Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Nights

This was the first "night" meeting and while I ususally have the hall set up for us to work on something ahead of time, it's my busiest time of year at work and I was lucky to get there before the ladies decided I wasn't showing up (a few were there before me!)

We did get to sort through things and organize what we'll be working on in the next 'workshop' (6 hrs)... It was really productive!! It let us see where we stand with projects.

The ladies DID work on things at home and brought them in...
Janet G has been working on a few quilts (therapy, since she had to retire- due to helath issues)
"Gardening at Home"

This is great backing to the garden quilt...
back of quilt

"Tesselating Coffee Mugs"

back of TCM

Great label, Janet!!

This top was finished by Janet, but since we need some larger quilts, we're picking out fabrics to enlarge the borders. Can't wait to see what it ends up looking like. We tucked it away for the Jan meeting with fabrics we picked out to play with.

Kathy came through with more  Pocket Prayers. Let's see how many we have NOW!

Seventy Six Pocket Prayers!!! Whooo Hooo. (Help yourself to them anytime- they live in the Narthex, but if you need one and can't get to us, Post a comment and I'll send you one!)

This top was made by Nancy (me) with the help of Vernon Nutmeg quilters. You picked a pattern for a block and made 12 of them (mine were the corner ones, disappearing 9-patch). Then helped yourself to one of all that took part in it, and used those blocks to make a top. Since we only had nine people, I added a few more of mine for the corners to make it bigger. The backing was gotten at Marden's in ME and the ties were done so they only show on the back!

This quilt top originally started as Janet G's project and she didn't like it. (We LOVE it, Janet), but we wanted it bigger! We've been playing with adding borders, a thin 'flange' of orange (which I added two different ways and we like one over the other, so I'll fix it before the next meeting). Then we'll add the blue around the whole thing. Final view will be in January.

Contemplating the orange border....does it go to the corner only or all the way? We think just to the corner, which means I'll fix it at home.

It will be nice though.... love it. (I want to name it "Sputter".

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Second meeting, Second workshop!!

Come prepared to work again... 6hrs of deciding how much time you care to sew/quilt, tie, laugh!!
Sat 9am-3pm... See you there!!

Here is what got accomplished!

This quilt was finished, Blessed and given to DA who has been struggling with cancer. In the closer photo you'll noticed the fishing lures in it.
"Lure Me In"

This quilt was a collective block  project, Blocks put together by Kathy and tied and bound by the group.
"Blue Belly bound in Red"

Blessed quilts

These wheel-chair sized quilts will be heading out soon. We'll let you know where they are going.

"Chaos in Blue"
This heartstring quilt made by MaryEllen is busy, but we hope it's warmth will calm down any concerns for the recipient. It has Blue blubbles on the backing.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

First meeting of the new year

Off to do our first meeting... I'll be posting photos of our accomplishments. Hope anyone who can come, does!  Bring a lunch, and I'll provide drinks and desserts! See you there! (9am-3pm)

Okay, ... first workshop done, however, Until I can figure out why my computer won't let me post the photos I took, I'll be just talking/typing to you... I'll post photos when I figure this out.

We had a few people show up I didn't expect! Dee and her daughter, Delaney (and Dalton helped to take down everything at the end), the usual suspects, Margaret, Kathy, Marilyn and Jane (and me of course).
Premmie hearts for the Premmie Project! In Iowa. Sixty two of them made by Kathy S.

This one is spoken for....a man with cancer.

This one doesn't have a backing yet.... just 'borrowed' a piece of batting from another one.

We finished tying a few quilts and had bindings for Marilyn to take home (she had the bindings on them by 4:30pm!), one that needed some seam ripping (my fault) that Kathy took home (she needed some busy work in front of the tv) with the binding. We'll see if it comes back finished (wouldn't that be nice?).
I also took one home to get done... We have two more pinned, one more tied and I really couldn't look at another one, so they are put away for the next meeting in Oct.

Two of them are spoken for already, so as soon as they are done... off they go.

All in all, I think we got a lot accomplished!!! Great job, ladies!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New meetings for this year!

Our new meeting times this year will include 5 (count 'em--FIVE!) Saturday workshops!!! They are Sept 19th, Oct 17th, Jan 9th, April 2th, June 4th. The remaining Monday night meetings will be Nov 2nd, Feb 1st, Mar 7th... No meetings in Dec or May and we ALWAYS take the summer months of July and Aug off!
Come and join us... Monday meetings are 6:30pm-8:pm, Sat workshops are 9am-3pm! St Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St Manchester, CT

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Project for those who are interested....

anyone that wants to do womething over the summer, on their own.

Premmie Project

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Quilts for the summer!

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For those of you that don't, Enjoy the eye candy.

This is a cute quilt that will have to go to someone special (a farmer of sorts), the black and white fabric on the back has feed and grain type wording...I've named it "Holy Cow!"

This quilt was given to a 65 yr old lady who having a rough time with her chemo treatments for pancreatic cancer. I've named this one "Jelly Jam Blues" (doesn't it look like stripes of raspberry jam...?)

This quilt has got split log cabin blocks in it and makes me think of "Raspberry Limeade" (raspberry, lime binding and hopefully it will 'aid' someone getting well...see how I come up with the names?)

There was also many, many Pocket prayers that Kathy made... we were running low. Thanks, Kathy! (Nice that one of us has air-conditioning in her sewing room!)Enjoy the next photos of our "pocket prayers"... of which several were taken after they were blessed on Sunday morning.

 Here's the basket they are in... located in the Narthex (entrance of the church) at St Mary's Episcopal church. If you need one, let us know (we can mail them out too). - Kathy calls them "Hot Pockets", but that name is taken

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 6th workshop

We had a reasonably good turn out... Six ladies showed up to work on various projects.... Some of the day was spent helping one of our members who has been working on some tops decide what to do with them. This one just needs a label... "Sunny Patch" was a top that was 'quietly donated' by a lady who serged the 6" squares together. We sewed two of her tops together so it would be big enough, then put a bright yellow backing on it to also use it for the binding.

 This was another of Janet's tops.... Pattern is "Turning Twenty" I believe.

 Brenda and Margaret binding "Birds are Back"...
This is the top of that one....originally bought for a backing to another quilt, but the ladies decided to make it a front.
 One of Janet's that she needed to decide what to do for a binding...we trimmed it and she has enough from the backing to roll to the front for a binding.

 Janet also gave us a demo on doing a pattern for a quilt she wasn't so fond of. Funny, because the rest of us LOVED it! Here it is having an addition (orange flange) to become a bigger quilt!

The demo is here in photos....Cut and sew four strips of fabric together length-wise (we made strips the same size width, but they don't have to be),

 Cut several squares using the width of the strip set as your size square.
 Take two of them, one turned to the side and fold the right square onto the left square.
 Sew all around the four sides completely

 Cut diagonally, one side then the other (making an 'X' with your cuts. (see next two photos)

 This is what ist should look like
 Open each triangle up and press flat.
 You should have two of each pair.
 Arrange them as you like....

 then sew the four squares together to make one block....
This is the finished quilt if you did it with a scrappy look to it. I love it! Thanks, Janet... it was fun.