope that this can help comfort some of those affected by the tragedy. These tops will be blessed during our Sunday service tomorrow. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you all."

I also sent almost 19yds of rainbow binding!

Thank you Kathy for the house. table space, iron and company and ALL those blocks that were made prior to us showing up, Thanks to Marilyn who gave great advice of the placement of our blocks (moral support is always good. Nice job ladies!